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Thanks Dominike "DOMO" Stanton!

April 1, 2015

Thanks Dominike for the cool appearance! Loved being a "Hollywood" guy.

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Appearance #53! The Big Con Job #2 by Dominike "DOMO" Stanton

Boom! has been putting out a lot of good original stories as of late. And when they announced The Big Con Job (previously solicited as just Con Job), I totally looked up the artist and worked my DMI magic. Thankfully series artist Dominike "DOMO" Stanton was keen on the idea and graciously gave me a cameo between many panels on two pages, complete with speaking lines.

I love speaking lines.

Check it out below, pages from The Big Con Job #2!

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Appearance #52! Solitary #2 by Angel Tovar!

March 25, 2015

Earlier this month was my local con (see previous post). On the first day of this convention I found a nice surprise, an early copy of Solitary #2 written by CW Cooke! Upon flipping through the pages, I find myself on the last page in the jury box.
During the Kickstarter for his campaign one of the rewards was to be drawn in as a member of the jury. Thankfully he had a seat to fill, and thus breaking the streak of CW trying to kill my character for my cameos in his books. Unless... the jury bites it in later issues...
Big thanks to CW Cooke for the face time and Angel Tovar for the artistic duties.

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Planet Comicon 2015!

March 22, 2015

Another year, another Planet Comicon. The weather was great, the short walk from the hotel was nice, and I enjoyed the closer entrance to the convention hall instead of the long walk up a ramped corridor of previous years. And that's just logistics.

But moving on to the con.

The first day of the show was on Friday and I enjoy the Friday experience due to the smaller crowd and being able to get in and out with the tickets/wristbands quickly. Once through the gate I got a feel for the floor and how things were laid out, and then with less people crowding dealer tables I proceeded to do some shopping... for which I did quite a bit of this year.
It's nice to have friends at the show who are creators and have booths. All the local Kansas City creators know me, most by name at this point, and it's nice to just be able to chat with them so easily about anything and everyone. But I would feel more left out of the loop if it wasn't for my good friends Greg Smallwood and CW Cooke. If it wasn't for these two cats I'd just feel like wallflower, on the outside looking in. I'm happy to see them both gaining success in their work and projects.
I commissioned a sketch from Freddie Williams II of Wonder Woman to compliment a sketch of Superman I picked up from him years ago from Free State Con in Lawrence Kansas. I usually don't purchase original art from shows mainly due to the costs, but I couldn't pass up buying a Supergirl/Betty piece from Archie artist Dan Parent. As well as get my picture taken with him holding the issue of Archie he drew me into.

Speaking of DMI books, I got to meet Sam Humphries, writer of Fanboys Vs. Zombies which I managed a sweet cameo in issue #1. Humphries was a pleasure to meet and talk too, he even crafted a unique photo opportunity (see below).

Talked it up to a few other guests of interest, including writer/artist Jason Latour. I tried to warm him up to my campaign here... I really, really like Southern Bastards. Spoke to a few artists in artists alley which artwork really caught my eye. Leeeanne Krecic had some nice work in her portfolio and I've read from her tumblr that she's received some high praise from Marvel and Dark Horse editors at the show. Also off his recent issue of Bitch Planet is Robert Wilson IV. He told me of a possible project forthcoming as schedule permits (don't think it's been mentioned anywhere so it's a secret right now), but he was nice to talk to and so I gave him a flyer. I hope to add his name to the DMI list sometime in the future.

Couldn't pass up the opportunity to see Mandy (Playboy) artist Dean Yeagle. I was hoping to get a sketch from him (which I did inside the cover of his sketchbook pictured below) but I just didn't have the cash to spend. It was nice to chat with him and his wife though as we shared some San Diego Comic Con experiences.

Surprisingly I didn't pick up a lot of actual comic books, which is kind of sad. I looked and looked for some decent $1 and $2 bins and couldn't find any. Everybody was asking a lot for recent titles and that's not what I look for when I shop at the dealer booths. But I did pick up new books from my bud CW Cooke and a few sketchbooks to support the cause. I did have a good time overall and look forward to their show next year.


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Sneak Peek! The Big Con Job #2!

March 9, 2015

Something I've been holding back. In about a month I'll be making a triumphant return to San Diego Comicon via a DMI comic cameo in The Big Con Job #2 from Boom! courtesy of Dominike "DOMO" Stanton!

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DMI Year In Review! PLUS Planet Comicon 2014: The Lost Post!

January 1, 2015

Well, this hasn't really been a gang buster year for Draw Me In, only three appearances to add to the list... but hey, it is what it is.

