Haven't been to a Boston show since the 80s but that changes this month at the bigger and better Boston Comic Con! Great new location and presented by Fan Expo which always means a stellar guest list and events galore. If you want proof, just click here or the image above to visit their site. See you there!
A few weeks back I added a couple more shows to the 2017 schedule and today, a couple more again. Namely Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette (I've never been to Lafayette and it's been about 3 years since my last Louisiana show.) and La Mole, Mexico City. (Never been there either.)
Check my convention list from time to time for additions or updates and be sure to come visit if I'm in your neighborhood.
FL Super Con is always special since it gives me a chance to spend some time in South Florida where I grew up, and also an opportunity to get together with my sister and other friends.
Great location for a show but Ft. Lauderdale (or at least the Convention Center) is not quite big enough to host a "Super Convention". Traffic snarls and capacity crowds weren't uncommon over the weekend. Good news for Super Con I would say since everyone wants to be there and they're becoming too big to contain!
The folks in Raleigh were apparently ready for this type of convention. They turned out in great numbers last week and something near capacity on Saturday. Major success for an inaugural show. Congrats to the SuperCon crew for the success and for a professionally run event.
And thanks to Victoria for remembering to snap a few pics while managing the table.
Back from Spain. Metropoli Comic Con is surely one of my favorite Con experiences, and Gijon is one of the nicest cities I've visited. I was able to share some time and some hall space with Keith Pollard, Tom Lyle, David Michelinie, Rodney Ramos, Kenny Lopez, and Renee Witterstaetter (US invitees).
Also Mike Deodato and Will Conrad (Brazil invitees). I've been following Deodato's work for a long time and was hoping our paths would cross somewhere along the convention trail. Finally happened and he's not only crazy talented,.. he's... uh?... crazy!? :-)
Plenty of Spanish talent in the hall as well, including another gent I've been wanting to meet for quite some time,.. Jordi Bernet. So, a couple of things checked off my bucket list this month in Spain.
I'm posting some galleries. WARNING: Practically no art or comics content here!! Mostly just touristy stuff and posted so that my companions listed above can browse and grab a few if they see themselves in any of the pics.
From the Con...
From beautiful Gijon...
And from a short stay in Madrid where Renee and I were fortunate enough to spend an afternoon absorbing some Madrid history and some excellent food and drink compliments of the Chairman of the Wellington Society and retired professor, Stephen Drake-Jones.
MegaCon was a family weekend for me. Both of my sisters joined me to help out at my table and we had a few of our extended family members come to visit us at the show as well. Great show on a personal level.
Great Fan Expo event as well! It was gigantic,.. moving across the street from the usual Orange County Convention Center hall to take both north and south halls in the newer complex. And the fans did a good job of filling it up! A four day event and I still didn't get to see everything!?!? Fan Expo is on a roll and I expect more of the same when the Boston show rolls around.
A few show pics compliments of my sister, Cyndee (in the Captain America hoodie).
First 2017 journey into Canada last weekend and a long, long time since I've traveled to Ottawa. Not since the late 70s. Very nice show and especially well-run. Some US shows could learn something from Oscar, Marc and the crew about making load-in and load-out easy, managing a show floor, and setting up a "green room". Thanks gentlemen!
I'm preparing for a full house at Fan Expo's MegaCon Orlando. If it's anything like Fan Expo Dallas (and it IS, by the way), it'll be THE place to be May 25-28. The Fan Expo guest list is that awesome. Click here to see for yourself, or click the graphic below. See you there.
...for me anyway,.. was the 30th anniversary reunion of the "Kraven's Last Hunt" team. I've connected with a few of of these guys along the convention trail in recent years but the five of us quickly realized that this was the first time we've ever been together in the same place, including those months we were working on the story arc since many of us were working from our homes.
