April 27, 2010
As I walked into the hotel where the convention was to take place, the young woman in charge of giving out badges to exhibitors said “You look like a Van Sciver.”
Yes I do. And this is a belated look back at this year’s Denver Comicfest.
Some day when I’m older I’ll take a look back at my early and mid twenties and think fondly of them. Hopefully, I’ll laugh and giggle about my tenure as an independent cartoonist, from a desk as I steadily ink a page for an upcoming Batman comic. Collecting my page rate while a TV in the background plays Jurassic park.
But until then,
The 2nd annual Denver Comicfest. I did pretty well, actually. Sold a ton of Blammos, made a few new comic friends. Matt Sturges who sat at my table was actually a really nice guy and we joked around a lot. Zach Howard,who I found out lives in Denver, was a good guy as well and gave me some of his comics. I learned that his wife is a big fan of mine. I think I should hang out with Zach so he can teach me how to draw.
The guy I was really excited to finally meet was Tim Lane, who’s book “Abandoned Cars” blew my mind last year when I picked it up! Tim is a Fantagraphics artist and we hit it off pretty well. I couldn’t believe he came to town, and after the show Porcellino and I drove him around town so he could check out what Denver really looks like. It was a lot of fun.
Me and Tim Lane below:
Myself with Porcellino at our table:
I’m writing this post from San Francisco. I flew in yesterday afternoon and so far, I’ve just been walking around town, sketchbook in hand. Tomorrow Robin will fly in as well to hang out with me.
I have to finish up Blammo #6 really soon for Kilgore. I’m almost there! I’m on my last story for it! It’s gotta be done by the end of May and I can do it!
Here is the cover:
I’ll keep you posted!
April 15, 2010
The Denver comicfest this weekend. All 3 days.
While there I will be basically doing anything for money since that’s how I make my money now. I will draw a picture of Superman shooting a bazooka for you. All for you.
I’ll post pictures of me sitting behind the table, selling all of my comics.
I’m actually pretty excited to start doing these conventions again. It’s been some months since I last did one. And I always enjoy talking to other comic artists during these things. Hopefully more people will know who I am this year…
For the people who’ve been e-mailing me asking about those recaps I did, I am posting all of the Flash Rebirth recaps up here for you to see. Since lord knows they aren’t going to be seen anywhere else! I originally did these for Wizard Magazine’s website, but they lamely took them down. So, here they are. Don’t say I never gave you nothing.
And then, I never finished them, because the aforementioned apparent lameness of Wizard. I don’t know… I thought it was a pretty hip thing to do.
April 12, 2010
The Swayback, are a denver band who are good, popular and pretty handsome lads and all that stuff. The lead singer, Eric halborg reads my comics. I don’t know about the other guys. I have worked with Eric a couple of years ago on a “4 Questions” comic for Westword.
They recently released a new 7 inch for their new single “Die Finks” and the cover of this album reminds me of something…
Listen guys, why don’t you just ask me to do some artwork for you?
April 8, 2010
Disclaimer: the following post was written on Easter sunday. The next day I did my taxes and haven’t felt as cheery. Thanks for reading!
It’s springtime once again. It’s nice now. I don’t mind a little rain, I don’t mind a slightly warmer feeling. I have more free time, since my bakery job ended abruptly.
I should be really scared about that, but instead I’ve decided to just forget about it and concentrate on finding money through comics and illustration. So far, I’ve done pretty well. I have kept myself really busy with odd art jobs and I’m staying positive.
Tonight, I ate Steak, macaroni and cheese and a salad. I never get to eat that well! I think that’s why I feel so good as I write this. Usually I get a poptart for dinner, and save the other for the next morning (isn’t that why they come in 2 packs?). I am going to thank Robin’s family for allowing me to tag along on their Easter dinner for that!
The next issue of Blammo is my very best work to date. I’m getting better at writing, I think. This issue is also special because it’s the first time that Ethan and I have worked together on a comic, albeit short, it could go down in history as something important. I don’t know yet. I’ll tell you in the future. Another story I’m proud of is called Abbey’s Road (not the Edward Abbey book), about a juggalo and his first girlfriend. I tried to write from his perspective, and I really tried not to put down or make fun of juggalos while writing it.
The odds and ends strips in #6 follow along in my tradition of Self-Deprecation and world-Deprecation. I also think that the new Chicken Strips story is my best work.
This is it, folks. My best issue ever.
And who knows when you’ll see any of it. Hopefully Kilgore comics still wants to publish it. Or I’ll have to find somebody else. Because I can’t put out another issue.
Here is a panel from Ethan’s story: