I feel like I’ve gone through a comics ‘right of passage’. I exhibited at the legendary S.P.A.C.E. One of the longest running indie comic conventions in the states. It was one of the most welcoming shows I’ve ever attended and featured a very diverse collection of comics creators. I was tabling with my buddy Scott Kroll. Here’s a our table:
We had a nice time meeting other folks and we even did a couple jam pieces. Here is a Prophet that I pencilled and Scott inked:
One of the big bonus’s of the trip was seeing the Bill Watterson “Exploring Calvin & Hobbes” art exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library. It was … almost like a religious experience. I grew up on Calvin & Hobbes and still aspire to create work at the level of Mr. Watterson’s. Here are some shots:
It was amazing. If you are even REMOTELY close to Columbus, OH, you NEED to go to this show.
On top of all that, we saw Nate Powell sing heavy metal at the after-party karaoke.
C2E2 THIS WEEKEND!
Along with our normal stock of awesome comics, we’ll have the new Speculative Relationships postcards and posters:
And I’ll have 1 new print, which is the teaser image for Victus #3, along with the 2 previous Victus prints:
I’ll try to add these to the online store after the show. But C2E2 will be the first place you can get your hands on this new print! Hope to see a lot of you there! Mention the blog and get a special treat!
Well… I’ve been plugging away on Victus #3, inks on Upgrade Soul, and my two scifi romance short comics for Speculative Relationships. And of course some Prophet fan art. Here are some peeks:
Get to C2E2 this weekend and say hi!
Hey ladies and gents!
Some announcements and the like:
First up, I am stoked to be performing next Saturday in the world-famous Brain Frame series! I’ll be debuting a brand new Simon comic titled “Piece”, which will only exist as a performance.
Saturday, January 25th
7pm (all ages) & 10pm (cash bar)
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
Tickets are available HERE and I strongly recommend purchasing in advance, as Brain Frame tends to sell out. Hope to see you all there!
CONVENTIONS 2014, part 1
It’s that time again… the time when comic artists apply for conventions far and wide. It’s nerve-racking and filled with crossed fingers and budgeting. Although I haven’t heard back from all the shows applied to, I wanted to let folks know places I’m already confirmed for:
Conaway Center at Columbia College
1104 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL
Always an awesome show, made even awesome-er by the fact that it’s FREE to attend! My Chicago peeps have no excuse to miss this show.
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
4900 Sinclair Rd, Columbus, OH
This is my first time doing SPACE and I hope some of ya’ll can make it out to Columbus, OH to say hi! I may be presenting a couple panels as well (more on that later)
South Building at McCormick Place
I’ll be tabling with rising star Daniel Warren Johnson in artist alley. This show is always crazy big big and fun.
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge St, Toronto, Canada
I’ve heard amazing things about TCAF, and this is my first time exhibiting there. The show already has a who’s-who list of artists, so this could be one of the best of the year!
… That’s all for the conventions for now. Hopefully I’ll have one or two more to announce soon. It’d be great to see you all at one or two of these shows!
Stuff I’m looking at lately..
I re-read Jan’s Atomic Heart by the always interesting Simon Roy. This is finally getting a bigger release from Image as part of a collection of Roy’s short stories. Highly recommended for fan’s of sci-fi.
Also re-read Paul Pope’s Batman Year 100, as a study in portraying action and chase scenes in comics. Good stuff.
Along with Pope’s work, I’ve been spending some time with Blade of the Immortal. Samura’s action sequences are at times non-sensical, but give a visceral impression of the action that almost transcends the actual geography of the fight.
Finally got my Riddick blu-ray. Man this is just a super-fun sci-fi movie with lots of fun ideas and characters.
More to come folks!
What a weekend!
First off, thanks to everyone who came to see me at C2E2 this past weekend! It was great to meet new people and to see some familiar folks! In case you couldn’t make it:
and a look behind the scenes (so to speak)…
I had the good fortune of being placed next to these talented folks:
SPINNERETTE by Sean “KrazyKrow”
ROCKET ROBINSON by Sean O’Neill
THEATER HOPPER by Tom Brazelton
KEEPER by Geoffrey Wessel & Jeff Simpson
I had a blast and I really hope ya’ll can make it next year as well!
