Meta Con in One Week, Plus Other News

Drannik & Lizzep go Digital

A week from today, I will be going to Meta Con in Minneapolis to sell copies of Drannik & Lizzep, as well as drawings I’ll make on the spot. I will be posting pictures of the event afterwards.

In other news, I am currently working on a new project: a spinoff of Drannik & Lizzep starring Mischa. It is a story involving mental illness, and I’m getting the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, in Racine involved. In other words, this comic might have more than just local exposure. I’m also going to be talking to a reporter from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel soon about this story, as well as all my other comic related doings. I will post more about these things as they happen.

Updates

Drannik & Lizzep T-shirt Design

Some brief updates: I’ve added some more stuff to the portfolio section of the site, including the image above. Yes, I am planning on making Drannik & Lizzep Ts to support the comic book, but it might be a while before any are printed off.

In the meantime, Meta Con is coming up in a month, so if you are in the Minneapolis area and want to meet me/purchase some comics, that would be the perfect time to do so.

Finally, Drannik & Lizzep has returned to the Kindle store. If you want to purchase a copy for your ebook collection, click the link in the previous sentence.

Free Comic Book Day coming up, plus some site news

Just wanted to let people know that Free Comic Book Day is coming up on Saturday, May 4th, so be sure to stop by the comic shops that day, pick up some comic freebies, and support independent creators like myself by buying our stuff while you’re there.

Also, I’ve made a few revisions to the site in the last couple of weeks. For example, I finally changed the color of the navigation bar; I got rid of Share & Follow, opting to instead put any links to follow me on my About page; and the big one: I’ve uploaded a plugin so that this site is now more mobile friendly. So if you’re using a smartphone, tell me what you think needs to be improved or what works on the mobile site.

Steampunk and Robots show at Artworks

Yesterday, I went to the Steampunk and Robots opening reception at Artworks in Kenosha. Considering I had a piece in the show, I took a couple of pictures of the event. They are below.

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Future Art Events

I’m entering some work into the following art shows. Please be sure to check out the following sites for more information:

AmericaSCORES Inspired Art 2012

Artworks Monster show 2012

I’m also planning on sending issues of Drannik & Lizzep to Meltdown Inc. in Los Angeles, CA.

Milwaukee Animation Group going to see Brave on July 7th

Taken directly from the Milwaukee Animation Group’s website:

On Saturday, July 7th the Milwaukee Animation Group will be gathering to see Pixar’s latest animation extravaganza: Brave.

We’ll meet at the Majestic Cinema¬†between 1pm and 3pm (exact show time to be announced).

So, if you want to come with to see this movie, stop on by.

In unrelated news, I’ve updated the books section, plus added some more stuff to the portfolio.

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Kickstarter coming to a close very soon

The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning needs at least $4,000 more pledged by this coming Tuesday. I only promote anything that’s not my own when I think it’s a worthwhile endeavor, and since I went to this event last year, it’s definitely worth submitting some money for to have happen again. I’ve actually increased my pledge to help out a little bit, but it’s not enough. If you want to help, here is a link to the Kickstarter page to check it out.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/732284070/kenosha-festival-of-cartooning

Some updates to the website

Things have been silent here for the past two weeks or so, but I have made some updates to this website in that time. I’ve got it arranged now so that the portfolio link at the top is a drop down menu, and each drop down selection leads to an individual section (e.g. “Illustrations” leads to a page just for illustrations, etc.).

And speaking of the portfolio, I’ve added some new stuff to it, so feel free to check it out.

Event Recap: Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities Grand Opening

“The Rita”, as it has been dubbed, had its grand opening on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. “The Rita” is a massive expansion of the old Communication Arts Building, and from what I saw tonight it’s a massive improvement.

There were a lot of different activities and events going on throughout the event, including several different art exhibitions going on in the different galleries, as well as airbrush painting and live performances.

There was also printmaking demonstrations, and what you see above is sort-of an example of that. What we did was we had this pan filled with oil, then dunked and swirled in some color, and finally put a piece of paper in and wash it in water. Considering what little it took to make, I really like how it turned out. I might use it in some form as a background for future comics or something (especially since it looks so psychadelic). My friend and I worked with an airbrush as well, but I let him keep that considering he did quite a bit on that one.

All in all, “The Rita” is quite the nice expansion to UW-Parkside’s creative departments. I only wish it was there when I went, and I also wish I had my camera to take photos. Well, maybe I’ll put some up before the week is out, as I’m likely going to visit again.

Site Update: If you’ve seen the header bar recently, you’ll have noticed it’s less cluttered and more organized. I’ve placed the animations and books under a drop-down under portfolio to clear some space, plus they fit under portfolio anyway. I’m hoping to do some more with that when the time comes.

Edit: Here are a few pictures I took a few days after the event. Hope you enjoy.

Featured Artist on artmilwaukee.com, plus new portfolio stuff

If you are arriving from artmilwaukee.com, or any related website, welcome. If you aren’t and have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m one of several featured artists on Art Milwaukee’s website for the month of January. Also, I will be at the next Art Jamboree at Flux Design on February 3rd, so if you want to see my art along with others’ in person, that would be the perfect opportunity to check it out.

I’ve also put up new art in my portfolio as well.