Saturday, May 6, 2017

Free Comic Book Day Strikes Again!

Another Free Comic Book Day has come and gone, and if you're visiting Amazing Arizona Comics through one of the free comics you found in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Glendale, Tucson, Flagstaff, or Yuma, thank you for stopping by!  I've been self-publishing my little superhero satire of Arizona culture since 2010.  I try to update this site as often as I can, with upcoming issues and events, so please bookmark it if you're interested in supporting my stuff.

If you didn't pick up this year's story, here it is, in full color!  Behold, a vacationing Santa Claus and Speed Cameron, alongside a confused Dwight Guilt, versus Power Sergio!



As a bonus, here's the latest The Hasty Decisions of Li'l Speedy Cameron, my infrequent webcomic strip about, well, the title says it all.

My thanks to everyone that came to Drawn to Comics' Free Comic Book Day celebration, and of course to shop owners Ken and Sue for being the best hosts a local artist can ask for.  

My next stop with Amazing Arizona Comics is Phoenix Comicon, though I'm entertaining at a few other events before then, so check my calendar there to the right, and come say hi!

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.