IN THIS ISSUE
The fellas at In This Issue were kind enough to invite me onto their podcast as a guest host last week. We had a lot of fun talking about AvX’s failings, Prophet’s awesomeness, Punisher’s knife skills, Mass Effect 3’s ending, and tons of other nerd-fare. Have a listen:
(beware: adult language)
In This Issue also covered C2E2, interviewing folks like Ryan Browne, Ryan Benjamin, Tom Stillwell, and many more! Follow In This Issue all week for the C2E2 coverage & interviews!
GARY: BOOK 3
Here’s a sneak peak at the progress:
This weekend is the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo! This is shaping up to be an awesome show and I’m excited to be a part of it. You can find me at O2B:
If you are in Chicago, please come on down and say hi! I’ll have all my work for sale, plus some new cube prints!
In the meantime, I wanted to share some recommendations for comics you should be reading:
PROPHET by Brandon Graham & Simon Roy: Not much I can say about this one that hasn’t been said already. It’s fantastic. Who knew this terrible terrible character could be used for good? Even better, they have been running back-up stories, featuring some awesome indy guys. Speaking of…
EXPANSION by Matt Sheean & Malachi Ward: I’ve mentioned this book before. It is the best science fiction comic out right now. You get flavors of Twilight Zone, Bradbury, and Kirby in this gorgeous book. I must be onto something, as these gents are contributing a back-up story to the aforementioned Prophet! You can find Expansion on the above linked blogs.
CYCLES by Beth Hetland & Kyle O’Connell: This book is not out yet, but can be pre-ordered through Hetland’s website. Apparently, this is what I think about it: “Hetland and O’Connell have crafted a comic as funny and thrilling as it is smart and skillful. Cycles is a deftly told tale of whimsical machinations that entertains from the first panel to the thrilling climax. Read this now!”
FLEX MENTALLO by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely: OK this is an older book, but they just released a gorgeous deluxe edition about a week ago. I’m betting it’ll be scarce soon. This book is the wacky-type of Morrison (think Seaguy), with some early Quitely art. Quitely is easily one of the best artists working in mainstream comics in the last ten years and he’s totally free to draw craziness here. Thanks to Sean Dove for putting this book on my radar back in the day.
So I don’t want to hear anyone say “there’s nothing good out right now”! I also guarantee that if you come down to C2E2 this weekend, you’ll discover some more amazing comics!
Zinefest 2012 was a blast! Thank you to everyone who came out to say hi. It was great to meet some new people and talk to some old friends. In case you missed the show, fear not, I’m going to be exhibiting again in two weeks at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)! This con is in it’s 3rd year and has a lot to offer. It tends to lean more toward the capes, but you’ll find some great indy books represented too. This show is definitely worth the trip to Chicago! Here is the details:
You can find me at :
Speaking of Gary, I am hard at work on the 3rd (and final) book! I’m happy to report that things are progressing quickly!
Thanks to T for the pics! I can’t wait to show ya’ll more. Check back in next week, and I’ll discuss panel layouts and mention some comics you need to read.
Hey folks! It’s that time again… CONVENTION SEASON! Actually, I’m really not sure what convention season officially is. They seem to be spread out spring – fall (but crammed in little groups on the same weekends). In any case, I’m happy to announce I’ve locked down at least 4 conventions I’ll be tabling at:
Saturday, March 10th (and Friday the 9th technically)
Conaway Center (1st & 8th Floor)
This is a super fun little show. I participated last year and was pleased to see a large variety of exhibitors. There were all types of comics, art, and zines represented across various skill levels. I hope you’ll come down for the show (pst… it’s FREE).
Fri-Sun, April 13th-15th
C2E2 is becoming a force in the ‘big’ convention scene. It’s sure to have something for everyone, especially now that I’ll be there (heh). If you are a midwesterner and can’t make it to San Diego Comicon, C2E2 is your best bet to satisfy the nerd cravings.
Sat-Sun, April 28th-29th
New York, NY
69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Avenue
This will be my first time at MOCCA and my first time on the east coast! If you are NY reader, please come out and welcome me to your town!
Sat-Sun, June 16th-17th
Columbia College’s Ludington Building
1104 S Wabash
I am honored to be a part of this first year of the Chicago Alternative Komics Expo. This is a long overdue event here in the city I call home. If you are anywhere NEAR Chicago (or even if you aren’t) you NEED to come see this show!
For now, that’s all I have locked in. Look for more details as each show gets closer. I’m planning to have something new at the table for each show! For my west coast friends, I assure you I’m hard at work trying to get a spot in a show out near the pacific.