Was so tired at the end of the day Sunday that I went to bed early, and slept late Monday… so I didn’t get to write about my experiences at this weekend’s Raleigh Comic Book Show until late tonight. It was good to see all of my old friends, make some more new ones, and (as I would find out by the end of the show) pose for a super portrait!
There were four invited guest to this show, counting myself. I was seated next to Buddy Prince, and though I didn’t get to talk with him much this show, it’s always good to see him there. Seated to my right was Glen Richardson. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with Glen throughout the show. Turns out we have some similar world views and while our styles are somewhat different, the subjects and references within his work mirror some of my own.
Glen had a bunch of nice prints for sale at the show as well as copies of his self-published comic Sgt Sasquatch: The Bigfoot of Liberty. Make sure you check out the link to Glen’s Web site! We each discussed our own projects and the creative process. He also brought his daughter Ziley with him to the show, who pleasantly surprised me at the end by having drawn a picture of me, for me, while Glen and I had been talking. They also bought a Two-Face sketch card from me, so I know that one is going to a good home!
On the other side of Buddy was Dan Johnson. Unfortunately Dan got there a little after the show had started, and I kept busy so I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself to him before the show had ended. I hope to get a chance to meet him in the future.
I had a lot of new personal sketch cards for sale that I had drawn since my last show appearance. I also brought lots of glossy prints as usual, and some freebies to give away to promote the blog and my ‘Sects comic strip. Even though ‘Sects has been on a hiatus of late, I still hope I prompted some new fans to take a look so they’ll be here and ready for when all the guys and gals make a comeback soon!
One fan, Bradley, commissioned a sketch card of the Olympian, from the Global Guardians, during the show. I had to borrow his smartphone for a while for reference because I had to admit I had only a passing familiarity with the character though I did seem to remember something about the Global Guardians. Bradley was patient with my blank brain, and I think I was able to make a good sketch card for him when all was said and done. He is also supposed to share a scan of the card at some point. When he does I’ll make another blog post about that and share the artwork for everyone else to see.
I was also able to connect with Shelton Drum of Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find and pick up a small box of blank sketch covers comic books. At some point I’ll take inventory of all that I have and make a post so that if anyone wants to request a commission on a blank comic you’ll know what I have available.
All told… I always enjoy appearing at this show, and seeing old friends. Some unique experiences for me this time with the show commission, being an unwitting model for a super-portrait, and making a new creative friend.
Thanks go to Lyn Anderson for the invite, and to all the fans who came out today to support comics, this show, and all of us invited guests! Welcome to all the new followers of my blog or Facebook that come from our meeting at this show too!
So… as I sit to type this live on the blog, the hit counter is at 29,999. To paraphrase from classic Doctor Who, this moment has been prepared for…
Over the weekend I prepared the above simple animation, knowing the milestone would probably happen early this week. Truth be told, this probably would have happened in January but the combination of illnesses and some Internet outages took away from my normal stream of visitors. I didn’t lose any followers (thank you all!) during those times but I did obviously lose hits those days when I hadn’t posted new nonsense.
I’ve continued the tradition of building upon the first animation I made when I hit the 10,000 hit milestone… then again at 20,000. Will I keep doing this? Who knows. I kind of like keeping the aspect of where-I-came-from by continually building on what came before for each new milestone.
Meanwhile… some less celebrated, but still occurring, milestones… I have over 975 posts on the blog now. Sometime in the next couple of weeks I will make the 1000th post on the blog. I’ll try and pay attention and do something special for that. That’s a lot of blogging in about 2.5 years! Also of note… at some point this past week I reached 650 episodes of my comic strip ‘Sects on the blog. I’ve had a lot of skipped days, some will be revisited, or that count could have been higher. Again, lots of nonsense from me the last couple of years! 🙂
I would like to take this moment to thank everyone who follows, and everyone who visits regularly. You give me encouragement to keep the nonsense going. Thank you! Also thank you to everyone who randomly stops by irregularly… one day I’ll ensnare you in my web of nonsense! 😉
For people who know me or who have been following the blog for a while… you know my professional background is in Technical Writing and Illustration. I also have been a forum moderator at the DBSTalk Web site for many years now. As part of some recent logo redesign for that Web site I wanted to recreate the previous logo design as closely as I could to have a baseline for comparison purposes. I needed to do this because the original high-resolution source was lost and I did not create that previous design.
Long-story short, the previous Web site logo design for DBSTalk used a Dish Network Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) dish as a cornerstone around which the rest of the logo was created. Before working on any actual logo work, I first created this vector illustration of a Dish Network 1000.4 DBS rooftop dish assembly.
Even though I didn’t end up using this in the new logo redesign, I was pretty proud at how this turned out. I may even upgrade the satellite dish on the ‘Sects cave-teepee at some point just to see if anyone notices! 🙂
Please let me know what you think and remember, if you are interested in requesting my services as a Technical Illustrator, please use the Contact page and provide me with as much information as you can about your request.
That’s it. What were you expecting? Some kind of Peach-Pear Pineapple-Pen parody? 😉
For those who remember the apple I drew back in July… and then used in my ‘Sects comic strip… last month I added a peach and a pear for some really bad puns in my regular comic strip. If you follow the strip, you’ve already seen small versions of these.
As much as I like the peach… I really feel like I nailed the pear. I like the pear better than my apple I think, and I really liked that apple. The leaf especially on the pear, I’m particularly proud of that.
