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Thanks Alberto Alburquerque!

March 21, 2014

Thanks for making me look like Rambo man.


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Appearance #49! Letter 44 #5 by Alberto Alburquerque!

March 19, 2014

When I read announcements for new titles, really love the preview pages and get psyched for the book... I do my DMI thing early and sometimes get really lucky. This is one of those instances.

First off, where did Charles Soule come from? He's become one of my favorite writers at the moment. And he's writing tons of books at the moment, most of which I'm reading. So yeah I was on board for his creative owned series at Oni Press.

Alberto seemed interested in my campaign, asking questions and the sort, and said "I'll see what I can do to include you in one of my pages".

A few months later I'm told to keep an eye out for issue #5 of Letter 44! Great series! Cool appearance!

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49... 50!

March 4, 2014

A DMI milestone is just around the corner...

I have confirmation of my next two appearances, putting me on track to reach FIFTY comic book appearances.


In a few weeks I look forward picking up Letter 44 #5 (Oni Press), written by Charles Soule (I think I'm reading all his books at the moment) with Alberto Alburquerque on art!

And then next month, continuing the story of the great rebooted game series of the same name... Tomb Raider #3 (Dark Horse) written by Gail Simone and pencils by Nicolás Daniel Selma!

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Draw Me In 2013 - Year in Review

December 30, 2013

Well, I know people say it all the time but dang, this year felt like it went by fast didn't it?

My last DMI appearance in 2012 was in Star Trek: Hive #3. My first cameo in 2013 didn't appear until June. It took six long months for anything to happen, half a year. But it was a great six months.

But before we skip ahead to June, I'd hate to not mention my annual trip in April to Kansas City's largest comic book convention Plant Comicon! I saw a bunch of familiar faces and some new ones as well. You can read my post about it here.

As I said, I didn't have any activity here for the first half of 2013. But I did manage to get a total of ten new appearances in some awesome comic books during that time. Including my first in a little book called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles... perhaps you've heard of it? Artist Mateus Santolouco added "doctor" to my growing list of comic book occupations in June.

Playing doctor in TMNT #23

Then in July, after seven years of running this blog I got a double dose of awesome. Local press. First by appearing in my local newspaper the Leavenworth Times. And in turn, days later I appeared on my local news station, which was really cool.

August saw my appearances in Critter #13 by Fico Ossio and Dream Thief #4 by my friend Greg Smallwood.

In September we got an appearance in Venom by Jorge Coelho and in Archie! by Dan Parent.

In October, from the writer of "Hawkeye" and "Inhuman"... and the guy who talks to Applebee's on the Facebook, I made a cameo appearance in their book Sex Criminals #2.

Panel from Sex Criminals #2. Don't look in the bag...
November, wow! Um, let's see; Hit #3 by Vanesa R. Del Rey, Powerpuff Girls #3 by Troy Little and Thief of Thieves #18 by Shawn Martinbrough.

Only to be revisited again in Hit #4 as my first role as a reoccurring character! Heck yes!

The year ended quite well. As it seems it went by quickly, it reminds me to get my act together and work faster towards my goal to get some original work published. It may not happen in 2014, but I want it to be getting there. Motivation, be with me...


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Thanks Again Vanesa R. Del Rey!

December 21, 2013

My character is still alive! For now...

I must like this shirt or something.


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Appearance #48! Hit #4 by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

December 18, 2013

A month ago I had a pretty cool cameo in Hit #3 drawn by Vanesa R. Del Rey, whereas my character appearance was part of the plot, and not just a panel photobomb moment.

Well shortly there after Vanesa informs me I'm in the next issue as well. Holy crap! My first DMI reoccurring role. Oh yeah!

Here are the pages!

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Thanks Shawn Martinbrough!

November 28, 2013

Dude, thanks man.

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Appearance #47! Thief of Thieves #18 by Shawn Martinbrough!

It's nice to have surprises in life. Like this appearance in Thief of Thieves #18. Not that it was totally out of the blue, I knew it was forthcoming. I just didn't know when. Plus I'd have had been in contact with Shawn Martinbrough for a while now, almost since the beginning of the series, so... you know... patience and perseverance and all that.

I love it. It was a great issue for an already great arc and the cameo had a nice spotlight moment to it. Here's what Shawn had to say upon my spotting it:
"I was using you as a model but then I thought it didn't resemble you that much so I didn't bother to mention it. Glad you like!"

