Bat-gal!  Convention sketch.

Batgirl convention sketch, drawn with pen-brush, color marker, and color pencil–in about 40 minutes at Heroes Convention 2014. I usually get a lot of Batgirl requests at a show, but this year it was only one and they didn’t even want the TV version!! Go figure.

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Bat-gal! Convention sketch.

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Baron Karza convention sketch!

Baron Karza (villain from the original Micronauts series). Drawn in about 40 minutes at Heroes Convention 2014, using pen-brush, color marker and color pencil. Mostly drawn from memory as I was a huge fan of this series when it first appeared and drawn by Michael Golden. (And then when it was taken over by buddy, Butch Guice–which caused fits of jealousy on my part mixed with much admiration).

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Baron Karza convention sketch!

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G-Men from Heck!

Convention Sketch from Heroes Convention 2014. Drawn in about 30 minutes using pen-brush, color markers and color pencil.

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G-Men from Heck!

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Heroes Convention begins (for me) tomorrow!

I have not blogged in forever it seems.  I’ve been busy penciling and inking on a new comic book, The Mob of Zion (perhaps best described as a cross between Dick Tracy and X-men), and preparing for Heroes Convention in Charlotte this coming weekend.  It’s going to be huge.  Last year the number of fans who showed up was estimated at around 60,000.  While this may be considered a drop in the bucket compared to shows like San Diego Comic Con, it was enough to shut down traffic in downtown last year.  I can only imagine that it will be even bigger this year.

Besides preparing for my own table, I have had to prepare for a table for my “peeps” (does anyone still say “peeps”?) in the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonist Society.  I’ll be at AA-306, and they’ll be at AA-305 on the convention floor (or something like that–if it turns out backward, no biggie).  

I’m doing my best to be a working artist and at the same time giving others “permission” to be artistic as well.  This is to say, that I am amazed at the amount of talented artists out there who do not consider their own work worthy to be looked at by anyone.  They come to shows (some have their samples, many do not) and are afraid to show their work.  This needs to stop.  So I’m going to do what I can to stop it.

Believe me, I know what it feels like to be emotionally pummeled when showing one’s work.  It’s happened to me enough in my life, and it makes one “gun shy”.  But I’m going to do my best to make sure that people who come to my table (and the SECNCS table) get some positive reinforcement.  I’m not promising that everyone who comes by my table is going to walk away with a contract to draw comic books for a living (I can barely manage that myself)–but if they’re wanting to pursue comics as a serious job, then they need to get used to the idea of showing their work!

So come by if you’re in Charlotte.  I’ll be handing out free stuff, selling other stuff, and trying to give a little nudge in the right direction to other artists.

Heroes Convention is put on by Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find–with over 300 active creators from the comics industry appearing there it’s the best comic book show in the country!  Held yearly at the Charlotte Convention Center.  $40 will get you in all weekend.  Show hours are Friday June 20 11am-7pm, Saturday June 21 10am-6pm (with auction next door at 8pm), and Sunday June 22 11am-6pm.

Tell them Doodle sent you.

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D-Day for Doodle (Part II)

So while I was doing all that I was doing in Charlotte–shooting Kickstarter vids for Game of Horror, meeting with editors from Valiant, PaperCutz, Boom Studios, etc.  Mike Leonard was at home putting up the new DoorMan online comic.

www.doormanonline.net

So now I’ve got two projects going, right?

Wrong.  I’ve got a comic book called Spectra/Polaris to draw now that I’m home.  I haven’t actually got the script for that yet–but I do have the money for it in my possession, and I have a character sketch that has to be done in conjunction with it before I begin the story pencils.

So that’s three?

Well, maybe.  But I’ve got a conference call with a screen-writer and his producer coming up on Wednesday.  We’ve discussed my rates and the studio seems fine with them.  I’ve signed the NDA (which is why I’m not naming any names here), and so this one seems like it might go the distance.

Four?

Actually I’m in discussion with another client about a Graphic Novel based on his script.  Should know more in a couple of weeks.

Five.

And then there’s the fact that Mike Leonard and I are in the process of putting together a licensing imprint company that features “geek ware” items that we think might be a big hit.

Six.

If you don’t count all the work I’ve been doing as chairman of the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society.  We’ve got a “Cartoon Art Appreciation Day” planned for July 13 at the Asheville Barnes & Nobel.  I was planning to do a cook out with the Asheville gang on July 2.  I’ve been helping out the Glynn Arts Association (Glynn County, GA) with items for their upcoming Jack Davis retrospective…

http://glynnart.org/events/jack-davis-from-the-beginning

Plus there’s an event in September with the Patriot Rovers Program in Greensboro…

http://patriotrovers.org/get-involved/events

And our SECNCS annual meeting in Knoxville, October 25-27 to plan.

That’s 10.

Did I mention I’m having a gallery show opening in October as well?

So I’m thinking that’s about 11.  In the meantime I have to play a couple of gigs with Gypsy Bandwagon, get ready to go to San Diego Comic Con and keep things going around home.

It feels kind of like I’m busy.  Can’t say for sure though.  Does this sound busy to anyone else?

So, hopefully now you understood what I was saying in the last post about conventions seeming in the past to revolve around a single event.  Whereas this year’s Heroes Convention seems to have contained many, many, events that have all blurred together into one huge series of events that are–well, kind of confusing me at the moment.  My head is so full of all that I’ve yet to do that I’m finding it difficult to keep track.

So, I’m no Joint Chiefs of Staff, Patton, McArthur or anyone like that–but it feels like everything has been leading up to this moment.  I hope the outcome is what I am anticipating.

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reeveSupes6613I’ll be donating this to the Heroes Convention auction this weekend. Another of my color pencil pieces (yes, it’s color pencil–but done both sides of a sheet of polyester drafting media). If you’re going to be there, be sure to bid!

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Chris Reeve Superman (with X-Ray vision)

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Two short notes (practically a “Tweet”)

Just found out I’m AA-307 at Heroes Convention next Thursday-Sunday.  If you’re going, come by and say “hi”.

Also, the posting of Dreamgirl pitch art has gotten more notice here on WordPress than anything I’ve ever put up.  So I expect that print should sell well at the show.  (I almost forgot to include it in my prints–can you believe that?)

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