Here’s a surprise that’s been a while in coming. We met Jarod at Appleseed Comic Con this year and were happy to receive this sketch of Subira and her big kitty. My apologies to Jarod for not posting this sooner. You can find more of Jarod’s work here!
Actually it wasn’t that bad. During the convention, people were texting and tweeting us if we were okay like it was a war zone, but for us at least we made it out unscathed. In fact most of the drama occurred unbeknownst to us until the following morning.
Lee and I ventured to Schaumburg, IL, my hometown coincidentally, to attend the non –affiliated Tumblr convention known as Dashcon to promote our comic Little Guardians. Apparently there was quite a bit of controversy over an impromptu fundraiser to keep the convention going. Allegedly the hotel demanded payment at the end of the first day which made the organizers ask for donations, but then it was reported there was no such demand from the hotel and the organizers merely conned (pun intended!) people out of 17,000 in donations. While I cannot confirm or lay truth to any of these claims, I will say the convention was ripe with frustration, anxiety, and anger, and there was certainly a strained aura lingering in the air.
All in all we had a good time speaking with other creators and fans so even though this convention will go down in infamy, I’m glad to have had the pleasure of meeting the cool people that we did. Lee got to display his voice acting skills as Arthur from Cabin Pressure in a fan-written script presentation/panel, as well as running a panel about online comics. Both panels went smoothly. We sold some books, gave out promotional bookmarks, and represented our webcomic so I’m proud to say we survived Dashcon 2014.
I’m thinking about making T-shirts WE SURVIVED DASHCON 2014, and starting a convention solely for Dashcon 2014 survivors. :-)
Little Guardians will be signing for Free Comic Book Day this year at Half Price Books in Greenwood, IN. We’ll have copies of Little Guardians Books 1 and 2. Half Price Books is adding their own spin to this event, making it not just about comics:
Comic Book Day & the 501st Legion
Come to your Greenwood Shoppes HPB on Saturday, May 3, from 10 am to 4 pm, for an action-packed day of comic book fun. Bam! Wear your favorite comic character costume and enter to win a $25 HPB Gift Card. Ka-Pow! Shop local artisans The Aerosoul Project & The Director’s Cabin comic book themed handmade crafts. Boink! Enter our comic book trivia and caption contests.Wham-O! Watch out for an invasion by Star Wars Indiana’s 501st Legion, from 2-4 pm.
See you there!
There is a lot going on, and we’ll be there!
We are also ALSO confirmed for this year’s Kids Read Comics Celebration! Hosted by the Ann Arbor District Library June 21st and 22nd! Kids Read is a special show. There isn’t another show I can think of that so wholly embraces the mission to bring the awesomeness of comics and reading to not just kids but their siblings and parents, get the whole family involved! Events focus on teaching cartooning basics, drawing and writing comics, reading, and building your skills as a young creator.
I’ve been honored to participate the last few years and can’t wait to do so again this June. Especially since I’ve spent my time since last Summer building my teaching skills doing panels, and workshops at comics shows and my local library and school systems.
Can’t wait for KRC 2014!
We’ve just been confirmed for our triumphant return to Wizard World Chicago!
This year’s show is August 21st – 24th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. I have many happy memories attending this show off and on for over a decade now, it was the first comic show I ever bought tickets too and will always remind me of some really great people and experiences.
As always we’re really looking forward to meeting more Little Guardians readers and getting to see our Chicago-based comic friends. If you’re attending come by and say hi! Get a book or a sketch and let’s talk comics!