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JOPLIN COLLECTORS EXPO, Joplin, MO

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Wednesday August 1, 2018, at 8:37 pm

Instagraming

I’m a bit late to the game, I know, but I wanted to let you know that I am now actively posting on Instagram.  I’ll still be posting highlights and big news here on the blog, of course, but if you would like to see a more steady stream of new art, photos, and works-in-progress… feel free to follow me @sethwolfshorndl!  Thanks!

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Tuesday July 17, 2018, at 2:26 pm

Newly colored Random Ink

I recently finished coloring all of the past Random Ink stories.  The two stories previewed above feature some of the main characters that Elton and I have been developing stories for. The “Intervention” story (originally printed in our first issue) is an illustrated prose story that serves as a prelude for the main story that starts later in “First Impressions” (from the third issue, with art by Matt Meyers).

We are in the thick of working on Random Ink #5, which will also be collected with all the other issues in a our first Random Ink graphic novel.  One of the main stories in that issue will pick up right where these stories left off… we’re looking forward to showing you more about these characters!

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Thursday June 28, 2018, at 12:03 am

VBS logo

The theme for our church’s vacation bible school this summer was a jungle adventure, and here is the logo that I designed for it.  It was fun to work in this theme (and to hide some words in the design).

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Wednesday May 30, 2018, at 7:45 pm

S.P.A.C.E.d Out 2018

Last month, Elton and I really enjoyed returning to S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) in Columbus, Ohio, after 12 years away.  There is a unique energy when you are at a con that is packed with nothing but fellow independent creators who are working hard to put their stories and art out into the world.  Above and below, you can see a couple of the sketch cover portraits I drew for some customers who bought the Book of Hoboes (which was pretty popular at this show).  A librarian from Michigan State University came by and bought a copy of each of our comics to include in the vast collection of comics they have at that school.  It’s pretty cool to think that our books are in the same collection as some of the best comics of all time!

 

 

There was definitely a teaching theme to this show for me.  In the course of doing a presentation about teaching comics, I was able to connect with some other local art teachers and swap ideas/talk shop with them.  One of them, Flint, asked me to do something in his sketchbook, so I ended up doing this goofy self portrait.

I was really happy to finally meet Mike Laughead.  I’ve been following his work since the Parable anthology and the awesome Fist-A-Cuffs blog he participated in.  I was able to snag his new sketchbook and his “Self Help Bunny” mini comic.  I really dig his quirky style!  It was great to show him the Clash of Champions tournament that my Cartoonist Club creates every year, which was definitely inspired by Fist-A-Cuffs.

Mike teaches comics at the Columbus College of Art & Design, so we also were able to compare notes about helping students produce their own comics anthology (“Spare Parts”, above).  It was interesting to hear about publishing it with college kids instead of the high schoolers I am used to.

Another really cool project they do at CCAD is the Spitball anthology, where current students are selected to participate in a practicum with working professional comics writers on new stories, to learn the in’s and out’s of publishing.  This is a really high quality book… I recommend picking up a copy, if you can!

 

It’s always nice to discover newcomers at these kinds of cons, too.  Winifred Kehl explores her love of nature and scientific research in her first ever comic, “It’s Good to be Curious.”  It’s a cute and detailed minicomic, and I definitely learned a lot reading it!

The title of this comic made me stop and laugh, so I had to pick it up from Deon Howard.  Many an artist has had to deal with the guilt of not doing Inktober (or failing at it).  Deon chooses to have fun with the idea in this comic that just gets wackier as it goes on (even featuring a cameo from Inktober creator, Jake Parker).  Fun stuff!

Lastly, our neighbor at the table next to us was Harmony Becker.   She is an accomplished artist whose flowing style works equally well in her paintings and drawings.  I picked up her “Love Potion” minicomic, and the expressive character posing reminded me of the best of Disney animation.

Anyway, I just wanted to spotlight some of the talent we encountered at this unique show.  It’s a long way to Columbus from Joplin, but we hope to make it over there again sometime!

