Another convention is in the books. Heroes Con 2012 in Charlotte, NC is one of those special conventions that no artist or art fan should miss. There are a few writers there too... i think 3 or 4 ;), but this show is filled with artistic heavy hitters from all walks of comics. You can't help buy get inspired and energized while you're at this convention. I got so many cool books from a wide range of talent. Cons like this are like super fuel for the creative tank.
I've mentioned this before but I feel the need to cover it again. Conventions like Heroes, Emerald City, Planet Comiccon, Boston, etc. are showing us something. People want what we're making. Sales numbers, countless articles and blogs, even some publishers are telling us that this won't work or that can't sell or there's not an audience for that or that style isn't marketable. My career has been a gauntlet of these kind statements. But over the last 10 years I show up to these great conventions and the people are saying something very different to us all. They are excited by finding new things, new styles, new voices. They want it, and these conventions are giving us a chance to give it directly to them.
Broken record time. Comics aren't dying, they're changing. Evolving. I'm a fan before I'm a "pro" and my money is voice on that side of it. I have been using it support stores like Challengers and Day Dream Comics, attend the conventions like Heroes, ECCC, PCC, etc, as well as fund a number of Kickstarter projects. Creators who don't always fit into the mainstream model have so many avenues to expose their work now. It's exciting times and I'm thrilled to be a part of it as both a fan and a creator.
Thank you all for your many years of support and to those of you who are just being introduced to the wacky world that is my work. I'm grateful to have you along for the ride. Below are some of the sketches and commissions I did at the show. Enjoy.