Seeing everyone healthy and happy 30 years later was good enough for me. Sitting down to discuss our work on Marc's inspiring story was icing on the cake. By the way, any discussion of Kraven's Last Hunt begins 2-3 years prior to the series when the story idea was originally pitched as a Wonder Man/Grim Reaper tale. If you're not familiar with the genesis of the idea that would eventually become Kraven's Last Hunt, you owe it to yourself to read Marc DeMatteis' blog entry "The Story Behind the Hunt -- Again".
Our panel was just one of many awesome events at East Coast Comic Con this year. The guest list was stellar as usual and the fans filled the hall in record numbers. Congrats to Cliff and crew on another successful year.
See you at Ottawa Comic Con next weekend. It's been so long since I've been in the Capital City, I think I was still drawing Master of Kung Fu at the time?! Looking forward to seeing it again. Look for me, Michael Golden, and Geof Isherwood to be in the same general vicinity. And look for a whole bunch of other comic art and media guests too. Here's a list.
I finally produced an image of my Daredevil #241 cover and like the other prints, remastered and recolored. Now available on the SHOP page and also available at convention stops this summer. That's a print I've been wanting to create since,.. since,.. well, since the Daredevil series premiered on Netflix, I'm ashamed to say. Better late than never?
I have a newer print to display at conventions and I'm also making it available on the SHOP page.
In 1983, French publisher, Editions Deesse produced a limited edition, signed, 18-plate portfolio called "WORLD'S FINEST COMIC BOOK ARTISTS (WFCBA) PORTFOLIO". Both US and European artists were represented. If you haven't heard of it and want to see the other plates, check out this page at the Editions Deesse site.
I'll be signing it at conventions this year. Check my Conventions page to see if I'll be in your area.
The Great Philadelphia Comic Con was chock full of A-list cosplayers but maybe none better than "THE FINEST". The Finest are a premiere G. I. Joe Costume Club with hundreds of members within and outside the US. When they asked Jim Shooter, Michael Golden and me to come take some photos with them, we were quick to agree. And why not,.. they not only do cosplay well, they do life well too. Each year they raise money for military and veteran-based organizations. A salute to The Finest and a link to their Facebook page.
The pic above gives an idea of the Saturday crowd inside the hall at Fan Expo Dallas but believe it or not, the corridor and lobby areas outside the hall were just as packed. I was getting a SDCC vibe at that show!? Well,.. to be expected I suppose given the incredible media and comics guest list. Hope to see similar scenes at the Orlando, Boston, and Toronto Fan Expo events.
Victoria was managing the table and snapping pics again. Here are some...
Which is a great show by the way. Greenville, SC has itself a well-deserved major Comic Con. Larger than I was expecting and compares well with any of the other bigger shows around the country. This one of course comes with much more southern hospitality. Congrats to Rob, Michelle, and the staff and volunteers for that success.
Home from the Monterrey, Mexico convention and the people I met are what I will remember most. The staff assigned to help and translate for us, the vendors, our fellow artist alley denizens, and every single person through the door were incredibly nice folks. Like most international shows, a whole bunch of photo ops. This time I made a point to hand my camera to friends or family who were taking the pics so that I could take home some memories as well. I'll share some here...
...so mark February 18 and 19 on your calendars. I've been wanting to do one of the Long Beach shows for a while but schedules didn't line up until this year. I'm kicking off the 2017 tour with Long Beach Comic Expo! Two days doesn't seem like a whole lot of time but let's see how much we can cram into it!!
I'll be at my table all weekend outside of a panel appearance later on Saturday. Hope to see all of you there, and when you enter, make a beeline to tables E6/E7. That's somewhere in the middle of artist alley which is kind of in the middle of the convention floor(?).. so.. um.. bring a map!
Long Beach Comic Con is it for February. Once March rolls around I'll be back on the convention trail in ernest. Link over to my Conventions page for the up-to-date list. I've added some more scheduled stops to the listing including the eCreativo Con in Monterrey, Mexico! Never ventured south of the border before, but all that changes in March!
Nos vemos luego!