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I'll try something new here, if anyone would like to have a commissioned sketch from me... and you're going to one of the show's I'll be at: I can do it in advance and bring it to the show with me. This will save you time waiting around for me to finish it. Stress-free. Head shots, a figure sketch, something wacky. Email me and we'll talk. I do sort of a fusion of graphite, marker & sometimes ink on bristol. My email is t_bill23 at the mail that is hot. ;) ...and now on with the spring show schedule.

- Lexington Comic & Toy Con. March 24th. Lexington, KY. lexingtoncomiccon.com
- Gem City Comicon. March 31st - April 1st. Dayton, OH. gemcitycomiccon.com
- S.P.A.C.E. April 21st- 22nd. Columbus, OH. backporchcomics.com/space.htm
- Packrat Comics. May 5th (Free Comic Book Day) Hilliard, OH. packratcomics.com

all the shows I believe are extremely affordable to get in. This is the first year for Lexington. I can't say enough great things about Gem City and SPACE, well you have to go at least once. If you've never ventured into an all indie show. Packrat's of course free.

also I want to state that I'm always up for a commissioned sketch. Don't be shy. I maintain a presence on here but if it's something you're dying for or you need to contact me: the email above is always best. I'm not on here a lot.


Been really busy with the day job and freelance. It's a good thing in this economy, so I'm not complaining in the least. Finished up two anthology pieces. One is a story on the band Bad Brains, that will appear in District Comics. The anthology is set to debut at SPX in September. The other piece, well once I have more information, I'll let everyone know. I'm pretty stoked about it. The publisher likes the concept enough to let the writer and I do a 4 part sequel to it. Working on promo material for SPACE., more comic stuff and I hope to work in some time to get behind a canvas or two this year. 2012 is shaping up to be a great year.

peace out,
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yup, it's been about 3 weeks since my old computer died. A very expensive 4 weeks. With a new box, and a gently used upgrade on Adobe, I'm up and running again. Still really need Painter but I'm grateful for what I've got so far. Being as this was a big unexpected expense, I've been kicking around doing a Kickstarter to offset the financial hit. All the different levels I'm planning to do, if it's successful, will be like doing 4 or 5 cons. I'll be putting up sketches, prints and copies of the book I've been working toward finishing.

The past couple of weeks, I've been familiarizing myself with the brushes in Photoshop. It's the same version I have at work, but the work computer has a fourth the power my new box does. All my old graphics programs were too old for Windows 7, hence the upgrades. Microsoft office worked though (whopee). It was an uphill battle getting windows 7 to recognize my wacom tablet. Oy, what a mess.

Still on my plate, a short anthology piece that is all about the hardcore punk scene in DC and a graphic novel project that has been going on longer than I hoped.

It's been a bad year for shows. Can't swing driving outside the 614 so I'm stuck with area shows.
- I got rejected (again?) from the local Craftin' Outlaws again so no planned shows so far for the fall. I might skip out on vying for that show altogether.
- Comfest was always a blast. Great time. I don't make a ton of money at this festival but I always make enough to enjoy myself at the show. Really shaked my funk off from a shitty turn at SPACE.
- I had my first bad show at SPACE since... well since SPACE started up. Traditionally, that's my best show of the year. Columbus really needs a new pro-indie store to pump up sales. Maybe it's been too long since the Ogre was 'The Laughing Ogre'. Also the show really needs to curate the table spaces. If I were walking down a row of dodgy mini-comics, I'd be out the door too. The organizer swears ticket sales were up. They must have looked around, got scared, and left because it was a ghost town.
- Keeping my eyes peeled for new non-comic shows to balance out the cons I do do. I am confirmed for next year's Gem City show which should be good.

Next year will be better. There's always next year.
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So far...

- S.P.A.C.E. March 19-20th. Columbus, OH. low dow show:$5 will get you in.
site: backporchcomics.com/space.htm


- Comfest (w/ the Panel Collective). Gooddale Park. Columbus, OH (Last weekend of June) It's free, though parking is a hassle. Some how a ca-gillion people show up anyway to this event. Sweaty good time.
site: comfest.com

- Craftin' Outlaws. fall (?) 2011. Columbus,OH. no date yet. It's 'juried' so I got hosed last year which still puzzles me.
site: craftinoutlaws.com

That's it, unless something else pops up. Genghiscon might happen again this year.

*I'm up for a commission sketch anytime if you're coming to one of the confirmed shows. Some of my pieces on here are prints available on my etsy store (search 'drawrobot'). S.P.A.C.E. posters are available either individually or a subscription type deal (last four. while supplies last)

**Deviant art's a bad way to contact me. Email's on my website.

I'm pretty set against doing mainstream (cons) anymore. Unless I get invited (i.e. table fee waived), I'm not doing it. There are some exceptions...

Motor City I'd like to do some year. It's close and fairly inexpensive to do.

I'd like to do Gem City again one year but not get stuck in that indy room that's a fire trap. Great show, the most comfortable (table) chairs.

Heroescon is out. :( Someday soon.

Baltimorecon I doubt I'll go but it's one I'd like to go to if a nice freelance gig would fall out of the sky.

Someday, I'd like to get in on the art festival circuit. Columbus Arts Festival is high on my list but the juried/submissions process is weird. They're notorious for not showing artists from Columbus, even though it has 'Columbus' in the title. My address is now not Columbus so maybe there's a shot.
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2010 was a real year of highs and lows for me. Seriously, it feels like 2009 was eons ago. Some health issues came to light this year, moving to a new place, a book deal, got married, and there was the unfortunate passing of my father-in-law. While starting a new life together has been great, it has been hard dealing with the passing of my wife's dad. 2011's got to be better, right?

I guess this is where one spews out resolutions of some such: My goal in the new year is to *wrap up the graphic novel and focus on personal projects. One of which is kicking around ideas for a one man show. Here's to a new year of productive and creative ventures.

*a deadline helps.
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Things are calming down so I can dig back into the graphic novel project. A commission sketch here and there wouldn't hurt. Just took a look at my finances and whoo-boy, scary. Eeep.
I need to hit page 70 by the end of October for the project. Wrapping the whole thing up by December.
Looks like I got turned down for a spot at a show this year. Guess they're serious about it being a curated show. (One of those deals where there's the same vendors at every show and a few open spots) Oh well. The Panel Collective will be at Independent's Day this year. Which may be it for me in 2010, show-wise.

Ummm, if anyone's wanted prints of some of my stuff, I just set up a thing with Society 6 for large format glicees. Smaller scale prints are available at my etsy shop. Link's for both on my homepage at opencrashcomics.com.
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