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:: Posts Tagged ‘conventions’ ::


I promised early in the week I’d explain what I’ve been up to that caused me to gaffe and miss an update (which, I assure you, still genuinely pains me). Here’s the news: I have a new day job starting in late February, and I’m gearing up for a big move. A move from western New York state to Massachusetts. The Framingham area, near Boston, to be more specific.

What does that mean for Odori Park? In truth, really very little (which is part of the whole point of putting a comic up on the Web; it doesn’t matter where you and I are in the world, as long as we both have a net connection), but there are two likely impacts:

  1. I’m probably going to miss another update or two, particularly in the climax of the move, before this is all over (but, by the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, I’ll aim to prevent it).
  2. I will need to make some new comic-making friends! Are you a comicker or a reader out near Boston? Care to shoot me a line? I would honestly love to make your acquaintance.

One more thing to consider is that Boston and environs have a lot more comic shows and events going on throughout the year than Rochester, NY. I am, for example, pretty keen on the idea of finally checking out the New England Webcomics Weekend. So there’s that to look forward to.

And that’s the long and the short of it. Mostly a non-event for you on the other side of the screen, but things’ll be hoppin’ over here for the next few weeks! Hope to hear from some of you in the MetroWest and Boston areas!


I don’t want to let any more time pass before I mention that I’ll be shilling books and sketches at the Massachusetts Independent Comic Expo coming up on Saturday, Sept. 29th, in Cambridge, MA. Here’s a link to the MICE website. If you’re anywhere near the area, please come by (open from 10am to 7pm, and admission is FREE!) to chat, check out my book, maybe buy a sketch, and see the awesome list of other creators exhibiting at the event. (Seriously, this is a very cool list of folks.) I may also be selling some new goodies, if I can get things together; I have some Japanese folding paper fans begging to be drawn on, and who knows, maybe I’ll even have a mini-comic together by then. I aim high!

If you’re thinking you’ll attend–either as exhibitor or visitor–please let me know! I’d love to chat about plans and thoughts for the show. :)

Order of business the first:
Huge thanks to everyone who came out and stopped by to see me at MICE 2012 this past weekend! I met some new folks, shared some books and sketches, and generally had a good time. Props to Jynksie of Madbury, who table-sat for me so I could get out and see the show myself! Thanks!

Order of business the second:
Getting ready for MICE nearly completely consumed the latter part of my week last week, so Friday’s strip was… delayed. Given that the comic in question has posted on Sunday, I’ll be holding off on a comic for Monday the first of October, and uploading something double-sized (and spooky, in the Halloween tradition) for Wednesday!

Well, due to our move this year, I’ll have to miss the fourth Canadaigua Comic Con. I’ve had a good time each year I’ve gone, and Mike at Pulp Nouveau there does a good job of pulling together a reader- and creator- friendly show with some very interesting exhibitors. The least I can do is spread the word, so: If you’re in the western NY state area on October 21st, please consider visiting CanCon! I’ll have to live vicariously through you. :)

I’ve been putting my con plans together for the year (a bit late, I know, but I’m still a bit convention gun-shy). I’m not planning on doing a ton, but shooting for at least two in 2015. Right now, I’m psyched for the Maine Comic Arts Festival in Portland, ME on May 17th (just about two weeks from now!), and I’m hoping to get into the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo in Boston on Oct. 17-18. I’d love to hear from any of you out there going to either of those, or anyone who has suggestions of any other good New England shows for an indie/webcomics guy to sell books and meet readers.

I’m going to try and have a new mini for MICE, and of course I’ll have the Omnibus for sale at both. With luck, I may have some at from my graphic novel to share, too (although I’m not rushing it) :)

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!

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!

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!

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

Last week, I exhibited at MeCAF, up in Portland, Maine, with my buddy John Forcucci keeping me company, and I had an awesome time! This was the first year for MeCAF to be set up in the Portland Public Library, which from our vantage point, turned out to be really nice. We were set up in the Atrium, facing a great wall of windows looking out on downtown Portland. The foot traffic was super, with lots of families, kids, and comics fans!

This coming Saturday (June 11), I’ll be enjoying my first year at Kids Con New England, at the Holiday Inn in Concord, NH! I’ve taught many cartooning classes for kids, and have always tried to make my comics generally friendly for all ages, but this is my first time at a kids-focused event, and I’m looking forward to it. I have a couple new mini-comics, including one my 6-year old helped me create:


I’ve got one more new comic I’ve been working on which I am super psyched about, but that I don’t think will be ready for the Con. It’s a bummer, but I will make lemonade of lemons by using some of the pages to make fun activity pages for the kids who stop by! In the meantime, because it’s got me so excited, I thought I’d give a peek at some of the pages here (click the thumbnails to enlarge!):



Stay tuned! I’m going to keep on trucking on the new comic, and I still have my mysterious tanuki project to unveil at some point… :) In the meantime, please come out to New Hampshire for the Kids Con this Saturday!

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