Return From Kitacon, Art Challenge, A Traitor’s Reasons

First of all, Kitacon!  I literally just got back in the door from this year’s Kitacon and wow, it’s easily still the most insanely fun convention the UK has to offer!  While I wasn’t selling at Kitacon, I did get the chance to catch up with some fellow creators and held a panel called “How to Draw Your Own Comic Or Manga”, which people found to be very helpful.  Unfortunately, the panel was not filmed but I do intend on releasing a video of the presentation slides with myself talking over them.  I can’t reproduce the talk verbatim because there were some deviations and tangential subjects that I simply cannot recall accurately enough to include.  That said, I still think the information in there is going to be invaluable to anyone who is thinking about creating their own book. Speaking of panels, Ubisoft’s Reflections studio held a panel on getting into the video game industry which was very informative and I even won a copy of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag during their talk.  Now I just need to pick up where I left off in Assassin’s Creed Revelations and then beat III before I can play it.  The ones I’ve played so far have taught me I cannot afford to skip entries where the plot is concerned. Fellow comic creator Tab Kimpton of Khaos Komix also gave a panel on “Kickstarting Your Comic” which had plenty of useful advice for comic creators, direct from a veteran of the webcomic community. Kitacon held it’s reputation as being the party convention, and this is proven by the fact that I...

Gemucon – Now I’m Home

I’ve been home from Gemucon for a few days now, but, as always, things have been a bit hectic. Now that I have had time to actually sit down and collect my thoughts, I figure I should share them with you. First and foremost, I thoroughly enjoyed being on the artist alley, I got to meet some awesome new people, such as Sarah of Gyzra.com and Kayt of Blue Fayt, I got to show my artwork to the public, picked up some awesome tips that will help with future conventions, and was able to decide that this is something I want to keep doing! In that respect, you may have already noticed the sidebar containing my convention appearances now lists some new conventions, namely Comica and Bristol Comics Expo. These were both last minute bookings, but they show how enthusiastic and energized Gemucon made me. This is something I’m passionate about and can really sink my teeth into. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who stopped by my table at Gemucon, and an especially big thank you to those of you who bought something, you’re helping me to continue chasing the dream. Arcadia is now available at some retailers too! The Incredible Comic Shop, located in Swindon, Komix, found in the town of Melksham, and Excelsior Comics in the city of Bristol all have limited stock. I’m awaiting the green light on Arcadia appearing on the online store UK On Display, once that’s up and running, you’ll be able to purchase it online...

Preparing for Gemucon

This is a very strange feeling. I’m packed, ready to head to Gemucon in the morning to make Arcadia publicly available for sale on my first ever artist alley. I have 100 copies of the comic (which may prove to be an optimistic volume, we’ll see), 100 comic bags, 100 comic boards, 200 carrier bags, multiple art prints, various display stands, a price list, markers with a bleedproof pad (for doing on-the-day commissions), change (and lots of it, I jingle), few sets of clothes, a toiletries bag (just because it’s a convention, doesn’t mean I won’t have to shower), 100 bookmarks, 250 business cards, hotel and train booking references, tablecloth, a PSP (hey, it’s a long journey and the other half won’t let me take the Vita out of the house) with earphones (because I’m considerate to other travelers like that), Bakuman volume 6, my phone (filled with reference images of popular characters, just in case) and all the other essentials. Hell, I even called ahead to the event organizers to ask whether I head to normal registrations or whether I need to be elsewhere when I arrive so that I have a rough idea of what I’m doing! Taking all of the above into consideration, why do I still feel nervously unprepared? First time jitters are certainly a possibility. It could be the fact that, up until now, everyone who has viewed or commented on my work face-to-face has been a friend or family member. Yes, my work has been seen on several occasions by the online community, but those perfect strangers are at a distance, so I’ve still been in a relatively safe...