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Thursday May 24, 2018, at 6:22 pm

Free Comic Book Day 2018

BABY GROOT web

A big THANK YOU to Hurley’s Heroes for once again hosting us and to all of you who swung by to say hi!  Here are just some of the free sketches from that day.

Bad businessman Cap Groot Spidey Rocket Splinter

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Wednesday April 25, 2018, at 6:23 am

Going back to S.P.A.C.E.!

EVIL AINT EASY AT THE CON webWe are excited to return to the S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) convention in Columbus, Ohio, this year!  Twelve years ago, it was the first ever con that we tabled at.  It had a great energy to it… nothing but creators displaying their original (and sometimes hand-printed) comics.  We only had one comic printed at the time, but we still had fun.  This time, we’ll be bringing several comics, graphic novels, sketchbooks, novels, and prints.  If you’re anywhere in the area, we hope you can make it out!  (Admission is free!)  I’ll even be giving a presentation about teaching comics on Saturday.

Above is a brand new Evil Ain’t Easy comic I made for the convention program.  Our friend, Levi Hoffmeier, makes an appearance alongside his excellent Mayflower comic.  If you like high-quality sci-fi stories with beautifully rendered art, then you should really check it out!  Plus, he’s just a heck of a nice guy.

Art by Tom Williams(art by Tom Williams)

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Wednesday March 21, 2018, at 2:52 pm

Clash of Champions 2017 Round Intro pages

You might remember that I sponsor a Cartoonist Club at the high school where I teach.  One of the things we have started doing every year is the Clash of Champions tournament (originally modeled on Sam Hiti’s awesome Fist-a-cuffs site).  Different students create 16 teams of combatants who are matched up and voted on during each week’s club meeting.  Before each vote, however, teams can show pages of “smack talk” comics they created the week before to show why their team should win.  This leads to crazy amounts of artistic competition and during last year’s competition the finished collection of their work totaled a whopping 350 pages!

My only contribution to that book is drawing these intro pages for each of the eight rounds.  This offers me a chance to draw all of the student’s awesome characters.  Our theme for this year’s book was “reality TV”, and that definitely gave us some good ideas for settings.  If you want to follow along and see more work from students of the club, check out their Facebook page!

Round 1 INTRO web Round 2 INTRO web Round 3 INTRO web Round 4 INTRO web Round 5 INTRO web Round 6 INTRO web Round 7 INTRO web Round 8 INTRO web

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Wednesday February 21, 2018, at 6:11 pm

Planet Comicon 2018 Wrap-up

Here’s some of the commissions from last weekend’s Planet Comicon in Kansas City! A big thank-you to everyone who came by our table!

A space hobo request on our new sketch cover of the Book of Hoboes! Our fan, Billie, and his student as Doc and Marty! Yondu as Mary Poppins! Skeletor! Cosmonut!

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Wednesday February 14, 2018, at 11:30 pm

It’s Planet Comicon time again this weekend!

TTS at PlanetComicon2018

Once again, we are really looking forward to Planet Comicon this Friday through Sunday!  If you are in the area, come by and check it out… you can find our table with the map above.  And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter… we will be holding contests and giveaways on there all weekend!

We are premiering a new collection of the 33 hobo drawings I have worked on for a while (based on the list of hobo names by John Hodgman).  We are also offering a special sketch cover version of this book on which you can get a custom commission of yourself or another character as a hobo.

HOBO BOOK Cover web

I’m also excited to offer a new sketchbook collection in the form of the Sketchings Convention Special.  This one is full of some of my favorite fan art drawings, including several of our prints.SKETCHINGS Special Cover web

As usual, we will have prints for sale (including the four new ones below and the previously posted Over the Garden Wall one) and will be drawing commissions all weekend.  We hope to see you there!

ALL HOBOES POSTER web CTHULHU CARL POSTER web FIREFLY POSTER web STARLORD RAPTOR POSTER web

 

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Wednesday February 7, 2018, at 11:07 pm

New print

OVERGARDENWALL POSTER web

I decided to add some color to one of my Inktober drawings and make it into a print.  Man, I love this show.  If you’d like a copy of this, we will be selling it at this year’s Planet Comicon in Kansas City… which is coming up very soon!  Hope to see you there!

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