2016 won’t be a big touring year for me, as I’ll be spending most of it with my nose to the grindstone – that is, the drafting table – working hard on my forthcoming middle grade graphic novel, Queen of the Sea. But you can still catch me in person at a few select events!
Emerald City Comicon, April 7-11, Seattle WA. Tickets still available for Thursday.
Floor Location: Booth 1214 (Periscope Studio)
I’ll be selling books, art, stickers, and original art, as well as taking commissions, all four days. Buy a book and get a free sketch inside! I’ll have my convention-exclusive 2016 sketchbook for sale, as well as a sneak preview copy of Family Man Volume 2.
I’ll also be appearing on the following panels:
Behind the Panels: Daily Life in America’s Biggest Comics Studio
Apr 08, 2016, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM, T305
Two dozen cartoonists. Thousands of pages of comics. One office suite! Find out how the members of the Northwest’s own Periscope Studio produce some of your favorite, award-winning work – from Marvel titles to all-ages webcomics – all while sharing the same fridge. Members will share exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, stories, and free audience giveaways! Moderated by Dylan Meconis (Family Man, Bite Me!), featuring Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Jeff Parker (Meteor Men, Justice League United), Leila del Duca (Shutter), Erika Moen (OJST), and Cat Farris (Emily the Strange).
Legally Yours: A Creator’s Guide to Working Within (and Around) the Law
Apr 10, 2016, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM, W3A
Join cartoonist Dylan Meconis (Family Man, Bite Me!) and attorney Katie Lane (WorkMadeForHire.net) as they tackle the ins, outs, and arounds of working as an independent creator without losing your shirt. They’ll show you how to handle quirky contracts, unpaid invoices, and demanding clients like a pro. Perfect for anyone interested in a creative career.
Alaska Robotics Mini-Con and Artist Camp, April 22-26, Juneau AK. Tickets online soon, or at door!
Floor Location: I’ll be pretty easy to find!
I’ll be in beautiful Juneau, Alaska for just the second time ever, for this first-time ever convention! Organized by local creative dynamos and retailers extraordinaire, Pat Race and Aaron Suring, this show has an insanely great guest list the likes of which has never before been seen North of the 49th parallel!
I’ll also be making some limited classroom/library appearances, then I’ll be joining the rest of the show’s special guests for a limited-space Artist Camp, where attendees will be treated to some exclusive workshops and master classes.
Linework NW, May 21, Portland OR. Free admission.
Floor Location: TBA
I’ll be appearing on Saturday of this fabulous indie convention – then on Sunday I’ll be an attendee, as they swap out their entire exhibitor floor! Organized by local retailers and creators, Linework packs a huge diversity of creators from all over the country into Portland’s own Norse Hall. You can expect food trucks outside, an excellent soundtrack inside, and more art, zines, minicomics, and graphic novels than you can shake a stick at. (Or put a bird on.)
I’ll be in Seattle this October 10-11 for two special events! First off, on Saturday the 10th, I’ll be attending the official launch party for Jason Bhlmahn’s new card game Pirate Loot, hosted at the fabulous Ballard game store Card Kingdom.
I drew or contributed to over 100 illustrations for this super-fun party game, so I’m very excited to see it in real life! The party starts at 1pm (Facebook event details here), and game designer Jason Bulmahn, graphic designer Mari Kolkowsky, and art director/illustrator Scott Kurtz will also be on hand. There will be pirate cake, copies of the game for sale, and all the usual amenities the Card Kingdom has to offer!
Then on Sunday the 11th, I’ll be emceeing the first Seattle version of the Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAHFest) at Town Hall. Contestants compete by presenting patently ludicrous (yet strangely logical!) theories about Big Science, then the audience and judges confer on whose theory is most compellingly ridiculous. The keynote speech will be delivered by Matt Inman (creator of The Oatmeal). We expect a sell-out, so grab your tickets now!
I’ll be appearing at Rose City Comic Con here in Portland, OR this weekend, September 19-20! I always love a hometown show – beyond the obvious advantages of getting to sleep in my own bed, I also get to bring stuff that might not make it into the tightly-packed bags I bring to further-flung events.
For example, this weekend I’ll have The Fifth Musketeer, the super-fun Choose Your Own Adventure graphic novel I got to illustrate a few years back! Kids love this book, and these are my last few copies.
If you plan on attending and are interested in buying a particular piece of original art, or commissioning something more elaborate than a convention sketch, this show is a great place to catch me, too.
I’ll be at Table 813, exhibiting with many of my studiomates from Periscope Studio. See you there!
I’ll be appearing as a guest on June 6 & 7 at Special Edition: NYC in Manhattan! I haven’t exhibited at a New York show in several years, so I’m excited to finally return.
This is a beautifully curated show, full of top-notch comics talent (and almost nothing BUT comics talent – a guarantee that most of the show budget is going towards bringing in a diverse array of creators, instead of just a few celebrity appearance fees).
I’ll be in Artist Alley at table H-04, with books, prints, original art and more! I’ll also be taking commissions and, as always, I’m very happy to sign or sketch in any of my books you already own. I’ll be accompanied by almost a dozen of my studiomates from Periscope Studio, as well as comic book super-lawyer Katie Lane.
I’ll also be appearing on two panels:
Publishers Weekly Presents: People in Comics
Sat. June 6| 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Theater 2
Comics are for everyone, and everyone is making and reading comics. With diversity reshaping the industry, PW’s Calvin Reid talks to a spectrum of creators about moving forward, making comics and getting more readers. Are there different kinds of material that draws in a diverse audience? And how are the comics publishers responding? Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid talks to a spectrum of creators to find out.
Creating Comics: The Real Stories
Sun. June 7| 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Theater 1
They write and draw stories for a living, but what are their own personal stories? Spend an hour with a Panel of accomplished artists and gifted writers as they discuss the stories and characters they’ve brought to life and how it has impacted their own. Panelists include Marguerite Bennett, Dylan Meconis, Katie Cook, Kate Leth, Annie Wu, Becky Cloonan and Marjorie Liu. Moderated by Jill Pantozzi, Editor in Chief of TheMarySue.com.
Tickets are $10 cheaper in advance online rather than purchased day-of-show, and they’re selling fast. See you there!
I’ll be in Vancouver, B.C. this weekend for the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF)! It’s a wonderful show run by passionate local organizers, and this year it features a gobsmacking 260+ exhibitors in two halls at the Roundhouse Mews in Yaletown. Admission is free (free!) because the show is seriously just that great.
I’ll be at Table E10, right in the front hall by the courtyard. My next-table neighbors include superstar colleagues like Lucy Bellwood, Chris Schweizer, Tony Cliff, and Erika Moen. I’ll also have Katie Lane of Work Made For Hire by my side.
(Furthermore, note the dangerous proximity to the Japadog truck.)
The show runs from 10-6 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. See you there!