Monday, August 27, 2012

Ego Comics @ Bubonicon 44

Hey ARTfans!

Well, one more con in the bag!



Bubonicon 44 – Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention wrapped up on Sunday. And from what I could tell, it was another fun/successful show. I was there on Saturday from about noon till 5PM (or so).  Admittedly, we hadn’t really planned to do another con for a while (till we finished our next book), but since we still have some inventory leftover from ACE earlier this year, and we had the opportunity to put them on display at the 7000 BC booth… it was sort of a ‘no-brainer’. And I’m glad we did.

[caption id="attachment_274" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] You can kinda see the new displays we created for Bubonicon, this year.[/caption]

It was great to spend some more time with fellow creators, and ‘talk shop’, I had a blast talking to everyone, and had some really engaging/enlightening conversations with a few people that were at and around the booth.

[caption id="attachment_275" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Peter peddling the wares of 7000 BC.[/caption]

I’m curious to see what the total sales were for the weekend, and see how we did, but the experience and camaraderie were well worth the price of admission.

[caption id="attachment_276" align="aligncenter" width="750"] A little closer look at our displays, and our little corner of the booth[/caption]

A special thanks to John Sumrow for a great conversation about marketing and how to make money drawing pictures. And also to Peter Zoimek for talking to me about ‘selling’ at cons, and making comics!! It’s always a treat to talk comics w/ Peter! Also, (I’m kicking myself for forgetting his name - I really am terrible w/ names), but I had a really great talk w/ a gentleman (who also made it out to my Cintiq demo) about publishing / printing in the new digital, direct to plate, print-on-demand era. If I forgot anyone else, I apologize, rest assured, I had a blast talking to all of you!

I’m really enjoying being on the ‘other side’ of the table… talking about OUR/My work… and sharing parts of this little, big, epic that’s been fermenting in our brains for the last 20ish years! It’s oozing its way out… and I just hope the ‘unsuspecting masses’ are ready for it. I must say, it’s a little addicting, as I already can’t wait for the next con we do… (but I still have some work to do before we’re ready for it).

[caption id="attachment_277" align="aligncenter" width="612"] Page 9 - Inking underway ***WORK IN PROGRESS***[/caption]

I’ve been back at the drawing table (after about a week off recovering from a minor surgery), and I’m back at it with resolve and focus.

It’s on folks.

It’s on!

-Nebbish!!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Moving Right Along...

Hey ARTfans!

I haven’t posted very much this last month. I’ve been working on finishing pages for our first short story release. I’m not sure exactly yet when we're going to start posting the finished pages, but we ARE going to start posting them soon. I still have a considerable amount of work to get through before it’s complete.  But work continues, and things are moving right along.

I still haven’t solved HOW we’re going to post these when they are complete. And I also need to fix/figure out how to integrate ComicPress/Easel into our main ego page. Also there are a couple of options we've discussed as far as a release schedules as well:

• A weekly release schedule – 1pg at a time / once a week

• Twice a week releases – this would burn through the pages faster.

• Wait till the entire story is complete, and release in one shot as a finished package

I’m also still weighing my/our options as it pertains to blogging in general. I/We want to continue to stay ‘present’, and keep you all up to date w/ what we’re doing via the ‘big bad interwebz’. Now that we’re getting closer to making Stomping Ground a reality, I’m trying to figure out what part my blog, Oops… I Just ARTed! (my own collection of Nebbish thoughts – and SG related sketch-foolery) fits into the whole of our Ego Comics web presence – and would we, and YOU the reader, be better served if we wrap everything together under one, all things Ego, flag? I have been entertaining the idea of folding my blog into egocomics.com, creating one single news stream for people/readers to follow. As I fully admit that the ‘blogging’ side of this, is often relegated to the lowest of priorities – overshadowed quite often by the need to produce the work that this blog is meant to showcase, I am never as frequent or consistent with my posts/updates, as I like, or feel that I need to be. And with only so many hours in a night, that continues to be a struggle, and my focus needs to continue to be ‘the work’. Nothing has been decided yet, and I’m a good long ways away from pulling any sort of trigger for that, it has been on my mind. Suffice to say, I will keep you “in-the-loop” as we figure all this out and move forward. And, of couse, your feedback is very much appreciated – and will help to direct our actions and help us navigate this social landscape. Rock the vote!

Leave me a comment. I dare ya’!

 

Moving right along to other news… I attended another 7000 B.C. meeting this Saturday. I had a good time w/ the fine folks there. Got to lock down some details for the upcoming Bubonicon 44 show coming up on August 24-26th. I will be attending that show, helping out at the 7000 B.C. booth on Saturday. (My plan is to be there from around 12pm till 5pm). We have a good amount of stock leftover from ACE that we’ll have on the table at Bubonicon. Hopefully we’ll sell a few more books and prints during that show!

After the meeting I did have a great conversation w/ Peter Ziomek about comic book paneling / layout / coloring / lettering and just general illustration. I’ve enjoyed talking to Peter since I met him at the Albuquerque Comic Con back in January, and this proved to be a very enlightening conversation. I walked away with some new insight, and can’t wait to apply a few new ideas to my next batch of pages. Thank you Peter for a graciously lending me a few moments of your time!

Also, one last thing... Neil had a really great idea a while back, about 'upping' our display presence at future cons. He picked up a couple of prototypes today, and we're going to be working on those for the next couple of days to see if we can put something really classy together for our presence at Bubonicon. I'm anxious to see how those turn out! But, more on that later...

I guess that's gonna be about it for today. No art this time, just news and events.

Catch ya' all next time!

-Nebbish!
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