Hey folks, I’ve been totally remiss in updating this blog, so let’s get a lot of stuff out of the way. I totally dropped the ball about mentioning my appearance at HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC last month (this blog got lost in the shuffle of Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr), but it was a great time, a fantastic show, and I can’t wait to do it again.
However! If you missed me there but still want to meet me in person, there are a few more chances to do so this year! Next Saturday, July 12, I will be appearing at Insta-Con in Kennett Square, PA. Insta-Con is a one-day show sponsored by the local Bayard Taylor Memorial Library and The Comic Book Shop of Wilmington, DE.
The following Saturday I will be at my favorite local comic book store, A Hero’s Legacy Comics and Collectibles of Manchester, CT. I will be signing my new book, Drawn Away: A Cartoonist Tours America, which was successfully funded via Kickstarter and made its public debut at HeroesCon. That’s right: if you haven’t gotten a chance to grab a copy, now’s your chance to get your mitts on it!
But if you can’t make it to either of these, never fear! You can now order a copy of the book in print OR digital via IndyPlanet! Check out the link on the Store page and you’ll get a copy shipped right to you! Isn’t commerce grand?
Finally, this isn’t comic related, but also next Saturday, July 12, for 45 minutes starting at 10 a.m. EST/3 p.m. GMT, I will be guesting on the Stacey’s Pop Culture Parlour 24-hour podcast for charity! Stacey is looking to raise 750 GBP for Operation Smile. It’s a great idea and a great cause, so why not give a listen sometime that day here, and then give some money here?
Free Comic Book Day 2014 has come and gone, and what a day it was. I was at my local comic shop, A Hero’s Legacy Comics and Collectibles, where I have been every year in the store’s various incarnations, with the exception of last year (I was traveling), since the very first FCBD. I had an amazing time selling my books to new and longtime readers, and I had an absolutely mind-blowingly great time meeting everyone, talking to people, and selling more books in one four-hour span than I have in my entire career. I am now completely sold out of The Gang From the Store, and I almost completely sold out of all the copies of Moon Freight 3 volume 1 I had with me yesterday.
To say this was the largest, most successful FCBD since the beginning would be an understatement. AHL open at 10 a.m., and from 10:15 until I left at about 2:30, the line was out the door. The store handed out hundreds of free comics and sold many more. People young and old, longtime readers and newbies, they all came in to see what the wonderful world of comics has to offer. People were excited and eager and couldn’t wait to read.
And since this is an issue with a little bit of controversy surrounding it lately, I want to point out how many women and girls came in to read comics. Not just new readers, either. A number of young girls and girls in their early teens came by my table, and to them, reading comics is a matter-of-fact part of their lives. It’s not some new, scary thing they don’t know anything about. They’re readers. They’re fans. They love comics and they love finding something new and exciting to read that would appeal to them as much as the next fan. Female readers are here, have been here, and they’re here to stay, and everyone in comics, from publishers to creators to fellow fans, needs to acknowledge that and welcome them with open arms into this wonderful world. Do otherwise and you do so to your own detriment. A Hero’s Legacy is and has always been very open, and I’m proud to say I could be a part of that.
It’s that time of year again: Free Comic Book Day. That magical time where comic book stores all across the planet are giving out special comics to promote the love of reading and of our awesome medium. This year I will once again be in Manchester, CT after a one-year absence (I was traveling!), at A Hero’s Legacy Comics and Collectibles. I will be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., selling and signing all four volumes of my old comic Moon Freight 3, as well as the last few volumes of The Gang From the Store: True Tales from the Comic Book Shop. So come on down, enjoy the festivities, pick up some free comics, and introduce yourself to me! I’d love to see all of you out there!
I can’t believe I actually forgot to mention this here of all places, but do you remember that travelogue comic I did about my time on the road last year? The one called Drawn Away? Well, one of my goals was to collect it into a book, and the time to do that is now here. I’m running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to do a small print run of the books. All I’m looking for is $2,000, but if we make that (and we’re pretty close!) I plan to set a stretch goal or two and see if we can’t get some awesome extras in there. So please check it out, and any support you can give would be very appreciated.
Hey everybody! I’m back in Connecticut after months on the road and am getting ready for my only Connecticut convention of the year! What show is it? Why, it’s ComiCONN, of course! My favorite show of the year! So come by the table and say hi! Buy one of the Moon Freight 3 books (I should have volume 4 with me)! Get a sketch card! Ask me about my trip! It’ll be a great time!
And speaking of book 4, you can now get the FINAL VOLUME of my very first comic strip in print form, directly from IndyPlanet! Just click here to get there!