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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|

Comic Book Stores & Alcohol: A Good Combination? These Responses May Surprise You

Got some great responses to our latest blogs! Here are just a few snippets from social media on the topic of print vs. digital and what retailers must do to survive: Stacy Korn from Comic Fusion - another fantastic store in New Jersey had this to say on some of the suggestion posted: To serve alcohol you have to have a liquor license. Not always easy to get. I think the key is to not have all your eggs in [...]

March 3rd, 2015|

Print vs Digital Part 2: Golden and Silver Age Comic Books Aside, Do People Even Collect Comics Anymore?

Got a lot of great responses to last week's blog. So here's a follow-up question tackling even more concerns with print vs digital comics. Do people even collect modern comics anymore? And more importantly, storage: what the heck to do with all those hard copies? Andrew Lovuolo from Graphic Illusions Studios (and also the fine gentleman who created both the Sire and Descendant logo for Mikebooks) brought up an interesting point on Facebook: "I'm making the switch to digital not [...]

February 20th, 2015|

NetFlix For Comics: The Sire On ComicsFix

Hey folks, real quick I wanted to give a heads up that The Sire is on ComicsFix.com. What is ComicsFix? It's basically Netflix but for comics. You pay a monthly fee and you get to binge on unlimited comics. I gotta say, it seems pretty cool! Creators get royalties based on how many "page turns" each comic receives. Read a whole book and that creator gets more cash than if someone opens and says, "meh". It also dissuades folks from [...]

June 27th, 2014|

The Undone Kickstarter: 100% FUNDED

UPDATE: We finished with 167 backers for a total of $3380. Thanks to all! Thanks once again to all who helped us get our first funding goal achieved. I'll be doing a post mortem sometime next week detailing the saga that was my first Kickstarter. But in the meantime, we're still not done! More backers = more pages of story and art for YOU! A typical 32 page comic book has about 24 pages of actual art and story. If [...]

April 16th, 2014|

The Undone Kickstarter Week 1: A Few Takeaways

With week 1 of the Undone Kickstarter behind me, I provide a few takeways for others looking to take the Kickstarter plunge for comics: 1) It's every bit as draining as I was told...and didn't believe them when they told me "You're in for a ride." "Get ready to be consumed." These were some of the statements (warnings?) I got from those who've done this before. That as soon as you hit publish you'll be consumed 24/7 by backers, questions, [...]

March 26th, 2014|

Kickstarter Update: Weekend Warriors & March Madness

So I've been pretty wiped as of late. The fact that I've been passing out early every night despite the fact that March Madness (my favorite time of year) is upon us means this Kickstarter is definitely taking its toll. But in a good way. My most recent update from Saturday says it all: KICKSTARTER UPDATE #2 I fall asleep early last night, totally drained from all the excitement this week and I miss a wave of new backers for [...]

March 24th, 2014|

My First Kickstarter Day 1: A Few Quick Takeaways

Well folks, the first day is in the books - and what a start! We are already close to 30% funded and I am truly overwhelmed by the responses so far. As this is my first Kickstarter ever, I'll be blogging quite a lot on my experience, both to share for folks who are thinking of doing one themselves and also for those that have that can offer their two cents as well. So with day one in the books, [...]

March 20th, 2014|

Comixology Submit Bundle Special: The Sire #1 Included In Special Promotion

Comixology announced a special Submit Bundle Special at SXSW yesterday. Included in the special deal - 100 independent comics for just 10 bucks! - is The Sire #1, created by Michael Dolce, drawn by Dan Leister and featuring a cover by Talent Caldwell. The bundle will only be available from now until Monday March 10, 2014 11:59 EST. BUY THE BUNDLE PACK HERE: http://cmxl.gy/submitstarter

March 9th, 2014|

Sire #4 on Comixology NOW

Featuring a stunning cover by Talent Caldwell! - The Sire #4 will be available for download NOW on comiXology! Click on this URL to check it out or to help promote the book via social media: http://cmxl.gy/1bPodC1

March 4th, 2014|

The Sire: Flash Companion Part 1

Originally working as one cohesive online issue of The Sire, this was meant to be a nice bridge between Sire Vol 1 and Sire: Revelations detailing how Freak landed in Paris and detailing the connection between Zeus Wyndell and Samuel Antonetti. In the spirit of getting all these files back up on the site, I've dug them up and posted them to the SoS Blog. These individual panels were collected as part of the Sire TPB and will also have [...]

March 1st, 2014|

New Mikebooks Blog Coming Twice A Week

Due to popular demand i'll be blogging on Mikebooks.com twice a week! We've already had tremendous responses to previous posts and generated a ton of great feedback and interaction. So why stop there? Starting this week here is the new post schedule for Mikebooks.com: Monday & Friday: New blog post. I'll alternate between tackling topics in the comic book industry that I think demand a conversation and projects I'm working on (and believe me, it's a LOT). Self-publishing tips, tricks, [...]

February 24th, 2014|

Michael Dolce Appearing at Awesome Con in Washington DC, Apr 18-20, 2014

Check out creator Michael Dolce sharing tables with James Mascia at Awesome Con in Washington DC April 18th-20. Table, signing and sketching info TBD

February 23rd, 2014|

Sire #3 out NOW on Comixology

Featuring a stunning cover by Tyler Kirkham! - The Sire #3 will be available for download NOW on comiXology! Click on this URL to check it out or to help promote the book via social media: http://cmxl.gy/1cuxSMZ

February 5th, 2014|

I challenge YOU to make more comics than me!

Well, ok not really. I'd lose. Maybe. But I did just take a side gig writing for The Inquisitr.com recently so I'm all about trying to create eye grabbing headlines like these days. I know, I know, shameless. Just shameless. But let's talk comics anyway. If you've been following this blog recently you know I recently wrote a piece about setting goals for 2014. In it I set myself 5 goals for taking this OTHER beloved side gig (ie: making [...]

January 29th, 2014|

Enigma Bookstore Panel And Signing Recap

The fine folks at Engima Bookstore in Astoria Queens hosted myself and a collection of comic book creators like me for a panel discussion and signing this past Saturday. In one word: AWESOME! Always a blast talking comics with fans, peers and new friends. Joined by joined by Jared Barel, Oliver Mertz and Mike Isenberg - See more at: http://mikebooks.com/Enigma_Bookstore_Signing_and_Panel_Discussion#sthash.197J2FuY.dpuf Jared Barel, Oliver Mertz and Mike Isenberg the four of us dished about our comics, storytelling in general, self-publishing and [...]

January 22nd, 2014|

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