Planet Comicon was fantastic! Unfortunately, I missed the first day of the show but Saturday and Sunday more than made up for it. Many thanks to Cal Pierce and Rob Davis for helping me get into the show with such short notice. I met some great people and got to hang out with friends that I don’t get to see that often including Abrahm Akin, who was kind enough to share his table with me. The size of the show was perfect. Unlike some other conventions I have been to, you could actually take a couple of steps without bumping into someone. I’m not sure if they planned this and restricted ticket sales or didn’t sell as many tickets as they would have liked it, but I’m sure it made it more enjoyable for the attendees. I hope I can make it back for next year’s show.
How are you guys and gals? I meant to post this earlier, but this month has been hectic and I just kept putting it off. Full disclosure, I’m a huge procrastinator; so much so in fact, that I’m using this post as an excuse for not doing something else I should be doing right now. Seriously, I could teach a class in procrastination. Enough about that though, this post is supposed to be about the FoCo Comics and Gaming Festival, which for the second time was put on by Colorado State University and Ram Events. Since the show had performed better than expected during it’s first year, they increased the budget, which enabled them to bring in some guests from out of state and they also moved the event to a larger venue on the CSU campus. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who came for the show considering that it was on a Sunday only.
Okay, time for me to get back to what I was supposed to be doing. Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about the fun I had at Planet Comicon…unless I end up procrastinating again, in which case it may be several days from now.
Well, it’s been a few days since I got back from the Salt Lake Comic Con and I still feel like I haven’t recovered completely. It probably wasn’t the best idea for us to drive back to Colorado immediately after the convention was over. I’d originally planned to share some of the driving with my travelling companions but everyone else looked so beat, I decided to drive the entire way. We got home around 5 in the morning Sunday and I slept for over half the day.
The convention was a lot of fun but there were still a few hiccups. Several members of the staff seemed to be confused as to where things were in the convention center and some people complained to me that they were stuck waiting outside for three hours to get in after the convention had already started. SLCC is still a fairly new con though, I’m sure they will continue to improve in the years to come.
Once again I’ve gone several months without updating this page. I’m not the best about keeping up with social media in general. I’ll log on to Facebook every other day or so to see what’s happening with my friends but I rarely post anything. Honestly, it makes me feel as if I’m being pretentious whenever I post anything. This is strange because I certainly don’t think my friends are pretentious for doing so.
Anyway, I’ve had a few other writer friends say roughly the same thing to me, which is: “You need to promote your projects and yourself.” That is in essence what this page is for. I haven’t quite mastered how to do that yet, but I’m working on it.
With that said, let me give you an update on some of stuff I’ve been working on since my last post. Felipe Echevarria and I premiered the first issue of STAKES at the New York Comic-Con last year. We were both surprised how well-received it was given the enormity of comic awesomeness that was available there in the Artist Alley. Unfortunately, the release of the second issue has been postponed because a Kickstarter project Felipe committed to work on got funded and that has had to take precedence over working on the comic. As he and I started this together, I’d rather wait for him to be able continue rather than picking up with another artist.
The good news is that I have plenty of other comics coming out over the next several months. The first of which, Wicked Awesome Tales #2, debuts at the Denver Comic-Con in June. Wicked Awesome Tales #1 sold out at Denver last year, so I’m hoping for a repeat with #2. Here’s a look at the cover art by artist Jeff Herndon.
Hope you are enjoying the holiday! -TJ
When the Denver Comic-Con was held for the first time last year I thought the crowd that showed up was rather impressive. This year the crowd had nearly doubled in size. I was really pleased that the Artist Alley was in the center of the hall rather than off in a far corner or separate annex as it has been in some of the previous conventions I’ve attended. We sold more comics at this convention than any other to date and I’m sure that the layout had a hand in that. For the most part though, I believe it was the support of several friends and fans plugging our new book, WICKED AWESOME TALES, at their own tables and through social media -that made this happen. If you were one of those good folks, I just want to say: “Thank you.”
If you were unable to make it to the Denver Comic-Con this year and would like to purchase a copy of WICKED AWESOME TALES, you can get it here. -TJ
What you are looking at is the cover for All-Star Pulp Comics #2. I’m talking about sixty-four pages of awesome starring: Domino Lady, Ki-Gor the Jungle Lord, Derrick Ferguson’s “Dillon”, Lance Star, The Black Bat, Robin Hood and Gideon Cain. Proceeds from all online sales will go to the Boston Red Cross. Get yourself a good book while doing some good at the same time.
You can order a copy here.