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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Original Art Auctions to Support Charities!

The past few weeks since the Presidential election have been very difficult for people on every end of the political spectrum.  Anger, fear, mistrust, and hopelessness have hang like a dark cloud over our nation.  To combat this bleak climate, many have chosen to stand up for what they believe in and to take action not only to reaffirm their beliefs, but to make the world a better place.  No matter who you voted for or what you believe in, it has become abundantly clear that something must be done in order to counteract all of the negativity that is prevalent in our current national climate.

One thing I have noticed in my circle of friends is an uptick in volunteering and charitable donations for causes that are important to them.  Taking a page from their book, I decided to launch a series of original art auctions on eBay with 100% of the proceeds will go towards organizations and charities that share my values and support causes that I believe in.  While I am admittedly a hardcore unflinching liberal, I have chosen a number of causes that I believe will be supported by conservatives and liberals a like.  Many of these groups support a portion of our populace that has been marginalized over the course of this election and its aftermath—I believe that these groups can help support those who truly need it.

All of the art pieces are 9 x 12 on Bristol board, done with markers and colored pencil. I know that my art skills are limited (I’m mostly a writer after all), but I like to think of these sketches as fun incentives to support very worthy causes.  You can find all of the auctions here or you can read my descriptions and follow individual links below.

CAPTAIN AMERICA – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
The ongoing conflicts in the Middle East have been “the war” of my generation and I have seen many friends and family members deployed to combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  This organization is the largest non-profit organization dedicated to supporting these specific veterans and their families.  We need to take care of our soldiers and their families.

The Girl Project, created by Glamour Magazine and the Silicon Valley Foundation, provides resources and programs to help young women worldwide successfully enter into secondary education. 

LUKE CAGE AND IRON FIST – The Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center fights bigotry and hatred for American citizens through litigation and education.  In the last few weeks, they have championed the fight against the rise in hate crimes all across our country.

CHEWBACCA – The Karam Foundation
The Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping refugees displaced by the ongoing conflicts in Syria.  What to do with these refugees was a major talking point in the election, but I firmly believe that there is only one thing we can do—help them.  This may not be “our fight,” but we cannot sit idly by.

The HTB Fund, the non-profit arm of Humanizing the Badge, provides free and confidential resources to police officers and their families struggling against the stresses of the job. Law enforcement has come under a lot of scrutiny lately—much of it justified—and so the already difficult position has become even harder psychologically.  By offering resources to combat this, we better protect those who protect us.

MS MARVEL – The Muslim American Leadership Alliance
The Muslim American Leadership Alliance is a multi-faceted organization that seeks to educate and provide leadership opportunities to strengthen not only Muslim communities in America, but also their relationships with the larger American community as a whole.

BATWOMAN – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of the LGBTQ+ community, not only in America, but worldwide.

BLUE BEETLE – The Cisernos Center for New Americans
The Cisernos Center provides education, resources, and opportunities for all “new Americans” whether they were born in the United States or are looking to become part of our great nation. They believe that everyone, regardless of their place of birth, should have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

BONE – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
The CBLDF is at the forefront of the good fight against censorship in comic books, providing resources and support to creators, publishers, educators, retailers, librarians, and readers who want to take part in our amazing medium.

ForeverU is dedicated to diminishing bullying in all forms through education and direct action—they consider themselves “love” based and want everyone to have the chance to be themselves without fear of harassment and violence.

WOMEN OF STAR WARS – Planned Parenthood International
Planned Parenthood is committed to providing healthcare to women of all ages. They believe that sexual and reproductive healthcare is a human right. They provide a very, very wide range of services to women in need.

I believe strongly in these causes and would greatly appreciate if you were to consider bidding on the sketches or at least spreading the word.  This is just one small step that can be taken to improve the lives of others at a time when we feel like hope is fleeting.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

See me November 5-6 at Midwest Comicon in Des Moines!

I am proud to announce that I, once again, will be attending the Midwest Comicon in Des Moines this November!  On November 5-6 at the Iowa Events Center, you can meet me and a ton of other incredible guests, including my old pals Phil Hester, Mikey Babinski, and Don Kramer!  I will be joined by my partners-in-crime BJ Humphrey and Nick Peterson once again for the show.

I am currently taking commissions for any art, prices of which are at the jump. I will also be debuting two new prints and, most likely, a brand new MAKEbelieve minicomic!  If you are interested, please contact me via email, Facebook, or Twitter for more information!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

See me at QC Fun Con this weekend in Davenport, Iowa!

