Weekly Visions 8.10.17: Convention Crush, Plays, and Teaching Oh My!

Welcome back for another weekly dose of Visionary Goodness!

This week we remind all of you of our annual August-September Convention run, this year, counting last week’s Washington County Con, we’re doing seven shows in eight weeks! Crazy stuff, but, it means lots of chances to catch up with the crew!

We also shine a spotlight on Inkwell Awards with their latest auction, and a new Get Creative spot. Enjoy!

Speaking of Washington County Library Comic-Con…
Thanks to Sarah Hull and all the hard working volunteers that made it such a great show! CCO C. Edward Sellner did another round of his My Comic Life panel, talking about the history, the art form, and skills for working in comics. Thanks to Artway Alliance’s Eric Suggs for dropping by and posting a brief video segment from the panel! Check it out below!

Speaking of Teaching Moments…
Visionary is proud to announce that our sponsored Creating Comics courses will be returning in Spring 2018! The courses will now be offered at the University of Maryland, College Park Campus, through the Art and Learning Center! Studio CCO C. Edward Sellner will be starting the partnership October 18th with a workshop offered during a special program, the full course will then debut the second week of February 2018, with eight two-hour sessions. More details will be coming soon, including links to register for the course. In the meantime, feel free to check out the Fall classes being offered now!

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Visionary loves the arts, not just comics, but all forms of art! Which is why, every once in a while, we will spotlight something really cool we want folks to know about. It may be new releases in books or comics, or upcoming art focused events,  from our partners, friends, or supporters!

The Annapolis Summer Garden Theater is running a great new show called, In the Heights.

Here’s what the Bay Weekly had to say:
“The hottest thing in Annapolis these days isn’t the weather but Lin Manuel-Miranda’s In the Heights, playing through Memorial Day weekend at The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. Under the direction of Darnell Patrick Morris, the same guy who brought us Avenue Q and Hair Spray, this production is so outstanding it’s easy to see why the Hamilton composer’s show won the 2008 Tony for Best Musical. Here at the confluence of rap, salsa, and Latin pop, the American dream meets exotic choreography in New York City’s Dominican barrio to produce a story that transcends race, age and economic status.”

August 3-September 3, 2017 :: Thursday-Sunday at 8:30pm
Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda | Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Purchase Tickets Here>>

Check out this clip from the opening number!


The Inkwell Awards Fundraising Auctions Continue for our Second Week of our 10 Year Anniversary Season!

With 19 listing of original art, signed prints and special multi-signed prints from generous supporters of our non-profit, including Paris Cullins, Matthew Clark, Fred Hembeck, Matthew Dow Smith, Nikkol Jelenic, Kevin Conrad, Bill Anderson with Angel Medina, Joe St. Pierre, Charles Barnett II, Skott Kolin, Richard Case, Afua Richardson, Ryan Stegman, Michael Golden and more!

Support the Auction Here>>

 


Upcoming LIVE Events

Dover Comic-Con Logo8/19 Dover Comic Con 10am-5pm / Booth 047
@ Dover Public Library

1:30pm – Join CCO C. Edward Sellner’s My Comic Life Panel in the Children’s Programming Room!
Visionary returns to Dover Comic-Con for the third year mega event! Join Visionary’s CCO for his rousing panel on building a comics career, check out all our new releases and enjoy a day soaking in the pop-culture!

 

Southern Maryland Comic-Con Logo8/26 Southern Maryland Comic-Con 10am-4pm
@ Hollywood Fire Department

Visionary returns once more to one of our favorite local shows, the Southern Maryland Comic-Con in Hollywood! Join Visionary’s CCO C. Edward Sellner at the Visionary table all day and check out our latest releases, new prints, and other merchandise.

 

Image result for escape velocity 20179/1-3 Escape Velocity @ Gaylord Convention Center
12:15pm Sunday – Be Your Own Super-hero(ine) Panel  (Location TBD)

Visionary makes its triumphant debut at the Escape Velocity event with partner Artway Alliance! Join CCO C. Edward Sellner for his fun and exciting Be Your Own Super-Hero(ine) panel on Sunday, and check out Visionary’s latest at our booth all weekend.

 

Maryland Seafood Festival Logo9/10-11 Maryland Seafood Festival @ Sandy Point State Park

Visionary returns to the best tasting event of the year, the Maryland Seafood Festival for our third year running! In between enjoying the live music and tasting a variety of seafood treats, stop by Visionary’s tent to pick up some great reading material and art!

