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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|

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|

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|

Blogging about Comics, Setting Goals for 2014

So picking up where I left off last week, the bottom line for making it in comics is by DOING COMICS. Drawing, writing, coloring, lettering, sketching...you name it. If you aren't actively doing stuff you aren't gonna go past your mom's basement. With that being said, the best way to acheive this is by setting some modest goals for yourself to acheive. Now, mind you these will be amended as I'm working on a paid coloring assignment for @thecruZader as we [...]

January 15th, 2014|

Michael Dolce Appearing at Enigma Bookstore Saturday January 18th

It's Graphic Novel Day Saturday January 18th at Enigma Bookstore in Queens NY. Creator Michael Dolce will be joined by Jared Barel, Oliver Mertz and Mike Isenberg coming for a panel discussion followed by a signing. Event: Signing & Panel Discussion Where: Enigma Books Stores, 33-17 Crescent St, New York, NY 11106 When: Saturday January, 18th, 7:00p.m. Click here for the Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/716850858348328/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

January 13th, 2014|

Working a Day Job While Trying To Do Comics

So many of you are in the same boat as me. You want to do comics BUT you also need to pay the bills. And you're trying...believe me I know. Whether you are a writer, artist, colorist or swami, the delicate act of balancing comics with making a living is tough. Unless, you reach the ultimate dream, and combine the two. Here's my plan for doing so. 1) New Years Resolutions Are For Jerks Well, ok, they're NOT. But only [...]

January 8th, 2014|

Blogging on a Friday Night

So it's not even officially launched but I'm blogging on a Friday night. Thanks to @brianbish for inspiring this. (Or is it the Miller lite?) But 2014 - oh yeah! Feel really good about where things are at - where things are going - and where things can be in the future. But even more important is how renewed to being creative again has felt over the past year. I genuinely enjoy trolling Twitter on a Friday night and looking [...]

January 3rd, 2014|

Mike Dolce on Comic Addiction PodCast

Hey folks - check me out on the Comic Addiction Podcast with Mark Poulton. We talk comics, our shared struggles to break into the industry and more! Download it here: http://comicaddiction.net/2013/07/29/talking-about-our-issues-episode-16-mike-dolce-interview/ - See more at: https://secretsofthesire.com/Mike_Dolce_on_Comic_Addiction_PodCast_#sthash.PwvynCmM.dpuf

November 30th, 2013|

Secrets of the Sire: WOTI Crossover coming…

Hey folks, long time no chat. Just got a sugarload of PSD pages from our penciler. And happy to start trickling new Sire info your way. So here's the low down. I'm hard at work on Sire #9 as we speak (script AND art duties mind you) The target date is October to release it (at NYCC, which btw, I'm still working on getting a table to that show). Then early next year there will be a Sire related War [...]

November 8th, 2013|

If at first you don’t succeed…

Hey folks, So i posted pencils of a panel I was working on (i've since colored it but i'll show you that later) but damn if i didn't eff the chick (whose character's name is Shatter) up. So i redrew it on a separate sheet of board and thru the magic of photoshop will enter it in. Let me know what you think - new version is on the bottom! -Mike

August 24th, 2013|

New Blog Site Coming

Brace yourselves folks. I've got a new Blog Site coming devoted strictly to pretty much everything I'm doing. In the meantime, as a follow up from last week, check out the finished colors to the panel i drew. I'm going to redraw the female character (Shatter) though. Wasn't overall pleased with how she turned out. So stay tuned for that too.

August 19th, 2013|

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