Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GrandCon 2014

Hi everyone! While GrandCon this year certainly kept their focus on gaming and catering to gaming fans, instead of balancing gaming and comics, it doesn't mean I wasn't able to have some fun at the convention. I still had a blast chatting with both gaming and comic fans alike, and definitely enjoyed the company of my fellow artists and writers. And I hope that the comic fans that came out felt that they got their money's worth, if they took the time to browse through the comic creators in attendance they could definitely find some amazing talent. Bre and I had a booth next to the Source Point Press (ran by my good friend and partner-in-crime Trico Lutkins), which had my brand new novella "Rampant," as well as some very limited hand-made maps from the story that I was giving away with Rampant purchases. Across the room from our booths was the legendary Mark McKenna, who was an absolute pleasure to hang out with. One aisle to our left had our good friends in the Drunk on Comics Podcast and directly behind them was the Snake Oil Comics Podcast and a bunch of my fellow Michigan Comics Collective members. To our right was the incredibly skilled Jon Alderink and then Tyler and Sara Sowles of Killustration Studios. Also in attendance was Kosmic Kasey herself as well as Ryan Stegman, Dirk Manning, Seth Damoose, Jason Westlake, and many other great people. I had a couple new items with me, including the 18x24 "Halloween Party in the 80s" prints that I made from the super fun and massive commission I did for Tony from D.o.C. I spoke during a "Making Comics in Michigan" panel with some of the other MI Comics Collective guys and it turned out to be a fun and informative panel. Big thanks to all who attended it. We all had some great fun together after con hours hitting up the local watering holes as well, but I don't have any pictures from that.  But here's some great photos from the con itself, take a look! Most of these pictures are my own, but some of them I swiped from Facebook friends, so thanks to those guys!

These are the maps I gave away with the Rampant purchases at the con.

Rampant is finally here! :)

Bre (who edited Rampant) and I with Kosmic Kasey, who wrote the foreword for Rampant

Some of the MI Comics Collective & Snake Oil crew with Mark McKenna and Ryan Stegman

MCC was in the house with their brand new Anthology, definitely a "must-own" collection of great stories.

Here's the anthology, you NEED this.
Source Point Press!

Brad, BJ, & Jason at the MCC booth

Jason & Sean at the MCC booth

Steve & Joe at the MCC booth

Trico reading the coolest book ever
Everyone loves Jack of Spades! :)

We can't wait for Up the River!
Kasey & Mark

Bre being everyone's favorite con-lady. Con-lady? Hmm... Need a new name for that.

You can ask him, he won't bite. 

Dev doing a little motivational speaking before going back to live in his van down by the river.

The "Halloween Party in the 80s" sparked some great conversation and laughs

Jack of Spades doodle
Hank Steiner sketchcard I whipped up (new comic series from Killustration Studios!!!)

Star-Lord sketch I whipped up

Quick Toots Malloy sketchcard I did for Steve Sharar, from the awesome new comic series.

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