All posts by Tim Thiessen

15Feb/22

Content Spotlight: Valentine’s Day Podcasts

Hey there Silverline Fam,

It’s the day after valentines day, and you know what that means? We got content for you to watch! There are rose petals on the floor, sandals on the table, and Phil Collins in the air. Before you get to cleaning that up or shooing Phil away, throw one of these podcasts on your YouTube viewing device and spend the next couple of hours chilling while we talk about romance in comics.

This week we’re featuring both an episode of Wednesday Wham and Silver Sunday. Each crew tackles the subject of romance in comics and provides a unique perspective on it. The lineups for each show also differ from the current roster so you get to see different creators in conversation than on current episodes of each show.

Make sure to check out both of these great shows, as well as this week’s lineup of podcasts starting with A Show on Tuesday tonight at 8 PM PST.

Be good out there, fam!

08Feb/22

Content Spotlight: Silverline’s Getting a Facelift

Hey there Silverline Fam!

It’s a new year, new me kind of vibe over at the Silverline Youtube. We’re breaking up wax, hitting the tanning salon, and getting lean for hot-nerd summer. Well, we may not all be going that extreme. But we are getting a major facelift to our podcast videos.

As you probably know by now, every single Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday, we livestream a podcast that gets saved as a VOD on our youtube. That way you can throw us up on your laptop at work, your smart tv after work, or annoy your spouse by watching us on your phone in bed. That last one may get you kicked out to the living room couch.

Under the direction of our CEO, BJ Mann, our videos have a new sense of confidence and a sleek new look for that summer bod. The content of each episode is now spending a bit more time in the training center before coming out and strutting its stuff. So that means each episode will have more hyperfocus, leaving some room for the same old fun asides. But that’ll give the host more time and space to really dig deep into the subject material and deliver to you some true nuggets of wisdom to chew on.

The second part of this facelift is the facelift. Each episode now has a beautiful thumbnail that is sure to appease the almighty algorithm. Or at least, give you the viewer a better idea of what’s going on, as well as build a stronger and more cohesive identity for Silverline. That way if you’re bored and staring at your recommended page, we’ll be easier to identify. Just look for the chiseled chin of Dean.

You can already see it in action!

Check out last week’s and this week’s episodes and get some of that sweet sweet beach-bod VOD taste for yourself.

01Feb/22

Craft : Jose Fuentes

Hey Silverline Fam,

Every Week I have the pleasure to hang out with Jose Fuentes on A Silverline Show on Tuesday. I figured it was about time I got down in the dirt with him and asked him about his craft as an inker. Jose is an all-around talented artist and comics professional, but he takes pride in his inks and has some of the best grit I’ve seen in a person. In this week’s issue of craft, we talk about his use of alternate inking techniques and the work ethic he brings to the page. I hope you all can find some bits of inspiration from the answers Jose gave. I certainly did!

TK: In some of our previous conversations you had talked about applying ink in not just traditional drawn lines, but by flicking or smearing some of the ink. Getting a sort of special effect on the panel. How often do you attempt to do that sort of application or do you have to balance more towards digital inking now?

JF: There are several techniques you can use to give the impression of texture in a flat/2d drawing. Smearing and flicking are just a couple options. I try to use different inking techniques to give that effect on every piece or page if it calls for it. You don’t want to “overwork” a page. You have to be mindful to not overwork the penciler’s work with ink. There is definitely a balance that you have to keep in mind. I try and do the same with any digital inks that I am working on. There are a lot of different digital brushes you can buy/download to help give you the same effects that I try and use traditionally

TK: As a follow-up, how much do you prefer working physically or digitally? What are some of the pros and cons of either?

JF: I prefer to ink traditionally. I like the feel of the crow quill on the paper and trying new techniques. I didn’t use to. I hated to have ink or pencil graphite on my hands, but I have learned to appreciate the process. I don’t get the same feeling from digital, but I have embraced the challenge of trying to achieve the same techniques digitally.

