Saturday, April 26, 2008

Free Comic Book Day

For those of you that don't know, Saturday May 3 is Free Comic Book Day across the country. The day you can walk into any comic book store and demand "Give me my free comics!" Well, as part of the event this year, we will be setup with a table at our local VINTAGE STOCK here in Joplin. We'll be there (along with some other local comics people) selling comics, doing sketches, and giving away some mini-comics. So if you're local... come by and see us!

And now for some new sketches:
This one was for a Beatles sketch challenge. It was inspired by the line "wearing the face that she keeps in the jar by the door... who is it for?" Sorry if it depresses you.

These two I did during Planet Comicon. I like how they turned out... drawin' zombies is dang fun.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

You had to be there.

Over the last couple of years, I've been writing down odd sentences that have been said in my high school art classes. Really odd ones. The kind that make you wonder "What was the conversation that led up to that?" Well, here's some of the crazier ones... presented in comic format.

(The really odd thing about this is the lady in the last panel. I drew her and then realized I had just drawn the exact likeness of my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Coulter. )

Monday, April 07, 2008

Planet Comicon 2008

These conventions are getting addictive! We had a dang good time up in Kansas City this weekend at Planet Comicon. That's Matt and Elton there behind me. Matt is a new member of Three Trees. He is busy working on his own anthology, which should be completed pretty soon. I think you all are going to love his work!

Anyway, we were able to sell a good amount of books again. I drew a bunch of sketches for people (they were free with any purchase)... everything from our characters to Superboy to fairies to Yoda. Drawing some for a bunch of little kids was the best!

My wife Laura went around and got a ton of great pictures for us. I think she enjoyed her first con.

One of the highlights of the con for all of us was getting to meet other creators. I was able to talk to Eric Powell (The Goon) and discuss exciting things like scanning artwork. There were several KC area creators there that I've corresponded with online and just now got to meet, including Bill Hook, Lee Leslie, Kevin Gritzke, Hector Casanova, Kyle Strahm, and P.R. Sholtz. It was great swapping books with them and seeing what they are up to.

There was also a fellow teacher there, Chris Wilson, who is exploring ways to incorporate comics in the school classroom. He runs a blog on that subject, and he's from Springfield so we'll definitely be keeping in touch. He was very interested in the different ways that I've had my student make comics.

ROOK CITY #1... approved by the Empire!

Kenny Baker AKA R2-D2!

Adam Rebottaro and his girlfriend, Courtney, who had a table next to us. Adam was doing some awesome sketching for people.
Unfortunately, Courtney was later killed by Darth Vader...
Jimmy and Kelli Jarmin, who will be running the Defcon 7 convention in Tulsa. It looks like we'll probably be going to this one, too.

I went to college with Amber Stone. She had some great sketches for sale and is preparing to launch a new webcomic soon that looks very cool.

That about does it. Can't wait for the next con!