Cincy Comic Con - www.cincycomicon.com Heroes Aren's Hard To Find - www.heroesonline.com Telegraph Art & Comics - www.telegraphgallery.com SPX - www.spxpo.com
If you aren't familiar with Rosemary's work yet, you will be soon. She has a superb grasp on design and story telling. Her work is intelligent and heartfelt, ranging from dealing with really dark subject matters to fun pop-culture pinups. It's complex, diverse and interesting. We're are really excited to have her join the OOSA crew, because not only is she super talented with a huge career laid out in front of her, but she's also really enthusiastic about working in comics and illustration.
Oh, and did I mention that she's only 20 and still in art school at MCAD?! I found it really hard to believe after seeing her work, which seems way beyond her years. But like all of the other OOSA artists, it's not the age, the number of years you've had in comics or stories you've had published that matters. It's the talent, the uniqueness, the drive, the potential and the attitude that I look for. Rosemary is a perfect fit and we're lucky to have her as part of the collective.
Punkrock* Jazz is off at the printers, the files have been approved for production and A Wave Blue World is ready to start taking pre-orders! The advantage of pre-ordering is that Toby will sign and sketch copies in the order that they are received. They anticipate beginning to ship them out in early May.
Pre-orders should all go out before Heroes Con on June 19-21, but for anyone going to that show, you may want to wait to get a copy of PUNKROCK* JAZZ directly from the man himself as Toby will be in attendance. Either way, you’ll soon have a copy of this fantastic new art book in your hands so you can spend countless hours pouring over Toby’s breath-taking work!
Punkrock* Jazz: The Art of Toby Cypress is hardcover, full color, 112 pages with 4 3-page gatefolds and 10 removable prints, all of only $25!
Pre-orders come signed with a quick ink sketch by Toby Cypress so be sure you get on the list here: http://awaveblueworld.com/shop/punkrock-jazz-the-art-of-toby-cypress-2/
Around 2009, the Turner Classic Movies channel had an online comics series called "The Lost Scenes" that would accompany the movies they aired on TCM Underground. You know, they showed those campy old horror movies, cult classics, black comedies, etc. The comics were supposed to depict fictional scenes from the film found on the cutting room floor or made up off-camera antics. They had a whole series and Nathan Fox did several for them, as did Peter Bagge, Evan Dorkin and more. For this Vault Sale, we are listing three complete Lost Scene comics from Nathan for the movies Mark of the Vampire, The Terror of Tiny Town and Blood Freak. Each comic will be sold as a set containing the full comic (3 pages each) for one price. The pieces will be available until Friday, March 13th. Appropriate, no? Visit the OOSA Store to buy them before they're gone!
And since you were kind enough to visit the website, here's a little reward just for you! Click here to download a .pdf of Nathan's Lost Scenes comic for Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Dang! We did a lot this year. We brought Nathan Fox and Chris Visions on to the crew, we had a museum exhibit featuring all of the OOSA artists with over 50 pieces of art, released the kaBOOMbox Vol. 1 anthology with Brand New Nostalgia, opened the OOSA Print shop and started the monthly Guest Artist feature, went to some great shows, celebrated our 3rd anniversary, and overall, had a great year. Thanks to you all for sticking around and checking us out. Every purchase, word of support and interaction, whether online or in person at a show, is greatly appreciated.
So what's in store for next year? Well, we're going to continue featuring monthly Guest Artists in the print shop. So in addition to the great guests like Natalie Andrewson, Richie Pope and Jim Rugg we've featured in the past, our upcoming schedule is full of fantastic artists with Ron Wimberly, Heather Mahler, Conor Nolan, Tony Millionaire, Sail, Phil Noto, Brandon Graham, Tula Lotay and Aaron Conley lined up to take us through September of 2015. You can still get Eric Bonhomme's print until the end of December, so don't let it pass you by.
