DMI Year In Review! PLUS Planet Comicon 2014: The Lost Post!
January 1, 2015
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
Appearance #51! Tom Corbett: Space Cadet #1 by Mauricio Hunt!
August 4, 2014
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.
June 27, 2014
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!
Thanks Nicolás Daniel Selma!
April 23, 2014
Appearance #50! Tomb Raider #3 by Nicolás Daniel Selma!
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.
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.
Ryan Ottley on 100 issues of Invincible!
April 22, 2014
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Thanks Alberto Alburquerque!
March 21, 2014
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Appearance #49! Letter 44 #5 by Alberto Alburquerque!
March 19, 2014
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!
March 4, 2014
I have confirmation of my next two appearances, putting me on track to reach FIFTY comic book appearances.
COMICS! WHAT A HOBBY!
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!
Draw Me In 2013 - Year in Review
December 30, 2013
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"
|Panel from Sex Criminals #2. Don't look in the bag...|
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
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Appearance #48! Hit #4 by Vanesa R. Del Rey!
December 18, 2013
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!
Thanks Shawn Martinbrough!
November 28, 2013
Appearance #47! Thief of Thieves #18 by Shawn Martinbrough!
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.
Thanks Troy Little!
Appearance #46! Powerpuff Girls #3 by Troy Little!
November 27, 2013
... 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.
Thanks Vanesa R. Del Rey!
November 8, 2013
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Appearance #45! Hit #3 by Vanesa R. Del Rey!
November 6, 2013
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.
Thanks Chip Zdarsky!
October 24, 2013
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Appearance #44! Sex Criminals #2 by Chip Zdarsky!
October 23, 2013
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
Thanks Dan Parent!
September 5, 2013
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.
Appearance #43! Archie #647 by Dan Parent!
I made it into Archie! Archie! Archie 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!