 

 

 

9/22-24 Baltimore Comic-Con @ Baltimore Convention Center
9/22-24 Baltimore Book Fest @ Baltimore Inner Harbor

This is a huge double-header event for Visionary, as we will be at the Baltimore Comic-Con, our own home show, at the Baltimore Convention Center AND at the amazing Baltimore Book Fest just a few blocks away at the Inner Harbor! Come join Visionary’s top crew, check out our new releases, new art prints, and other merchandise at either or both events all weekend!

 

 

2017 Confirmed Show Schedule

The following are confirmed shows for Visionary this coming year. More details coming as we get closer to each! Click the Event to go to their main page, or the location for map and directions.

10/21 Hampton Comic Con @ Hampton Roads Convention Center

10/23 Superhero Workshop @ Odenton Library

12/9 Ocean City Comic-Con @ Grand Hotel and Spa OC

 

Where will your vision take you?

Weekly Visions 8.3.17: Wanna Fight?

Welcome back to the Visionary Ring! As the bell sounds, the latest and greatest steps up to the bout, so check it all out!

ITEM! If you ever miss any of our updates as they go live, you can always check out our main site on our Blogs Feed to get the full stories! Comes complete with full listing, searchable database and tags. If you want to make sure you DON’T miss an update, well then, all you gotta do is SUBSCRIBE NOW!

 

This Weekend, Catch Us Live at…

8/5 Washington County Free Library Con @ Washington County Free Library
11am-4pm  :
: CCO C. Edward Sellner will be doing his My Comic Life Panel 11:30 am- 12:30 pm / Located in Conference Room #334

Join Visionary for the third year of Washington County Free Library Comic-Con! CCO C. Edward Sellner will be doing his My Comic Life panel, and we will have all our latest releases and merchandise on hand!

We’ve also added new details to several shows and included the rest of our confirmed 2017 shows scheduled on our Events Page!

 


 

Visionary_CollageITEM! We keep getting queries about our Deadlands titles and where to get them! Well, just a reminder, our novels are still available in finer bookstores everywhere as well as online sites like Amazon, Barnes & Nobel et. al. and our digital comics are directly available from us anytime! Check out our Complete Deadlands Checklist to fill any gaps in your collection!

 

 

 

 

 


Kickstarter Spotlight: Fight of the Century 

Fight of the Century is a 120-page biopunk, MMA, original graphic novel, now live on Kickstarter through August 11.

In a futuristic Brazil, performance-enhancing drugs have gone from behind-the-scenes banned substances to front-and-center game changers. The sports world as we know it has been revolutionized! Nowhere is that more on display than inside Neo-Rio, a mega-city that serves as the home to the Fighters Ultimate Exhibition League (FUEL). Men are becoming monsters in minutes as fighters are putting their lives on the line in the octagon.
FOTC is an action-packed drama that examines humanities desire to become bigger, faster and stronger; while exploring the price we’re willing to pay to reach our maximum potential. With influences from ROCKY to AKIRA to FRANKENSTEIN, it’s a comeback story about a man whose unlikely return will inspire a nation.

You can also follow their posts on Facebook!

 

Visionary is LIVE at SDCC! Booth M-10 Small Press Pavilion!

7/19-23 San Diego Comic Con @ San Diego Convention Center
Booth M-10 at the Small Press Pavilion
Wednesday 6pm-9pm / Thurs-Sat 9:30am-7pm / Sun 9:30am-5pm
SDCC Blog Announces Visionary’s Return!
Visionary makes it’s triumphant return to San Diego Comic-Con! Join Visionary’s Mike Munshaw, Sophia Openshaw and C. Edward Sellner for an epic week! Get Visionary’s latest comics, graphic novels, prints, and merchandise! Happening NOW!!

Weekly Visions 12.15.16: SDCC and More 2017 Exclusive Announcements!

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Welcome back everyone! Weekly Visions kicks back into high gear this week for our last regular update (we’ll be doing some special stuff for the holidays).

Below, check out some great reviews, our first spotlight, and some exclusive announcements about the coming year!

