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Been busy getting my ducks in a row for the 2014 con season :) lots of shows lined up, and I'm pumped!!
slowly but surely making more time for US shows, and hopefully I'll be making a jump across the pond for a Europe show before too long. Australia was on the list for this year, but my selfish best friends getting married haha, so that's on hold for now. 
I'm going to be at the 2015 San Diego show, as well. For sure for sure. tired of missing out on that.

Winnipeg AiKon Winterfest February 8
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Smaller Local anime con to start the year off! tiny show, but great attendees and a fun atmosphere :)


Winnipeg Wonderland Anime Festival  March 1,2
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Another Smaller con, the very first year its been held. Bit tinnier than we had hoped, but a good chance to network with local artists and plan some big plans :)


Toronto Comicon March 7-9
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First big show of the year! was a little hectic to man a 2 table endcap without any help, but with the aid of red bull, coffee, and Granola bars, I made er!
The Pokemon Poster on display caused a massive spike in that pieces interest- good trick to remember.
I also think I forgot a piece of my banner stand at the show :( 
Also, never trust :iconquirkilicious: :iconandreatamme: to lead you anywhere. Ever. every time we go off on an adventure to find a magical Sushi place, or a mythicaly awesome pasta restaurant, it turns into a never ending quest :p



Emerald City Comicon March 28-30
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This con had a stupid amount of talent setting up shop, my area in particular felt like a Disney concept art book exploded onto the floor. so much AAA cuteness.  Loved the city of Seattle, very friendly and chill place, the weather was nice (especially in comparison to Winnipeg). One of the best aspects of the trip was adventuring around the city with friends after show hours. 
Cannot wait for next year! only thing I'm going to change is the amount of table space :0 need moooaaar!



Fan Expo Vancouver  
April 18-20
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Lil sis came to help me out :) was a super fun trip, and I was pleasantly surprised how many return customers remembered me from last year and were excited to pick up the new stuff- always nice to leave an impression in the sea of crazy talent that is artists alley :p



Calgary Expo April 24-27
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Not sure where to start with how the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo went this year... Splendidly epic.

To kick things off, they used my Cassie and Tonk artbook submission as a aisle banner, completely unknown to me, so day one of the show I suddenly stumbled upon my own original characters printed the size of truck. The best. It will be used at the con every year from now on  (I tried to buy it from them, but they like it too much, haha)

I've never had so many return customers, almost everyone had visited the booth in years past, and was hungry for this years new pieces. One of the best con crowds an artist could hope for.

After a dozen or so customers took my ninja turtles pieces to the voice cast to sign, I was informed the actors wanted their own copies, I promptly sprinted across the halls and had the opportunity to meet the entire voice cast my fav childhood show! All really nice dudes. Cowabunga.

Every day after the show Andrea Tamme and Quirkilicious took us out for crazy delicious eats, I'll be haunted by those savoury meats until next year 

So ya, amazing show, great attendees, hauntingly great meals. I'll be back next year with more stuff than you can shake a stick at!



Fan Expo Regina May 3-4
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Think everyone was pretty shocked at the turnout this con pulled, was a great success for a shows 1st year, and next to no artists tried this show out- so we killed! :p
and of course yummy eats afterwards, this time with some Total Drama Island voice actors.


Ottawa Comicon
Good show! only compliant is that its too far away from the city! will post pics etc soon
May 9-11


Anime North 
May 23-25

Winnipeg's Aikon
July__

Chicago Wizard Con 
Aug 21-24

Toronto Fan Expo
Aug 28-31

Montreal Comic con
Sept 12-14

Edmonton Expo
Sept__

New York Comic Con
Oct 9-12

Winnipeg C4 Comic Con
Oct 31 - Nov 2


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Think this will be my last Journal Entry for 2013 :) was an epic year.  Lots of stuff in the works for 2014, looking forward to telling you more about them soon :)

Getting a good amount of holidays for xmas- and I plan to spend the majority of my free time taking a big ol chunk outa the Cassie and Tonk book :) and drinking hot chocolate. then Scotch.  
  Dev Diary by ChasingArtwork soooOOOOooo Exciting to be pouring effort into my own book project :) 

My 2014 comic con schedule is starting to take shape :D so many exciting trips to take next year! I'll post a schedule once a couple of table confirmations come in, right now its a big list of "I want to go there" 

I post all the really good stuff on Deviantart, but if you want to see a bit more of my random progress shots, random thoughts, and the occasional link to the music I'm listening to, throw me a "like".  

