Monday, February 23, 2015

Thank You, Flagstaff!

Last weekend, Amazing Arizona Comics blew through Flagstaff, first at Cab Comics on Saturday, then Bookman's on Sunday -- and if you're visiting the blog because you picked up a comic or a sketch at one of those events, thank you and welcome!

First of all, after you read this post, make sure you visit Amazing Arizona Comics Online for a new, fully colored webcomic that takes place in Northern Arizona, called The Route 66 Of All Evil!

Here are a few highlights from the roadtrip, starting with a hot air balloon sighting just north of Phoenix Saturday morning.  Hot air balloons are a regular sight this time of year, but one of them looked very familiar.  You might remember Javier Balloon, the Living Hot Air Balloon, who appeared in Amazing Arizona Comics #8 and #10, and most recently in Amazing Arizona Comics Quarterly #2 . . .

Could that possibly be him on the horizon there?  This cropped, fuzzy image is proof the Arizonauts exist!

Once in Flagstaff, I was happy to sketch for folks all weekend.  Here are two of my favorites: a Howard the Duck (not oft requested!) and an original character created by a Bookman's customer, Badger Tom.

Finally, a quick visit to NAU campus inspired research for an upcoming Amazing Arizona Comics adventure, that I will tease with this image . . .

Thanks again for visiting!  More to come!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Signed Sketches from Amazing Arizona Comic Con!

Sometimes, when artists and actors appear at a comic con, people want to get their signature but didn't come prepared with something to sign.  At the Amazing Arizona Comic Con, that's where I came in, drawing sketches that artists and actors were cool enough to sign for their fans.  Check these out:

Deadpool sketches signed by Rob Liefeld!

Power Rangers sketches, signed by Power Rangers actors!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Flash Karaoke, Harley Quinn in the Desert, & Other Amazing Arizona Comic Con Sketches!

Now that the wave of Left Shark sketches is over, here are some other sketches I cranked out at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con!

Bender from Futurama

The Flash, singing karaoke.

Somebody had a Demon Cat sketchbook.  I added Angel Dog to its canon.

A fan asked for a Spider-man on a cactus sketch.  I said, "Okay."

All four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on one little half sheet of paper -- in straight Sharpee!  A first for me!

A custom Harley Quinn cover -- with the Clown Princess of Crime in the desert.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

KaraokeFanboy Podcast, Episode 4

In this episode, Kyle and I discuss the Amazing Arizona Comic Con, I talk with the organizers of Phoenix's Simpsons Trivia Night, and I score an awesome interview (part 1 of 2) with the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman!  Alex Wilson from Bleeding Cool is in on the interview, as well, and special thanks to Bob Leeper and Nerdvana for helping land the opportunity.

Left Shark, Round 2!

More Left Shark, from the Amazing Arizona Comic Con!

Someone asked for a sketch of Deadpool coming out of Left Shark's mouth.  Fair enough.  But, when I sent it to my brother, he sent it back in color.  Nailed it!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Thank You, Amazing Arizona Comic Con . . . and Left Shark!

A special thanks to the organizers of the Amazing Arizona Comic Con for another great show!  If you swung by my table in Artists' Alley, you may have noticed my sketch of Left Shark (who appears in Amazing Arizona Comics #10) -- it was a hit, and I drew dozens of Left Sharks for fans!  Over the next few days, I'll post some pictures from the show, starting with the Left Shark shenanigans right now!

Check out this Left Shark figurine, added to that amazing Sharknado hat!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Five Day Art Challenge, Day 5: Amazing Arizona Comics #10

Fellow mini-comic artist Eric Mengel (interviewed in the latest episode of KaraokeFanboy Podcast!) challenged me to the Five Day Art Challenge on Facebook, which, from what I can gather, is a call to post five pieces of art every day for five days.  Since I'm working tirelessly to finish Amazing Arizona Comics #10 by Amazing Arizona Comic Con this weekend, I thought to use the challenge as a look back at my comics-making career, from childhood to this very week!

And, so, here we are -- Amazing Arizona Comics #10.  Brilliantly colored by my brother, this issue is full of more pop culture references than a Dennis Miller monologue (as if that isn't a dated reference . . . sorry, Dennis).  Here are five of my favorite panels from the issue, in no particular order, so as not to spoil the plot.  If you visit Artists' Alley table #D-18 at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con this weekend, pick up your own hot-off-the-presses issue for only $2!