May 27, 2011

Blue Diamonds, Zombies, and Sat Fest

It's been a long, busy week. Mostly hanging things in Riverside. Made lots of drawings and one is a print, Kai of the Living Dead,...
available tomorrow at Blue Diamond Comics in Las Vegas. Each an original since I'll be supplying ink to them individually. Shout out to the lovely Kaileah Lani. I'll be at Blue Diamond signing and selling 140, The Burn Issue, and all my prints from 11a-2p. Gonna try to beat that holiday traffic. Here's a more other drawing for good measure:
That one was done for Saturation Fest, which is where I was hanging paintings and such. Go see it this weekend on Mission Inn Ave in Downtown Riverside and send me a pic since I won't be in town before it gets tagged up (please).

The Sat Fest staff worked their asses off to put on a group exhibition that is worth the viewing.

Bring it on, Vegas. Don't wait up, I.E.

And don't forget...

May 16, 2011

2 Weeks & T4YG

Over the past month or so, I (or my work) have appeared at (read: busted my ass to get to) 5 different comic book and/or art events including but not limited to (okay, maybe) Long Beach Comic Expo, the Soundbite Studio anniversary show, Wizard World Comic Con Anaheim, Free Comic Book Day, and most recently the Art Crawl Experience of Anaheim.

I've only once attended a Free Comic Book Day event in my life and it left a bad taste in my mouth. However, to get my book onto the shelves of 4 Color Fantasies I gotta make myself available for a signing date AND as an exhibitor on Free Comic Book Day (among other stipulations). As soon as I arrived, I realized that store is doing it right.
Some people I met at this event drove UP from San Diego! That's Comic-Con! They drove two hours away from that to the Inland Empire. The operation 4Color has going there is impressive to say the least. Seriously? A LINE to get IN? Well done.

I had my infamous (probably not) digital 2nd issue of 140 available in print form as my contribution to the free goodness. People seemed to dig it. Sold some more other comics/prints, too.

It's always nice when people participate in the contests I administer via twitter. I was stoked to get this high five and release a print into the world.
And a second one shortly thereafter.
The homies came out to show love.

Even sold a print of an old, school project. In hindsight, I could have used it on future work. The patron seemed pleased though. Look at that smile.

All in all, a grand day. I'll definitely be working/shopping there again.

The next weekend held an Art Crawl, which is not much different than an Art Walk (except for the large amount of gloves and knee pads). Walked around early to get some pics of a couple set ups including the hot rods and some of the music doing a sound check.

My space was huge in relation to what I had brought. Next time, I'm bringing a mobile studio like my neighbors. The guys next to me deserved WAY more traffic than hit em. The main issue was that we were out of sight compared to the rest of the artists. Great amount of space but out of the way.

In any case, I had an awesome time. They were funny as hell throughout the event. These are the guys you want to barbecue and get drunk with. I took a couple snaps of Jack and Tiki...

...and threw em in my piece.
They made this with the help of some friends.
They're doing it right.

Lastly but definitely not leastly, I'd like to get more involved with the art community in my city so I'm throwing a party. Check out Treat IV Your Gland on June 17. I've curated this live-art event at Fontana's Jolly Jogurt. I'm super honored that people would be down to paint with me and we shall have ourselves a time. Come one, come all. Eat yogurt. Talk with artists. Be merry. Repost!

I also realize I'm setting up shop during the Green Lantern film release. Incidentally: everyone that shows up with a GL ticket stub will get a discounted print! Tell your friends.

Stay awesome, Internet. I'll be back soon.

May 3, 2011

WWA Recap & Thangs

Last weekend I tabled at Wizard World Anaheim 2011. First time for everything. Saw some familiar faces and hopefully in the future will see a lot more. Here's a sandwich I ate. Fuck those hotel food prices.
Staples of the comic convention crowd:
Pretty rad shirt I was lucky enough to draw on!
That's me in the bottom right!
I sat beside one Nat Gertler. Nice guy and an Eisner Award nominee as I understand it. Enjoy this super creepy photo of him.
To my starboard side (fuck you, fact-checkers) sat the enjoyable Neil Segura and Ray Mendivil. This is the duo behind the comic Forever Freshman. Nice guys. Cool comic. If you like fun comics or ever wondered what those band geeks from high school are doing, this book is for you. Spoiler alert: they're making comics. Here's me as I read the book.

No, I remember I was happier than that. There we go.

The homies came out to table with me.
So I was stoked on the news that the Power Rangers (of the Mighty Morphin' persuasion) would attend this convention. I made a drawing early last week that I turned into a print titled "Some Cool Dudes" for the con. More importantly, I included the Black Ranger on that print. Guess who I found and totally gave my print to? I gave Walter Emanuel Jones one of those prints because I grew up on that guy. One day I'll (actually) grow up. Until then, I'm gonna keep drawing Power Rangers.
Scratch one off the bucket list. Really nice dude. He gave me one of his prints in return (I'm gonna frame that shit). Also, I walked up JUST as he was answering the question that you all want to ask him (which he apparently gets a lot): "Was it racism that lead to the Black Ranger being a black guy?" The answer is legit. I won't bore you with it (I'd probably get some facts wrong anyhow). Short answer: "No."

Thank you to everyone who came through to the convention. Nothing is set in stone but I may be at Wizard World Los Angeles in September this year (and I've totally asked for a panel there).

A tremendous "Thank you" to all of these people:

Lastly, I'm really not adept at this "internet" thing so I'll respond to some recent comments here:

Jazzmine- No problem. Email me a pic! As far as Kid with a Cape, ask the homie Dcastr.

Nelius- Likewise. Got you guys in here. Stay up! Rock hard at SDCC.

ALSO lastly, join me at 4 Color Fantasies this Saturday for Free Comic Book Day won't you? Yes. Yes, you will.