Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How Do You Know 025

Deathstroke #1 cover by Simon Bisley
How do you know when you’ve read too many comics? (NEVER!)

When you think this on line at Starbucks while you’re waiting for your morning green tea frap.

Kyle Higgins tweeted that Deathstroke will be like Michael Jordan “trying to return to basketball but no one thinks he can.”

If Deathstroke ends up not being the mercenary he was, then I say his second profession should be Starbucks barista. Seriously. He can whip that foam, beat that frap, even give two, perhaps THREE, shots of espresso, and all with the same smile as a barista.

Perhaps the sword might be a little out of place, but he could use that in place of the big spoon.

Just an idea.

Monday, August 29, 2011

False Dawn #20 by 122476
Good morning, ALL!

Ah HA! I know you were waiting! Now, without further adieu, I give you the cover of False Dawn #20: Tragedies with none other than Lance Evans himself. Special thanks to 122476 for all his hard work. Dude rocks!

Now, go read it! XD!

False Dawn #20: Comic Book Script

False Dawn #20: Short Story Edition

Thursday, August 25, 2011

How Do You Know 024

How do you know when you've read too many comics? (NEVER!)

When this is on your mind at three A.M.

Dudes, I so want(ed) to go to FanExpo! Of course, my bank account was all like, "No can doozville, Baby Doll. You went to Baltimore Comic Con and will be at NYCC!”

I was like, "But dude! Marcus To and Drake Tsui and Jonathan Hickman and Tony Daniel and David Finch and James Robinson and Francis Manapul and Dan Slott and Eddie Berganza and Agent M and ArtForStrangers and Jeanine Schaefer and Dale Eaglesham and Cameron Stewart are gonna be there! FanExpo might be better than NYCC!”

And Account was all like, "Dude, eating or FanExpo?"

Now, I was all set for FanExpo when this massive hurricane decided to butt its nose into Account and my conversation.

Irene howled, "Thou shall flood your granny’s basement!"

Now, what was I to say to that?

Account cheered, happy to be afloat and win the fight.

So I went to my LCS and bought anything and everything I wanted. And you know what I said? "In your face, Account!"

Have a great FanExpo, everyone, and see you in New York in October!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

How Do You Know 023

How do you know when you've read too many comics? (NEVER!)

When you believe the model on the new Gillette commerical is actually Ghost Rider.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Things To Do Before October 13, 2011

My new to-do list to complete before NYCC2011. It’s quite a bit smaller than the one for BCC2011 but more time-consuming. I’m working with three artists now - the incredible 122476; the amazing Emily L’Orange; and the awesome Wolfram003. 122476 is taking care of my covers, while Emily and Wolfram take care of my profile pictures. By the time NYCC comes around, my Web site should be up-to-date and all-so-pretty.

Now all I have to do is write; get some nerve to speak to an editor; and get some bizcards.

Crap! Bizcards aren’t on the list! I knew this thing was too short.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

BCC2011 Recap and Experiment Update!

BCC2011 was amazing, and it totally isn't a comic convention without Darth Vader! I spoke with Mr. Mark Waid, Mr. Ivan Brandon, and Mr. Jamal Igle, and all were just really amazing gentlemen. I even brought Mr. Brandon's Nemesis: The Imposters, and he signed them! Considering the last three cons I only spoke to one person (Mr. Shane Davis), I take this to be a success.

Next up is NYCC! Cannot wait!

And gotta love getting up in the morning with a new avatar. Special thanks to Wolfram003 for her hard work on this - AND during the first week of college classes. You rock, girl!

Check out her work on her Deviantart site! Wolfram003's Awesome Art

Look, it's me - peeking over either contracts or my writing!


Friday, August 19, 2011

How Do You Know 022

How do you know when you’ve read too many comic books? (NEVER!)

When attending comic cons becomes a need, not a want.

I’ll be at Baltimore Comic Con tomorrow, guys! Hope to see you there!

Devin Leigh Michaels

P.S. Keep up with my infiltration of the industry at @Breakoutcbe on Twitter!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

How Do You Know 021

How do you know when you're read too many comics? (NEVER!)

When you hear the name "Eisner," you immediately think of Will, not Michael.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How Do You Know 020

How do you know when you've read too many comics? (NEVER!)

When every time you hear/think/dream about tacos, you think of Agent M!


Being published rocks! I'm in this! Check out America's Got Stories Vol. One, now available in print and Kindle formats on Amazon!

Monday, August 15, 2011

How Do You Know 018

Lois Lane by Ed Benes

How do you know when you've read too many comics? (NEVER!)

When you know that Lois Lane had her own ongoing comic entitled Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane.

New DC Offices (West Coast)

SVP Digital for DC Entertainment (you all know him as) Hank Kanalz has been giving Twitter followers a tour of the new offices in California. Take a look. They're freakin' amazing!

Now this is an office!


Hey guys!

I’m now updating regularly on Twitter. I’ll put up-to-minute updates on FD and just general information as I attempt to infiltrate the comic book industry!

Update: I’ve put in for two really cool jobs at DC - Vertigo Assistant Editor and DC Digital Assistant Editor.

*crossing fingers*

Check it out! @Breakoutcbe


False Dawn 20: Life or Something Called It

False Dawn #20: Life or Something Called It
Part One of Four: Tragedies
Comic Book Script-Plot for 20 Pages
Devin Leigh Michaels

I’m trying to show my ability as a comic book writer on this blog, so from now on, the comic book script will be the lead article with the cover, not the short story edition. I’ll still publish the short story edition, but as we go along, I’m noticing that I like the comic book script more and more. What I write is meant to be seen, and I can do so much more with script than the short story edition.

