I’ll be at the London Comic & Small Press Expo on Saturday March 12th, sharing a table with the doughty and dependable Peter Vine of Hard Graft. Table 55, straight ahead of you and a bit to the left as you come in.
Doors open at 10am and close at 5pm, I’ll be there all day with comics, minicomics and posters for sale. Come and say hello (and buy stuff).
Some backstory for those who don’t know: Minecraft is a game which has pretty much eaten my face in recent months. You may have heard of it – I made a little kobold skin for it a while back, f’rinstance.
Coe’s Quest, then, is a series of Let’s Play videos on YouTube in which a guy called Coe wanders around having blocky digging-crafting-building adventures and falling off stuff. It’s fun to watch while I’m drawing the comic, as enjoying the game in this vicarious manner staves off the cravings long enough for me to do actual productive work, rather than building big blocky castles that look pretty but don’t get the comic drawn.
A few weeks ago the series hit 100 episodes and Coe put out a call for fanart, to which I responded with this piece of epic high-fantasy silliness:
It’s now the title image for Coe’s World, a new multiplayer Let’s Play series he’s doing with a bunch of other Let’s Play people. Pretty awesome.
Greetings from the distant future… the year 2011! I’m pretty stoked for what the year holds, and am aiming to make it an awesome one.
Things have been unsurprisingly busy over the holiday period, as I suspect has been the case for a lot of people – visiting relatives, being visited by relatives, eating, drinking, being merry, that kind of stuff. While very much enjoyable, it’s taken its toll on my drawing schedule so Dark Places took a bit of a break between Christmas and the New Year. Matters are settling down now, I’m back at the drawing board and updates will resume on Wednesday January 12th. Put it in your diaries.
If you check the sidebar over on the left you’ll see that The Silver Chain is now available in the Dark Places store. This chapter introduces Adar the hellion and Grakarr the gnoll as they are captured by the Wild Hunt and forced to fight for the amusement of elven nobility.
Also available is the Kobold Propaganda poster, for all your motivational inspirational needs.
Back from the MCM Expo, and it was awesome. I was tabling in the Comics Village all weekend and had a blast, and met a lot of really nice people. Really nice people. Special thanks to Dan and Amanda Potter of Walking the Lethe for letting me roomshare with them, especially given the last-minute nature of things. Go read their comic and buy their stuff. Do it.
I will admit that going from the isolation of my art cave to a giant convention hall with 40,000 visitors passing through over the weekend meant I got a tiny bit overstimulated and exciteable from all the people and action and noise and stuff going on. I probably talked a bit too fast, and I definitely waved my arms around like Kermit the Frog. But oh man, my brain is fizzing with enthusiasm for making comics. It’s what these events do to me, and I love it.
Incidentally, if I talked to you this weekend then please bear in mind that I don’t have a great memory for faces and costumes (mainly because there were so many faces and so many costumes), so don’t take it personally if I don’t remember meeting you straight away. Nudge me with a few more details (particularly stuff we talked about), or just keep talking to me and it’ll help me remember in future.
The next couple of days will involve working like crazy to get the next page done on time, since the Expo basically ate most of my week. Wish me luck.