The BIG DMI event of the year has to be the fact I hit the big 5-0 on appearances with April's Tomb Raider #3 drawn by Nicolas Daniel Selma.

I've neglected the campaign a bit in an effort to do some writing of my own, but as 2015 hits I am happy to say I've got at least three potential cameos lined up, two Marvel books and an Image title. Looking forward to those!

As a bonus to my Year In Review, here's an additional posting of my annual trip to Planet Comicon in Kansas City. I was not responsible enough to actually post it back in March when it happened, but I'll try to do better for this year as it's only a few months away! So here we go...

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October 21, 2014

Holy crap, will you just look at that? That's about a month's worth of comics, probably a bit more. That's how far behind I am on my reading, and a good example of what I pick up once every thirty days or so.

It's been a while and I just wanted to admit I've dropped the ball on this campaign of mine. I haven't "reached out" in a while... but as I sit here blogging about it, now's as good a time as any to send out some e-mails and make some new DMI friends!

But before I do, I just want to say that so far 2014 has been a good year for comics. Lot's of creative talent are publishing some great reads, from the big two to all the indie books.

Best! - Jeff
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Appearance #51! Tom Corbett: Space Cadet #1 by Mauricio Hunt!

August 4, 2014

It may seem I'm all about the artists here at Draw Me In but that would be far from the truth. I chat it up with just as many writers as I do artists. And over the years while having befriended writer C.W. Cooke he made a proclamation to me, jokingly saying "I will kill you off in every book I write".


Well, here's the start of that. My first appearance in one of his books, Tom Corbett: Space Cadet #1... and I totally die in the end.

Thanks to C.W. Cooke for humoring my campaign and playing along. I look forward to the next tragic end of my next cameo in one of his books.

Grrr... Angry!!


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The Happenings...

June 27, 2014

Hello internet type person! It's been a while. I don't mean to ignore you, I apologize.

So yesterday saw the release of Dream Thief: Escape #1 by Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood. Good friends who put out a nice read and good looking comic, a follow-up to last year's Dream Thief. I hope they manage to keep it going for as long as they have a story to tell.

Greg and Jai signing their latest issue at Astro Kitty comics in Lawrence, KS

Big news for Smallwood as he recently got a gig at Marvel on the forthcoming run of Moon Knight with Brian Wood. AND he and fellow DMI artist Vanesa R. Del Rey were both nominated for the Russ Manning Award where the winner will be announced a month from now at the San Diego Comic Con.

Nominees for this year's Russ Manning Award include TWO DMI artists!

Recently teased by writer Bryce Carlson, it seems an announcement will be made next month concerning the return of the series Hit, which I'm excited about. I have the suspicion my first time reoccurring character, has the possibility of returning. Which is nice.

Future cover to an issue of HIT? Could be?

Behind the scene stuff IS happening as I slowly make efforts to make my comic projects happen. Time is the enemy my friends, remember that. More as it happens. Best!

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Thanks Nicolás Daniel Selma!

April 23, 2014

Remember, it's about quality... not quantity.
But I just leveled up! +50!

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Appearance #50! Tomb Raider #3 by Nicolás Daniel Selma!

Never have I been what you would call a "fan" of Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise. But then things happen in a year, like the people at Square Enix rebooting the series and making a great game out of it. Excellent game play and an awesome story, and it created a new fan out of this guy right here.

So of course when they announced a new comic book continuing the adventures of Lara from this reboot, how could I resist? I contacted the series artist Nicolás Daniel Selma and he graciously gave me a cameo in Tomb Raider #3. And I think it's a fitting appearance. Over the course of fifty issues my cameos have played many roles. They have reacted to or played out a part in the action happening in the pages and panels. But today I'm just a guy, a casual observer in the background. And it reminds me of why I started doing this in the first place.

On a side note, people have asked me "how long do you plan on doing this", the Draw Me In thing. I usually mention stopping if I ever start writing comics on a professional level. But as a personal goal I always wanted to reach at least fifty appearances.

And here it is.... Number fifty! I guess from here on out we're in overtime.

Currently I am trying to write my own comics with the intent of getting them published, but you know what? I'm not quite done with Draw Me In. Be it in a another year or however long I keep this up, it's the fan in me and the love of the hobby that keeps me wanting to go on. Trying to sneak my way into a new favorite title or drawn by a favorite artist.

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Ryan Ottley on 100 issues of Invincible!

April 22, 2014

A congratulate shout out to Ryan Ottley on having drawn his 100th issue of Invincible. He recently finished issue #111 and posted this "selfie" on his twitter account.

Invincible #111 is scheduled to hit shelves May 7th. Congrats Ryan!


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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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