I’m sure you’re all curious as to how the freelance side of my career is coming along…well, I’d have to say pretty well! I’ve been hired to create all kinds of cartoons and illustrations for everything from promotional materials to youtube video slides. I’m even creating a series of flyers for a landscaping/snow plowing company in Virginia. Also, I’ve been full swing into comicon season, securing as many appearances as possible, adding new products to my display and fooling around with new materials.
Below are samples of some of the stuff I’ve been working on…
I’m very happy to share this stuff with you…I’ll be sure to update regularly so you all can keep up on what I’m doing!
While at CONvergence I had the pleasure of meeting Kim Baerg of Joy Filled Puppets. She was so impressed with my comic strip that she wanted to go into business creating and selling Best In Show plush toys. Can you imagine?! I’ve always hoped that my characters would be made into toys…I’ll keep you posted as the story develops…Until then, here’s a sneak peak of the prototype…
It’s been a long time since I’ve attended a four day comicon…and I’m glad that I set up at CONvergence! Held at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington, MN this con was chock full, to the rafters, with cosplayers and rabid sci-fi fans. Also represented in force were ‘Fuzzies’, anime fans and crusty old comic book collectors. It was beautiful.
With paid ‘membership’ (read ‘admission’) all attendees, guests and artists had access to free food, entertainment, panel discussions, games and after hours, booze. Luckily, I live close by and avoided all the after hour stuff…I actually got to go home and SLEEP in my own bed. Anyhoo, a full on coffee bar was on site serving free espresso drinks along with tea and tap coffee. Pastries were offered in another room and fruit and healthy stuff in yet another. Needless to say, there was no shortage of refreshment.
As for the Artist Alley itself, it was ‘cozy’. Set up in the hotel gift shop space, 15 tables were arranged in an ‘L’ shape along the walls and a double row in the center of the room. It was pretty impressive to see how each artist creatively used their space to display their work…I definitely picked up a few ideas on how I’ll arrange my table space at the next con.
At this show I had my usual range of merchandise, including a new series of ‘Star Wars Day’ greeting cards and my new collection of gag cartoons called ‘Hidden Agenda’. Also, I brought my Prismacolor markers, pens and bristol board for commission sketches and color work. Boy, am I glad I did! I’ve learned from my artist friends that original art was big at these shows so I adjusted my plan accordingly.
The best part of this show was the people. I had the pleasure of attending it with my friend Doug Kallberg (www.freerangecomics.com) and new friend Scott Gallatin (www.madscottcomic.com.) I met new fans. I met potential clients. I talked and talked and talked…It’s amazing how much you miss social interaction once you’re holed up in your studio all day. I can’t say it enough. I had a great time. I’ll be registering for next year for sure!
As always, I took lots of pictures of my work, my table and the awesome fans that I met. I hope they realize how much they mean to me.
I’m looking into a couple of other comicons in Iowa and Wisconsin…I’ll keep you posted as to how they pan out!
This past Saturday I was a guest artist at the 30th Annual Mopars In The Park, a car show and swap meet held at the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington, MN. Now, I haven’t been to a car show since I was a kid, and the county fairgrounds took me back to my youth…But anyhow…
This year I sat with my client, Chris Stangler of Chris Stangler’s Customs. As the designer and illustrator of the packaging and car graphics, we thought it would be a cool idea to have the artist available to sign each casting to make it that much more collectible. I mean, how many toy shows do you go to and get to meet the artist behind the toys? As it turns out, people really dug it. Also, we created a limited edition poster print for this show, which also sold well. But that’s not all…
As ever, I look for ways to make money at shows. Now, I’ve never been a guest at a car show so I had to think…What could I offer that these folks would like? The answer…? ‘Car’-icatures! People were paying me to draw cartoons of their show cars! It was perfect! They would walk me to their car, I would take a photo with my phone and bring it back to my table. When I was done, I shot them a text message to let them know. Boy, I’m glad I brought my Prismacolor markers and bristol board…I was even able to sell a few of my “Still Standing” comic strip collections. The day turned out better than I had expected. Don’t you just love it?
Next up will be CONvergence on July 3rd-6th. Are you going?
I wanted to give a huge tip of the hat to my friends and colleagues at TC3, the Twin Cities Comic Collective. These guys have both inspired me and caused much envy…I am very fortunate to be able to work together with them, share in their professional experiences, and collaborate with them on new and exciting projects like Art-A-Whirl. I think that our premiere, as a complete cast of ‘sketchy’ characters at SpringCon was a brilliant success. The bingo cards and QR ‘lottery tickets’ were a creative and useful tool in cross-promotion.
You guys are awesome.