S.P.A.C.E. Post-carnage, C2E2 this weekend!

YO YO!

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:

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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:

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I also had the opportunity to do a fun Tools & Techniques panel discussion featuring Scott Kraynak, Matt Kish, and Pam Bliss.  We talked about their process’s and did some demos.  Check out their work!

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:

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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!

That’s right, Chicago’s best mainstream comics show is this weekend!  I’ll be there tabling with my buddies, Daniel Warren Johnson & Mike Manomivibul.

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Along with our normal stock of awesome comics, we’ll have the new Speculative Relationships postcards and posters:

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And I’ll have 1 new print, which is the teaser image for Victus #3, along with the 2 previous Victus prints:

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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!

WHAT ELSE?

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:

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Get to C2E2 this weekend and say hi!

– Tyrell

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Brain Frame & Conventions 2014 pt. 1

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.

simon-piece_promo1I’ll have musical accompaniment by the amazing Chad Nannenga, adding another layer to the story.  Your only chance to see this piece is to come to one of the two shows.  Here are the details:

Brain Frame

Saturday, January 25th

7pm (all ages) & 10pm (cash bar)

at Constellation

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:

Chicago Zinefest

March 15th

Conaway Center at Columbia College

1104 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL

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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.

S.P.A.C.E

April 12-13th

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)

C2E2 

April 25-27th

South Building at McCormick Place

Chicago,IL

www.c2e2.com

I’ll be tabling with rising star Daniel Warren Johnson in artist alley.  This show is always crazy big big and fun.

TCAF

May 10-11th

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..

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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.

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Also re-read Paul Pope’s Batman Year 100, as a study in portraying action and chase scenes in comics.  Good stuff.

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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.

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Finally got my Riddick blu-ray.  Man this is just a super-fun sci-fi movie with lots of fun ideas and characters.

gojira01-04-05Also finally picked up Godzilla: Half Century War.  Stokoe is a madman with his detail and drawings of chaos.  I’m most struck by how smart/funny the book is though.

More to come folks!

– Tyrell


C2E2 Post-Carnage

C2E2 2012

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:

Vol.2, Issue 9 

(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:


C2E2 This Weekend!

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 SheeanMalachi 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!

– Tyrell


Gary Process/Zinefest 2012

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:

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You can find me at :

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I’ll have some new stuff at this show, like the Cube Prints, along with Simon Collected and Gary 1-2 of course.

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.

– Tyrell


Convention Season!

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:

ZINEFEST Chicago

Saturday, March 10th (and Friday the 9th technically)

Chicago, IL

Conaway Center (1st & 8th Floor)

Columbia College, 1104 S Wabash Ave

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).

C2E2 (Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo)

Fri-Sun, April 13th-15th

Chicago, IL

McCormick Place

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 ComiconC2E2 is your best bet to satisfy the nerd cravings.

MOCCA

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!

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Sat-Sun, June 16th-17th

Chicago, IL

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.

-Tyrell