FD #20: Casia, Donnellie, and Lance attempt to find Ral and Jayden but discover their battle isn’t with Project: Avatar. It’s with Lance’s past.

False Dawn #20: Short Story Edition

False Dawn #20: Life or Something Called It
Part One of Four: Tragedies
Short Story Edition
Devin Leigh Michaels


I will never forget my executor’s face—devoid of emotion, life, and sanity. His name was Sawyer Ryder, and he was a captain in the Union Army. He worked directly under General Sherman, and during Casia’s and my time captured, I had the most contact with him. He brought us some food, later cleaned my wounds, but when General Sherman gave the order, he was to become my killer.

“Do not fret, boy,” General Sherman spat, a model of mock-justice high upon his steed. “You’ll be together—in death. KILL THEM BOTH!”

Bloody, hurt, and broken in more places than I knew or could count, I still managed to grab Casia’s hand. Dying, even if it is only once, is not pleasant, and Casia knew nothing of what it would feel like.

“Lance...” she pleaded, and I smiled as best I could through the crunching cheekbone.

“It’s okay,” I lied. “It’s going to be okay.”

The soldier stepped before us and lifted his rifle, and I broke from Casia’s frightened gaze to meet his eyes. I made a promise that day.

I’ll remember you.

Then, I looked back at her, and even in a homemaker’s dress, Casia was beautiful.


Friday, August 12, 2011

How Do You Know 017

How do you know you were meant to work in comics?

When you find the process just as exciting is the finished product.

The Process Behind The Unwritten #28

Thursday, August 11, 2011


More than a thousand hits in one month and ninety-seven hits in one day! You people rock!

How Do You Know 016

How do you know when you’ve read too many comics? (NEVER!)

When you have “Anyway You Want It” by Journey stuck in your head, you haven’t listened to it in ages, and you’re pretty sure your superpowers are manifesting as the universe is now talking to you through songs that were released before your birth.

Huh. Never thought I’d be clairvoyant.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How Do You Know 015

How do you know when you’ve read too many comics? (NEVER!)

When you see Golden Girls on the TV Guide Channel and immediately think of Deadpool and Bea Arthur.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Addicted to Green Tea Fraps

Discovered today I'm addicted to green tea fraps. I really *like* them in the morning...and in the afternoon...and as an evening snack.

So there two ways to go with this.

A) I stop cold turkey. That's it. No more green tea fraps, even though there is a SLIGHT chance they help with my metabolism, because I'm sure even without the whip cream, they're not that good for me.

B) I decide to use this addiction as a quirk of one of my characters, giving him/her depth in not being able to control his/her green tea frap addiction. THEN! I can continue drinking GTFs, rationalizing my addiction as research for False Dawn.

I choose B.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Nightwing - Damian Wayne - by 122476

I put in a résumé for an assistant editor job at Vertigo (under my real name). Freakin’ amazing. We’re talking about the imprint that puts out American Vampire, Hellblazer, and Fables as well as how many other ground-breaking titles (Swamp Thing, DMZ, Northlanders, Y: The Last Man, Damn—SANDMAN, people! Freakin’ SANDMAN!) And to work with the legendary Ms. Karen Berger, Ms. Shelly Bond, Mr. Will Dennis, and Mr. Mark Doyle would be the ultimate dream job. I’m crossing fingers. I’ve got all the qualifications, and I’m even signed up for Saturday classes at the Kubert School to top off my mad art skillz.

I'll keep you posted!

In other news:

* Sent in a one-page entry into the One and Done Anthology by InvestComics. Written by me with art by the awesome Shannon Fowler (check her out at!), “Forever’s Prison” chronicles the life of an immortal nomad and answers the question, “Who the hell doesn’t want to live forever?” If chosen, I’ll put it up here after publication. If not, I’ll put it up when I know.

* Getting ready for NYCC. By then, the Experiment should be on the cusp of its second year with covers for FD and hopefully the five-page story “And Many More” with art by 122476.

* Sent in my order for DCnU. Excited to see the changes, though sad that to lose RR, Booster Gold, and the Teen Titans as we know them.

* Commissioned last cover of “Scions of Darkness” from the always incredible 122476. Look for it sometime this week. (Check him out at!)

* Finished writing False Dawn #20: Life, or Something Called It in comic book script. Working on short story edition. Casia, Donnielle, and Lance attempt to find Ral and Jayden but discover their battle isn’t with Project: Avatar. It’s with Lance’s past.

* I’m reading Deadpool and Cable: Ultimate Collection Volume 2. Mr. Nicieza is a comic genius, but the suspense is killing me. Will the late, great Bea Arthur make a cameo!?

* Also on the reading list—Drake Tsui’s Sin. If you’re not reading this, you’re missing out.

D to the L to the M

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Since Blogspot started counting hits back in May 2010, the Experiment has popped up on more 5,000 screens, and just this month alone, it's  visited more than 900! (I'm going to hope on purpose, but I'll take what I can get!)

Thanks for your continued support mi familia (FIREWORKS to Ma, Sis), my editor Erin (HIGH FIVE), my cover artist 122476 (ELBOW BUMP), and you, the readers, for dropping by (WINK)!

Devin Leigh Michaels

From the Desks of Mr. DiDio and Mr. Lee:

"We Hears You."