One week until Baltimore!

Holy shit that came up fast. Our trip to Baltimore is fast becoming a reality. This time next week we’ll be there, I think…or close to it.

This weekend I will set aside some time to get all my shit together. My Breakneck shirt. My books: some Long Gone. The Oxymoron with Carl’s cover. The Instinct samplers. The few loose Breakneck issues I have.

Julia (who I really can’t thank enough, it’s pretty much entirely because of her and her budgeting abilities that we’re even able to go) had these made up, because she is awesome:

Instinct shirts

 

Yes, those are matching Instinct t-shirts. The back of mine says “Follow me on Twitter, and subscribe to my blog”. The back of Julia’s says “Follow my boyfriend on Twitter and subscribe to his blog.” They’re awesome and I can’t wait to wear them and hand out copies of Instinct.

And the list of people I have to meet is getting LONG. Besides the 215 Ink guys, Andrew and the Perkins Bros., I want to say hi to Ruiz Moreno (colorist on Amelia Cole); I have to stop by the FU-booth and say hey to my FUBAR crew; I’ll swing by and talk to the Living Corpse guys; I have to go shake some hands at the Locust Moon booth. Then there’s Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts, Bedlam), Jason Copland (Kill all Monsters), Mark Poulton (Arcana press, Avengelyne, Hawkman), Mark Robinson (I Love Trouble, BT5). And TONS of others that I can’t write down but look at this list: http://baltimorecomiccon.com/guests/

So yeah, that’s it for this week. Most likely won’t have an update next Friday, but expect a big huge wrap-up after Baltimore. I’m as psyched as I could be. Can’t wait to sling comics, talk comics, grab drinks, talk more comics, hang out with guys I’ve known for years but never met. Can’t wait to take a trip with Julia.

Goddammit Baltimore, you better be fucking AWESOME. Got it?

Until I’m back, go listen to “Heza” by Generationals. You won’t be sorry.

Two weeks until Baltimore Con!

Hot damn, only two weeks until we head to Baltimore! My first ever US-based convention. Hell, my first convention outside of Toronto, period. I’m pretty frigging psyched.

And the news just gets better. Here’s a link I’d like you all to read: http://comicbastards.com/215-ink-at-baltimore-comic-con-with-jim-stalin-and-mark-bertolini/

For those of you who can’t be bothered to click a link, that basically says that I’ll be tabling with none other than JIM GODDAMN STARLIN. Yeah, THAT Jim Starlin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Starlin

The guy who created Adam Warlock. Thanos. Created Dreadstar. Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. ‘Breed. He’s the guy that wrote the Batman story “A Death in the Family” where the Joker killed Batman’s second Robin, Jason Todd (we’ll ignore the stupid bullshit that happened with that character after that, yes?). Jim Starlin is a living legend in the comic book industry, and I can’t wait to share a booth with him. Just to chat with him and get a few signatures will be incredible.

And plans for meeting with folks are also underway. I’ve got some swag to trade with Mark A Robinson. Julia and I are going to have dinner with my long-time cohort Carl Yonder and his wife Sarah. And I’m sure that drinks will be had with my 215 stablemates. I’m just really fucking excited to be going.

This is also pretty much the only “vacation” that either Julia or I will get this year, so we want to be sure we make the most of it. Julia, being my incredible and amazing biggest fan, ordered up some special t-shirts for us to wear. I don’t care how nerdy it might seem: we will wear matching t-shirts and you will like it.

Two weeks. I should probably start getting my shit together, no? I’ve got books to pack and things to arrange for signatures, etc. etc.

Until next week, do yourself a favor and listen to “Celebration Rock” by Japandroids.

Three Weeks Until Baltimore!

You read that right – 3 weeks until Baltimore Comic Con. 21 days, to be exact.

Here’s the official website: http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

If you jump over to the “Artist Alley” link, you’ll see none other than:

artist alley

 

Yup, there I am, sandwiched between the esteemed Perkins bros., all of us under the 215 Ink banner. To say I’m proud to be there would be an understatement.

Julia and I are in the process of trying to make up some t-shirts to wear at the show to push some of my work. We just need to settle on a design and get them made up.

And I’ve started to make a list of people I need to see/have drinks with. To quote my buddy Mark Robinson, we’re gonna “swag-trade” since we’re all gonna be broke.

I have a very good feeling about Baltimore. I think it’s going to open a lot of doors for me. At least, that’s the hope.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend. In the meantime, go listen to “Lonerism” by Tame Impala.

Four Weeks Until Baltimore!

Just under a month until Baltimore Comic Con. I’m getting more and more excited as the days pass. There’s a lot of stuff going to happen at Baltimore, and I’m trying to run it all down here over the next few weeks.

As I mentioned last week, Baltimore will be the debut of the first ever Breakneck trade paperback. I will proudly be sitting at the 215 Ink booth signing copies of it. Come by and say hi, pick up a copy, and I will deface it for you.

I’m also going to make a point to stop by the FUBAR booth and sign for a bit. I have stories in FUBAR volume 2 and volume 3, and I’d like to shake the hands of the guys who put this monster together and let me play in their sandbox.

I’m also going to swing by the Action Lab booth and say hi. Even though Scum of the Earth won’t be out before Baltimore, I want to meet the Action Lab guys and say what’s up.

Networking. That’s what this is all about for me. This is my first big shot at doing some serious networking. I got new business cards printed up specifically to take to the show:

Business card design

 

That’s some fantastic Jerome Eyquem artwork on there, from our “Unring the Bell” short story together. I’m very happy with how the cards turned out, and I didn’t make the same mistake with this new one that I did with the old one I was using (it had a 2012 calendar on the back. Why the fuck I did that I have no idea – these new ones have blank backs so you can write shit down back there, which I do on business cards pretty frequently.)

There’s a lot of people I can’t wait to meet for real. Guys I’ve known for years strictly through the internet. Lots of comics to check out, lots of hands to shake, lots of drinks to consume with everyone.

Next week I will let you know what top secret goodies I plan on having with me…

Do yourself a favor and go listen to “Trouble Will Find Me” by the National.