GAZE UPON ME
The Comics.Community Podcast crew also attended the Free Comic Book Day fun at Summit Comics & Games. Lucky for me, the Comics.Community Podcast decided to interview me for a short video.
You can watch the video below or on YouTube if the embed isn’t working.
While I was the first one interviewed, I recommend watching the rest of the video to learn about some of my fellow Lansing area artists.
This interview thankfully went much better than my first attempt at a Facebook Live video on the Clattertron page earlier in the day. Oh so awkward. But charming. I hope.
Free Comic Book Day at Summit Comics & Games went great! Comic book fans flooded the local shop and kept me busy for my shift.
I gave out free cartoon sketches for kids during my time (11AM – 2PM), and cranked out a bunch. I don’t know how many exactly, but if I had to guess it was easily in the neighborhood of 30 drawings.
Thirty drawings, in three hours. My trusty Pentel Pocket Brush Pen was practically smoking by the end of the day (I even had to load in a new ink cartridge after an hour or so).
Sadly, I didn’t get any photos of my sketches because I was too busy drawing and handling sales (looking back, I probably should have brought a helper to handle sales).
One of my favorite parts of Free Comic Book Day is how it routinely shatters the bogus belief that girls and women don’t read comics or like superheros. Or that girls and women shouldn’t be into “boy” stuff. Tell that to the little girl in an avengers shirt who asked me for a sketch of The Hulk. Or the several girls who wanted a Batman sketch.
And so on.
Probably my favorite request of the day was to draw the Hufflepuff crest (from Harry Potter) for one of the girls in attendance.
Convention season kicks off this weekend for me with the Clinton-Macomb Comic Con. I have four appearances over the next three weekends, and another in August. More could pop up here and there before the end of 2017, so keep your peepers on the Clattertron blog and Facebook page for the latest info.
Daniel J. Hogan’s 2017 Appearances (subject to change)
My Patreon patrons can see a scan of my original drawing for this week’s Foxes and Boxes page. Pledge $1 or more a month and you can see the scan–and all of my other behind the scenes posts, past and future.
Here’s a sample.
Speaking of Patreon, I changed up my rewards a bit. The $5/month reward got switched up, here is the full rewards for that level:
- Full access to patrons only blog posts, including pictures/drawings I won’t post anywhere else.
- Satisfaction knowing you are helping me make comics!
- Early access to the latest Clattertron comics and Foxes and Boxes pages, even before they go up on clattertron.com and my social media channels. (Usually the Friday before, Sunday at the latest)
- (NEW!) Each month I will email you a digital, print quality, black and white, single character head sketch of your choice.
For $5/month, you get full blog access, early access to new Foxes and Boxes pages, and I will email you a digital sketch each month. If you want a physical sketch, consider the $10/month level.
And, $3/month patrons get full blog access and can read next week’s Foxes and Boxes page early too.
Thank you for your generosity! (And helping me buy cat food)
It is time again for Extra Life, a charity event where I raise money for sick children by playing games for 24-hours. This is my second year, and I’m excited to help out once again. Here’s a recap of last year’s Extra Life (I played a lot of Magic the Gathering).
Play games, help kids.
Want to help? Make a donation via my Extra Life page. Every bit helps and I’ve added in some different goals and “rewards” like last year.
Last year I raised $250 (my goal was $200), so this year I’m shooting for $300. If I reach that goal, while I play games I’ll wear the Doctor Who scarf Stephanie knitted me.
If I hit $500 in donations, I’m shaving off my beard (and I’ll post before and after photos).
Game Day is Saturday, November 5, 2016. Now, the rules say, because of health reasons, game playing doesn’t have to be for 24 straight, it can be spit up. But, I’ll give it my all to go as long as I can, and make up the difference on Sunday or Monday. I made it for 14 hours straight last year, and I will try to beat that this year if I can.
My donations go to Sparrow Children’s Center here in Lansing. Please consider donating if you can.
I will publish another post closer to Game Day too, to help get some last minute donations (you can still donate after I start playing too).
Some fun news on the eve of Capital City Comic Con, I have a bit of art and a quote featured in an article for the Lansing State Journal about the event (written by Anne Erickson).
The art I sent in is a page from the new comic I’m starting next month, Foxes and Boxes. This will still be on clattertron.com, it’s just a new story as I give long form comics a try (and yes, I bought foxesandboxes.com, it will redirect to Clattertron for now). It isn’t the full page, but most of the page. I’m hoping to start running the pages, one every Monday, starting in September.
The first six pages are finished, and I’m working on the next two. But, I really want at least eight pages finished before I start publishing them.
Anyway, give Anne’s article a read, and better still come and see me at Capital City Comic Con tomorrow.