I am having a Holiday sale on the last batch of Limited edition artbooks :) (Smile)
Going to throw a handful of postcard sized prints into your package as well! cuz you're awesome 

I've got a Tumblr as well- but its pretty much the same stuff that gets posted here, so more of a preference thing :)

Happy Holidays :) (Smile)
Hey guys!

I am having a Holiday sale on the last batch of Limited edition artbooks :)
chasingartwork.bigcartel.com/p…

Going to throw a handful of postcard sized prints into your package as well! cuz you're awesome 

Happy Holidays :)
Thought I would toss together a brief synopsis of the shows I attended this year- I'm always asking artists what shows they recommend attending and why, so thought I would put together my list.
Please let me know if there is an amazing show I'm missing! and I'll try for 2014 :)

Vancouver Fan expo. 
Newer show, sales are pretty steady for a 2yr old con, definitely worth getting a table, especially now that it has some momentum. Highlight: The city. Vancouver is a beautiful place to visit

Calgary Expo
This show has exploded in size and scope recently. For an artist, this beast BY FAR trumps any other convention for sale numbers (including New York, a show twice its size) Every artist I talk to, 9 times outa 10- Calgary is the biggest money maker. The attendees are hungry for art. lots of it. Come well stoked and expect to go home empty handed. 

Ottawa Comicon
Newer show, so a bit of a slower one, but I imagine it will be growing steadily.
the main drawback was how far from awesome downtown Ottawa this convention is held, its a bit of a trek to get into the city, (but close to the airport). Ottawa has such a fun downtown scene to explore. 
Also had to deal with some especially rude and condescending volunteers at this con (something I'm not used to as an exhibitor) keep your distance. 

Winnipeg Ai-kon
My hometown Anime con- its a bit smaller to justify a flight and hotel for anyone out of town- but the attendees are very dedicated fans, everyone there is having a blast, and willing to spend on artwork. I'm always pleasantly surprised by how well I do at this show. 

Chicago Wizard Con
This show has a very different feel to it- the main focus in Celebrities and oldschool comics. Which means if you've got a different style, you'll stand out in a good way. There is enough traffic to ensure a busy weekend. 
They made the mistake of splitting the show into 2 floors this year, and Immediately promised not to do it next year. Very strong attendance and everyone is very stoked to buy artwork.

Toronto Fan Expo
One of my favorite shows and biggest Canadian Con - this show brings in over 100 000 attendees (3rd largest in North America, just below New York and San Diego). This expo has a huge range of art styles and levels, so you are competing with a lot of varied talent, but there is enough traffic to keep everyone more than busy.
Toronto is amazing for downtown exploring, always a fun post-con trip

Montreal Comicon
Ubisofts backyard, a lot of gaming presence 
Fairly new show as well, but its grown considerably in the last 2 years, recommended con.
Speaking English only is not hindrance (as I had initially feared)  almost everyone is bi-lingual, and even those whom are 100% french can usually get a passerby to translate. Very friendly attendees. 
Montreal is an amazing city, my favorite part of this show is the adventures we go on after the con.
(note: same company that runs Ottawa, and again I had to deal with very rude volunteers, these two shows have been my only run-in with unprofessional con staff. hope this changes)

New York Comic Con
Incredibly professional convention, PlayStation, X-box, DC, Marvel, Darkhorse, Etc, Etc, are making their presence known. The red carpets are out. 
Heavy competition here, the big guys are out in force, whatever your product, you'll soon run into 4 other guys who have been doing it longer and better. Bring your A game. 
This show also has a substantial amount of scouting clients- big name brands are among the crowd and on the lookout for fresh talent. Noticeably more-so than most shows. Expect decent sales, and a lot of potential clients coming home from this one. Also, be sure to apply early, this show is a tad tricky for locking down a spot. 

Edmonton Expo
New con, smaller, but pretty busy and a lot of fun. The good thing about new, smaller shows is that you don't have nearly the competition that comes with a bigger con. 
Also, this con sported the best food selection I've ever seen... an full food court in the building, food trucks everywhere outside and even food booths on the floor. it was noticeably awesome. 

