This year I’ve made the decision to make more appearances at comic and trade shows. I’ve been arranging table space at the usual venues and added a couple new ones as well. Here is the list of my professional appearances so far this year:
Midwest Comic Book Association’s SpringCon
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Mopars In The Park
Dakota County Fairgrounds
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Bloomington
There are a couple of other cons that I’m looking into as a part of a new comic collective that I helped to create called the Twin Cities Comic Collective or TC3. I’ll post new dates and locations as they are secured. I hope to see you at one (or all) of these shows!
2014…New year full of new opportunities. Well, folks, I’m planning some big things. First of all, I’m making the transition to color. Second, I’m going to follow through with it. Third, I’m going to try to get into more comicons and trade shows. I want to be in peoples’ faces all year. I am also branching out into different creative endeavors…illustrating books, creating digital avatars for mobile apps, drawing comic books…Again, I want to be in peoples’ faces! Keep an eye out for more beer related merchandise as well…
Don’t forget…I have a merchandise page (see link above). There is a new comic collection called “Still Standing”. You’ll find that it’s printed in a new comic book-like format.
Cheers to an amazing new year!
Since I was remiss on my duties for SpringCon, I’m making it up by recounting my experience at FallCon. So, here we go…
As with any other comicon I’ve attended at the MN State Fairgrounds, it was raining all day during the show. Which, it turns out, brings comic geeks crawling out of the woodwork. But seriously, there was a healthy turnout for such a miserable day…I don’t know the final tally but it was better than 2,000 attendees. Some of them even visited my booth and gave me their money…
There were several other folks that parted with their hard-earned cash but they fled when I asked to take their picture. Some made the sign of the ‘Evil Eye’, others hid under the table. Some I just plain forgot to ask…
Another benefit of being a guest at these comicons are the other artists that you get to meet. Lucky for me, I’ve had awesome table mates. For SpringCon I shared my table with Doug Kallberg (www.freerangestudios.com). At FallCon I had the pleasure of trading wits with Jeff Kulisek, pronounced “cool-as-heck” (www.jeffkulisek.com). He’s a fellow New Yawkah and boy, could you tell. I also got to chat with Zach Miller of “Joe and Monkey” fame (www.joeandmonkey.com) and hang out with the NCS’s very own President, Tom Richmond. Yeah, these are some really cool people.
I may have even met the “Best In Show” superfan…
Finally, I was pleased to find that my new merchandise was pretty well-received. I was able to talk up my Traveling Alesman products and people really liked the new comic collection format (I made it comic-size). I’ll be putting them up on my merchandise pages very soon so keep an eye out. Next con will feature even more new products…I can’t wait!
Hey, don’t forget that I’m a guest artist at this year’s FallCon held at the MN State Fairgrounds in the Education building. See all the info below…
I’ll have new merchandise to trade you for your hard-earned money such as prints, coozies, beer passports, greeting cards AND A BRAND NEW BEST IN SHOW COLLECTION! Make sure you get out to St. Paul and visit!
I have to say, this has been one of the most exciting and productive weeks this year! In the span of three days I’ve gained three new freelance clients: Enki Brewing Co., Brewer’s Union homebrew supply and DigitalParc Interactive Marketing. It was a combination of sales, persistence and luck…but I managed to land them all! I’ll post more info regarding my projects with them as they develop. Until then, well, keep reading!