Convention Bound Yet Again! LosCon 39

21 Nov 2012, written by

Apparently not having learned their lesson from my previous times as a panelist, LosCon 39 (Nov. 23-25) has invited yrs trly back for another go-round:

Fri 4:00 — Chicago Room
Creating Language
Language and culture are linked.  What concepts need words?  How does the environment affect the language?  What does it take to create a realistic, usable language?
Lorien Gray, David Gerrold, Buzz Dixon, Sarah Joy Adams

Fri 5:30 — Scottsdale Room
Comics: Marrying Words & Pictures
An in-depth look at the art of bringing together the story, the dialogue, and the images that make comic books and graphic novels a unique art form.
Marv Wolfman, Neo Edmund, Shaene Siders, Joe Pearson, Buzz Dixon, Jim Krueger

Sat 10:00 — Chicago Room
What If Superpowers Were Real?
What effects would there be on society if there really were people with superpowers?  Would government’s just let superheroes act?  Would near absolute power corrupt?  Would the existence of superheroes ultimately bring forth supervillains?  Or would there only be supervillains?  What toll (or benefit) would the world see from years or decades of superpowered derring-do?
Jacqueline Monahan, James Hay, Edward L. Green, Buzz Dixon, Kenn Bates, Robert N. Skir

Sat 11:30 — Dallas Room
Animation & Science Fiction
Animated science fiction on U.S.  television goes back to Colonel Bleep and Tom Terrific (both 1957) and The Jetsons (1962).  What are the unique aspects of creating and writing science fiction for animation?  What’s around today and what’s coming in the future?
Buzz Dixon, Robert N. Skir, Len Wein

Sat 4:00 — Chicago Room
Good Villains
No one wakes up and says “what can I do that’s nasty today?”.  Or do they?  Do you need just as much motivation and backstory for your villains as for your heroes?  How do you create a good bad guy?
Len Wein, Nancy Holder, Laurie Tom, Buzz Dixon, Kenne Estes, Fred Patten

Sat 5:30 — Saddlebrook Room
The World’s Most Useless Superpowers
Sure, super strength, invulnerability, being able to fly, being invisible are all really cool powers.  But not everyone can be blessed with good, useful powers.  Someone’s got to be Allergy Boy or Mr. Droopy Socks.  What are your ideas for the world’s most useless superpowers?
Genny Dazzo, Kenn Bates, Shaene Siders, Buzz Dixon, Neo Edmund

Sun 11:30 — Dallas Room
Religion In Genre Books & Movies
Religion is frequently ignored in science fiction and fantasy.  But sometimes it isn’t.  How is it treated?  Do we see standard Earth religions or all-new ones?  Or ones that just think they’re all new?  Some authors seem to think that, come the future, all people will just abandon their religious beliefs.  Does that seem likely?
Allison Lonsdale, Buzz Dixon, Bradford Lyau, Laurie Tom, J. Michael Straczynski, Fr. John Blaker

Sun 2:30 — Scottsdale Room
The Ethics Of Cloning
At some point, it seems pretty likely there will be clones.  Body parts at first but, eventually, cloned beings.  What rights would they have?  What rights won’t they have?  What about for robots or androids?
Fr. John Blaker, Buzz Dixon, Scott Campbell, Richard Dean Starr

Big tip o’ the space helmet to
Craig Miller for all his generous help

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It’s Comic Con Time Again!

09 Jul 2012, written by

We’re off to the San Diego Comic Con!  Be sure to visit us at the Christian Comic Arts Society table in the Small press area (P-08) of at one of the events below:
Christian Comic Arts Society Open Mixer, FRIDAY, JULY 13:  8:00PM – 10:00PM, Room 23ABC
Come join the Christian Comic Arts Society for their annual fellowship mixer.  Open to all comics, media, and pop-culture fans!   Hosted by CCAS members Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media), Leslie Ezeh (Stop N Go Productions), and Ralph Miley (New Creation), fans and creators alike are invited to join an informal after-hours time of Christian fellowship, networking, laughter and prayer as we “talk shop” about the Christian comics movement.


Spiritual Themes In Comics, SATURDAY, JULY 14: 6:00PM – 7:00PM Room 4
This always lively CCAS panel examines spiritual themes in both contemporary comics and pop-culture in general, with a special nod this year to Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” and Terrence Malick’s “The Tree Of Life.”

