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How Awesome Con Was Awesome, or Tater Tots Are Not Breakfast Food

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awesome con artist alley table

This last weekend was my first ever Awesome Con down in Washington, DC. Why did the con happen the same weekend as Easter/April Fools Day? Because other cons were happening in the summer and, for once, the convention organizers coordinated so they wouldn’t conflict with each other.

I know. Convention organizers actually coordinating their conventions to not happen at the same time. To somebody who live through PIX 2017, which happened the exact same weekend as Tekkoshocon, it’s a freaking miracle.

Anyway, pretty much the only reason I was going to sell my work at Awesome Con was because of one dude – Carlos.

carlos and kelci

This guy was my table buddy for the whole weekend. He got me the table in the first place. He helped carry my work to the artist alley, got me food and watched the table during bathroom breaks, and helped to keep track of sales. It’s because of Carlos that this weekend went as smoothly as it did, and for that, I thank you, my dude.

As much as I appreciate your help, though, that doesn’t change the fact that tater tots are a glorified cafeteria side dish. They are not breakfast food, Carlos. No amount of rationale that they’re a tiny hash brown will change my mind on this.

Ahem.

I’m not going to get into how much I made in terms of sales at Awesome Con. What I WILL say, though, is that one of my goals this year has now been checked off.

Not only that, but there are new connections in terms of comic shops and fellow artists to collaborate with. Speaking of fellow artists, HUGE shout-out to the peeps in my neck of Pride Alley: Poorly Formed, Kelsi Jo Silva, Sarah Stovalosky, Rage Gear Studios, Static Starling (I forgot to grab your business card. I’m sorry! But your buttons are delightful), and Thirty Seven Stars crochet. (And a shot-out to not-table-neighbor Pride Alley fellow Dale Lazarov. Good to finally meet you face to face!) Every single one of you is fabulous.

photo artist alley table buddies

Another group of artists who are fabulous: Super Art Fight. It’s like wrestling personas draw art against each other using audience prompts placed on the Wheel of Death. Y’all are amazing. And at least one of you is…Sexyful.

sexyful t shirt super art fight

Also, it ABSOLUTELY made my weekend to see three things: my old college buddy Dominique, John Barrowman’s costume, and someone who recognized my art because their friend bought from me at PIX. Holy banana pants! It was my dream to experience someone who recognized my art from somewhere specific, and that was amazing.

With that, I need to get back to KickStarter fulfillment. So t hat’s all for now. Thank you for reading!

You. Are. Awesome. (…Con)

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Awesome Con Will Be Awesome

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Heck yes, I’ll be at Awesome Con in Washington DC March 30, 31st, and April 1st. This is the largest show I’ve done in 5 years – there are roughly 645 vendors and artists in the exhibitor hall! Here’s where I’ll be on the map:

awesome con map table e13 pride alley

In case it doesn’t load, I’m at table E13 in the Pride Alley. Yes, Awesome Con has a special aisle on the exhibitor floor for LGBTQ creators called Pride Alley, and I have a table there.

While there, I’ll have a new Convention-exclusive print and mini-print available. Since the show is in DC, and there’s a pretty big indie/punk scene there, I thought I would combine the two into…

validation roxie awesome con print

The print is 8.5 by 11 inches and $5, while the mini-print is 4 by 6 inches and $2. Available only at Awesome Con, so if you can make it, be sure to grab one.

Here’s another convention-exclusive deal: Get all three Charlie & Clow adventures at Awesome Con (Charlie & Clow, Charlie & Clow: The Bonus Arc, and The Case of the Wendigo) for $20.

charlie and clow book deal promo

If you backed The Case of the Wendigo on KickStarter AND are going to Awesome Con, leave a comment and let me know BEFORE THURSDAY (March 29). I’ll have your reward set aside for you at the show.

If you can’t make it to the show, stay tuned – there’s a special event happening on my Storenvy shop starting April 6.

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading.

You. Are. Awesome.

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Y-City Con

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y city con zanesville comic convention vendor table

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in a Denny’s, waiting for my dinner. But this show went so well I had to write about it while waiting for food.

This was a last-minute decision to go – one of the guys at New Dimension Comics asked if I wanted to go to signal boost the shop as well as sell my stuff. I said yes.

Y-City happened in Zanesville, at a place called Weasel Brewery. Believe it or not, I have roots in Zanesville – it’s where I went to high school. While I had my table set up, I came across my old high school buddy and current fan, Morgan. After chatting a bit, we exchanged contact information so we could work together for First Fridays and the arts festival that happens annually in town.

