Monday, June 30, 2008

ONTO THE NEXT!

WizardWorld Chicago is over at last and I'm ready to tackle another local con, and soon! The experience was awesome. I got to spend time with my good friend and partner in Transfuzion Publishing, Gary Reed, and Nate Pride, the production artist, graphic designer and illustrator extraordinaire who helped Caliber comics look so damned good with his keen eye and attention to detail. I made some new friends too, like Tom Roberts, painter and writer, whose book on Flash Gordon creator Alex Raymond, is now on sale. Nice looking book. 

My cronies were in attendance as well; the General Jack Cosmo men had a huge display booth behind them and the whole time I was nervous that con officials would make them take it down. Luckily that was not the case, and i was able to use the backdrop as my landmark whenever I left my booth, so I wouldn't get lost! The GJC guys are awesome, talented and you should give them money.

Oh, and they are very smart young men, too, because they had, in their roster of talent, my friend Doug Klauba, the nicest man working in comics today and my personal hero! Doug had his beautiful Phantom prints available for sale, and he couldn't keep 'em in stock! 

Stu Kerr and Ralph Griffith were in attendance as well, showing off their OZ material and inviting submissions.

Len Kody, a fine, fine writer, previewed his new online comic CHICAGO: 1968, the story of the Democratic National Convention, and starring Abbie Hoffman and Mayor Daley, Sr.; the story is told through the eyes of two beat cops, and it is riveting!

Dan Dougherty had his new book, BEARDO on display and available for sale, and woe to anyone who didn't get the chance to pick this book up! Side-splittingly funny! Dan is not only my friend, he is my idol, and I'm happy to have my signed copy of this book on my shelf!

LaMorris Richmond had preview copies of his new trade JIGABOO DEVIL on hand. If you haven't seen this, quick like a bunny contact Mr. Richmond and get more info. It is one of the coolest things out there AND it makes ya think! 

The man called JAG was there, too, offering up some wicked little merchandising pieces for his upcoming online series WHO? THE HEX! an all-ages serial that tells the story of the Hex kids, who are trying to be the best witches they can and learn to control their powers. Sweet, slick, and slightly sick, this thing is a beaut!

Good friends Juan Arevalo and Antonio Maldonado had some new prints available for sale, and they were flying off the tables! Contact them to order a few if you weren't smart enough to get 'em at con...

The big news for me, as always is the astounding display of Transfuzion titles! Just released books like THE WORLDS OF HP LOVECRAFT and my own little effort ORLAK REDUX were on hand, beautifully packaged, and selling like hotcakes! If you like your graphic novels smart, sassy and reasonably priced, visit www.transfuzion.biz to see the incredible variety of titles available. Buy two today!

4 comments:

ShojinStudios said...

Sho'Nuff' raf this year's con was truly superb! I particularly enjoyed hanging out and talking about the business, it brought back a lot of excitement and nostalgia having Johnny there again. All in all it was great! I seriously can't wait foe Inter-Jam! Thanks in case it wasn't expressed THANK YOU for getting the troops in hand for this shin dig we call the Con. There's a whole lotta effort that went into putting this thig together and not many people know what you went thru to organize it, so Gracias you made it very worthwhile for us all Raf!!

ShojinStudios said...

Next time I write a paragraph or more I'll try and use a dictionary!

Tony Akins said...

How's this for reciprocity? I've linked you AGAIN! At least I will when I'm finished writitng this...How was the Con? Or should I say, How wasn't it?
Good to hear from you. ANd I believe that puppet on Giggilesnort was AFRO-American. Which I am down with too...

warren prindle said...

Raf,
Voice from the past.
Friend from the past.
Like to talk.
Contact me via my website;
Warrenprindle.com
(follow link to contact).
Sorry for arcane path.
The police are nearby.
Warren