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16 April 2012 7:20 PM CDT

C2E2 2012 – Post Show Report

Wow. That was about twice the size of last year’s convention and Saturday in particular felt like New York Comic Con. There were very few lulls in foot traffic and the fans and attendees were so wonderful! So many awesome people stopped by, bought prints, got sketches and sketchbooks and generally just chit-chatted. It was great seeing folks just interested in what I was working on and asking when they could read whatever I had coming out. Nearly everyone who saw the dragon work – mostly Temeraire-based illustrations and Tolkien/Smaug, asked what comic this was for/about, in which case I pointed them to the first book, and Naomi Novik’s site, and where to find her fantastic novels (everywhere really). For those asking about the big Dragon print – I have to check on some things first, but check back here and I’ll share when I can.

I did about 10 commissions over the weekend and a couple of personal pieces such as this one:

I also picked up a ton of originals from friends and a few artists I really admire; Primarily of two themes I adore – Kitty Pryde & Lockheed and Dragons. Here are a couple of gems I picked up:

Mallory Harrelson

Paul Azeceta

John Bivens

Eric Canete

Aside from all of this the night life was great, the restaraunts were awesome, and heck, even Shia Lebouef made a comic and had a table in artist alley (you can do it as well!). I met a ton of people and had an awesome time with great friends, and now have a ridiculous ammount of work to do to finish up various projects. I will be at Boston Comic Con next weekend and only have 1 pre commission slot left before the weekend. Send a note to contact up top if interested and see you at the convention!

10 January 2012 1:51 PM CST

New work, projects, conventions.

With 2011 out the door I did a tally of all the illustration work I did last year. 293 images in total. A nice big number. I want to do about a quarter more this year as I didn’t really get on a roll until mid summer. While I was truly proud of the vast majority of the work I did I was only able to scan and post about a third of the total. I uploaded a lot of new work to the comics directory, and will add still more to the illustration, tolkien, and sketches sections later this week, so keep an eye out. I’ve linked to some of my favorites below, and click over to the comics section for a whole lot more. Additionally, there is something else I worked on a little while back that folks will be able to see this Friday.

I have not added any new sequential work as last year was a strange one. I pitched a number of projects that either were rejected, put on hold in another case, were scrapped shortly in, or are still in the pitch process. I also did an insane number of commissions last year. As to new projects, I have what I am going to just call project “X”, (clever, I know), that is about 20 pages in. I may start showing specific people some of it at the begining of this year after I finish the first arc. I hope to be able to share that with everyone just after February but time and legalities must run their course. Another project I started and backburnered due to work conflicts will oddly be viewable to people around the same time. I can say it’s a departure from my usual work and should raise some eyebrows. Another project I have been working on is a pitch that I’ll certainly post here whether it’s accepted or not. It’s a bit of a dream project that I figure I can try and do now or be disappointed in myself that I never tried. Lastly, I am illustrating a short story by Mike Walton that’s a lot of fun and will be going up on his False Positive comic site. If you haven’t checked it out – you MUST. It is creepy, evil, fun.

Commissions: I am currently closed for commissions for a while due to various projects I have ongoing. I took on a zillion commissions just before the holidays in order to have free time to devote to some of these personal and non-personal sequential efforts. Should you want a commission, please use the contact link above and I will give you an ETA on when I might free up. I generally open commissions just prior to a convention for people who might want to put one in for pick up at the show. Which leads me to…

Conventions: I will be at Wizard World New Orleans January 28th and 29th. If anyone wants one for that show send me a note above and please note that it is for a New Orleans commission. Other shows I will be attending this year: C2E2, Boston Comic Con, NYCC, Heroes, and Baltimore Comic Con. What will I have at said shows? Prints, sketchbooks, originals, and I will be doing a limited number of commissions.

I think that’s about it. Have any questions? Shoot me a note here. I’ll have another post come Friday ;) Happy New Year everyone!

DestinyDejah ThorisPhoen

28 February 2011 1:01 PM CST

Project Rooftop, Tolkien, & New Art!

Aquaman 2011 - 1Project Rooftop, the site that redesigns superheroes held a challenge to redesign Aquaman – one of my favorite superheroes. I had to enter not one, but three designs for the Atlantean lord, with my initial one, taking first prize. Go check it out and drop a comment or two for your favorites, there are some awesome redesigns posted.  Make sure to check out some of the other fantastic redesigns they’ve done over the last five years as well.

I have a huge wave of new art coming in the next week and will link everything up once I get things scanned and cleaned up. Many projects and commissions have kept me from posting as much over the last few months, but I should have a massive update for the site by then.

I’ve been furiously putting together a Tolkien sketchbook – one of three planned for this year, and plan to have that one ready for C2E2. I’ll be doing sketches and commissions there March 18th-20th. Here is one of the newer pieces that will be in said sketchbook:

24 February 2011 10:56 AM CST

New Azure, Harveys, & Other Bits

We are almost 2 months into the new year and I’m finally getting around to posting an update!? I know, I suck :) . But in my defense, I’ve been busy, busy, busy. First – AZURE Issue 4 is now available via ComiXology, and DC Apps, as well as online via ComiXology and DC, AND is also available on the PSP. Each issue is still just 99¢ and I suspect you’ll see issues 5 and 6 drop in the following weeks. Here’s a one page preview:

Azure Page 75

The Harvey Awards ballots have just gone live here. If you are a comic industry professional – please consider AZURE for Best Online Comics Work, and/or myself for Most Promising New Talent (AZURE).

