Heroes Con

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HEROES CON!!!!

IMG_2426I'm pretty sure you've heard from a bunch of folks already about how great this year's Heroes Con was by now. Well, add my name to the list, too, be cause it was truly excellent! I won't go into too much detail about everything that happened the entire weekend, but here are the highlights. Thursday The OOSA artists were invited to a party at our buddy Terence's house. Not everyone from the group could make it, but we went out there with two cars full of friends. It was a nice way to start the show off. The house was packed, but it was still a more intimate setting than the Westin lobby so you could get around and talk to some folks that you hadn't seen for a while. I also got to introduce the newest OOSA artist, Chris Visions, to some of the other guys. He fit right in, of course, and got along with everyone like they had know each other for years. The food was amazing and the people there were great. Thanks, Terence! IMG_2401 IMG_2403 IMG_2405

Friday IMG_2409We set up at the show in the same block as Robert Wilson IV, Aaron Conley (who brought JB with him) and Dave Wachter, so we were in good company. Ming and Chris Visions were in seperate sections of the hall, so we didn't get to hang out as much as I would have liked. Things were a little slow for me at the OOSA table, but I know that Friday is the day that people are hitting their priorities and getting on IMG_2410commission lists, so I wasn't too worried. The artists did OK with sales and commissions, though. Aaron Conley was at the table next to me and he was busy most of the day selling copies of his book Sabertooth Swordsman. Alexis sold out of all of his comp copies of The Package, too. Good thing I had more for the rest of the weekend.

That night was the drink and draw, for which Alexis was asked to do a print that they sold to help raise money for Team Cul de Sac. All of the OOSA artists drew at least one or two sketches to donate, as well. I ended up buying one Vanessa R. Del Ray drew. I also got to meet and hang out with her quite a bit during the weekend, so that was cool. Same with Aaron, JB, Scarecrow Oven, Board Inker (and friends) and Jeff Stokely. It's always nice to meet new folks, ya know. IMG_2421IMG_2424IMG_2420

Saturday I got to the convention hall early so I could take some time to look around at the exhibitors, but they weren't letting people in until 9:00. That's only 30 minutes before the 3-day pass holders get in. I don't remember that being the case last year. Maybe there was some sort of security issue with folks walking around unattended booths? I missed my exploration time, but the policy is understandable. Also new for this year was the dj playing music in the main lobby and incense being pumped into the convention hall. The scent was a little strong for my taste, but I get the idea. It was only at first anyway, so no big deal.

Anyway, Saturday was packed at the convention hall! I don't know what the numbers were, but it must have been at least double Friday's attendance. I went up the main lobby around noon and there was still a line of people wanting to get in. Crazy! I also heard the line for Kevin Eastman spanned pretty much the entire con floor. All of these people IMG_2413being present resulted in a much busier day for everyone. I sold a bunch of shirts and books, but no art, which I thought was a little odd. Speaking of books, though, we had our copies of the kaBOOMbox anthology delivered to the show. It turned out reeeeaaally nice. It sold well, too. Fabian Rangel Jr. was sitting at Alexis' table today since they have a project together, so it was great to meet him.

That night, it was Mert's for dinner. I love the food, but I don't think Saturday night during Heroes Con is the time to try to go there. Too busy. The company was good, though. Justin Jordan and Stephen Green joined Paul, Andrew, Erin and I. IMG_2447I had to leave early to get ready for the art auction and Saturday Night Suits, which turned into Saturday Night Sweats before too long and I had to ditch the jacket. There were a few people dressed up, but not because of the SNS. Still, it was nice to see. Although... Rico did wear a nice button up shirt just for the cause, as did Seth. Next year, next year.

The auction was well attended as always. While about all of the OOSA crew donated something, only Ming and Chris' paintings made it to the big show, as did a Nathan Fox SVA screen print he donated via OOSA. The nice thing is that they were positioned right next to three other prominent pieces by Bernie Wrightson, Andrew Robinson and Skottie Young so you couldn't help but notice them. The bids were a little low on our pieces I thought, but that seemed to be the case for a lot of the art. I think the days of the $10,000 bids are over. After that, lots of drinking and socializing plus late night pizza at the Mellow Mushroom. Did you know they're open until 4am?! It's a game changer! IMG_2449 IMG_2451 IMG_2453

Sunday No incense this morning. That must not have gone over well.

Sunday was another slow day for me. Not quite as slow as Friday, though. I sold my one and only piece of art of the weekend and sold out of The Package. I used the time to get out and see some folks and visit with friends, so it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. I had to get home so I missed out on the Dead Dog party, regrettably.

Final Thoughts One really needs to devote 5 days to get the most out of Heroes Con. Come on Thursday and stay until Monday. There is soooo much happening and so many people to catch up with, it's about impossible to do it all in three days.

While I did fine selling shirts and books, I was a little surprised that I didn't sell any of the art (with the exception of the one piece) I had on hand from Nathan, Toby, Greg and Liz. I don't think it had to do with the prices, either. I just think there were so many artist there doing really affordable commissions (like, $80 or less) that the original comic art just wasn't selling. I wonder if that was the case for everyone. I also heard word of grumbles from the exhibitors that their sales were down because everyone seemed more interested in seeing the artists and buying things in artist alley. Not sure if that was actually the case or how prevalent that actually was. I didn't investigate.

