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The First Year of Comicon Erie

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I didn’t realize this year was Comicon Erie‘s first year until I got there and spoke with the locals. Just about every local I spoke with was SO EXCITED that a big Comicon was finally in their town.

And…It was pretty ok.

First, I’m going to get the negatives out of the way before I get to the good stuff. To be fair, the negatives are all nitpicky things, but here we go: Continue reading →

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I’m Back from New Mexico

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I went on a small vacation to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico to visit Christian Beranek, co-creator of Validation.

Newsletter subscribers got some cool stories about what we did during the vacation. So for you, dear reader, I’m going to share some of the sketches I made during the trip.

new mexico trip sketches

We saw the lava rock petroglyphs on the outskirts of Albuquerque, so I made lots of sketches of those.

new mexico petroglyphs sketches

Then, on our way to some restaurants in Santa Fe, we stopped through Madrid and Cerillos.

new mexico madrid sketches

And yes, that is a zebra on a roof with a guitar. Here’s a picture me drawing the thing in real life if you don’t believe me.

madrid new mexico photography by christian beranek
Photography by Christian Beranek

Christian took lots of pictures while we drove around, which turned out really nicely.

madrid new mexico dinosaur sign
Photography by Christian Beranek

By the end of the trip, I felt rested and rejuvenated! It was great to get out of Ohio and West Virginia for a change and see the enormous, expansive desert that I missed so much.

I may have moved out of Arizona two years ago, but the deserts will always make me feel more at ease.

…I’m already planning a return trip next year.

Thank you for reading!

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Mystically Apocalyptic: A Trip into Wheeling, WV

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Please excuse my absence on the blog. I’ve been working extra hard on KickStarter rewards and comic strips.

However, I wanted to share a little story with you.

You see, Christian (my collaborator on Validation) stopped by Wheeling on her way across the country. We got lunch at Later Alligator, a little local crepe restaurant in downtown, and if you haven’t been there, you REALLY need to go. Their crepes are delicious and have punny little names (like the Crepes of Wrath, Pesto Change-o, or the Crepe Escape. I had the Alligator Rock, and it’s delectable). They also have dessert crepes, like the S’mores Crepe. It’s as awesome as it sounds.

Anyway, after lunch, Christian and I saw some more sites, including a little bridge that will make an appearance in Charlie & Clow: The Case of the Wendigo.

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It goes by two names: The Bridge of Suicide Hill, or the 13 Million Dollar Mistake. Continue reading →

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The Boardwalk of Savannah, GA

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savannah, georgia

Last weekend I went to Savannah for Swarm Con and had a blast!

I had never been to Savannah before, so my pal Chloe showed me around the town. She’s currently going to the Savannah College of Art and Design, so I got to see a few of their buildings. Mostly we explored along the boardwalk and the shops that were there.

savannah, georgia shops

savannah, georgia boardwalk

It reminded me a bit of Marietta, OH since almost all the historic roads are brick or stone. The standout difference?

THE STUPIDLY STEEP HISTORIC STEPS.

savannah, georgia historic steps
SERIOUSLY.

 

Dotted here and there throughout the alleyways are steps that are almost two feet high each step. It’s ri-goddamn-diculous.

At least the architecture was cool to look at. The boardwalk had buildings and stores stacked on top of each other like layer cakes.

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savannah, georgia architecture

 

savannah, georgia

savannah, georgia

savannah, georgia hyatt hotel
This one is a road that cuts through the Hyatt Hotel.

We also had dinner at the River House. Their shrimp and grits are absolutely delicious and pairs really well with sweet tea.

Oh man I hadn’t had genuine southern sweet tea in such a long time. It was SO refreshing to get it in Savannah.

I also tried oysters, which was…interesting.

The first one made me go, “Ugh, what a weird texture. But let me try another one just to see if it gets better.”

The second one? “AUGH, too much vinegar on that one! Let me try one more.”

The third one? “…Yeah, oysters are not for me.”

I was expecting something rubbery, and…it was, but it was also slimy and cold. Not my thing. But I gave it a try!

Next time I’ll actually talk about Swarm Con, because there are some commissions I did while I was there that I think you would enjoy seeing.

Thanks for reading! You. Are. Awesome.

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