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‘Mad Max’ Is An Oscars 2016 Anomaly…And It Just Might Win

It's Oscars 2016, a time usually hyped up with office pools, popcorn and glamorous celebrities trapsing the Red Carpet. Yet there's an air of uncertainty hanging over this year's broadcast, a cloud brought on by the seeming lack of diversity that's plaguing Hollywood. One of my favorite magazines, Entertainment Weekly, for the first time in years, didn't even want to risk putting Oscars on its front cover, something unheard of if you've read the magazine as long as I have [...]

February 25th, 2016|

SoS PODCAST Ep 5: There’s No WAY Deadpool Should Have Made 135M – We Break Down Why It Did

Deadpool made 135M at the box office. We break down WHY. Sure, Secrets of the Sire went on record to predict doom and gloom for the Deadpool movie only to watch it set R-rated box office records. But enough dwelling on the past, listen in as we break down WHY the Deadpool movie killed it this past weekend. Click here to listen to Secrets of the Sire: Episode Five

February 21st, 2016|

Top 3 Reasons ‘Deadpool’ Killed At The Box Office

You can't win them all. Yes, this host went on this very blog (and internet radio and podcast) to predict doom and gloom for the Deadpool movie only to watch it set R-rated box office records. But enough dwelling on the past, here's WHY the Deadpool movie killed it this past weekend: 1) The Marketing For Deadpool Was Redic Between NBA Christmas ads or shots of star Ryan Reynolds sprawled out on a bear-skin rug, as noted by The Hollywood [...]

February 18th, 2016|

SoS PODCAST Ep 4: Breaking Into Comics – Learn How These Pros Did It!

We chat with Pat Shand (Robyn Hood, Charmed) about the path he took to break into comics and get his take on what you should do the same (minus any restraining orders). We also find out some of your favorite creators’ most memorable moments in the biz. As always you can listen above or download us on iTunes and now Google Play as well! Or check out the show any podcasting app for your iOS or Android phone. Just search [...]

February 16th, 2016|

Poppin’ Your Cherry: Creators Dish On Breaking Into Comics For The First Time

You always remember your first time...breaking into comics that is! That's the theme this week as we tackle that always elusive, never tired topic of breaking into comics. It's what I get asked about most at comic conventions and I've been behind a booth or table for 15 years now (yikes! time flies!) At the end of the day, there are COUNTLESS ways to break in and the comics industry is full of great stories from professionals on how they [...]

February 10th, 2016|

SoS PODCAST Ep 3: Would You Rather Work For The Big Two Or Keep It Indie?

Wanna know what it's like to work for the Big Two? What about taking the plunge to help START your own comic book company? Our guest, editor Mike Marts, can clue us in on both as he's walked both worlds as Executive Editor for the X-Men and Batman lines and has branched out with upstart After Shock Comics. <iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/259258657&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe> As always you can listen above or download us on iTunes or any podcasting app on [...]

February 8th, 2016|

Would You Rather Work For The Big Two? Or Start The Next Big Company? This Week’s Guest Is Doing Both…

I recently mentioned to a friend of mine that I knew quite a few people that either work at or used to work at Marvel Comics in various positions like editor, online, special projects etc. His immediate reaction was "Wow, that would be huge if you could get a job there." Except I thought about it for a split second and came back with, "Yeah, but not really..." Unless I was working strictly creative (writing, coloring etc), the thought of [...]

February 2nd, 2016|

SoS PODCAST Ep 2: Deadpool Is Going to FLOP…And It’s All YOUR Fault

Relive one our most popular and controversial topics! Which new comic book movie in 2016 do you think is poised to become the next Guardians of the Galaxy? If you said the Deadpool movie you are absolutely, 100 percent...wrong! You can listen above or download us on iTunes or any podcasting app on your iOS or Android phone. Just search "Secrets of the Sire" or "Host Michael Dolce" to find us. Or you can head to our Soundcloud page and [...]