I got a bunch of compliments and praise about OOSA and the OOSA artists from a ton of fans and professionals alike. I was really blown away. I've only been doing this for a short time and I'm super proud of the artists I work with, but I didn't know that so many folks were aware of and digging what we're doing. Thanks for the support, everyone!

It was nice to see Charles Vess doing so well at Heroes. He hasn't been to the show for a long while. I think everyone missed him.

It was also good to see my buddy Steve Mannion at the show for the first time. I believe he's now hooked and will come back again next year.

The show is huge! I don't think I saw half of the room. I even shut down an hour early on Friday just so I could go walk around.

Superman "flying" down the convention floor pathways on a skateboard was pretty funny. So was seeing a guy accidentally bonked on the head by a giant mallet as a Harley Quinn cosplayer put it up on her shoulder for a picture.

As always, the show was amazing due to the efforts of Shelton Drum, his staff and the volunteers. Thanks for another wonderful convention!!!!

Good Times

 

 

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OOSA T-shirts are here!

If you follow me on Twitter and Tumblr (which you should be doing, btw), then you have heard talk and seen teases of the OOSA t-shirts to be debuted at Heroes Con next month. Well, they are now available for pre-order in the store at a special price for a limited time with free shipping in the US and Canada. You know, just in case you can't make it to Heroes Con. 

These shirts feature original designs by Liz Suburbia and Toby Cypress and are printed on premium fitted Next Level Apparel tees using a discharge process so the shirts are super soft. This is a limited edition run of 200 for each design and they will not be reprinted. Once they're gone, they're gone! Click here to get yours.

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Post-Heroes Con Wrap-Up

Man, oh, man! Heroes Con was a BLAST! There was so much going on and so many things happened that it's hard to remember them all, much less, write about them. Let me touch on a couple of things, though. The Out of Step Arts Panel Discussion I'm not sure whose idea it was for us to do a panel, but I sure was flattered. That feeling was immediately followed by anxiety, night sweats and visions of empty rooms and awkward silences. But, all of that worry was unnecessary. We had a good size crowd show up, there was lots of discussion with some great comments from the OOSA artists, and there were some good questions from the audience. I talked to several of the people who came and they said  they found it informative and were able to take something away from the talk. Hey, that's what it's all about, right? The coolest thing is that Brandon Clarke (the behind-the-scenes guy from Brand New Nostalgia) caught it on tape, so if you missed it, you can now watch it in the comfort of your own home.

The Heroes Con Fun Run

     The Heroes Con Fun Run was probably my favorite thing from the whole weekend. This was the first year for the run as an official Heroes Con event, so we weren't sure what to expect. Again, the sleepless night before the run thinking about logistics and worst-case scenarios was totally unwarranted. I'd say we had at least 50 people show up at 7:00 in the morning!! That's pretty impressive considering all of the socializing opportunities that were available the night before. There were kids, parents of con-goers, people dressed in costumes, art students, comic pros, and running and comics enthusiasts alike. The best thing was that there were several people who had never run in an organized event like this before. People were actually inspired and trained just so they could run in the Heroes Con Fun Run. That's so great!

For the rest of the convention, I had people swinging by the OOSA booths to pick up their free prints who all talked about what a good time they had and asked if there will be another run next year. With the overwhelming success of this year's run, I would say it's a definite YES.  Other artists even offered to help Eric Canete out with the portfolio reviews for the SCAD students who participate next year. It's a good thing, because Eric was totally booked on Sunday with 10 - 12 30-minute reviews to do.  Way to show up SCAD students!!

A special thanks to Eric Canete for the art donation and the portfolio review offer, Shelton Drum for letting us do this as part of the convention, Rico Renzi for the shirts and the pictures at the run, and all of the other Heroes Con staff and volunteers who woke up early to help give out shirts and water bottles and generally make things go smoothly.

Everything Else

  

Having (most) all of the OOSA artists together over the weekend was really nice. I got to meet Logan Faerber in person for the first time and I got to know everyone a lot better. I feel that Out of Step Arts was really well received and the show was, overall, a great experience for the artists with some sales, some commissions, and lots of opportunities to network and socialize. One thing that I thought was really special this year (and I hate that neither of us got to see the presentation) was that the Heroes Con Staff all pitched in to get Toby Cypress to paint a picture of Shelton's car as a gift for him celebrating 30 years of putting on the show. What an honor.

As is the case with Heroes Con every year, I met lots of great new folks and got to see several people who I typically only get to catch up with once a year. Good times were had. Thanks so much to everyone at Heroes Con for a great weekend. I will definitely see you next year.

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New OOSA prints for Heroes Con

A while ago, I had asked the OOSA artists to team up to create some one-of-a-kind prints to showcase the talent at Out of Step Arts. If you'll recall, Greg Ruth and Logan Faerber did an amazing job on their print that was debuted at Spectrum LIVE! last month.

