I am going to CTN Animation Expo this week in Burbank, CA. This is my second time going to the show, the first time around I really had no idea what to expect. I had with me, a sample of my first ever attempt at doing storyboarding, to show for feedback.. and feedback I got! I’ve been doing comic books for 15 years, and even though it feels similar, its a completely different animal from doing storyboarding. There’s just so much to learn. So this year, I’ve got some new samples to show, and I’m hoping once again to get some helpful feedback on them.
This sample is from a couple months ago. It was originally supposed to be The Legend of Korra, till about half-way through when I learned submitting trademarked characters to studios is a faux pas. So I changed the likeness so its not quite as close and I changed the ending I had originally been working on. I learned a lot on this one. And I’ve already gotten some good notes from friends in the animation industry and made the changes I could in time.
I also learned on this board how to actually set up the photoshop files so they’re not a nightmare to work on.. Also I learned about half-way through that most artists work at a low-resolution, which I’d had no idea about. I was working at 300 dpi with 50 something groups of layers. Seems obvious now. But I guess most learning does seem obvious once you’ve learned it, huh?
(There’s a few changes in the print pages that didnt make it into the animated gif)
I was a guest at Texas Comic Con this weekend in San Antonio. I had a great time meeting other comic creators, and finding some new fans. I even sold some Super Zeroes original art and that really made for a great convention!
Photo by Reed Gunther colorist Josh Ulrich – who kept me sane at the table Saturday
Probably the hi-light of my weekend was getting to tour Antarctic Press and meeting all the people behind the scenes at one of the oldest comic book publishers in the industry. Even better was hanging out with Brian and Julia Denham afterwords and hearing Brian tell stories about working in comics back in the day for Rob Leifeld, Marc Silvestri and Wildstorm. Makes me feel better about my past experiences working in studios. Everyone I’ve met at Antarctic is super nice and down to earth. They’re just having fun doing what they love. My thanks to Ben Dunn for introducing me to everyone!
The last couple years have been such a change for me. I always went to conventions just to try to make money, and sell books and meet fans. Which is a good goal. But I never socialized all that much. Now I make it an effort to meet other creators when I come to a show, and to hang out with them afterwords, and stay in touch long after. I love seeing how other artists and writers solve the same problems I often struggle with as a creator. Making comics is such a lonely job, its nice to finally feel like I’m not alone. I’m also glad that my art (and ego) seem to be at a place where other creators don’t mind being around me.
This was an enjoyable show, and I’m really glad I got to go. My greatest thanks go to Austin and Amanda Rogers for letting me crash with them this weekend. I really enjoyed catching up. They are such a talented couple, and I look forward to seeing them get more awesome year after year. Thanks for having me as a guest!
Here is some art from the weekend:
Terminator Doodle while it was slow…
A happy customer..
I don’t draw sexy girls as much as I used to, but seeing how well their prints sell at convention, I’m temped to. Here’s a catwoman commission from this show…
Its quickly becoming my favorite thing to sketch people in costume at comic conventions. Several of my artists friends have challenged me to do a book collection of my sketchbooks. So there’s a good chance you’ll see that from me this year. Here are a few of my favorites from this weekend…
I will be at the Lubbock Comic Book Expo this coming Saturday and Sunday. I helped start this comic convention 5 years ago, and its really starting to grow into its own. We have a ton of great guests, lots of cool stuff. I will be hosting a Writer/Artist Q&A with several of our special guests, that will be Saturday at 3:30 in the Executive suite. I’ll also be hosting a Webcomics creator discussion Sunday at 1:00 pm. If you’re near West Texas, you should definitely come out and support this convention.
Also! I will be premiering a brand new Super Zeroes Poster at the convention! You can also order it from the Super Zeroes Online store!
2nd floor mezzannine. (Look for the stairs)
The Expo is 1 week away. Don’t miss it.
We have been adding information to the website daily as we get closer to the show. If you have not visited the website lately, I recommend taking a quick minute or two to get caught up. Hopefully it helps you plan your weekend, because we know you are not going to miss this one. All panels will take place in the Executive Suite (behind the big wooden doors) on the 2nd floor Mezzanine. Remember, you will see Zombies, Stormtroopers, heroes, and villains wandering about the Lubbock Comic Book Expo. You are welcome to join them, it’s all in good fun.
10:00 am – 10:50 am Write Right: Life, the Universe, and Everything by Mary Andrews
11:00 am – 11:50 am Why Read Comics? by Rob Weiner
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm Special FX and Make-up Panel by Renee Benton
1:00 pm – 2:20 pm Costume Contest!
2:30 pm – 3:20 In the VerseUnplugged
3:30 pm – 4:20 pm Writer/Artist discussion with Q & A moderated by Will Terrell
4:30 pm – 5:20 pm Iron Artist competitionWatch ‘em Draw!
5:30 pm – 6:50 pm Filming a Superhero Web Series by Daniel Ballard
Sunday April 15th
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Web Comics Creators’ discussion with Q & A moderated by Will Terrell
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm the First EverNERD Crowncompetition(THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!!) by Jason Rhode & JP Acreman
The next Lubbock Comic Book Expo is coming up in April. This is our 5th year hosting it, I can hardly believe we’ve made it this long. And in fact, we have ALREADY sold out our tables for this show! We’ve never sold out this quickly. I take it as a good sign. Here’s a little graphic I’m working on for the convention site… (ain’t he cute?!)
Visit www.Lubbockcomics.com for more information Or check out our event on Facebook!!!
I can’t believe this is our 4th year doing this show! When we started this in 2008 there had never really been a strong comic book convention in this region, and we didn’t think it would last. But fans come from all around, and we’ve seen more and more attendees each year, and this year, we have more creators coming from out of town than ever before. I’m very excited about this show, especially since after last year, I wasn’t sure we’d get to have another one.
I hope that anyone checking this out, that lives close enough to drive, will come out and say Hi! I will be there with nearly everyone else from the Robot Cowboy studio! It’s going to be a great show!
I can’t tell you how long I’ve been struggling to come up with a logo/mascot for our next convention. Even after I started working on this one its taken me a half-dozen attempts to get it workable. I hope people like it. I figure if a giant atomic monster were to ever rampage through Lubbock… it would probably be a prairie dog. Now there’s a monster movie!