Some amazing comic book legends are up today at the EXP Expo! We’re talking about Dan Jurgens, Jim Starlin, Mark Bagley, John Romita Jr., Ron Lim, Brian Haberlin & more! That’s a lot of characters covered between Marvel, DC & Image!
Check the schedule below. Also, find me on the indie creator panel starting at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. I’ll be with Travis Gibb, Cory De La Guardia, William K. Holland, & Nicole Fernandez!
This event runs through tomorrow so don’t miss out.
I know I don’t post as often as should, but that’s a good thing as I’ve been busy with projects. I thank you for hanging around and checking in on my blog every so often. Your company is greatly appreciated.
As you know, 2020 has been wild to say the least. Most of the time, it has been truly heartbreaking. I lost a good friend before the pandemic hit. I think about him in particular now because the Dodgers are in the World Series and he was a huge fan. He was also an amazing artist and we would have had a lot more conversations about this year.
I had my largest convention schedule planned for this year but COVID-19 took care of that. It was going to be a lot of firsts for me. Surprisingly, other opportunities have presented themselves. As you know, I was honored to be a part of Gerry Conway’s Skulls for Justice campaign.
Since then, I’ve had the privilege of doing a sketchcard set for Marvel & Upper Deck’s Marvel Anime trading card series. I started posting them on Twitter & I guess someone in Japan found the Venom card already. I’m fanning out that I’m in a set where Peach Momoko is the headline artist. Insane! Here’s a look at all of my cards:
I’ve also been working quite a bit with my friend Mike Korpi. He’s an amazing writer and I wanted to bring his stories to life. You may remember we were in Wannabe Press ‘ Cthulhu is Hard to Spell: The Terrible Twos right before the pandemic hit.
We now have an opportunity for a comic book anthology hat trick. Our second and third anthologies are live now on Kickstarter. The first one is from the creator collective we belong to: the Sketchy Bug Group. The book is called Danger Arcade and features 10 stories by 21 creators plus pinups. Click here to check out the campaign! The cover is by Mike Penn from Heavy Metal magazine. Ed Dukeshire (from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers & Hulk) is doing letters for some of the stories, including ours! Our project was recently backed by BOOM! Studios as part of their 100 First-time Comic Kickstarter Campaigns initiative. We have 2 weeks left to fund and we’re almost at 50%! I hope you’ll consider it.
Mike and I are also in great company with a horror anthology that we’re a part of called Nightmare Theater. This campaign just launched today and is over halfway funded. It features a ton of phenomenal talent like Ringo Award-Winners Rylend Grant (Banjax, Abberant), David Pepose (the O.Z., Spencer & Locke, Going to the Chapel), David Avallone (Bettie Page, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Drawing Blood), Terry Mayo (Wicked Righteous) and many more. It’s insane. The book is over 200 pages! Mike and I have a story in it we’re sure you’ll love and I did a pinup.
I hope you enjoy these amazing projects. If you support any of them, sounds off below and let me know! If you find any of my sketchcards, let me know!
Thanks for stopping by! First, my store is updated on Etsy and is now officially rebranded as Nguyening It! It also means I won’t be taking the time to do any needlefelting in the foreseeable future. Never say never though, right?
I’ll be getting magnets and possibly some original art up as well. I don’t know where Comic Con at Home will take me, but you don’t know unless you try and put forth some effort right?
The Ringo Awards are held at Baltimore Comic-con, which I’ll be at in their Artist Alley if everything goes back to normal. It’d be great if a longshot like Pablo the Gorilla made it on the ballot. First, it’d be a special thing to walk into Baltimore Comic-Con with that nod. Second, and more importantly, the award celebrates Mike Wieringo, an artist that I admired and who believed in the fun of comics. Making Pablo was about making a fun comic and I believe it truly embodies the spirit of the award. You have the chance to affect the ballot simply by nominating the comic and me in all applicable categories! I hope you’ll consider it! Thanks!
2019 was personally a great year for me. Retro debuted at the Dances with Films festival. Siren’s Song with Andy Nordvall hit #1 on the Amazon Kindle in science fiction and fantasy illustration. We even broke into the print top 100 of ART! Pablo the Gorilla was funded and delivered on Kickstarter! It even sold out at my local comic shop. They’re on their second helping!
How is 2020 so far? Well, it’s going crazy!
I have 7 conventions on my schedule!
My first one of the year was Long Beach Comic Expo and I’d say it was a rousing success😊
Next up is Wondercon in Anaheim. Find me at Artist Alley table B-50 April 10-12th !
Why yes, that is a sword wielding Pablo the gorilla!
Read this review to find out!
To those who have been following the blog since the beginning, thank you. As this year winds down, I’m finishing work on some projects and starting on others.
Can you believe the year that happened? I’ve been very fortunate in these trying times to find a little shine and it’s thanks to everyone for the support.
Andy Nordvall & I saw our Inktober 2017 project, Siren’s Song, go #1 on Amazon Kindle and break into the top 100 in print for Sci-fi and fantasy art books. We beat out Star Wars & Legend of Zelda. We were in the Art top 100 with Basquiat. If you supported, be sure to leave a review!
Aaron Lindenthaler & I saw our short film Retro debut on the big screen as an official Dances with Films selection. The premiere was at TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, California! How bonkers is that?
Can’t forget that Pablo the Gorilla came to fruition! Thanks to everyone who joined Team Pablo to see this comic through! I’m so happy and proud to have fulfilled this campaign. How insane is it to see a Dustin Nguyen variant cover too!
Starting off the new year will be an appearance at Long Beach Comic Expo. Pablo will start making the rounds at conventions this year as he got a late start at Los Angeles Comic Con. Remember, I’ll be sharing not only my schedule but Dustin’s coinciding ones too; so, be sure to grab a copy of his variant, get it autographed & thank him for supporting indie projects!
Check out this crazy con schedule for 2020!
I’ve often told people I have some stupid good luck. Sometimes, it’s hard work meeting opportunity. There’s a lot to be thankful for with Thanksgiving coming up. 😁 In this past week, Pablo the Gorilla made it onto the shelves of my local comic book store, the Comic Bug, in Culver City. It was even between Robert Kirkman’s Outcast and Brian K. Vaughan’s Paper Girls. Not only that, but it sold out and has since been restocked! I also got news I’ll be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con in Artist Alley, as well as Heroes Con and Fan X Salt Lake City!
Big thanks to all my family & friends. Huge thanks to the Bug and all the outlets that have had me on! Thanks for being part of my journey. I hope 2020 has some amazing nuggets waiting to be mined!
So, I finished Inktober and thought, “I have enough pages. I think I can make a zine! ” So, I did!
Well, I made one as a proof. Once it’s reviewed, I’ll continue printing and refining my printer settings.
Also, I’ll be doing 3 signings this week in Los Angeles for Pablo the Gorilla. On Wednesday, November 6th, I’ll be at the Comic Bug in Culver City from 11-2p then at the Manhattan Beach location from 5-8p.
To end the week, come celebrate at Nostalgic Books and Comics on Saturday, November 9th in San Gabriel Valley!
It’s been a crazy year and I have many people to thank, but especially #TeamPablo . This is a sketch request from one of my original art tiers. It’s for one if my friends from high school. I hope it fulfills her request 😁