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Event-uality - March 31, 2016


Well! Much has happened since the beginning of the year!

First of all, I want to extend a big collective THANK YOU to everyone who recently started watching me on deviantArt. That's especially awesome because, for the most part, it seems to have been due to the slew of sketch cards I've uploaded (and I still have more to add!). These are typically flash-in-the-pan pieces that I complete in about an hour and mostly just decide on the spot what I want to do. Though I don't often go out of my way to promote them like I would Crawling Chaos, I do enjoy them immensely because they are pretty liberating. Comics have a million concerns on every page. Prints have to be carefully planned and executed, because what people are really deciding is whether or not they want to hang them on the wall and look at them all the time. But with sketch cards, you can just do whatever you want, from realism to off-the-wall goofiness, absurdity and visual puns, because these aren't big, noticeable pieces that people have to clear room in their homes for. 

Long story short, the fact that the stuff I'm doing mostly for fun and artistic exercise is drawing people to click the Watch button on my profile, is pretty rad indeed. So, thank you all again, and I will try not to make you regret it!

On to business; work on Crawling Chaos #5 is plodding along slowly, due in large part to preparations for cons/art shows this year (which paid off immensely for me at Lexington Comic & Toy Convention this month), as well as my wife undergoing a major surgery, the recovery from which necessitates that I spend a pretty huge portion of my free time assisting her and taking care of everything around the house. Thankfully, she's not one to just sit around and mope, so she's taking an active role in her recovery and is doing better all the time. After this weekend, I'll hopefully have a lot more time to devote to my work again, as my next convention isn't until May.

Speaking of conventions, here are the events I'm currently signed up for this year:

Louis-Villains Market for Mischief: A Festival of Foolz, April 1
The Cure Lounge
1481 S Shelby St, Louisville, KY 40217

Conatron - May 7
The Center for Rural Devlopment
2292 US Highway 27 #300, Somerset, KY 42501
www.conatronkentucky.com

Louis-Villains Market for Mischief - June 10 - 11
The Cure Lounge
1481 S Shelby St, Louisville, KY 40217

Derby City Comic Con - June 25 - 26
Kentucky International Convention Center
221 Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202
www.derbycitycomiccon.com

Cincy Comic Con - September 9 - 11
Northern Kentucky Convention Center
1 W Rivercenter Blvd, Covington, KY 41011
www.cincycomicon.com


So, five events for sure on the plate at the moment, but there will certainly be more; the Louis-Villains Market for Mischief events are set to become a monthly phenomenon this year, and I don't plan on missing any of them as long as they don't conflict with a bigger show. Cheap table cost, relaxed atmosphere, local artists, good friends... and booze! In short, they're always a good time.

I hope to have Crawling Chaos #5 done by Derby City; if I don't, it'll be the first year that I've not had a new issue there. Highly disappointing, that would be. I've been thinking about bringing a spot of help on board. We'll see how that turns out.

Since I'm too dog-tired to think of anything else at the moment, I guess that's all the news. Once again, thanks to all the watchers, old and new. Hope you don't get sick of me before the next update! 


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First update of the New Year, January 6, 2016

Has it already been six months? Ridiculous.

Following the lengthy completion of Crawling Chaos #4, I spent the latter half of 2015 working on some standalone pieces of art, just to take a break from the hard march of comic production. I worked a couple of smaller, local events in Louisville, including one that is on its way to becoming a bimonthly staple; more on that below.

But, now, the time has come to delve back into the world of Crawling Chaos; Issue number 5 is scripted and in the process of being broken down. I'll be setting a deadline for myself very soon, certainly by summer. I'm very excited about this script, as it will give me a chance to get really experimental and ambitious with the artwork, and also because part of it will be extremely meaningful to me.

I've had some brief discussion with friends about other projects, including a suggestion of a trade paperback collection of Crawling Chaos thus far. While I would love nothing more, and would probably quite enjoy the production end of things, it would necessitate the beginning of something like a Kickstarter or Patreon, since the money to print my comics still comes straight out of my pocket and TPBs aren't cheap. 

That sort of campaign is an investment in and of itself, as it would mean coming up with different incentives (usually things like unique pieces of art) and staying in close contact with the contributors, and I already have little enough time to make the comics as it is. Still, my wife and I recently decided, after a particularly difficult 2015, that 2016 would be a year of repairs of all sorts. My dedication to Crawling Chaos is one of the things that needs to be renewed, and something like having a crowdfunding campaign to manage might really help to put my focus back where it needs to be.

Anyway, as promised, here is a list of 2016 events I'm confirmed for thus far. 

Louis-Villains - Market for Mischief: Violent Valentines - February 5
The Cure Lounge
1481 S Shelby St., Louisville, KY 40217
(website forthcoming)

Lexington Comic & Toy Expo - March 11 - 13
Lexington Convention Center
430 West Vine St., Lexington, KY 40507
www.lexingtoncomiccon.com

Conatron - May 7
The Center for Rural Devlopment
2292 US Highway 27 #300, Somerset, KY 42501
www.conatronkentucky.com

The event I referred to earlier is the first one, the Market for Mischief. It's hard to imagine working a Valentine's Day-themed event, but I'm sure I'll come up with something special. I'm also excited for Conatron, as it's a brand-new event run by some friends and acquaintances of mine. If you find you're free any of these days, make sure you check out these events. I'm looking forward to seeing you all in 2016!

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Updates, & etc. - July 2 2015

Quite a few updates to address - Crawling Chaos #4 just dropped at Derby City Comic Con almost two weeks ago now, and it is listed now, here in the Comic Books section. Along with #4 by itself, I also listed the Crawling Chaos Collection, the entire series so far, for $15. So, if you're new to Crawling Chaos and want to dive right in for all four issues, that's essentially buying three and getting the fourth for free. It's a deal I've only offered at conventions up until now, and until I can get the funds together to make an honest-to-goodness trade paperback collecting them all between two covers, it's the absolute best way to snag the whole story in one go.