The OOSA artists will be firing on all cylinders next year, too, with everyone having books out from major publishers. Andrew MacLean will have his graphic novel ApocalyptiGirl published by Dark Horse in May, Alexis Ziritt will have his comic Space Riders published by Black Mask Studio with co-creator Fabian Rangel Jr. starting in March, Liz Suburbia will have her debut comic Sacred Heart published by Fantagraphics sometime in the Fall of 2015, Greg Ruth will have INDEH published by Hachette Books, Logan Faerber will be illustrating his first published comic with BOOM! Studios, Paul Maybury will have Valhalla Mad with Image, Toby Cypress will have his art book released, and Chris Visions, Nathan Fox and Ming Doyle will continue to knock out great comics as well. 2015 will definitely be a banner year for OOSA.
As for me, I'll probably hang back a bit. I don't have any plans to add any more artist to the collective. I think OOSA is in a good place right now, so I'm just going to let it do it's thing. I'm mostly looking forward to seeing what the OOSA artists accomplish in the coming year and I hope you'll continue to stick around to see what we're up to.
I really respect Jim Rugg, so it's a real treat that he's doing a print for us as a featured Guest Artist in the OOSA Print Shop. In case you didn't know, Jim Rugg makes comics, books, drawings, illustrations, and designs. His books and comics include Street Angel, Afrodisiac, the PLAIN Janes, Rambo 3.5, Notebook Drawings, and Supermag. He has exhibited drawings at iam8bit, Gallery1988, Mondo, and the Society of Illustrators. Honors include an Ignatz Award, The Pittsburgh Foundation's Investing in Professional Artists grant, and AIGA's 50 Books/50 Covers selection for best-designed books. He teaches classes in the MFA Visual Narrative program at the School of Visual Arts and co-hosts BoingBoing.net's Tell Me Something I Don't Know podcast. In short, Jim knows comics and illustration backwards and forwards AND he's a super nice fella' to boot.
Jim's print for the Print Shop is a full color giclee print on 11 x 14 inch archival 265 gsm 100% cotton paper and will be a timed and numbered edition. What does all of that mean? Well, 1) the print will be super nice, and 2) the print edition will only be open during the month of November. After the month ends and the edition closes, the prints will be numbered based on how many were purchased.
The print will be revealed on November 1st when its made available for sale in the OOSA Store, but here is an initial concept sketch (below) to give you an idea of what Jim whipped up. Be sure to follow OOSA on Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook to get notified when the print goes live.
We've started something new here at Out of Step Arts. We are going to be featuring a variety of guest artists in the OOSA Print Shop! Each month, we'll invite a different artist to do a print with us for you all to buy. Some of the artists you might know, and some you might not. That's OK. Good art is good art. They'll be comic artists, illustrators, fine artists, photographers, etc. All of the prints will be first editions and only available in the OOSA shop for one month. So who will we be featuring? Well, folks like Richie Pope, Jim Rugg, Eric Bonhomme, Ron Wimberly, Conor Nolan, Tula Lotay, Sail, and starting everything off, Natalie Andrewson! You can get her print in the Print Shop during the month of September. You also be able to get it directly from the OOSA booth at the Cincy Comic Con (H9-10) and SPX (W44-45).
Go check out more of Natalie's work at her website (www.natalie-andrewson.com) and then be sure to check back here every month to see which artist we'll be featuring next.
So the big news was released at this year's San Diego Comic Con that indie powerhouse publisher Fantagraphics will be publishing Liz's online comic SACRED HEART in its entirety as a 300+ page book. SACRED HEART will join the ranks of other publications such as Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree, Los Bros. Hernandez's Love and Rockets, Charles Shulz's Peanuts and a slew of other quality and award winning books. And even though you can read the first part of SACRED HEART online, Liz will be redrawing the entire book from scratch so it's quite an undertaking. You can read this interview on Robot6 to find out more about the book. You can also follow her on instagram, where she posts the occasional art update or process pic like these:
I'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!
Friday We 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 commission 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.
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 being 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. I 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!
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!!!!
When I was offered an opportunity to do the Out of Step exhibit at the William King Museum of Art after I started helping them curate Shelton Drum’s original comic art collection exhibit, I wasn't really sure it was something I wanted to do. I mean, I live in a rural part of Central Appalachia, and while there may be comic book fans here, there are very few people who are into the more “indie” artists I work with through Out of Step Arts. Who would come see it? Would it even be worth the time and effort?
