Monday, October 27, 2014

Meeting Mike Nesmith, One Year Later

I couldn't let today pass without acknowledging it as the anniversary of my meeting Mike Nesmith, the last of the Monkees that fulfilled my childhood dream of meeting them all.  Meeting Mike was an inspiration, partly because his tour conjured vivid narratives with his music, and partly because I never thought I would.  In many ways, Amazing Arizona Comics is informed by the Monkees -- both are a goofy social satire that hope to bottle certain tropes in the zeitgeist so they remain timeless.  I'll let you know how the comparison stands in about 40 years.  Until then, thank you, Mike, for being available to fans, and for growing a body of work that defies expectation.

Speaking of growing bodies of work, please visit the web adventures of Amazing Arizona Comics, for the beginning of this week's adventure featuring Zombie Santa!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Coming Soon: Zombie Santa!

This is the last week of the inaugural Amazing Arizona Comics webcomic, starring Speed Cameron in a fully colored edition of the story that premiered way back in Amazing Arizona Comics #1.  This story might be coming to a close, but the webcomic is just getting started, with the birth of Zombie Santa (pictured left) right around the corner, and then an adventure at the Arizona Fairgrounds.  It's never a dull day for Speed Cameron and the Arizonauts!  Stay tuned!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Star Wars Reads Day & Other Recent Appearances Round-up

A special thanks to Bookman's in Phoenix for hosting me this Saturday at their annual Star Wars Reads Day event!  I drew caricatures, Star Wars characters, and superheroes for children of all ages in attendance, and it was a blast!  Here's my warm-up sketch from that afternoon:

I'm also delighted to report that I recently offered a caricature to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix as a thank you card for the chefs that competed in their annual Dish It Out culinary fundraiser.  The evening featuring four of Arizona's premiere chefs, and I drew them in an homage to The Avengers  #4:

Chef Aaron May (the meat cleaver swinging Thor wanna-be above) won the night, and here we are with the drawing:

The event was hosted by Arizona radio legend Beth McDonald, who you can hear every weekday morning on KEZ 99.9 FM.  Meeting her was an absolute pleasure!

This winter promises to be very busy, with Artist's Alley tables scheduled for iCon in downtown Glendale, the new Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest in December, and of course the Amazing Arizona Comic Con in February.  Each event will have its own special premiere, so stay tuned for the latest projects, and as always feel free to swing by for a free superhero sketch.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Amazing Arizona Comics on Nerdvana!

A special thanks to Nerdvana for now posting Amazing Arizona Comics: The Webcomic weekly!  Every Friday, visit Nerdvana to see the week's worth of strips in one convenient post.  It's the webcomic so nice, you need to read it twice!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Amazing Arizona Comics Webcomic Starts Today!

The Amazing Arizona Comics webcomic launches today!  Bookmark it to read the semi-daily adventures of Speed Cameron, June Monsoon, and all the rest -- in glorious color!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hence the Brittle Lashes: The Nervosa Sessions EP Has Dropped!

SPX marked the debut of The Nervosa Sessions, the first EP by Hence the Brittle Lashes, a band dedicated to producing songs about the friends and family of Dr. Frasier Crane.  During SPX, I was delighted to see hints of Frasier love among the attendees, from this Ted Danson shirt, to this Cheers pin.  Subtle, but present, and most importantly relevant.

I cropped out the wearers because I didn't get their permission to appear on the blog, but if you happen to see this and don't mind, please comment and I'll be happy to post your smiling faces.

The Nervosa Sessions EP is available online for a mere $8, which will include shipping!  The EP features three original songs, and two remixes -- that's five tracks total, one for every dollar Niles must spend on that double short, low fat, no foam latte every day.  Remember, the holidays are coming; don't pull a Frasier and decide to just tell your loved ones, in your own words what they mean to you -- SHOW them with The Nervosa Sessions by Hence the Brittle Lashes!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thank You, SPX!

We've just returned from the East Coast, where KaraokeFanboy Press had the pleasure of exhibiting at the legendary Small Press Expo!  In its 20th year, SPX has a rich history of celebrating independent comic art, and I was honored to include Amazing Arizona Comics, Karaoke Comics, and my fanzine Far & Wee among the wares this time around.

Here's a shot of my brother and me at the table:

And, in the spirit of East Coast Diners, I can't resist the chance to share this shot of us at the Tastee Diner in beautiful downtown Bethesda, Maryland:

Over the next few days, I'll post more pictures from New England, including our brief but insightful trip to Washington, DC, then to Philadelphia.  Again, a great thanks to the organizers of SPX for putting on such a great show, and if it's in the cards I look forward to exhibiting again in the future!