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About this journal

I have two creative projects I will be discussing in this journal.

The first is The Crimebusters, a new comic series I am writing and drawing. Picking up where Boy Comics left off, The Crimebusters #120 is set in the fall of 1956, with Chuck Chandler — aka Crimebuster — returning to Curtiss Tech for his junior year of college. As always, though, intrigue and mystery abound, as Chuck is reluctantly forced to team up with girl reporter Trixie Trouble to investigate the shocking death of a beloved professor. This is my first comic book, so it's a real learning process trying to make it; I will be detailing that process here. I hope to have the issue complete by the end of March, with the goal of heading to Kickstarter in April for a May publication date. We'll see how it goes though!

The second project I have is the Classic Comics Forum Podcast, where I discuss classic comic book runs. I'm aiming for an episode a month at this point, and will provide updates whenever new episodes become available. 

Thanks for reading!

Entries in this journal

The Crimebusters #1/120 - big news!

Big news!! The first issue is off to the printers for proofing! I'm totally stoked! I've also been wrestling for awhile with the numbering for this first issue. I really, really want to keep the legacy numbering from Boy Comics, but at the same time, I know there are some (weird) readers who may not even give the series a try if it's got a #120 on the cover. So... I've decided to just print copies with both numbers and let people choose whichever number they want. To be honest, I'm not s

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

05/23/2019

The Crimebusters #120 - Kickstarter goals and Squeeks the crimefighting monkey!

Getting close to the June 11 launch on Kickstarter! Right now, I'm neck deep in Kickstarter stuff, so I decided I'd share some of that process with everyone in my new blog. And I'm sure I'll be writing a lot more about the process and experience as things progress! crimebustercomics.com/2019/05/17/kickstarter-101-goals-stretch-goals-and-rewards/ The main things: my initial goal is $500, but if we hit the $800 stretch goal, I will be adding a 4-page Squeeks solo back-up story to the book,

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

05/17/2019

 

The Crimebusters #120 - quick update

The comic may be done, but that doesn't mean the work is finished! I'm currently doing a bunch of production stuff — formatting, editing, all that fun nonsense. My hope is that by the end of next week it will be ready for the printer. I'm also toiling away at the Kickstarter campaign. I have a couple really cool rewards to share with you down the road, but for now, here's a look a the custom Funko Pops that I hand painted; a very limited number of these will be offered when The Crimebusters goes

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

05/10/2019

 

The Crimebusters #120: coming to Kickstarter on June 11!

The book is done! And I'll be bringing it to Kickstarter on June 11, where you can pre-order the book and get some cool variant covers and other fun rewards. I'll be revealing some of those rewrds in the coming weeks, but for now, here's a link to a short blog entry about the Kickstarter announcement: https://crimebustercomics.com/2019/05/02/were-heading-to-kickstarter-on-june-11/   and here's a short video I did announcing the project:    

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Crimebuster

05/02/2019

 

The Crimebusters #120 update: the art is finished!

Hello, friends! I am excited to share with you that the first issue of The Crimebusters is now done! Sure, I have a few things left — like a two page text piece, and the inside front cover — but the art is now complete for the 30 page story! I've been working on the art since October, so I am thrilled to finally finish it. My first comic! I can't wait to get a copy in my hands.  I'm also looking forward to sharing it with everyone. Next week I'll be announcing the date when this will go live

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Crimebuster

04/27/2019

Classic Comic Forum Podcast #22 - Star Wars by Marvel Comics part 2

I took a small break from working on my comic The Crimebusters to finally finish editing the next episode of my podcast. This is the second part of a four part look at Marvel's original Star Wars series from 1977 through 1986. In this part, we discuss issues #11-38. Enjoy! https://classiccomics.podbean.com/e/classic-comics-forum-podcast-22-stars-wars-by-marvel-comics-part-2/   Now, back to work on the comic!

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Crimebuster

04/09/2019

 

The Crimebusters #120 - back cover

I have a new journal entry where I talk about designing the back cover, which frankly, I pretty much never gave any thought to before now. https://crimebustercomics.com/2019/04/08/what-about-the-back-cover/   The back cover:  

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Crimebuster

04/08/2019

The Crimebusters #120 - sneak preview now available!

I'm excited to announce that you can now read a sneak preview of the first six pages on my website here! I've also created a Facebook page if anyone is interested. I'm going to be creating a mailing list too, but I haven't quite got that figured out yet. But if anyone wants to be put on it, the website has a "Contact Us" button you can hit to send me a message. I'll be streamlining this at some point. Right now I am expecting to have the whole 30 page story completed in about 3 we

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Crimebuster

04/01/2019

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04/04/2019

 

The Crimebusters #120 update - font choice and finished artwork!

In the latest entry of my production blog on the first issue of The Crimebusters, which is my continuation of Chuck Chandler's adventures from Boy Comics, I discuss font choices, and I also give a preview of the first finished page! I have the linework and dialogue complete for all 30 pages, so now I'm just inking and shading the book, and it will be done! https://crimebustercomics.com/2019/03/17/font-madness-plus-a-project-update/   here's a look at the completed first page!

