Posts Tagged ‘cons’

January 11th, 2012 | filed in News

Guest Appearances: A-Kon & Anime St. Louis

It’s official! I’ll be appearing as a guest at this year’s A-Kon in Dallas, June 1st through 3rd. This is my first time down, and I’m super excited to go since I’ve wanted to make it to A-Kon for years.

I’m also thrilled to announce I’ll be returning to Anime St. Louis again this year on April 20th to the 22nd. They put on a fantastic little show, and you should come check it out.

I’ll be doing workshops and panels, and I’ll be delighted to talk art and process with anyone who’s interested in learning how to improve their drawing skills. So, if you’re in Texas, St. Louis or surrounds, give it a look-see and come out and join the fun!

July 21st, 2011 | filed in News

Update: San Diego, I am here.


Look for this, and you shall find.

October 26th, 2010 | filed in News

Up next: MangaNEXT!


I’m headed down to East Brunswick, New Jersey this weekend for my exciting guest appearance at MangaNEXT! I’m really looking forward this show, and getting a chance to catch up with my buddy Lea Hernandez, manga creator extraordinaire. I also hear rumors that there will be another Super Art Fight going on! Breaking News UPDATE! I will be IN the Super Art Fight!

I’ll also be heading up two panels, too!

The Importance of Setting in Storytelling: Friday 8:00-9:30pm – Could also be called “How I use backgrounds in my comics.” I’ll be going over why setting and using backgrounds can produce a powerful effect in storytelling, and the techniques I use to create all these crazy backgrounds here in Paradigm Shift.

SUPER ART FIGHT! Saturday, 12:30-1:30pm – BE THERE!

The Business of Art & Comics: Saturday 4:00-5:30pm – I’ve been making a living as a working artist for over 10 years now, and after so long in the trenches you’re bound to pick up a thing or three on how to survive. I’ll be covering the stuff they didn’t teach you in art school on how to make it out here in the cold, indifferent Real World™, and how you can make it, too!

So, come on out and join in the fun. It’s Halloween, so you never know what might happen. Mwu ha ha ha ha!

July 29th, 2010 | filed in News

San Diego Wrap-Up

Shaenon & Dirk, hard at work.

Well, I’m back and mostly recovered from another year and the Mother of All Cons: San Diego Comic Con. This was my ninth (yes, ninth!) year at the show, and it was definitely my most successful to date. I had the pleasure of sharing my table and hotel with the excellent Shaenon K. Garrity, creator behind the amazing and hilarious comics Narbonic and Skin Horse and her husband Andrew Farago, widely known as curator of the fabulous Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.

Our table!

This year we had an excellent location in the Small Press pavilion, right across from Oni Press, a position that destined us to compete and take advantage of the hordes that descended upon them for Scott Pilgrim! (I should know, because I was right there with them to pick up Volume 6!)

Right across from Scott Pilgrim, too!  Score!

Preview Night kicked off excellently well, but by the of the day on Thursday I was coming down with a cold, which meant I had to take things easy in order to get through the rest of the weekend. So, I didn’t get to party quite as much as I would have otherwise liked, but I still had plenty of time to hang out with many friends I hadn’t seen in quite awhile.

King of RPGs One the highlights of the show was to see Jason Thompson again and pick up his gut-bustingly funny King of RPGs. Seriously, if you’ve ever done any bit of role-playing or table-top gaming in your life, you will totally appreciate this send up done in consummate shonen manga style. As Shaenon and Andrew can attest, it had me cackling! I also had the pleasure of dining with he, and Roger Landgridge, whom I also hadn’t seen in an age and is now pounding page after page of Muppet comics for BOOM Kids! Good on ye, Roger!

Somehow I also found the energy to crank out a few commissions, too, including a conceptual sequel to Anime Boston’s “Yom Yom Yom” silliness:

Commission: No Use Crying... Commission: Wolf Centurion

After pacing myself, loading up on Airborne and Sudafed, and I managed to plow my way through the five days of convention madness, and thanks to the help all the kind, interested attendees, end up breaking my sales records for every other show to date. It was fantastic!

Thank you everyone for coming by the table at the show. As always, I couldn’t do this without you guys!

Next: I rest. At least until Wizard World Chicago next month…

Time to draw!