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December 7, 2013-
Appeared at Alterniverse 4th Annual Toys For Tots Toy Drive, 2510 Route 44, Unit 7,
Salt Point, NY. Thanks to Anthony, Crystal, Cliff, Jim, DJ Caleb, and the rest of the Alterniverse crew; the Toys For Tots team including the local Marines; local firefighter Jeff Moseman; and fellow guests Richard Clark, Ryan Browne, Mark McKenna, Nikkol Jelenic, David Rodriguez, and Jeff Bellio among others for a terrific day.
Special thanks to the customers and attendees for supporting Alterniverse and Toys For Tots.
Alterniverse will continue to collect toys until December 20th. All toys donated will be given to needy children in Dutchess County, NY so please donate.
Completed a set of illustrations for an upcoming release from Fantasy Flight Games. More details and previews to come at a future date.
November 10, 2013-
Appeared at Albany
Comic Con 12, Holiday Inn, Wolf Road, Albany, NY. Thanks to John and Matt Belskis and the Albany Comic Con team for another record-breaking show. Special thanks to the attendees, as always.
Appeared at Metatopia, Hyatt Morristown, Morristown, NJ. Thanks to Vinny Salzillo and Avonelle Wing for being such gracious and generous hosts. Thanks to artist alley mate and fellow panelist Jack Parra not only for his hard work and companionship in artist alley but also for arranging the How To Work With Artists panel. Thanks also to Ed Bell and artist alley neighbor James Fry for joining me and Jack on that panel. They brought an invaluable wealth of experience and wisdom. Thanks to the Metatopia team and especially Darren Watts for asking me to take part in The Art of Cover Design, How To Work With Artists, Graphic Tips for Non-Designers, and Art On A Shoestring Budget panels. And special thanks to the convention attendees and those that took part in the art panel line.
October 18, 2013-
The Metatopia 2013 panels schedule has has been posted. I will be taking part in 4 panels this year. Here are the details:
Friday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM-D022: "The Art of Cover Design" presented by Hal Mangold, Jack Parra, John Carimando & Christian N. St. Pierre.
What goes into making great, eye-catching cover art? Logos, text placement, shelf appeal - we'll cover all of them here! One Session; Serious, All Ages.
Saturday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM- D042: "How To Work With Artists" presented by Ed Bell, Jack Parra, James Fry, & Christian N. St. Pierre.
The panelists will touch on the process of how to find and approach artists, negotiate the contract, and then successfully work together. It's important that publishers get an artist's-eye-view of things so they can better understand what we do, the process, and the time involved and plan projects accordingly. One Session; Serious, All Ages.
Sunday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM- D079: "Graphic Tips for Non-Designers" presented by Fred Hicks, Hal Mangold & Christian N. St. Pierre.
Color, space, type - the secrets of good graphic design sometimes seem impenetrable to the non-initiated. Never fear, our panel is here to help!One Session; Serious, All Ages.
Sunday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM- D082: "Art On A Shoestring Budget"
presented by Hal Mangold, John Carimando, Jack Parra & Christian N. St. Pierre.
Getting high-quality art is key to making a product look professional. How do publishers do it without breaking the bank? Our panel makes with the tips and tricks. One Session; Serious, All Ages.
Metatopia will take place Friday, November 1st through Sunday, November 3rd at the Hyatt Morristown, Morristown, NJ. This convention is a mecca for aspiring and professional tabletop game designers, artists, playtesters, and game enthusiasts from all over the country and is highly recommended for those who want to learn more about the industry and how to succeed in it. For more information visit the Double Exposure teams' Metatopia webpage.
October 11-13, 2013-
Appeared at Council of Five Nations XXXVI, Proctor's Theatre, Schenectady, NY. Thanks to David Cheng, Brent McLean, the Council staff, and the Schenectady Wargamers Association for a terrific show. Thanks also to our vendor neighbors Sandra Quigley of Quigley's Cakes; Alyssa the Dice Witch; Eddie and Ian from Griggling Games; The Hull Breach team Devin and AJ; Seth, Jerry, and Mike from Cooper's Cave; Mr. Joshua's Collectibles & Consignment, and Zombie Planet.
As always, thanks to the convention attendees who brought the convention to life.
Alex is providing the script and I am providing the artwork for this Blackjack one-shot comic book. The project has been in the discussion phase for some time, but we've set the release date for early to mid-2014 since production on the artwork has officially kicked into high gear. So stay tuned for this next installment of Blackjack high-adventure that pits our hero against the forces of evil in 1920s Tibet.
Alex will be appearing at New York Comic Con this weekend. If you're going to the convention, stop by table C4 to learn more about Blackjack and Blackjack: The King Is Dead.
Completed a cover for Atlas Games' Transforming Mythic Europe. This Ars Magica supplement has been slated for a December 2013 release. Ars Magica Line Editor David Chart says, "This book describes the magic and activities necessary to transform Mythic Europe, whether by creating an island for magi to rule, integrating the Order of Hermes into wider society, or starting a technological revolution... Magi have not changed Europe because they have not yet chosen to... Your magi may choose differently."
Appeared at Fantacon 2013, Marriott Hotel, Wolf Road, Albany, NY. After a 20 year hiatus Fantacon returns! And I'm proud to have been part of it. Thanks to Tom Skulan, Tim D'Allaird, Broome Spiro, and all of the excellent Fantacon staff and volunteers for a wonderful show. Best wishes to all of the awesome conventioneers, as well. Hope to see this show back for a second go-round in 2014.