 

 

Deadlands: Thunder Moon Rising Reviews

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“Beyond Tuck Bringloe, who has a peach of a story arc, I honestly had little idea which of the cast of characters would become prominent and which would be ruthlessly killed off. I’ve been told by a couple of authors that every single character are the lead of their own story and they should be written that way. Mariotte does a fantastic job of doing that here, because even his minor characters are drawn well enough to invite us into their lives. It felt notable when they died and it felt important when those with a higher purpose met each other.” – Hal C F Astell at The Nameless Zine

“I couldn’t stop reading, the pages turned as fast as I could. What a mix the author treats us to. The book was different and refreshing. Something on the other side of the regular western read. I liked the fact that Tucker was used as the one to actually lead the search. It sent a message while giving the reader a character that you wouldn’t ever expect to have the guts and the character to do what he did.” – Gayle Pace

“This isn’t the Wild West, it’s the weird west. The author not only gives you the gunfighters of the west in Arizona territory but you get scientists that are on the edge of reality and then we get the unexplainable evil forces that exist everywhere. ” –Night Owl Paranormal

Now available on Amazon, and at finer bookstores EVERYWHERE!
Check out the Official Publisher Page!


Spotlight

We often get people thinking Visionary is primarily a publisher, but we’re actually not, we’re a production studio and transmedia development company. Which basically means we’re more focused on creating the great content and then work with partners in getting that content out there.

Our staff are primarily creators, writers, artists, editors, letterers and graphic design artists. We’re a little bit creator studio, a collective of creative braintrusts, and a lean mean transmedia machine!

Our imprints, Visionary Comics and Visionary Books are for the content we actually package and release through our publishing partners, great folks like Tor Books, IDW, and Image Comics for print, and Amazon, Comixology, iVerse, and Drive-Thru for digital. We are also in the process of launching our own online store you can find right on our main site that will soon be stocked with all our exclusive merchandise, both digital and physical, including comics, books, playing cards, prints and more! We’ll be relaunching our digital publishing initiative early 2017, so look for the announcement!

As a creative production studio our focus is providing high quality content for clients of all kinds! We’ve created a couple thousand pages of prose, several hundred pages of comics, and dozens of covers, illustrations and custom art in just the last year and will be doing even more this coming year. Some of those could be for YOUR PROJECT!

We’ve worked with Hollywood producers, top publishers, top creators, sports stars, celebrities, and other studios, as well as great non-profits, universities, museums and other educational organizations! We’ll be doing several spotlights on our various creative services and announcing new packaging deals early in 2017! Interested? Get our Services One-Sheet NOW!

You can also now find us at www.visionarycreativeservices.com!

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Visionary Internship Program Update

Visionary has a long tradition of bringing new creators into the industry and doing our part to educate, inspire, and train the next generation of great talent. To that end we relaunched our highly successful internship program last year. Half of our current staff were promoted up from internships and we currently boast our largest class ever as of the end of 2016, with a total of eight active interns!

What do Visionary interns get to do? They hang out once a month at CCO C. Edward Sellner’s place, eat pizza, learn about making comics, being a professional freelancer, get to participate in comic awards, and get to work on projects as support, managers, and even do creative work! That’s the good news!

The bad news (especially if we just got you all excited about the program) is we are now full for the quarter. We may reopen applications in the Spring. Stay tuned to be the first to know! Spots fill fast! We’ll be introducing our final additions for the year soon!


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Visionary Returns to SDCC in 2017!

Hard as it may be to believe, Visionary is already prepping its 2017 show schedule, and our biggest announcement is we will be making our triumphant return to San Diego Comic Con International in 2017!

We can also already confirm the following shows for our 2017 Schedule:

And more coming soon! Check our Events page for details after the first of the year!

Visionary offers a complete slate of convention and events programming as well as our merchandise sales. Visionary staff do workshops with children, youth, fans, aspiring creators, and panels on numerous topics, from creating comics to crowdfunding, and all topics in between. If you’d like to invite us to YOUR event – contact us now before we book up!

Weekly Visions 10.6.16: Our Final Events of 2016!

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Visionary is committed to connecting with fans, partners, retailers, distributors and our local communities! We do so through an ever growing number of diverse events, both in the virtual, and real world! We invite you to join us!

Got an event you’d like us to come to?

You can invite us!

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Upcoming LIVE Events

 

Hampton Comic-ConHampton ComicCon Logo
October 15, 2016 / Saturday 10am-6pm
@Hampton Convention Center, Hampton VA

Join the Visionary Crew for the single-day event! We’ll have our regular stock, plus new titles, and an exclusive preview of new projects coming from Visionary!