Hey everyone! This is a bit short notice, but I will be attending the QC Fun Con in Davenport, Iowa this Sunday! The show takes place Sunday September 18th at the Hotel Davenport from 9am to 6pm! The show has had a great turnout in the past and I am very excited to be a part of it this year. For more info, check out their Facebook event page!

I am taking a few slots for commissioned artwork (hit the jump for prices).   If you are interested in preordering anything, please hit me up on Facebook, on Twitter, or shoot me an email!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

UNBOXED: Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty - "Jabba's Palace"

Another month, another subscription box to break down!  Actually, I’ll be reviewing two this month because I was totally delayed in posting about July’s Smuggler’s Bounty from Funko. My apologies, dear readers!  This month’s box features all sorts of characters found in Jabba’s Palace from return of the Jedi.  Was it worth my $25 investment? You’ll have to hit the jump to find out!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Vote for 27 in this year's Harvey Awards!

Did you know that I was kinda sorta nominated for a Harvey Award this year? I wrote a short story for he amazing 27 Anthology for Red Stylo Media/Action Lab Comics, which features a slew of short comics inspired by the infamous “27 Club” of musicians that died at the age of 27. My story was inspired by the original bassist for grunge legends Hole, Kristen Pfaff.

This fantastic book has been nominated for Best Anthology at this year’s Harvey Awards!  If you are a comics professional, please consider voting for this anthology.  Don’t do it for me—do it for my amazing colleagues that worked so hard to put this great book together. I’m just one small cog in this machine, but I would love to see everyone’s hard work recognized at this year’s awards!

Voting ends August 8th and can be done here!

You can buy your copy of 27 here!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Immediate reactions to BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE!

This might get a bit long and rambling, but I just got home from BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE and I have a few thoughts...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

UNBOXED: Marvel Collectors Corp - "Women of Power"

While I am regularly subscribed to Funko’s Smuggler’s Bounty for Star Wars, I have been selectively purchasing the Collector Corps box for Marvel Comics. This month’s “Women of Power” theme was a great one, so I could not pass up this box.  Did it live to the hype? Was it worth the price?  Hit the jump to find out!

Monday, May 23, 2016

UNBOXED: Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty - "Bounty Hunters"

Another month, another subscription box as the newest Smuggler’s Bounty arrived over the weekend.  This month’s theme is Bounty Hunters and after a very strong box two months ago, the expectations were a little high for this one.  Was it worth the subscription price?  Hit the jump for my thoughts!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

MSP Comic Con in Minneapolis/St. Paul this Saturday!

This Saturday only, I will be attending the Midwest Comic Book Associations MPS Comic Con at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds!  I always have fun at MCBA's events and I'm excited to be a guest once again.  Please note that while the show does run May 14th and 15th, I will only be attending on Saturday!

I am taking a few slots for commissioned artwork (hit the jump for prices).   If you are interested in preordering anything, please hit me up on Facebook, on Twitter, or shoot me an email!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

UNBOXED: Marvel Collector Corps - Civil War!

Back when I first started subscribing to Loot Crate (before dropping it, then starting again, then dropping it again), I posted my thoughts on each box when it shipped to me.  In an attempt to start posting on my website more (and getting back to more writing in general), I thought I’d continue reviewing any nerdy sporadic subscription boxes that I order as they arrive.

This week I received the newest Marvel Collector Corps box, celebrating the upcoming Captain America: Civil War film.  I dropped Funko’s Collector Corps box after the disappointing Guardians of the Galaxy box back in December. Was this box worth re-subscribing? Hit the jump to explore its contents and hear my thoughts!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Friends! A few months ago, I announced that I was tapped to script the upcoming volume of THE AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS!  Created by Mark Andrew Smith and Dan Hipp, the Amazing Joy Buzzards are the world's greatest rock band who finds themselves constantly battling against supernatural forces through their awesome adventures.  Originally published by Image Comics, creator Mark Andrew Smith has since taken on self-publishing, including a digital-first initiative.  The first issue of the new volume, CURSE OF THE TUNISIAN LAVA SQUIRREL, is going to be released digitally this summer...with your help!  Mark has a tiny Kickstarter running to cover the final production costs.  