Well now, the other prints are ready to be revealed and will be debuted at Heroes Con next week.

Andrew MacLean and Toby Cypress worked together to create a futuristic world where the ladies rule the road.

Alexis Ziritt and Paul Maybury teamed up on this ultimate team-up comic cover: "Unknown World".

 

We'll have all of these prints, along with the original art, for sale at the OOSA tables in Indie Island (522-527). The prints are 4 color inks on 11 x 17 100 lb "silk" paper and only cost $10 each or $25 for all 3! Supplies are limited, though, so swing by early if you want 'em.  You can also have your pick of one the prints if you donate at least $20 to the Hairy Cell Leukemia Research Foundation AND run in the Heroes Con Fun Run Saturday morning.

I could not be more proud to be offering these, so I hope you'll come by and check them out.

 

 

 

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OOSA Island

The Heroes Con map with table locations is now available (here) and I could not be more pleased with where the OOSA artists ended up: Right in the middle of Indie Island surrounded by some serious talent. Look at this list of people in our block!

DAVE COOPER | AA-515 Bent, Weasel, Crumple, Suckle, Dan & Larry, Bagel’s Lucky Hat

SARAH DYER | AA-516 Beasts of Burden, Action Girl Comics, Milk & Cheese, MAD

EVAN DORKIN | AA-517 Beasts of Burden, Milk & Cheese, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Comic Book, Dork!

STEPHANIE BUSCEMA | AA-518  Something Monstrous, Womanthology

BENJAMIN MARRA | AA-519 Night Business, Gangsta Rap Posse

MATTHEW D. SMITH | AA-519 Simon Says, The Adventurers

ANDY BELANGER | AA-520 Kill Shakespeare, Bottle of Awesome, Black Church

BECKY CLOONAN | AA-521 Wolves, Conan, Dracula

KEU CHA | AA-528 Hex the Lost Tribe, Rising Stars, Witchblade

ROBERT WILSON IV | AA-529 Knuckleheads, Laser Joan

MIKE MAIHACK | AA-530 Cleopatra in Space, Adventures in Sandwich Making, Cow & Buffalo

JASON HORN | AA-531 Ninjasaur, Gruff

DEAN TRIPPE | AA-532 Power Lunch, Butterfly, Project: Rooftop

JOEL CARROLL | AA-533  Cuttle & Chirp, Topaz, Flight

BRADEN LAMB | AA-534 Adventure Time, Ice Age, Muppet Snow White, Tricky Journeys

SHELLI PAROLINE | AA-534 Adventure Time, Ice Age, Muppet Snow White, Tricky Journeys

And what’s even better, my friend and proprietor of AdHouse, Chris Pitzer, will be right across from us so I can throw things at him.

So come by and see us June 22-24th. All of the OOSA artists will be chatting, sketching and selling their art and wares. And since we're all together, we might try to do some live art or other such fun stuff.

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Heroes Con Fun Run

I'll probably post a lot about OOSA's next convention appearance, Heroes Con, in the next few weeks because we will have a lot going on with 6 artists there. I wanted to start with this, though, because Out of Step Arts is a sponsor.

At last year's Heroes Con, Eric Canete got a few people together via word-of-mouth for a run one morning before the convention center doors opened. There were comic book professionals and enthusiasts, alike. Some ran, some jogged and some walked, but everyone had a good time. So much so that this year, we wanted to make sure more people knew about the run and joined in. Jason Schachter of Essential Sequential and I approached Shelton Drum and Rico Renzi to see if they'd be interested in making it an official part of the Heroes Con activities, or at least help get the word out . Since Shelton is a big fan of running, he was all about it. Soooooo, now we are going to do it up right and we want you to join us! We'll even have some special incentives for people who participate.

First, you can get an exclusive Heroes Con Fun Run t-shirt featuring artwork by Eric Canete and Rico Renzi! How do you get the shirt, you ask? You can pre-order one on the Heroes Con blog with a donation of at least $20 to the Hairy Cell Leukemia Research Foundation. The foundation is committed to the research of the causes, diagnoses, and treatment of hairy cell leukemia; the disease that took the life of the great Dave Stevens.

And not only did Eric donate the artwork for the shirt, but he is also donating his time. If you are an artist and participate in the fun run, Eric will give you a 30-minute portfolio review on Sunday. You can read more about what he's offering and his thoughts on the run on his blog.

Finally, if you donate $20 or more to the Hairy Cell Leukemia Research Foundation, not only will you be able to get a Fun Run shirt, but you will also get your choice of one of the OOSA prints I will have at Heroes Con, including this one by Greg Ruth and Logan Faerber. You have to take part in the Fun Run, though.

The Heroes Con Fun Run will take place Saturday the 23rd at 7:00am. I know it's early for most folks, but that will give you time to run, get cleaned up eat a healthy breakfast and get ready for the convention doors to open at 10:00. It's not a race, there are no prizes. Just a bunch of people getting out to have some fun, get some exercise and support a great cause. (The run is free, but donations are appreciated.)

I hope to see you there!!!!!