A couple months ago, I read through a musty ol’ copy of Intergalactic Empires: Isaac Asimov’s Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction #1, edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and Charles G. Waugh back in 1983 (good year!), and drew a comic for each short story. Why? Well, I was planning on donating the book shortly after I finished it, and long-gone are the days when I reviewed these sorts of things. So instead I used this as a means to make…art. These are the final results, and for the record, “A Planet Named Shayols” was my favorite:
These are a couple of examples of the portraits I’ll be doing if you donate $25.00 or more to my Extra Life cause.
I’ll be streaming videogames via my Xbox One for 24 hours next weekend. You can find out more details by clicking that link in the first sentence. Really, it’s true. Please keep in mind that these portraits will not be drawn until some time later in November and December, time willing, and I am only one man, a man with the drawing speed of a turtle on its day off.
Over the years, I’ve been to a handful of conventions. Big ones, small ones, and ones probably somewhere in the middle of that range. Also, somehow, once, I even got into SPX. That all said, MICE has been my favorite convention so far. It’s just got this super friendly, inviting vibe to it. Attendance was strong and busy for both days, the Happiness Agents did a fantastic job of making sure everything was perfect for both those behind tables and those on the other side, flipping through comics, and I even sold a few books! Note for next time: bring more business cards. I ran out of them by early Sunday, whoops. Also, a great big thank you to my girlfriend Melanie for helping this weekend even though she swears up and down she can’t make art.
Naturally, I’m already thinking about the next convention–whatever it is, and whenever it is–and how I can do things differently. One thing I’d love to be is completely kid-friendly, as a few comics from my 31 BAD books and 365 BAD COMICS were definitely not appropriate. I think my artwork is fun and cute, I just need to work on my words and subject matter at times.
Anyways, here’s a couple of photos from the con too:
Lastly, here’s my comics haul. Truthfully, I could have bought a book from every single table there, but then I’d never make any money or get it all back to New Jersey in one box. I settled on a small list of wants:
For the visually impaired, that’s:
A cool print of a lonely bird by Dustin Harbin
“Diary Comics” by Dustin Harbin
“The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo” by Drew Weing
“Tako #1” and “Tako #2” by Debbie Fong
“Small Blue Yonder” by Crispin Wood
“Dinosaur Party” by Hannah Fisher
All really amazing stuff! Thanks again, Massachusetts!
All right, time to let the cat out of the bag–what a terrible idiom–and show off the second brand new comic book I will be debuting this weekend at MICE in Cambridge, Mass. Right, it’s called…
Not to be repetitive, but it’s called Dungeon Prowler. It’s an all-ages comic about a kitty cat called Lurk who accidentally ends up lost inside a cave. Unfortunately for him, that cave turns out to be more dungeon-like than anything else. In the darkness, he befriends a mouse, and together, the two of them will find a way back to the surface. Time is of the essence because, honestly, leftover tuna juice is of the essence back home for Lurk.
Here’s a couple sample pages if you’re curious for more…
This is another short collection of themed comics, all of them focusing on the metal machines that will probably be controlling us in a matter of years. The jokes range from bad bad to good bad, and your mileage may, of course, vary. I personally think I’m a riot.
Now I can’t give away all the comics in this newly crafted creation of mine, but here’s a couple examples below to whet your whistle. Lastly, if you’re in Massachusetts over the weekend and like all things comics-related, do stop by and see what’s going on at MICE! It’s free and open to the public. You can’t beat that.
Also, stay tuned to find out more about my other new book!
In preparation for MICE in a few weeks–I’ll be at table D10 in Doucet Hall, wherever that is!–I’ve whipped up some new, coffee-laden business cards. No, really. They are heavy on the java tones. See here:
Side note: sorry to all the native Massachusetts-ians out there, as I don’t have the Cambridge “You Are Here” mug and went with the next closest one. I’ll have to remedy this…
As the convention draws closer, I’ll be revealing the two new comic books that will be debuting at MICE. I’m excited. I’m also terribly nervous. That’s the name of the comics game, I guess. Let’s just say I’m terribly nervcited. Either way, stay tuned!
My contributor’s copy of Dead Singers Society Vol. 2 arrived recently, all the way from the United Kingdom! Pixie was pretty excited, as you can see in the below shots. Also, enjoy a sneak peek of the comic I did on Sam Cooke.
Right now, let me draw your attention towards Death, Divorce, and Disney, which is a long-form comic I’m working on that explores the ups and downs of my life over the last few years, as well as journaling the trip to Walt Disney World my sisters and I took recently. The first chapter is up for reading.
That’s all for now, though I do hope to update this blog like a blog should be updated…y’know, somewhat frequently.