It has been a while since the last post, so I think it’s time for some updates.
It has been a while since I posted anything here, so I should update everybody on what’s been going on art-wise for me.
-I have a piece on display at Artworks in Kenosha. It is part of show called Draw Works, and there are plenty of other artists to see there. The show only goes until March 28th, though, so if you want to see it, get over there soon.
-I will be at Chicago Zine Fest on Saturday, May 9th from 11am to 6pm. I’ll be selling my comics there, including the latest issue of Drannik & Lizzep. More info about the show, including where it’s located, can be found here.
-Finally, I may be doing an inbound art residency for comics and zines in Chicago later in May. Details are tentative at the moment, but you can find out more about what that entails here.
A week or two back, I went to CAKE, a free alternative comics show down in Chicago. I must have met with at least a dozen different artists, and I bought/traded quite a few comics as well. As an indie cartoonist myself, it felt good to be surrounded by comics that were more alternative or indie like my own. It’s nice to have an opportunity to expose Drannik & Lizzep to a larger crowd, and the artists at CAKE were no exception. Seeing the amount of talent down there from across the country makes me even more psyched for the con I’m going to.
Speaking of which, I will be in Minneapolis from August 30th to September 1st for Meta Con, which I am so looking forward to. I’m hoping to sell a lot of Drannik & Lizzep books there, and I’m hoping to meet some people out there, so that’s always a plus. Between now and then, though, I will be at a couple of different art-related functions, including Drink & Draw later this week in Milwaukee, as well as teaching a cartooning class this coming Saturday. Hopefully more will come between now and then.
Unrelated update: I have added some new links, as well as some new stuff to my portfolio. Also, I’ve made the portfolio tab in the menu above clickable in case the drop-down function doesn’t work.
Last Saturday I went to C2E2, which is a huge comic convention down in Chicago. While most people there were there to purchase comics from the big names such as Marvel and DC, as well as dress in silly costumes and the like, I was there to gain some comic career advice, support the indie comic creators, as well as spread my name (as well as Drannik and Lizzep) by giving some leftover copies of Drannik & Lizzep #1 to the vendors around the con (after I bought something, of course). Here are some photos from around the con:
I only went to two panels, but I did take some photos of one of them:
I also took some video of various goings on around the con:
I got to meet some other fellow indie comic creators, including Anthony Del Col of Kill Shakespeare, as well as Trevor Mueller again, whom I last saw at a con over a year ago. Here are just a few of the books I purchased along with the names of the creators:
By David Gruba and Rene Castellano:
By Various Cartoon Creators:
By Matt Chic, a Milwaukee native:
By Russell Lissau and Marvin Perry Mann:
By Trevor Mueller and “Gabo”:
Also By Various Cartoon Creators:
Finally, I got some autographs from Gail Simone, Dan Slott, and Robert Atkins. Also, Autodesk had a booth where they were giving away trial versions of Sketchbook Pro. I got to try out the program, as well as the 21-inch Cintiq they had to demo it. Having only used a Cintiq once, and even then only a 12-inch version, there is something about using a monitor to draw directly onto a computer as opposed to having to get used to a disconnect with a tablet like an Intuos.
All in all, C2E2 was a pretty good time. If ever you want to go to it, make sure you take public transportation like I did, as it is in the heart of Chicago and Chicago is a nightmare to drive through.
I will be at C2E2 on Saturday, April 14th, so if you’re in the Chicago area, come and find me wandering around. I will post more on the event after I’ve gone there.