Okay, it's been a while since I've updated anything on this site. I've been a little busy and I didn't even realize that the lease on the domain had expired. I have some time now so I will be updating and cleaning up some stuff. I may also be changing some design elements so stay tuned.
Hello! It's the time of year to start thinking about holiday gifts and what better gift could there be than a Little Doodles t-shirt (that's a rhetorical question, I know there are better gifts but just play along okay). I am currently adding some holiday themed shirts so you can look sharp at your family holiday get togethers! There are also plenty of other cool designs for pop culture fans of all ages! Most shirts are only $18 (a little more if you, like myself, are pleasantly plump). Order your shirts now so you can get them in time for Christmas! littledoodles.sellmytees.com
T-shirts are now available for all of your favorite Doodles Handlon artwork at littledoodles.sellmytees.com! If the drawing is in the Doodle Gallery on this site then it is more than likely on the shirt site. Some designs were omitted for space consideration (there is a limit of 60 designs) so if you don't see the one you want please let us know and we will consider adding it!
It has been a long while since I updated the website but I found some time and I have added a mess of drawings and I posted the two shows I will be doing in April (INDYpendent Show and Indiana Comic Con). For those who are interested, I am currently working on issue #6 of Wastes of Space and formulating a loy of ideas for another Little Doodles comic! And I'm also researching something that I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with yet. It may turn out to be my first kids book, all watercolored and junk. We'll see.....
I added a plethora of new things to the site today. I had neglected it too long. I added comics to the Comic and Other Essentials page and some art to the Doodle Gallery page. I may or may not add the Wastes of Space trade paperback to Gumroad. I want to see if Comixology wants to put it on there first.
As I dropped off the newest issue of Little Doodles at the local comic book shop (available now at Comic Book University, available soon from Comixology!) I started thinking about the journey to where I am now. Five years ago I barely drew anything much less anything as time consuming as a comic book and now I have drawn 10 comics and I'm working on another with my friend John Graham (It's really good BTW). From my first tinkering with Wastes of Space #1, just trying my hand to see if I could do a full issue, I have now drawn FIVE full issues of that series (Kickstarter for the trade paperback coming soon!), THREE issues of Little Doodles (Two are out and one is being held until the second one sells and the Wastes of Space trade paperback is out), ONE issue of Fruitbat, and a collection of fan art called Popcorn and Cheesecake that will be available soon. Not to mention all of the fan art I've done that wouldn't fit in the Popcorn and Cheesecake collection, the short Star Wars comic and animation that I did that will probably never see the light of day, and all of the work that I've done for others. Wow. From zero to sixty in 6 seconds. This isn't bragging, I just have a lot of creativity flowing out of me after letting it lie dormant for 20 years. A lot of things caused me to let drawing go and I wish now that I had not let those things get in the way but I'm back doing what I love and I couldn't be happier. Well, I could be if someone was paying me to do this for a living but I digress. Thanks to everyone who continues to support me especially my wife and my family. Thanks to the Indy creators and promoters who have steered me to where I need to be especially John Graham. And thanks to Comixology for agreeing to put the first Wastes of Space for sale on their service. Without that encouragement I might have quit again. Thanks everyone, stop in CBU if you get the chance and buy the latest Little Doodles and stay tuned for the Wastes of Space Kickstarter!
I added Wastes of Space 1 and 2 to a web comic hosting site called Tapastic. You can see them here:
http://tapastic.com/series/Wastes-of-Space Please check them out as I gain revenue for visits and the extra money will go a long way towards publishing the graphic novel when I finish issue five!
I have finally caught up on things enough to gather and record my thoughts on Cincy Comic Con. To begin with, I feel I must thank Tony Moore and the organizers for providing me with a free table for the show. As you may know I drew a one page comic for a Facebook contest that earned me a table. It was well received enough that I was placed at a table of honor across from Fables creator Bill Willingham, iZombie writer Chris Roberson, and within a short distance of Action Girl writer/artist Sarah Dyer and her husband Evan Dorkin of Milk and Cheese fame. Having a free table in a prime location at a busy show would lead one to believe that I have zero reason to complain but I do have a few. I also have a lot of good things to say about the con so bear with me.
To start with the good, I got a free table. The con itself was also nice, for a fan of comics but not so much for a relatively unknown creator. The con is creator oriented, no b-list sci-fi celebrities or internet personalities, just a gathering of some of the best and brightest artists and writers in the comic book industry. It hosts the biggest artists alley I have ever been part of and as a fan I think it's awesome but as a salesperson not so much. As a fan I could walk around and talk to amazing creators with very little muss or fuss, no big lines or hoops to jump through to meet them. When you can walk up to Goon creator Eric Powell and have a nice chat about his latest book or get the inside scoop from Steve Leiber on his next project at leisure it's a good day. As a salesperson I hated it because not only was there competition but big league competition and a lot of it. I guess if I think about the con as a fan who got in for free it was excellent. I bought some good books and talked to some great creators. I bought Beast of Burden by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson (beautifully drawn by the way), Battlepug by Mike Norton, Chimichanga by Eric Powell, and many more. I also want to throw in as a major good that the crew (overlords and henchmen) were fantastic and super helpful. As an exhibitor you could not have asked for a more attentive and considerate group. They made constant laps around the con offering water, aspirins, and help. Thank you guys for that.
As for the bad, I didn't make any money or at least not enough to cover gas, food, and lodging. I was also sick all weekend which, of course, was of no fault to the con but still it made me miserable. I had two major issues with the con and they both pertain to the DJ at the event. To begin with, not a good DJ and I know from good DJ's because I once made a living as a DJ. Why does there need to be constant music playing anyway? It made it hard to have a good conversation at times. The selection of music was hard to take as well, mostly mash ups and Michael Jackson but not as hard to take as the annoying announcements where he overindulged himself with in jokes and smugness. But I may not have noticed how truly annoying the guy was if he had not pissed me off at the start of the con. The table I had was a corner table with a table behind me and one next to me. Both tables had taken up more than their fair share of space and some of mine. I had no problem with this and attempted to adapt to the situation. I set up my table and put my stand up banner next to my table. As there was a table behind me, the banner sat in a small square made from my table end and the other table's end. This square was dead space where no one could have walked or bumped into the banner. As I continued to set the rest of my table up the DJ came to me and said, "They may ask you to move your banner." Okay, MAY or WILL? I explained that space was limited and the banner was in no danger of impeding traffic but he was already yelling at the people at the table next to me to make room for my banner which I did not ask for. I went back to working on my table while he upset my neighbors. He comes back over and starts telling me to move my banner. I didn't immediately look up as I was working and he gruffly tells m e to, "look at me when I'm looking at you!" I slowly raised my head and said, "pardon me?" "I'm trying to help you, the least you can do is acknowledge me." , he replied. I'm sorry, trying to help me by alienating my neighbors or helping me by making me move a banner that I MAY be asked to move? Why are you worrying yourself over this? Then he TOLD me to move the banner and walked off. It really shows how much I've matured because twenty years ago I would have popped him for talking to me that way. It did put me in a sour mood for the rest of the day and cast a cloud over the rest of the weekend. It just made his voice that much more annoying.....
Yet, despite the one jackass, the con was indeed a good one as a fan and a bit disappointing as a small time creator in a room full of big time creators. I would attend this con again as a fan perhaps but I don't know if I would have a table again.
Check the Personal Appearances page on my website for more information but here is the quick list of my appearances at cons for the rest of the year:
Indiana Toy and Comic Expo
Cincy Comic Con
September 12th and 13th
Indy Family Fest