Posts Tagged ‘conventions’

December 12th, 2012 | filed in News

No ACEN or Anime Boston in 2013

As I mentioned in the previous post, burying the lead, I’m clearing my convention calendar for the near term until I’m ready to put out Part Four in book form. This means I won’t be attending many of my usual shows in 2013, including Anime Central and Anime Boston in the spring.

This is a painful decision, because I’ve attended ACEN since 2004 without fail, but it’s getting to the point where it doesn’t make sense to go when I don’t have anything new to promote. It’s possible I’ll have the book finished by the time May rolls around, but there’s no guarantee of that. It might be working its way back from the printer. Or I may still be touching up the artwork and getting it ready to send off. Either way, it makes more sense to figure out my touring schedule after I’ve finished the book, not before.

So, if you don’t see me at the usual conventions next year, it’s not because I’m dead or have fallen off the map. I’m just taking a break and gathering my energy so I can make a strong return.

October 11th, 2012 | filed in News

Huntington Bound

Travelling in Ohio this week, spending some time with family on the eve of Tsubasacon this weekend. This is my first full-length show since the injury, so I’m thinking of it as my official return to the world. I’m especially looking forward to running some of my favorite workshops this weekend:

How to Draw & Use Backgrounds in Comics & Manga
Friday, 4:30pm – Panel Rm 1

The Process: How to Draw Comics & Manga
Saturday, 2:00pm – Panel Rm 1

How to Draw People & Characters
Sunday, 10:30am – Panel Rm 1

Of course, I’ll also be exhibiting my comics and artwork in person as well. If you plan to be at the show, don’t be afraid to come up and chat. I’m always happy to meet my readers and answer any questions you have.

July 24th, 2012 | filed in News

Battle for Baltimore: Otakon this weekend!

That’s right, kids! I’ll be in Charm City for the big, bad Otakon this weekend. If you’re looking at the Artist Alley map and scratching your head saying to yourself, “Where’s Dirk?”, fear not. I’m sharing a massive table space with my buddy Garth Graham of Finders Keepers at tables CC03-04.

I’ll also be hosting the “How to Draw Comics” workshop on Friday from 1-2pm, and duking it out at Super Art Fight! at Midnight on Saturday night (or Sunday morning for you pedants in the audience).

Here are the gory details:

How To Draw Comics
Friday, July 27, 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Workshop 2 (BCC 343-344)

A professional artist for over 10 years, Dirk will discuss taking a comic from an idea to a finished page and how it is more than just drawing a few pictures on a page. Dirk, the creator of the graphic novel series “Paradigm Shift”, breaks down the creation of a comic from start to finish. This workshop covers scripting, thumbnails, layout, character and background basics, inking, and digital touch-up using live and interactive demonstrations.

Super Art Fight
Saturday, July 28, 2012
12:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Panel 3 (BCC Ballroom I-II)

Super Art Fight is here to melt your face and boil your brain. Artists take on a massive 6-foot-tall canvas with mystery topics and outlandish opponent attacks, only to have their plans thwarted by the Wheel of Death, a random idea generator that spins every five minutes.

Come out to the madness and look for us!

March 29th, 2012 | filed in News

April Conventions coming up!

I’m gearing up to head off to the first batch of conventions for the year starting next week with Anime Boston! I’ll be in Artist Alley at table 108 this year. While the next book isn’t quite ready, I’ll be there with plenty of books, prints, artwork, and doing quick ink drawings for anyone who asks! Come by and say hello.

Then, on April 20th-22nd I’ll be in St. Louis for my yearly homecoming to Anime St. Louis! Yes, you may not know it, but I grew up in the St. Louis area, and it’s always a treat to not only to be invited back to such a wonderful, welcoming convention, but also to see my hometown. I look forward to sharing it with you all.

Then, while I’m in the region, I’ll be putting in a limited appearance at Anime Central. Due to some scheduling difficulties, I won’t have my own table this year, but I’ll be sharing table space with my long-time buddy Tim Broderick, author the exceptional Odd Jobs series. It’ll be great to be in Chicago, and I’m looking forward to getting out from behind the table for a change and stretching my legs a bit. Thanks again for the help, Tim!

If you’re planning to come to any of these shows, come visit! And if you’re not, you should come anyway!