Monday, July 05, 2010

And the beaten goes on... Part 1

Been a little while since I last posted. May has been pretty busy. First we had the wedding of a family friend. Great wedding. Congrats to Claire and Brian.

The next weekend we traveled to Illinois for the wedding of Abyss Walker creator Shane Moore and Tracy in which I was a groomsman and shared best man duties. The wedding was interesting for a number of  reasons. First it was held in a historic courthouse in which Lincoln practiced law. Then, a well known Star Wars actor was in attendance and an animator for numerous Disney movies was also a part of the wedding party. Another interesting thing was that all the groomsmen and the groom wore armor. We wore Greek or Roman style armor. Which means no pants. I always wear pants. Because I have the internal temperature of a 90 year old woman. Also sandals. Nice. We looked good. But did I mention the temperature was just above freezing? Well, it felt like it to me anyway. But it was cold as shit! And rainy. And windy. Did I mention I didn't have pants on? But we looked good and we had a great time. And we made memories! Did I mention we looked good? Judge for yourself:

Next weekend we packed up and headed to Birmingham AL for Imagicon. It's always great seeing our old friends. Thanks to Tom, Tom, Joe, Kelly, Abby and the whole Imagicon crew for their hospitality. Also thanks to Larry Elmore, Sam Flegal, Jim O'Rear, Daniel &; Amy Taylor, Nigel Sade Christina Lynn Meyers, Ash Evans, and Kevin &; Farra from Macabre Mansion for helping make it a fun weekend. Check out the Macabre Mansion interview with me here. Oh, special thanks to Kelly for the bottle of vino. Next time we drink together!

The photos above courtesy Macabre Mansion

Next up, Marcon in Columbus where I was artist Guest of Honor. Our first time at this show but considering this was year number 45 you better believe they know what they're doing! It was great hanging out with Shane and Tracy, something we don't get to do often enough it seems.Thank to Linda Winks for her assistance and to the staff for having us. And thanks to the attendees of both events for their support. We didn't get any photos at the event but highlights included watching the drunken festivities with Abyss Walker author Shane Moore & Tracy, Barfleet party, dinner with Sam Flegal and dinner with Beef & Tamara of TB Gallery.

Weekend after that: Our youngest's graduation! (Photos coming soon!)

After that we headed to Knoxville for the Knoxville Comic & Anime Con. Attendance was low on Sunday which was bad for sales but good for getting the opportunity to hang out with friends like Ben & Tracy from World of Strange, Richard Ewell, Roni Jonah, Jason Crowe, Sam Flegal (again), Rob Brown, fez wearin' Jan,. I also met a cool artist by the name of Brandt Hardin. He does some cool lowbrow stuff that you need to check out. Seriously. 

And that brings us to this past weekend. Northside Rock n Roll Carnival just across the river in Cincinnati. This has to be one of Cincinnati's best kept secrets. The crowd is awesome but yet there are few vendors other than food and beverage peddlers. Despite the long hours and the heat we look forward to this show every year. We always meet some great folks and get the opportunity to hang out with friends. Like the folks from Horrorhound Magazine who was set up right beside us and Pickled Bros. Sideshow.

This year our youngest tried her hand at vending and shared our booth with some of her drawings and really cool duct tape wallets. And she had pretty good success. This was also the official debut of the t-shirt emblazoned with the image of a Godzilla-like monster destroying the Cincinnati skyline. We sold out! Apparently word got out and folks would run up to the booth, ask for the Cincinnati shirt and go away without bothering to look at anything else. Pretty amazing! 

Now that you're up to speed stay tuned for some pretty cool announcements!

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