Well, we are back from yet another Planet Comicon. This show continues to grow every year… it’s definitely become one of the best in the Midwest. As always, we are grateful for everyone who stopped by and checked out our work! Here are some of the commissions I drew over the weekend…
Convention season is upon us once again… it’s time for Planet Comicon in Kansas City this weekend! As usual we will be setup and drawing commissions the whole time. We will also be premiering some new books and prints at the show, including…
That’s right… ROOK CITY #3 is finally complete! This 36 page comic features two new stories. The first spotlights the Vlad Squad and Toby Fox as they attempt to figure out who is responsible for the “vampire attacks” on their campus. The second one delves deeper into the relationship between Rook City’s resident superhero, the Captain, and his arch-enemy, Dark Star.
Elton is has finished a new anthology of fantasy short stories… RANDOM FANTASIES. This anthology covers a wide variety of fantasy types, from modern day wizards hiding in plain sight to sword and sorcery tales. Its characters include an old wine merchant who has given up on the world, a young girl trapped in a city under siege, a wizard who discovered that magic is not as random as it seems and the luckiest man alive. Check it out right now on Amazon!
Then we also have two new prints available this year…
We hope to see many of you at the show once again!
It’s that time again… time to get some free comics and sketches! We will once again be hosted by the fine fellows at Hurley’s Heroes Comics & Games. Aaron Kuder (Superman, Spider-Man, Amory Wars, Green Lantern) and Jeremy Haun (The Beauty, Civil War: Captain America/Iron Man, Batman) will also be there sketching and selling comics. The Cartoonist Club that I sponsor at Joplin High School will also be there, debuting three new books (totaling 800 pages) that they have worked hard on this year. We will be doing free sketches, as usual, and will have prints and comics for sale (including the Duel collection). We hope you can swing by!
I recently needed to create a new self portrait as part of an art show. So it gave me a good excuse to finally update my avatars/profile pictures after several years. This was rotoscoped digitally over a photo I took a while back. It was fun to experiment with different textures as I digitally painted over it.
A couple months ago, we continued our occasional tradition of drawing some of the characters from John Hodgman’s list of 700 Hobo Names at our local Sketch Night. This time we decided to draw on torn paper bags for extra authenticity. If you want to see some of the past hobos we have drawn, here you go.
One of my favorite games on the original NES as a kid was Super Dodgeball. Like many games on that system, the graphics were not great… in fact, the system couldn’t really handle so many sprites moving on the screen at once and characters would often flicker in and out of view. But the gameplay was easy to pick up, competitive, and addictive! The variety of different “super balls” you could master (unique to different players) and the different countries the teams came from also made it a lot of fun. This game is responsible for a lot of sore thumbs from my friends and I back then. I was playing this game on the Wii with my daughter (thankfully it’s available on the virtual console) a while back and thought it would be fun to draw two of the main characters from it… Sam from Team USA and Boris from Team USSR. I’ve always been sad that they never made a newer version of this game for more recent consoles.
Well, as 2015 winds down, it seems like a good time to look back and look forward. This last year, we exhibited or spoke at five different events, some of them for the first time. We published the collected version of Duel, complete with dozens of new pages of backstory. (The images below are from the Lord Thornton Bartholomew’s story in that book.) Elton also published a sci-fi novel, and we created several new prints for the convention appearances.
What’s on tap for 2016? Well, in May we will once again be doing FREE COMIC BOOK DAY @ Hurley’s Heroes in Joplin. PLANET COMICON in Kansas City is also moving to May this year, and we will be there for the ninth year in the row. In August, we have been invited back to the KANSAS CITY COMIC CON, and we are looking forward to year two of that show! There will probably be a few other appearances that pop up, but we will let you know as they develop.
What are we working on? Well, Elton is continuing work on his novels and is finishing up a new collection of short stories that will be published soon. We are working hard on Rook City #3 right now. The main story features the Vlad Squad and Toby Fox, and another tale in that issue will star the Captain and Dark Star. Once that issue is published, we will be collecting all three issues along with a lot of bonus content. We are also working on adapting all of our comics to digital format, so it will be easier for all of you to get a hold of them. Once Rook City is wrapped up, I will be starting a new long-term project (more details on that later). In addition to all of this, we will be continuing Random Ink with issue #5 later in the year.
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Every year our church holds a family fest night on Halloween. This year the theme was a circus, and the church asked me to illustrate a scavenger hunt booklet, starring all of our ministers as various circus characters. It was a fun project, and everyone seemed amused by my silly renditions of them.