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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…

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

Friday
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:
 
THURSDAY
3:00-4:00 MY LITTLE PONY SIGNING
IDW Booth
 
FRIDAY
MODERN ROMANCE COMICS
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!
 
SUNDAY
2:00-3:00 MY LITTLE PONY SIGNING
IDW Booth
 
EVERY OTHER DARN MOMENT OF THE SHOW
Booth 2000

My Wizard World Cleveland Schedule

I’ll be at Wizard World Cleveland this weekend. Sure, my commission list is open and I’ll be at my table most of them time, But if you like seeing me on a stage talking about stuff, you’ll have three separate opportunities to do that, too!

FRIDAY
4:30 – 5:15PM HOW TO DRAW FUNNY! WITH THE SIMPSONS’ PHIL ORTIZ, LOVE AND CAPES’ THOM ZAHLER AND NANCY’S GUY GILCHRIST (ROOM 26A)
Ever wonder how humor artists are able to create characters and stories that leave us laughing like idiots? Here, one of the finest practitioners of the simple art of humor, Phil Ortiz (The Simpsons), Thom Zahler(Love and Capes) and Guy Gilchrist (Nancy) tell and show you how they do it! Moderated by Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print).

SATURDAY
4:00 – 4:45PM HOW TO EXHIBIT AT A CONVENTION (ROOM 26A)
Are you ready to cross the line from fan to pro? Ready to set up and exhibit at a convention. Join Thom Zahler (Love and Capes, My Little Pony) and friends as they discuss the ins and outs of setting up at a convention. What do you bring? What do you need? How do you do a show across the country as well as you can do one at home?

SUNDAY
1:00 – 1:45PM CREATE A COMIC WITH MARVEL ZOMBIES’ FRED VAN LENTE, LOVE AND CAPES’ THOM ZAHLER AND SPIDER-MAN’S DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 26A)
Ever wonder what it would be like to collaborate on making comics with top professionals? In this fun-and-educational session, celebrated comics creators Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies; Action Philosophers), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes; My Little Pony) and Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; How to Create Comics from Script to Print) create a new character and story before your eyes, incorporating audience members’ ideas and suggestions! Come see—and join in—the creative process!

Amazing Arizona 2016

I just got back from the Amazing Arizona Comic-Con. It’s a bit of a difference, going from walking around in shirt sleeves and writing out by the pool in Phoenix to the admittedly-pretty but very chilly Cleveland tundra.

I had a great time out at the show! I hosted a My Little Pony meet up and got to meet a bunch of fans. We did a trivia contest and some lucky winners went away with some of my art. And then, on Sunday, we had the Pony Hour of Power where I did free sketches for kids ten and under. That was a blast! (Most obscure request: Cheese Sandwich.)

It’s also the first show where I’ve had and sold the Long Distance trade. And the second, and the third… After having worked on that project for so long, it’s nice to see the collection out in the world and finding an audience. Love and Capes continues to sell, too, which is also nice.

I got to hang out with the show crew a little bit more than previous shows, as well. That was a blast! It’s nice getting to see Jimmy and Holly and Erin and Ben and lots of people I’m forgetting, I know, outside the show itself in a more relaxed environment. And Jimmy is a great host!

Best of all, as always, was meeting and seeing friends and fans. I ‘m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but so much of being a cartoonist is isolation, that being able to get out and see people and have discussions is a wonderful thing. Thanks to everyone for coming out!

Lastly, this trip seemed a little more foodie than the last. Maybe I’m just figuring out how to use Zomato better. I had doughnuts at the Fractured Prune, and dinner at The Phoenix Public Market Cafe and Angels Trumpet Ale House. And then I played some video games at the Cobra Arcade Bar, where, for at least a little bit, I had the top score on Donkey Kong. All of which was awesome!

I even managed to finish up writing a script while sitting out by the pool. It was like being Stan Lee, except without the standing.

So I Got My Apple Pencil

My Apple Pencil finally arrived last week. I’ve been experimenting with it in whatever free time I have.

Overall, I like it quite a bit. It paired easily and charges quickly. It’s got a great feel to it. Mostly, I’ve been drawing in Procreate, which I like quite a bit. It does a lot of the things that Photoshop does and has a pretty quick learning curve. I do wish it had a straight-up magic wand tool to select an area.

I adore the different brushes, especially the pencil, graphite and chalk ones that create a really natural tool. They’re better than anything in Photoshop and at least on par with Painter.

The problem I’ve had so far is line fidelity. The iPad Pro is almost too good. I’d like to be able to tweak it so there’s a little more smoothness to my line, the way that I’ve done with my Cintiq and Manga Studio. I can make a pretty crisp line with a brush, but the Apple Pencil isn’t a brush and doesn’t have the same feel.

I’m following the same learning process I did with the Cintiq, Manga Studio and my Nostromo where I forced myself to do a drawing a day using that tool. That’s been helping a lot. The Captain Cold sketch below took almost two hours to do. The Wonder Woman one took less than an episode of Castle. That’s improvement.

The iPad Pro is doing what I expected it to do. Ultimately, I wanted what I call an Eighty Percent Device. Something where I could get 80% of the way to finished. With my current setup, I’d be able to at least create tight pencils for projects. I’m working on getting my inks where I want them. And I’m finally going to be able to sit on the couch and color comics pages! That will work well for me. Ultimately, I’ll still need to take it over to the desktop and tweak and finish those files off, but being able to do 80% of the work on the iPad when I need to makes my convention travel schedule a lot more manageable, so I’m definitely happy with my purchase.