10 days, 8 states, 73 hours behind the wheel, 4,916 miles. A fantastic road trip with my son that took us to Virginia to see family, into D.C. for all the touristy things, and then on to Charlotte for Heroes Con, one of my absolute favorite shows of the year. I love driving, I love engaging my children in conversations that matter and I love talking about art and process, and those 10 days provided it all. Despite all the flaws this country has, it is beautiful, and going from the high desert mountains of Northern Arizona to the flat plains of North Texas and Oklahoma to the forests and smoky mountains of Tennessee, I loved it all. Southern hospitality is very much a real thing, and something that is missing here in the west. Heroes Con is an amazing show and I can’t say that enough. Over the years Shelton and his team have cultivated and curated a show that is 100% about comics and comic art. 90% of my sales come from original art and commissions at that show, compared to about 40% at other shows. All the fans are educated and passionate and want to talk about art, artists and their love of comics. Charlotte is a very nice city, so I hope Rico and the gang at Heroes will have me back for many years to come. I have several more trips this year and I’m very much looking forward to travelling as much as I can, it’s become the greatest passion of mine. On the work front, as I wait for new projects to ramp up, I’m taking commissions to cover the gap, you can message me at email@example.com if you have any. You can follow me on Instagram if you’re interested in more photos. Thanks!
This past weekend, while learning more about Darwyn Cooke’s life, I felt the need to make something. To create something. I didn’t know Darwyn at all, I only knew his work, which always seemed to have passion and life in it. A creeping depression has been affecting me recently due to various issues, most notably a significant milestone in my son’s life, and my lack of steady work at the moment. My highs and lows can usually be directly linked to my bank account balance. Doing a web comic or unpaid collaboration never seemed like a real option for me, since they do not put food on my table or a roof over my head, but the sudden passing of Mr. Cooke made me pause, and think about how much I have not really enjoyed making comics as much as I should have. Some projects are obviously more fun that others, and some are more challenging and that can be fun, but some are just work. I decided a couple days ago that I should spend at least an hour each day working on comics that can be, for me at least, 100% fun. I decided to give myself some joy each day, making a comic I can love and nurture. Fata Obstant Expeditions is an idea I’ve had for years, and so it’s the idea I’m running with. I can incorporate all these little characters I have created over the years into one fun universe of magic, gods, superheroes, criminals and wackiness. Right now the series is set up at http://fataobstant.thecomicseries.com/ and I plan on posting a page a week there. In progress shots and videos will be posted to my social media feeds, facebook, twitter, instagram & tumblr. Pages will be put up for sale each week on my site as I hope to be able to spread my love for this comic and pay some bills as well. Here’s page 1.
If you wanted to get a commission from me at any of my upcoming 3 shows, here is the best way.
If you’re an Arizona sports fan, I’ve uploaded a few new prints to my store page, all available via paypal for $20 (includes U.S. shipping).
I’ve been lacking in my updates, big time. My upcoming appearances for this year, so far, are The Arizona Comic Mini Expo in May and Phoenix Comic-Con and Heroes Con in June. At all shows I’ll be selling original art and doing sketches.
Here are some recent commissions I’ve done. If you’re interested in your own commission, please email me. I’m also available for pencils, inks or colors starting May 1st.
I’ll be back in Tucson, AZ the first weekend of November for Tucson Comic-Con. Come on by and pick up some original art, get a sketch or pick up some comics! Price list will be announced soon, pre-show commission list is open now! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
If you feel like supporting a great cause (big cat conservation), and getting some original art out of it, read on! Crazy man Brian Khepri is doing a 34-Hour run to support lions in Africa He’s currently more than halfway through and has run more than two marathons aleady. If you decide to help support his cause, I’ll return some love (and artwork) your way. Anyone from my feed who donates $75 or more, I’ll do you an 11×17 commission. Only 3 spots available due to my schedule, so let me know here or through PM if you donate.
Digitally penciling a panel from Doc Unknown #11, written by Fabian Rangel Jr.