The Cicada Kickstarter from Evoluzione Publishing is officially live!

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Every thirteen years, a child killer returns to Braddock, Texas. As the small town prepares itself for a new cycle of terror, teenage prodigy Emma Dale has plans of her own. She’s going to get the hell out of this town, even if it kills her.

The Cicada is a story and concept that I have been trying to get off the ground since 2008. Many thanks to Evoluzione Publishing for publishing the project and hooking me up with the incredibly talented Alberto Massagia and Paul Little!

Ghost Band is an RACC Grant Winner!

My long gestating graphic novel about the creative destruction of San Francisco is finally happening thanks to a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) . Anke Gladnick and I now have the financial support to complete the first issue ahead of our Kickstarter launch. If you’ve ever participated in a Kickstarter you know that the waiting…is the hardest part. The RACC grant allows us to shrink the fulfilment window, and risk, to our backers and build support for the remaining three issues of the mini series. I’m very grateful to RACC and to Anke for accompanying me on this journey. The best is yet to come!

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Adjusting the Values

This was an exercise I recently went through with my students, and I thought it was worth sharing here. Every company in the world has a set of values that they expect their employees to exemplify. When an employee says or does something, usually on social media, that conflicts with the values of their employer they are let go for not upholding the company’s values. But what about for freelancers? You can’t exactly fire yourself (I would if I could). Freelancers hold many roles within the organization that is their career. It’s one thing to uphold your values when you are creating work or collaborating but what about when you are setting up at a convention space, dealing with vendors or looking for parking? Because when you are the company, you have to live your values 24/7. That is why I think it is essential to document your values and post them in your workspace. Here’s my list. Am I missing anything? What are your own values as a creator?

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