Winnipeg C4
My hometown show (so I may be biased) but this show was well established years before most cities held conventions, and has been growing strong yearly. Its now at the point that its well worth the trip for artists out of town. Good attendance, and everyone appreciates the art. 
(and I know all the best places to grab a bite and a drink afterwards :D )

and that's it! fire me any questions you may have, and hit me with your artist alley experiences :)
cheers! 


Hey guys! comic con season is over- and boy was it a doozy 
Updated the old print store: society6.com/ChasingArtwrok?pr…

Let me know if there is a piece missing, and I'll get er up 

cheers guys!
AmAzin Trip :) one of the best cons I've ever attended. Professional setup, amazing variety of stellar artists from every genre. Really had something for everyone. 


Me, Fiore (client/buddy from NY and my pops)
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This pic sums up the weekend nicely.
Mom, then :icon7meeting8: :iconchasingartwork: :iconquirkilicious: :iconandreatamme: and Dad on the other side. Quirky and Andrea clearly know how to take a pic....
you can see more pics of the weekend on my facebook page:
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thanks to everyone who came by and said hi! go tot meet son many real life Deviants :) 

cheers!


I've finally updated my store as well: society6.com/ChasingArtwrok
Book: chasingartwork.bigcartel.com/
and if you guys don't see what your looking for, fire me a note and ill do my best to upload the piece/cover/pillow etc.

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can't wait!! see you there!!
Edmonton show was a blast! much busier than I expected 
I brought my Grandma to her first con, and she had a great time as well as being a huge help ( I had to tell her to sit and relax every once in a while)

Back in 2008 I was just out of college, very broke, and unsure about things, Grandma Judy was my very first investor, helping with with my first print run + Comic con costs. 
Since then it's been blur of amazing shows and crazy sales

Brought her along to show her what she was paid for 

And Ron Pearlman signed the Hellboy print!!!
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hit my facebook page for pics of the show!
Still have a carpet of prints to sort, but I will see you at the Toronto Fan Expo, this Thursday to Sunday. I will be at Table A340 in the Artists Alley. 

cheers!

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  • Listening to: Man of Steel soundtrack
  • Reading: artbooks
  • Watching: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Drinking: lotsa water
Woot! more Artbooks being shipped off this weekend  

just saying: As a kid who grew up on a farm with no TV, doodled on every piece of school paper handed to him, and was told by a guidance councilor that Art isn't a viable career choice: it is all kinds of fantastic that people from Germany, France, the UK, Australia, Brazil + everywhere else! are buying my first Artbook... on top of this, I get to work full time at a game company, have more illustration freelance than I can tackle and I'll be heading to 10 different cities this year to sell my wares at comic cons. 

Just, Thank You, you beautiful bastards, thank you so so much. I am damn grateful. and I promise, I am just getting started  

ps. Ninja Turtle Robots are on deck for Monday.
  • Listening to: Man of Steel soundtrack
  • Reading: artbooks
  • Watching: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Drinking: lotsa water
Hey! been getting a lot of questions about where to pick up my artwork and books, so here's my store plugs

Prints, Posters, Iphone Cases & Stretched Canvasses: society6.com/ChasingArtwrok

My limited edition Artbook (only about 20 left for online sale)  chasingartwork.bigcartel.com/p…
  • Listening to: Man of Steel soundtrack
  • Reading: artbooks
  • Watching: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Drinking: lotsa water
EXCITING NEWS! Myself, and all my work WILL be attending the 2103 New York Comic con in the Small Press area. 

This means I'm smack in the middle of the main convention hall, rather than in the artists alley, guess we'll see how I do toe-to-toe with the big cats. :) see you then!!
  • Listening to: Man of Steel soundtrack
  • Reading: artbooks
  • Watching: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Drinking: lotsa water
Kotaku feature :D woot! always a honor to have big sites like that showcasing my work.

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On a more sombre note: I have been denied an Artists Alley table at New York Comic Con this year, which was pretty devastating to hear, as that was one of my funnest trips, and best conventions last year. I will now aggressively peruse a small press or similar type spot to ensure that I make it to the show with my work, but for now, that con is a big "Maybe" for me :( 


  • Listening to: Man of Steel soundtrack
  • Reading: artbooks
  • Watching: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Drinking: lotsa water
SALE!!! ONLY 25 ARTBOOKS LEFT ONLINE!!!!