TK: You have also said that you haven’t worked that day if your hands don’t have ink on them. Obviously, that may not be the case if you’re working digitally that day, but do you think that same work ethic, that sense of “really getting into your work” applies?

JF: So the phrase was said to me by Jan Duursema. Then she taught us to [use] various techniques that I still used today. I took everything she taught me to heart and adapted the phrase as more of a motto for my life. Taking this motto into my digital work gives it a bit of a twist. No, I’m not physically getting dirty, but I used it to motivate me to try my best [and use] many digital tricks to make my digital inks look like physical inks

TK: Would you think that mindset is ingrained in you and you apply that to your craft or is that something that came out of specifically your comic craft?

JF: I feel that this developed through the course of my education. I was more laid back in my own personal training, mostly because I was working to take care of my family so I put my art on the warmer. Schooling was a huge eye-opener for me. I learned that I can actually work in comics. I knew I could draw but I never really had much confidence in my career as an artist. My wife is super supportive and has pushed me to reach for my dream job. And now I work on comics full time!

TK: One last thing, what are you currently working on and where can people follow you or see some of your work?

JF: I am currently working on digital inks for Silverline Comics Obsoletes book. Digital colors for a six-page story for Peter Clinton that will be in the Voyage: Melting Pot, and I have a digital coloring job for a book that has been put on the backburner. I’m also lined up to do traditional inks on a book for Jay Cornwell, a local artist in my area.

25Jan/22

New Silverline Book & The Blog Strikes Back

Hey there Silverline Fam!

I hope you all had a dope holidays and that the start of your 2022 has been good. I had to take a break from the blog to deal with a bit of a family thing and then I got destroyed by a respiratory infection (not Covid). I didn’t forget about you all though.

There’ll be a full-length post next week when I’m back to 100%.

In the meantime, you ALL need to swing on over to our Kickstarter and make sure you have preordered your copies of Rejects and Sniper & Rook. This campaign will run until 01/30/2022. So get in NOW.

Be good all, and see you next week!
14Dec/21

Content Spotlight: Favorite Holidays

Hey there Silverline Fam! We got some festive content to share with you! This week’s feature is an episode of Silver Sunday where the crew talks about their favorite holidays. We really tried to cover all our bases with that smorgasbord style content.

This one is from October but still applies now in December. We do also feature an appearance from Resident Brit, Peter Clinton for the international opinion.

We’ll have some more appropriately festive content in the coming weeks, so be sure to check out those posts.

Also be sure to check out our live stream on Wednesday, December 22 for the Silverline Christmas party! It’s going to feature a whole bunch of different Silverline creators and will be a wild ride!

We hope to see you then, until that time, make mine Silverline!

07Dec/21

We Have Cool (Deadly) Friends!

Hi there Silverline family!

Today we’re featuring something you probably did not see coming. A Kung Fu influenced instrumental-hip-hop music video! If that caught you off guard, I don’t blame you.

Long-time fans of Silverline may have seen some hints. Several members of our crew are practitioners of martial arts or combat sports (kickboxer here). Previously on an episode of the comics-fu show, Kurtis had already talked about the intersection of comics, martial arts, and hip-hop.

And it’s happening AGAIN!

Captain Walas released a single this year titled Drunken Tiger featuring Alan Yip. The inspiration for this single and music video comes from our very own Kurtis Fujita! Kurtis is both a dope comic creator and a sifu (a master and instructor of kung fu). His most recent project Shadow Ghost is a combination of both passions. This title is something you should absolutely be on the lookout for if you enjoy martial arts, comic books, or a good time.

Please check out the music video and give Captain Walas all the love! Be on the lookout for Shadow Ghost in the future. And remember to “make mine Silverline!”

30Nov/21

Content Spotlight: Breaking into Comics

Hey there, Silverline Fam!

We got another great show for you! Right before taking off for the Thanksgiving break, the Wednesday Whammers talked about one of the hottest subjects for young creators. How the heck do you break into comics, and what does that look like?

