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San Diego Comic Con 2011

Well, I’m back from San Diego Comic Con 2011 and I’m still alive.  I feel as though I just went head to head with a bull and barely made it out alive, but just making out alive is a win in my books.  After every convention I’m left feeling a little different about where I’m headed as a self publisher and what my next course of action should be.  One of the great things about conventions like San Diego is the amount of like minded artists and self publishers you get to meet and share strategies and opinions with, and this year was no exception.  Sales weren’t the greatest over all, but I heard that from a lot of people (I’m guessing it’s due to over programming of Hollywood panels which require attendies to wait in line for 3+ hours a pop, on Friday and Saturday, which are supposed to be the busiest days of the week), and the doubling and tripling of hotel rates leave everyone financially rung dry, including us exhibitors.  With that said, it always takes a day or two to weigh whether the pros of conventions like San Diego outweigh the cons….. (and this year certainly had it’s fair share of pros).

 

Javier Hernandez behind the Possum Press/Ultraist Studios/ Los Comex table

 

My brother, Mike who is usually sharing a table with me at conventions couldn’t make it to San Diego this year, so I had the pleasure of sharing a table with Javier Hernandez of El Muerto fame for Friday, Saturday and the better part of Sunday, which was a lot of fun.  If you haven’t checked out Javier’s work, make sure you do!!!

He even made me an original Possum/El Muerto sketchdoll (TM Javier Hernandez!)

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…….  I arrived in San Diego late Tuesday night, and seeing as the convention didn’t start until Wednesday at 5pm, I had the morning to myself (which wasn’t a luxury last year as Mike and I arrived Wednesday night), so I took the Coronado Ferry over to Coronado and hit the beach.  It was a great way to start the week.

Debuting from Possum Press this year was my newest issue of The Possum, issue #5, which arrived a day before I had to leave for the convention (talk about cutting it close).

I had a really good response from people who picked up some Possum comics at last year’s show and who came back to get the entire set which was really nice.  As always, I drew sketches for people who picked up a comic book (free of charge).  Here’s a few of them:

The Possum vs. Zombie Jesus.... How am I supposed to draw this tastefully???? (this is what I came up with)

 

Since Mike wasn't with me, I got to draw SPY GUY!! (with El Muerto by Javier Hernandez)

 

The Possum on a train request.... She had me stumped for a minute there

 

The Possum (by Blair Kitchen) vs. a Midget Muerto wrestler (by Javier Hernandez)



But like I said earlier in this post, the best part about any convention is the people you meet (including the fans).  Some highlights for me were talking to Sergio Aragones and Stan Sakai, who are always an absolute pleasure to meet and a fountain of knowledge.  I said hello to Doug TenNaple who I’ve been wanting to meet for a while now and I got to hang out all day with Javier Hernandez too!  Also, I reconnected with Shane and Chris Houghton who have taken their previously self published book “Reed Gunther” over to Image and were signing at the Image booth all weekend.  Throw in a dinner in Old Town with some old and new cartoonist friends and I guess you’ve got a pretty good Comicon in my books.  (In part two, I’ll post more of my thoughts on Comicon and what I feel a self publisher like myself needs to do moving forward….)

Blair Kitchen (The Possum) and Rob Wuest (Monsters Among Us)

 

Update:  Javier Hernandez has a great Comic Con review up on his blog, Javzilla.

By |2018-05-25T03:50:26+00:00July 27th, 2011|convention pics, photos, The Possum|5 Comments

San Diego Comicon report: part 1

Mike Kitchen, Jesse Labbe, Anthony Coffey, Blair Kitchen

Well, Comicon is over, and it’s back to the grind…….. Man it was a busy and exhausting 5 days, but well worth it.  I always come back from these conventions pumped up and ready to make more comics!  Mike and I met a lot of really great new friends, and got a chance to hang out with some old friends too.  (pictured above is Mike and I with Jesse Labbe and Anthony Coffey,  of Berona’s War fame).

A special shout out goes to Troy Little, who was nominated for an Eisner award this year in the ‘best graphic novel for teens’ catagory, for his comic Angora Napkin!  Although he didn’t win, he had my vote.

Like all conventions, we did a bunch of free sketches for the fine folks who purchased Spy Guy and Possum comics.  Here’s a few of them:

As always, Spy Guy was drawn by Mike Kitchen, and The Possum by yours truly.

We took a lot of video during the convention as well, so keep an eye out for a Comicon 2010 Video Blog coming soon, much like our Wondercon Video Blog.  (There’s also a S.P.A.C.E. Video Blog that is 99% finished too, which should be online shortly as well!)

By |2018-05-25T03:50:42+00:00July 31st, 2010|convention pics, free sketches, The Possum|1 Comment

The Possum and Spy Guy vs. Wondercon 2010

PART 1

In this episode, Blair meets the Legendary Sergio Aragones and Mike fends off tumbleweed from behind the Possum Press/Ultraist Studios table in Artist Alley, at Wondercon.

Part 2

The exciting conclusion, where business picks up, and stormtroopers read The Possum.

Last March, Mike and I purchased a handy Flip HD Video camera with the intent of filming our exploits at conventions. The first convention we attended since then was Wondercon in San Francisco, which you can view above. Since then, Mike’s been to Mocca in New York, and we were both at SPACE in Ohio. The footage from MOCCA has been edited (which is up on the Ultraist Studios blog and will be up here shortly), and SPACE is being edited as we speak. In July, we’re looking forward to the San Diego Comicon, which should be a lot of fun, and that will be followed by the Toronto Fan Expo in August, and Toronto’s Word on the Street shortly after. Keep an eye out on this blog for videos from those shows too!

