I've always wanted to share this pic but for whatever reason I never got around to it. There's a fun little story with it too...
A couple years back myself and the fellows from PLB Comics showed up at Collector's Corner for Free Comic Book Day. We were there to do some signing, sketching and supporting of comics.
A little while into the day as I was walking around checking out the other artists I was asked by a kind patron of the event if I could sign his copy of FUBAR American History X. I was of course happy to do so, so I whipped out my fancy silver signing pen from my pocket, gave it a couple shakes and jotted down my John Hancock.
Unfortunately, as I got to the "Hancock" of my name the pen suddenly coughed up it's insides, splattering a sizable puddle of silver ink onto the cover. Immediately I choked on my own tongue a little (and as quietly as I could). The guy looked at me and I looked up at him and said "um, I'll be right back".
I rushed through the crowd to my table with the PLB fellows, broke out a small paint brush and started pushing the silver glob around the cover. After a moment or so, with just the right amount of perspiration, a zombie sketch made it's appearance on the cover.
This however wasn't the scariest part. The scariest part was now I had to sign my last name while avoiding a repeat of the same scenario. This time I borrowed one of the PLB pens (as they appropriately made fun of me), shook it twice and finished the rest of my name. Without incident I'm happy to say.
I took it over to the patient fellow and showed it to him. He seemed happy with my attempt at making lemonade from lemons, which was a relief to me.
I think next time I may have to stick to initialing. A couple D's sounds be less risky.
As I'm sure you all know this weekend is the ever-growing and monstrous comic's convention, NEW YORK COMIC CON. Housing almost everything & everyone comics-related under the sun. In fact I think this year's special guest is actually the Sun itself. Bring your shades.
I just wanted to let everyone I'll be spelunking my way through the isles at the show. I've got quite a few things on the to-do list and fortunately for me, since I've literally the best job in the world, all of them are going to be a blast. I'm also going to be visiting and saying 'ello to a few comic book comrades including the talented Bill Walko of The Hero Business. If you're hitting up the show definitely stop by his booth at E15 of Artist Alley. I've picked up the first collection of The Hero Business and it's a riot. You can also read the book online at www.TheHeroBiz.com.
Along with Bill I'm going to try to stop by the booth of the crowdfunding phenomenon, Kickstarter. I'll be running a Kickstarter campaign myself in the very near future for a project that I'm EXTREMELY excited about which includes the partnering of ultra-talented author, Johnnie Arnold (BB Wolf and the Three LP's, The Rabid). More on that soon. Look forward to the opportunity to say hi to the their fine founder.
And of course the uber artist, Greg Ruth with be at their booth chatting about & selling copies of his own Kickstarter success, the art book The 52 Weeks Project. If you haven't grabbed this up, it's a must. You can snag it here on Greg's Etsy site HERE or at NYCC itself. And you can check out the massively impressive collection of work on his message board right HERE.
On top of the enjoyment of NYCC I just love being in the city. New York as a place has never failed to impress and inspire (or exhaust). Can't wait. Anyways, I'll keep you all posted on the events of the show and will do my very best to remember to take pics this year. Something that usually falls away from my mind each year as soon as the sensory bombardment that is NYCC takes affect.
Take care peoples and I'll chat with you soon!
I just wanted to pass along some very cool and heart-warming news in case you haven't heard. In support of the victims of the recent Aurora shooting some of the comic book industries best & brightest have banded together for the benefit event, AURORA RISE.
The AURORA RISE: BENEFIT EVENT is organized by Jason Farnsworth, the manager at ALL C'S COLLECTIBLES in Aurora, Colorado. All C's is Aurora's one and only comic book shop and has directly felt the affects from the shooting, just 2 weeks ago. Some of the victim's friends and loved ones, and even some of the victims themselves, were patrons of the shop.
"The mission of Aurora Rise is simple - we are going to do everything in our power to assist and aid the victims and victim’s families."
In doing so the comic book community has stepped up to help. An in-store signing at All C's, silent auction and meet & great has been set up for August 25th & 26th with some of comic's most popular creators. So far Mike Mignola, Matt Fraction & Steve Niles have all signed on for Aurora Rise, along with Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, DC Comics, McFarlane Productions and more - with many other creators & companies donating comics, merchandise, collectables and artwork for the silent auction, including myself.
If you'd like to donate to this incredible cause you can contact All C's Collectables at their email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their facebook page right HERE. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the victims, their families and/or designated charity or foundation.
Thanks and have a great weekend everybody,
Tomorrow. Is. The. DAY. That's right it's the 1st Annual Eastern Shore FAN CON! A convention filled to the brim with AWESOME.
I'll be set up ALL day so come by and say hi. I'll have comics, original artwork, the trusty portfolio to flip through and of course I'll be working up a gaggle of sketches upon the request of you kind peoples.
Also attending is famed comics illustrator Greg Laroque, Buz Hasson & Ken Haeser of The Living Corpse, the good fellas of PLB COMICS, Illusions Games & Comics, Twilight Zone Comics, Capital Comics and much MUCH more. Check out the site at www.EasternShoreFanCon.com for more info.
See you at the show!
Just wanted to pass along some cool news to you. I'm extremely excited to announce I will be the "Featured Artist" at today's 3rd FRIDAY. This month's event is Comics-Themed and will be the first outdoors 3rd FRIDAY of the year.
In going along with the theme I'll have a select number of comic book pages on display from my past work AND my most recent (and soon-to-be-published!) comic book, LAST CARESS. And if you enjoy flipping through portfolios I'll also have that leather-bound fellow present for any eager fingers. Along with this I'll be getting my hands dirty doing sketches of any and all varieties. You name it, I'm drawing it!
And of course, like all 3rd FRIDAYs there are many other excellent things going down - including my pals, and masters of the medium, PLB COMICS. Continuing with the comics celebration the good guys of PLB will be doing sketches, selling their comics, displaying their artwork, teaching how to draw comics to the wee ones, and many other comic-related activities that fall under the category of "FUN".
There will also be the most enjoyment one can have with a ping pong ball and a wall of amazing pottery - this they call, Pottery Pong. My good friends at Amused Studios will be setup with Pottery Pong. Simple rules: Toss the ball in the pottery. Pretty easy, right? Once you start though, you can't stop. It's addictive in the best way possible.
Along with all of this there's an anime screening, live music from the Interesting Monsters & The Larks, food from Higher Grounds Espresso Catering, and... ROBOTS. Yeah, the US First Robotics Team 3389 will be there with actual real-life robots. How can one resist that?! If I wasn't setup I'd be going. And yet there's still more but my fingers are tiring so...
Come out today and enjoy the festivities. I'll be setup, along with PLB, in the Powell Building right downtown on the beautiful Salisbury Plaza. And with this being the first outdoors 3rd FRIDAY of the year the weatherman is predicting gorgeous weather. Even more reason to stop by.
See you there!
Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist from Salisbury, Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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