Yes I do.

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Thanks Troy Little!

I had something cool to show my younger cousins today at Thanksgiving dinner.

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Appearance #46! Powerpuff Girls #3 by Troy Little!

November 27, 2013

Beware citizens of Townsville! There's a universe/dimension hopping traveler in town and, oh look! A parade! I just love a parade!

... Oh Powerpuff Girls. What an undeniable allure you have. It must be the chemical X!

What a wonderfully entertaining cartoon the Powerpuff Girls were. Great idea, great execution. That's why when I saw IDW was bringing the girls back I leapt at the chance to get in on that. And thanks to social media I was able to get ahold of the one man show behind the revival... Troy Little!

Troy was impressed by the amount of responses I've received and was glad to join in the fun!

And fun it is. Heck yeah, I'm now a citizen of Townsville. That's cool.

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Thanks Vanesa R. Del Rey!

November 8, 2013

Thanks Vanesa for giving me a sweet role in Hit.
I'm on a boat!


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Appearance #45! Hit #3 by Vanesa R. Del Rey!

November 6, 2013

Before Hit #1 had hit the stores, I was turned on to the series by a comics writer friend. I enjoy a good L.A. noir setting, being the final western frontier, right after the great war, and full of Hollywood magic. I was sold. Vanesa's preview art was great too, so I looked her up on the internet and managed to contact her about the campaign.

Three months later, there I am. A character with a name (that is not my own)... a first I believe. Complete with speaking lines. It's a cool appearance, and I totally dig this panel the most.

Hit (no pun intended) the jump for the pages and bonus B&W pages sent by the artist herself!
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Thanks Chip Zdarsky!

October 24, 2013

Thanks for the cool cameo in Sex Criminals #2. Now in an internet search my name and "Sex Criminals" will be linked together. So.. um...


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Appearance #44! Sex Criminals #2 by Chip Zdarsky!

October 23, 2013

Nowadays there are a lot of great new titles coming out. And most of the new #1's I try out are not from the big two. They usually are not even super hero books. Every month I flip through my copy of Previews and see new titles solicited that I may want to try out and for Sex Criminals #1 they included a few preview pages.

I had a good feeling about this one and liked the art so I sent the artist of the book Chip Zdarsky a message. His response?

"I'll totally do it just so you can say you were "in Sex Criminals"
also, I will make you hella ugly. It's my ONLY CONDITION."

I knew it would be fun. And sure enough, the suspense held until today when I purchased my copies and quickly flipped though the pages to see what Chip had done to me. Ha! Good one man.

Full page after the jump. NSFW.

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On the way...

September 9, 2013

Some comic cameo goodness on it's way...

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Thanks Dan Parent!

September 5, 2013

Thank you Dan. You know... way back when I started doing this, my second appearance was in The Walking Dead. Which as a comic fan... yeah, pretty awesome. But this was before the show on AMC. So when I told a "non" comic person I was in TWD... they really didn't get it. It took until my eighth appearance in Supergirl to be my first real mainstream book that other people could recognize. Still... it's not like saying Action Comics, Detective Comics, or Amazing Spider-man...

What I'm saying is, this is cool. Very cool. Because who doesn't know Archie?

The panel itself... it feels like I'm photo bombing Archie. And I'm alright with that. Thanks Dan.

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Appearance #43! Archie #647 by Dan Parent!


I made it into Archie! ArchieArchie that's been around since 1942 Archie! The comic that is... not the character. He debuted in Pep Comics #22 in 1941 (thanks Wikipedia). Archie!

Good things come to those who wait! Writer/Artist Dan Parent has been a guest the last two years at Planet Comicon, my local major con in Kansas City. The first year I introduced myself and gave Dan a flyer. I did the same again this year, and he remembered me. I don't fret though, I've been doing this for a bit and I know my "comic quest" can get lost in the shuffle of e-mails from editors and whatnot. You know, important work related stuff. So I find gentle reminders help out. And that's what he told me to do. I hate to be "that guy", especially since I feel I'm asking a lot from an artist to draw my likeness into their book. But persistence pays off.

Archie man! Archie!

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Thanks Jorge Coelho!

