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Darby Pops Off: “Earning Your Four-Colored Stripes” by Forrest C. Helvie

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on January 20, 2017

It takes time and dedication to hone your craft, be it behind a camera, in front of a drawing table, or typing away at a keyboard. For many of us putting in the amount of time is difficult while juggling a family, a social life, and another job or two. In this week’s Darby Pops… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “Economics of Digital Comics” by Jeff Kline

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on December 2, 2016

We at Darby Pop have always said it’s not easy to break into the comic book industry; that’s why we’ve given up and coming writers and artists opportunities to see their work published. As fun and worthwhile as it is, it’s even harder to make a living working in comics. It’s this fact that writer… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “Being a Freelance Creative as a Mother” by Janna King

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on November 4, 2016

Not that long ago I brought home an adorable, rambunctious, two month old puppy, an act that led to restructuring not only my free time but how I work as well. Assignments had to be completed during nap times or after he had a Busy Bone to occupy his attention. Energy to catch up on… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “Misadventures in Freelancing” by Adrian Reynolds

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on October 14, 2016

When you’re playing in someone else’s sandbox, writing takes on a whole new challenge. The creator’s vision has to be properly conveyed and interpreted long before pen touches paper. And if that part goes wrong then everything else falls out of place. Fortunately, I’ve never worked with a creator that was quite as particular as… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “It’s Not You, It’s Me: The Importance of Critical Feedback” by Adam Breen

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on October 7, 2016

If you can’t learn from your mistakes then you are doomed to repeat them. Whether you’re a writer, an actor, or an artist of any medium, being able to accept and learn from criticism is vitally important to improving your craft. Women of Darby Pop writer Adam Breen, shares his experiences with criticism and why… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “From Indy to Pulpy: A Comic Creator’s Winding Road” by Joel Zain Rivers

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on September 9, 2016

Over the last year we’ve shared the humble beginnings of television and comic book writers alike. If there’s one truth to be drawn it’s that there’s no one path to becoming a professional writer. This week we have another origin story from, this time from returning Darby Pops Off guest writer Joel Rivers. If you… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “Good Vibes: Scripting the ‘Feel’ of Comics” by Austin Bridges

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on September 2, 2016

What makes a comic book feel like a comic book? Panels, art, word balloons, roughly 22 pages, but are these the only things you have to keep in mind when writing a comic book script? Of course not! I’m proud to introduce our guest writer for today. Austin Bridges is one of the winning writers… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “On Relationships… The Work Kind” by Sina Grace

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on August 26, 2016

Without networking, I wouldn’t work at Darby Pop Publishing. Actually, I wouldn’t work in comics at all if it hadn’t been for a friend’s coworker’s brother’s start-up comic book review website and the connections I made there. Who you know and who you’re on good terms with is every bit as important as your skills,… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “New Writers’ Wake-Up Slap” by Dan Salgarolo

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on August 19, 2016

Writing can be a world of fun. Crafting worlds, inventing characters, preplanning the most epic moments. I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t enjoy stretching their creative muscles to some extent. But how many of those people, how many of those ideas, are published? It’s not for a lack of people wanting to… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “The Secret to Great Endings” by Shaene Siders

Written by Kristine Chester | 5 Comments | Published on August 12, 2016

Endings are hard. Ask anyone who has ever written a story. From wrapping up a novel, to a comic book, to a movie script, tying everything in a neat little bow is a skill that requires practice. The thing is, I hear there’s a secret. A secret that our guest for today, Shaene Siders, has… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “Comic Book Movies – Hurting Their Source Material?” by Scott Barnett

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on August 5, 2016

Are comic book movies hurting the source material that inspired them? There’s no question that the landscape of comics has changed drastically since the Gold and Silver Ages, but how has the medium changed in recent years? Guest writer, Dead Man’s Party artist, Scott Barnett, takes on this idea in the latest Darby Pops Off…. Read more

Darby Pops Off: “Pitching Your Animated TV Series (Especially if You’re a Newcomer)” by Melody Fox

Written by Kristine Chester | 4 Comments | Published on July 29, 2016

There’s no “right” way for an aspiring writer to get their foot in the door of the entertainment industry, but there is a collection of tried and true tools that help crack the door open a little more. One of the late game tools for “established” writers is pitching an original idea: for a show,… Read more