All of the creators on this episode have worked with a wide array of companies in the industry (Silverline of course being the most important!) and on a number of published comics. This is a team that has already fallen forward, so take some of their advice to avoid the same pitfalls.

Wednesday Wham is our weekly live show that we air Wednesdays at 8 Pm EST on Twitch and Youtube. That means there is real-time engagement, including audience questions. If you are a creator hoping to make it in comics, follow our channels and catch the next live show so you can hear from our retinue of seasoned vets.

23Nov/21

New Book Alert! Silverline Double Feature: TwilightGrimm 3 and White Devil 1

Hey there Silverline Family!

It is Tuesday 11/23. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we got another reason to be thankful! Two new books are now available for preorder from Silverline Comics! that’s right, it’s another Silverline Double Feature featuring the third installment of Twilight Grimm and a brand new title, White Devil.

Both titles are written by comics veteran R.A. Jones. Twilight Grimm features art by Rob Davis, and colors by Mickey Calausen. White Devil features art by Jaxon Renick, colors by Phil Leon, and inks by Mike Keeney. Both titles were lettered by Mike W. Belcher.

You already know and love Twilight Grimm, but if you don’t you can add on the back-issues to your pledge or order them from our shop. Twilight Grimm #3 continues the story of Twilight Grimm as he continues his mission as the sole protector of humans stuck in the vampire-ruled Blood Zone.

White Devil is a completely new title, introducing Temple O’ Rouke, the White Devil of the Japan of Tomorrow. A man hunting human traffickers, and discovers a plot involving the forced cybernetic modification of their victims.

Head on over to our Kickstarter and get your preorder placed today. Remember this is a Silverline book. So each book is already completed and is 22 pages of beautifully rendered art and a masterfully told story.

Thank you for supporting and believing in us. If it was not for you, we would not be able to keep pumping as many titles as we do.

We’ll catch you next time and until then, Make Mine Silverline!

16Nov/21

Content Spotlight: The Comics Fu Show Issue 2

Hey there, Silver-folk!

Today we’re showcasing a different kind of offering on our youtube channel. The Comics Fu Show is one of my new favorite things. If you love martial arts, hip hop, or even just comics, then you’ll dig this episode.

This episode was recorded in celebration of Hispanic/Latino/Latinx Heritage Month and features special guest martial artist, actor, independent producer, and comic creator José Figueroa. Our hosts, Patrick Lugo and Sifu Kurtis Fujita take a deep dive into the oral history of Kung Fu & Hip Hop in Spanish Harlem. But only after some thoughts on VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE and 90’s comics in general.

As someone who grew up on comics in the ’90s, trains kickboxing every other day, and listens to RZA daily. This episode spoke to my soul.

I hope you check this great new show and get as much out of it as I did.

09Nov/21

Silverline Christmas Special is now In-Demand!

What’s good, Silverline Fam?! You did it again! Another banger from the Silverline audience. You guys funded the Christmas Special on Kickstart and Indiegogo. In fact, you went above and beyond. We went over double our goal for the initial backing/pre-order window.

Did you miss your chance to preorder? Did you just recently realize you have a family member who loves comics and NEEDS this thicc collection on their coffee table? Are you a well-to-do dowager who has only recently decided to spend on small fortune comics because it’s fashionable?

Well, do I have good news for you! The Silverline Christmas Special is now available to be ordered In-Demand through Indiegogo. What does that mean? You can still get an order in before it’s too late!

There are some disclosures we need to give. When you order In-Demand, it may not arrive at the same time as those who initially pre-ordered and may not include the same exclusives that were available during the initial backing period. If you want to get your order on DAY 1 and with the option to get TONS of UNIQUE ARE and ADD-ONS, make sure you follow our NEW Kickstarter or Indiegogo account so that you can get your order in during that initial backing period.

Again, thank you, folks, so much for funding every single book we put out. We love you as much as we love comics (that’s ALOT!). We hope to see you for our next book.

Until that time, Make Mine Silverline!