 


 

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Barnes & Noble Book Signing: Jeffrey J. Mariotte & Marsheila Rockwell
@Chandler Fashion Center, Chandler, AZ / October 15, 2016 / Saturday 4-6pm

Join Visionary’s Edtor-in-Chief and Book Division Chief, Jeffrey J. Mariotte and Marsheila Rockwell for a book signing! They’ll be signing their 7 Sykos novel and Jeff will be signing copies of Deadlands: Thunder Moon Rising!

Now available on Amazon, and at finer bookstores EVERYWHERE!
Check out the Official Publisher Page!

 

 


 

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Tucson Comic-Con
November 4th-6th, 2016
Friday 4-8pm
Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

@Tucson Convention Center, Tucson AZ

Check out the Tucson Comic-Con to meet Visionary EiC Jeff Mariotte and Marsheila Rockwell! They’ll have copies of all their original and licensed novels for sale, and doing signings.

 

 


 

C. Edward Sellner croppedDC Author Festival
November 6th, 2016 / 2:30pm – Room A-5
@Martin Luther King Memorial Library, Washington DC

My Comic Life: Building a Career in Comics

Join Visionary Comics’ CCO C. Edward Sellner for a frank and honest conversation about building a career in comics. What does it take to build a career as a freelancer, creator, and comic professional? Sellner discusses the importance of defining your goals, your definition of success, and seeking out opportunity.

 

 

 


 

TusconTuscon Sci-Fi Con
November 11th-13th, 2016
@Radisson Hotel, Tucson Airport, Tucson AZ

Tuscon Sci-Fi Con will be another chance to meet Visionary EiC Jeff Mariotte and Marsheila Rockwell! They’ll have copies of all their original and licensed novels for sale, and doing signings.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Southern Maryland Comic-Con LogoSouthern Maryland Comic-Con
November 13th, 2016 / 10am-4pm
@Hollywood Vltr Fire Dept, Hollywood, MD

Join the Visionary Crew for the single-day event! We’ll have our regular stock, plus new titles, and an exclusive preview of new projects coming from Visionary!

My Comic Life: Building a Career in Comics Panel
Details Coming Soon

 


 

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And that’s a wrap for this year folks! Thanks to all our fans, fellow creators, vendors, and convention crews for a wonderful year, our best ever!

Where will your vision take you?

 

My Comic Life Sundays: Breaking-In and Cons Galore

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Hey all, we’re back. I’ve been on the road a lot with many, many Visionary shows, and it’s thrown the schedule a tad, but we should be consistent from here!

Speaking of shows: we’ve had a great time at shows like Baltimore Comic-Con, Maryland Seafood Festival, and Annapolis Comic-Con this month. And we are live right now at Baltimore Book Festival at the Inner Harbor – in the Geppi’s Comics Pavilion right in front of the Maryland Science Center! We’re here until 7pm this evening, come by and check it out!

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Catch up with the My Comic Life Comic Strip on our Reader>>

Catch up with the My Comic Life Column at our Archive and Resources Page>>

 

My Comic Life Column 002: The Breaking-In Myth

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As someone who’s been in the industry a while and who now heads up my own studio/digital publisher, you can imagine I’ve come into contact with a LOT of people who are wanting to “break-in” to comics. It’s a phrase we hear a lot, in a lot of different settings. There are books, articles, columns and blogs online about it, and usually a couple of panels at any decent-sized convention focused on it. It’s an entrenched, mainstay phrase about comics, as well as other creative media.

And I hate it.

 

 

 

 

Breaking… Bad

See, I’m a writer; I love words. As a writer, I recognize the power words carry and how they shape our perceptions. Likewise, I know how a bad phrase can seriously misconstrue those perceptions. As Mark Twain said, “the difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” To me, using the phrase “breaking in” does no one, on either side of the industry, any favors.

When I hear that turn-of-phrase, I think something fast, and then it’s over and done. It sounds like a process that is more an impulse than a thought-out plan. It feels fast and furious; it also sounds final, as if it represents the beginning and ending all in one.

Now, clearly, folks in the know don’t intend for that perception, but I often hear many shades of this mentality from aspiring creators. So it’s apparently at least some of what they hear in that phrase and now, on some level, believe that’s how it is as they seek that elusive magical formula.

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Not how you Break-in to Marvel…

The truth is NONE of that has much to do with working in comics, on ANY level.

While there may be those who truly “break in”, my guess is you could count them on one hand and still have fingers left over. When there are creators that seem to burst literally onto the scene as full-blown, full-time pros? Chances are there is a large body of work that preceded their “overnight success” that you never heard of, much less read. While every creator has a unique story of how we got where we are today, most all of those stories have common touchstones, common themes that clearly show comics are anything but a “breaking-in” business.

