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Alexis Ziritt, Andrew MacLean, Appearances, Liz Suburbia, News, Toby Cypress

Cincy ComiCon and SPX: Two FANTASTIC Shows!

September has been pretty amazing as far as comic shows go. First, I went with Alexis Ziritt to the Cincy ComiCon. It was the con's inaugural show, but you never would have known it. The organizers were well...uh, organized (duh) and the volunteers were super attentive to the exhibitors and attendees. You could really tell that they had put a lot of thought into the show based on past experiences (good and bad) they had either as guests, exhibitors, or attendees themselves. CincyIt was a 3-day convention, which is a big undertaking for your first time putting on a show. Friday was only open to "VIP" guests who supported the kickstarter campaign and it was only open for about 4 hours. It was a soft opening with a small crowd. This might not have been to good for some of the exhibitors, but this is the type of thing that comics enthusiasts and collectors love. A first crack at getting the best stuff. I expect word will get out and this will be a more utilized option in the following years. Saturday and Sunday were more typical of what you'd expect attendance-wise with Saturday actually getting pretty crowded. On the social/activity side, the con offered a drink and draw event at The Hall of Justice's museum Friday night and an art auction on Saturday night. Both were a good time. The D&D at the museum was a nice environment to hold the event. HOJLots of interesting stuff to look at in between conversations and lots of little areas to hang out and chat. It was also spread out so you didn't have to yell to be heard or strain to hear over crowd noise. The auction was a small, but active group. The auctioneer and host (Kara Moore) kept things moving at a good pace so you weren't "stuck" there all night. This is important if you want to bid on one of the items that comes at the end of the night. There were quality pieces available in the auction from some big name artists, too. The prices were good with a real steal or two, as well. Again, once word gets out about the auction in the collector community, this event will only get better.

I had a good time and got to meet a bunch of new people. I look forward to going back again next year's show (for which they have already booked a larger space).

So after hosting Alexis at my house for a few days, homewe trekked up to Bethesda, MD to meet Toby Cypress, Andrew MacLean and his wife Erin for SPX. None of us had ever exhibited at SPX before, and I was the only one who had ever even been to the show (once last year). I was a little worried on how OOSA would be received since we do more of what might be considered "mainstream" type comics. I felt we might be kind of atypical for the show and thusly looked over. In actuality, that couldn't have been further from the fact. Everyone was fantastic! Lots of people were aware of Andrew, Alexis and Toby's work already and even those who weren't gave their stuff a good look. Our location in the corner was great, too. I was a little concerned about being out of the main thoroughfare and how that might affect our traffic (and sales), but we had lots of space for us behind the tables and it turned out the space provided a nice relaxing area for the attendees to get out of the crowded pathways SPX boothand have an unhurried look and a nice chat with the artists. We all had a great show and sold lots of books, prints and shirts. Liz Suburbia was sitting with Kevin Czap at the show, but came over to visit a few times. She got to meet the other OOSA artists and take a break from the crowds. It made me happy to have the group together, but it made me wish the rest of the OOSA artists could be there too. Maybe next year.

It was a great time outside of the expo's business hours as well. It's always great to catch up with folks that I only get to see a couple of times a year, meet new and interesting people, and rub elbows with comics all-stars. I could do some major name-dropping... but I won't. I'll just say I was in amazing company all weekend long. But that's SPX in a nutshell i guess, isn't it?

SPX groupSo, thanks to everyone that came to see us at CIncy ComiCon and SPX. And if you took the time to check out our stuff or talk with us about whatever, it is certainly appreciated. I know I enjoyed every minute of it.

See you next time!

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Cincy ComiCon and SPX

cincy_tony_poster2_3 tumblr_mqq51fpb3y1qa5kkmo1_500Two great shows back-to-back!!!

I'll be at the Cincy ComiCon Friday, Sept. 6 - Sunday, Sept. 8. I'll be set up at table C-10, right next to OOSA artist Alexis Ziritt (C-11). I'm really impressed with what they're doing with this show. Lots of great artists, big name sponsors and exhibitors, and a ton of fun events and programming. With their line-up, you would never know that this is the convention's FIRST YEAR. Way to come out of the gate, guys! Buy your tickets and check out all of the goings-on at www.CincyComiCon.com.