Thanks Jorge for giving me a cool cameo in Venom! Unfortunate to hear the title is going away... but this is comics and I know how the game is played, so I'll keep an eye out for your name in Previews and the likely inevitable return of Venom.

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Appearance #42! Venom #40 by Jorge Coelho!

My doorway into comics opened with DC Comics. And for the longest time that was my universe. But here lately my pull list has been equally divided by DC/Marvel/Independents. And Marvel has been very impressive with their Marvel Now stuff.

I tried Spider-man with "Brand New Day"... nothing like a bit of recon to quickly turn you off of a book. So making "Flash" Thompson the new Venom... sure. Why not? I gave it a shot and have enjoyed this book very much. Recently it's been announced that this run will be ending in a few issues, but thankfully it looks as if the character will continue. Maybe with a new title? However it turns out, I'm glad I reached out to Jorge Coelho who was gracious enough to oblige my request to be drawn into Venom!

Seriously... that message made my day.

Check the page below!

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Thanks Greg Smallwood!

August 25, 2013

My local comic store was shorted their copies of Dream Thief #4 this week, but I did manage to grab an issue elsewhere today. And here it is, in hand!

Thanks Greg for being my comic book bud through all these years, and hopefully many more years to come! I'm happy for ya and appreciate all that you've done!

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Appearance #41! Dream Thief #4 by Greg Smallwood!

August 21, 2013

This guy... this guy.

First off, this is not the first time Mr. Smallwood has drawn my mug. He's drawn me on the cover of a local newspaper/magazine and even managed to sneak me in to a convention poster. But now, as a comic book artist proper, I'm thrilled to be able to add Greg's name to this list with an official DMI appearance in Dream Thief #4!

The pages themselves, are pretty cool. Being part of a poker game is fun, but my character also gets mentioned by name too!

People ask me which appearance is my favorite. I hate to single out any of them, each one it's own unique story. But see, I've been rooting for Greg and his comic work longer than I've been doing this campaign. So if anyone asks... this one is right up there.

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Thanks Fico Ossio!

August 9, 2013

Thank you Fico for a cool looking panel. I dig it!

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Appearance #40! Critter #13 by Fico Ossio!

August 7, 2013

Appearance #40! Getting closer to the big 5-0!

Earlier this year in April during my local big convention (Planet Comicon) I stopped by the Big Dog Ink booth. I had started following them on Facebook and wanted to check out some of their titles first hand. Of course I ended up checking out their super-hero line in Critter. I picked up every single issue of the current on-going.

I really enjoyed the art on the book done by Fico Ossio and so, yeah, I e-mailed him. It's kinda my thing to do here if you haven't noticed by now. I was excited when I heard back from Fico so quickly and then later informed of my future appearance in Critter #13!

I love it! I'm all, action-y and have speaking lines and stuff. Check out the featured page below!

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Draw Me In - Seventh Blogiversary!

July 18, 2013

Every year when Comic-Con International happens, I am reminded that another year has passed since I started this website.

What started as a simple idea from a contest in a magazine, turned into a website followed by a trip to the biggest comic book convention in the country.... seven years have pasted since I started Draw Me In and it's been a fun ride so far. I've met some great people and have been incredibly lucky as a comic book "fanboy".

Looking back to my trip to SDCC in 2006, I loved how it was my first non local convention, and damn did it blow the doors off of that show. I managed to talk with a bunch of creators that have yet to make it out to the mid-west. But ever since I've been wanting to go to more "big" shows, but just have lacked the funding to do so. Hopefully someday I can fix that. Maybe take an extended comic-con/vacation with my wife to like, Seattle or Chicago, because there are certainly more creators I'd like to shake hands with and get autographs from.

I'm glad to have made my own personal mark on my hobby. So however much longer I continue to do this, I'd like to think that if I were to suddenly stop, I would be content to what all has happened.

Waiting in line to get into San Diego Comic Con International 2006.

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Sneak Peek! Dream Thief #4 by Greg Smallwood!

July 15, 2013

Every now and then I get sent the preview panels of my future appearances by the artists who drew them. It's nice to see the original pencils (or in this case digital inks) done before it's colored and lettered.
Many thanks to Greg Smallwood for sending me these pages of Dream Thief #4 which should hit shelves in August! Look for Dream Thief #3 in finer comic book stores near you this Wednesday!

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