Tuesday March 17, 2015, at 8:51 pm
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…
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…
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…
And then, of course, there was all the great cosplay…
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!
Thursday March 12, 2015, at 8:17 pm
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:
Sketchings, Volume 1, which collects issues 1-3 PLUS over 40 pages never before published:
And three new prints:
We really hope to see you there!
Saturday May 3, 2014, at 12:57 am
We hope to see you there, if you’re anywhere near southwest Missouri! We’ll be doing FREE sketches, as usual, and of course we’ll have all of our books and prints for sale. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up ROOK CITY #2 yet, now’s your chance!
Elton will have hard copies of his first Middlemen novel there and will be offering both the first and second for free in digital format for that day (click on the link on the right side of this page). Speaking of Elton, be sure to check out his new PATREON page for information on how you can get on the inside track of the new stories he has been posting.
Tuesday March 18, 2014, at 11:48 am
Planet Comicon is always the highlight of our year. Not only is it our closest large convention, but it continues to grow each year. This was the first year that the show moved to three days, and they opened up much more floor space to fit all of the vendors, artists, and celebrities.
For Elton and I the biggest highlight this year was being able to bring our good friend Nathan Judah with us. Eight years ago, Nathan was with us at our very first con (as exhibitors), so it really felt like things had come full circle to have him with us again. Nathan was primarily there to do sketches and promote his new Kickstarter comic that just launched… NOIR CITY. Check it out… it’s super-powered crime noir goodness!
We had Rook City #2 and some new prints premiering at this con. A lot of people seemed to enjoy the fact that the story in that issue featured another convention. Elton had print copies of his Middlemen: Born of Earth novel and was giving away downloads of the newest one… Middlemen: Alone! And as always, we did a lot of sketches for people:
Obligatory cosplay pics:
We’ve already got some big plans for next year’s Planet Comicon. Now it’s time to get busy and make them happen!
Tuesday May 14, 2013, at 5:47 pm
Here are some more of the many random free sketches I did at Free Comic Book Day this year. The steampunk ent was my favorite (even though it makes no sense)!
Wednesday May 8, 2013, at 10:28 pm
Free Comic Book Day at Hurley’s Heroes was great fun, as always! Here are some of the free sketches I did for customers there!
I also got interviewed by the AGE OF GEEK podcasters, who were set up there… you can check out the episode HERE. And Brad Douglas, a reporter from one of our local TV stations, met us there and ended up interviewing my Cartoonist Club and me for a segment later in the week. All in all, a great time! Our thanks to Jason Hurley for inviting us there again. Can’t wait until next year!
Saturday May 4, 2013, at 12:06 am
May 4th is a great day for nerds. As we all know it was May the 4th 1775 when the first folding umbrella was debuted and it was only 5 years later when Charles Bunbury won the first Epsom Derby, but more recently it has become Star Wars day. This year though it is doubly (or Quadruply) important because it happens to fall on the first Saturday which also makes it free comic book day. One can only hope that there is at least one story about the release of the folding umbrella, but even if they miss that obvious story there will be a lot of great comics.
As Seth said in his earlier post, the members of Three Trees Studios are going to be spending Free Comic Book Day at Hurley’s Heroes in Joplin Missouri and if you happen to be in town we certainly hope to see you there. In fact you might even be able to get them to draw a sketch of Sir Charles Bunbury winning the Epsom Derby (Though you may want to bring a picture of the Baronet since I’m not sure if Matt knows what he looks like from memory.) Of course, being Star Wars day you might also be able to convince Matt to do a sketch of one of your favorite Star Wars Characters, though that seems a bit obscure to me.
We will of course have all of our other stuff there as well, including some great posters of a few Star Wars Characters which Matt drew and our new comic books. It’s a great way to have some fun finding out what are the comics that the publishers are excited about this year and an easy way to find out which comic books you want to buy every month. Hope to see you there.
Monday April 29, 2013, at 9:48 pm
Hey, local people! It’s that time again… time to get a bunch of free comics, courtesy of our awesome local comic book store… HURLEY’S HEROES. Besides the great free books from each publisher, they will also be having awesome deals on back issues and graphic novels. And of course, some in-store guests, including us!
And as usual for FCBD, we’ll be doing FREE SKETCHES! And unless you saw us up in KC for Planet Comicon, this will be your first chance to check out our two new books, DUEL #2 & SPUR:
We won’t be the only ones there. Our good friend Jeremy Haun (The Darkness, The Beauty) will also be there showing off his always excellent work. And the Joplin High School Cartoonist Club (which I sponsor) will be there selling their comics creations, including the two new volumes they created this year… one of which clocks in at 350 pages! I’m really proud of these guys, and you should definitely come by to check out their work (some of which you can see below)! We really hope to see you there!
Thursday April 11, 2013, at 11:03 pm
Planet Comicon was great and we met a ton of people who I wish I could hang out with all the time, saw a lot of great artwork and comic books. But as Seth has already spoken of the specifics of this convention I wanted to talk in a more general sense and why, if you haven’t you should visit a comic book convention.
The first thing that you get out of a convention is connections to other people. Whether you are a fan or a creator meeting people is one of the biggest parts of any convention, and while Wil Wheaton and Adam Baldwin are great, I’m sure, there are a ton of people who most of us have never heard of who are just as much fun to talk to and many of them are just as talented just waiting to talk to you without a two hour line. Many, if not most, of them will also be back next year, so make sure to look for all the people you already know.
After the connections with great people is the massive amount of inspiration at a con. If you create any type of art or comics in specific you’re going to go home wanting to do more and do it better. For fans you’re going to be inspired to go deeper into the rabbit hole because the amount of cool ideas is almost unlimited as well as serving as a great reminder of all the people who love the same things and are looking for more stuff like it.
Finally, no matter how much you have seen, it’s almost impossible that there isn’t going to be something new at a comic book convention this size. Just trying to figure out what all the costumes all will point you in the direction of shows you never saw and genres you had never really thought about. This year at Planet Comicon there was a ton of steampunk people walking around with great costumes and the reminder that I need to dig deeper into one of the coolest looking of subgenres (I also learned a bit about beard clubs).
Beyond all of that though, a comic book convention is just a lot of fun and a chance to feel like you’re surrounded by people who get it. They understand why I still resent Fox, wear shirts with jokes about Schrödinger’s Cat and don’t give you weird looks when I make a reference to a 35 year old science fiction movie or TV series.
So, while a comic book convention can be a bit intimidating and will drain your wallet it’s hard to imagine a better way to spend a weekend than talking about, and experiencing the stuff you love with people who feel the same way.
Monday April 8, 2013, at 8:26 pm
Well, this year’s Planet Comicon was indeed bigger and better than ever. It outgrew its old location in Overland Park and moved into downtown KC in a space about twice as big. An incredible amount of people we talked to said this was their very first convention… which was great! It was equally great to see all of our regular fans there… and to have some new stuff for them to check out. This year we had eight new prints, new bookmarks, and two new comics (Spur #1 and Duel #2… more details on those soon) to premiere. In addition, Elton was offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of the digital version of his new novel, Middlemen: Born of Earth. You can take advantage of this only until Wednesday!
We kept quite busy with doing commissions for people the whole con. Unfortunately, I only remembered to take photos of two of them:
This con continues to be one of the best in the Midwest. If you live within driving range of KC, you really owe it to yourself to check it out next year! Elton, Matt, and I had a great time there, as always. It was especially nice to catch up with all of our local comics creators… most of them we only see at this show each year.
Here’s some of the better costumed folks we saw: