Every few weeks I say that I will get back on the blogging horse, but I keep failing you. I have good reasons though – I am in post-production on two films. One of them, Suburban Cowboy, is my first as a director. Three graphic novels are in production… And I’m still trying to get the word out about R.E.M. and Harbor Moon. So, things have been a bit hectic lately – which is a good thing.
Today I wanted to share an animation test/character progression and design for a music video that is in production. It is being done by Zsombor Huszka…
In June I attended Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. It was the last stop of my spring convention tour and I had heard it was a great convention for comics. After a nine hour drive and a lap around the city, I ventured inside. The convention hall itself was nice, spacious and well laid out. But I think this may be where the problem with the con lies, the hall itself was too spacious. At no point during the con did it feel like it was crowded. That is a problem when booths rely on a crowd to build traction. The rows in artist alley were empty most of the show. I did fairly well there and the fans that did swing through were great, but ultimately I think they may have overestimated the expected crowd.
After an epic road trip, Zsombor and I finally made it to Chicago for C2E2. We stayed right on the lake, at Michigan and Harrison, so we had the pleasure of seeing a bit of Chicago at night. And, other than the let down of deep dish pizza, I have to say that I was very impressed with the entire show and the city. Because of the space of the hall, I think I would have to give it the nod over NYCC as my favorite con. The people are great at both, interested and knowledgeable about comics (not just pop culture – which is what a lot of these cons have become). NYCC will always take a hit because the main hall is divided in two and artist alley is in a completely separate corridor. C2E2 doesn’t have this problem, at all. The layout is almost perfect. And Zsombor and I got a great table in Artist Alley… across from Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmioti (great and talented people), the SpeciMen guys (awesome guys) and the folks at Yeti Press (another good group of dudes) – all of whom actually do comics, not nonsensical pop culture art.
We even got to meet a bunch of Kickstarter backers for R.E.M. as well as more than a handful of new faces. It was a fun show and I can’t wait to go back.
Zsombor with BumbleBee
Ryan with Jigsaw
with Decapitated Dan, the most prolific comics journalist out there.
After a few months on the road, to Los Angeles to produce a film, then to AwesomeCon in D.C., C2E2 in Chicago and a bachelor party in Vegas – I am finally back on my home turf of New York. Since I was actually working most of the time, I don’t have a tremendous amount of photos from the conventions… but I do have some.
Below are a few from AwesomeCon, which was held in Washington, D.C. It was fun, but ultimately this convention was more of a pop culture thing than a comics convention. And we didn’t have the best table – stuck right next to a guy selling grumpy cat artwork. If you weren’t familiar with the type of books I create, they couldn’t be further from pop culture humor and anyone that would walk past a grumpy cat booth and cackle.
If you’re in the Washington, DC area this weekend, swing by Awesome Con and say hello to myself and Zsombor Huszka. We’ll be in Artist Alley at Table M8 all weekend. We’ll have copies of R.E.M., Harbor Moon, promo issues of Chasing Rabbits, art prints and t-shirts. Treat yourself to some good times!
Awesome Con takes place April 18 – 20, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Taking a break from some ‘R.E.M.’ artwork to bring you… more ‘R.E.M.’ artwork. That’s not totally true – it includes a few projects. It is the sketch of the banner we are putting together for NY Comic-con.
This will be 80″ tall and 24″ or 31″ wide. And it is going to be pretty awesome.
The idea was a group effort. Dmitry ‘Lemon5ky’ Dubrovin had done a pretty awesome piece of promo artwork for Orange Lif3 (which is looking good and I can’t wait to share with all of you – just translating all the chapters). I pitched Zsombor on doing something similar. He had two ideas in return – but I pushed him to do this version and he even told me today that he made the right choice. I cannot wait to see this thing inked/colored.
It’s been about a month since my last post. Besides Christmas and New Years, I had some personal things happen to me since then. On New Year’s Eve I got t-boned by some jerk in a hurry. I somehow walked away with nothing but a headache for a few days, but my car wasn’t so lucky. Being just outside the city on Long Island, you absolutely need a car to get around… and what followed and continues is a constant, full-time job of dealing with insurance companies, sleezy used car salesmen, mechanics and a lot of hours at the computer researching used cars in my price range (which was very low). I’m back behind the wheel finally and things are getting back to normal. Kind of. I’m going to have to go to small claims court to get any out of pocket expenses from this guy. Unfortunately I can’t sue for the time lost at life.
I hope to be back to posting regularly next week. There are plenty of updates on R.E.M., Bulderlyns, Chasing Rabbits, White Space (although I can’t really talk about them yet – but it is going well) and my next film, Lunatic. I need to post my top 10 films of 2012 (taking into account this accident and how it screwed up my ability to see some end of the year movies), as well as my company year end recap.