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New 5 WORLDS test animation!

Apr 30, 2019 by Mark Siegel


New test animation by the great Kamille Areopagita

You can order the first three books of the 5 WORLDS series here.

Spring 2019: On the Road & In the Studio

Spring 2019: On the Road & In the Studio
Mar 23, 2019 by Mark Siegel

Have you read my latest Newsletter? It's here, packed with news and things worth sharing!

And over here you can sign up to have every new issue delivered to your inbox, three or four times a year.

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.