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Name: Tad Stones

Bio: I worked in animation and probably created some of the shows you watched as a kid like Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck.  Also worked with Mike Mignola on a couple of Hellboy Animated movies. I have a blog talking about the creative process and how to pitch an animated series. http://hellboyanimated.typepad.com/just_a_tad/ and the Hellboy side of that address will get you to the blog that documented those movies as we made them. Currently I'm taking the idea for a series that I always wanted to do and turn it into a comic.



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January 4, 2013 11:34 am You have to go farther back for the roots of Ron's comments about Scott Lobdell. Try the 90s and the Xmen. ;)
January 4, 2013 11:31 am Has anyone pointed out the DC has shifted to a network TV system of creating new titles? I hear plenty of people point out that most of the original New 52 have fallen away which is just what happens to new shows every TV season. Comics are an incredibly cheap way of creating new Intellectual Property. Way cheaper than TV pilots. My impression is that the mandate is "Try whatever you want but if it doesn't click in five or six issues dump it and try something else." That can refer to creative teams, new groupings of characters or new takes on old heroes. It's not necessarily a wrong way to do things from a business standpoint. I guess you eventually wind up with a successful line up. It's a different perspective: it's not about the number of fails, it's about the surviving wins. What's missing is the creation and "testing" of brand new characters which isn't likely to happen since creators generally take new concepts to creator owned markets. That's where the TV system analogy breaks down.
January 3, 2013 11:04 am This is a fantastic page of beautiful art. I appreciate that most of the pages highlight the importance of panel to panel storytelling. But what also stood out is the gorgeous coloring on these pages and the varied styles of same. Great picks, Josh.
December 19, 2012 10:48 am Gorgeous artwork but somehow the panel with Cyclops and Magneto in the doorway made me think about how bizarre superhero costumes are. Like a couple of naked men barging into the room of a young girl. At least Magneto is wearing briefs and a cape. I've never had that reaction to a drawn image and it's not even photorealistic, though it is beautiful and emotive.
September 18, 2012 4:49 pm That conversation led to a couple of alternate universe stories in DARKWING DUCK including an audio crossover with the Rescue Rangers.
June 25, 2012 10:22 pm On Twitter, CB followed up that tweet with his disgust at a creator who was boasting how much more money he was getting beyond what was needed for the project. I guess the honorable thing to do is to put that money toward a second issue or a hardcover or something more of what his supporters gave money for. Bendis was giving a quick answer perhaps a little flip but that's how he started his career. He wrote, drew and called a printer. After that things could be said to get a little douchey. I'm sure CB isn't allowed to share anything that could be called a "trade secret" of Marvel's. Admitting that would be an understandable answer, especially to someone who is just trying to make an informed decision.
June 22, 2012 11:23 am Here's what I'm talking about: http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/File:Metal_Men_9.jpg I'd appreciate a correction from the Iron Chefs out there.
June 22, 2012 11:19 am The first run of METAL MEN was the closest thing DC had to a Marvel comic when it came to flawed heroes, dysfunctional teams and family like relationships. Why didn't it catch on? Don't know, I loved it. My guess is that some of the stories and visuals were out of a fever dream. Like giant robot monsters made out of what appeared to be pasta rollers. (I haven't rolled a lot of pasta).
May 3, 2012 9:45 am This Giant-man look is one of the worst costume designs ever. You know how there're costumes that only a really good artist can make look good? This is not one of them. No one made this look good.
April 14, 2012 11:07 am Coupla things: @j206 - I hope you don't have to guess. I've seen all sorts of techniques used in digital comics and frankly, simplifying layouts is not one that tops the list. I assume there's some sort of quick look feature, the equivalent of paging through a comic at a store so a potential reader can make an informed decision. About marketing - if you're a Wednesday comic shop guy and patrol various comic websites, the marketing isn't for you, or at least shouldn't be. The companies know you'll find out about them. Any marketing should be pointed at the non-comic shop reader. There are way more Smallville TV fans than LCS visitors.