Appeared at Comic Depot Day, The Comic Depot, Wilton Mall, 3065 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY. Thanks to gracious and generous hosts Kristi and Darren Carrara and the Comic Depot staff for their hospitality on another fun Comic Depot Day outing. Thanks to all of the customers and guests who kept the store hopping all afternoon. It's always great to share the love of art, comics, and gaming with fellow enthusiasts.
Chris Hanrahan, Evil Hat Productions' Brand Manager and owner of EndGame Oakland in Oakland, CA, has tweeted this photo of his new Spirit of the Century product line store display. The picture shows a set of products ranging from the pulp roleplaying game Spirit of the Century to the action-packed board game Race To Adventure to the first two installments in the Dinocalypse Trilogy and is a visual record of the more than 8-and-a-half year long relationship I've had with Fred Hicks and Evil Hat Productions as a freelance artist contributing illustrations and helping to build and expand the reaches of the Spirit of the Century universe. Thanks for having me along for the ride, fellas. Here's to many more years to come!
Illustration work on the cards for Evil Hat Productions' Zeppelin Armada has officially wrapped, however the cover details are still in the works. The game is still in production so stay tuned for more updates and previews.
Appeared at DexCon 16, Hyatt Morristown, Morristown, NJ. Thanks to Vinny Salzillo, Avonelle Wing, Anthony "Tiny" Acampora, Darren Watts, and the Double Exposure staff for another great show. Special thanks to Jack Parra fellow artist and Double Exposure artist wrangler as well as artist alley neighbors Jackie Hripto, Katie Rizzo, Jennifer Rogers, Robyn Thompson, James Fry, Bee, Heather, and others that made DexCon's artist alley and artist events a blast. Of course, the show wouldn't be the same without all of the Double Exposure faithful and new conventioneers that bring the convention halls to life. Many thanks.
Took part in the Illustration Master Class (IMC) at Amherst College, Amherst, MA. Thanks to the IMC faculty, staff, and special guests for a great week. Special thanks to Greg Manchess, Donato Giancola, Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell for their input and support. Thanks to Tor Books' Irene Gallo, Orbit's Lauren Panepinto, and Scott Allie from Dark Horse for their time and valuable guidance. Thanks also to the many other students in the trenches and especially Gene Snyder for the camaraderie and support.
A framed print of Air Vader and a copy of the brand new Christian N. St. Pierre Sketchbook Volume 2 with an original sketch of the Cohoes Mastodon will be part of the auction to benefit breast cancer research and the Choose Cohoes Arts Committee.
Thanks to Fred Neudoerffer, Kathy Klompas, and the Choose Cohoes Arts Committee for putting together such a fine selection of artists and thanks to Dan and Jen O'Neill for offering St. Joseph's Church as the venue for the exhibit.
Appeared at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2, Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, MO. Thanks to Cathy and Arnie Fenner and especially to Shena Wolf and the SFAL staff for their tireless efforts in making this a great show. Thanks to fellow exhibitors Christopher Titus, Matt Tisdale, D. Ryan Allen, Byron Winton, and conventioneers Victor and John, Jerry, Shane, Sherri, Ryan, Susie, Randy, and Paul among many others.
Special thanks to Timothy Svoboda and family. Best of luck with your artwork, Tim.
On Saturday the folks at Spectrum reblogged a post from artist John Lee documenting his day at the convention. In this post he cites a Jon Foster oil painting demonstration and... Air Vader!!! Looks like the Dark Lord of the Sith and master of Death Star roundball has leaped his way into yet another heart. Thanks for posting the picture, John. Hope you enjoyed the show.
Took part in the second annual Free
Comic Book Day mini-tour from 11-2pm at Excellent
Adventures, Ballston Spa, NY and from 2:30-5pm at The Comic Depot, Wilton Mall, Saratoga Springs, NY. Thanks to John and Matt Belskis from Excellent Adventures and Darren and Kristi Carrara and the rest of the Comic Depot crew for another great day.
Appeared at RocCon Hudson Valley, Mercury Grand Hotel and Conference Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. Thanks to Alicia and the RocCon crew for putting on a wonderful show. Thanks to the folks from Alterniverse, Zombie Petz's Ryan Browne, Mark Mckenna, the Sinnott family, Ebro Helmy, our neighbors Emilio Velez and his family among others for being part of a fun day. As always, special thanks to all of the conventioneers who made this show memorable.
Appeared at Annual
Baby Boomer Collectibles and Toy Show, Holiday Inn, Wolf Road,
Albany, NY. Thanks again to John and Matt Belskis along with fellow guests Patrick Pigott, Val Semeiks, John Hebert, Paul Harding, Todd Dezago, and the Mandalorian Mercs for another great day. Special thanks to Doug, Ray, Gerald, Brianna, Joeden, Heidi, Billy, and all of the great conventioneers that dropped by.
Appeared at Genericon
Polytechnic Institute campus, Troy, NY. Thanks to Rachel King and the Genericon staff for another fun event. Thanks to our neighbors Alayna 'AJ' Fuess, Meagan Saareste, Zoe Williams, Jacob Gray, Lilly Hyndman, Melissa LaCasse for a fun and friendly artist alley room. As always, thanks to the generous and welcoming conventioneers who dropped by to talk or look at some artwork.
Appeared at Dreamation 2013,
Hyatt Morristown, Morristown, NJ. Thanks to Vinny Salzillo, Avonelle Wing, Anthony "Tiny" Acampora, Darren Watts, and the Double Exposure crew for running a top-notch convention. Special thanks to Jack Parra for an excellent job in running artist alley and for the good company throughout the weekend. Last, but most importantly, thanks to all of the conventioneers and artist alley neighbors. You're always an essential part of a great Double Exposure event.