Panama City Creative Con this weekend

Every week I’ve been, like, “I should totally write on my blog.”

And then something happens that prevents me from doing so. In a good way. Not dead, just busy.

BUT, I found the minutes to jump over here because there’s a show coming up this weekend that I will be attending and if you’re in the North Florida area, you should definitely plan on going: Panama City Creative Con 2016!

Now in its 7th year, the Panama City Creative Con returns this weekend, SEPT. 17&18 2016 at the MARINA CIVIC CENTER in PANAMA CITY, FL.

This is the third year I’ll be participating and PCCC is a great show run by amazing people and due to its mammoth growth the event has relocated to the Marina Civic Center, which is bound to be a ton of fun.

I’ll be there on Saturday only, but I plan to make the most of my hours as I hawk my wares, talk comics and hopefully meet some fun new people.

For all the details and ticket information visit www.pccreativecon.com

Oh, I’ll also be on a panel this year! So if you’re there, come get intimate. But not in that way. Bring your comics-makin’ questions.

The Process of Creating Comic books – 3:15pm
Marina Civic Center theater – Balcony
Chris Arrant, Wes Locher, & John Holland talk about the process of creating comic books from start to finish.

Oh, and Chris Arrant (comic writer, CBR, Newsarama, et al) will be there. He’s better-looking than I am, so feel free to stare at him for the duration of the presentation.

I’ll have lots of comics for sale, too. Some of my stock is running low and this will be the last chance to grab a few of my books before they “rest” for a while.

See you there?

Yeah, see you there.

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Upcoming event: Alt*Con 2016

For those of you in Florida who have may have read my books or comics and want to come say hello in person (I enjoy a good high five over a hug), I’ll be tabling at Tallahassee, FL’s Alt*Con 2016 Convention this Saturday and Sunday at the North Florida Fairgrounds.

It will be my first time attending the show, as well as my first show of the year, so if you’re in the neighborhood, swing on by and let’s get things started off right.

Tickets are $15 per day or $20 for a weekend pass. Show hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. ET Saturday and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET Sunday.

Grab tickets online at www.altconflorida.com

I’ll be stocking all four issues of Unit 44 along with the graphic novels The Undoubtables and Chambers, and my one-shots The Temporal and Hipsters Vs. Rednecks.

 

Free read: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

TMNT_Cover_thumbSince it’s always been a goal of mine to one day write licensed comics for various publishing houses, I made a New Year’s resolution for 2016 to write a few in my free time, set in worlds I enjoy, featuring familiar characters I dig.

After previously tackling the Battletoads in a 5-page comic (you know, that Nintendo video game from 1991?) I decided to turn my attention to the property that quite possibly had the biggest impact on me as a youngster.

That’s right… the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Regardless of how you might feel about recent movie interpretations of the classic characters, the bottom line is that the turtles have been on television in some form or fashion since I was three years old.

I watched the shows, bought the toys, loved the original movies (yeah, even the one with Vanilla Ice), and the mutants even served as my gateway to comics. I spent years picking up copies of the Amazing Adventures series at the drugstore from the spinner rack.

Oh, yeah… my parents even took me to meet the creators of the turtles, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Not only did I meet them, Laird actually drew a sketch of Leonardo in two of the comics I brought along. I should probably track those down, huh?

Not only do the turtles mean a lot to me, but they mean a lot to artist Ed Jimenez, who I teamed up with for this comic. Remember Ed? He’s the crazy talented (crazy and talented?) guy created a little comic called Unit 44 with me. It came out last year. It was awesome. You should read it.

Ed gave me a list of villains he wanted to draw to choose from for the short, and what was intended as a five-page story quickly became six, and finally stabilized at eight as I wrote. It was just too much fun. I couldn’t stop. Ed and I strayed away from tackling a classic villain like Shredder and instead, went for an oddball character that just recently was reintroduced on television.

Not only do the turtles mean a lot to me and Ed, they also mean a lot to colorist Kote Carvajal who volunteered to bring his creativity to the pages. While I thought Ed’s pages and my writing were pretty good, Kote took the short to a whole new level. Wait ’til see it.

And while I’m fully aware that the turtles are well-represented in a licensed comic book right now, I wanted to bring my voice to the awesome foursome. So this is our little stamp. Our half-shelled homage to some of the best characters ever created.

So what are you waiting for? Click here to read my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, Blood in the Water, for FREE!

If you enjoy it, do Ed, Kote and I a huge favor and share it with a friend! Let’s throw it back and soak in some nostalgia.

Free Read: Battletoads!

Since it’s always been a goal of mine to one day write licensed comics for various publishing houses, I made a New Year’s resolution for 2016 to write a few in my free time, set in worlds I enjoy, featuring familiar characters I dig.

The trepidation I have with licensed properties is that I figure a publisher will say, “Hey, Wes…come up with stories ideas for this character that starred in a TV show you never saw,” and I’ll be all, like, “Can’t… too stressed.”

Well… let my clarify… I felt like that once upon a time and then a publisher actually asked me to pitch ideas for a pre-existing character from a property I wasn’t remotely familiar with… and it was all kinds of fun. I didn’t get the job, but man, was that good practice.

I’m also of the mindset that practice makes perfect, so I made a list of properties I dug from the 90s through today, writing short comics around them and then finding artists who share an equal love and are willing to help put them down on paper to release to readers for free.

That catches us up to the present.

So today I’m releasing the first of those shorts in the form of the Battletoads (yes, the notoriously difficult video game from 1991).

Check out what artist Loch Ness, colorist Andrew Pate and myself created as the ‘Toads star in our 5-page short, Turbo Tunnel Trouble. Click on the cover to ch-ch-ccheck it out. Or the link in the sidebar. Or the link in the published work section. C’mon… I’m making it as easy as I can here!

If you’re familiar with the Battletoads, then you’re more than likely familiar with the Turbo Tunnel (stage 3, for those keeping score at home) which was the most ridiculous, frustrating and painful level ever constructed by a human brain. Loch and I commiserated over the difficulty of the game and decided to show our love the only way we know how — through the majesty of comics.

Do us a solid — if you dig it, share it up on the social media, maybe tag someone who you know is a fan of the game. Let’s make it a Throwback Tuesday.

Enjoy!

Interview: The Gravy Age Podcast

It was a busy last few weeks!

A few days after stopping by the Vodka O’Clock podcast I also appeared on The Gravy Age Podcast where I chatted with my pal Kris about my silly new comic book Hipsters Vs. Rednecks!

We also got into some discussion about the past, present and future of digital comics, how everyone on the internet is mad about something new each week and writing humor while not potentially offending readers.

I appreciate Kris taking time out of his busy schedule to chat with my about the comic and I hope you’ll give our conversation a listen.

Kris was also kind enough to review the one-shot comic where he said, “For a book I was worried couldn’t sustain itself based on the concept initially, my biggest and only real complaint is, it’s over too soon.”

Listen to the show online by clicking here (interview starts around the halfway mark) or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.

http://thegravyage.com/2015/09/21/tga-podcast-episode-0044-wes-locher-interview-and-more/