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Being Available

Being Available
Feb 19, 2019 by Mark Siegel

SEVEN VITAMINS FOR THE CREATIVE LIFE

Call-over 7 of 7: Being Available


In the Christian bible, it says Mary and Joseph landed up in a Bethlehem barn because everywhere else, “the inns were full.”

The Watchful Inner Policeman

The Watchful Inner Policeman
Feb 18, 2019 by Mark Siegel

SEVEN VITAMINS FOR THE CREATIVE LIFE

Call-over 6 of 7: The Watchful Inner Policeman

 

I like to think I have a little cop patrolling my inner world, keeping a watchful eye for saboteurs, intruders and thieves.

The Throughout Life

The Throughout Life
Feb 05, 2019 by Mark Siegel

SEVEN VITAMINS FOR THE CREATIVE LIFE

Call-over 5 of 7: The Throughout Life

Genius isn't all about brains. Our creative flow tends to involve *the whole of us*, suggesting there are many intelligences throughout our many systems. There's much more to intelligence than the computing power of the brain. Even if our brain would have us think otherwise. 

About Devotion

About Devotion
Jan 31, 2019 by Mark Siegel

SEVEN VITAMINS FOR THE CREATIVE LIFE

Call-over 4 of 7: DEVOTION

Reach and Stretch: Friends of the Creative Life

Reach and Stretch: Friends of the Creative Life
Jan 15, 2019 by Mark Siegel
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SEVEN VITAMINS FOR THE CREATIVE LIFE

Call-over 3 of 7: REACH and STRETCH, Friends of the Creative Life

 

Staying in what I’m good at can lead to atrophy. And boredom.

About Impossible Dreams

About Impossible Dreams
Jan 13, 2019 by Mark Siegel
IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS: They cause the mind to stretch. They create space for things to happen in. Also, occasionally they don’t stay impossible.

Creative Planning (2 of 7)

Creative Planning (2 of 7)
Jan 11, 2019 by Mark Siegel


SEVEN VITAMINS FOR THE CREATIVE LIFE

Call-over 2 of 7: PLAN IT, DESIGN IT. (A bit.)


For a great many people life is wherever they’ve landed up. I certainly know the feeling. When I first moved to New York, I’d catch an early train to Manhattan every morning. And almost every morning I ran down the hill, just barely catching it. Then it hit me: why was I doing this to myself? The train time didn’t change. It wouldn’t be difficult to adjust my morning routine ever so slightly to *not* start my work day gasping and sweating, but to start it instead with a peaceful stroll to the station. I could have that kind of morning.

 

I just had to design it that way.

Creative Food (1 of 7)

Creative Food (1 of 7)
Dec 09, 2018 by Mark Siegel

SEVEN VITAMINS FOR THE CREATIVE LIFE

Call-over 1 of 7: Creative Food
 
It's not a TED talk, nor is it a motivational speech. This is me calling over seven core elements of the creative life, be they signposts or guide-ropes—these are mainstays that help me find my way back into creative generation.

The first is FOOD. Of the creative kind.

Crafting An Epic Comics Collaboration (Slashfilm interview)

Crafting An Epic Comics Collaboration (Slashfilm interview)
Nov 17, 2018 by Mark Siegel
This fun interview with the great Rosie Knight includes special time-lapses and mini-movies about the making of 5 WORLDS—a nice share for any young or aspiring graphic novel creators...
 

2018 #DrawOona WINNERS

2018 #DrawOona WINNERS
Oct 28, 2018 by Mark Siegel

Congratulations 2018 Winners!


We were thrilled and hard pressed to select from among so many exquisite entries! 
Here is the 2018 selection—look for them in print inside 5W3: The Red Maze, now available for pre-order.