Panelists include:

WAYNE GARDINER         Crucidel Productions    
SERGIO CARIELLO          The Action Bible          
LEO PARTIBLE                Behind the Screen: Insiders on Faith, Film and Culture
CHRISTOPHER KOELLE  The Book Of Revelation
moderator: BUZZ DIXON    Savage Angels             


CCAS Sunday Devotional & Christian Comics Panel, SUNDAY, JULY 15:  10:00AM – 11:00AM Room 32AB
Join fellow Christian fans and creators for a brief devotional period, followed by an in-depth analysis on interpreting the Bible in graphic format.  Open to all who wish to attend.


SERGIO CARIELLO                The Action Bible              
CHRISTOPHER KOELLE         The Book Of Revelation   
BILLY TUCCI                           A Child Is Born                
moderator: BUZZ DIXON           Savage Angels                

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SAVAGE ANGELS Cover Ideas (part 2)

02 Jun 2012, written by

As we posted earlier, we spend a significant amount of time & effort making sure we have the best cover possible for each book we release.

We gave the extremely talented Holly Knevelbaard a sneak peak at the manuscript* and asked her to work up some ideas.

You’ve already seen one, her airplane concept.  Here’s another try:

Holly called this one “Pray” and it depicts a scene that takes place shortly after the girls manage to reach the island.

Better than the airplane idea, but not quite there yet.  The girls are too small in the image, and there’s no sense of the story itself, what they’re doing there or how they arrived in such a predicament.

So Holly took another swing at a cover idea…



*  She loves it, BTW, and says she would even if we weren’t paying her!  ;)

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Art Challenge: SERENITY Vs The Ten Commandments

04 Feb 2012, written by

The theme is “Serenity Vs. The Ten Commandments”, the subject is our favorite blue haired girl facing a moral dilemma re one of the Ten Commandments (your choice which Commandment/s).

1.  Single panel illustrations preferred, tho short strips / single page stories are okay.  Any style you prefer (manga, realistic, cartoon, movie poster, chapel ceiling fresco, etc.) is okay.

2.  They can be:

A.  SERENITY: THEN — back before she became a Christian (we’ve established she’s never been pregnant & she’s never murdered anybody; anything else is open, tho we’d suggest if you show her doing something wrong, you also show her about to get caught, i.e., if she’s shoplifting she doesn’t realize a store detective is watching her, etc.)

B.  SERENITY: NOW — facing a moral dilemma after she’s become a Christian (how do we know?  Well, since becoming a Christian she always wears a small cross around her neck, so that’s how to show the difference between then & now; also, while she might succumb to temptation “then” she should be shown resisting it “now”)

C.  SERENITY: MAKE-BELIEVE –Serenity & her friends make amateur movies, so if you want to do an illo where they’re making a film & acting out a scenario based on the Ten Commandments (an elaborate jewel heist, f’r instance), go ahead

3.  Remember our venue, ask yourself if it would fly in an Archie comic or the Luann / Zits / Gil Thorpe /9 Chickweed Lane comic strips; if the answer’s yes, go for it.  (Do not — repeat NOT — use Love Is… as a template! =8O )

Sound Advice From The Late, Great Hugo-Award Winning
Sci-Fi Writer / Cartoonist / Director / Photographer Bill Rotsler:
Short is better than long. 
Funny is better than not funny. 
Short and funny is best of all.

4.  This challenge is for funsies:

A.  No monetary award or compensation offered or implied

B.  Send a link to your art either thru the comments section below or on the SnokieStories Facebook page.  You may show your art on your own blog, any art sites you might belong to (Deviant Art, etc.), and in your portfolio as an example of your abilities

C.  If working in traditional media (i.e., pen & paper) you may sell the original art as an example of your artistic abilities, but please state somewhere on the art the characters are © & TM Buzz Dixon & Snokie (this is for our protection & yours); a little notation in the lower corner is ok

D.  You agree that once your art is posted here, it may cross posted on the SnokieStories Facebook page as examples of your art using the Serenity characters; unless you prefer otherwise, you will be credited as your name appears in your comments or Facebook page

E.  These illos are for online cross-promotional fun; they will not be re-packaged, sold, etc. without first obtaining permission from the artist/s

Challenge begins in 5…4…3…2…1…GO !

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Fan Art Posted!

04 May 2010, written by 0 Comments

Our first batch of fan art can be found right…here!

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