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Friday, December 6, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
With conventions in mind I thought I'd give everyone a quick reminder of my last two shows of 2013-- The first of which is COLA CON, this Saturday in Columbia, South Carolina. This is a more or less local show for me and the rare one where I will actually be tabling. So I hope y’all will stop in and say hi. (BBQ flavored gifts are encouraged). Then, at the end of the month I'll be heading to Italy for the first time to see Rome, Florence and attend LUCCA COMICS AND GAMES FESTIVAL . If you're attending either and would like to get on my commission list, please drop me an email via jaslatour at gmail and we can discuss prices, etc.
Again, these are my last two shows for 2013, though if time permits I do plan on doing quite a few more next year with the release of SOUTHERN BASTARDS and the announcement of a new ongoing writing job. So in the event you're a convention organizer or a shop that would like to have me to your show, please contact me at the email address above and I'd be happy to discuss it.
Anyway, more soon...
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Last weekend was Baltimore Comic Con, a show that was fairly pleasant by my standards and expectations of a comics convention. All in all it was a laid back, fun experience. A good time with friends and fellow creators and a good opportunity to talk to those of you who stopped by the table.
But towards the end of the show I had a couple of encounters that have got me thinking about what my expectations of a show are and how those have largely changed over the years. Granted I’m in a much better, slightly more privileged place these days, but it wasn’t so long ago that cons were a really torturous experience. I really do still understand what it feels like to attend a con hoping for a leg up, only to find yourself face down.
The conversations I had this weekend were with a few folks in that position. Some successful pros, others maybe not so fortunate yet. They inspired me to write down my thoughts on attending comics cons as a creator, which is something I’m really an old hand at. The philosophies I largely abide by are in a state of constant evolution. Honestly they’re the by product of far more error than trial. But of late they’ve really seemed to make attending conventions a much more rewarding experience and and have in no small way been beneficial to the career I’m trying to build and art I’m trying to create.
So with that in mind here’s what this thing isn’t:
It’s not how to nail a portfolio review or get an editor’s email.
It’s not what magic pen to use in order to ink like Wally Wood.
It’s not how to get rich at a comics show.
If that’s the kind of stuff you want advice on there are plenty of better folks to get it from. What I have to say MIGHT lead you to people who do know how to do all of the above and more. But I can’t promise you that. All I know is what has and hasn’t worked for me, and to some degree why. It should go without saying that ultimately it’s up to you to determine what that’s worth.
Still with me? Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you...
Saturday, August 31, 2013
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MORE HERE: http://cbldf.org/2013/08/2013-retailer-membership-incentive-spotlight-mighty-avengers-1-comics-code-variant/
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