Working Together Making Comics with Ball, Kaul, Chomichuk and Radchenka

A long backyard hangout produces an in-depth discussion of the philosophy, business, and life of making comics and collaborating on art and writing. Featuring your host, Jonathan Ball, alongside Steven Kaul, GMB Chomichuk, and Lyndon Radchenka. Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes | Stitcher | GooglePlay | SoundCloud Music by Patrick Short (aka Electric Candles), who is better known as Kindest Cuts Photography […]

Book Launch for The Lightning of Possible Storms

On September 30, I launched my book The Lightning of Possible Storms (Book*hug Press) in a virtual event hosted by McNally Robinson Booksellers and MC’d by my editor for the book, the outstanding author Stuart Ross. You can find out more about the book at You can watch the replay of the evening below, […]

The Seven Seas of Story

How do you move from an idea to a story? To have a story — a strong, well-developed story — you need to first focus on seven things. I call these the “Seven Cs of Story” but that looks bad on a piece of paper so I like the metaphor of the “Seven Seas of […]

Lovecraft and Samurai, Kickstarter and Comics with Jordan Patrick Finn

Comics writer Jordan Patrick Finn on the Kickstarter for his upcoming graphic novel Death Kanji, the influence of Lovecraft, and his love for Kurosawa’s samurai.  Jordan Patrick Finn is an indie comic writer and Lovecraft enthusiast from Ajax, Ontario. His debut graphic novel, Hellcraft, was self-published in 2018 with help from Kickstarter. Death Kanji, a samurai horror […]

Heinlein’s Rules for Writers with GMB Chomichuk

In a 1947 collection of articles titled Of Worlds Beyond: The Science of Science Fiction Writing, edited by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach, the author Robert A. Heinlein laid down a series of rules for professional writers. These rules have become something a craft canon and are sometimes blindly followed, sometimes brutally debated. Here are Heinlein’s “rules” […]

No Results Found for “I Hate Conceptual Poetry”

This poem gets mentioned briefly in my podcast interview with Anthony Etherin. I put it up here after Greg Hill tried to google for it and failed. The poem consists of found text from reviews of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (which, like conceptual poetry, also concerns itself with themes of bondage and constraint). […]

Talking to Lisa Robertson: Poet, Essayist, and Novelist

My short list of the best writers in Canadian history would have to include Lisa Robertson, whose most recent book is her debut novel, The Baudelaire Fractal (Coach House Books). I talked to Robertson about her novel, writing poetry, and writing in general. You can read my review of The Baudelaire Fractal below, and also […]