Monday, October 22, 2012

Detroit Fanfare 2012

This weekend!!! 

 I will be there with MIKE ROLL & JOE FOO!

600 Town Center Dr.
Dearborn, MI 48126

Friday, October 26th: 6-9pm

Saturday, October 27th: 10am - 7pm

Sunday, October 28th: noon - 6pm

Kokomo Con 2012: sketches

Here are some of the book sketches and cardBOREDsketches I did at this past weekend's Kokomo show! Enjoy and follow me on instagram & twitter: whenuwerelittle

up next: Detroit Fanfare!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Kokomo Con 2012

Hi all,

This Saturday I will be appearing at the Kokomo Con. (although the website hasn't been updated since March? I swear I am going!) Details below! I will have copies of HEART as well as Playing The Alphabet flashcards, Coloring books, and more!  Come check it out!

October 20th, 2012 @ Kokomo Event Center 
1500 North Reed Road (U.S. 31) in Kokomo, Ind. 46901
Doors open @ 10:00AM to the General Public
Convention Center closes at 6PM.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Ohio Con 2012: sketches

Here are some of the sketches I did at the Wizard World Ohio Con 2012 show. All these were a blast. So if you came by and picked one up. Thanks so much!

Ohio Con: The Swag

Hi all,

Just wanted to share some of the cool stuff I picked up at Wizard World Ohio this weekend. I go into great detail about the show over at my WIWL blog but here I'm just going to talk about the swag. So let's dive in!

I met Dean Cain and got my Lois & Clark season 1 dvd signed. Also grabbed a photo and had the opportunity to give him a print of mine.  Chiggity check it.  Such a huge highlight for me!

Picked up Humberto Ramos' sketch book. Art N' Out: Sabotage


Until next con!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Cincinnati Comic Expo 2012

Hi friends,

We are back into convention season.  This fall I have 4 big shows coming up starting with one this weekend, The Cincinnati Comic Expo. It'll be good to get back into con-mode.  Here's the info!


Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


Friday, Sep 21
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Pros, Media & VIP only
8pm - 12am Geek Prom
Saturday, Sep 22
9:00am - 10:00am (VIP)
10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, Sep 23
9:00am - 10:00am (VIP)
10:00am - 4:00pm

Monday, August 13, 2012

HEART available for Pre-Order!

Hello friends,

I set up the pre-orders for Heart at my store!  So if you missed securing yourself a copy through the Kickstarter campaign you can now pick from three awesome packages:

Package 1: A Simple Heart

$20 (+ shipping)

- One full color, hardcover, signed copy of Heart

Package 2: A Button Heart

$25 (+ shipping)

- One full color, hardcover, signed copy of Heart

- A 7 pack of Heart and WIWL buttons

Package 3: A Coloring Heart

$30 (+ shipping)

- One full color, hardcover, signed copy of Heart

- A 7 pack of Heart and WIWL buttons

- A copy of Coloring WIWL with free pack of crayons

Spread the word, #sharemyHeart!

- Justin

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

c2e2 2012: swag

Here are a few AMAZING items I picked up from c2e2 2012 this year.  Usually I go all out and just spend tons of money on all kinds of awesomeness.  However, I am starting to put most of my convention earnings away and have been limiting what I buy. 

First up is Desmond's Big Book: One by Joe Foo

This collects 137 strips of Desmond's Comic by Joe Foo.  Desmond is a wolverine and star of one of the most popular children's video games series in history.  This massive book comes with creator commentary, guest artist pin ups (including one by me!), concept sketches, and much more.  Check this book out it is every bit as hilarious as the man who writes and illustrates it. 

Next we have The Redeemers Issue 3 by Eric Rampson and Wil Brendel put out by Lonely Robot Comics.  The Redeemers tells the story of a punk rock band that also moonlights as a demon fighting, super hero team.  The humor and action are blended so nicely you are constantly entertained.  It's bizarre and wicked in that really good way that makes you love comics and storytelling.  I love this book.

House of the Wolfman and Bride of the Wolfman are put out by Dave Gruba and Rene Castellano of Instant Press Comics.  These books tell the tales AFTER Little Red Riding Hood.  These books take the children's story and turned it into a bizarre and fun husband and wife sitcom.  It's like Everybody Loves Raymond...but funnier and more awesome.

