Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Panel to Panel: Exploring Words & Pictures

And now it's time to talk about how great "Panel to Panel" is, and why you should fund their book:

Reason #1- Their funding incentives are pretty awesome. Only $30 get you a copy of this 275 page, full color, dress-up to the nines book. I saw a preview copy at the Paint and Pixel fest, and it's quite a fancy publication.

Reason #2- I'm a contributor (ha)! I was asked to contribute illustrations of some public domain super heroes-

The Green Llama


This book will also features public domain superhero drawings by Josh Rosen, Bryan Stone, and Denis St. John! There's also interviews with/profiles of Stephen Bissette, Stan Sakai, Jim Woodring and Jaime Hernandez (!!!) AND there's only 11 days left to fund the project. Hope you can help out!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

If the world doesn't end on Saturday-

Then come to MECAF! Sunday, May 22, 2011 in Portland, Maine.

Here's this year's poster! Drawn by Zack Giallongo, and I helped with the coloring :)

The Spring convention season is almost over (for me), and this is a great show to end on. It's always very chill.

MECAF 2010

The convention takes place at the Ocean Gateway on the waterfront. On the water! We get to see sailboats cruise behind our tables!

MECAF 2010

Even though this is the Atlantic (and therefore inferior) Ocean, it's still pretty nice for an island kid who's been trapped in a landlocked state for six years.

ANYWAY, there are other things to recommend MECAF than just the location. I have comics in a couple of new anthologies there!

Team Werewolf is releasing a fourth volume of their celebrated mini comic anthology, plus a bonus kids comic, Pups! I have a short comic in the kid's book, advising the youngsters on the best ways to ward off werewolves.

Visions of the Aporkalypse, edited by Kevin Uehlein, comics about a post-apocalyptic future where have taken over the earth, and humans are their slaves. I've got a short comic in here as well, warning the humans of the dreaded Swineclops. A perfect gift for your favorite vegetarian. 

I'll be there with all the usual comics, plus I'm bringing MECAF bingo boards! Fill the board, and win a free comic. Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

TCAF 2011 Report

TCAF sketch

Yay, TCAF! I'm not sure what I can say that hasn't already been said. It's hands down the best show for independent comics, and I'm very grateful to have made it in off the wait list at the last minute.

I traveled to the show with Joe Lambert, Caitlin McGurk, Sam Gaskin and David Libens. That is a lot of people in one little rental car for 8 hours, but (I think) we made it through the whole ordeal pretty well.

TCAF 2011

Island Brat had a successful debut there, thanks again to Anne Koyama and Koyama Press for funding this project! It was good to finally meet her in person, and pick up a copy of the Root Rot anthology.

Also I sold my last few copies of Woman King. It's gone forever (at least at conventions, still have two copies up on Etsy, and I know a few stores like The Beguiling and Quimby's still have it in stock.)

TCAF 2011

Here is out table at the start of Day 2, after Woman King was gone, and Caitlin McGurk was down to her last three copies of the Know Your Wu Tang flash card sets.

TCAF 2011

So...yeah. I didn't take many pictures at the show. Mostly during our adventures before and after. But, they're here if you want to check them out.

Joe Lambert was the unofficial/official trip photographer, and has a better set here.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

TCAF! May 7-8th, 2011

TCAF 2011

I'll be at TCAF this weekend, at the Toronto Reference Library! I'll be hard to miss for two reasons- one- My table is right across from the bathrooms. Please remember to wash your hands.

And two- OMG stress acne! Really, I can't believe the size of this thing, pretty sure you can see it from space. Just putting it out there so no one feels awkward like they have to avoid staring. It is almost hypnotic...

This is my plan for getting past the border guards. See you in Canada!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Comic Geek Speak Super Show con report

Wow, I've been bad about my convention reporters this year. Comic Geek Speak Super Show in Reading, PA, was my third con of the season, and I think this is my first follow-up.


Drove to Reading with Alex Kim, Sean Ford, Chuck McBuck and Jon Chad. They're a good bunch of lads, and a fine time was had by all. 

We'd been invited to the show by Charlie and Mr. Phil of Indie Spinner Rack, and Sean and I ended up on a last-minute panel about Indie Publishing, moderated by Charlie. Think it might end up on the website at some point?

The panel ended when the ghost of Jack Kirby showed up, and scared everyone off.

Book sales at this show were kinda slow- talking to attendees, almost none of them were local. I met fans of the Comic Geek Speak podcast from Colorado, Florida and Texas, so it makes sense that after flying across the country to get to Reading PA people don't want to pick up books from an artist they've never heard of.

CGSSS sketches

BUT- I was able to make up the cost of the show in sketches! Brought along a travel gouache set and a Pentel Aquash, and spent most of the show painting. Below are some of the commissions and random sketches I did, the rest are up on flickr.

CGSSS sketches

CGSSS sketches

CGSSS sketches

CGSSS sketches 

So all in all, CGSSS was an okay show. Not really my audience, but we still found a way to break even. Best thing about the show was really the organization- there were signs everywhere, lots of volunteers to help out, free food vouchers for exhibitors (!!!) and someone stopped by our table at least twice a day to check in and see how we were doing. Great job, Comic Geek Speak!