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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/

November 30th, 2013|

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|

Wizard World Philadelphia 2013 Sketch Round-up

Just got in from Wizard World Philadelphia and boy is my brain fried. My hand hurts too from all the sketches. But who's complaining? Here is a round-up of some of the sketches done this weekend! Guy Gardner Micro Flash Spidey Lightray (No, Really) Superman (Warmup Sketch) Wolverine

June 1st, 2013|

The Sire #8 available for purchase, review or retailer incentive!

Attention bloggers/reviewers/retailers! We're looking for folks who want to review a copy of the latest issue of The Sire #8. Also, any retailer out there that wants to order copies AT COST please contact us at sire@mikebooks.com. Featuring a cover by Talent Caldwell, art by Kris Carter & Steve Hoveke and written by Michael Dolce, The Sire #8 is available now! Donald Wright has seen some tough times, but when a vacation to California to clear his head goes wrong, [...]

May 1st, 2013|

News, Reviews & More

Taking a moment to dish on some of the comics out there keeping me warm this holiday season while I'm hard at work on new issues of The Sire, the Sire App, and our daily web comic stream that's coming soon! Amazing Spider-Man Dan Slott is making me jealous. No really, for years I lay dormant waiting for my chance to fix Marvel's flagship title. Obviously, with The Sire there are nods to Superman, but my real bread n' butter [...]

December 11th, 2012|

The Sire WebComic Officially Launches!

The Sire returns! Hot off the heels of the brand new release of The Sire #7 (available for digital download through Graphicly, Mikebooks is proud to present the brand new Sire WebComic. Beginning with the very first panel from issue #1, the Sire WebComic is a great way for new fans to jump aboard this critically acclaimed indie while long time readers can enjoy the experience in a completely new format. "This isn't just me posting the pages from the [...]

March 1st, 2012|

Sire #7 Available for Digital Download on Graphicly.com

The Sire returns and is available for digital download at Graphicly! Featuring a stunning cover by renowned artist Dave Johnson! Fast forwarding a few weeks after the last issue ended, the Sire is back in full force, tracking down all those who have been transformed by the same alien energy that gives his costume its power. But when a new threat emerges, it places his personal life at odds with his super powered alter ego and a choice must be [...]

February 2nd, 2012|

Secrets of the Sire #11: Sire #7 Off To The Presses!

Happy New Year Everyone! As I write this, I'm putting the final touches on the all-new Sire #7 before I send it off to the printer. To say this is a long time coming is an understatement, and I appreciate everyone's patience and support in getting this new issue completed. (Subsequently, all pre-orders will be filled within the week!) But enough about the past, there's plenty to look forward to in 2012! First, the release of the new Sire issue [...]

January 11th, 2012|

Blogging while drunk

It's not quite as dangerous as driving...but it's close... No but seriously, I'm watching this god awful Thursday night game (f'real why is Jacksonville on national TV again???) And I'm thinking and blogging and tweeting. The comic book industry is changing much like the music industry has already. I can't help but remember the convention where a fan came up, saw one of my books and said: "Oh yeah, i downloaded this. It's pretty good." After taking the requisite ego [...]

December 15th, 2011|

Using References in Comics

For those of us not blessed with the artistic prowess of Jim Lee, we need to resort to little tricks of the trade to make our stuff look...well, professional. Namely: reference. I can spot a million miles away an artist that is either not using reference or using other comic books art AS reference. It stinks. Seriously. Even the pros, no matter how pro-y they are can't do it alone. That being said, I still think i stink, lol. Below [...]

November 17th, 2011|

Image Comics’ Hack/Slash Trending Upwards; Former Sire Artist Dan Leister at the Artistic Helm

Former Sire artist Dan Leister handles art chores on Image Comics' Hack/Slash. As BleedingCool.com reports, the series has actually risen in sales as the series has progressed, following its move to Image this year. We wish Dan nothing but the best here at Mikebooks.com! You can read the full article here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/12/hackslash-trending-upwards

September 26th, 2011|

Image Comics’ Hack/Slash Trending Upwards; Former Sire Artist Dan Leister at the Artistic Helm

Former Sire artist Dan Leister handles art chores on Image Comics' Hack/Slash. As BleedingCool.com reports, the series has actually risen in sales as the series has progressed, following its move to Image this year. We wish Dan nothing but the best here at Mikebooks.com! You can read the full article here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/12/hackslash-trending-upwards

March 12th, 2011|

The SIRE appears in Wizard Magazine

The SIRE appears as part of a feature on War of the Independents. With the demise of the magazine so prevalent, it's an honor for The Sire to finally make it into the mag before it closed in non-advertisement form.

February 5th, 2011|

The Pipeline: Brand New Bubba Pin-Up

This is a Bubba: The Redneck Werewolf pin-up I colored over Dan Leister artwork. The piece itself is about 5 years old so be kind to Dan. I, on the other hand, took 5 years to color it. I'm worse than Joe Mad!

January 30th, 2011|

Dissecting “Hack/Slash” With Tim Seeley via ComicBookResources.com

More good stuff surrounding former Sire artist Daniel Leister's new book Hack/Slash. Tim Seely comments on Dan's work and the future of the title. From Comic Book Resources: In his continued effort to keep the story moving forward, Seeley teamed up with former Grimm Fairy Tales artist Daniel William Leister to pencil "My First Maniac" before moving on as the regular artist of the ongoing "Hack/Slash" title. Seeley summed Leister's contributions to the book in one simple word. "Cheesecake. Dan [...]

January 29th, 2011|

Secrets of the Sire Blog: issue Seven, Page 2

I will be showing you start to finish page 2 of the upcoming Sire #7 drawn by yours truly! It's the first Sire art I've personally worked on in 4 years (besides sketches) Hope you like what you see. The empty panels will be filled with artwork from previous issues as the story opens with a recap, which you will see of course. Also, I'll be digitally rendering the studio background behind the two characters. As for what the page [...]

January 24th, 2011|

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