So sufficed to say, things in 2015 have gotten off to a pretty good start, thanks in part to some friends who have helped me gather more work to do. As stated in the earlier post, I’ve had some fun doing both a 10-page(issue 3), and a 5-page(issue 4) story for the boys at the Toronto Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu dojo. The comics are written by my friend Aaron Broverman. Along with that, I’ve completed a pin-up for my friend D.A. Bishop, in celebration of his second issue of “Of Stone”.
The most recent project has me drawing a 12 page story for the fellows at Heroes of the North. The story stars Jackpot, the first character that I had the pleasure of designing the look for. I’m having a great time working on it, and of course, I will post some preview pages here when it’s all done.
As for shows and events-
Upcoming is the final Wednesday at The Comic Book Lounge. The owner Kevin Boyd will be retooling the buisness into a smaller, simpler service that’s more cost effective and less stressful. I’ve had the pleasure and honor of being a regular customer, an art instructor, part-time help, and artist-in-residence at the Lounge, and indeed it saddens me to see the store close. The memories and great friends I’ve made there keep me smiling though, and so the event on April 29th will celebrate a comic store that was above and beyond. Of course I will be on hand, and if you can, you should make it out as well.
On May 2nd, the first Saturday in May, celebrates Free Comic Book Day, where all fans of comic books come out to get- you guessed it – free comics. Along with that, several stores host the event showcasing artists and other comic creators. I’ve been asked to attend the event at Stadium Comics in Brampton’s Shoppers World mall. Lots of artists have taken part in this location’s event, and it will be my first attendance at Stadium. Again, a great time to be had, so you should come on out.
Next after that is the official Star Wars day, May 4th. Some stores take part in this event, and surely information can be found online who and where things happen. I might be attending somewhere, but failing that, I will be here posting my own original Star Wars works – sketches, sketchcovers, and prints- all which will be available for purchase.
Finally, the event called Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) takes place the weekend of May 9-10 at the Toronto Reference Library located just south of Yonge and Bloor. Many creators will be there and it’s free admission, so why wouldn’t you join in the fun. I will be popping by there, mostly in service to the Toronto Comics Anthology 2 attendance, promoting the new book, of which I drew a 12 page story inside, Major North, written by Sam Noir. The first anthology last year was a great hit, and this one promises to deliver even more awesomeness!
That’s about it for now, as plans in June and the rest of the summer are foggy at best, but I will keep you updated with any changes.