So, if you want to check out my writing on an awesome story with great art, consider backing the campaign!  You only have about two weeks left, but I promise it will be totally worth your cash. I am so proud of the script that I've put together and the final comic is a really great continuation for the series.  Please check it out and consider backing today!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

REMINDER: RodCon in Cedar Falls, Iowa this Saturday!

If you are in the Cedar Falls, Iowa area this weekend, don't forget to come to Rod Con 2016 at the University of Northern Iowa!  I will be there all day Saturday, sketching and selling comics, including the debut of my new extremely personal comic The Process!

I am still taking orders for commissions, prices of which can be found below.  If you are interested in preordering anything, please hit me up on Facebook, on Twitter, or shoot me an email!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

NEW COMIC: Explore depression and anxiety with THE PROCESS!

I am very proud to announce my brand new self-published comic, THE PROCESS, which I will be releasing in just two weeks through my Dirty Third Comics label!  Debuting at the Rod Con Comic Convention at the University of Northern Iowa in print, it will be submitted to Comixology for digital release later this year.

THE PROCESS is an honest exploration of my battles against depression and anxiety and, specifically, how this has affected my comic book career.  It is by far the most personal comic that I have ever written, somewhere along the same lines as the semi-autobiographical “They Say…” and “Loves, Letters, Leaves” that were released in Grayhaven Comics’ anthologies You Are Not Alone and War Stories.  For the first time since the end of Dear Dinosaur, I not only wrote but also illustrated and hand-lettered the book.  As such, it is filled with imperfections and minor inconsistencies, but I feel that only emphasizes how personal the comic really is to me.  

To be perfectly honest, I’m actually a little nervous to put this comic out into the world.  While I try to put a little bit of myself into everything that I create, this is the first time that I’ve been so blatantly autobiographical.  Given the sensitive and often difficult subject matter, I hope that the comic is well received, especially by those who have had similar struggles.  If you are hitting up any of the same conventions as me this year, be sure to swing by my table to pick up the comic or purchase it digitally later this year!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Come see me at ROD CON on April 2nd!

I am very excited to announced that I will be a guest at the upcoming ROD CON at The Universty of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa on April 2nd!  This is a really fun little convention that brings in a lot of great guests from throughout the midwest.  This is going to be so awesome!

I am now taking pre-orders for sketches, sketch cards, and "haiku and hero" sketch covers!  All of my rates are below the jump.  Additionally, I will have a full slate of my writing books, including a few titles from Grayhaven Comics and Red Stylo Media that I have never sold at a show before. I really hope to see y'all there!  If you are interested in preordering anything, please hit me up on Facebook, on Twitter, or shoot me an email!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

WWE Royal Rumble Predictions!

After skipping the last few WWE events (and largely ignoring my website in general), I am back!  This weekend is the first WWE pay-per-view (if you still buy it that way) of 2016, the Royal Rumble!  The Royal Rumble was always one of my favorite events in wrestling, but after two straight lackluster Rumbles, there is a lot of pressure on the WWE to deliver a solid show on Sunday.  How will the Road to Wrestlemania begin?  Hit the jump to see my thoughts!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NOW WRITING...?: The Largest Heart - Prologue and Chapter 1 Excerpt

Over the last year, I'll admit that I had lost focus on a lot of creative endeavors.  While I did have a few exciting announcements and releases, 2015 wasn't the productive year that I had hoped.  However, I did start a few new projects that I hope to bring to fruition in 2016 (and beyond), as well as  few that I'm not so sure will go much further.

One such project is THE LARGEST HEART.  It began as comic book pitch that, unfortunately, failed to gain much traction.  I still loved the story though and in the fall of last year, I began work on transforming the graphic novel into a prose one.  I completed very rough versions of the prologue and chapter one, but then life got in the way and I shelved them.  

As a way of getting myself out there, I want to share the prologue and the first 75% of chapter one with you today.  I want to see what the reaction from my friends and fans is, which may dictate whether or not I press forward with this project in the coming year.  You can hit the jump to begin reading and you can email me your thoughts here.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

TOP 10: The Films of 2015

Thanks to a really awesome promotion through my wife’s employer, I saw more movies in the theater in 2015 than I have in any other year.  In total, I hit the cinema 32 times over the last twelve months (though only 25 were new films, the rest being multiple viewings or re-releases).  Last year I only counted down my Top 10 films, but this year I thought it might be more fun to look at all 25 films that I saw in the theater in 2015.  Hit the jump to see what I thought of each film, counting down to my favorite movie of the year.