Taking The Initiative
Firstly, here's the schedule of where I'll be and when, for any of you folks lucky enough to be heading for The San Diego Comicon this year from Thursday 23rd-Sunday 26th July. I say ' lucky ', but that term usually applies to those not actually working there - it can be really exhausting at the Con if you're in the biz doing the best you can for the company. Me, I usually take it slow there, because I'm lucky enough to be able to. I do a limited number of things and leave the rest of the time to catch up and drink with some nice people I don't always get to see elsewhere.
This year's a bit different for me, though : as well as my regular signings with my friends at DC and Dark Horse, I'll be at the Hero Initiative booth, and the Cartoon Art Museum table, to do sketches for donations to their very worthy causes.
Hero Initiative is a charity formed to help workers in the comic business who stumble on hard times. It can happen to any of us, however well we try to insure ourselves against emergencies and ill-health, so it's a great thing that Hero's around to help. I contributed a couple of pages - excerpt below - to their new benefit book, Hero Comic, out on the 29th July. I imagine Diamond will be happily distributing it, but ask at your local comic store if they'll be having stocks in and then you can do the cause some good yourself : ) I'll be there at booth 907 on Thursday from 3.30-5.30 with some superb sequential artists including the greats, Gene Colan and Howard Chaykin.
The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco is one of the flagship galleries exhibiting sequential art in the USA, but it still needs regular donations, large and small, to prosper. They're at table 1930 and I'll be there from 4-5 on Friday, 24th.
At DC I'll be signing from 11-12, Friday, and 4-5, Saturday.
And at Dark Horse from 6-7 on Thursday, and 1-2 on Sunday.
It may be that I'll be at another station for some further hours during the event, but this isn't yet a certainty.
Secondly, after San Diego, I'll be heading off to Chicago for a signing on Saturday, August 1st, at two branches of the excellent store, Amazing Fantasy.
I'll be at the La Grange Rd branch from 11-2, and at Torrence Ave from 4-6. Check out their site for more info - www.afbooks.com.Hope to see you there : )