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Lebanon Mega Con report and FCBD

Me at my table!

Me at my table!

Last weekend I attended my very first ever comic show in the state of Missouri…and had a blast. Like many shows, the time went by way too fast. Regardless, if you’re in that area, I recommend you make plans now to attend the show next year.

This was the inaugural outing and they’re off to a good start. The dealer’s room was actually a good sized room with lots of variety for fans/geeks of all types. It was a two day show and started at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Foot traffic picked up—as is the norm for Saturday shows—around lunch time (folks have to roll out of bed after all).

Spectacular artist Jim Hall doing his thing!

Spectacular artist Jim Hall doing his thing!

One highlight was that fantastic artist Jim Hall was just beside me. Jim has done a bunch of comics, but I met him way back when he did some pencils for me on The Protectors! I spent considerable time chatting away with him!

Reunion with Chris Wilson at Lebanon Mega Con

Reunion with Chris Wilson at Lebanon Mega Con

Another highlight was getting to see an old pal Chris Wilson! Chris worked at Camelot with me at the MetroCenter Mall in Jackson, Mississippi way back when I was in college. He went on to make a lawyer and now serves the good folk in that area of Missouri! I was incredibly flattered to learn that Chris had somewhat followed my comic career. Had a great time catching up with him!

I also got to meet actor Felix Silla, who—among other roles, played Cousin It in the Addams Family. What a nice—and funny guy he is!

Me chatting with Jerry from Worst Comics Podcast Ever.

Me chatting with Jerry from Worst Comics Podcast Ever.

I would encourage artists in that area to reach out to Will Peden, who runs Lebanon Mega Con, and let him know of your interest in next year’s show. Will—and his staff—truly take care of their guests! (Thanks to Andi for shuttling me back and forth to the airport!)

The post show lunch crowd!

The post show lunch crowd!

Free Comic Book Day is tomorrow! Saturday, May 7! Get to your local comic shop (LCS) and grab you some free comics! You’ll find most shops will have one or two comic creators there to talk to you about comics, sign autographs, and general spread the comic gospel.

I will be appearing for the first time ever at Gods & Monsters in Orlando, Florida. They’re located in the Artegon Mall just off International drive. I’ll be there with my comic making pals Barry Gregory, Jenni Gregory, Thomas Florimonte and Rene Florimonte…as well as some others. Come out and grab some free comics and say hi to us!

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SouthernFriedComicCon 2010

This past weekend I had the great honor and pleasure of being one of a handful of guests at the 2nd Annual Mississippi SouthernFriedComicCon held in Jackson, Mississippi. I had a great time. I got to see some old friends, meet some new ones, sat on a few panels, promoted my new work and even sold and signed some of it.

This was one of those shows that word-of-mouth got to me immediately after last years. Jackson has had a wide variety of comic and sci-fi shows through the years. My first knowledge of them, of course, begins in the 80s. I will admit that as a teenager and student in my 20s, the shows were fantastic. They offered competition for the local store (which was run by a not-so-nice clerk) on both a volume and price level.

Looking back, however, I realize that the shows were often very poorly attended and must have been depressing for any of the exhibitors. I do remember setting up in the early 90s as a guest and wondering where all the attendees were.

SouthernFriedCC is run by a group of folks who not only want to see the show succeed, but have a genuine interest and love for the medium (we can discuss all the pros and cons of THAT later! Ha) and want to share it with others. SFCC makes a concentrated effort to maintain a family friendly atmosphere, something that not all sci-fi and comic shows do. I applaud that effort and hope that others will do the same.

I went down to Jackson a day early and spent some time with my former roommates Ashley Koostra and Steven Butler. Ash has been in Jackson, I think, just about since the time we graduated way back when. Steven’s still down in south Mississippi. It’s odd how when we get together, it sometimes seems so little time has passed when we talk about the “old days.” Gee, I’m beginning to sound more and more like my parents every day.

Steven was obviously at SFCC, but so was Mitch Byrd, the other artist that “broke in” to the comic industry same time as me and Steven. I hadn’t seen Mitch since early 90s. Like most of us, he looked the same…a little heavier and a little greyer.

Of course, the promotion machine Andy Childress was there. I give Andy credit for a resurgence in comic arts in Mississippi…okay, maybe not for the resurgence, but for the promotion. Andy, who does bubbaworldcomix.com, is quick to contact every single Mississippi artist and comic creator he knows and let them know about any event in the state. If it were up to him, every one of us would be there at every single event.

Kevin, Shane, and Chuck (me with Chuck Jett pictured above at SFCC) and a whole host of others were also there.

The folks from Imagicopter were there in full force. I should blog about them sometime…cool idea. If I didn’t see you there, then you missed out on a fun time!

I’ll be doing a signing and reading at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis on July 6. Be there!

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Sang and signed

What an incredibly busy week last week was…non-stop all the way through Sunday p.m. I know that you all want a report on Brittany’s competition. I do have video, but I haven’t had the chance to download or put it on youtube yet…the quality of the video isn’t that great, though.

Brittany, however, did fantastic. Her performances just keep getting better and better. While the competition didn’t seem to be as good this year as last, there were still some very talented kids performing. It also never fails that I hear some song for the first time during the process of the Mid-South Talent Fair…and then within the next day or so, hear it on the radio.

No sooner did we get back from Brittany’s competition than I had to turn around and head to Jackson for the autograph signing at Van’s Comics. I went earlier Friday than I really had to, but I was able to meet my long-time friend Steven Butler in Jackson for lunch. We spent the next 5 hours hanging out in Shoney’s and catching up. Man, but it doesn’t feel like we were roommates 20 years ago! Steven and I stayed with my other very good friend, Ashley Koostra. Ashley (pictured at right) is also a former roommate of mine. In fact, for 12 whole months in 1989, the three of us were roommates, along with David Rogers. With the exception of having no hair now, Ashley looks no different than he did back then. Steven and I have both added a few pounds since then…but just a few.

After dinner, the three of us sat up at Ashley’s reminiscing about so many things that we lost track of time. He had to work the next morning and Steven and I were slated to be at Van’s at 9:30. I shan’t say at what time we finally hit the sack, but it was later than it should have been!

The next day Steven and I set up at Van’s. I’d never been to Van’s and really didn’t know what to expect of the day. The day was really spearheaded by Andy Childress, a comic creator out of Louisville, MS. Andy’s got a fire lit to promote Mississippi comic talent. His driven energy reminds me much of the old Silverline gang and the reasons it was formed to begin with. Way back then, Steven and I also thought that Mississippi (and surrounding areas) had an incredible wealth of untapped talent. Thus Silverline was born.

Sales-wise/customer-wise, the day was very sad (I often wondered where . It was a beautiful day, but the store had very little foot traffic and therefore we had very few folks to come by and talk to us. The comic creators, however, had a grand time, talking uninhibited about all things comic and geek! It also gave me the opportunity to meet some Mississippi creative talent I’d not met before. I had the chance to snap a few photos during the day, too. Pictured are: Steven Butler (seated) and standing L-R: Andy Childress, Chuck Jett, Shane Sullivan, Kevin Hayman.

Afterwards, bemoaning our lack of sales for the day, we headed next door and grabbed a sandwich and continued to geek out. All in all, a good time was had by all.

I returned home late that night in order to get up the next morning and take Brittany to her first practice for Southern Sounds. They’ll be performing in Jackson soon…more on that in a future blog!

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