Campaign ends Wednesday, April 5, right before noon!
Get you some?
Campaign ends Wednesday, April 5, right before noon!
Get you some?
A lot of things have been happening lately, all very quickly. So here’s what you might need to know for the next couple of weeks!
I’ll be at Wizard World Portland, Feb. 17-19, at the Oregon Convention Center. I’m in Artist Alley, booth D1. That’s a corner booth, so maybe I’ll be easier to find. I’ll have all the books I’m mentioning here, an assortment of sketch covers, and original artwork for sale.
Zenjeff: the Whole Shebang! TPB is complete, printed, and in my possession. WWPDX will see the official debut of that book. For new initiates, I’ll explain exactly what Zenjeff is at another point (in a word: silly). It looks like this:
If you buy a copy from me, I’ll sign it and do a Zenjeff head sketch in it for no extra charge. If you’re not in the area I do shows at (sorry!), I’ll hold that end of the bargain up and ship out a book to you. Yeah, I’ll have to charge a couple of extra bucks for shipping. You could maximize that and get some San Gwynn books, too. If my signature and doodles aren’t a selling point for you (hey, I’m not judging), you can order this book directly from Amazon (and it’s Prime eligible!!!). Same price everywhere, twelve buckaroos, buckaroo!
On the San Gwynn front: the books are starting to pop up on comiXology Submit, which is pretty exciting for me. And good for you, as well. It’s easy to justify slacking off when you think no one is looking (one of the perils of getting a project off the ground), but now that the books are getting some kind of distribution, I’m feeling extremely motivated to get new work out there. Issue three will probably see print some time late in March. So! If you’re into digital comics, here’s the links to find the available issues of San Gwynn on comiXology:
Issue #2 – Available now!!!
So that’s the “quick” update. Like I said, it seems like a lot of things are happening very quickly right now, and it’s a nice change of pace. Come say hi if you’re going to be at Wizard World, it’s going to be some long days!
If it feels like I’ve been doing a lot of pimping lately, a lot of things that I’ve had in the works for a while seem to be coming together all at the same time. This comiXology announcement is the big one, for now, hopefully the start of something very good.
San Gwynn #0 – on comiXology Submit!
If you haven’t read San Gwynn, or if you prefer digital (or have been forced into it by the storage concerns all of us long-term comics readers have), or if you’ve just never even seen San Gwynn because you haven’t stumbled into me at one of the conventions I’ve done, life has just gotten a whole lot easier for both of us. Today, the zero issue is up for sale at comiXology. No DRM, yes you can download it to your device, yes it’s cheaper than print. Yes, this is an ongoing thing. Issues one and two have already been approved, and although I haven’t gotten digital release dates on those yet, I’ll shout it loud and proud when I do.
So if you’ve got a couple of spare bucks laying around (or are on one of those all-you-can-eat comiXology plans), dig in!
So if you’re not busy this weekend (and even if you are, you’re not that busy), come on down to Portland’s Bite Studio to check out the 9th Annual Love in Print show. It’s always a good show, and a good look at what’s going on printmaking-wise in the Portland area. I’ll be at the reception for a bit, so if you see me feel free to say hi. I’m relatively friendly!
Today brought an exciting new announcement for American artists from President Donald Trump: he’s committed to building the single largest blank canvas in history, and he needs the help of artists from all over the fifty states to Make America Beautiful Again!
There’s nothing worse than a blank, undecorated wall, and President Trump’s new program will give artists of all stripes the opportunity to leave a mark on what will surely become America’s defining monument. Spanning over 1000 miles, this one-of-a-kind program will finally put all of those out-of-work layabout artists to productive, useful work. Of course, there will be no pay for the work, as the attention this blank canvas will generate will provide nearly immeasurable exposure for the artists. In addition to the lack of monetary compensation, there will also be no housing provided, no food or water provided, no health services or daycare for those artists who have children provided, and the artists will be expected to complete their work out of the sight of anyone, because both the Border Patrol and the Minutemen will shoot on sight. I mean, you can’t expect old dogs to learn new habits.
So now is a great time to stock up on supplies. You needn’t pay for them; if anyone bothers you, just tell them that you’re part of President Trump’s “Make America Beautiful Again” program, and that Mexico is picking up the bill. Start making your plans now to head south for the winter, and to take part in this historic project! Don’t get left out, there’s only one other country that borders the United States, and plans for a second blank canvas project are tentative, at best.
