Character © their original owners.
Art © Jesse DuRona
Character © their original owners.
Art © Jesse DuRona
Greetings, friends! This last weekend I tabled at the Northeast Comic Con And Collectibles Extravaganza, and it was an absolute blast.
First the show itself. There was a lot of fun stuff happening this year. Adam West, the original Batman from the 1960’s TV show, was on hand to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Jim Steranko, a famous Marvel artist, was there too. Gigi Edgley from Farscape and Julie McCullough from Growing Pains and Sharknado were there too. They even had Susan Backlinie, who was the iconic 1st victim in the original Jaws. There were also some inanimate stars there as well, including the DeLorean from Back To the Future, the Impala from the TV show Supernatural, and the classic Batmobile and Batcycle to coincide with Adam West being there.
I, however, didn’t get to see the sights of the show, as I was too busy at my table. I had so many nice people come up and say hi, buy some comics, and have me do sketch cards and commissions for them. I even had a few people tell me they were really big fans, which was wild! My Despondent Mega Man books sold out, and I sold a bunch of Beyond Mode 7 too. Alice in Slumberland didn’t fair so well, but NECC is more of a pop culture show, so I spend more time pushing my video game work.
I also met some new artist friends and caught up with old ones. Scott C. Hamilton was tabling next to me, and did some fantastic caricatures. Jesse Lundberg was directly behind us along with his wife Margret. Beth and I had so much in common with them it was almost scary. Amanda Dufresne dragged me to a panel where we talked about breaking into the business (something I clearly know tons about), and then left me to get my butt kicked by Blair D. Shedd at a sketch-off.
Gary Sohmers, the brains behind the show, really knows how to put on a great show. Not only did he have a bunch of great guests and attractions at the show, but he genuinely cares about the artists too. There was always someone coming by to see if we needed anything, and Gary himself came on the mic several times to remind people to spend their money with the artists. At most shows, even the best ones, you get your table and your on your own. Not so at NECC. They want us to do well so that we’ll come back for the next show.
Take a gander at some of the photos we took at the show. You can see each sketch card and commission I did, as well as some of the highlights from the exhibits.
NECC is a biannual show, and I’m already signed up for the next one in December. It was a great show, and I’m looking forward to supporting it for years to come.
Behold! The cover for The Chilling Case of Malice Frame, the 2nd book in my Alice Frame Series. The book will be finished on
June 20th, 2015. Due to 2015 being a crazy year full of life-changing events, The Chilling Case of Malice Frame will instead be released in time for Vermont Comic Con on September 1st, 2015.
I’m now officially taking pre-orders on my store page, so if you like fun sci-fi comics for all ages, give this one a shot! While you’re there, check out the 1st book in the series, Alice In Slumberland. These stories are episodic, so you don’t need to read them in order.
Please share this with your friends and family. I’d love to get as many people as possible interested in my books. They are super fun to create, and more support means more books more often!
Hey gang! As promised, here is another update on The Chilling Case of Malice Frame. I know I promised that I’d post an update each time I finish a page, but in the interest of saving time (and my sanity) I’m going to post these only after some significant progress has been made.
As you can see from this sweet high tech progress cart o’ mine, I’m almost half way done with the pencils. Once they are finished, I’ll show them to some cartooning peers for any last-minute suggestions, and then I’ll begin the inking process.
Also, if you couldn’t already tell, I won’t have the new book done by MECAF, which is on May 17th, though I will still be tabling. My new deadline is June 20th, 2015, which will be just in time for Northeast Comic Con, which I am also attending.
I’ll see you all next week with a new update. Be sure to check back in between for more Daily Drawings and other some such things! Peace!
Hey, everyone! Today I’m going to give you an update on the new Alice Frame book, The Chilling Case of Malice Frame.
I’m currently working on the pencils for each page. I’ve already laid out the panels and filled in all the text and balloons. All that remains is to put the characters and backgrounds in each panel. This is the hardest part for me. Once I’m on to the inking and coloring it becomes easier.
As you can see from my sweet and extremely high tech progress chart, I have finished the pencils for pages 12 and 13. I like to start from the middle of a book and work my way outward. This is a trick that I learned while studying at the Center for Cartoon Studies. This way the beginning and ending of the book will theoretically have the the best drawings, since I’m all limber by then. I suppose they could also be terrible as I could be exhausted by then, but never mind that.
When I finish new pages I’ll post a sample panel for you all to enjoy. My hope is to have the book done by May 18th, which is the same weekend at MECAF. If you’d like to learn more about Alice Frame, check out this page here! Maybe you’d like to buy a copy while you’re there!
Named after the titular heroine from the Alien franchise, Ripley is about nine months old, has medium-length fur, and is a chatterbox. This pose doesn’t exactly capture her essence, as she is usually either sprawled out and sleeping, or running around the apartment. Her favorite thing (other than eating wads of paper) is her daddy, which is me!
Before you mock my knowledge of feline anatomy, let it be down that she does indeed have that many toes on her front paws. They look like thumbs, and she occasionally “holds” things. She will lead the revolution.
Just made my deadline on this one! As usual, constructive feedback is more than welcome!