Blogging Format/Hosting

If you’re reading this on the site (as opposed to an RSS feed), you’ll notice that the design of the blog has been tweaked slightly since last week. I was tired of reading things on black backgrounds and wanted to go clean and smooth. Hopefully it is, at the very least, a bit easier on the eyes.
But now it’s time for the audience participation section of this blog. Ready…?
I’ve got a couple different ideas about what I want to do with my blog and a couple different domains I have access to. There are also several different formats (tumblr, Posterous, WordPress, and the current Blogger platform) I can use. Here’s where you come in:
1) What do you want to see from me on this blog in terms of content? There will always be a light smattering of promo and a whole lot of process. But what else can I do to make this a more enjoyable experience for you? Would you enjoy more of what amuses me as I surf and twitter (links to articles, videos, quotes, and the like)? Or would you rather I stay focused on this being a work blog and the things that interest me on occasion?
2) If you answered yes to the final question in #1, would you be interested in a microblog of all that other stuff that’s more amusing and filed for future research use? I’m hesitant to split things across too many different avenues, but I do see how there are distinct divisions in each effort and that segregating may actually be useful to keep the signal-to-noise ration down.
3) Are you happy with Blogger? It’s a little long in the tooth by now, and doesn’t offer the ease of use in terms of changing themes and features that some of the newer options do. Is there an alternate blogging platform (some friends also use Squarespace, which I have not messed with) you enjoy using or reading yourself? Sticking with Blogger is the easiest as it means no tech change, but I’m after what’s best for the long haul, not what’s easiest for me. Tumblr has a bevvy of social features, while WordPress has tons of gadgets I can use to better display links and images. I’ve messed around with all of them, so I’m curious to hear what you think.
I don’t often ask for outside opinions, but if you take the time to read this blog, know that your opinion both matters and is valid.

Updates! Press! More!

I’ve been behind. There’s a million reasons, but I’ll be blogging better in the new year, just maybe not the way you’ve come to expect. More details on that over the coming weeks. For now, let’s do a quick recap combined with some mild whoring. If I don’t plug it here, how else will my mother know when to run to the comic shop…
I returned from the icy tundra that was Thanksgiving in Ohio to much nicer weather in LA, got a bit of work done, and then have been largely sluggish when it comes to writing ever since. Been rolling on a few things (comics and film) with the immensely talented Bryan Edward Hill, and we just secured an artist for a new project that should make it a no brainer sale. Now all I need is more time in the day to hit him back with some thoughts on this other story.
Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box has taken up the bulk of my time of late between scripts and idle thoughts, not to mention interviews. Here’s the latest on that:
Opening Up Pandora’s Box – Part 1
Opening Up Pandora’s Box – Part 2
Before that hits stores in February, January sees my The Darkness one-shot, Shadows and Flame with art by Jorge Lucas and colors by Felix Serrano on shelves.
Last week saw my first writing work published by DC Comics with a Ragman yarn in the DC Holiday Special 2009. Newsarama’s Best Shots crew gave it the following review:

Wow, a Ragman story. You don’t come across these much. I love how this goes back and forth between the story of the Maccabees and Ragman handing out some street justice. Rob Levin really delivered on the script and Brian Ching just nailed the art.

Look for that in shops everywhere, and special thanks to Michael Atiyeh, who has done some of the best work of his career on this short story. Mike, I owe you one…
I also cut my hair, proving I lied about my promise not to cut my hair until I finished my screenplay. I didn’t finish it, but 6.5 months worth of reminding wasn’t doing anything to get me going. A challenge from The Hill Administration will hopefully get me on the right track there, but that’s a post for another time.
I’ll be better about everything soon, it’s just been crazy times and I’ve felt my creativity sapped at times, so I need to put it into work instead of wasting my time writing about who knows what on the blog. Money’s still a little tight and there are no new checks in sight…
That’s all the plugging I can stomach for right now. If you’re still reading, thank you. 2010 really feels like it’s shaping up to be a break-out year for me. If you’re curious as to why, stay tuned to this space and the twitter.

2.5 Weeks?!?

Insert interrobang here.
I had no idea I’d been gone this long. Got crazy busy with things, and frustrated with an inability to complete one of them. Didn’t seem like the right time to blog for a bit.
I’m back now. Woke up with a killer title in my head. It’s a pun, sure, but puns can be great titles if the material backs them up.
Things that have kept me busy that you can check out now or soon listed below.
Now:
Tumor (issues #1-6 available on Kindle, free issues and extras on TumorTheComic.Com)
Days Missing (issues #1-3 in stores, #4 out next month)
– Twitter (@roblevin, as usual)
Soon:
DC Holiday Special 2009 (featuring a Ragman/Chanukah story by yours truly with jaw-dropping art by the amazing Brian Ching and a cover by good buddy Dustin Nguyen) [Previews Order Code OCT09 0223]
– New book to be announced any day with Bryan Edward Hill
– New creator-owned book that revives a long dormant idea
As always, my screenplay is not done and haunts every waking minute of my life. But it will be soon. And once I break the seal… It’s over.

Kody Chamberlain & Creator-Owned Blogging

Kody Chamberlain is one of my favorite people in comics. In fact, he’s probably one of my favorite people amongst people as well. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him for the last few years, and I’m proud to have worked with him and call him a friend.
At our very first meeting, he told me about an original story he was going to write and draw. While primarily known as an artist, Kody is one of those guys that’s just too damn smart and too damn good to not be writing his own stuff as well. The story sounded cool then, and after several years of building his name in the industry, he’s embarked on the actual creation and production of the book, SWEETS.
I’ve had the pleasure of reading the initial series manuscript and it’s really good. Exactly the kind of story you want to see from Kody, with some surprises to keep it interesting and awesome. He’ll be blogging about the process as he continues, and I’ll definitely be keeping up with it.
I’ve put a link at right, but you can also check it out at the link below: