HOW DO THEY DO IT? is a feature on Comic Artists Direct that explores the nuts and bolts of the creative process. Check out the below articles!

James Lyle demonstrates his working methods from start to finish on an illustrated logo project.

Gary draws, inks, colors and lays out a cover illustration for On the Shore magazine here.

James Lyle talks about brainstorming for ideas here.

Check out Gary's article here for ways to keep your writing ideas fresh and different.

Gary's step by step article on lettering for comics is here.

James Lyle's illustrations are featured in a new collection of Saint Germaine - Tales of an Immortal from Transfuzion. And his "Adam Among the Gods" (above) is now for sale online at! See what else James is up to here!

"Oz" artist Bill Bryan's "Seductions" (above) is now for sale online at! See what else Bill is up to here!

SUSPENDED ANIMATION, Michael Vance's Syndicated Weekly Column, features commentary and reviews from the net's best comic book columnists! See it here!

JUST LOOKING FOR ARTISTS' COMMISSIONS like those from Scott Rosema (above)? Jump to them all by clicking here!

Visit your local or online comic book retailer NOW to order Number One from July 2014’s Previews catalog under Aazurn Publishing! JUL140749

Indie Comics Magazine #8 now in comic shops! Ask for it!

Mercenary Pig #1: Meatcutter now in comic shops! Look for it!

Interested in what it takes to be an illustrator or writer? Curious about how the comic book and related industries work? Comic Artists Direct features a growing library of informative articles to enlighten and entertain.

FORUM - Are you a newbee looking for a writer or artist to collaborate on a project? Want to discuss comic books and pop culture? Leave a message on our forum!

FOUR COLOR COMMENTARY, with Suspended Animation reviewer Mark Allen. Click here!

Comic shop owner isn't a job, it's a CALLING, in this full color, done-in-one-issue story exploring 50 years of comic book history!

Comics helped Steve through some tough times growing up and he turned his love of the medium into a comic shop business. But is it worth the toll it takes on his family? Written by Gary Scott Beatty, and featuring the return of Aaron “Adventures of Aaron” Warner to comic book illustration! 32 pages, full color, $3.25.

Order NOW from July 2014’s Previews catalog under Aazurn Publishing. JUL140749

Above: Steve and his friends form a comic club. In Number One, Gary personalizes comic book history by looking at it through the eyes of those living through it. Click to enlarge.

Above: Steve learns retail and sells underground comics at a local head shop. Encouraged by his grandfather, Steve began buying comics at antique stores to sell at flea markets. Click to enlarge.

Above: Steve talks his wife -- and himself -- into buying a comic book store. Number One isn't every retailer's story, but it's certain these kinds of kitchen table conversations occur. Click to enlarge.

Read What Comic Book People Are Saying About Number One!

"Number One…captures the passion and drive that has motivated so many of us to stay with the field that we love through both the good times and the lean years…It's a moving story of the desire we all have to find a career that inspires us, rather than a job that just pays the bills. I hope everyone who's ever worked in a comic shop, patronized a comic shop, or dreamed of owning a comic shop gives this book a read – they'll be glad they did!"
— Cliff Biggers, Owner of Dr. No's Comics, Editor of Comic Shop News, comic fanzine pioneer

"…well written, engaging, entertaining, and even informative to someone who has been selling comics for 23 years."
— Rick Shea, Owner of Famous Faces and Funnies

"A personal story that's also a fun and fascinating walk through the history of comics retailing. A great read."
— John Jackson Miller, Faraway Press,, bestselling author, comics writer, historian

Visit your local or online comic book retailer NOW to order Number One from July 2014’s Previews catalog under Aazurn Publishing! JUL140749

Gary Scott Beatty

Comments on our site or questions on ordering can be referred to Gary at gary -at- comicartistsdirect -dot- com. We hope you enjoy your visit and will be back soon to our ever-growing site! The individual artists' sites have their own postage requirements. If you are buying from more than one artist, postage indicated at each site must be added together to figure the total postage for your order. All artwork copyright © by its respective artists and publishers.

Find out about appearing in INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE - Visit Indie Comics and click on SUBMISSIONS!

Submitting Art to Comic Book Companies

What do the pros look for when judging the acceptability of your artwork? Tips from Scott.

A Brief History of Illustrated Stories

From Gilgamesh to online downloads, our legacy is more than spandex.

Small Press Stories

Comic Artists Direct asked accomplished small press creators to tell us about producing, printing, publishing and distributing small press comics in today's changing market. The results are contributions from Peter Kuper, Jaime, Steve Lafler and Steve "Noppie" Noppenberger and more, here!

Promotion for Your Book

It doesn't matter how killer your comic, fans have to know you exist. This primer by Gary offers some ideas.

Questions and Answers

Chances are your question is answered here.

Navigating Comic Book Conventions

It's easy to wander around in a daze at big conventions. A little preplanning can make your visit even better.

Breaking Into Comics

There's more than one way to be a success in the comic book industry. These stories from pros are inspirational.

Coloring Comic Books Before Computers

The processes printers went through to color comics before computers will amaze and impress you.

Comic Book Lettering - How do They Do It?

Putting those comic book letters in those little word balloons may be more complicated than you think.

Been There, Done That - Avoiding Cliches in Comic Book Writing

How does a writer break away from the everyday?

Setting Up a High School Comic Book Class

Wouldn't it be cool to take a high school comic book production class? A Minnesotta teacher is setting one up and asked for Gary's advice. So, as long as he asked - Gary's article is here.

Memories of Lassie

A comic book success story.

Popeye's 70 Years

A walkon roll turns into a legend.

Digital Painting Over Pencils

I find myself satisfied with the results.

Quality "Independent" Work

Summer 2004

America's Forgotten Children

What a heart-wrenching project.

Free Comic Book Day 2003 Book Reviews

from a Marketing Perspective

Popeye, Annie and More

Have you checked out old comic strip reprints?

Early Vertigo: A to Z

An ongoing project.

Recommended Reading: Grant Morrison

An ongoing project.

Hang 'Em High!

Framing your original art (May and June 2000).

The Word "Got"

Literacy in comics (July/August 2000).

Halloween - Comics, Not Candy

Turn kids on to comics!

Real Heroes

A Response to 9/11

A Farewell to Peanuts

March 2000.