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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Novi Comic Con Part 1

       Had a chance to go to the Novi Comic Con in May. Good times, long line for that one. As long as it was though, my friend and I were introduced to an older guy who was a long time comic fan. It was cool talking comics with him. He was a Jack Kirby fan, showed us his beautiful essential Kirby book in glossy color. We talked about the Marvel & DC movies, the pros and cons. It was a good talk.
    After we finally got in, we were on the move for deals and comics. Soon I Found how completely random all the comics were. There were good deals on graphic novels but non were the ones I wanted and I had to be picky with the ones that I buy now due to my huge collection.
     There were a ton of cool celebrities. John Barroman of Dr. Who fame (Captain Jack!), Michael Rooker who was hugging fans and really enjoying his fame boost from Gaurdians of The Galaxy. Kristy Swanson, who looked good but was charging $50-$70 per autograph! That's the thing. Autographs were a minimum of $40!! I used to pay $20! It's really hard to justifty that much of a purchase for an autograph. Unbelievable! Photo-Op $60, give me a break! The thing was there just wasn't much to justify spending my money on...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Rage 1-3 Redux

As more printed issues of Rage # 3 
pour out.
Rage 1&2 continue to be worked on. Page  numbers reworked, contrasts adjusted. Making comics ain't easy. The craftsmenship at times can be just as taxing and as complicated as the art itself. This is one of the reasons I don't color my comics. Just too complicated and time consuming. I've been thinking about experimenting with watercolors. Painting them firsthand might be a bit quicker.

Things are in motion now. The first issue will be a great free introductory issue.
If you see me at a Con this year, chances are I'll have all three comics on the table.
In the meantime, Rage will be on current adventures on a more consistent basis.
Rage's sword hangs over my head, keeping me at work, no matter how slow.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Great Lakes Comic Con 2017

     Had a chance to go to The Great Lakes Comic Con and had a bit more fun then I thought! It reminded of my first con in Novi, Michigan. A bit smaller a bit more intimate but a lot more
to look at.
   There were a lot of 50 cent comics and a wide variety of DC and Marvel. I didn't see many independent comics beside the ones from indie comic guys that were there. There were some pushy indie creators super hungry for attention, but not many. Most were well enough behaved so I approached a booth or two to introduce myself and get to know them. I was wondering how big the con was going to be and thought it was only going to be a few isles. There were about 6 but with a lot of more merchandise. You can cover the con in one day but in two days you can get the whole thing in and it's only $15 for both days!
     I saw Jake the Snake Roberts but missed his lecture/presentation since I was tuckered out from all the walking the day before.
    The Great Lakes and Detroit Chapter Ghostbusters were there posing for pictures. Of course their uniforms and proton packs looked amazing. Their packs used the sound effects from the movie. There was an inflatable Stay-Puft Marshmellow man that was walking around and hugging everybody.
     There was an expert balloon sculptor that made a life-sized balloon man in about thirty minutes.
     You could learn new board games and play them.
     You could play old school arcade games for free! Play The Shadow pinball game!
     Yep, there was a lot to do in the college gymnasium. 
    Saw Tom Cook, who was an animator and director on He-Man, Super-Friends, and The Flinstones. Super-nice guy! He had some great stories about his days at Filmmation.
    The best thing for me is that it was only 10 minutes away! Go to the your local cons and support them. You don't have to pay for a hotel and a lot of gas. When a con is that close, you gotta go!

The old front entrance
 That's not me on the mic.

                                                        I'll post the name of this guy later...

                                                           Modified Ecto-1. Still cool.

Friday, February 10, 2017

New Rage Comics Printing Soon

Well, soon more issues of Rage #3 will be published. Once a satisfactory amount of them have been printed (100 issue for first initial run).

Still looking at going to The Great Lakes Comic Con in Michigan in late Feb. Instead of putting money into buying a table I'm probably going to invest the money into printing issues. At least 50 back issues of Rage #1 and Rage#2. Thinking of doing a print on demand as well. I'll bring a sketchbook to draw various other superheroes if the people demand it.

Also, be aware of Rage's online presence. I plan to feature the first classic Rage on my website for FREE! Once again it will be posted on cjcalderon94.wixsite.com/storyartist/illustrations.

I plan on doing smaller web comics on there. They will vary from 1-8 pages and sometimes or sometimes 3 to 6 panels. All depends on the story.

Below is the back of Rage #1 redux print version. The first Rage comic was part of a anthology series, now the files are ready for a reprinting as its own individual comic. Coming soon, once the finances are in place.

Monday, January 30, 2017

New Website and Funding Obstacles

About 20 Rage 3 issues printed so far. It's a micro run so far. Also looking at getting a table at a local winter comic con at Macomb Community college. Trying to get this batch of comics plus issues 1 and 2 done first. It's a bit of money for me right now so I'm starting to think of alternative methods for providing back issues. Thinking of print on demand or putting up my first comic online here and at my new website!

It's a Wix wesite and it's got some samples of work, also podcast and films that I've done.

My words of wisdom so far for first time indie comic creators is, have a somewhat dependable stream of income where you can afford a print run and table at a convention.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Movin' Slow

Well, what can I say? I hit a snag...again...can't print post issues of Rage 3 online until I redo & reissue Rage 1 & 2, now in the works.
I'll will print about 20-50 copies of Rage 3 as a trial run. Then, re-release all three issues on here and the printer's website. Stay tuned, it's movin' slow :)