The very following weekend (Sept. 14th - 15th), I'll be at SPX. And not just me; OOSA artists Alexis Ziritt, Toby Cypress, Liz Suburbia and Andrew MacLean will also be there. cornerYou can find us on our own OOSA Island at tables 44-46. SPX is going to be HUGE this year with over 600 artists planning to be somewhere in the room. Visit the SPX website to find out everything you need to know. www.spxpo.com

 

 

 

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SPX Wrap-Up

Well, I'm back from my first ever Small Press Expo and what an experience it was! The amount of talent packed into the hotel ballroom was fantastic. I wasn't able to get a table because they sold out so quickly (9 months ago!), but that may have been a good thing. I got to walk around and check out what people brought, see what people were buying and talk to a bunch of people about the OOSA artists. I'll have at table next year for sure though!

It was great hanging out with my roomie and SPX Sherpa, Chris Pitzer. He let me ride his coat tales and I got to go places and meet people that I'm sure I wouldn't have otherwise.

 

 

It was also great getting to see OOSA artist Ming Doyle, as well as Nathan Fox, Dave Crosland, and everyone else I talked to, even if it was only for a few minutes.

 

I was really impressed at the quality of work represented at the show. Whether it was a little photocopied zine or an art book from a major publisher, it seemed like everyone brought their A-game. I picked up a few things for myself. OK, maybe more than "a few".

 

Aaaannnd, I debuted the OOSA Anniversary Print Set at the show and was even able to present the winner or the Tumblr giveaway contest her set in person, so that was nice.

   

 All in all, it was a great weekend and I can't wait to go back next year!

Alexis Ziritt, Andrew MacLean, Appearances, Greg Ruth, Logan Faerber, Ming Doyle, News, Original Art, Paul Maybury, Toby Cypress

September Calendar of Events

The OOSA artists have a lot going this month. Take a look! September 7thAlexis, Andrew, Logan, Greg, Toby and Paul (along with a bunch of other great indie artists) will all have work in this show and it's all for sale. I'll be there for the opening selling OOSA prints and maybe Anniversary Print Sets. If you're in Richmond, VA, you should definitely come by and say hello.

About the exhibition: In an environment that is permeated with ads and posters for cinematic adaptations of comics, an equal amount of representation for the comic’s originators are rarely seen. The aim of &@$#! is to introduce the craft of the comic creator through the display of original pencil & ink drawings and their “fine art” paintings & illustrations. Audience members ranging from fans of comics to visual & performing arts supporters will be amazed and delighted to erode preconceived notions of what it means to be a comic artist. Their content is not solely driven by spandex wearing heroes and heroines, but to tell a story like the storytellers before them that both delight and educate. www.Gallery5arts.org 

September 15th

Alexis, Andrew and Logan will participating in the "Battles Without Honor and Humanity" group show at Floating World Comics in Portland, OR.

About the exhibit: This exhibition will be based loosely around yakuza/crime noir films by directors such as Akira Kurosawa, Takeshi “Beat” Kitano, Takeshi Miike, Kinji Fukasaku, Seijun Suzuki, Yukio Mishima, Sogo Ishii and Shinya Tsukamoto. As a genre, yakuza films are divided into two subsets: ninkyo-eiga or “chivarly films” featuring honorable outlaws caught between duty and compassion. Then there is jisturoku-eiga, the modern yakuza films which feature the stifling brutality of a life of crime. The artists and writers in this show will explore and pay homage to this powerful and unique genre. www.floatingworldcomics.com 

September 16-17

Ming Doyle will be attending the Small Press Expo sitting at E10 and selling her wares. I'll be at the show as well, but I'll be mobile. Checking out the sights, as it were, and promoting the OOSA artists. www.SPXpo.com

September 22-23

Alexis Ziritt will be a guest of the Cincinnati Comic Expo. If you're going and you'd like to pre-arrange a commission from him, you can do so here. www.cincinnaticomicexpo.com