So whether you’re a tagger, a writer, a painter, put up slaps or wheat-paste posters, a stenciller, a penciller, or an inker, bust out your sketchbooks and start making plans!
So I decided to break down and do a Tumblr specifically for the comics stuff. I will still post about comics stuff here. But you might find more, and more frequent images over there. So check it out, give it a follow, whatevs. I’ve posted the entire first San Gwynn story from issue #0 over there. LIke they say, the first taste is free.
Official Clayholio Comics Thing
No, not the Rush album.
I was in a commercial (?) for the Washington Healthcare Finder program – it’s the online thingy in Washington that helps you find some Obamacare (you know, the Affordable Care Act). Here’s the video, which was shot prior to the doors opening at this past year’s Jet City Comic Show!
Hope you’re off to a happy new year!
If you’ve ever wanted to pick up some original art from me, now is one time you could do that! I’ve got a batch of sketch cover comics that I’ve drawn all over up for auction on eBay! Linkage:
There are eight lovely covers to choose from, ranging from Darth Vader to X-Files, and even Swamp Thing. All auctions are starting at $29.95. I drew on these to have something to help catch people’s eye at conventions this year, and since I’m done with cons for the year, it’s out with the old, and in with the new. Plus, it’s time to start signing up for 2017’s cons, and finding new homes for these pieces would grease the rails considerably.
Here’s a better look at that Swamp Thing cover…
All are drawn with acid-free, archival materials! Help an artist out!
First, some art:
That’s a pin-up that’ll be in the upcoming, tentatively titled “Zenjeff 4Eva” comic. It’s half reprint, half new, half amazing. I’ll have more about that early next year, as well as a few other one-off releases.
Last weekend was my last comic convention of the year (thanks, Eugene!). I did six this year, which is more than I’ve done in any other year except one (I think it was 2004 when I did seven cons). I probably won’t repeat all of the same shows next year (at least one is the same weekend as my mom’s birthday, and I had to be out of town for that this year, and I don’t intend to repeat that); I’m still working out what exactly things are going to look like in 2017. One lesson that I had to relearn – it’s very difficult to be productive AND be out flogging your books at the same time. So I’m going to be sprinting as hard as I possibly can before whatever next year’s first show ends up being.
Even though this has been a wretched year on a lot of fronts, things are coming to a close, and hopefully 2016 can’t take anything more from us. And I have to say, things have been encouraging on a few fronts. I’ll have some good news about San Gwynn pretty quickly here, and hopefully some more good news down the line. I’ve got the next couple of issues written, and it’s time to start banging out pages again so that I can inch closer to wrapping up the first volume. I’ve got other irons in the fire, too. And it’s been great spending time meeting people and getting to know some of my fellow cartoonists better over the year. Comics is a weird business; you have to spend a ton of time isolated in order to produce any amount of work, and then when the weekend comes, it’s time to be as social and gregarious and pleasant as possible. You have to learn to flip that switch back and forth, and I hope to find a better balance next year.
Anyways, more to come soon. And I just wanted to say hi and thanks to everyone who I met this year, whether we had a short conversation or a really good long one. I hope a few of you stick around for the ride!
We’re down to the last two shows of the year! This weekend, I’ll be in scenic Tacoma, WA for the annual Jet City Comic Show, at booth AA-015. Jet City is a quieter show than the giant cons, and much more comics focused. Also, if there’s a creator you’re a big fan of there, you probably won’t get shuffled through a line quickly if you wanted to ask a couple questions.
Next weekend, I’ll be in scenic Eugene, OR for the 2nd Annual EUCON (I don’t think it’s pronounced ew-con, but I haven’t seen an official pronunciation guide either). You can find me in the Artist Alley, booth D-1. This one’s a three-day event, although word is that lodging is a significant problem if you wanted to head down for more than one day. I think the Cubs are playing in town or something.
I’ll have copies of all three San Gwynn issues (#0-2), and I’ll have the usual array of sketch covers, old comics I’ve drawn, and original art to look over, just in case you’re curious how us analog old-timers used to do things in the days before electricity and penicillin. And, though I rarely do this, you may feel like setting aside a crisp $20 bill, just in case you want to get a custom piece of 6″ x 9″, fully-inked original artwork of your favorite character. I’ll even add colors if possible (my collection of markers is spotty, but I can figure out something in a lot of cases). Here’s an example of what I can do:
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See you there!