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GoComics Blog

My latest blog post is over at GoComics. They asked me to write about my life and philosophy on comics. I had a lot to say!

Go read it! I talk about Calvin and Hobbes a lot.

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Friday Robots

Hello readers. It’s been a while since I posted a Friday Robot. After I got back from WonderCon I came down with terrible food poisoning. A week and a half later I’m finally feeling like myself again. I guess I wanted to celebrate my restored health with this robot.

Have a great weekend!
Friday robot 4-17-15

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wondercon 2015

I knew I was back in Anaheim because of the warm sun and the endless parking lots.
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WonderCon is a great convention because I see different people (both behind the tables and in attendance) than in any of my other shows. The con itself feels like a more manageable version of San Diego. Instead of a marathon, it’s a 10K. And it’s right beside Disneyland, so we get some spillover happiness.

This year I was happy to loan table space to Warner Archives for part of the day Saturday.
It is a testament to the open-mindedness of convention goers that they accepted without question our oddly-matched table.
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I was incredibly lucky with my placement this year. Rarely do I get to know all my neighbors at a con, but my row was chock full of friendly, talented people. If they felt a self-publishing cartoonist was out of place among the animators and illustrators, they didn’t show it.

Elsa Chang and Tuna Bora
Elsa Chang and Tuna Bora

After the show Sunday, I made my way to Disneyland and California Adventure. The last time I visited was in high school, but I found I remembered quite a bit. I mostly wandered the parks, going on a few classic rides (Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones). I had dinner at Carthay Circle, a converted movie theater. Through fate or just blind chance I sat next to a few fellow convention exhibitors. Apparently I was not the only one with the brilliant idea of going to the park after the con ended.
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WonderCon is an interesting show for me because of the involvement of the aforementioned animation industry people. In the Pacific Northwest, there are mainly self-publishing cartoonists such as myself. In Southern California, I’m more of an anomaly. It’s good to have a bit of both experiences, I think. I learn a lot from each crowd.
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emerald city comic con 2015

Emerald City ComicCon has a lot going for it. It’s a well run show, the focus is on comics, and in the evenings you get to be in Seattle.
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This year began with a good omen: a Discarded Couch of Seattle.
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I tabled with Reid, continuing our longstanding tradition.
We were fortunate to be seated next to Tyrell and Scott, making table DD a force to be reckoned with.
(It helped that Farel Dalrymple, Brandon Graham, and Simon Roy were also there.)

Tyrell holds up a page he drew in issue 5.
Tyrell holds up a page he drew in issue 5.
Reid covered my table when I took a lunch break.
Reid covered my table when I took a lunch break.

Five issues into Falling Rock National Park, I’m feeling happier than ever with the direction it’s taking. Selling a pack of all five issues is satisfying to attendees who want the collected adventures. I’m also proud to see the series progress. One or two issues is a good start, but now I feel like it’s a real series.

Thank you for a welcome reception, Seattle. I will see you next year!

When in Seattle, be sure to visit The Crumpet Shop.
When in Seattle, be sure to visit The Crumpet Shop.