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Thursday August 15, 2019, at 10:06 pm

LibraryCon 2019 this Saturday!

Want to be first to grab a print copy of the entire Evil Ain’t Easy story? If you live anywhere near Springfield, MO, swing by LibraryCon this Saturday and grab a copy! We’ll have all our other comics, prints, and novels, too! We hope to see you there!

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Wednesday July 17, 2019, at 4:33 pm

LibraryCon is coming!

We wanted to tell you all about a newer show that we will be exhibiting at this year… LibraryCon in Springfield, MO!  It will be held on August 17 at the Library Center in Springfield, and this will be their fifth year of doing this event.  We attended last year just to check it out and were impressed by the atmosphere and the number of fans, creators, and cosplayers that the Library Center hosted that day!  It really does seem like one of the better local shows for our area, so if you live anywhere nearby… we hope to see you there!  As usual, we will have comics, novels, prints, and commissions available.  And maybe… possibly… a new comic to premiere.  (More on that later!)

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Wednesday April 17, 2019, at 9:34 pm

Recent con sketches


Gonzo + Jon Snow = Gonsnow


Rex and a Tardis

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Wednesday March 27, 2019, at 8:25 pm

See you at Planet Comicon!

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.

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


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Wednesday March 20, 2019, at 11:32 pm

Planet Comicon is next week!

Just a reminder that we will be set up as usual at PLANET COMICON next week!  We hope to see you there!  More details soon…

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Wednesday January 9, 2019, at 4:30 pm

See you at ARTCON!

We are looking forward to yet another new, local convention next month!  ARTCON is being presented by the Neosho Arts Council and will be held on Saturday, February 9 in Neosho.  Several other area comic creators will also be tabling there, including the JHS Cartoonist Club.  Come by and get some comics, novels, prints, or a commission of a favorite character!

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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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