Nevertheless, we foster that mentality in a lot of ways, from our use of the phrase itself to settings that lend themselves to quick reviews and polite feedback instead of in-depth, critical input, all the way down to a skewed media and marketplace that focuses primarily on the upper tiers of our industry. It seems at times as if all the laboring little guys, struggling to make it happen, don’t exist, much less form the vast majority.

Now obviously it’s the responsibility of any aspiring creator who wants to pursue it to learn how truly to go about “breaking- in” to comics. That said, what are the specific elements of the myth that we can dissect and counter with the facts as we better come to understand this process?

companiesThere Is No Simple “IN” or “OUT”

People’s perceptions of what it means to be “in” comics vary tremendously, and those layers of meaning make a huge difference to many other areas of life that often get overlooked.

Am I “in” comics when I make my first comic ever? Yes. Making comics, making sequential art, means you’re a comic creator. It’s a starting point and the only true “breaking-in” point because it fits. A person becomes a comic creator the second they create a comic, even if it’s a single panel doodle. By this definition, I’ve been a creator since about age 5, and started big time, with Superman. Not bad. However, simply creating comics, in itself, is most likely not your ultimate goal, right? If it is, awesome! Go, do, stop wasting your time reading this column and create! (Keep checking back, though, else we’ll miss you!)

For the rest of us, the problem is the second we move past this starting point, defining when someone has “broken in” becomes a lot more complicated. Is it when they’ve produced a complete issue or story? How about when they’re producing comics on a regular basis? Is it once they’ve established a solid fan base? Is it when their first work is published digitally or in print by an actual publisher as opposed to on their own or a vanity press? Is it when they start making any money? Is it when they’re making enough money to cover their costs for making comics? Is it when they are making enough money to support themselves? Is it when they are working full-time in the mainstream industry?

There are folks who would define “breaking-in” to be at any of the above points, and more in between, and none of those points are always inclusive of all the others before it, except mostly for that last one. There are plenty of creators who produce work regularly, or have a solid fanbase, may even be fairly well-known for their work, with books from top publishers, who essentially operate at a loss to produce those books. Or if not, certainly don’t make enough to support themselves, much less a family.

Jim Zub, creator, and writer of Skullkickers and Wayward, has posted a lot of discussion and detail on creator-owned publishing from Image – Check it out here.

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There’s More Small Steps Than Big Breaks

Again, “breaking” gives that image of fast, done and over. A career in comics is much more about taking small steps, one at a time, and then having to push through multiple challenges to take the next small step. That feeling may never quite end no matter how long you’re in the industry. To use another analogy, it’s not a sprint, but a trudging marathon uphill in mud to your knees, carrying a 50-pound pack on your back.

There is no single moment that it all comes together, but lots of smaller moments when you realize you’re making headway. And yes, there are those “big breaks” along the way, but they mostly come to the folks who are steadily taking those small steps, landing them in front of the right connection at the right time, and representing a payoff of long hard work as opposed to strokes of luck or brilliant talent.

Folks who think their first positive portfolio review will mean an instant job, or who think their first paid work automatically means steady work, are in for a surprise because none of that is a given. C.B. Cebulski, perhaps the best-known talent scout in comics, has worked over a decade recruiting talent, and once commented on Twitter that he’s only hired a small handful of artists on the spot.

CebulskiHe also regularly gives AWESOME advice to folks wanting to work in comics – FOLLOW HIM!

At best, creators whose work really makes an impression will usually start a process of grooming that in itself could take months or years. Any decent talent scout or editor will look for much more than just a nice portfolio. First, they will do their research. Has this creator done actual, published comic work? Do they regularly produce new content? Do they conduct themselves professionally online and at conventions? Etc. etc. If what the editor finds hits the right marks, then the creator might be asked to do tryout pages. If the first round is solid, most often, those pages will be returned with comments focused on areas needing improvement and another round will then begin. All the while, the editor will stay up on what that creator is doing elsewhere as well, tracking their progress and growth.

In short, editors are looking for far more than a spark of talent. They are looking for skills, consistency, productivity, professionalism, persistence, growth, and dependability, as well as the ability to work under direction. They test, sometimes for extended periods, before making any offer, which means even getting on the radar usually still means a long road ahead.

