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Odori Park by Chris Watkins: Thank You, Internet
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Happy Halloween, everyone! Hope you get plenty of chills today. I drew this confused gentleman at the Portland Comic Expo this past Sunday and thought I’d share him here:

The Expo was a lot of fun! I made a couple new friends, saw some old friends, drew some sketches, and sold some books. This is my third time to Portland, ME, and I’d like to take my family up just to stroll around. It looks like a great town. JT Petrin was walking around taking pictures, and got this great shot of one of my favorite moments of the day:

More updates to come, but for now, eat lots of candy and scare your neighbors! :D


It’s been an interesting fall so far, between making a run at a new comic (see the previous news post), school for both our boys (our little guy is now a kindergartener!), and many changes at the day job. I’ve been remiss at writing here to keep folks updated on Odori Park and other comics news. It’s a bit short notice, but if you’re in the New England area this weekend, I’ll be at the Portland Comic Expo Sunday, October the 25th! It’ll be a low key show for me, so I’ll be open to doing lots of sketches, if folks are interested!

I owe you an update on comic projects soon. I make no promises, but I’ll aim to write more soon!


A few weeks ago, my buddy John told me about Camp NaNoWriMo. I was already familiar with the regular NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which challenges authors to write a 50,000-word novel in the month of November), and I’d thought in the past about giving it a shot, either for a novel or a graphic novel. The “Camp” version is a virtual construct, but puts a community and some web features around a July version of the challenge, and John proposed we both use it as an opportunity to make headway on our graphic novel projects.

Long story short, then, I’ve taken the plunge! My goal is to make 24 pages of comic in the month–not a full graphic novel, which would be a real ordeal for just a month, but at least some significant progress toward one. Now, I would normally have used this as an excuse to work on the kids graphic novel I’ve talked about before, but at about the same time, in mid-June, I heard about the newest WebToons challenge. It’s a contest to create several episodes of a serialized comic with a hefty $30K prize for the winner. (One of my heroes, Stephen McCranie, won this last time around…) BUT, the current contest is for a science fiction comic, and that means a totally new story (and starting totally from scratch).

I don’t have much time left to finish and submit the first three episodes, AND drum up reader votes for it, but I’ll keep on trucking! At the very least, by the end of July, I’ll have 24 pages of something I didn’t have before! :)

Wish me luck! I’ll try to post occasional updates here when there are snippets of art or interesting developments to share!


It was a fun Sunday in Portland, Maine! Perfect weather, and the same great character-rich location as last year. I met some great cartoonists, including table neighbors and uber-artists Brian Moore (brianmooredraws.com) and Dani Jones (danijones.com), and I got to reconnect with an old friend from college days, Anne Thalheimer (www.etsy.com/shop/mymonsterhat). Plus, my buddy John Forcucci (johnforcucci.com) came along, and you couldn’t ask for a better drive-and-table mate. Got to catch up again with Peet Tamburino (heymailman.tumblr.com) and Jesse Lonnergan (jesselonergan.blogspot.com), too, which was awesome. I’m realizing my shout-outs are just turning into a long list of names–awesome names, but names nonetheless–so I’ll just say: Thanks, everyone!

The next big affair is MICE, out in October. Hopefully I’ll have some minis and maybe some graphic novel pages to show off by then!


The floorplan has been released for this Sunday’s Maine Comic Arts Festival. If you’re planning to be there, you can find me at table 61, in the far back corner diagonally opposite the main entrance. I’ll have books to sell and will be drawing sketches and sketch cards, so please stop by and see me!

Odori Park is the webcomic story of Japanese Arisa Nishimori, from snowy Hokkaido, Japan, and American Colin Easton, from Suburbia, U.S.A., navigating the culture shocks of romance, parenthood, family, friends, and making a living in an ever shrinking world. A tale of east marries west by comic artist Chris Watkins.
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