Thursday, January 31, 2008

Day 1

Stolen from the online edition of the AZ republic regarding Obama's speech last night to 13,000 Arizonians.

His speech sought to counter criticism that he is too new to Washington, D.C, and therefore too inexperienced.

His opponent, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, has often emphasized that she is ready to lead on "Day 1."

"We don't just need someone who is ready on Day 1," Obama told the crowd. "We need someone who is right on Day 1."

Now I'm done.

Super Tuesday

I don't usually stray from my typical topics of art, self promotion and bad feet, but today I wanted to touch on something I have been feeling strongly about for a while now. Kazu mentions his thoughts on Barack Obama on his blog today and I felt the need to echo his sentiments here. The main purpose of a leader is to motivate and lead by example, that's why captains wear a "C" on their sweater, or the best teachers teach by demonstrating and inspiring. Super Tuesday is coming up next week and I personally feel the best option and best chance to regain the worlds', and more importantly our own, respect is Obama. If you have never heard the man speak, do yourself a favor and you will be sold. The fact is, no matter who wins the Democratic nod, it will be a minority going up against a juggernaut of tried and true, rich old man politics of the Republican Party and we'll need all the help we can get in November. The first step to that is choosing the best option to go against them, going into battle the best we can and I firmly believe Barack Obama is the nuclear bomb we need to arm ourselves with. Old white people don't need to be scared of change, the rich will stay rich, the bigots can stay bigoted, just give the other 99% of us a fighting chance. Go vote on Tuesday if you're a registered voter and support the system, flawed though it may be, it's currently the only one we have.

"We have an empathy deficit in this country that needs to be fixed." - Barack Obama (paraphrased)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Phoenix Con Wrap-up

This past weekend was the Phoenix Cactus-Comic Con, of which I was graciously enough invited to attend as a guest. Friday night was pretty fun but short, I arrived around 6, with just enough time to get to my table, unpack and head off to to a "sketch-duel" with a group of artists. The premise is simple, they take two artists names randomly and then pick a random topic and we have 15 minutes to sketch it out. I was on the panel with Tony Parker, Ben Glendenning, Madam M, Daniel Davis, Patrick Sherberger, James Owen and Daniel Bradford. At first the only person in the crowd was my girlfriend, but before the first duel was done it started to fill up a bit. It was fun and a good time was had by all. After that we headed off to the welcome dinner where my girlfriend and I sat at a table with most of the previously mentioned artists and had a pretty nice dinner. It was weird to be sitting in a room having dinner with so many talented people, people I grew up looking at their art like Whilce Portacio, or watching on TV like Chekov from Star Trek. Chewbacca and Bob Fett were there too, out of costume of course, and Peter Mayhew is gigantic.

Saturday was great, but busy. I couldn't have asked for a better spot, situated between Patrick Sherberger, an artist on the Marvel Adventures line of books, who really needs a web presence to direct to, and Mike Kunkel of Hero Bear and the Kid and the upcoming Shazam ongoing for DC kids. More on Mike in a bit. Saturday started slow for me and I once again wondered why the hell am I doing this, to be honest I had already been at this same con, twice before, with the same product, and for the first hour I no business as I listened to Patrick jot down commission after commission. But after about an hour or so, I got my first sketch request of the day, and from then on, for the next 6 hours I sketched constantly, no lunch, no bathroom breaks, nothing that would disrupt my flow and luck. I think in total I did at least 12 or 13 sketches on Saturday. Not counting the free head sketches I included with a purchase of my book Hollow. Sales on that book were decent, but Villains (with a low con price) did pretty well and I think this specific convention turned a lot of people onto it, so that's great. I also had alot of people with the Hero Initiative Spider-Man books coming around as there were probably about 10 artists at the con who did work in there, so that was fun. I did 2 pieces for the Art Auction and was lucky enough to meet the guys who bought those, both excellent guys and real fans of comics and comic art. I did a Captain America sketch cover that I almost wanted to keep, but the guy who bought it has been big supporter of mine, independent of any type of friendship, so I'm glad he got it.

Sunday was slow, as is typical, but it rained all day so I think that stopped a lot of the full event ticket holders from coming back out. I only sold a handful of books and 2 sketches, but it was still a fun day. I didn't socialize that much, or get out of my booth, but after watching a pro like Mike Kunkel all weekend, it really made me re-evaluate the entire convention mindset. He was gracious to everyone, completely humble, never without a smile and always excited to talk to all of his fans. He goes out of his way to make all his fellow creators and all the fans comfortable, and make the whole event a good time. His example and enthusiasm has really re-lit the fires under me to produce not only solid work, but fun work and stuff to be proud of.

So thanks to Mike, Patrick, to Stephen and all the Pearson and Comic Geek Speak guys who bought stuff from me, retailers like Mike from Samurai, Shawn from Spazdog and Brain @, and to all the local guys I only see a few times a year at these things.

I didn't have a camera so I have no pics of any of my sketches, but here is a small camera phone pic of a Hulk I did that didn't sell and a She-Hulk I saw posted on the CGS boards, I don't think the owner was 100% happy with it, but it is what it is, and yes, the "3/4 pose with the right hand pulled back into a fist" was very common for most of my sketches this weekend.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Con weekend

Look for a big con-report Monday, packed up all my stuff last night, I have a good amount of product so I hope I'll be able to sell through. I'm part of a drawing "sketch-off" tonight against some cool guys like Tony Parker, Ben Glendenning, Dan Davis & Pat Scherberger, so that should be fun as I mop the floor with these clowns.

Looking forward to seeing all the local guys as well as meet a lot of the national guys, it should be a lot of fun. I'm also teaching a character design workshop on Sunday, hopefully we get a good turn out. Talk to you all on Monday.

Oh yeah, a few new sketches up at the SKETCHJAM!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Villains 2

Sometime in 2008 -

I'd like to start posting more sketches, even quick digital doodles, but I'll probably do it on the sketchjam site and challenge those clowns to match.

Page 1 of Hollow -

Tuesday, January 08, 2008


I'll post more about this when the copies arrive, but I will say how happy I am with the colors.