Monday, December 11, 2017

The Drawn to Comics Podcast


Since I started self-publishing Amazing Arizona Comics in 2010, I've been very lucky to meet some incredible people in the local comics scene.  Among them is Ken Brown, who runs a great local comics shop in downtown Glendale, Arizona.  This year, his Drawn to Comics was named one of the nation's best comic book stores in the country by TravelandLeisure.com, and it's the setting of my webseries Kirby For A Day.

Last year,  Ken asked me to join him for a podcast hosted by the Geek News Network, and I was honored.  We get together and record a few times a month, and I've begun posting the shows on my feed, too, clickable right here, in the right column.  Dig our last two episodes, as we talk the latest comic news over breakfast at Bitz-ee Mama's in Glendale.  It's superhero analysis as you've never heard it before -- through mouthfuls of bacon!

Seriously, Ken is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, and his insight as a fan and retailer is invaluable.  Even if you aren't in Arizona, you can support Drawn to Comics . . . by listening to it!  Perfect for those holiday roadtrips!  If you are in Arizona, come say hi to Ken and me this Saturday.  I'll be at Drawn to Comics for its Holiday Artist Series, with Forever Etched Mirrors and Glass.  Come see what all the hype is about!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Amazing Arizona Comics Winter Tour!

Orko at Phoenix FanFest.
I know I promised more tales from Phoenix Comicon's FanFest last month, but like Orko here conjuring a sketch of Cringer, I've concocted more chances for you to find Amazing Arizona Comics in and around Phoenix!  (Dig that cameo from another magician behind Orko -- imagine that crossover!)

That's right, the Amazing Arizona Comics Winter Tour has begun!  Thanks to {9} the Gallery for hosting my first stop during their First Friday exhibit opening (which is a tremendous exhibit, by the way -- catch it while you can).   With Christmas right around the corner, folks seemed interested in comics co-starring Santa Claus, and following her amazing year in theaters, Wonder Woman was a popular request for sketches.

Sketching at First Friday.  Picture courtesy Kathleen Plasko.

Drinking and drawing at Palo Verde.
The tour continued last Thursday at the Palo Verde Lounge, where Bunny Vomit creator Birdie Birdashaw, B-Sides publisher Marna Kay, and I hosted the first in a series of drink and draw events.  We set up a small pop-up shop of comics and zines, and I sold some back issues of Amazing Arizona Comics right out of the back of my truck.  Thanks to everyone that came, had a brew, and drew!

We may have had a crowded house, but don't worry, folks -- it's not over yet!  I'll be at Drawn to Comics on Saturday, December 16th, set up next to Forever Etched Mirrors and Glass. Come by for a free sketch, and locally self-published minicomic starring Speed Cameron, Santa Claus, and more of Arizona's own superheroes.  They make great stocking stuffers, and, to me, the real gift is this chance to share my stories with you.  'Tis the season, after all!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kirby For A Day Continues!



Kirby For A Day continues!  Have you watched the latest episode of the webseries I hosted about four Arizona artists attempting the 24 Hour Comic Challenge to honor Jack Kirby's 100th birthday earlier this year?  No?  Well, here's your chance!

What do geeks talk about in the wee hours?  These geeks talk about everything, including how much The Big Bang Theory stinks.  Wait, what?  You gotta see it to believe it!

And come back here later this week for more memories from Phoenix Comicon's FanFest!