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:: Posts Tagged ‘Gamescape’ ::

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!

Yay! I’m super psyched, because after several months, I’ve finished my new book, and I’m really excited to see what people think! I’ve used my kids as a test audience, and they seem to dig it, but that’s a little bit like mom putting your picture on the fridge.

Gamescape is all about a group of wandering monsters–Ratchette the goblin, Grimble the skeleton, Ochre the ooze, and Bartleby the giant bat–given a home by the mysterious Riddle Wizard, down in the labyrinth of his magical Gamescape. They travel into the world above when adventure calls, and discover puzzles, riddles, and games along the way. I wanted to tell a story that had those kinds of goodies sprinkled throughout for the reader to enjoy, too, so you’ll find several mind-benders in the book!

I’m debuting Gamescape at the Portland Comic Expo (that’s in Portland, Maine, not Oregon; sorry, west-coast friends) this Sunday, October 23rd. The show runs from 10 to 5, and I think admission is $5 (cheep!) I’m at table 58, which looks like it’s way on the far side, so bring your hiking stick and come to see me!

And on an only tenuously-related note: I’ve seen my friends enjoying another Inktober, sharing cool sketches they’re doing every day, and I’ve been hankering to try. Now that my book is done, I’m going to give it a shot with what I’m calling A Monstrous Alphabet. I’m drawing some of my favorite creeps from across time, one for every letter. To be honest with myself, I may not make it all the way to Z, but it’ll be fun trying :) I’ll post a new one of these as often as I can this month, so please stop by again!

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