To say I am excited for Heroes-Con next week would be an understatement. An artist oriented con, 4-days to chat with and spend time with other pros and have fun. I’m excited. I’ve already done a handful of pre-show commissions and I still have a healthy chunk to do, so I’m working on that alongside trying to catch up on Doc Unknown Vol.3. I will be at Artist Alley table 823 all weekend, so if you’re in the area, please stop by. I’ll have original pages starting at just $40, con sketches for just $25 and full-fledged commissions starting at $45. Prints are $15 and that includes my limited edition Heroes-Con 2015 Phantom print. I’ll also be happy to sign any Phantom, Doc Unknown or HERO Initiaitve books you may have.
Friends and lovers of comic books. Tomorrow, King: The Phantom #3 comes out in finer comic shops everywhere. Brian Clevinger wrote it, Myself and Scott Godlewski drew it, Robt L. Snyder colored it and Simon Bowland lettered it. I was very pleased to have Scott help me out on it, it is honestly a career highlight. Pages will go on sale tomorrow, contact me if there are any specific ones you want. The cover is by Declan Shalvey http://www.comicvine.com/articles/exclusive-extended-preview-king-the-phantom-3/1100-152458/
I had a great week in D.C. visiting old friends and being a tourist. Just what I needed as deadlines come barreling down my throat. The last three days of my trip were spent at Awesome Con D.C. The show floor itself was very big and nicely spaced with big 8 foot tables, and the convention floor was very cold, which is great and much better than the alternative. As far as business went it was another very disappointing show. Possibly because the floor was so large it felt a little slow all weekend long. It never felt packed at all. I have seen other creators post about it being a good show for them, but for where I was placed, it was kind of a no-man’s land. Several factors play into why convention goers don’t always support the attendees and I think the cost of the show is a major one. Parking in downtown D.C. is very expensive and the Metro is a great alternative, but still costs some money. Admission prices are a major issue in my opinion across the board of conventions. $30-40 is the average daily ticket price at most big shows. Add that to transportation and the attendee is out of pocket probably $40-50 before setting foot on the con floor. All that, plus a lack of signage and advertising around the city led to very poor sales for myself, personally. I was also placed in artist alley far away from the other professional artists. My neighbors were mostly crafters and hobbyists. I do take blame on myself as well as I had a paired down set-up and no show-specific items.
Still, it was an experience and I’m already very much looking forward to Heroes Con in Charlotte in three weeks. That show has already proven itself to be welcoming and profitable. Here are a couple commissions I did this past weekend.
I won’t be at the show (for the first time in about 8 years) as I am doing Awesome Con in D.C. that same weekend. I was asked by a commissioner to still do one of my souvenir prints for the show, so here it is. If you want to pre-order one for pick up at Phoenix Comicon, email me at email@example.com
Fury Road was everything I wanted it to be. Every writer who wants to write action adventure fiction of any kind should see it. The perfect amount of story to make you care about the characters without shoving multiple useless plot lines down your throat. Too much of modern comics, television and movies is so overly written writers forget that there are other ways to tell stories. Everyone should go see it and reward this type of filmmaking.
I’ve been asked by a couple people if I was taking pre-show commissions for Awesome Con D.C. and Heroes, and the short answer is yes, but I have to keep them fairly limited as my work load on The Phantom, Doc Unknown and Project A.V. are keeping me at the table non-stop. Here’s the info and you can email me with any questions.