The Supervillain: How to Build a Formidable Foe

“I’ve got you now! Mwahahaha!” *five minutes later* “Mwaha-ha-ha. Do you like my laugh?” asked the supervillain. If you haven’t guessed already, we’re talking about supervillains today. They are a proud and noble race that battle it out against our superheroes. Without them causing trouble, we wouldn’t have a story for our heroes and anti-heroes. Because […]

How to Create a Superhero (Part 2): Origin Stories

Welcome to part two of how to create a superhero (you can read part one here)! Last time, we talked about what a superhero is and their amazingly detailed history. Today, we’re looking at putting that history into action. Superheroes are still characters in a story, and like every other character type, they needed to […]

How to Create a Superhero (Part 1): The History

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Is that Superman? Nah. it’s just a superhero. It’s just your run of the mill superhero with gifts out of this world – or a bottle. But is that all there is to this cultural icon that has cleaned up at the box office in recent years, or are […]

How to Write a Comic Strip Everyone Will Love

As we all know, the comic strip has been around for a while. We have chuckled over the funnies in the Sunday newspaper or giggled at their antics while browsing the web. But I don’t think many of us think about the work that goes into creating those panels each week. It’s for this very […]

Manga: The Japanese Comic Genre

Manga is a popular art form in Japan that covers various genres. It has also found a home in North America in recent years. And since we’re talking about comics, I thought we’d look at the Japanese version. Manga can be a little off-putting to those of us who haven’t dipped our toes into the […]

How to Write a Graphic Novel from Start to Finish

According to an annual report released by ICv2 and Comichron, graphic novel and comic sales hit $1.21 billion in 2019, which is significant. Graphic novels and comics have been gaining popularity in the past 20 years due to various factors, which we’ll get into below. Most importantly, though, they are getting more shelf time at comic book stores and book […]

Wham! Bam! Shazam!: Comics as a Genre

Comics are not just small books with a bunch of superheroes wearing spandex on the cover. They are a genre of their own. Comics mix two art forms to create amazing stories in a limited space. It probably comes as no shock to find out that I love comics. They’re fun, witty, and have been a staple […]

How Writers Can Navigate Dystopian Worlds Successfully

Hey, Lovelies! You’re angry. You’re fed up. And you want to see change now. No more climate change. No more coronavirus. And you want a government that helps you – not one that locks you in your house. The system just isn’t working for you anymore. So we’re going to break free of those bonds today. […]

A Writer’s Survival Guide to the Post-Apocalyptic World

Hey, Lovelies! Phew! We got through the apocalypse! Now, what do we do? That’s going to be the focus of today’s post. Getting through that post-apocalyptic world. So get out your compass, we’re going to get straight to exploring. Post-Apocalyptic Worlds Post-Apocalyptic Fiction: a subgenre of science fiction and/or fantasy that takes place after the end […]

Writing Apocalyptic Fiction While the World Ends

Hey, Lovelies! With the coronavirus upon us, I thought that we should take a look at apocalyptic fiction. It’s been a long time since I’ve done an in-depth look at a genre, so for those of you who are unfamiliar with how this goes, let me give you a breakdown. We’ll start off as always […]