Ryan is an illustrator and web designer. After a 10 year career in the Marine Corps as an Intelligence Analyst, Ryan made the decision to pursue a career in art. Ryan graduated from Central Washington University in 2013 with a degree in Graphic Design.

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This week's blog is courtesy of our colorist, Megan Brown.

As a creative (and to some extent, in any field), there comes a time when temptation rears its ugly neon head. The bank account's looking a little thin, or you've gotten fewer hits than you anticipated, and you start wondering . . . what if I scrapped my project to make something more likely to draw the masses? Eh? Eh? How about zombies? Zombies are popular. Zombie . . . vampires. TEENAGE zombie vampires! In High School!

We're getting close to the end of Hounded issue 1. If you've been following the webcomic from the beginning, you've probably noticed a distinct change in style throughout. Hounded is my first webcomic, I've been going through a bit of a learning curve. I'm constantly working on refining my style and trying to step up my game. While I think I still have a ways to go, I think each page we complete is better than the last.

This week I'm going to take a break from our usual Hounded Comic Blog format. Instead, I'm going to geek out a little bit (big change, huh?) and talk about the upcoming comic expo, Stan Lee's Comikaze.

I'll be driving down to LA and spending three glorious days taking in all the excitement. This will be my first expo ever, and as a life long comic fan, I can say I'm truly geeking out over this one.

What is it about midnight that acts as a high-velocity generator for creativity? Midnight, and showers. Everyone's creative process is different, but this cliché happens so often that it's almost standard: It seems like the best ideas come while you're otherwise indisposed and, if you follow the poorly-timed rabbit hole, lead to the greatest results.

My new favorite way to get through a work day is by listening to podcasts. I used to listen to music while I worked, and still do on occasion. But there's something about podcasts that engages my brain while my hands are busy drawing. If you're into podcasts, maybe looking for new material to add to your subscriptions, look no further. Our very own Nathan Elias has been busy putting together two weekly podcasts.

Are you interested in comics? Great! Check out Crooked Comic Cast.

The Crooked Abe family is growing! This week we're very happy to welcome Megan Brown to the Hounded team. Megan is a fantastic illustrator, concept artist and animator, with a background in drawing and painting. She's been working in the industry for several years now, with a resume that includes concept art at gaming giant, Bioware.

I love technology. Without it I wouldn't be able to do my job, or at least I wouldn't be able to do my job while living in the middle of nowhere.

As some of you may know, I live in a tiny town in Nevada. It's a long way from the other 2/3 of Crooked Abe who are wheeling and dealing down in Hollywood. For the most part, technology allows us to keep the company together. We plan, collaborate and share through emails, chats and the cloud. But, sometimes technology can't do it all and you have to settle for old school face-to-face human interaction.

What if you could buy a superpower? No radioactive spider bites, no gamma bombs or alien DNA infusions. You don't have to be born a mutant or an orphaned billionaire. Super strength, super agility, heightened reflexes and senses could all be yours for a small down payment, and a generous payment schedule. Just be sure to act soon and take advantage of today's historically-low interest rates!

Now, imagine the same deal was available to everyone. How soon would it be before superpowers stopped being a luxury, and started becoming a necessity?