Wednesday, January 28, 2009

3 Talented fellas and me.

Taken this past weekend, me, Artist Andy Kuhn, Artist/Writer/Editor Shannon Denton & Writer John Lewis.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Phoenix Comic-Con re-cap 2009

The Phoenix Comic-con was great again this year, the crowds still came out in droves but seemed to spend less which is to be expected with everyone freaking out about the economy. I also noticed a dramatic shift in how many more anime kids were there this year, I would guess it was 2-1 against the traditional comic fan. Thursday night was preview night and I got there a little late and didn't get set-up until about 7:45 with the hall closing at 9:00. After grabbing a beer with my brother next door to the con, I went over to my first panel at 10:00 which was the southwest sketch-off. A group of artists including my friends Scott Godlewski (currently my second favorite Hellboy artist ever), Ben Glendenning, Tony Parker along with Jonnie Alan, Tone Rodriguez, Travis Hanson and the Bushi Tales crew all gathered around a couple tables drawing whatever the crowd of 20 or so people wanted. I did a hideous Hawkgirl and a worse Black Canary, but a good time was had by all.

Friday was the first full day of the con and it was much slower than I expected, Sunday was actually more crowded but I guess it makes sense that people weren't going to miss work to attend the con. I did a few sketches on Friday but the best part was the panel I was on with The Bushi Tales guys, Daniel Davis, Andy Kuhn and Terry Moore on Indy Comic Creators. All the other guys had some great insight to share and I was just glad to be a part of it, and we had a good crowd of about 25-30 people I think.

Saturday was busy as usual, I had a great signing at the HERO Initiative booth with Andy, Terry, Tone, Tony and Tim Seeley where they sold a lot of the HULK 100 books for charity. Saturday night I went down to the Art Auction with Ben, his wife Julie and Tim where we witnessed Mike Kunkel do a great job as the auctioneer. He even flattered me by bidding up my piece, he's a swell fella that guy.

Sunday was busier than I expected and I had alot of fun. I made my goals for the weekend and got to meet and hang out a bit with some great artists. Over the weekend I met some of the coolest comic fans on the planet including a teenage girl that actually reads and loves american indy comics (and The Middleman in particular), she is the only person ever to bring up the fact that I did a short story in MM Volume 2. It always impresses me how humble and cool most artists are so a big thanks to everyone and a special shout out to Rob Osborne, Andy and Sean Galloway for being so encouraging to an artist who is still working on making a name for himself. Thanks to Flint for lunch too. See you all next year. Here is a batch of a few of the sketches I did.

This Hellboy I sketched on my tablecloth.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Phoenix Comic-Con this weekend.

Also don't forget I will be doing sketches, taking commissions and I have copies of Villains, Hurricane Kids and Fata Obstant available.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Hurricane Kids

The Hurricane Kids started out as an idea as far back as 2001 when I created the character of Johnny Levin for a character design course I was taking at The Art Institute of Phoenix. In 2005 I was introduced to writer Grant Alter and he helped me flesh out the characters and he became the writer on the book. We spent most of 2005 going back and forth with a couple publishers and we even self-published a 16-page black and white comic that year. After ideal publisher #1 ultimately passed and publisher #2 was unrealistic in what they wanted from us we decided to shelve the book and come back to it later. Well, it's now later and Grant and I plan to launch a Hurricane Kids web-comic this spring and this issue, The Hurricane Kids Super Color Spectacular is the launching pad for the series. It's 24 pages (17 new and exclusive pages) in full color. It will debut at the Phoenix Comic-Con next week, so stop by and check it out. If you can't make it out to the convention, this book, as well as Fata Obstant, is also available in North Phoenix at Spazdog Comics and online with the fine folks at

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fata Obstant

Fata Obstant (roughly translated means; The Fates Oppose It) is a project I have been thinking about and messing around with for over 5 years. Originally, back in 2003 or so I actually animated a few webisodes and had them online but they are now lost in the internet black hole. I always knew it was something I would want to work on someday, it just never took priority. This year when I vowed to do 24-hour comic day I knew I wanted to do something fun and something that I could print and hold onto for years to come. After thinking of a few different ideas I decided I would finally make a comic based on the world of Lola Lilly and Fata Obstant. So, starting at noon on Saturday one afternoon in October, and finishing 24 hours later, I had done it. Afterwards I re-lettered the book and toned it digitally and sent it off to the printers. I'm very happy with how it all turned out and I'm looking forward to sharing it with people at the Phoenix Con next week.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Saturday @ Atomic Comics

I will be at the Mesa Atomic Comics on Saturday January 17th promoting the Phoenix Comicon alongside Tony Parker and Scott Godlewski. Tony is a friend and a great artist, he recently completed a run on Warhammer from BOOM comics and Scott I will be meeting for the first time but he is an amazing artist with a great style. Come on by if you are in the area, I should have preview copies of my books for the Phoenix Comicon and we'll probably be sketching for charity or something like that.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Let's all re-cap

On Saturday morning I was a part of the "I have Issues" podcast (click on link to see me ramble on) where they interviewed me in anticipation of the upcoming Phoenix Comic-Con. We talked mostly about which is my self publishing label (calling it a company would be a stretch, so we'll stick with label for now). The Phoenix Comic-Con is very personal to me, originally I had issues with them, but we spoke about and settled our past disagreements and last year it was the best con I had ever done, it was both personally and professionally satisfying as well as financially satisfying. Let's not kid ourselves, I like meeting and chatting with everyone, but the money I make at one con will allow me to attend another one and let me continue to self-publish so it is as much a business as a way to meet and speak to a lot of cool fans and comic-lovers. Some of the things we touched on besides the con and super75comics (which I will be blogging about more next week), included the Sketchjam, Drink and Draws, Daniel Davis and Villains.

Villains was the book I drew and co-created for Viper Comics, it is still available by ordering through local comic shops, or directly at It was recently optioned by Universal for a major motion picture.

The Sketchjam is a wonderful conglomerate of insane talent all posting to a shared blog and kicking all types of ass in the process. I post there almost daily with new art.

The Drink and Draws are something I haven't scheduled in a while, but I'll get them started back up again in February and I will be contacting the appropriate people so we can back on track. I run the Arizona branch of the D&D's started by Dan Panosian, Jeff Johnson and Dave Johnson.

Daniel Davis is a wonderfully creative individual who is a great friend and does a beautiful web-comic called Monster Commute and knows more about being an independent cartoonist and artist than I ever will.

So if you haven't been to any of those sites, get clicking and check back later this week for more info on my appearance this weekend at Atomic Comics.

Friday, January 09, 2009

I Have Issues

Everyone has issues, but tomorrow night I will be a guest on the I HAVE ISSUES podcast, talking about the upcoming Phoenix Comic-Con. I've done a few audio podcast interviews, but this will be my first video podcast. A couple years back I did a 5 minute segment on a local news channel and I was nervous as hell, let's hope I'm better this time around. In the next 2 weeks I will be posting more info about my panels and other con events tied into the Phoenix Comic-Con, so check back often, it's going to be a lot of fun I think. I also posted a new character design up at THE SKETCHJAM!