Yesterday was Image-Con up in Oakland from 10-6. I don’t really know what I was expecting. They pretty much didn’t advertise it at all and in fact the only way I found out about it was through a friend who is into The Walking Dead because Robert Kirkman was part of several panels. So, I got poor Jae to get tickets for us and we rolled out of the car two hours late at our destination.
The first thing I noticed is that it was small. VERY small! You know I liked it though. It was very reminiscent of how calm and laid back APE used to be. Lots of awesome folks who were obviously just there because they loved comics.
Awesomely, a couple familiar faces were there as well! Sam Garland, who is an excellent comic maker was there to showboat his awesome stuff. Elle Skinner, a person I seem to have developed a friendship with through conventions alone was also there! It was awesome to see her and we actually ended up doing a sketch trade. Last but not least, I met a wonderful colorist named Christina Strain who had an awesome art book for sale. If you get the chance, you should really go check her out.
I met a slew of other awesome artists who, surprisingly, weren’t part of the normal Artists Alley circuit which was great for meeting some new talent. All in all, the convention was great and I even found some places to leave some post cards! 😉
So we just finished putting up Zombie-Killers.net 🙂 You should go check it out! Now all the ZK comics are in a much more easy to read format. Also there is some extra stuff that I will be adding to over time.. and a shoutbox! XD
It’s that time of year where I put up another one of those boring self-posts. I try to avoid them because really, I am a terrible writer of nonfiction and I feel like I have nothing interesting to say. 2011 was definitely a year of ups and downs. Emergency apartment moves, dealing with a lawsuit circling around the accident with my knee, traveling, comic book conventions, and the death of my father all played an important role in my mood and art throughout the year.
I think I can safely say that Zombie Killers has helped bring me back to a state of happiness and creativity that I hadn’t reached in a long time. There are probably a fair amount of people out there who would say that the art and writing of the comic aren’t all that spot on and, you know, I’m okay with that. Before having this comic to work on, I spent a good year wondering what I was supposed to be doing with myself. Was I allowed to be confident in my abilities? Was I allowed to try and promote myself and my art? Or did I really have no business at all stepping into an industry with monumental giants of creation at every twist and turn. I basically made a career out of learning about art without anyone really even knowing I could create anything due to being too afraid.
Well, I can safely say that at this point there is no turning back and I’m at the point where I probably couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. It’s terrifying. I am just one tiny little fish floating in a huge sea of sharks. Yet I turn around and see all of the wonderful people who have supported me both financially and emotionally. I look at my comic, which really is the embodiment of the silly, campy things that I enjoy; and I can’t help but feel proud of myself.
This year was one of the most tempestuous of my life, but I think I’ve finally done it. I think I’ve managed to step out of the self-made hold of artistic shame and isolation that I created and realize that allowing myself to love the art that I make was all I ever really needed. Putting myself out there was probably one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done but I don’t regret it in the slightest.
Zombie Killers shoved me out into the world and now that I’ve encountered so many wonderful, supportive people (and also some not-so-supportive ones 😉 ) I am looking forward to 2012 and all of the progress, innovation, and fun it will bring.
I hope everyone’s year starts out on a good note and thanks to you all for all the love. 🙂
Due to recent events, I decided to post the next page of the comic. 🙂
To those of you just coming here now because of APE.. WELCOME!! Thanks so much for visiting my table and grabbing some loot! For those of you who helped spread the word, thank you SO MUCH! APE was a huge success. Everyone was extremely nice and I heard some wonderful things about my Techno Fish, which makes me really happy. My neighbor was the owner of the comic Rocket Robinson. It’s more for younger readers, sort of a Tin Tin-esque adventure about a boy named Rocket who goes to Egypt to solve a special mystery.
For those of you who liked my Techno Fish but didn’t get the chance to pick one up, you can grab them at my Etsy store. They are all made to order. 🙂
Prints of Zombie Killers art will be available there soon as well, but for now you can get them off of DeviantArt. Here are links to the two that are available:
Order Zombie Killers, Volume 1 now!
Once again, thanks to everyone who came to my table and helped me out. Especially my wonderful friends for being so supportive. This was an awesome experience and I will definitely be going again next year! In Zombie Killers news: I will be posting new pages as of this coming week as part of the kickoff for book 2, so keep checking the page. Typically I update about one a week but sometimes I manage to get two. 🙂