The Biggest Break is at Best a Crack

This mindset is something I find even among folks who’ve been in the industry a while, and it is a set of expectations seriously skewed to the reality. Anyone who thinks their first gig for Marvel will be the X-Men, or for DC, Batman, or in fact any ongoing monthly, much less a high profile top seller, hasn’t been paying attention. Creators who get that shot at the big time will first land a short story, or an annual or special, or at best maybe a mini-series, something to “test the waters.” These provide a first opportunity to work together and to show an editor they can deliver. It also provides a gauge of how fans will respond to the creator’s work, with a limited risk investment from the publisher. Once completed, some creators then sit back and wait for the steady work to roll forth, and it doesn’t, which is why many then quickly break right back out of comics.

Visionary_CollageOnce You’re “In, You’re Just Getting Started

I’ve heard it said that as hard as breaking in to comics is, staying in is even harder, and it’s very true. No matter what level of the industry one might reach, falling by the wayside is always a possibility. I’ve known some creators whose work I grew up with and respected tremendously, who now are often struggling to get any paying work in comics at all. Some make a comeback; others don’t. Some move on to other creative fields by choice, others end up taking regular jobs just to get by. Far too many end up being the tragic stories we hear of creators whose work inspired us, who end up spending their golden years in poverty.

I’ve noticed among my circle of professional friends that the ones who keep working the most are the ones who are constantly selling themselves. They’re the ones promoting their work, doing conventions, looking for opportunities, getting their foot in any and every door they can so they can have a variety of options for ongoing work. They recognize the need to have many irons in the fire to keep steady work coming in. They know that you’re not competing once for a career with job security, you don’t get handed the chance to write the X-Men for fifty years then get a gold watch. No instead, you’re competing for every gig you will ever get, often against more experienced, connected, and published creators than yourself, so you best be ready to prove yourself each and every time.

Even once established, chances are, a majority of leads a creator encounters will end up never materializing. A fair number of others will end up being far less than originally promised. Even that elusive ongoing monthly? Well, books get canceled all the time, right? So, it’s important always to have multiple options to help ensure at least one pays off. All of which means it is an ongoing process to “stay” in comics, and one that requires regular effort and attention, and always includes a gamble.

Now That I’ve Burst All Your Bubbles…

Take heart! Because if you’re willing to shift your mindset and change your way of thinking, next week I’m going to start telling you the secrets of NOT BREAKING in, but instead BUILDING UP your comics career. Because if you make the right moves, you will vastly increase your odds of reaching your dreams. You’ll start your first lesson this week – be patient and wait to read the next column. In the meantime, go, soak in Cebulski and Zub, and tell ‘em I sent you.

NOW DISCUSS…

Do you hate me? What was the hardest pill to swallow here? If you’re a comics pro or aspiring talent, share your own experiences. If you can prove me wrong with your story, go for it! If not, what has been the story of your journey? Let’s get some stuff rolling on the conversation front!

About C. Edward Sellner

A full-time professional freelancer, Sellner has credits as a comics writer, prose author, colorist, artist, and editor from multiple publishers. He is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Visionary Comics, one of the best known comic studios and digital publishers in the industry. The studio opened in 2006 and since then has published over 70 different titles in its digital line, and been involved in over a hundred different projects in production. Its clients range from Hollywood producers to international sports stars to other studios and publishers. It became the first independent studio to enter the licensing game with the announcement of its Deadlands license, which has since been published in comics from Image and IDW and novels from Tor Books. The studio also hosts a successful internship program where interns get practical, real-world freelancing experience, including paid work on actual jobs fitting their skill levels. Learn more at www.visionarycomics.com!

Weekly Visions 8.11.16

Deadlands Ghostwalkers MMP CoverDeadlands: Ghostwalkers Nominated for Dragon Award!

New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry keeps racking up prestigious award nominations for the debut Deadlands novel, Ghostwalkers! The book already garnered a prestigious Scribe Award nomination from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, and now it’s on the shortlist for the coveted Dragon Awards!

You can find the whole list here>>

And if you haven’t picked up your copy yet, well… now you can>>

And if you already have, well, be sure and pre-order Thunder Moon Rising here>>

Or if you’re feeling lucky you’ve still got a few days left to enter to win it here>>

 


PR Banner Events 2016Visionary Hits Record Number of Shows in 2016!

Last year we set out to grow our show schedule, and as of this year, we’ve hit 26 annual shows we participate in! That’s an average of one every other weekend! WOW! Thanks to the great folks at Dover Comic-Con for another great show last weekend. This weekend, you can find the crew at the Washington County Free Library Con, and then we have a huge run of shows kicking off with Baltimore Comic-Con September 2nd!

