Archive for July, 2008

July 27th, 2008 | filed in News

San Diego!

Wow. This has been an amazing week! I shared a table at Comic-Con with Spike of Templar, Arizona, and we completely sold out of books. Every day of the show was as busy and crazy as a usual Saturday. As a result, this is the first time I’ve ever paid for my trip to the show here, after all expenses. Thanks to everyone who came by the table! I couldn’t have done it without you!

In other news, the Webcomicsnation site was hacked over the weekend, and with heroic efforts on the part of Joey Manley (who has had to miss most of the con as a result), it should be up and running in the next day or two as the domain repropagates across the Net. In the meantime, you can read the PS archive over at its mirror on Moderntales.

July 6th, 2008 | filed in News

Reviewed by Comic Fencing!

Looks like the folks at Comic Fencing got ahold of PS this week with mixed results (2.5-5 stars, depending on the reviewer). I have to admit, I do find some of their critique to be pretty accurate. I’m way more aware of my shortcomings than you might expect, especially in the writing department. I guess I’m an artist first and writer second. I just try my best, and hope that it works out in the end.

My only real objection is to the claim that the Chicago references are too picture perfect to be inaccurate. Maybe there is a general attitude that Chi-town is much dirtier than it actually is. Perhaps I need to post the 1000+ archive of photos I took while living in the city for over ten years to help correct this. Oh, well. That’s a pretty minor quibble, though. The same reviewer gave the comic 5 stars, so I can’t really complain.

Thanks for the reviews, folks!

July 2nd, 2008 | filed in News

Wizard, MoCCA, and ACEN: belated con reports

My goodness, have the last couple of months been busy. It all started back in May with my trip back to Chicago for ACEN. It turned out to be my best show to date, and was a fantastic homecoming after the big move. I actually stayed in town for a whole week, and got plenty of chances to hang out with friends and take some much-needed final photos in order to finish out Part Three.

Then, three weeks later it was off to NYC for MoCCA, where I shared a table with my new friends from the Boston Comics Roundtable, who were premiering the anthology, INBOUND. The new book looks great, and I’m looking forward to maybe contributing to a later issue. My Chicago buddy Spike also came out and ended up smoking us all on sales, which was awesome. I have to admit, despite my undying love for Chicago, NYC is growing me. It’s a fun town, though I think I’d prefer to visit often rather than live there. I’m liking Boston quite well enough. Besides, it’s only a 4 hour, $3 bus ride away (Chinatown bus, oh yeah!), so it’s easy enough to go visit. Anyway, great fun times hanging out with all my comic friends, even if I didn’t sell that much. No problem.

Now, I just got back from Wizard World Chicago this past weekend. Once again, Chicago blew me away! I shared a table with my old friend and co-founder of ModernTales, Tim Broderick, and we ended up selling out of books! It was amazing. I came back with only 4 copies of Part Two, after nearly selling out of Part One on Saturday, and being replenished with an extra 10 copies from Brian ‘BMAN’ Babenderede finally sold out completely on Sunday. Along the way, we got to hang out with the rest of the Chicago ART NIGHT crew (Brion, Jen, Spike, Pascal), plus indy comics veterans and buddies Jane Irwin, Paul Sizer, & Carla Speed McNeil, and Miss Monster, too! I even had the pleasure of meeting newcomer Nathan Heigert, who blew us all away with an already complete 80-page, full-color graphic novel, SHADE, that’s just waiting to be published. Good luck, Nate! Hope to see more from you!

Anyway, it was a totally fantastic weekend, as were the previous two cons. Next up is San Diego. Spike and I will be sharing a table, so if you’re coming out to the Big Show, please come by and tell us “Hi!”.