Jim Henson's Tale of Sand illustrated by Ramon Perez 

Archaia puts out fantastic books.  They got the permission of The Henson Company to produce the lost screenplay of Jim Henson as a graphic novel.  It is stunning.  I haven't read it yet, but flipping through the pages, they are full of inspiration.  It's beautiful and we got to meet Ramon Perez who talked about the "audition" process he went through to get the gig.  He deserved it. Every panel and every page is just wonderfully crafted. 

Speaking of Archaia our table neighbor at the show was Royden Lepp, who has a book out called Rust.  Rust is a high-octane adventure set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. Life on the Taylor family farm was difficult enough before Jet Jones crashes into the barn, chased by a giant decommissioned war robot!  It sounds amazing and am meaning to pick up a copy soon.  He was very friendly and offered up a lot of convention tips with product inventory.  He was kind enough to contribute to Nicole's Mulan sketch book with this fantastic piece:

Contributing to my TMNT sketch book is the always awesome Joe Dunn who's strip, Joe Loves Crappy Movies, has been my go-to for really funny and in-depth movie you get a kick ass comic with each one!  I've guest-posted on his website with a few strip ideas of my own and he has really dug what I've done.  I am constantly retweeting him and sending new viewers his way because he is such a great guy and makes one of the best web comics around!  He did this awesome Casey Jones for me on the last day of the show:

He also created these two fantastic posters of a zombie Fozzy Bear and a Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games.  These are definitely going up in my studio...when I make room...or you know, move out.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Omega Comics Presents

Hi all,

Just another a week until c2e2!  I hope you guys come out and support the show.  It gets bigger every year.  I have been pretty busy and it feels like I haven't slowed down, I have a multitude of projects coming out.  From campaigning Heart, to Playing the Alphabet, and this:  Omega Comics Presents: Bluetick & Redbone
The second volume of Pop! Goes the Icon's  flagship anthology series, Omega Comics Presents, debuts on May 9.  It will mark the first time in the series' history that it will be in full color!  The feature-length cover story by Alex De-Gruchy and mpMann entitled, "In Good Spirits", is about two thieves caught in the middle of a double cross involving the world's rarest bottles of whiskey.

In the back-up story, "Down Time" tells the story of Dev Bivens, a super-powered mercenary know as the Devastator who is down on his luck and out-of-demand.  Written by Russell Lissau (Reading With Pictures, The Batman Strikes, Strawberry Shortcake) with story art by yours truly!

I was truly honored that Russell asked me to illustrate his story for this upcoming issue.  It was really fun and an education in comics.  I learned a lot from him and I really pushed myself to make it great.  I hope that there are more Devastator stories in the future.  You can pre-order yours here:

I will also have some to sell at Summit City in May!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kickstart my Heart!

Hi all,

If you didn't know by now, I have started a kickstarter for my new book, Heart!  I will be posting more updates about it on the actually page which is here:

So please, stop on by and donate.  Every little bit helps.  Once you've done that, share, post, and retweet it to your friends!  Thanks!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Writings of the Heart

We are back again with more Heart updates. This time, I'd like to show you what a text page looks like in my new book. I went back and forth several times with handwriting the words or finding a font that fit with the illustrations.

Here's a text page I did by hand with my kuretake brush pen.

I'm not a big fan of my writing so I don't know why this was an option. I think I wanted to convey that same fluidity and playfulness that I see in the water color illustrations. I was too nervous and felt my hand shake a lot. It wasn't confident. I thought maybe I could build the confidence with the text like I did with the water colors over time. However I don't think that would show in the progression…plus it's way too much to write in one little square. Having control of the size and font made it much easier to fit the text in a nice formed way and have it pleasing to the eye and easy for the reader(s) to read. The challenge with this was finding a font that represented that hand written quality w/o actually writing it. A font that compliments the illustrations and is easy to read. So here's the new text page with the font I picked, Belligerent Madness:

Also here is a look at the cover the book. Again I wanted to simulate a handwritten font but also have it different from the inside. Something that stood out against the wallpaper backdrop. I didn't want to draw any of the characters on the front but I wanted the viewer to see the cover and immediately pick it up to see what's inside. I needed a cover font that was inviting, that made you curious and I found that the font DJ Gross:

I know I've been going on about this book being up on Kickstarter but it's taken a little longer than expected. I decided to shoot a quick intro video and basically re-tell all the behind the scenes I've spoken about in prior entries. I will have tons of great things to reward you with when you donate to my little book project so be on the look out for that. I'm sure I will social media bomb the crap out of it.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Dan Con 2012: sketches

I didn't snap too many pictures, but here are a couple sketches from Dan Con.