Author Archive: Paul Levitz

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Non-profitable dreams

Non-profitable dreams

[ 0 ] September 7, 2016

Digging in the storage unit today, I ran across an odd artifact: the letterhead of the Narrative Art Alliance Inc. Never heard of it, huh? The NAA was probably the second not-for-profit incorporated related to the American comics industry, after ACBA, which went defunct in 1977, around the time the NAA was founded. The founders […]

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Gaspar Saladino

Gaspar Saladino

[ 1 ] August 4, 2016

My words never looked better than when rendered in the careful calligraphy of Gaspar Saladino, and if I must say farewell to him, I won’t do it referring to him by his most frequent but inadequate title of ‘letterer.” Gaspar was an artist with design, creating logotypes that have endured and influence, ads that sent […]

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Noel

Noel

[ 0 ] July 5, 2016

Noel Neill passed, and the world lost a small beacon of courage, charm and character. Like most of my generation, I ‘met’ her through her portrayal of Lois Lane on THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, conjuring a 1950s combination of Nellie Bly and MY GAL FRIDAY. But I was lucky enough to actually befriend her in […]

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Darwyn

Darwyn

[ 6 ] May 14, 2016

One of the highest peaks creative work can achieve is personal vision—that nirvana when a writer or artist is able to produce something that is unique, peculiarly and utterly their own. And on that peak, a summit is reached when that personal vision is shared and delights an audience. Darwyn Cooke climbed the mountain in […]

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Grading week

Grading week

[ 3 ] May 2, 2016

Not my favorite part of teaching, this is the week where final projects come in to be graded. Tell the truth, I didn’t much care for grading on any basis: as a student, I was never particularly grade-hungry (and was lucky enough to be part of a generational cohort where having insanely perfect grades wasn’t […]

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Farewell, traveller

Farewell, traveller

[ 2 ] April 19, 2016

If you came to love DC comics first in some faraway place, say a thankful farewell to Phyllis Hume today. Phyllis had one of those jobs invisible to the general public, unacknowledged on any masthead, but vital to changing the world’s comics culture. She began her involvement with DC as a paralegal in the corporate […]

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Chatting with Sonny

Chatting with Sonny

[ 2 ] April 4, 2016

Fun this weekend chatting with Sonny Liew at MoCCA and Midtown Comics for our signing. Email’s a wonderful tool, but nothing really replaces conversation for getting to know each other. The panel celebrating Sonny drew a full house, and we want through a slid show of his career (so far), while chatting about details that […]

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Learn by teaching

Learn by teaching

[ 0 ] March 28, 2016

Since my executive days ended I’ve been spending about half my time teaching: classes in writing, publishing, transmedia, and the graphic novel, all areas where my practical experience weighs heavily enough to balance for my lack of traditional academic credentials. I had the pleasure of learning from many wonderful teachers, both in classroom settings and […]

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A book that never happened

A book that never happened

[ 0 ] March 19, 2016

Jeff Vaughn at Gemstone just sent me a care package of some of their recent books, including THE OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING COMICS. A slick 300+ pages, it was a long way from the half-dozen or so typed pages at the front of the first Overstreet Price Guide covering the same subject. It also reminded […]

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Celebrating Denny

Celebrating Denny

[ 3 ] March 8, 2016

Celebrating Denny When Denny entered the comics field, intending to stay for a year or two en route to other writing forms, the idea of being celebrated as a comics writer by the public on any level was absurd. Stan had barely begun his promotion of Marvel as a brand (the fabled Merry Marvel Marching […]

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