So what have I been up to lately? I’ve been working on three comic pitches, two of which are with fantastic writers while I am covering the art chores, and the last is one of my gestating egg-type projects I hope to birth once the other two are pitched. Aside from those, I’m working on a fantastic map project with amazing printmaker Mark Ostley. More on that later. I’ve also had a few waves commissions I’ll be uploading to the site soon.

Lastly – I’m going to have 3 sketchbooks for sale at various conventions this coming year. Last year’s was so well recieved, and I’ve done so much work and commissions since that small run, that this year I am making a J.R.R.-oriented sketchbook from both old and new ThereAndBackAgain work, an October 2010-March 2011 Sketchbook, and then an April 2011-November 2011 Sketchbook. All will be in small runs again, and folks will be able to pre-order them via paypal soon.

I’ll post another update tomorrow with something special and many new art links. There’s simply too much to cram into one post.

~D

24 November 2010 2:02 PM CST

VA Comic Con Post-Game Report

VA Comic Con is going down as one of my favorite cons of this year, if not the favorite. Not only did the Comic Social Club have a great showing, I think some of the best con art I’ve ever done was there, and I met some of the best con-goers of any convention. Only taking a 10 minute break on Sunday from drawing and chatting with fans, Peter & Bobby Timony and myself were constantly selling prints and sketchbooks while gossiping with convention folk. I got to meet and draw beside art-legend Joe Jusko, and watch him work one some really amazing sketch pieces. What a great guy. I also had a ton of fans chat me up about AZURE and ask about when the next issues were hitting.

The print was a big hit and sketchbooks and prints alike nearly sold out. Look for that piece to be in a calendar due from me very soon.

Here are some of the con commissions done at the show, some pics of me and the guys working, and the print I had at the show:

Elric of Melnibone Retro Laser Girl Jean Grey Phoenix by Daniel Govar   Peter Timony, Bobby Timony, & Me 

30 September 2010 1:42 PM CDT

Azure Season 2 – Its A Wrap!

Azure Page 116 Panel 7

Pages 61-120 are with the lords of DC Comics now, and are more than likely on their way to being turned into downloadable comics for iPad, iPhone, iTouch, and the web. My thoughts on Season 2? I think it better than Season 1, but even now that the last page was turned in, I am reminded this is still my first comic and there were some hard lessons learned this season. I’ll save that for a future posting titled “Lessons Learned in Making Comics”.

Something else to note, a week or so ago, DC announced a number of layoffs, moves, and the closing of two lines, (Zuda and Wildstorm), as they go through a restructuring. This economy we’re in really blows and the announcements pretty much suck, but these things have a tendency to work themselves out. I hope everyone affected lands on their feet and go on to do great things. To my friends at DC, my hearts with you all. With so much talent and creativity on hand, I look forward to seeing how DC Comics evolves.

I’m reminded of when I worked as a programmer/artist for an interactive developer of software for children. A similar thing happened where over half the staff including my friends and boss were laid off. It sucked then as much as it sucks now, but they all landed squarely on their feet in new positions, and one or two; far better off for it.

So what next for me?

Something special, if I can pull it off ;) … More on that later. Look forward to a posting frenzy this next week.

1 June 2009 1:52 AM CDT

Azure Wins @Zuda and Sandor!

Azure Wins!

Azure Wins @Zuda!

Azure has won the October 2008 competition on Zuda Comics! Thanks go out to everyone for their support and votes, and a big congrats to my fellow competitors, especially Amy Pearson whose comic Mathema, I look forward to seeing more of. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Azure, please click here and let me know what you think! There is a pretty healthy comments section to the site, and I do my darnedest to answer everyone that posts.

A bit about Azure: The year is 2022. The ice caps are long gone. The world is a watery grave for most coastal and low-lying cities, and the land left has been decimated by Warfare and stripped bare by the remnants of humanity. This was caused by a cataclysm in the year 2012, (called the “Event” by survivors), predicted by the Aztecs centuries earlier. The temperature of the planet is an average of +35 degrees Celsius, and the oxygen level in the air has been reduced drastically, with kelp and ocean-based plant life maintaining a barely breathable atmosphere. Over time, the survivors of mankind have fled to the only cool areas left on earth, and many have migrated beneath her oceans. Entire cities have been relocated to undersea environments, in order to escape the wrath of the sun and the creeping of the seas. Most of the struggling submerged communities have died. Survivor scientists tried in vain to replace the icecaps and to make their watery cities work, only to learn that man needs air and light. After eons of evolution moving away from the water, mankind is being forced back into her depths. Precious commodities of 2022: Technology that is self-reliant or solar powered, trees and plants of any shape or kind, fresh water; rain collectors and filters, and replenishing, energy-based weapons.

Sandor - 3mos 08/19/08

Sandor - 08/19/08

In other news, I’ve now got a 5.5 month-old Boxer who has been keeping me sane and extremely humble. He seems to really enjoy beer, and most things he can get into his gaping maw. If you are looking to get an active, good-natured dog – you really can’t go wrong with a Boxer. This pic was taken a few months ago – the day I got him.

2016 Convention Schedule (confirmed)

C2E2 – Chicago, IL - March 18-20
Emerald City CC – Seattle, WA - April 7-10
MegaCon – Orlando, FL - May 26-29
Awesome Con – May 29-31 – Washington, DC
Heroes Con – June 19-21 – Charlotte, NC
Boston Comic Con - Aug12-14 - Boston, MA
Dragon Con - Sept2-5 - Atlanta, GA
NYCC – October 8-11 – New York, NY
Jekyll Island Comic Con - Dec10-11 - Jekyll Island, GA

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