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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OPINION - What is killing comic book conventions?

Yesterday, Denise Dorman, the wife of illustrator Dave Dorman posted a rather scathing review of recent convention experiences and the inability for artists to recoup the costs of attending conventions.  She reported on shows that used to be very profitable that no longer are…and then she blamed cosplayers.  You can read her entire post here.  You can read my thoughts below.

In the last few years, cosplayers have become a larger and larger part of the convention scene.  There are now “celebrity cosplayers” whose hard work is so incredible that they become attractions unto themselves at conventions.  This rubs a lot of people the same way.  As one friend of mine put it, “costumes don’t have pockets”—in other words, cosplayers in general do not spend money at conventions.  And this, in my experience, is true.  But I wholeheartedly disagree that cosplayers are the reason artists can’t make money at conventions.  There are a lot of other factors and I’d like to break down a few that I’ve noticed in my 8 years attending conventions, 4 of which have been spent as a “pro” behind the table.

Friday, September 19, 2014

REMINDER - Mid-Con Comic Convention in Iowa City THIS WEEKEND!

Just a reminder, I will be at Mid-Con Comic Convention in Iowa City this weekend!  This is the first year for the show and I’m excited to be a part of the convention.  They have a great lineup of guests including Mike Norton, Phil Hester, Jeremy Haun, and more!  You can learn more about the convention on their official website here!  I hope to see you thisweekend at the Clarion Highlander in Iowa City for Mid-Con 2014!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WWE Night of Champions Predictions!

After an INCREDIBLE Summer Slam last month (one of my favorite Summer Slam events ever), the first Night of Champions in the WWE Network era has a lot to live up to!  Every WWE title will be on the line and the matches have the possibility of being an incredible event.  There are big things afoot, but hit the jump to see my predictions for the event!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


I am very excited to announce that I am a late special guest addition to the Mid-Con Comic Book Convention in Iowa City from September 19-21!  This is the first year for the show and I’m excited to be a part of the convention.  They have a great lineup of guests including Mike Norton, Phil Hester, Jeremy Haun, and more!  You can learn more about the convention on their official website here!  I hope to see you next weekend at the Clarion Highlander in Iowa City for Mid-Con 2014!

I am a bit short on time, but I will be accepting preorders for sketches and commissions!  Hit the jump to learn more about what I have to offer!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NOW WRITING: Hunting for Artists

One of the most frustrating parts of creating comics is finding artistic collaborators for projects.  Artists need to commit much more time to projects than writers, which means it is all the more important for artists to choose “the right project,” especially early in their careers.  I’ve been lucky to work with some of the most amazing young artists in the industry in the past, but I am always look for new collaborators.  As I turn the corner to work on some new projects, I’m on the lookout for new collaborators.  Are you an artist looking to break into the industry?  Perhaps we could collaborate!  Hit the jump for details on what I’m looking for!

Friday, August 15, 2014

WWE SummerSlam Predictions!

WWE’s second biggest pay-per-view of the year is upon us!  Live from sunny Los Angeles this weekend is Summer Slam!  After a really solid Battleground last month, the bar is pretty high for this show.  Summer Slam has a storied history of exciting match-ups and this year’s installment looks to be no different.  To see my picks for this weekend’s show, hit the jump and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter as I live-tweet the show on Sunday!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NOW WRITING: 2014 Update!

Friends!  I have clearly neglected updating my website since the end of Dear Dinosaur, aside from my monthly WWE event posts (the next of which will be posted on Friday).  I don’t want you to think that means I haven’t been busy, though, as quite the opposite is true.  I’ve been working on a number of projects for the next year and I’m really excited to see them come to fruition.  Here are some highlights:

  • The timeline for my new webcomic Left2Right has obviously shifted multiple times.  I originally envisioned it to start the week after Dear Dinosaur ended, which was now a few months ago.  I’ve been really unhappy with my art on the few pages I’ve produced, which is slowing me down.  Once I get to a point that I’m happy with the pages, I’ll start sending pages to colorist BJ Humphrey.  I suspect we’ll finally see the comic debut on this October!
  • The ComplEAT Dear Dinosaur is a little behind schedule.  I’ve worked on cleaning up the pages and I’ve been piecing together the anicillary materials for the book.  The new pin-ups are a bit slower going, but I’m so happy with the work the artists have done that I can’t complain.  My initial plan was to have the books ready this month, but we are now looking towards the books going to the printer in September.
  • My graphic novel The Largest Heart with artist Dean Stahl, which follows the life of a gigantic professional wrestler and his relationship with his estranged son, is looking incredible.  Dean is inking the pitch pages himself and I could not be happier with the end result.
  • I have three upcoming comics that will be released from Grayhaven Comics over the next year.  The first, a two page story in You Are Not Alone 2, the second is a horror western eight pager with Oren Takes Flight artist Ben Holliday, and the last is a really fun Dr. Seuss-inspired three page story in Lil’ Kaiju.
  • I will begin releasing short comics digitally via Comixology late this year.  These 16 page stories will introduce a lot of new concepts that I’ve wanted to write for years and I’ve lined up some really great artists.  The two stories currently being worked on are a sword-and-sorcery tale and a surreal secret agent story.  Both should be out by the end of the year.
  • Nessy: Sword of Ohio is about 1/3 of the way completed with the art from Markk Cooper, whose manga-esque style is unlike any art that I’ve ever had teamed with my writing.  I am so excited for this one-shot, which will be released digitally first.
  • Going a bit slower, but looking amazing is Stray, the silent graphic novel I wrote a few years ago.  Tara Coble has really stepped up her game with the designs and I hope to pitch this to publishers by the end of the year.
  • Finally, The King of Cool, my one-shot with Comic Aid Press is in the final stages of production.  I’ll have it ready for conventions this Fall and all profits will go to charity!

That about covers it!  Watch out on Twitter and Facebook for more updates as these comics come together!