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!
Chicago Zinefest ROCKS!
I had tabled at Zinefest in the past, but this year I opted to just attend and enjoy the show. And boy did I! This show was full of some awesome folks! Here’s some of what I saw:
The Great and Powerful Beth Hetland had her Hourly Comics minis available!
The always fantastic R. Hendricks (Stranger Two Stranger) had this awesome mini of portraits.
Ashley Elander was, as usual, putting the rest of us to shame by showcasing her phenomenal drawing skills.
I fell in love with this accordion mini compilation of text book illustrations from Kseniya Yarosh.
I was happy to catch up with the lovely Marnie Galloway, who had the new editions of In the Sounds and Seas.
Next to Marnie, I discovered a talented gentleman named Chris Garcia. He had previews of his upcoming beautiful first comic ever (!)
All in all, Zinefest 2013 was a blast. I can’t wait to see more from all these folks. I really need to table here next year!
Here’s a preview of a new Simon comic I’m cooking up…
I thought I had posted this before, but I guess not:
Thanks for checking in ya’ll!
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.
I’m happy to premiere Simon: The Collection 2001-2011 this weekend at Chicago Zinefest!
This volume of 166 pages collects the last 10 years of my Simon comics (sneak peek last week). Not only do you get a taste of the beginnings of Simon, but I’ve included some never before seen material as well! I’m also honored to have pin-ups from these talented folks:
John Wright II
my Zinefest table-mate Beth Hetland!
and that snazzy cover is a collaboration with the great Gerald Proctor III, who also created the graphic design and layout for this collection
I couldn’t be more excited about this book and I’m hoping all of you in the Chicago-land area can come by Chicago Zinefest to get your copy!
Saturday, March 10th
1104 S. Wabash
8th floor @ table 62
I’ll be signing every copy and including individual sketches on the inside back covers. Of course, I’ll also have Gary 1-2, Simon mini-comics, and another special item that is only available at Zinefest. For those of you who can’t make it, I have also added the Simon Collection to my store for purchase:
Thanks everyone for the support and hope to see many of you this weekend!