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September 29-30, 2018
CAVE CON, Springfield, MO
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October 13, 2018
JOPLIN COLLECTORS EXPO, Joplin, MO

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Tuesday October 9, 2018, at 11:18 pm

Joplin Collectors Expo this weekend

Hey, local folks! Here is another new local show that we will be setting up at this year. Come on by and check out our comics, novels, prints, and maybe get a custom commission of your favorite character! We hope to see you there!

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Wednesday September 26, 2018, at 10:34 pm

CaveCon this weekend!

We’re excited to be setting up at the inaugural CAVECON in Springfield, MO this weekend (Sep 29-30).  It looks to be a great show full of tons of great creators, vendors, cosplay, and all the usual comicon shenanigans.  It’s going to be great to have another really good con only an hour away from us.  We will be set up with comics, prints, novels, and custom commissions for sale.  If you are anywhere near southwest Missouri, we hope that you can stop by!

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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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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 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 July 5, 2017, at 2:58 pm

See you at RubleCon 2017!

RubleCon 2017

Hey, local fans… We will have a table at the upcoming RubleCon 2017 on July 15-16 in Springfield! This is our first time appearing at this show, and we’re looking forward to trying it out and meeting a lot of new people. Hope to see you there!

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Wednesday May 3, 2017, at 3:54 pm

Planet Comicon 2017 Wrap-up

Our booth at Planet Comicon

We once again had a swell time at Planet Comicon.  We always love getting to hang out next to the talented Levi Hoffmeier all weekend and talk shop (check out his excellent Mayflower comic!).  My daughter got to attend her first big con and even cosplay as an Undertale character.  I drew several commissions that you can see here, including an Admiral Thrawn for my brother-in-law that I got signed by Thrawn’s creator, Timothy Zahn!  A big thank-you to everyone who made it a great show!

Admiral Thrawn

Stargate Replicator Supergirl Hunky Punk

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Thursday April 27, 2017, at 11:07 pm

See you at Planet Comicon this weekend!

TTS at PlanetComicon2017

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.

SKETCHINGS VOL2 Cover web

I am especially excited to debut my new sketchbook, Sketchings Vol. 2,  at this show!  This book collects all of my Inktober drawings from the last two years, along with lots of new drawings I just finished.  There’s definitely a fantasy theme to this one.

Random Realities front cover web

Elton will also be premiering his new sci-fi anthology, Random Realities (digital version available on Amazon).  He will also have copies of his other five books available, too.  As usual, we will have prints for sale (including the two new ones below) and will be drawing commissions all weekend.  We hope to see you there!

TREELINGposter web SNAPPERTURTLEposter web

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Wednesday March 22, 2017, at 9:06 pm

We will be at Planet Comicon in April!

Last Martian in Lego

Just a quick note to let you know that we will once again be at PLANET COMICON in Kansas City on April 28-30 this year.  We hope to see many of you there!

Oh, and speaking of KC, if you are at the Legoland there… Keep an eye out for an appearance from the Last Martian.

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