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My Wishes for Your 2016

December 30, 2015 at 12:01 am


Where is your Spider Man?

If you are a creative, some variant of that question must have occurred to you. Where is your I, Robot, your Star Wars, your Spider Man. Where is your signature work, that Thing you’re known for?


Maybe you haven’t even started working on Your Thing. Maybe you’re waiting until you get out of high school, or college, or until you get married, or until you have kids, or until the kids leave for college, or until you retire. Don’t do that. Don’t wish your life away.

Maybe you think you don’t have time. I’ve been guilty in the past of being so focused on all the spare time I wish I had that I didn’t see the little bits of spare time I did have. Maybe you’re the same way? Can you find one hour for your own project? Capture it weekly and that’s 52 hours. With practice, you’ll get better at finding and harnessing time. You don’t have as much as you want. Who does? But don’t let that deter you or you’ll never start.

Maybe you haven’t started because you think no one will care about Your Thing after you’ve gone to the trouble to create it. And maybe it’s true, and so what? Your Thing is still Your Thing no matter who’s watching. Sure, you need a return on the investment, but there are many ways to calculate return. Don’t discount the pride of accomplishment. The opposite of that is depression and regret at never having done it. I’d call avoiding those feelings a great return on investment.

But this is when you get to show what you’re made of because here’s the thing: whatever you’re doing, that is your Spider Man. As a creative, you are what you create. And if you’re not creating, your Spider Man is an empty page.

You are the star of a movie right now. It’s one of those 1980s movies, and you’re the plucky little hero we’ve all been rooting for. You’ve met the old guy with all the advice –  that’s me – and now it’s time for the montage, where you train hard and get good enough at something to finally trust yourself to do it.

It takes guts to create art. This year, I hope you find the courage to dream with a purpose. Your montage starts now. Go!

Happy 2016, my friends!

Steve Ogden
Baltimore, MD

Never Settle for the Status Quo book trailer

December 10, 2015 at 9:40 pm

The Magnificatz book is available now. I’ve made a book trailer so you can see what’s inside:

Magnificatz Book Now Available!

December 8, 2015 at 10:24 am


The Magnificatz book is now available! Details – as well as more books and prints – at the WishTales Store.

Han and Greedo

December 1, 2015 at 9:45 pm


I designed and drew this fun mashup of Calvin and Hobbes and Star Wars, two of my favorite things. The design is available on T-shirts over at Apocalyptee. Go git it while supplies last!

Introducing “Braincast”

September 19, 2015 at 10:07 pm

If you like funny things, might I suggest my new cartoon “Braincast“, now braincasting Mon-Thu of every week. The first six are below, the rest are at the site.


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Mech McQue

August 23, 2015 at 11:20 am


Art exercise while waiting to move our oldest back to college. Sketching after Ian McQue, who, it turns out, is much, much better at this stuff than I am (that’s his original, top left).

Still, I would so love to do a graphic novel in this style, just pencils. No inks even though I’ve been a professional inker most of my professional life, no color, even though it’s a colorful world and people expect color in their comics. Just pencils and solid writing.

*shrug* I’d read a graphic novel like that. I wish I had time to make one! Anyway, always great to learn from a master artist. Man, McQue makes it look easy.

Well, there goes the condo in Aspen

June 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm



This is how it is.

Hot Time in the Old Town – C2E2 2015

April 23, 2015 at 9:40 am



Just a reminder that I’ll be on a panel with David Reddick, Byron Wilkins and G Pike tomorrow, Friday 4/24/2015, in Chicago at C2E2. Details here. If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there!


April 22, 2015 at 6:41 am


Daily art challenge #151

Reference: Pudicizia (Modesty), by Antonio Corradini, 1751, Cappella Sansevero, Naples, Italy. (If you’re interested in participating, the group is here).

Kick it!

March 2, 2015 at 12:44 pm


Jealous of others? Wish you could take back a simple mistake that has ruined everything? Try this time-honored technique! It works for a variety of situations!