January 31st, 2016|

The Deadpool Movie Is Going To Flop…And It’s All YOUR Fault

Which new comic book movie in 2016 do you think is poised to become the next Guardians of the Galaxy? If you said the Deadpool movie you are absolutely, 100 percent...wrong! Wait what? It's got all the makings of a sleeper hit: a rabid fanbase, a lesser known character that populates a larger more popular universe, a rabid fanbase, cool special effects and a heavy dose of humor, a rabid fanbase... If you're starting to detect a pattern here you're [...]

January 28th, 2016|

SoS PODCAST Ep 1: Diversity, OscarsSoWhite & Our Chris Cornell Interview

Our first Secrets of the Sire Podcast available now! Diversity is a hot button topic in Hollywood - most notably the latest online movement #OscarsSoWhite dominating the entertainment headlines. But are the politics behind the scenes actually taking away from the movies themselves? And is it the moviegoers responsibility to care? Click here to listen to Secrets of the Sire: Episode 1 below: Episode One

January 26th, 2016|

‘Star Wars,’ Diversity and The Oscars…Can We Just Enjoy The Movie Anymore?

Diversity is a hot button topic in Hollywood - most notably the latest online movement #OscarsSoWhite dominating the entertainment headlines. But are the politics behind the scenes actually taking away from the movies themselves? And is it the moviegoers responsibility to care? So it was two months ago when my Dad and I made our ritualistic trip to see the new James Bond movie Spectre. It was a tradition that formed organically when Casino Royale first hit theaters back in [...]

January 21st, 2016|

Do Artists Really Matter Anymore? ‘South Park’ Thinks You Might Not Like The Answer

South Park Asks: Are artists relevant anymore? Or are they just conversation pieces? Anyone still watching South Park? Twenty years in and it's they're still spot on. From the latest episode #REHASH the villain tells Lorde (aka Randy Marsh) the following: "An artist nowadays is a conversation piece. Just something for people 2 comment on. We're not making money selling records, we're making money selling tweets” To which Randy replies:"Who will make the content?" Villainous record producer responds: [...]

December 10th, 2015|

Two Successful Kickstarters In One Year: Here’s What I Learned

So you want to launch a successful Kickstarter do you? Well, having just completed my second successful campaign in one year, I'm happy to share what I learned. Here are a few of the 'Goods' I picked up during this experience: 1) Kickstarter Is The New Diamond Sorry Diamond, you FINALLY have some real competition out there. For many years, indie creators had to enter Diamond's doors for an inkling of a chance of being successful. And even then,your chances [...]

November 12th, 2015|

It’s The Little Things That Help Inspire Us To Make Comics

So as I'm writing this I'm back from Honeymoon. Married my best friend and all is as it should be 🙂 Now that of course counts as one of those BIG things in life that we look back on with joy and inspiration. A couple LITTLE things happened recently that have helped motivate me ARTISTICALLY: 1) The Most Dangerous Game Kickstarter has been funded! While I did not create this book, my participation was the cover art that James Mascia [...]

September 11th, 2015|

Comic-Con 2015: How To Use Social Media To Make Folks Think You’re There

I'll see YOU at Comic-Con...next year. Yep, that's right. Another San Diego Comic-Con is upon us and for the second year in a row, I'll be missing out. Bummer. But San Diego Comic-Con is so friggin huge - Really. Friggin. Huge - that to be honest, the only way if anyone would know if you were there is to thru social media. 1) Hashtag the s*** out of your tweets. Twitter will be the driving force at the show and [...]

July 21st, 2015|

Blogging Is Like Going To The Gym Sometimes…

Seriously folks, you know it's true. It's good for you. It keeps you (or for this metaphor your career) healthy and sustained. It also gets overlooked when you get super busy. That's me right now. And though it's all good stuff: Undone Comic Book, Freelance Writing for amNew York & Inquistr.com, Sire #9...it still gets frustrating when you realize you've been awful quiet. Because at the end of the day, your fan base hasn't heard from you. And they're waiting. [...]

