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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: “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: “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: “Criticism” by Abigail Cook

Written by Kristine Chester | 1 Comment | Published on May 20, 2016

The hardest part of writing for me (next to getting started) is letting someone else read what I’ve written. My anxiety grows, becoming this heavy weight centered in my chest. All of my proofreading talents prove useless on my own work, no matter how many times I read over it, and the feedback – good or… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “Comic Mad Woman” by Joelle Sellner

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on April 22, 2016

We often think of writers moving from comics to television, not the other way around, but one of the ways Darby Pop stands out from other publishers is many of our writers originated in television. As other posts have discussed before, both mediums have their advantages and their restrictions, but what is it like for… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “What Makes a Comic Book Fan?” by Bob Ulrich

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on April 15, 2016

What do you get out of reading a comic book? It’s an interesting question and one that most of us could answer any number of ways. I read them because they’re entertaining. I read them because I want a good story. I read them because I like to study the art styles. With so many… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “The Separation Between Cartoons and Comics” by Tom Pinchuk

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on April 8, 2016

For a time in my childhood I was obsessed with superheroes, especially Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Batman. There was one important reason why these three captured my heart. Because they had cartoons. Reading an issue of Batman, made me hyped for the next episode of Batman: The Animated Series and vice versa. The comics were… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “Why So Serious?” by Zac Atkinson

Written by Kristine Chester | No Comments | Published on March 18, 2016

Deadpool is many things. Crude, violent, but most of all it’s a fun and funny comic book movie, which is such a relief to see coming from a studio other than Marvel Entertainment. I felt the same way back in 2008 when I saw the first Iron Man. It was a comic book movie that… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “The Next Level” by Steven L. Sears

Written by Kristine Chester | 2 Comments | Published on March 4, 2016

These days you can’t look anywhere without seeing a comic book turned television series or movie. It’s no secret there’s not a lot of money in comic books. Some writers script and draw and produce a comic book with the sole purpose of getting their foot in the door at a television or movie studio…. Read more

Darby Pops Off: Jeff Kline on the Quality of Covers

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

On Darby Pops Off we’ve discussed the value of a good comic book cover, but what about something more mundane? Something that might as well be invisible to most of us. The quality of the cover: the material your single issues are made out of. Personally I hate the glossy smooth covers that grace some… Read more

Darby Pops Off: “A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words” by Donna Ebbs

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

Cover Artists are the real heroes of the publishing world. Without a captivating front cover, how many books and graphic novels would go undiscovered? They’re a reader’s first impression of a work, drawing us in for a closer look, encouraging us to give the well-crafted story inside the binding a chance. If a good cover… Read more