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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CreativeCon tomorrow!

For those in and around Northwest Florida, I’ll be appearing at the 2015 installment of the Panama City CreativeCon tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 1), happening in (say it with me) Panama City, FL!

The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET at Gulf Coast State College in the student union building. Tickets and more info are available online at pccreativecon.com

The convention, founded by the ever-talented writer/artist/dancer(?)  Jayson Kretzer, doesn’t limit itself to just comic books, but instead embraces every form of creativity from comics, to art, to writing, costume creation and more.

But don’t just come out for me! Also in attendance will be the talented colorist K. Michael Russell, writers Tony Simmons, Michael Lister and Chris Arrant and artist Rando Dixon of Inverse Press (a great group of people).

This is the first show at which I’ll be selling all four issues of Unit 44 in printed issue format! Very excited for that. I’ve sold many copies of #1 and #2 in the area and here’s hoping people actually want to finish the story.

I’ll also be packing copies of The Undoubtables graphic novel, The Temporal one-shot, my humor book Musings on Minutiae and very, very, veeeeeeeery limited quantities of the Chambers collected edition.

See you there, yeah?

Ocala Comic Con this weekend!

For those in the Central Florida area who might be looking to get out and about this weekend to take in some nerd culture, I’ll be a guest at the third annual Ocala Comic Con in (where else) Ocala, Florida.

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The two-day show, being held Saturday June 20 and Sunday, June 21, will take over the Hilton Hotel and feature comic creators, artists, vendors, voiceover actors and more!

Card and video game tournaments, costume contests, raffles will be held throughout the day… you know… if that’s your thing.

I believe I’ll also be taking part in the Indie Artist Panel on Sunday. I can’t wait to see the looks on everyone’s face when I have to come clean that I’m not an artist! I’m joking of course. It’s going to be awesome.

The city of Ocala has always been generous to me and my creativity, so I’m anxious to return with some crazy comics. With nearly 2,000 tickets sold, I’ll be excited to see just how comic book crazy Ocala can get!

Since I was sort of a last minute addition to this show I don’t have full stocks on everything, but will have copies of Chambers, The Undoubtables, Musings on Minutiae, The Temporal, RDSL Chronicles #1 and very limited supplies of Unit 44 #1 & 2 (if you want Unit 44, make my table your first stop!).

Come hang out, meet like minded people and celebrate what you dig.

Get all the info by clicking over to www.ocalacomiccon.net.

Upcoming Appearance: Panama City Creative Con

In just three weeks I’ll be a guest at the 2014 Panama City Creative Con, to be held at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida.

The event will be held on Saturday, September 13 and the one-day show will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Central Time.

If you’re in the area, come out and celebrate comics with creators that include, but are not limited to, Jayson Kretzer, writer/artist of WANNABE HEROES, one of the funnest comics I’ve ever read, Chris Arrant, who has written backup material for countless Marvel trade paperbacks, Erica Heflin, Editor-in-Chief of GrayHaven Comics, and writer of Zenescope’s WONDERLAND series (among other and numerous awesome books), K. Michael Russel, colorist of HACK/SLASH, Amanda Rachels and Kevin LaPorte of Inverse Press, and countless others. Check out the full lineup by clicking here.

And of course, I’ll be there with the remaining copies of the self-published run of UNIT 44 issue #1, the collected edition of CHAMBERS, and maybe…just maybe…something else! That all depends on the speed at which the U.S. Postal System works.

For those in the Florida panhandle, I encourage you to come out and say hello. Tickets for the event are available for just $8.50!

See you there.

New York Comic Con

I’m coming up on my second year of being “in the comics game.”

Yes. The comics game. That’s what we call it in the industry.

I’m kidding. I don’t think they call it that.

Anywho, one thing I’ve learned over my years of working with collaborators, speaking with artists and sharing tips and processes with fellow writers, is that this industry is all about the connections. Like any industry it’s a gigantic web of helping people who help you back.

Off the top of my head, I can think of nearly two-dozen people who have helped me, shared advice, taken my advice, encouraged me, pushed me, offered input, said the right thing at the right time, took precious moments of their life to view or review things that I had created or spent time at a desk putting pencil to paper or style to tablet bringing ideas of mine to life.

In a time where the internet has made the world so small. It’s incredible how one can also feel so alone. Writing is a solitary profession, but in comics you’re putting together and working alongside a team of human beings to bring a product to life. You have each others’ backs, you encourage each other and tell one another when a better job can be done. At the end, you wish you could high-five them for a job well done.

That sounds like a pretty solid friendship to me.

My collaborators are people who, regardless of where they live in the world, I consider to be friends even though I’ve only ever spoken with them through email or via instant message. These are people who have sent messages just to see how things were going in my world and people who have wished me happy birthday each April. As great as it is to have these friends, it’s completely and utterly bizarre because I’ve never met them face to face.

This is the reason why I’ve decided to attend the New York Comic Con in October.

I want to meet these people, my pals. I also want to make new friends and transition from being a face on a social network profile to being a living, breathing entity. I want to have that same connection with them. I want to hear them laugh instead of say “LOL” on a computer, shake their hands, and give high-fives I haven’t been able to previously.

The convention is one of the largest on the east coast I’m excited to experience a bigger show than central Florida’s MegaCon. I’m anxious to see booths from actual publishers and be able to thank big-name artists and writers for the work that they’ve released that has inspired me and made me want to get into this business in the first place.

I’ve loaded the chamber with comics that will start seeing daylight over the next few months and into next year and it’s time to get these books into some hands.