Sunday, September 27, 2009
It's time for Mid-Ohio Con again! I'll be a guest at Ohio's biggest and longest-running (29 years!) comic convention this upcoming weekend. The con is at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus on October 3rd and 4th. Click HERE for more info. I'll be there all day both days, signing comic books, drawing sketches and selling original artwork. This year I'll also have one of those little sketchbook thingies full of character designs, layouts and previously unpublished pencil and ink drawings from throughout my career (below is the sketchbook's cover, the original unpublished/unaltered version of my Modern Masters cover art). Come by and say "hi!" and browse and shop. There are plenty of really good guests this year, everyone from comics legend Dick Ayers to guys whose work I grew up reading like Marv Wolfman, Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson, and Mike Grell . Michael Golden, P. Craig Russell, Ron Frenz and Barry Kitson will also be there, along with local creators Sean McKeever, Darryl Banks, Dave Aikins and Andy Bennett. Throw in a few Hollywood genre actors from Star Wars and Heroes and it sounds like a good time! See you there!
The 2009 Sketchbooks are now up for sale on the art sales blog!
Friday, September 25, 2009
The above image, a pencilled page from Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom #2, mysteriously appeared without any accompanying text today on the official Wildstorm blog, The Bleed. This is the first art most people have seen from the series other than the cover art for issue #1 which has been published in the Tom Strong Deluxe Collection Vol. 1 and the After Watchmen What's Next? version of Tom Strong #1. Looks like the promotion for the series is starting at long last...
Saturday, September 19, 2009
When we watch a TV show or movie with a scene that takes place in a comic book store, Xan and I will usually scour the background of the scene for comics I've drawn. It feels a bit narcissistic, I'll admit, but I'm pretty certain I'm not the only comic book artist who does this...Anyway, many years ago, I spotted an issue of Legionnaires on a coffee table in an episode of Roseanne, and that was pretty much it for a while. Then last month, Xan and I spotted the cover of my Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind's Eye adaptation in the comic shop in the film Fanboys. See for yourself--it's the second comic down on the far left of the screencap below:
Today, while watching the second season of Big Bang Theory on DVD, Xan picked out the second Tom Strong paperback collection on a shelf in one scene. It's just to the left and behind Raj's head in the following screencap:
Again, a little self-centered, but it always provides a cheap little thrill. Plus, for all I know, this may be the only time anything of mine ever ends up on the big or small screen!
One final note for this post: I just updated my art blog, SprouseNet Art Emporium, so that it's current as far as what's still available after the Aviles festival. I lowered some prices on some pages and provided an art sales-only email address for easier purchasing as well--buyers won't have to bother with MySpace anymore. I'll also be bringing all of the art pictured to Mid-Ohio Con in a few weeks, so you can check out the artwork in person there.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
- outdoor sketching at the cafe
- the dealer tent just outside the Aviles Cultural Center
- Spanish fans enjoying their comics outdoors
- the town hall at night
- poster for the festival in the town square
- a local church we saw during one of our nighttime walks around the city
- talking with my hands too much during my presentation in the Cultural Center
- signing and sketching
- Spanish Tom Strong albums
- Meeting with the mayor of Aviles
- a local news photographer has me pose on the mayor's balcony
- the festival was city-wide--here a young girl looks at comic pages exhibited in the local shopping mall...when we saw these pages up close, we realized the poor girl had probably been scarred for life...
- This store's name translates as "The King of Ham..."
- ...and here's "The Royal House of Ham
- This restaurant sign seems to suggest that the Octopus you can order from the menu will pour it's own drawn butter, or perhaps that the bartender has tentacles...
- a lunch of tapas and cider
- fellow comics pros Rodney Ramos and Renee Witterstaetter
- carved and painted seal in a park at the Cultural Center
Top to bottom:
- one of the many fine restaurants we enjoyed
- here are some of the festival organizers at dinner, including the wonderful German and Jorge
- and speaking of wonderful, here's Fables artist Mark Buckingham with the sketch he did for Xan
Top to bottom:
- fans and pros head to a local bar/disco in the wee hours of the morning
- comics letterer extraordinaire Ken Lopez and me
- Christine and Jim Cheung; Jim was one of the hardest working pros at the con, often sketching at dinner and long into the night
Comic pro guests, top to bottom:
- Mark Buckingham and Lady Buckhingham, the delightful Irma
- Doug Braithwaite and wife Sue
- Gary Erskine and his partner Mhairi with Hello Kitty and Rodney Ramos in the background
More pros, top to bottom:
- Fiona Stephenson and Dean Ormston
- Herb Trimpe and wife Patricia
- Scott Hampton and wife Letitia with Patricia Trimpe
Gijon, top to bottom:
- the harbor
- the lovely Xan overlooking the sea with German and Mhairi in the background
- German, Irma and other guests reach the top of the cliffs overlooking the sea at Gijon
More Gijon, top to bottom:
- local open air market
- just one of the examples of amazing architecture from this city
- a view of Gijon from the beach
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Xan and I are packed and ready to go to Aviles in northern Spain today. I'm a guest at the convention you see advertised in the poster above, and I've heard nothing but good things about the con and the city, so I'm looking forward to it. Click HERE to go to the convention's website. I'll try to post some photos while we're there, provided our hotel has a good internet connection.