And shipping has been reduced to 1$ anywhere in the world for this weekend only!!!!

these will only be available to purchase personally from me at comic cons after the online stock runs out. So jump on it, or come say hey at the next show.

chasingartwork.bigcartel.com/p…

Cheers mates
  • Listening to: Man of Steel soundtrack
  • Reading: artbooks
  • Watching: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Drinking: lotsa water
Man of Steel!
Loved the film. a lot. felt like it was made for me  and I spent my childhood running around with a redish tea-towel tied around my neck, so you know I know what I'm talking about. Superman is my jam.

And I think that's what struck me most about the film: it didn't try to please everyone, it was a superhero movie, for people who like Superman. and Superman did amazing Superman things. God-awfully-amazing Superman things.

I think it felt more like a superhero movie than a lot of other recent flicks in the genre.

Great soundtrack too- get a hold of it if your a fan of filmscores
  • Listening to: Man of Steel soundtrack
  • Reading: artbooks
  • Watching: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Drinking: lotsa water
Free shipping from my society6!
society6.com/ChasingArtwrok?pr…

blarg, feeling uninspired at the moment. I need a comic con or gallery show or something to work towards I think.
I think the last 9 days of rainy miserable weather is to blame :p
  • Listening to: Edit
  • Reading: artbooks
  • Watching: South Park
  • Drinking: lotsa water
Head over to my facebook to see some pics from the trip :) was amazin
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I've finally updated my store as well: society6.com/ChasingArtwrok
and if you guys don't see what your looking for, fire me a note and ill do my best to upload the piece/cover/pillow etc.

cheers!
  • Listening to: Edit
  • Reading: artbooks
  • Watching: South Park
  • Drinking: lotsa water
Nothing fuels your creativity forge more than seeing someone doing the same thing you are, but better.
Seriously. find and meet people you admire for their art, and get angry that they have skills that you don't.
Work towards the day that they get angry at your Art.
  • Listening to: Edit
  • Reading: artbooks
  • Watching: South Park
  • Drinking: lotsa water
Artist Alley booths can be grouped into General Categories. I have been collecting data for years, and here for the first time, I present my findings:

The Seasoned Anime Artist Booth: these artists almost always have 11ft diplsays, usually constructed from collapsible shelves or plastic piping. The artist themselves can sometimes be glimpsed through a tiny gap in their wall of artwork, usually drawing away, only emerging to conclude a transaction, and then quickly receding back to the safety of the artsy fortification.

The Shy Kickstarter Booth
These are the Artists trying to push their very first comic series, book etc. These artists are new, frightened of loud noises, and unsure of their surroundings. They can mostly be seen at sparsely filled tables. hiding in a sketchbook, awaiting to be discovered.
(they get much better by show 2)

The Steampunk Pirate Booth
these guys seemed to land somewhere between theatre students and Craft artists- usually strutting their goggled/bucked getup in front of the booth rather than behind it, they aren't afraid to put on a show if it means a purchase. Always interesting to talk to, and put more effort into decorating a booth than most.

The Grumpy Old Pro Booth these artists almost always have massive art portfolios ( around 22x36in books) and stacks of comics they've published 10+ years ago. these artists pine for the old days when comic cons were only about comics, and hate what you and your generation has done to their once tiny get-togethers  they usually don't want much to do with you, and spend most of the show chatting with their old war buddies (whom also hate you)

The Loud Pushy Annoying Booth. (main habitat: Anime cons)
These booths usually have 1 artist, and 5 of the most high strung individuals you could imagine. All of this fun, fighting to fit behind a 6 ft table with 2 chairs. This booth will try to attract customers with high pitched shouts and nonstop bargin bellows. We all hate this booth.


To be continued...
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  • Reading: artbooks
  • Watching: South Park
  • Drinking: lotsa water
Almost every show- a cosplayer with an amazing, accurate, but overly cumbersome costume is going to come to your booth and fumble with your art portfolio with gloved hands until you offer to turn the pages for them.
I'm looking at you: overly plush Totoro.
  • Listening to: Edit
  • Reading: artbooks
  • Watching: South Park
  • Drinking: lotsa water