Let me know what you think and, remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.
So, yeah… it’s been a couple of weeks, give or take. Sadly it also meant I missed celebrating the two-year anniversary of ‘Sects too! But… I’ve been sick for the last couple of weeks. Just when I thought I was getting out, it pulled me back in again! Some unknown virus, maybe the flu, made me an offer I wanted to refuse… but alas, could not… which meant chaos for the blog.
But… hopefully I can get back on track. I have a backlog of stuff I’ve drawn and haven’t gotten around to posting. I’m also starting up the ‘Sects comic strip again. I’ve got a lot of good skipped days to fill with backstory one of these days when I get the time, and I have some cool ideas about how to do that in a creative and hopefully entertaining way… but for now, back to the funny… and hopefully no skipping days for a while!
Is it weird, though, that I picked up a bunch of new blog followers and daily visits didn’t seem to suffer much from my not being able to post new content in a couple of weeks? Is my blog more popular somehow without new content? 🙂
So… anyone new to the blog over the last week has found a ghost town, lacking only tumbleweeds to seal the deal. I hope I haven’t missed out on any new followers as a result! Regulars have probably wondered just what the heck happened. Well, to make a long story short, I’ve been without Internet since last Friday… so for the past seven days roughly it was not possible for me to check emails or post to the blog or do any number of other things I wanted to do.
But, I’m back… in black… yes I am… wait… that’s a song… I am back, though! I have been doing a lot of new drawings during the impromptu hiatus, so there will be a LOT of new posts coming your way over the next few days to make up for lost time. Also, I did continue with new ‘Sects episodes that I will be posting this weekend as well. Hopefully everything will be back on a normal schedule by Monday, but, here’s where things will get confusing for some so bear with me…
To make things easier for future followers and to make it easier to re-read old episodes, I am going to back-date all the posts of ‘Sects episodes so that they appear to have been posted on the regularly scheduled dates. They will be in order, and if you visit the blog it’s no big deal… but if you’re using the WordPress Reader then it means you’ll have to scroll back in time to see them. To help out a bit, once I’ve posted all the missed episodes for the past week, I will come back and edit this post and add active links to each day’s episode to make it easier for you to find them.
On the plus side, I think I did some funny bits while unable to post… and I’ve got a bunch of other drawings to post as well that I hope you’ll like. Thanks to everyone for sticking with me, sorry for the temporary absence, and I hope these will all be worth the wait!
‘Sects Friday 10/07/2016
‘Sects Sunday 10/09/2016 (I skipped this one for now, to be revisited in the future!)
‘Sects Monday 10/10/2016
‘Sects Tuesday 10/11/2016
‘Sects Wednesday 10/12/2016
‘Sects Thursday 10/13/2016
‘Sects Friday 10/14/2016
It’s the end of a long day, that while the day has ended (in terms of it being night and also the next calendar day already) I have not yet gone to sleep, so it hasn’t entirely ended for me yet! I’m still unwinding after a long but fun day at the Raleigh Comic Book Show. I enjoyed seeing many old friends again, making a few new ones, and even a big surprise.
I was there with fellow guests Michael Eury and Buddy Prince. This was my third time appearing at a show with Buddy Prince, but the first time I was not sitting directly beside him. Sandwiched between us was Michael Eury. While I was familiar with some of his work (writer/editor for Comico, DC, Dark Horse, and Back-Issue Magazine) I had not met him until today. In between mingling with convention attendees, I got to spend a bunch of time talking with Mr Eury. He is a wealth of knowledge and experience, and happens to enjoy many things that I too enjoy… such as old EC comics, like MAD, or the Batman 1960s TV show!
I had a bunch of new prints for sale that I didn’t have for my last convention appearance, and lots of new art that was not a part of my portfolio last December. I also engaged a lot of new comic fans, kids and adults, that I hope to have turned on to my ‘Sects comic strip as I told them about it and handed out more of the promotional character cards I had made for my last convention appearance.
Had it not been for a surprise in the afternoon, getting to meet and talk with Michael Eury would have been the highlight of the day. Meeting new and interesting people is usually the highlight of any convention appearance! But today that was trumped by an unexpected surprise…
I play quite a bit of Words with Friends on my phone. Every once in a while someone asks me about my avatar there and I’ll explain that I drew it and that I have a blog. I try not to be too preachy because I don’t want people to think I’m only playing the game to sneak in self-promotion! But every now and then I connect with someone and we play a lot and they develop a sincere interest in my blog too.
So, imagine my surprise when one such friend surprised me today by driving up with his wife from South Carolina just because he knew I was going to be a guest at the show today! It’s a pretty cool spontaneous thing for someone to do, especially since it marks the first time he and I have actually met outside of the game, though we have been playing for so long now that I’ve lost track of everything except how soundly and often he has been beating me lately! 🙂
Long story short… I met a friend for the first time today, who went out of his way just to come meet me AND he bought a couple of prints from me! I met Michael Eury and he bought a print from me! I connected with a lot of new people who I hope will become regular readers of the blog and my comic strip… and now I am VERY tired and need to sleep because I have a lot of errands to run on Monday.
Thank you to Lyn Anderson for inviting me… thank you to all the comic book fans who came out today… and thank you, in advance, for everyone new to my blog who I hope to see start following me real soon!