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Thursday July 16, 2015, at 12:36 pm

Comic Creator Discussion @ Joplin Public Library

Samples from the creators' works

Here’s another cool event you local folks can check out, if you want!  I will be part of a panel discussion featuring different comic creators that is being hosted by our local library tonight @ 6pm.  The very talented creators that will be there include Jeremy Haun (Batwoman, Constantine, The Beauty), Kevin Mellon (Suicide Sisters, Archer), and Ande Parks (Green Arrow, Capote in Kansas).  A brief signing will follow the discussion.

It should be a fun time.  I hope you can stop by!

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Thursday July 16, 2015, at 12:22 pm

Update on Rook City

Esmerelda

Some of you have been asking, so just a quick update to let you all know that there is indeed more Rook City on the way! This fall you can expect another longer story featuring the Vlad Squad and Toby Fox. After that, there will be a story featuring the Captain and Dark Star.

Once those stories are concluded, they will be published in the third issue of Rook City. At that time, we will also publish the first volume of Rook City, which will collect all three issues along with a lot of bonus content! Stay tuned!

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Monday June 1, 2015, at 10:00 am

Clash of Champions Vol. 2 Round Intros

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 650 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 “crime noir”, and that was definitely a fun style to draw in.  If you want to follow along with the Club’s work, check out their Facebook page!

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Round 7

Round 8

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Tuesday March 17, 2015, at 8:51 pm

Planet Comicon 2015 Recap

Groot commission

We had another great time at Planet Comicon this year! Met tons of new people, but also saw more people from Joplin up there than ever before. Current and former students, as well as two fellow teachers from JHS (one of which was in costume). Enjoyed sketching commissions for folks, as always…

Krypto the Superdog commission for a longtime fan

Steel commission

Darkness and Angelus commission

Harley Quinn commission

We tabled next to some other great artists again, including Levi Hoffmeier, whose Mayflower comic continues to be some high-quality, sci-fi, digitally painted goodness.  You should definitely check it out!  This guy is going places…

Mayflower comic by Levi Hoffmeier

On the other side of us was Gary Nap of 8-Bit Nerd Art.  He produces very large (4 foot tall) wood pixel art of various characters.  His process for doing so is very interesting and his large pieces attracted a lot of people all weekend.  We arranged a little art trade, so you might be seeing one of our characters in this format pretty soon…

8-bit Deadpool by Gary Nap

And then, of course, there was all the great cosplay…

Cheshire Cat with a print of herself

A fellow teacher as Knives Chau

A former student as WW2 Cap

"Stan Lee" was well-protected

This convention just gets bigger and better every year.  See you there next year!

And we’re not done with appearances this year… it looks like we will be attending three more events between now and August.  Stay tuned!

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Thursday March 12, 2015, at 8:17 pm

Planet Comicon this weekend!

Hope to see you there!

Once again we will be set up for all three days of PLANET COMICON this weekend in Kansas City. This is always the highlight of the year for us and will be our eighth year in a row that we’ve set up there!  We’re looking forward to seeing many of you there.  The program guide lists us as table #2525, but we are actually at #2725 on the edge of floor.

We will have copies of Elton’s second fantasy novel in his Middlemen series:

Middlemen: Alone cover

Sketchings, Volume 1, which collects issues 1-3 PLUS over 40 pages never before published:

Sketchings Volume 1

And three new prints:

Superman joke print

Joker quote print

The Scotsman and Samurai Jack

We really hope to see you there!

Planet Comicon 2014

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Sunday December 14, 2014, at 10:17 am

Go Niners.

Justin Smith

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a pretty diehard fan of the San Francisco 49ers.  It’s been a rough season, but I drew this image of one of their best players, Justin Smith, the other day while watching a game.

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Sunday October 12, 2014, at 12:58 am

Inktober- Days 9, 10, 11:

Another panel from Cyborg Stan story

Missed a few days on this Inktober, but oh well.  The panel above is another one from that Cyborg Stan story.  I’ve been listening to a lot of Canned Heat, and the guy below came to mind the other night.  And the last one is a statue I sketched during our downtown sketch crawl a while back.  I got a bunch of new brush pens from Jet Pens and decided to try them out on him.  Can’t wait to use them more!

"Goin' up the country..."

Statue of George Spiva from downtown

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Friday October 10, 2014, at 6:48 am

Inktober- Day 5: Face doodles and a treehouse

Face doodles

More face doodles

Even more face doodles

Treehouse

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Saturday October 4, 2014, at 10:13 pm

Inktober- Day 4: Face studies

James Mercer

Some face studies of James Mercer and actors from Fringe and Homicide: Life on the Streets.

Face studies from Fringe and Homicide

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Saturday October 4, 2014, at 12:30 am

Inktober- Day 3: Bee studies

Bee studies

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