It must be said that Y-City Con is still new – this was its second year of operation. So it was wee. I still wish I had something like this growing up though. In my formative years, the most nerdy things in Zanesville were the Waldenbooks before they went out of business, and the exchange store that carried video games and movies. Once there was a Hot Topic in that mall but it moved out when I was a junior or senior in high school. Point being: growing up I had no comic shop or comic con in the town. So I’m glad to see Y-City and the comic shop that hosts it, Mass Media Comics LLC, actually exist.

I’ll close it here – this is a shorter blog post than usual, but I wanted to get these thoughts on paper before I stuffed my face with congratulatory food.

Thanks for reading!

You. Are. Awesome.

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Fantasyville Productions, Conventions, and Sassy Teapots

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Grrrrrrrl.

Boy has there been a lot happening!

PART A – FANTASYVILLE PRODUCTIONS

Fantasyville Productions is something I’ve talked about with patrons on Patreon but I don’t think I’ve discussed it here. Basically it’s this: I wanted to file Fantasyville Productions, LLC into existence because my business has grown enough that I need to separate my personal and business information and finances. Plus, my goal is to grow Fantasyville Productions, LLC into a viable small-press publisher and distributor. I admit, it’s mostly because I DON’T want to deal with Diamond. I have no positive experiences with them so far, at least on the retail-end. I don’t think Fantasyville Productions would get so big that it would compete with Diamond, but I’m not ruling the possibility out either. I have accepted that the world is weird.

So – I filed Fantasyville Productions, LLC into existence earlier this month. Today I FINALLY got my EIN, which will help me set up a separate checking account for the business. #adulting.

This might sound boring to you, but I’m genuinely excited that Fantasyville Productions, LLC is now a thing!

PART 2 – CONVENTIONS

Currently I’m gearing up for Classic Plastics Toy and Comic Expo in Parkersburg, WV. If you’re going, I have a freebie for you (more info in this link). Things are printed and ready to go, and I have an artist buddy I’m crashing with for the weekend. Thank you, Kampie, for being so awesome! The plan is to go down Friday night, that way I don’t have to get up at the butt-crack of dawn Saturday for set-up.

While this is going on, I’m doing what I can to get ready for Awesome Con in Washington, DC at the end of March/beginning of April. I’ve never been to this show but I know it’s huge. Like, possibly bigger than Phoenix Comic Con huge. I haven’t been to a show this big (as a seller) in five years. And I’m terrified that I won’t be able to have enough for the show! But I can’t really order excess stock on books until after Classic Plastics. May grace give me patience.

There’s a couple of other shows between the two that I MIGHT go to, but the appearances will be related to the comic shop I work with now, not to sell my work. I’m already booked for Rathacon, 3 Rivers Comic Con, and Parkersburg Pop Con, though. Working to get back into more of the shows that I went to last year.

PART WHAT – MONSTER MADNESS

You know how March is typically March Madness for basketball? Well, I’m doing Monster Madness and drawing monsters. This’ll be like what I did for Witches: The Sketchbook – drawing a new sketch every day as an art challenge, and posting those sketches on my Facebook and Tumblr pages. Then I’ll be compiling them into a book.

Also…(I can’t believe I’m writing this) I might finally buckle down and get an Instagram. I’m still on the fence about it, so leave your most convincing arguments about whether I should join or not in the comments below. If I join, some of the first sketches will be Monster Madness-related.

PART THING – THE LEGEND OF JAMIE ROBERTS

The Legend of Jamie Roberts WILL be happening. The goal is to get the story’s script complete this summer, and then start drawing pages in the fall and winter.

Why the wait? Well, The KickStarter campaign for The Case of the Wendigo raised enough money to make the comic short story Dance Around the Maypole. So that story will take priority. That and, well, the script for The Legend of Jamie Roberts is still being worked on. It’s in the final draft phase! But still.

OK THAT’S IT FOR NOW.

I may be able to squeeze a video update after this blog post. Don’t hold your breath.

Thank you for reading, and for your support! Hope to see you at Classic Plastics this weekend.

You. Are. Awesome.

P.S. That sassy teapot was found at some mall in Phoenix, AZ back in 2013/2014. You’re welcome.

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Bringing Vlogging Back!

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Aww yiss, I’m bringing back the vlog!

Here’s some stuff mentioned in the video:

Convention Appearances for 2018:

3 Rivers Comicon (Pittsburgh, PA)
Comicon Erie (Erie, PA)
Awesome Con (Washington, DC)

The Thomcast!

The Dollop (a hilarious history podcast)

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Sound Effects by SoundBible.

If you have questions you would like me to answer on camera, please leave a comment below.

Thanks for watching!

You. Are. Awesome.

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