Bridging the Worlds of Comics and Animation

Bridging the Worlds of Comics and Animation
Aug 19, 2018 by Mark Siegel

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BRIDGING THE WORLDS OF COMICS AND ANIMATION

People often assume that making a graphic novel is pretty much the same as making an animated movie; some people even use anime and manga interchangeably—or that people can seamlessly jump from one field to the other. Even though perhaps a screenplay bears similarities to a graphic novel script, a storyboard is only a very distant cousin to an actual comics page.
 

From "Be Prepared" © Vera Brosgol

Photo Highlights from San Diego Comic Con 2018

Photo Highlights from San Diego Comic Con 2018
Aug 05, 2018 by Mark Siegel
A handful of memorable moments from SDCC18!
 
Simple #RESIST Smokey the Bear, and a sandtrooper.

5 Worlds #DrawOona Art Contest!

5 Worlds #DrawOona Art Contest!
Jul 28, 2018 by Mark Siegel
#DrawOona is the hashtag for the new 5 WORLDS ART CONTEST! Win a chance to have your work appear in 5W3: The Red Maze!
 

See below for some lovely examples!

5 Worlds Animation Test

Jun 14, 2018 by Mark Siegel


Gorgeous animation test by the super talented Jessica Mao. Do check out the 5 WORLDS series...

Meet the 5W Team (Part 1)

Meet the 5W Team (Part 1)
Jun 05, 2018 by Mark Siegel
Hi everyone! I'd like to introduce my teammates on 5 Worlds in the next few blog posts... Today, let's start with Xanthe Bouma.
 

Xanthe joined the 5 Worlds project along with fellow MICA alums Matt Rockefeller and Boya Sun. They had taken classes with the brilliant Sam Bosma and Kali Ciesemier who suggested I get in touch with these wunderkinds... And what a lightning bolt of inspiration it was discovering their work...
 

On Feeding Mermaids

On Feeding Mermaids
May 29, 2018 by Mark Siegel
Most of my projects start with an image.

Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson first announced itself as a little watercolor doodle one morning on a train ride to work. You can see it here, there's a captain at the prow of a ship, and he's talking to a mermaid in the water. 

I'd never given much thought to mermaids before this one turned up in my life. And as happens in my doodle journals, I don't know what else might be attached to a thread like this... I started pulling on it, day by day, and a 400 page graphic novel was on the other end of that line. Along the way, over a period of years, I got to learn a few things about mermaids.

5 Worlds 2: Pub Day!

5 Worlds 2: Pub Day!
May 08, 2018 by Mark Siegel

May 8th, 2018—5 Worlds, book two releases in the English speaking world. We dedicate this launch to our re-readers.

But first, thank you to my teammates, Alexis, Xanthe, Matt and Boya, for journeying this far together. Who knew that fateful meeting at MoCCA in New York three years ago would have such durable friendship by this point?

We're in the midst of inks and colors on volume three, but it's nice to come up for air and enjoy today's birth. Producing a 250-page, full-color story every May is a tall order, even for a team of five. It's also a marvelous adventure, and a collaboration like none I've known.

The 5 Worlds experiment is a gamble for all of us. We set out to tell a densely layered story, with a vast loom of world and character design, and themes that are intended to unfold over 1,250 pages. Within what is hopefully a riveting, world-hopping delight, filled with wonders, thrills, and mysteries—we are also exploring our shared humanity, and our place and service in the universe. 

We're not just making the 5 Worlds series for readers—these are offerings to RE-READERS. And re-re-re-readers... We dream of crafting a story that gets better on the seventh reading! And one where each book reveals something about each previous book. 

If you haven't already, hope you'll consider buying one yourself, or treating a young person you love to it.

And check out this fun swag! These are some of the items we offer at signings...
 

5 Worlds lapel pins, 2018 set
 

With 5W2, the second of our collectible bookmarks is out!



And the Behind-the-Scenes-'Zine reveals sketches and concept art of all kinds...

My first book ever

Apr 28, 2018 by Mark Siegel
I sometimes get asked when I started making stories. As far as I know, my first actual book was this one, at age five...