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Appearance #62! Redneck #7 by Lisandro Estherren!

November 22, 2017

This made for a nice surprise. Especially after meeting series writer Donny Cates just days before. But Redneck #7 makes for a cool cameo in a wonderfully named "Vampires in Texas" series.

Many thanks to Lisandro Estherren for such a quick turn around in giving me a fun cameo in Redneck. Love the shout out in the shirt too.

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Kansas City Comic Con 2017

November 10, 2017

Kansas City Comic Con was this weekend. I went Friday of the three day show and it was a very enjoyable way to spend the day.

Not too often do I spend an entire weekend at a comic convention. I mean, it’s nice to have that option. Shop a bit more. Get deals on the last day of a show. Talk it up, network with new or familiar faces. Have a long line one day, come back and try again later. But sometimes a one and done, in and out day also makes for a nice con experience. Besides, three days at a convention can make for a long and tiring weekend.

So with high hopes to avoid the big weekend crowd, I purposely went down on a Friday. While I did happen to avoid the large crowds and long lines, it turns out there were also a few downsides to going on a Friday as well. Like the amount of time a few guests spent at the show… some of which didn’t even show on Friday. I’m looking at you Dennis Hopeless (Deadlines. I’ll get ya next time man).

Dennis Hopeless signing at his table. *ahem*

I took a regular comic short box to the show. Bring a handful of books per guest to get signatures. There were quite a few guests that had a three book limit before charging for additional autographs. So there were quite a few comics I brought that didn't get signed. I don't plan to sell these on Ebay or anything. I just enjoy meeting these folks and getting their work signed and get a photo.

Dexter Vines!!!

First up on my rounds through the creator booths was inker extraordinaire Dexter Vines. Got a lot of issues of Superman/Batman signed. It wasn't until after the show that I realized a few key issues I should have brought, so hopefully Kansas City will be seeing him again sometime. Nice guy. Very friendly.

Brent Peeples. New Super-man artist.

Down the line was Brent Peeples. Brent is currently penciling New Super-man which has been surprisingly good and am glad to see it still hitting the shelves. Talked to Brent for a bit, telling me that he was at least on the book for a few more months. I enjoy his work on the book and hope him success, even after his time on New Super-man. I made sure to give him one of my fliers. Hopefully he can work a cameo in (cause that'd be awesome).

This guy.

Had to stop and congratulate (and give shit to) Jai Nitz on his recent book Fu Jitsu. We talked Whatabuger and his collaborator on the book, penciler Wesley St. Claire. Both he and Jai had finished doing a convention in Texas weeks earlier, it being Wesley's second convention ever which I found amazing. I told Jai about my intentions of contacting Wesley and Jai totally gave me his blessings to do so... so... I should probably get on that.

Hit up my local people. Gave Jason Aaron plenty of comics to sign. It's his fault really for putting out so much content in between shows. Always good to see Ande Parks and Phil Hester. Told Phil I drove up to Minnesota a few months ago just to see him (ha ha). Stopped by Leeanne Krecic's table and chatted for a while. She does a web comic and we talked a while about how that side of the business works. Glad things seem to be going well for the local group. I'll never stop saying it but I'm glad Kansas City has a nice group of friendly and talented comic book people here.

Donny Cates! Rock on!

I missed out on seeing James Tynion IV, writer of Detective Comics, The Woods, and a little series called U.F.Ology (which I had a little cameo in a while back). A handful of these creators were only signing at their table for a few hours on Friday, which is why I didn't get to meet James. David Finch had a short schedule as did Donny Cates. Was glad to talk with Cates. I told him about my campaign and he seemed to appreciate what I was doing. I told him I had tried to get into Redneck and that Babyteeth was next on my radar. He seemed keen to this. Took out his phone and said he'd send an e-mail to artist Garry Brown. So... need to e-mail him too. 

Other points of interest include my failed poster recreation of Back to the Future with this awesome Delorean time machine.

Wrapping this up, here's the swag I picked up. Some great Diamond Select figures I needed for a good deal. Also some key issues from a nice selection of dealers. Very nice experience with these dealers. Spent more than I was planning too.

Also picked up some Star Trek sketches from artist Rob Davis. Many years ago at a Planet Comicon I picked up a handful of these and was delighted to see him again at KCCC to pick up more for the collection.

Overall I had a great time. Loved the November date. Looking forward to the next show in 2018.

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