With the completion of issue 4 after a very long slog that occupied half of 2015, I'm extremely relieved and enthusiastic to be able to work on some things that are not comic art. And, being that I've got an art show to participate in very soon, I've got plenty of reasons to do so. I just uploaded my tribute piece to The Wicker Man to my DeviantArt account here, and it is for sale (not listed here for various reasons), so please hit me up if you're interested in buying and we'll talk. If you're an artist and you haven't tried chip board (what The Wicker Man is on), it's dirt cheap and provides a great medium-hued value that will make your bright colors pop. If you follow Tony Moore on any of his various social media accounts, that's the material his daily sketches are drawn/painted on, so you'll know what I'm talking about. 

I've also started experimenting with painting on old vinyl records (another infinitely cheaper alternative to canvas or even paper; you can find them by the thousands in flea markets for 0.50 - $1.00 each. Awesome for artists who are also music lovers!), and I'll be uploading those as soon as I can get around to scanning them properly.

Finally, I've been pumping out sketch cards fairly frequently, especially at conventions. I sold a ton of them at Lexington Toy & Comic Expo back in March, some before I could even get pictures of them. Expect to see a lot of those popping up here.

Back to upcoming appearances; first is the art show I mentioned. I'm very excited to be participating in this year's A Cold 40 Summer Art show at Seidenfaden's Cafe in Louisville, which is also the place that has hosted the release parties for my first three issues of Crawling Chaos. It'll be July 12 at 6.pm., and as vaguely implied by the name, all art on sale will be under $40; the Facebook event page is here.

 I'll also be participating in OC3, Oldham County Comic Con, on August 29, and after that, a fellow artist friend and I are currently hatching plans to table a couple of cons together, since we're both artists and thus pretty broke. More on those as/if they get confirmed.

In short, art lives, live for art; if you're reading this, I hope to see you at one of the events above!

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Crawling Chaos #4 Complete - June 6, 2015

A bit of a late update, but yesterday at 5:35am, I placed the order for Crawling Chaos #4, "A Drink of Blood," with the fine folks at Comix Wellspring, and now eagerly await its arrival in time for Derby City Comic Con 2015, on June 20-21 in Louisville. I'm very excited to be returning to Derby City - it was my very first convention last year as an artist, and I did better than I had any right to expect. It's going to be a lot of fun and a great way for me to celebrate the end of this very long process.

And here's the cover: 

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In between cons - March 17, 2014

Lexington Comic & Toy Expo was this past weekend; I had a lot of fun, sold some comics & prints (new designs coming soon to the store!), and talked at length with some fellow creators, familiar and novel.


While at LexiCon, the very cool guys at Page 4 Yeti Comics recorded this podcast, featuring yours truly as their very first guest ever! We discuss Crawling Chaos, comics in general, and donuts. Lots of donuts: https://www.spreaker.com/user/page4yeti/ep-14-free-donuts?autoplay=1


DanCon is this coming weekend in Chicago. In the meantime, I am going to try to get a leg up on the work for Crawling Chaos #4; it's been very slow going, mainly due to commissions and convention work, but so far it's looking very good! Very excited to bring this one out!

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Winterfylleþ (October) 10, 2014

Good afternoon to all my visitors, and welcome to the site; things are going to start changing around here fairly shortly, as I refocus my attention on this site rather than my other web presences. The place is a bit drab all in gray, I'll see what I can do about that.

Since this where my online business takes place, it's well past time I started making this into an honest-to-goodness website, and what better way to get a bit more intimate than with a News page?

So, what's the news? Crawling Chaos #3 only awaits the finished cover image before it's off to the printer! Barring any hideous catastrophic disaster, that would put it coming in the mail late October or early November (Blōt-mōnaþ!), right on time to begin my Autumn convention marathon. The schedule is as follows:

Oldham County Comic Con - November 8, 2014
Oldham County Public Library
LaGrange, KY
oldhampl.org/oc3.html

Geek Galaxy Comic Con - November 15-16
Old National Events Plaza
Evansville, IN
www.geekgalaxycomiccon.com

Cavalcade of Comics - November 22, 2014
Ramada Plaza Louisville - Triple Crown Pavilion
Louisville, KY
www.derbycitycomiccon.com

All three events are first year start-up cons, and I'm extremely excited to be a part of every one.

Now, what's up with the weird month names? They're from the Germanic calendar, specifically that of the Anglo-Saxons. I've had them on the brain a bit lately because I've been trying to come up with print designs based on characters that you don't see represented at most comic conventions. Superheroes are everywhere, and I will no doubt have to dabble in that field to catch some folks' attention, but I also want to find my own niche at such events, and present a body of work featuring influences that other artists aren't using quite as much.

Naturally, this leads to things like myths, folktales, and popular or literary characters that are in the public domain. There are a number of iconic scenes from epics like Beowulf, the Popol Vuh or The Nibelungenlied that I would love to illustrate; today I've been considering the first on the list, hence my looking into all things Anglo-Saxon. Luckily, public domain also includes a lot of recognizeable characters from more recent works: John Carter, Conan, Dracula and Frankenstein's monster are all fair game, for example, and all of those have traditionally been done in only one or a few styles; finding new ways to represent such icons is going to be a goal of mine now that I'm all but finished with my latest comic.

Arriving back at Crawling Chaos, I'm not sure if there will be time for a release party before November (Con-monaþ?); but of course if such an opportunity arises, the info will be here and everywhere else that I am on the web.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Russell