In the end, I decided to do it. I figured that I’d forego attending a May convention like Spectrum Live or TCAF, and instead use the money I would have spent on registration and travel and put it towards the exhibit. (Getting frames for 50 pieces ain’t cheap you know.) Besides, where OOSA would just be a small, obscure part of a show like Spectrum LIVE or TCAF, we would be the headliner of our own museum exhibit! And while there may not be a lot of local interest, I thought there would be good opportunity for exposure for the collective in the online comics community. I’m a little biased, but I think havingMing Doyle, Andrew MacLean, Nathan Fox, Alexis Ziritt, Greg Ruth, Logan Faerber, Toby Cypress, Liz Suburbia, Paul Maybury and Chris Visions all in one show is pretty noteworthy. Heck, two of them are nominated for Eisners this year and we had original art from those books on the wall! Plus, with the Executive Director of the CBLDF coming to the museum for an event while the exhibit would be up? Pshh!! Who wouldn't think that was pretty cool?!
So, after I put in the time, the money, and hung all 50 pieces (by myself), the exhibit was up. I contacted all of the comics news sites about it, and promoted the crap out of it on twitter, tumblr, instagram, etc. The Comic Age and Multiversity Comics were kind enough to run a blurb about the exhibit on their sites (thanks, guys) and I think maybe 20 people were there for the opening event. Ten if you don’t count family and people associated with the museum. It stung a little. I wasn't expecting much, but I was hoping for more. In the weeks leading up to the Superhero Saturday event featuring the CBLDF, I contacted some of the comics news sites again, continued to post on social media sites, and we did a lot of local promotion for the event and the exhibits at the museum. Out of Step was mentioned on the news and in the local paper a couple of times, which was pretty cool. I did a radio interview about OOSA and the exhibit, too. It was great local exposure, but the larger comics community was my target market. The “big splash” I was hoping to make in the comics scene turned out to be more of a ripple in our local pond.
Superhero Saturday rolled around and it was a great event. Over 200 people (which is a pretty good turnout by all accounts) came out to the museum to participate and listen to the lecture on the history of censorship in comics. Kids came dressed as superheroes, everyone enjoyed seeing the exhibits, Charles Brownstein of the CBLDF was impressed… It was a good day.
And that was pretty much the culmination of the Out of Step exhibit for me. It’s only up for the month of May, so the only thing I have left to do is take it down on Sunday. Even if it didn't get noticed as I had hoped it would, it’s still a wonderful exhibit, and I’m really proud of the OOSA artists and the work they had on display. If you asked me if I was glad I did it, I would probably say, “Uh, yeah, I suppose.”
Until I got a text yesterday from the curator of the museum’s programming, that is.
Callie Hietala coordinates the programming at the museum, but she also does the tours of the exhibits for groups that come in. She texted me to let me know that she was showing a group of middle school students around, and that when they got the Out of Step exhibit, a little girl told her, “I feel at home here. This is exactly how I want to draw!” That comment instantly made everything worthwhile. The fact that seeing the art from the OOSA artists on the walls of the museum in her home town may have sparked, inspired, reassured and/or validated something for that kid is far more important to me than getting mentioned on the internet. Now I feel the Out of Step exhibit might just be the most important thing I've done through Out of Step Arts so far.
Who knows, maybe that little ripple in our local pond will lead to this girl making her own big splash in the comics scene one day.
That's right! OOSA will be at Heroes Con 2014 en masse with Ming Doyle, Chris Visions, Andrew MacLean, Alexis Ziritt, Logan Faerber and Paul Maybury all in attendance. Along with original art, prints, books and commissions, there will also be a few debuts for the show. The kaBOOMbox Volume 1 anthology, featuring over 200 pages of work from the OOSA and Brand New Nostalgia collectives will be available for the first time. A whole bunch of the artists who are in the book will be there and would love to sign your copy.
The Package, written by Elliot Blake with art by Alexis Ziritt, will also be available, as will Andrew MacLean's new book Head Lopper Part Two: The Wolves of Barra. I'll be there as well selling original art from Toby Cypress, Greg Ruth and Nathan Fox (including a new batch of Nathan's work), plus whatever Liz Subrbia and Toby Cypress OOSA tees I have left.