Get the latest on all our appearances and panels here>>


My Comic Life – The Comic Strip Returns and The Column Debuts!

We’ve mentioned our CCO C. Edward Sellner’s Patreon a few times now. He’s still running a special pledge promotion, of pledge now and get a free digital copy of Deadlands: The Kid and for every 10 patrons, he’ll add another of his art prints for a hi-res download and print your own pack in September!

Today marks the next phase as his comic strip My Comic Life returns! He’ll be posting a strip EVERY DAY now through August 28th, until he catches up to where it left off in its previous run, and then brand NEW strips EVERY Sunday! Here’s the first, and you can check out our snazzy new online reader, courtesy of Madefire, here>>

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Our daring CCO is also getting back into the weekly column biz, with the debut of the My Comic Life Column, a weekly column all about creating comics, and building a creative freelancer career, filled with helpful tips, insight into every side of the business, and tons of resources! The first few we’ll share publicly, but then, this resources will be exclusive to Patrons only.

Enjoy his opening round here>>

Want to make sure you never miss an update? Subscribe Now!

 

 

 

Join Visionary LIVE!

Visionary had a great summer! Thanks to the folks at Dover Comic-Con, Fletcher Branch Summer Reading Club, VA Comicon and others for hosting us at special events throughout the recent months!

Now, Visionary is getting back into the swing with a Fall PACKED with fun community events and conventions! Come join us at a venue near you! Meet our Visionary Creators! Get copies of our Visionary Books! Sit in on some truly Visionary panels! And get your first glimpse of Visionary 2.0 as we start rolling out some of our new branding, new divisions and new initiatives!

If you want to stay up to date on our complete events schedule you can always check out our EVENTS PAGE or just…

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Maryland Seafood Festival
9/12-13/15 – Sat 10am-9pm / Sun 10am-7pm
@ Sandy Point State Park

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Join Visionary at the immensely popular and fun Maryland Seafood Festival! We’ll have creators on site, and our full stock of comics, graphic novels, original art and prints. Event runs Saturday AND Sunday!

 

 

 

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Baltimore Comic-Con
9/25-27/15 – Fri 1-7 / Sat 10-7 / Sun 10-5
@ Baltimore Convention Center

Join Visionary in Artists Alley at table A108 at the Baltimore Comic-Con! We’ll have creators on site, and our full stock of comics, graphic novels, prints and original art available for sale!
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VISIONARY PANELS
Digital Comics Panel – Saturday 5:15-6:15pm / Room 347-348
Its a Digital Age – explore the magic, craft, and business of digital comics as we look at this ever changing and expanding edge of the comics medium and industry! Join guests Matthew Dow Smith, Jamal Igle, and others, with moderator C. Edward Sellner for a look at the new age of comics.

Weird West Panel – Sunday 12:15-1:15pm / Room 345-346
The Wild West – cowboys, rustlers, train robberies. It’s the stuff of legend. But add in a horrifically scarred gunman, something moving in the shadows, things that won’t stay dead, and you’ve entered the Weird West! Join Timothy Truman, John Ostrander, Greg Pak, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Jimmy Palmiotti, and moderator C. Edward Sellner and explore a west beyond your imagination!

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Southern Maryland Comic-Con
10/18/15 – Sun 10am-4pm
@ Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department

Visionary adds another awesome local con show to its schedule! Come join us at the Southern Maryland Comic-Con in Hollywood! 10-4 on October 18th!

We will be hosting panels at SMCC as well, details TBA!
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Tucson Comic-Con
11/6-8/15 – Fri 4-7 / Sat 10-7 / Sun 10-5
@ Tucson Convention Center

Join Visionary’s Jeff Mariotte and C. Edward Sellner for our first official Tucson Comic-Con!
We’ll update soon with details on programming, panels and booth as we get closer to the event!

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The BIG10 Roundup: Events, Reviews, & a PSA for All Our Fans!

Big10Visionary is ramping up our BIG10 Celebration as we bring the party to YOU! We’ve just added a whole slate of Spring Events, including four consecutive weeks of appearances at local community shows, FCBD parties and conventions! Find the one closest to you and come join us!

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4/25/15 – Saturday – Creator Con Festival – 2-8pm
James Hubert Blake High School

300 Norwood Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905

Join featured guest, Visionary CCO, C. Edward Sellner for Creator Con Festival, a celebration of the arts in Silver Spring! The 2015 Creator Con is a Spring Festival celebrating art, gaming, comics, and technology. Family fun for all ages. Live Music, Art & Gaming Contests, Game Truck, Artist Alleys, Food Trucks, Interactive Demos, and more!

