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WonderCon, VanCAF, CAKE 2016

Although I still have a great time at every comic convention, I find myself with less and less to say about each. This year I’m grouping my first three shows in a single, easily-digested post. This is not to diminish my experience at each. If you met me at one of these shows, you saw that I was excited to be there. It really is a thrill each and every time. There’s the first hour of increasing worry that this will be the first show at which nobody buys anything from me. Then there’s the lunch rush. Then, from maybe 1-3pm, is when I get my most sales. I have to say, there is no caffeine as effective as selling my comics. It is a feeling that never gets old. For the rest of the afternoon I’m passing out postcards and trying to remain upbeat and engaged. By the end of the day I’m exhausted. I’ve been talking to my neighbors a bit more and looking forward to dinner. The close of the day is a mixed emotion: I’m thinking back over all the funny, interesting conversations I’ve had, ready to not be on my feet anymore, but also a bit sad to see it over. Fortunately, there is always another day and another show. So here’s to the first three of the year, and to San Diego coming in July.
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meet me in Chicago

This weekend, you can meet me in Chicago for CAKE!
The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will be held at the Center on Halsted and is FREE to the public. Chicagoland friends, stop on by.
I will have the brand new Falling Rock National Park #6, the Dinosaur Coloring Book (which was a huge hit at WonderCon), and of course all the back issues in case you need to get caught up.
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See you June 11 & 12!

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meet me at VanCAF

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Next weekend, May 21-22, I’ll be at VanCAF in Vancouver, British Columbia. This will be my second time there; last time I was delighted by the venue (an old railroad turnaround) and the kind Canadian people. I am excited to be back. I’ll have all my books, including the brand new FALLING ROCK NATIONAL PARK #6 and my DINOSAUR COLORING BOOK. Stop by, say hello!

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meet me in tucson

This weekend I will be at the 8th Annual Tucson ComicCon! I’ve exhibited at this convention more years than any other.
It makes me especially happy that my hometown has such a great show. You can find me stationed at:

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Rose City ComicCon 2015

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It doesn’t get much more Portland than a comic convention in the autumn. I rode the MAX to the show, which gets me slightly fewer PDX Points than riding my bike there.

Since Stumptown’s last hurrah, I’ve been looking for a Portland show to replace it. Rose City has found its footing as the new comics show not just for indie folk like myself, but for local publishers and a handful of bona fide celebrities as well. Big Bird! Princess Leia! Now I want to see the Sesame Street/Star Wars crossover.

My first Rose City was an incredibly pleasant experience, one that I hope to have again next year.

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Rose City ComicCon

This weekend I will be at the Rose City ComicCon.
Stop by my table, O12 in Artist Alley!
rccc-15-logoThis is the first year I’ve tabled at Rose City.
I’ve heard good things and, since the dissolution of Stumptown, I haven’t had a permanent Portland convention.
I hope this will be the one!

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san diego comic-con 2015

My favorite phenomenon at San Diego ComicCon is the Running of the Toy Collectors. First thing in the morning, when they open the convention to attendees, avid toy collectors rush inside to stand in line for that day’s limited edition toy. Unfortunately for them, the convention has a strict NO RUNNING IN THE CONVENTION HALL policy (with good reason: nobody wants to end their trip to San Diego in the hospital after having been trampled by a guy looking for “Disco Darth Vader Variant”). When they open the convention doors, you can see the tension of wanting to run/not being allowed in their faces. This year, I documented this SDCC phenomenon in a short video.

The rest of the show went very well for me, even though I offered no vinyl Ernesto dolls. Maybe next year? I was back in good old row O, with some of my friends from past years and a few new ones. Perhaps because I’m getting older, this grueling 5-day convention seems to go by faster each year. The only way I know I’ve been standing at my table for that amount of time is by the aching of my feet and the scratchiness of my voice. My body held out admirably this year; all that ComicCon training in the winter really paid off.
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Once again, many thanks to my perennial table buddy Rachael, without whom I couldn’t have left for lunch, and to my neighbors on the left (Bordin and Stephanie) and right (Ben Costa). The convention is too long to have anything but stellar friends to share the experience.

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prints for ComicCon

Just in time for San Diego Comic-Con, I whipped up a fresh batch of prints.
When you visit me at table O-6 in Small Press, you will find these three originals.
A WPA-inspired Falling Rock poster and two variations of the Nick Offerman stamp I made last year.
I actually scanned the stamp directly, then added color in Photoshop.
See you in San Diego!
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san diego comic-con 2014

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I will be returning to the one and only ComicCon later this month! This year promises to be even more exciting, for the following reasons:
1. I will have the BRAND-NEW Falling Rock National Park #4
2. I will have signed copies of Dear Mr. Watterson on DVD
3. I will be signing FREE POSTERS of Tomb of the Zombies at the Uclick booth.
4. My neighbors, Greg Means (Tugboat Press) and Alec Longstreth (Phase 7) are so awesome I can hardly even look them in the eye.
5. I will have an exclusive, TOP SECRET (unless you follow me on Instagram) print.
…and of course, Henry the Horse dances the waltz.
So come one, come all! Small Press will feel like an oasis of sanity after waiting 6 hours in line to see The Avengers.

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WonderCon 2014

As my plane descended, I looked out at the layer of smog over Anaheim. Although I am not repelled by Los Angeles as many of my friends are, I found this view to be somewhat disconcerting. My first two conventions of the year, Emerald City in Seattle and Linework NW in Portland, were surrounded by the colors green and blue. WonderCon would be set in my mind as brown and tan.
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Coming from the southwest, these are not necessarily bad color associations. I consider the desert to be a clean place. Even though I’ve lived in Portland for eight years, I still find the lush environment to be strange, alien. You don’t have to fight for life in the Pacific Northwest. In the desert, everything is hard-won.

That turned out to be a metaphor for the convention itself. There was no shortage of attendees (I later read that WonderCon sold out of badges), but sales were not correspondingly high. It was a good show for me saleswise, but not stellar. In the desert, life is hard-won.
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anaheim-convention-center josh-at-wonderconThe best part of the convention was spending time with cartoonists. Alec and Greg and I ate at a Hawaiian restaurant, where we talked about how few people Alec wants to see on Facebook (about ten) and how many cats I’ve seen on my rides home (up to eight). Kevin Woody took me to Downtown Disney since I didn’t go into the park itself. “Have you heard of Downtown Disney?” I asked. “I live in Southern California. I’ve heard of Downtown Disney,” he replied. He advised me not to get into the cult of pin-trading.

I also met a guy who works at Warner Bros. He asked me to do a little signmaking in exchange for DVDs. My first work for Warner Bros. was this sign, advertising the guy who wrote Die Hard:
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In Portland, you meet graphic designers, web designers, baristas, and guys like me who do whatever pays the bills and ends at 5. In Anaheim, I met people who work for Disney, Sony, Paramount, and Universal animation departments. I tried my best not to say the words gosh, golly, or gee-willikers, but I think they could read the expression on my face.

I’m not entirely sure if I’ll return to WonderCon next year. It was certainly a well-run show, and I got a good experience out of it. Maybe it was that layer of smog sitting over everything. If Disney can find a way to lift that cloud, I’ll definitely be back.
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