Gem City Comic-Con Recap!

Gem City Comic-Con Recap!

I had another phenomenal convention experience last weekend at Gem City Comic-Con. It was my first time to Dayton. Spoiler: probably won’t be my last.

Gem City is very much a comic show, and I appreciate that. I did the most commissions I’ve done in a single day in a long time that first day. And it wasn’t just Pony stuff (though there was that, of course), but I had some interesting Star Wars commissions, even a “draw Uncle Ben and Aunt May… and wheatcakes” commission that’s my favorite one that I’ve done in some time.

I had a couple great dinners with some great friends and got to do the Drink and Draw for the event, too. I love how many local breweries there are in general, and Twisted Wing even brewed a special Gamma Ray Bomb IPA for the event. It was good, but I’m not an IPA fan. I had a few of their other beers though and loved them.

And I got to hang out next to Christy Blanch most of the show, which compounded the fun. Of course, some of that is just sitting next to her and ruining DC TV shows for her. Ask her, she’ll be glad to share the experience.

Christy also hosted a drawing panel with me, Kyle Starks and Scott McMahon . It was a great panel. We all played well off each other, many laughs were had, and I think we all learned something. Like why I’ll never get a tattoo.

Gem City was a delight, and another convention that treated me like a star. It’s all those little things that go a long way to making the experience so enjoyable. So thank you, Gem City! We’ll meet again!

Great Lakes Comic-Con

This past weekend, I was a guest at Great Lakes Comic-Con. It was my first time at this show, and I had a wonderful time. Mike DeSantis runs a great show and he and his staff took great care of me and the other guests.

This was my first show of the year and it was a great way to start. The standout had to be Ellie, the little girl in the photo above. She was so excited and having so much fun, it was just the most awesome thing and my absolute favorite thing about my career.

I didn’t get a chance to meet him, but Nicholas Hammond (the 70s Spider-Man) seemed like he was the nicest person, which is great to see. I got to hear some stories from Jim Shooter and Bill Messener-Loebs. And, of course, I spent a lot of great time with Tony Isabella and, the Dean to my Sammy, Paul Storrie. I look forward to seeing them at more shows this year.

I did a decent number of commissions, too. Lots of funs ones, like Doctor Aphra and Lightning Lass as well as some of the more common ponies. And, I even got to play several rounds of The Shadow pinball machine courtesy of the fine folks at Big Toys. They did a glorious job restoring what might be my favorite pinball machine. I love how they replaced a lot of the lights with LEDs. If this is a crazy successful year, maybe I’ll give them a call.

If the rest of my con season matches this show, it’ll be a great 2017.


My #NYCC 2016 Schedule

I’ll be at New York Comic Con this week. I’ll be at C12 in Artist Alley the whole show, excepting…

3:00-4:00pm: Signing at the IDW booth

12:30-1:30pm: I’m doing a teaching workshop  Family HQ – 1E16

Also, my “Captain Kirk and His Ladies” piece will be auctioned at the NYCC charity auction. The original and a giclee print (24×6, full color) are a package. This is the only place you can get the green wrap shirt Kirk.

I’ll have two giclee prints with gold shirt Kirk for $75 at my table. And then a more in the smaller 18×5 size, the same as my Doctors Who print at the table for $15.

Also at the table I’ll have Love and Capes, Long Distance, My Little Pony and more, including original art, sketchcards and more. I’ll be sketching all weekend long, and being a mildly amusing conversationalist, too!

My SDCC Schedule

My SDCC schedule:
IDW Booth
2:00-3:00 Room 32AB
Once a staple of the Golden Age, romance comics have faded into the background in recent years, but now they’re making a comeback and tackling a wider variety of love stories than ever before! Carrie Sessarego (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books), Janelle Asselin (Rosy Press publisher), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex, Fresh Romance), Thom Zahler Cartooning (Love and Capes, Long Distance), and Cecil Castellucci (Shade the Changing Girl, The Plain Janes) discuss both classic and new romance comics, some of comics’ most enduring love stories, and the challenges and joys unique to creating romantic stories in comics!
IDW Booth
Booth 2000

Space City Wrap-Up

I did the Space City Comic-Con this past weekend in lovely Houston, Texas. You may have heard about the show on the internets.

Here was my experience. All of the show volunteers and workers that I had occasion to interact with were amazing. In particular, Cheryl did an amazing job and made sure I was taken care of as best she could. That’s important, because there are always problems, but what’s more important is what’s done about those problems when they arise.

There were certainly communication issues from the start. I had to remind them to give me my hotel information, for instance. And the shuttle situation from the hotel to the show was glitchy at best. But, I managed most of those and the biggest problem I had was the Act of God storm that wiped out power and water to my hotel on Friday night. Thankfully, it was made right before I had to head to the show.

With the abrupt change in management, I imagine there will be other glitches, but I also think the show that comes out of this will be much better than the one before.

Most importantly, I had a great time. I’m fortunate that I have so many friends in Texas and they make the effort to come see me and make me feel welcome. I’ve got a decent fanbase and more than a few regular customers thanks to Fiesta Equestria and Comicpalooza (which, because of it’s later date this year I can’t do), so I couldn’t love going there more. That was all fantastic.

A couple random highlights:

I got to watch Game of Thrones with my friends and Lancel Lannister himself, Eugene Simon. That was a treat and a half.

And the show arranged a VIP tour of Johnson Space Center, which is just amazing. We got to see everything except the buoyancy pool (which is still on my list) and have a wonderful experience. Sadly, no one took me up on my “Artist in Space” idea. I mean, why should teachers get all the fun?