Heroes Con is such a great show so I hope you're planning to get to Charlotte, NC June 20th-22nd. It's not something you'll want to miss.
Hey folks. I just wanted to let you know about the OOSA showcase exhibit, Out of Step, at the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, VA. The exhibit will run the month of May and will feature a total of 50 pieces from all of the OOSA artists including their work from comics (with art from two 2014 Eisner Award nominated books), illustration jobs and personal projects.
The opening will be May 1st from 6-8 and will be part of Abingdon’s First Thursdays community arts event. As part of the opening, we will be showing a screening of The Drybrush Master. This documentary by Ben Tobin features OOSA artist Greg Ruth and his work on his book The Lost Boy. You’ll be able to see some of the original artwork from the book as part of the exhibit, as well.
If you’re nearby, I hope you can make it to the opening. If you’re from out of town, though, I would suggest you wait until Memorial Day weekend to get the most out of your visit. Why? Well, not only will you get to see the Out of Step exhibit and the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find: The Original Art Collection of Shelton Drum exhibit, but you will also be able to hear the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Executive Director, Charles Brownstein, give his lecture “The History of Censorship in Comics” on Saturyday, May 24th at 2:00pm. It will be a big day of celebrating comics at the museum, so don’t miss it!
Out of Step displays the diversity of styles and approaches used in visual storytelling, as well as the artistic dexterity of some of the professionals working in the graphic arts. This show features paintings and illustrations from the Out of Step Arts Collective, coordinated by Bristol, Virginia resident Neil Bramlette.
The artists include Greg Ruth, Alexis Ziritt, Ming Doyle, Andrew MacLean, Chris Visions, Logan Faerber, Toby Cypress, Paul Maybury, Liz Suburbia and Nathan Fox. Neil Bramlette founded Out of Step Arts in 2011 to support emerging and established artists with strongly unique styles who are not only interested in working in comics, but also in other artistic fields and mediums, as well. Neil’s eclectic interests in art, music and culture have lead to the formation of a very diverse group of artists from all across the United States.
The Asbury Park Comic Con is this weekend (April, 12-13) and I'll be there along with Toby Cypress and Andrew MacLean. They'll have books, prints and art. I'll have art from Greg Ruth, Paul Maybury and Nathan Fox, too. Plus maybe an extra little special something from Nathan. Come by our booth at C-352 and say "Hey".
Check out www.asburyparkcomicon.com to see the other guests and goings-on. It looks like it will be a fantastic show.
Chris Visions! I'm so happy to finally be able to announce this since I've been sitting on it for a while. It's been especially hard since Chris Visions has been getting a lot of attention recently for his upcoming series Dead Letters with Chris Sebela from Boom! Studios. And all of that attention is much deserved because he's an amazing, versatile artist. If you haven't heard of him yet, don't worry, you will. He was recently chosen from hundreds of artists to be part of a small group to do some promotional art for NBC's series Hannibal, so there's that.
Chris' inky, energetic style is a great compliment to the current artists in the OOSA collective, and his illustrative style gives him a unique voice. I'm excited to have him on board, as are the rest of the OOSA crew. Be sure to check out Chris' profile to see some of his work if you aren't already familiar with it. You can also follow him on Instagram and Tumblr to see what he's up to, as well.
Glad to have you as part of the team, Chris!
I worked with the William King Museum and Shelton Drum to curate this showcase of Shelton's amazing comic art collection. It has original comic art, Heroes Con promotional art and some of Shelton's private commissions from some the biggest names in comics past and present.