July 14th, 2015|

Comic Book Blog: Nice To Be Back

Hey everyone, nice to be back on the mikebooks.com blog. This one is a relative short one though. Just going to list the upcoming awesomeness I've got in store over the coming weeks: New York Comic Con: I just got back from @ny_comic_con Special Edition. A bit quiet compared to the big one come October (ok, MORE than a bit when compared to the week long celebration Reedpop has planned) but it was nice to get the convention juices flowing [...]

June 16th, 2015|

Back From The Dead: My Kickstarter Post-Mortem

Whew! How about that guys, it's been a month or so since my Kickstarter for the Undone was fully funded. And it's taken me about that long to recuperate and grind some of the work out. Here are 4 things I've been up to since then: 1) Writing the darn script! I had a basic outline going into the Undone Kickstarter, along with the first scene fully written. So in the past month, now that I knew for sure we [...]

May 27th, 2015|

Kickstarter: So You’ve Been Funded With Time To Spare: What’s Next?

So I'm happy to report that we have reached our funding goal! But does that mean the campaign is over? Heck, no! Let's talk Stretch Goals and (shudder) Dropped Backers. First things first: Mo' money mo' pages. I think a cool way to keep folks into the campaign is to truly give them something to stretch for. Some peeps didn't realize that once the goal was hit the campaign still continues. So besides a good stretch goal, education is a [...]

April 10th, 2015|

Kickstarter Tips: Keeping Up With Thank You’s & Start Fulfillments Early

Well gang, we're in the home stretch - less than a week to go and only $153 or so needed to cross the finish line. With that in mind I want to thank everyone who've gotten us to this point. And also with that in mind, here are some tips for those that want to partake in a Kickstarter of their own: keep up with Thank You's and start your fulfillment EARLY! When I first launched the Kickstarter and the [...]

April 7th, 2015|

Kickstarter for Comics: Omar Morales Of The CruZader Takes Us Through His Successful Campaign

I'm counting down the days when I can launch my first Kickstarter comic campaign for The Undone #1 a brand new tale of powers and corruption in the Wall Street sector of America. So in the meantime I reached out to Omar Morales, a creator who just successfully launched his own Kickstarter campaign for his Graphic Novel The CruZader - and for whom I contributed colors for the project. He gives us his experience delving deep into the Kickstarter world. [...]

March 17th, 2015|

Taking The Kickstarter Plunge: A Few Quick Tips

Well folks, it's time. I'm happy to announce that next week, I'll be releasing my first ever Kickstarter campaign for a new project called, "The Undone." But before I do, a few quick tips I've picked up during this whole process: 1) Have your Amazon Info Ready One thing nobody mentioned was that you have to have your Amazon Payments account verified before you go to launch. Kickstarter themselves will send you a note to get it ready while you [...]

March 14th, 2015|

Binge Reading: A Healthy Comic Book Addiction?

NOTE: Due to the Comixology News, this blog has been pushed back one day from its regular Monday post day. As I sit here on a gorgeous East Coast morning, about to partake in some healthy comic book binge reading, I found myself thinking, is this a healthy addiction? Before anyone sounds the alarm at me for being so dramatic, fear not, I think the answer is 100% YES! So what are we waiting for? Let's take a look at [...]

March 11th, 2015|

Comic Stores, Local Artists & Starbucks

Hey folks, welcome back to Secrets of the Sire! Got a lot of great feedback from the topic of print vs digital, what comic book stores must do to survive and finally comic books stores: should they serve alcohol. For the final note on this debate, I'd like to give a shot out to @LyriaExchange for the great exchange on Twitter recently. Here's a look at what we had to say on the matter of local comic shops (LCS) bringing artists [...]

March 7th, 2015|

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