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Thanks to anyone who bid or shared the info about my recent Usagi charity auction piece. It earned $460 for cause.
In Spring/Summer con news. May and June will be hectic. I will be at the first ever Hartford Comic con May 31-June 1, the new Reed "Special Edition:NYC June 14-15, then the following weekend June 20-22 I will be heading to my old fave Heroes Con in Charlotte....whew!
As usual I have a pre-con sketch list going for these shows so if you  want a commish done in advance, drop me a line to set it up....the sooner the better!
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Hey folks, just found out that the piece I did for the Sharon Sakai/Usagi Auction is up on ebay this week.

I hope if brings in some decent $ for this good cause.

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I have been dragging my feet in keeping folks posted on my con stops this year but next up is C2E2 in just a few short weeks. I will be in Artist Alley booth Q 17. Yeah I will be drawing all weekend and I have a pre-con list going if you already know what you want!
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It's officially con season again!

I will be attending Megacon this weekend and Emerald City next week...sheesh!

With so many comic cons happening around the country these days, it's unavoidable that scheduling will become an issue. Looking at the year ahead there will be several times that the cons I'll be attending will be on back to back weekends...ack! I try to avoid this since it makes for very little recovery/get ready time between shows but sometimes a guys gotta do what a guys gotta do ;)


If you're looking for me, I'll be in artist alley

Megacon  BLACK 11

Emerald City 12MM


ps. I don't know who this Powergirl cosplayer is, but she looks great, and I think that's her real....hair!


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Unfortunately, bad things sometimes happen to the nicest people. My friend Stan Sakai, the creator and artist of the long running Usagi Yojimbo series has often been called the nicest man in comics! His wife Sharon, is facing some staggering and costly health issues and some fine folks have put together a site for us to pledge a donation to help out. So if you ever felt like you'd like to give something back to a comic artist that has given so much great stuff over the years, now's your chance. It would also help if you could pass the word around online about the auction.
A lot of comic artists are also donating artwork to be auctioned for the cause.
Here's a link for more info
garageartstudio.blogspot.com/2…

thanks.
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I've got a long list of artists I like to check out on DA but there is always room for more, who are a few of your faves?
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I have had a hectic con schedule this year but I'm nearly done. My last scheduled show of the year is the Rhode Island Comic Con in Nov. I'm expecting it to be a lot calmer than many of the crazy cons I have attended this year so it will be a good way to wind things down.  I made a point of trying out some different shows this year and they all worked out fine. There are more and more good ones to choose from so it's kind of overwhelming to organize it all....heck I am already making arrangements for 2014...it never ends ;)
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No big news from this side of the computer really. I am working my way through my to-do list for New York Comic Con in between some 'real' work. It is hard to believe that the Summer has flown by and we are officially in Autumn...yikes.
NYCC is a bustling con and I'm glad to get to be part of it. Last year I don't think that I ever ventured out of the Artist Alley annex during show hours. I like to walk the con floor before the doors open in the morning if I can get in early enough, just to get a chance to see some stuff before I park myself for the day.
I think that I'll be pretty much in the same spot as last year (artist alley S7) which is cool, I like having a consistent spot at cons some times.
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In my dreams, I would attend one con a month during the hectic comic con season, but these days with the crowded field of comic shows, it's inevitable that some of my favorites are not so evenly spaced out. This month (Sept!) I will be attending Baltimore and Montreal shows which are not even a whole week apart...sheesh. Baltimore is always a fun,busy,hectic show and I have have been curious about the Montreal con so what the heck I jumped in. The most challenging part is trying to get art done for the cons as well as keep my 'real' work on schedule, but hey, sleep is overrated and nobody ever said being a freelance artist was easy ;)
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This weekend is the rescheduled Boston Comic Con, I'll be there somewhere in artist alley. I hope that it's a fun show. It seems to be flying under folks radar so I am a bit cautious. Plus it is in a new location so we will all have to wait and see how it all works out...fingers crossed ;)
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San Diego will always be 'Comic Con' to me even though so many other regional cons have grabbed onto the name. Yup it's the big one, or as I like to think of it, the marathon :) 

There is nothing quite like 5 days of crowds and none stop drawing to keep a guy on his toes. Based on the shear size of the con, the artist alley section is not too huge in comparison so believe me I am totally grateful be given a spot and join in the craziness!

