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When I was in the 9th grade, Mrs. Patterson  was going to give a huge English test. Diagramming sentences. I was horrible at it. My grades were terrible. There was no way I was going to pass unless I stayed up all night an practiced diagramming sentences. I got home. Starting going through my stuff. The old blue English book was not there. I’d left it at school. I panicked.

I ran looking for Dad. He was on the porch. I really hated to bother him, but a scolding now was better than getting a whipping for failing.

Dad and me got in the old red van and raced over to the good ol’ SFHS (Go Wildcats!). I’d just made it. I ran to my locker…which I think was 16 or 32…too many years ago.

      I made it back to the van, and then Dad asked me if I wanted a co’drank (that’s cold drink, which could be any cold drink, usually referring to “soda”). Of course I said yes. We went down to Potts Grocery. We got our drinks. As we we’re leaving, we saw the coolest thing….

This is the beginning of the story. The beginning of the story should catch the readers’ attention. The beginning should tell a little bit about the topic of the story. A story, comic or otherwise, must have a beginning, middle, and an ending.

As I told you in the last blog, go to Dollar Tree, spend $3, and buy pencils/pens, a writing tablet, and a drawing tablet. I told you to start jotting down your ideas. Make sketches or doodles of your ideas. Now, it’s time to form your ideas into a story. A story with a beginning, a middle, and an ending.

The middle of a story should contain details that tell about the topic. The middle should explain the topic and hold the readers’ attention….

It was a military chopper. A military chopper landing in the field across from Potts Grocery! Cars were stopping in the middle of good ol’ highway 7. Dad and me were just amazed at this chopper across the field. Then I saw some of my friends from school. “Dad I’m going across the road and check it out.”
My friends said hey and I said the same. We were asking the pilot so many questions. The only question I could come up with was, “Do the guns work?”. He said said that they didn’t because they were locked and had no bullets. He was talking to us, but also to someone on his radio. After a few minutes more, he told us to clear back.

The ending of a story should bring it to a close. The ending should keep your reader thinking about the topic…

I made it back across the road. Climbed in the van with my Dad. Dad sipped his Pepsi. I sipped on my Mt. Dew. I held my English book all the way home. Dad and me didn’t say much. He turned on 103.3 KDF.  I stared harder at the English book. When I got home I told my brothers and sister all about what we had seen. They were just as excited as if they had been there.

After supper, I picked up my English book. I stared at it. I never opened it. There were no “selfees” or cell phones. No digital cameras to take a quick pic of what we saw. What my Dad and me experienced that day now only is remembered by one. I think about my Dad whenever I see things that are “out of the normal”. Memories of that day, when I thought I needed my English book, but what I got was time with my Dad.

The ending can also reveal something personal about the author too.

You can write fiction or non-fiction, I chose non-fiction here. When you do write your story for your comic, have a beginning, middle, and an ending….and make sure, even if it’s fiction, that part of you is in it.


Go to the Dollar Tree, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, and buy 1 pack of mechanical pens or pencils, 1 composition notebook,  and 1 drawing tablet. You have spent a little over three bucks. Find a quiet room, open your pens or pencils, grab either the notebook or drawing tablet and start jotting or doodling. Usually, if you have the desire to do comics, you already have some ideas in your old noggin. Now, start fleshing out rough versions of your ideas. I have boxes of these notebooks and sketchbooks where I would spend weeks, months, even years fleshing out ideas.

Once you get a basic idea of what this comic will be about, start working on character sketches. If you cannot draw, get a friend who CAN draw. If you are completely broke, see if they will trade goods for their services. Old video games, comics, or clothes in exchange for the artwork (or, if you can draw, and are broke, then trade for writing skills.)

I’ll be back next week with part three.


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The Grizzly Bear Man was the first comic book character I created when I was around 10 years old! I still enjoy writing and drawing adventures of my first superhero. You can read some of his exciting, and yes, sometimes funny, adventures by clicking this comic cover!

SHAZAM! Vance Capley Art 2017!

Hello! Welcome to Vance Capley Art!

Glad to see you! Welcome to Vance Capley Art! There is a lot to discuss, so, let’s get started!


What’s Coming Up This Year with Vance Capley Art and How YOU Can Help

Last year was a good year but now it’s a new year. And since it’s a new year,  I wanted to let all of you know that Vance Capley Art is growing by leaps and bounds! We have some MAJOR goals and big surprises for this year and YOU can help in several ways:

  1. Visit our shop, buy some goods, or share the links to friends who may like something you see. So, go check it out. My material is fun for all ages:  http://www.vancecapleyart.com/shop/
  2. Visit my YouTube channel. I have videos about drawing, movies, animation, graphic design, and more to come, please “like”, share, and subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/astrofist
  3. Visit my Vid.me page. Vid.me is the next innovation in online videos. So go visit,share it, and upvote it: https://vid.me/vancecapleyart
  4. Hire Vance Capley (that’s me) for some original art or design projects (contact him for more information): CONTACT
  5. Pray!
  6. Lastly, thank you! You have ALL been awesome! Word of mouth is key and you guys are doing a fantastic job! My work is popping up everywhere.

Thank you for reading this and visiting vancecapleyart.com

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Did you watch Shazam! on Saturday mornings on CBS TV way back in the 1970s? I sure did! Enjoy this fun video I recently made. The video tells my own personal history with the show while I’m drawing this really boss picture of Captain Marvel! So go check it out.


The adventures of Bear Man and his pals. Loaded with action and comedy, this all ages book was designed to be fun! 142 pages
The adventures of Bear Man and his pals. Loaded with action and comedy, this all ages book was designed to be fun! 142 pagesSupport independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.



The Grizzly Bear Man collects Vance Capley’s Bear Man comics in an action packed, imaginative, comical, superhero adventure stories. See Bear Man and his pals battle evil world wide…and have fun. As Bear Man says, “What are you waitin’ for kid! Buy the book and have some fun!”

After so many delays the collected Grizzly Bear Man comic is here! Including the conclusion to the Claw story.


By Toni Takahsi Nov 23, 2016, “I absolutely LOVE “Anna Bear”! Next time you do a book, please do a story of her in action! I’m 12 and she is now my favorite superhero! Thank you!”
By Bill Keppley Nov 23, 2016, “Fun, funny, and fantastic!”
By Jude Oats Nov 20, 2016, “STORY: Fun for all ages. As promised no nudity or “bad words”. The stories here are imaginative and fun. Lots of action. Very old school. ART: In some stories, the art appears to be cartoony, while in others, the art is more of the traditional “super-heroic” style. This works well except in The Shapeless Thing From planet 13 story when inker Horace Synder begins inking. It’s a bit of a jar. Overall, The Grizzly Bear Man is fun and at the end of the day, it delivered what it promised…fun. I’d LOVE to give it five stars, but that jump in art style was a bit too much for me. 3 STARS….worth it!”

This awesome full color all ages 142 page collection of fun, action, and comedy is yours for only for a measly $15.99….


In other news, my goal of reaching 10,000 vies on my YouTube channel was achieved. I want to thank each one of you guys who watched, liked, and shared my videos. My new goal is 20,000 BEFORE I hit my 100th video…can it be done? Let’s find out….In the meanwhile, check out my channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/astrofist