Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy National Haiku Day!

I don't know who determines these things, but today is National Haiku Day!  As a haiku enthusiast, I asked fellow comics self-publisher and poet Birdie Birdashaw to join me for some live haiku writing, tonight, at Urban Beans in Central Phoenix, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Come suggest a topic for a haiku, and Birdie and/or I will craft a haiku on my typewriter -- just for you!  The haiku are totally free, but we are accepting donations for a local literacy charity.  It's a fun, unique way to celebrate a fun, unique holiday -- and did I mention Urban Beans has coffee and beer?!  Grab a brew, and we'll brew a haiku! Is that campy and convincing enough?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Amazing Arizona Comics Inspirations: Muffler Men

If you follow me on Instagram (and you should, @amazingazcomics, y'all!), you'll notice my recent trend of posting pictures of Muffler Men.  Muffler Men are most commonly refurbished Paul Bunyon statues, like the ones I included in Amazing Arizona Comics #13 and 2015's Free Comic Book Day specials.  I've been using the term lately to describe the roadside robot-men made of mufflers and other discarded car parts.

I'm a sucker for all things Roadside America, especially the attractions of Route 66.  These Muffler Men -- and you can find dozens in Metro Phoenix if you know where to look -- are reminiscent of that old Americana, right here in our midst.  In Amazing Arizona Comics #24, some animated Muffler Men make a brief appearance fighting the Agents of F.L.A.G.  I hope to reveal how they've been animated in future stories, but in the meantime I'm scouring the Valley to discover and draw their unique designs.

Sometimes, I don't know what comes first: the stories, or the amazing things about Arizona that fuel them.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Thank You, Phoenix Film Festival!

What a busy weekend for Amazing Arizona Comics and my live, local late night talk show, Phoenix Tonight!  On Friday, I was a guest on the season finale of First Friday Night Live, a SNL-inspired sketch comedy show on First Fridays in Phoenix.  The cast and crew were kind enough to write me into a sketch so I could promote Phoenix Tonight, since episode 14 was the following night. With both shows at Space 55, Phoenix truly has its own "30 Rock," and I'm happy to be a part of it!

Amazing Arizona Comics had a chance to shine on Sunday, at the Phoenix Film Festival's Geek Day.  I drew plenty o' sketches (like this Logan sketch, for that guy in a Wolverine shirt), and if you're visiting the blog because you picked up an issue of the comic, thank you!  Feel free to browse.

The next few weeks include a visit to Camp Verde, a few workshops at a writers' festival in Mesa, Free Comic Book Day at Drawn to Comics in Glendale, and of course Phoenix Comicon.  Find Amazing Arizona Comics at an event near you!