I really need to finally start reading the book.
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A lot of people haven’t been asking where to find me at the con. But I know at least one of you (hi mom!) is curious as to what I’ll be up to at the show. In addition to boozing, taking clandestine meetings and protecting my girlfriend from furries I’ve got a few signings and appearances. Here be the scoopage:
12:30pm – 1:30pm – Signing @ Top Cow (Booth #2629)
2pm – 3pm – Radical Publishing Panel* (Room 32AB)
*I won’t be on this panel, but they’ll be talking up projects like “Time Bomb” and “Ryder on the Storm” that I’m editing, as well as (hint, hint) more…
10am – 11am – Signing @ Top Cow (Booth #2629)
1:30pm – 2:30pm – Top Cow Panel (Room 9)
5:30pm – 6:30pm – Signing @ Top Cow (Booth #2629)
12:00pm – 1pm – Signing @ Top Cow (Booth #2629)
Note that all signings will be with P.I.C. Bryan Edward Hill, so someone really needs to take a picture of the both of us existing in the same space.
I can also be found a) hiding from you b) on the CBR Yacht or c) mooching booze from the GeekWeek.com crew on their boat. If you’re trying to get in touch with me, texting is probably easiest. Drop me a comment here or an email now if you don’t have the number.
I’ve made no secret over the past few years who some of my favorite artists are. The ones that really haunt me are the ones I’ve never been able to get anything going with (as a writer or editor) save for some convention discussions and drinks, or various emails traded over the year. Let me tell you, the inimitable Jock is no exception.
I first discovered him via The Losers with Andy Diggle, and I’ve been a fan ever since. At first I loved the way he laid out action, and then I fell in love with everything he’s done. Especially his cover design. The sense of design and the simple complexity blows me away every time. He’s also been nothing but extremely nice and always responds humbly to my gushing praise, which just makes me like his work and long for the day we finally work together all the more.
Jock has just overhauled his website and put up loads of new content. It’s clear when looking through his oeuvre that the guy is beloved by more than just comics, and it’s great to see his influence spread out from our little corner of the world.
Do yourself a favor and be about the new website (which has also been added to the sidebar):
I’ve been busy, knocking out deadlines and trying to get at least one more major thing rolling prior to San Diego. Blogging has suffered, but not really because of any of that. I adopted a kitten, and I’m preparing to bring a puppy home next week. My secret evil plan to use dual Puss in Boots looks from each of them whenever I’m pitching should secure more work than I can handle.
Speaking of, here’s a first look from my upcoming Radical book co-written with Troy Peteri.
After looking over certain June solicits, I feel like going on a cover rant again, but will instead offer advice on creating cover art.A cover is the most important piece of art you’ll create for your comic. It’s what will sell the book. Especially in today’s direct market.This is even more true for indy/self/small press comics as you don’t have recognizable characters to grab a reader’s attention on the shelf.You need a simple, bold, striking piece that should immediately standout & distinguish your book from the rest of the comics surrounding it.Don’t get overly-complicated or designy. Don’t overthink your cover. Don’t get too cerebral. Simply give readers a taste of what’s inside.These are simple, basic cover “rules,” I know, but I’m always surprised how often they’re forgotten. Especially by the bigger publishers.
The first lettered preview of my much beloved mini with Bryan Hill, Alessandro Vitti, Sunny Gho and Tommy Lee Edwards (still can’t believe how good the art is from cover to cover) is live. Get your fix at CBR.