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Autoptic 2015

Quick heads up that I’ll be an exhibitor at the 2015 Autoptic Festival.

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What is Autoptic?
Autoptic features not only cartoonists and zinesters, but also poster artists, printmakers, musicians, illustrators, designers, and more – ranging from the exclusively local to the internationally acclaimed.

There will also be satellite music events that will coincide with the expo as well as a doubling down with their international partners (the French based ChiFouMi) for on-site zine and comics workshops, creating a dedicated kid’s area, hosting an art show, and much more.

When and Where?
Autoptic is August 8th and 9th at the Aria event space, located at 105 North 1st street in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

What does it cost?
It is free to the public.

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A quick look back at Autoptic 2013 (the view from my table).

Here’s to Autoptic 2015 – Hope to see you there!

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Q-Con XXII – Queen’s University Belfast

Queens University - Belfast, Ireland
Queen’s University Belfast

I recently had the opportunity to attend Q-Con XXII in Belfast, Ireland. It was held June 19-21 and is one of Ireland’s biggest gaming and anime conventions.

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Q-Con XXII – Queen’s University Belfast, Student Union

A special thanks to Aíne (red shirt) and Alianne (blue shirt) at registration who got me all set up when I got there.

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On a side note, the neck lanyards they gave you on arrival were amazing. They contained all the information you needed and more – incredibly handy.

2015 Q-Con XXII neck lanyard/badge holder.
2015 Q-Con XXII neck lanyard/badge holder.

Of particular interest to me was Q-Con’s Artist Alley.

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The following are just a few of the items I picked up.

Note: Click on the pics to go to the artists’ websites.

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Coffee sold by Cracked Black inc. Close up of illustrations below.

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The following artist had prints for sale but also these amazing acrylic paintings he had done on hand.

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As mentioned, I went to Q-Con primarily for their Artist Alley, but there was plenty of great cosplay on hand as well.

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For more pics from the weekend, check out Q-Con on Facebook or Twitter.


As this was my very first time overseas, here’s hoping I can make it to more comic cons abroad in the near future…

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C2E2 2015 – Sketches

Here’s a sampling of some of the sketches I did for C2E2.

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Here’s my tools of choice for convention sketches.

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Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens – here’s some links.

http://www.dickblick.com/items/20759-2023/
http://www.dickblick.com/items/21882-2020/

For a more comprehensive list of what I use in the studio try the following link.
Comics – Tools of the Trade

And for more on the convention, go to C2E2 2015.

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C2E2 2015

A few of the sights this year at C2E2 in Chicago.

Line queuing up to enter Friday.
Line queuing up to enter Friday.
Artist Alley
Artist Alley
Me looking all serious at my table in Artist Alley.
Me looking all serious at my table in Artist Alley.

Didn’t get much time to leave my table, but touched base with a couple people….

Tom and Anna Richmond
Tom Richmond and his wife, Anna.
Brent Schoonover
Brent Schoonover
Andrew Pepoy
Andrew Pepoy
Luke Daab
Luke Daab

Wanted to touch base with Brendan Fletcher,
but I hit him at a time when his table was crazy busy.

Brendan Fletcher
Brendan Fletcher

He was kind enough to give Sally Forth a shout out on Twitter
when we featured Hillary dressed up as his version of Batgirl.


Ashleigh Popplewell took time out her hectic schedule to visit my booth.

Ashleigh Popplewell
Ashleigh Popplewell

We had tables next to each other back in 2012, where she gave gave some great pointers – like using the iPad for quick and easy reference.

Ashleigh back in 2012.
Ashleigh back in 2012.

And this year I got to sit next to one of my favorite artists, Lee Weeks!

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For more art, check out the following: Lee Weeks
Fantastic to just shoot the sh*t during free moments here and there – great guy!


An added bonus this year was being able to meet up with fellow Kubert School alum Jessica Lynn.

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Jessica Lynn

She’s currently promoting her new Kickstarter project Fangirl.
Written by Tom Stillwell – color art by Zac Atkinson.

Zac Atkinson and Jessica Lynn.
Zac Atkinson and Jessica Lynn.
My preview copy  of Fangirl - signed by the artist!
My preview copy of Fangirl – signed by the artist!

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One of my favorite things to do at comic cons is see original art – here are just a couple from dealer Albert Moy.

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Could fill several blogs with the cosplay there. Here was a personal favorite…

Twins from the Shining.
Twins from the Shining.

Their was a fun list of celebrities there, but as mentioned
I didn’t have a lot of time on my hands for circulating.

Time permitting I would have stopped by to see Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell.
I’m sure with how busy her schedule was she feels the same regret about not being able to stop by to see me.

Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter
Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter

Last but not least, the great thing about C2E2 is finding out about new artists.
Here’s Batman artist, Joaquin Orta. He was kind enough to stop by my table where we traded tips of the trade.

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Joaquin Orta

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All for now – deadlines looming.

A special  thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by my table.
Here’s looking forward to C2E2 2016!

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New Sally Forth Banner

Just got my new retractable banner in the mail from imPhotoGraphics.
Speedy delivery – in plenty of time for C2E2.

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So far happy with the results.
Will report back as far as durability goes after some use in the field.