Category Archives: Sharing Day

What do you think?

I came across a good topic last night for share day.  J.J. Abrams could be the director of the new Star Wars films by Disney. Can he do both Star Wars and Star Trek? He is a very good director and I think he can pull it off, but some people are asking the question. That is in the same realm as actors playing more then one comic book character. It has been done, not always on a good note but it has been done. I would love to talk to him about an idea that I have had for years, it deals with a cross over of the three great “Stars”, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Battlestar Galactica . I would love to see that one hit the big screen, but back to the question at hand. What do you think, can he pull it off? Some rumors are that the new Star Wars will start with an older Luke running a Jedi Academy, and others say that it will be a complete new set of characters. I forgot the name of the book I read a long time ago, but it was about Han and Leia’s twin’s adventures when they were at the academy. That would be a cool way to go. Let us know what you think.

Sunday Share Day #H3

Sunday Share Day is open topic, Use it to share your art, for open critique, to ask for help, share ideas, or just anything that comes to mind.

Sunday Share Day #H2

For this share day I think it would be nice if we all shared Christmas and other holiday stories. This is truly a wonderful time of year so please share with us.

Isia and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Sunday Share Day #H1

Take yourself back to when you were a young kid. Remember the old TV shows and cartoons you would watch. Today would be a real good day to share them with us.

For me it was, reruns of TV shows like Batman, and Wonder Woman, and cartoons like Scooby Do and the Super Friends. World War Two movies and shows like the Rat Patrol. Sci-fi shows like Buck Rogers and old John Wayne movies and other westerns. I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s back when cartoons were cartoons, filled with wonder and enjoyment.

Let’s hear from You.

Let’s hear from you.  What kind of topics would you like to see?


Sharing Day: You Did It!

I’d like you to take a moment to post a comment telling us something you’re proud of, an achievement or project you’ve accomplished that you think is cool. Maybe it’s your blog, or a book you’ve written, or a particularly great illustration, or that you lost fifty pounds, or a volunteer organization you help out with, or the deck you built, or a photo of an awesome cap you knitted. Just anything that shows off your interests in a great way and that you want to share with the community.

Imagine it’s like we’re going around the room and you’re asked to introduce yourself by saying “Hi, I’m Jeff, and I _______.” So I’d probably say “Hi, I’m Jeff, and I built a web site that lets people make their own super hero drawings at”. I want to give you a chance to brag on yourself a little and to point the rest of us at something you’ve done or been involved with that you think is great. Or even pretty good. Or even just mildly interesting.

Lay it on us, String Bean!

Sharing Day: Your Feedback

For today’s Sharing Day, I would like to ask you to sound off about three things:

  • Your overall opinion about the blog portion of the site — are there things you enjoy, things you hate, things you want to see done differently? Basically anything you want to say about the non-app part of what we do here.
  • Your opinion about comic-book reviews McKnight57 has been posting. Are you interested in what’s currently being published in the comics world or are you indifferent?
  • What is your favorite Seinfeld moment?

If you respond to all three, you can request a One Minute Sketch of whatever you like, and I’ll do a sketch in one minute or less of it and post it as a comment.

Ready, set, SOUND OFF!

The Pumpkin of Justice!

Genius creator Blue Blazer just sent me these awesome photos of his Justice League inspired Halloween pumpkin carving. He did these himself and I think they turned out great! At least, if I were an evil spirit or hulking zombie thinking of invading a house protected by a pumpkin like this, I’d certainly move along to someone less intimidating.

Click any one of these to embiggen in a slideshow.

Sharing Day: Best Tip

I have a lot going on this week and unfortunately I just don’t have the time for an Open Critique Day. Instead, I’d like to ask you all to help each other:

Give us your one “Best Tip” for creating characters with HeroMachine.

Maybe it’s how you use “Zypping” to add highlights, or your recipe for simple but effective backgrounds, or the process you use to envision a character before ever committing it to paper. It could be something as simple as how to save a color or as complicated as a link to the awesome scene you created. Whatever it is, post it here and maybe it’ll help someone else down the line who’s stuck.


Sharing Day: Good Reads edition

My question for you today is:

If a friend came to you who had never read a comic book/fantasy novel/science fiction novel before (your choice) asking for your advice on what to read, what one book would you give them to introduce them to the genre?

You only have to do one of the three (though you can do more if you like), but I’m going to take a crack at them all.

In science fiction, I always recommend they start with “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. It’s well written, with intriguing characters you really come to care about, and it’s nothing so crazy far-out that it would scare them off.

If they’re a religious person, I recommend “The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell. It posits that First Contact with an alien planet was made by a group of Jesuit priests. Only one returns, and the novel is about figuring out what happened. It’s great science fiction, raises some excellent moral and spiritual questions, and is accessible to anyone even if they know nothing about sci-fi.

On the comics front, I’d probably go with the Frank Miller/David Mazzucchelli Daredevil collection “Born Again“. (For a non-religious person, that’s two religious books. Hmmm.) I think it’s grounded enough in reality for anyone familiar with pop culture to be comfortable with, but with enough super-hero elements to be a decent introduction to the modern incarnation of the genre. Plus it’s a gorgeously illustrated and written book.

Finally, on the fantasy front I think you probably can’t go wrong with “The Sorcerer’s Stone“, the first Harry Potter book by J. K. Rowling. It has all the juicy fantasy tropes presented in a friendly way. If they were a darker sort of person, I’d go with Steven Brust’s “The Book of Jhereg“. Because it’s written in first person, I think it’s easy to get into the character’s head, and I love the way that Brust makes the magical world very commonplace in the mind of the main character. After all, for him it’s just normal; it’s only magic to us. Or, if they’re a more literary sort of person, I’d give them Brust’s “The Phoenix Guards“, set in the same universe but with different characters, told in the style of Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers”. It’s just a rollicking good read all the way around.

Most of those (and more) can be found on my Amazon Listmania list of sci-fi/fantasy books that I love.

Now, your turn!