Thursday, April 29, 2010

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY Saturday May 1st!

Hi all! I'll be at Dreamland Comics in Schaumburg doing a signing and free sketches from 12pm-3pm on Saturday May 1st, for Free Comic Book Day! Come on in get your free comics, get a sketch, and peep out the awesome store that is Dreamland Comics. See you there!
1415 West Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194-4051

(847) 524-6060

Monday, April 26, 2010

SPACE 2010: Recap

After the success of c2e2, I was really excited for S.P.A.C.E. in terms of climbing that positive hill and really getting my project and art out there.

The drive was very exhausting for Nicole and I especially when we were coming to the tail end of it and got lost. The hotel's weird room reservation policy just added to the frustration of the night's drive. By the time we were checked in we were just so agitated we went to bed.
Hoping for a better day and trying to hype myself up, I was preparing myself for a great first day. What I got was just a good first day. It was quite slow from the beginning and steadily picked up pace just as the it was coming to a close. My table location made it rather difficult to draw a crowd towards my way which I realized I had to engage the onlookers as they met eyes with my art and books, rather then sit there and sketch. It's something I learned rather late in the day as I got a lot of pass-thrus and not enough stops.

The evening, however, was really fun as I had dinner with Dustin Carson, writer of No-Gods, and we were joined by Eric Adams of Lackluster World fame. We ate at the restaurant in the hotel named....Justin's Place. Yeah that's right. The buffet was extremely good. We went back to our hotel rooms where Nic took a nap and I updated the facebook with some videos and surfed the internets trying to forget about the days personal let-downs.

We went down to the bar for some drinks and a bit of dancing...CUPID SHUFFLE WHaaaaaaa. We capped the end of the night by attending an Art Jam with the fellows from Quarantine Comics and Jay Jacot of Comics Obscura.

Day 2 was going to be different I said and it was much better as I was able to move some books and network...I also spent some time away from my table as well as meeting new people like Nate Powell, the writer/illustrator of Swallow Me Whole. I had the pleasure of meeting Jason Burke, the author of Recycled Again. His wife was very interested in my books and he stopped by to tell me about his Lesson Learned series and it's just fantastic. They are great books for kids to grow up on. Nicole did a little browsing herself and stumbled upon the cutest zombie girl ever: Apooka illustrated by the amazing talents of Mike Roll.

I also stop by the Mutant Cactus table and picked up a new set of buttons for my messenger bag. The team of Derek Watson, Robert Gant, and Danny Cooper equals artistic heaven. Check out their Tales of Awesome! #1, it's....AWESOME.

All in all Day 2 we exceptional and the Convention as a whole was an amazing experience. One that taught me not every con is the same and that you got to really network and meet people...and most of all...HAVE FUN WHILST (you like that) DOING IT.

See ya later Ohio, we'll see you in November!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Off to SPACE!

Just a quick reminder of where I'll be this weekend:

If you're in the area stop by table 145.

I plan to do a recap of c2e2 and SPACE some time in the later weeks. It's been quite hectic for me in planning and preparing for all these events I haven't had time to update really. But it's been that GOOD kind of hectic and I've been drawing a lot too so I can't complain...maybe you can cause it's like I don't update this flippin' thing enough.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

When You Were Little...NOW AVAILABLE!

UPDATE 4.12.2010: Now available on! Click here now!

About a year ago, I announced plans for the third installment of my picture book series. After all the conventions, submissions, emails, tweets, and facebook posts I can now say that When You Were Little is available to own! The book goes live on Amazon in two weeks but if you can't wait, go here and pick yourself up a copy!

I will also be bringing all three books of the series to the comic book conventions I will be attending this year starting with c2e2 at McCormick Place in Chicago, April 16-18.

Monday, April 05, 2010

SPACE Table Number and Floor Plan

After posting my table number for c2e2, I just got informed of my table number as well as the floor plan for the 11th Annual SPACE Convention on the 24th and 25th of April.

I will be sitting at table number 145. They provided a link to the floor plan that you can check out here:

c2e2 Table Number and Bio Update

Hi all,

C2E2 is just another 2 weeks away and I'm getting excited (nervous) to be a part of it. Just to let you know, they put up my creator bio in the Artist Alley section of the convention's website, so give that a glance when you get a chance. They also emailed me my table number which is if you plan on going, swing on by and get a sketch done or pick up a book and print. We'll see you there!

Friday, April 02, 2010

Rufio, Rufio, RU, FI, Ohhhhhhhhhh!!!!

I actually finished the pencils and inks on this one last year, but I started production on When You Were Little so a lot of art I did had to take a back seat. Now that I'm a little free up on time, I was able to color a bunch of art and this was definitely at the top of my lists. I'm hoping to do up some other pieces I completed inks on last year but for now there's this.

I love this movie.

Rufio and the Lost Boys by ~happyfestivus on deviantART

The tale behind the Crisper.

Last year I met the great Eric Rampson at the Mid-Ohio-Con where he does his famous "stories for a buck". You pay him a dollar and he writes up a story about whatever you want and reads it in a dramatic fashion for you. It's really quite impressive.

He did a story about my girlfriend's younger sister and we ended up turning it into her Christmas present. I designed a comic cover based on the story he wrote up and we framed them back to back. We then attached a recorder to the story side so she can read along and recorded the audio from the youtube video. When she opened it on Christmas day, she loved it! We then showed her the youtube video of Eric reading her story:

Also check him out here! He also writes the comics The Silver Bullet and The Redeemers!

The Crisper by ~happyfestivus on deviantART