There are over 80 pieces in the exhibit and the artist list is a true all-star roster from the last 60 years. Artist include:
Steve Ditko - Joe Kubert - Jack Kirby - Don Heck - Gil Kane -John Buscema - Neal Adams - Frank Brunner - John Romita - George Perez - Frank Miller - Paul Smith - Charles Vess - Jim Starlin - Steve Bissette - Matt Wagner - Mike Zeck - John Byrne - Paul Gulacy - Wally Wood - Lee Elias - Larry Lieber - Frank Frazetta - Richard Thompson - Mac Raboy - Neal Adams - Johnny Hart - Jim Scancarelli - Brian Stelfreeze - Sanford Greene - Mike Wieringo - Butch Guice - Mike Zeck - Tim Sale George Perez - Dave Sim - Sergio Aragones - Paul Chadwick - Joe Quesada - John Romita, Jr. - Jeff Smith - Alex Ross - George Perez - Dan Jurgens - Murphy Anderson - Rick Leonardi - Ron Garney - Travis Charest - Adam Hughes - James Jean - Darwyn Cooke - Mike Mignola - Joe Jusko - Bill Sienkiewicz - Jim Silke - David Williams - Phil Noto - Steve Rude - Bernie Wrightson - Scott Hampton
The exhibit is up until June 29 so I hope you all can make the trip to Abingdon, VA to see it.
Exhibit details here.
Nathan is an amazing artist and long-time friend of OOSA. He's always been supportive of and interested in the artists in the collective. He's helped them get work on projects he was working on, promoted their art... Heck, he even wrote the introduction for the OOSA/BNN collaborative anthology kaBOOMbox Volume 1! He's always been considered part of the family and a big influence on a lot of the OOSA artists, so it's only logical that he be an official member of the crew.
If you aren't, by some chance, familiar with Nathan's work, he's done illustrations for Entertainment Magazine, The New York Times, ESPN, Wired, Playboy and so on. He's also worked for every major comics publisher. His most recent assignments are providing covers for Vertigo Comics' FBP and the recently announced Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers book from Dynamite Entertainment. You can click on his profile to learn more about him and see samples of his work.
Over the next few weeks, I will be adding a TON of his original artwork for sale in the OOSA Store. He'll also have a few shirts available in the OOSA Bodega. Nathan will be joining us at the Asbury Park ComiCon in April, so be sure to come out and say hello.
There has been a lot of talk about the inappropriate treatment of women in the comics industry the last few weeks with Tess Fowler leading the charge. Lots of people are coming forward with stories and a lot of really deplorable things are getting brought into the light. Now, I typically don’t enter my opinions into discussions on comic book “hot button” issues in any online or formal format for several reasons, but after reading what happened to Conny Valentina, I feel like I should make an official statement regarding Out of Step Arts’ policy on harassment. So what happened? Well, you can read what Conny wrote on her facebook for the full story in her words, but essentially, while at a convention in the US in 2011, a well-known (as of yet unnamed publicly) artist broke into her hotel room during the night (with a key he had obtained from the front desk under false pretenses), stripped naked, and got into her bed while she was sleeping! That goes way beyond the wink and a nudge “I’ll be nice to you if you’re nice to me” male power-play. That is downright criminal behavior! The convention organizer has already contacted Conny to discuss the matter and will be talking to the hotel to insure that no instances like that will ever happen again during future conventions. Conny is really brave for speaking out and I applaud her for it.
As for my policy regarding harassment and inappropriate behavior; I won’t tolerate it. If you feel that any of the OOSA artists have behaved in an inappropriate, offensive, threatening or harassing (sexual or otherwise) manner towards you, please notify me and I will deal with it.
Now, if you behave in an inappropriate, offensive, threatening or harassing (sexual or otherwise) manner towards any of the OOSA artists, I will also deal with that. Swiftly.
The OOSA artists, besides being talented and hardworking, are nice, honest and caring people. I am proud to have each of them as a part of the collective and I feel that they act as ambassadors for Out of Step Arts and the larger comics industry as a whole. In being an OOSA artist, I expect that they will treat people with respect and dignity, just as I expect them to be treated in the same manner by others. I will do my best to insure this happens.
Hey folks. I just thought I’d give a little update while there is a lull in the action here at OOSA headquarters. We are getting ready to take some big steps with Out of Step Arts. In the coming months, we’ll be adding a new artist to the collective and offering some new ways for you to get art from all of your favorite artists here. All of that stuff is still in the works, but I’ll be able to talk more about everything soon. I’m excited about it, though. I feel like these additions will bring OOSA to new level and further distinguish both the artists and the brand. So, stick around. Big things are coming! In the meantime; take another look at the original art in the store, check out all the OOSA artists' sites, and follow OOSA on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates.
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. It 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. Lots 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, we 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 and 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?
So, 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!
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. You 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