I'll be at my west coast home away from home, Artist Alley DD22... with prints and art and I'll be chatting and drawing the whole dang time. I'm psyched ;)
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Time for my favorite con of the year.
I'll be in artist alley #1420 so if you are in the neighborhood, swing on by and see me (and a zillion other artists) in my natural habitat ;)
I'll probably have my head down drawing away, but I'm glad to talk and draw at the same time ;)
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Heroes Con in Charlotte is coming up in June.
I've said time and again that Heroes Con is my favorite con of the year. The vibe of the show is just unique. There is no shortage of bigger and louder comic cons out there to be sure, but the fact that it is totally focused on comics and comic creators is at the heart of what makes it work so well. The creative folks that attend Heroes go because they genuinely want to be there, this can't be said for every con!
In my opinion, from a fan perspective, there is no better con for meeting your favorite creators, getting sketches, and filling in those missing holes in your comic collection. I'm psyched to be heading south once again, hope to meet some of you there in artist alley ;)
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Just got the word that this weekend's Boston Comic Con has been postponed until some time later this year due to the bombing craziness.
It will be interesting to see how and when the show is rescheduled but I guess it is for the best.
Now I just have to figger out how to get the pre-con commissions I did into the hands of my Boston buyers d'oh ;)
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Okay, all went smoothly for my first con of the year. Megacon was a great show but now that I am home it's time to reset the convention countdown clock and gear up for April. I have two shows back to back in April so things are bound to get tricky. I'll be attending Boston Comic Con (April 20-21) and then C2E2 (April 26-28) the following weekend...sheesh. I've got a pre-con sketch list going for both shows. So as usual if you want to set up a commish to be picked up at either show, drop me a line asap.
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I just realized that Megacon in Orlando is less than a month away (March 15-17) so I figgered I'd pass along the head's up that I have a pre-con sketch list going for those of you that might be wanting to pick something up from me at the con. As usual I will be drawing the whole weekend while I am there, but it always a good to get some of the requests done at home before the craziness of the con. Sooo, if you want to set something up, drop me an email for details. I'm doing stuff like these...busts, figures, variant covers, 1887 themed pieces etc. thanks.

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My buddy comic artist Jim Lawson just launched a graphic novel project called DRAGONFLY which looks pretty cool.
I know that there are a lot of Ninja Turtles fans out there, and it sure would be nice if you used your combined clout to support a project that may not be Turtles, but is created by somebody that gave you a zillion Turtle stories over the years.  Check it out here and be sure to spread the word, Gracias.
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…
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I recently saw the Alex Ross art exhibit at the Norman Rockwell museum. I am a fan of his art and thought that I would pass along this video that was shown at the show for those of you who might not be making the trip to Massachusetts to see it ;)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2DZC_…
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I get commission requests throughout the year and once con season starts it definitely shifts into high gear ;)
I officially start a sketch list for each con I attend about a month before the show, but if you know you are going to a con I am attending, feel free to contact me earlier.
Here's the con list in progress. I will probably add some others as I go, time permiting.

MEGACON ORLANDO               MARCH 15-17
BOSTON COMIC CON               APRIL 20-21
C2E2 CHICAGO                       APRIL 26-28
HEROES CON                          JUNE 7-9
SAN DIEGO                            JULY 18-21
BALTIMORE COMIC CON            SEPT.7-8
NEW YORK COMIC CON            HOPEFULLY

So, what are your favorite cons that are not on the list?
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Here's hoping that 2013 is a great one for one and all. I don't know about you, but this time of year I think a lot about what I should be aiming for in the coming months because one small change or addition could make all the difference.
Okay 2013, let's do this!
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