Indie Island exhibitor-types. We'll be bunking at a table here in the isle next to Artist's Alley, w/friend and Beasts of Burden partner Jill Thompson at the table next to us, and Roger Langridge at the table next to her. Hey, presto!
Schedule of events and panels and stuff . I'll be on two panels during the show, both scheduled for Saturday:
SAT 12.00 PM
IN CONVERSATION | Jill Thompson & Evan Dorkin
Still standing (or sitting) after countless panels, Tom Spurgeon will certainly have his hands full this hour as he moderates a lively discussion between the Scary Godmother herself, Jill Thompson, and Evan Dorkin (Milk and Cheese) the man who turned a pair of innocent dairy products against humanity. Jill and Evan will discuss their collaboration process and what it takes to complete each issue of the fantastic new series Beasts of Burden.
DEFECTIVE COMICS: A Celebration Of Superhero Oddness
Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean cartoonist Ben Towle and Thought Balloonist blogger Craig Fischer host a lovingly critical look at just how bizarre the superhero genre can be. The event will include a presentation by Towle on the sad-sack super-man in Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library; a panel discussion with Colleen Coover, Evan Dorkin, Jeff Parker and Chris Pitzer; a talk by Crogan Adventures creator Chris Schweizer about art-comix creators crossing over into mainstream superhero comics; and clips from some of the weirdest and worst superhero films of all time. Excelsior?
Stuff we're bringing to the show:
We just received our latest order of H.O.F. buttons and magnets, so we'll have those at the show, along with the new craft items Sarah's been making, the fabric Devil Puppet handpuppets, pencil cases, bookmarks (as always, half of all bookmark proceeds go directly to Emily Dyer's Pokemon/DS game/ice cream/whatever she wants to buy fund). I expect to bring a few Milk and Cheese vinyl figures, which will be on sale. Book-wise, the usual, and I'll have singles of the Beasts of Burden mini-series in case folks need them, or want to get an issue signed by Jill and I. I will have a copy of the Beasts of Burden hardcover collection to show off (unless I forget it), but we won't have any available for sale (You'll have to wait until June 16th, which can't come fast enough as far as I'm concerned).
The portfolio will be crammed full of art - pages, pin-ups, rough sketches, possibly some Welcome to Eltingville and Yo Gabba Gabba!/Super Martian Robot Girl production art. I', bringing some pages we haven't made available before, from the Northwest Comix Collective strip, some Devil Puppet pages, some Nickelodeon and Mad art, a page or two from a Murder Family strip I haven't broken up yet, the taxidermy strip, iirc.
I might be doing paid commissions at the show, for the first time in a long time, but quick sketches will still be free regardless. Especially for the kids. Oh -- fyi, I did a pin-up of Super Martian Robot Girl and her monster assistants for the program book -- I believe this is the first time I've ever done art expressly for a program book after all this time in the business -- and the art will be part of the Heroes Con art auction. Some folks have been asking about SMRG/Yo Gabba Gabba! art after we put some production pieces up on eBay, so, like I said, fyi.
Our thanks to Dustin Harbin and Shelton Drum at Heroes, we're really looking forward to the show and to seeing folks at the event. Please come on by, get something signed, get your Wednesday Comics HC signed by a guy who wrote one measly page for it, check out the Beasts HC, buy some crap, get a sketch, say hello, whatever. We'll be at the table most of the time.
Back to work. Too, too much to do before we head out.