Saturday, 27 December 2014

Where I've Been and What I'm Up To

Welcome back, one and all!

As you can tell it's been awhile since I wrote one of these blog entries (due to equal parts laziness and spending time on other things) so I thought it'd be a good idea to do one up and let you know what's up since last time!

I did my first ever C4 Comic Con (Manitoba's "big con" as it were) this past Halloween weekend and had an absolute blast. Not only was it a successful one for sales, meeting fans, seeing lots of cool stuff and promoting the books, it was incredibly productive in terms of getting to know a ton of different artists and writers. Big plans are in the works with some of them. 

Among those plans was finding a colourist in Donovan Yaciuk for Canadian Corps. I was introduced to Donovan through C.Corps' artist Justin Shauf (who I had a great time tabling beside and hanging out with) and when I finally had a chance to sit down and talk to Mr.Yaciuk, we hit it off right away. Donovan is one awesome dude who's of a similar mindset to myself on a lot of things and brings a wealth of experience to the table, having worked for a lot of the big companies over the years (and his own book, Spacepig Hamadeus). Not to mention he's just a great guy to talk to. And a mutual friend of the man who has since agreed to join the rest of us on Canadian Corps as letterer... Rod Salm of the Death at Your Door web-comic series. Rod and I met last April at my first ever comic show as a "pro" and he was a really great guy who I got along with instantly.

One of the coolest parts of this Canadian Corps group is that Rod, Donovan and I all live within a half hour drive of each other and Justin is only 4-5 hours away. Having spent most of my time working with artists from all points of the globe it's really neat to be able to work with some great people in my backyard, as it were. 

Something else that I've begun working on is a twice-monthly newsletter that will keep people up to date on the projects that myself and the rest of the September17 Productions crew are working on and will feature exclusive sneak peeks at in-progress work so be sure to sign up for that! Here's the link: 

The final draft of Troubleshooters has FINALLY been finished and Eryck Webb will be starting the art in February- something that I'm really excited about as it's been almost two years since I first approached Eryck about the idea of doing a book together. At that time he was too busy (and I ended up finding Kenan and doing New Guard together- a VERY happy turn of events) but now Mr.Webb is free and all mine! 

Ok so he's not ALL mine, he works on about a hundred different projects that you can check out at Eryck Webb Graphics. Two things on Eryck's site that you need to give a look at are his Livestream shows (it is VERY cool to see him working on stuff live- you get to see how much work is really involved in this stuff; spoiler alert: a helluva lot of work) and his 5 part The Journey of EWG that gives you the history of his work/company. Very cool stuff.

Heading into 2015 I've got at least a dozen projects (with literally more happening every day- yesterday two more got added to the list) on the go and I'll talk some more about them on here down the road but the best way really to stay up-to-date will be the S17 Newsletter. It's faster and easier for me and the plan going ahead is to use this blog for things like interviews, special features/articles and the like. The day to day grind updates will be through the newsletter. 

Of course the Twitter and September17 Facebook page will be there for you to check out too- the Twitter features a lot of bleed-over from my Facebook stuff but there are quite a few tweets that are standalone and a ton of interaction with other creative folks- writers, artists and everything else. Those can be a lot of fun to read through. 

Well, I'm off to go do some more of that pile of projects I mentioned, hope you all are having a safe and enjoyable holiday season and I look forward to next year with you great folks. Lots of big plans ahead and it wouldn't be half as much fun without you there. Thank you for being part of it all.