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

03/17/2019

The Crimebusters #120 update: Asking for Trouble part 3

I've been having a lot of health issues recently, which has slowed me down some. But I am still plugging away - just finished the linework for page 24, and am beginning the linework for page 25 (out of 30). My goal at this point is to have all the linework done, as well as all the (first draft) dialogue and word balloons done, by the end of the month. I am still aiming to have the whole thing complete for a May 1st kickstarter launch, but we will see.  Here's the latest blog entry: htt

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Crimebuster

02/15/2019

The Crimebusters #120 update: Steranko and the Soviet montage theory

In the latest entry of my production blog, I give a prgoress report and share some line work in progress for page 4, along with a discussion of some of my storytelling influences. Enjoy! https://crimebustercomics.com/2019/01/10/progress-update-steranko-and-the-soviet-montage-theory/ Here's a look at page 4, in process, which you may notices has a Steranko influenced layout with the sequence of small panels (which will be dialogue free when I get to that point).  

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Crimebuster

01/10/2019

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03/18/2019

 

Crimebusters #120 update

I'm still plugging away at the line work for #120. I'm currently working on page 10, and hope to have the line work done before I leave for vacation on Friday. I decided to bump my page count up from 28 to 30, so that has slowed things down as well, so I am currently looking at a mid-February date for finishing the line work for the whole book.  When I get back from vacation, I hope to share a sneak peek at another page in progress, but for now, I have updated my production blog with a look

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

12/19/2018

 

The Crimebusters #120 - a new comic continuing the Boy Comics legacy

So, I am working on my first comic book, and wanted to share the process with you guys here, especially since my series is a continuation of the Golden Age title Boy Comics. And lets by honest, the only people in the world who care about Boy Comics are here on these forums! My series is called The Crimebusters. I'm picking up where Boy Comics #119 left off, so The Crimebusters #120 is set in the fall of 1956, with Chuck Chandler — aka Crimebuster — returning to Curtiss Tech for his junior y

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

12/11/2018

 

Classic Comic Forum Podcast #21 - Star Wars by Marvel Comics

The latest episode of my podcast is now available, featuring the first part of a four-part examination of Marvel's classic Star Wars series. In this first episode, we cover the contributions of Roy Thomas, from the title's genesis through his departure with issue #10. Enjoy! https://classiccomics.podbean.com/e/classic-comics-forum-podcast-21-star-wars-by-marvel-comics-part-1/

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

10/09/2018

 

Classic Comics Forum Podcast #19: The Brave and the Bold #50-73 part 1

The latest episode of the Classic Comics Forum Podcast is now available:   https://classiccomics.podbean.com/e/classic-comics-forum-podcast-19-the-brave-and-the-bold-50-73-part-1/   This time around we're starting a 2 part discussion of the team-up era of The Brave and the Bold, before they settled on Batman as a permanent star. In this episode, special guest MDG and I discuss issues #50-56, as well as his time working as a writer for both DC and Valiant/Acclaim, where he co-

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

04/10/2018

 

Classic Comics Forum Podcast #18: Fantastic Four #1

In this episode, I'm joined by tolworthy to discuss Fantastic Four #1, as well as his new book, The Case for Kirby, which posits that the Fantastic Four was created and written by Kirby as an extension of his previous work.  http://classiccomics.podbean.com/e/classic-comics-forum-podcast-18-fantastic-four-1/

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

02/04/2018

 

Classic Comics Forum Podcast #17: Wonder Woman: Space Pirate

This time around we do something a little different, as I talk to a new reader/collector about her experiences getting into comics more than two decades after being briefly introduced to the hobby as a kid. We also discuss the stories she first read as a kid, particularly the Wonder Woman: Space Pirate storyline from Bill Messner-Loebs in Wonder Woman #66-72.  Here it is. Hope you enjoy!

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

01/04/2018

 

Classic Comics Forum POdcast #14: Blackhawk by Mark Evanier part 3

If you ever wanted to listen to three hours of discussion about the 80's revival of DC's Blackhawk, now is your chance!! This episode is the last of three about this classic series.  Next episode: Cap's Kooky Quartet!   Classic Comics Forum Podcast #14: Blackhawk by Mark Evanier part 3 September 1, 2017 In the final part of our three part discussion of the 1982 reboot of the classic war comic Blackhawk by Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle, Prince Hal and I examin

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

09/03/2017

 

Issue #13: Blackhawk by Mark Evanier part 2

The second part of this epic three-part examination of Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle's 1980's Blackhawk run is now available to listen to. I guarantee this is the only podcast in the world that will deliver three hours of conversation about Mark Evanier's Blackhawk! In this middle installment, we start going through the actual issues themselves, discussing #251-259 in detail. Enjoy!

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Crimebuster

08/17/2017