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Learn more at the Festival’s Facebook Page.

 

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5/1/15- Friday – An Evening with Neil Gaiman – 8pm
Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Neil-Gaiman-3-SmCelebrated storyteller, Neil Gaiman, will be appearing live at Constitution Hall, and the Visionary Crew will be attending. Want to join us? Order Tickets NOW!
(This is not a Visionary sponsored event, but if you’re coming, let us know! )

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5/2/15 – Saturday
VISIONARY FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EVENTS

Visionary will be participating in two FCBD Events at local retail stores in the Washington DC – Metro area! Check out the closest one to you to get Visionary titles, original art, prints and signed copies of books!

Capital Comics10AM-6PM – Capital Comics, 207 Main Street, Annapolis, MD
The Visionary Crew will be there with our entire stock, and CCO, C. Edward Sellner will be doing portfolio reviews !

House of Pop9AM-4PM – House of Popculture, 12522 Mattawoman Dr. Waldorf, MD
Visionary’s Michael Munshaw in DA’ House! Mike will be sketching, selling original art, and signing copies of Deadlands: Dead Man’s Hand!
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5/9/15 – Saturday – VA Comicon – Richmond, VA
@ Richmond International Raceway
Show Hours: Sat 11am-5pm

Visionary makes a triumphant return to VA Comicon! Join the whole Visionary crew for freebies, our entire graphic novel line, custom playing cards, original art and prints! CCO C. Edward Sellner will also be speaking on a panel hosted by the convention (Details TBA).

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Logo Live Event5/16-17/15 – Tidewater Comicon – Virginia Beach @ Virginia Beach Convention Center
Show Hours: Sat 10am-6pm / Sun 10am-5pm

Visionary attends it’s first Tidewater Comicon! Join Co-Founders C. Edward Sellner, Charlie Hall and our Art Manager Mike Munshaw! We’ll have original art, prints, custom playing cards and our entire graphic novel line available! Look for us in the Artist’s Alley / Small Press Section.

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We’ll be announcing more dates throughout the rest of the year as we keep pumpin’ up the volume on our first decade blowout! If you want to make sure you don’t miss any upcoming events…

Calendar Deadlands: Dead Man’s Hand is on sale now at finer comic shops everywhere! Get all the details, including behind the scenes interviews with creators and extended previews of each story!DMH Now PromoAnd in case you’re not sure you can trust US when we tell you how awesome this book is, check out what these folks are saying…

Positively Nerdy – “Taking elements from a variety of horror and fantasy concepts including ghosts, zombies, sorcery and even some classic Universal horror, Deadlands Volume 1 Dead Man’s Hand, shoves them all into a blender and pours the results out over the down and dirty setting of the Old West.

Comics Beat “Merging fictional Western settings with familiar character types and situations, would be cliché, if not mitigated by  the elements of  Steam Punk, Magic, and Science Fiction, and mostly served up within the context of the horror genre.”

Geeks with Wives“If you want some Lovecraft in your Eastwood, grab Deadlands vol 1: Dead Man’s Hand!”

FA Comics“Deadlands is a good investment. There is something for everyone.”

Zachary Mule “Whether you’re into the RPG or not, whether you’re into weird western comics or not, you are still going to love the storytelling and the magnificent art of DEAD MAN’S HAND… don’t miss out.”

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MY COMIC LIFE UPDATE
We’re back with week 16! This week, MCL creator and star, C. Edward Sellner, has a VERY important public service announcement!
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C. Edward Sellner croppedAnd in case you missed it last time, get an in-depth interview with the man himself- C. Edward Sellner!

 

 

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Join Visionary at the VA Comicon This Saturday!

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Visionary attends it’s first VA Comicon this Saturday, February 7th! Join Co-Founders C. Edward Sellner, and Charlie Hall, our Art Manager Mike Munshaw, and Wonderkinds Cathy Dougherty and Natalie Ekelund ! We’ll have original art, prints, custom playing cards and our entire graphic novel line available! Look for us in the Artist’s Alley / Small Press Section. (Convention FB Page)
@ Richmond International Raceway Complex

Show Hours: 10am-5pm

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If you haven’t checked out our main site in a while, you really should! Lots of new content, webcomics, features and updates about our production studio and services! This is Visionary!

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