If you attended New York Comic Con this year, you already know how crazy packed it was. If you visited my table in artist alley this year, you know how happy and BUSY I was. NYCC was my most successful show of the year. A major role in that was the order of art cards! Now I hate to turn anyone's request for art down, so I started taking addresses to mail them out. I ended up with over 90 art card commissions, so yes, I am now knee deep in art cards as the blog post title says. From Breaking Bad to Adventure Time to Regular Show to a bunch of wrestlers, I have a ton to draw. I love doing these cards, as each one is a great artistic challenge and makes me a better artist. I am currently also working on a MAJOR project that doesn't allow me to solely focus on these cards, but once that deadline is met, it's nothing but art card creation! Some have already been mailed out and a few are being mailed each day. Please be patient if you ordered an art card, you'll get it soon and thanks for making this the best convention EVER!
I'm thrilled to announce that I have been nominated by my peers in the comic industry for a MAJOR award! I'm in the running for a Harvey Award: Most Promising New Talent! The Harveys are voted on by comic professionals with the winners announced at the award ceremony September 7th at the Baltimore Comic Con. To all my fellow comic creators, click the pic above and be sure to cast your votes today!
For two years now I have successfully completely the 24 hour comic day challenge. I created 24 pages of comics in 24 hours. The books were an eclectic collection of kooky comics entitled Escape Into Comics! I enjoyed the results so much that I remastered them, added some bonus material and releasing them as two FUNtastic books. Escape Into Comics! Volume 1 will be available in late June and second volume will hit the shelves in September. Here's a sneak peak…
Above is a look at a bonus Space Family Marmo story from Volume 2 of Escape Into Comics!
Above and below you can see the first page of a bonus Mondo Mights story from the first volume of Escape Into Comics!
Below, Smasho Rios says hello in Life After Lucha from Volume 1.
Below, Gork Gakk just wants to be left alone in Volume 2.
Those silly HareBrains forget something important in Escape Into Comics! Volume 2.
Below, the working cover for Escape Into Comics Volume 1. Unfortunately, the Mondo Mights DO NOT battle Ninja Bots in this volume. I'll save that action for a full length Mondo Mights book.
I've been working on a game show to present at comic conventions. After several months of development, I debuted it at the Awesome Con in Washington DC. I couldn't be happier with the results. I Loved it. The competing artists loved it. The parents loved it. But most importantly, the kids loved it! I will be doing it at most of the conventions that I'll be tabling at. So be on the look out to be a part of Doodle! Scribble! Draw! LIVE when I head to your town… One thing I did learn is to have someone take pictures next time. I took a few and here's a recap of the fun event.
There was a nice sized crowd on hand. By the second round it was standing room only!
Four fantastic artists were paired into two teams and were given team names by the kids in the crowd. Team Aliens was Dawn Griffin of Zfcomics.com and Steve Conley of bloopstree.com. They faced off against Team Flowers which was Bryan Turner of bturnerart.com and John Gallagher of skydogcomics.com.
The opening round was the crazy character challenge. The teams came up with characters based on ideas from the crowd. Them aliens gave us Spider doctor and a painter pig with a spider on his back.
Team Flowers did a pineapple guy on a tricycle and spaghetti and meatballs riding a unicycle with a tiger rabbit.
Next round was the "Mind's Eye" challenge. The crowd gave the artists three things to draw without looking at the paper. Luckily they had their kid coaches to help them!
For the Alphabet Art challenge, Team Flowers had volunteer artist Jack draw for them and he did fantastic!
Team Aliens' kid coach gave Steve ideas that began with each letter!
For the "Sounds Like Fun" challenge the artists teamed with kid cartoonist to illustrate "Ka-Thunk!" "Crash!" and "Boom!"
The "Shape Up" challenge had young artists draw an abstract shape or shapes. The pros quickly turned it into a scene!
Team Aliens made an amazing dragon from a crazy shape!
Team Flowers did a monster in a city scene from several shapes drawn by their young artist!
The Scribble Scramble was the final round where a parent and child teamed with the artists to draw as much stuff as they can in 3 minutes. The crowd supplied all the wacky ideas.
In the end, John and Bryan of Team Flowers were crowned the first ever Doodle! Scribble! Draw! Champions.
Here's a preview of my newest book! In Happyloo:Flying Colors, Koolie, Tickle, and Meatsauce search for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. They end up finding a world that needs their help! The Happyloo book series is a visual vacation to a colorful land filled with adventures in friendship and discovery! Each graphic novel / picture book story is followed by Happyloo@Home, a section that helps readers learn fun facts and create cool crafts. It's all about inspiring imagination and creativity in the young readers. For ages 4 and up!
The book will be officially released March 27th!