By |2018-05-25T03:50:43+00:00June 24th, 2010|convention pics, The Possum, video blog|6 Comments

Wondercon report

I know, I know….. Wondercon was weeks ago.  Well….. better late than never I guess.  Here’s some stormtroopers reading a Possum comic to make it up to you:

This was a really fun show to be a part of, and as always, I ended up meeting a lot of really nice people (comic artists and comic fans).  On Friday, we met up with Javier Hernandez, creator of El Muerto (the comic and the movie).  After the show, the 3 of us went out for a bite to eat, and had a great discussion about comics, politics, and everything in between…… good times!

Here’s me, Javier and Mike, looking cool.  Ha!  I just noticed that the drawing of Spy Guy behind Mike looks like Mike has a super muscular comic book arm going behind Javier.  (Mike’s pretty tough, but not that tough).

Saturday was by far the busiest day of the convention, and was really good for sales.  We did a lot of sketches that day.  Here’s a few of the sketches from the weekend:

Click to enlarge.

I also got to meet Sergio Aragones, who I’m a huge fan of.  I got him to do a sketch of Groo for me, and to my delight, he even incorporated The Possum into his drawing!  (I was a very happy guy).

It’s always a real treat when you finally meet someone you look up to, and they turn out to be a really, really nice guy.  I gave Sergio my first 4 comics on the Friday, and when I talked to him on Sunday, he had read all 4 comics (and talking to a Possum reader whose Possum drawing I had printed in the letters page, Sergio recognized his drawing in the letters page and actually pointed it out to him, meaning he even read the letters pages), Sergio had all sorts of really great advice for me, and spent a good 20 minutes with me pointing out where I could improve, and even going through some of his comics, talking about comic pacing.  When you give your comics to people, it’s just nice that they read them, let alone take the time to comment on them and follow up their comments with practical advice.

Here’s a drawing that I did for Sergio:

Mike and I brought our Flip video cameras and shot a bunch of video footage that we are planning on editing into a short video convention blog of our trip.  If all goes well, hopefully we will continue to shoot each convention we attend and have a video blog for each one………… stay tuned.

By |2018-05-25T03:50:44+00:00April 16th, 2010|convention pics|5 Comments

Word on the Street 2009

Here’s some photos from The Word on the Street Festival, that took place a couple weekends ago.  This is always a fun festival to exhibit at, because there are so many young kids that wouldn’t attend a comic convention, because their parents aren’t necessarily the type of people who would bring their kids to a comic convention (ie. nerds).  It’s always an entirely different crowd which is good, and it shows by the number of issue #1’s that were sold, compared to the most recent issue #4’s. (which means there are a lot more new Possum readers out there now)…….. which may or may not be a good thing for society as a whole:)

  

There’s Mike hard at work in the background

Mike Kitchen’s Spy Guy stand up! (above)  The stand ups were a big hit again, as we saw lots of kids getting their pictures taken with them, and even pretending to beat them up.  Most kids couldn’t walk by without stopping to take a look:) 

And now some sketches:

I must say, the view at this festival is much more relaxing than your average comic convention.

By |2009-10-06T07:59:00+00:00October 6th, 2009|convention pics, photos|1 Comment

Fan Expo 2009 – photos and sketches

Another Fan Expo has come and gone, marking the third complete year that Mike and myself have been attending conventions with our comics (our 4th Fan Expo).  Our table is looking a lot fuller, than 2006, when we had 3 issues printed between the two of us, and we are starting to see some momentum building over the last 3 years.  Here’s a few photos of us hard at work. 

Me sketching

Me not sketching

Mike hard at work

 

And now some of the sketches:

What happens in the first minute, when The Possum fills in for a vacationing Spider-man?

 

And now an endorsement from the Joker and Scarecrow:

See you at Word on the Street!

 

By |2018-05-25T03:50:47+00:00September 3rd, 2009|convention pics, free sketches, photos|2 Comments

Superhero Movie screen grabs

Back in November 2007, My brother Mike and I were flown down to LA, to be part of ‘Hero Con” – a fake comic convention for the “Superhero Movie”, which was released in 2008.  The Possum Press archives finally obtained a copy of the movie, after unsuccessfully waiting more than half a year to find it in a bargain bin for under 5 dollars.  Instead I broke down and ordered it used off of Amazon for 8 bucks (which included shipping).  Saddly, we missed out on an Oscar last year for “Best Extra”, but at least Spy Guy and The Possum had a couple close ups in the film.  Get your magnifying glasses out, and see how many times you can spot the shmuck in the purple Possum T shirt (A.K.A. me), and the bald guy in the black Ultraist T shirt (A.K.A. Mike)! 

You can read earlier posts about our trip to LA here, and here.

By |2018-05-25T03:50:48+00:00April 25th, 2009|convention pics, photos, press, The Possum|10 Comments

Word on the Street 2008 report

 

Once again, Possum Press and Ultraist Studios spent Sunday, September 28th, at the Word on the Street Festival, in Toronto. This is an annual event, and our second time attending. We were blessed with two consecutive years of nice sunny weather, and lots of people visiting our table. I always love this event, because it brings out a lot of young kids, which is always fun.

This is the first show that we brought out our life size cardboard cutouts of Spy Guy and The Possum, which were used for the “Superhero Movie”, which came out last spring I believe. (I’ll have to do another post about that soon, as the stand-ups and my ugly mug made it into the movie)…….

A big thanks to everyone who came out, and spent a little bit of their hard earned money supporting our comics! (or their parent’s hard earned money). Maybe we can do it again next year!

By |2018-05-25T03:50:50+00:00October 7th, 2008|convention pics, free sketches, photos|1 Comment