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Ape 2014


So this was the last Ape, at least the last run by Comic-Con. It was held at Fort Mason, which is on the water in San Francisco. It’s usually held at the concourse, but that is being torn down for a new condo.


Friday - swung into Last Gasp in the city for the pre show party. It’s always a blast to see the other vendors and friends, have some food and wander the funky isles of books that they sell. The office is filled with all sorts of oddities, old pinball machines, model kits, carnival posters, etc. Just a great place to chill with other artists.



Sat - Getting down to the con was easy, ended up parking on the wrong side of the lot though, so we ended up hoofing all the gear a lot further than normal. The new venue, Fort Mason, was actually pretty nice. Lots of light, it was cooler being on the water (it was a pretty warm day) and they brought in food trucks for lunch. (a huge plus, as there isn’t much in the way of food in walking distance) They also ran shuttles from Bart and Cal Trains which is nice.

The late afternoon did bring the sun deathray. I was lucky to not have a table in the direct path of the Riddick beam. Still, had a couple interactions with people that had to shade their eyes.

I got to talk to a lot of people about process and making comics. Always cool when you get to meet so many artists. 

Also got to catch up with a lot of people, ex co-workers, friends that I only see at cons, etc. Sui stopped by which was pretty damn cool. Few other people that I only know from dA came by, and some long time fans as well. Nina formerly from Tapastic swung by which was neat, also got to chat with Chelsey briefly. Just so much great energy (as cheesy as that sounds) from cool people. 




Sun - Farmers Market took over the main parking lot which made life difficult. The con was dead during the morning, but picked up as it got later. There was a fair in the castro, a music fest in the park, a bridge to bridge run, and another con running all on sunday. The city was crazy busy.



General observations - as the economy is turning around I saw a lot more demand for prints and less demand for comics.

Lot of small format sketchbooks with +$10 or more for cost, often in black and white. I should stop doing the comic format ones full color for $5 and do a smaller size, with more pages.

I gave away free buttons just in a pile on the table and that seemed to get some people to stop that would have walked past.





well that's about it. I had a great time, and will be doing the show next year when SLG takes it over.









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  • Reading: rasl
  • Watching: motortrend
  • Playing: ace combat joint assault
  • Eating: gyro
  • Drinking: coffee
APE, the alternative press expo, is on Oct 4-5.
www.comic-con.org/ape


I got my table confirmation, and am racing to get junk ready for it. It's in a new location this year (Fort Mason)
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  • Reading: spook country
  • Watching: mst3k
  • Playing: battlefield 4
  • Eating: banana
  • Drinking: water
SOOOoooo. I draw and publish a comic book in my free time. It's called Native Drums. I'm on issue 5, and have been slow to sell them in any venue other than Ca comic-cons. 

I've started to sell them over my website (along with art books )
www.17machinestudios.com/newse…

and as of today issues one and two are up on comixology!

 
cmxl.gy/V3N3a1
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  • Watching: mst3k
  • Playing: battlefield 4
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SOooooo San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

 I have a table once again, and all of the crazy that goes with it! 

I'll be in the Small Press section, same place as last year, 17machine studios K-08
It's at the back of the hall in-between B1  and  B2. Those are giant letter numbers you'll see out front.
around isle number 5600 (giant banners that hang from the ceiling inside the hall) 

Swing by, say hi! Show me the cool stuff you've found while I was trapped in my 6foot by 3 foot cell. 

I'm also going to do a pass on my webstore (update coming soon! ) for peeps that can't/choose not to go to the largest most expensive cluster of fandom held on the west coast. 

I'll put up in the store prints/ new books, etc. 



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  • Listening to: slayer
  • Reading: spook country
  • Watching: heaven knows mr. allison
  • Playing: ground zeros
  • Eating: nuts
  • Drinking: cold coffee
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: slayer
  • Reading: spook country
  • Watching: heaven knows mr. allison
  • Playing: ground zeros
  • Eating: nuts
  • Drinking: cold coffee
I'll be at BigWow this weekend in San Jose with a table and some books. Swing by if your at the show. I'll be listed as 17machine studios. 
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  • Reading: letters to a young poet
  • Watching: they all laughed
  • Playing: dragons crown
  • Eating: muffin
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Woot! another shipped game.
I did a lot of art in this one,
all the environments, lot of the UI, characters, character portraits. 

play.google.com/store/apps/det…
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No table this year, but just going to enjoy the show.

I think I'll try for a table next year. Doesn't look like Wonder-Con is coming back to SF so that leaves a hole in my con schedule =)

Next one for me (with a table) is BigWow in San Jose. I'll post more about that as it gets closer. 
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  • Playing: MGS ground zeroes
  • Eating: banana...with eye contact....
  • Drinking: cold coffee
Woot!! 

Worked on both, one more than the other.

Pocketgunfighters
itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket…
I built all the levels, lot of the characters, lot of the ui, etc. 

Snowboarding game 
play.google.com/store/apps/det…
I did the icons and portraits. Sad Raccoon is even in there. 
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  • Listening to: sleigh bells
  • Reading: spook country
  • Watching: youtube
  • Playing: pocketgunfighters
  • Eating: sushi
  • Drinking: water
Well I must be doing something correct. 
my first time someone has stolen my work
to go make money! woot! O_o

teespring.com/derbygirl

thanks to the Los Angeles Renegades for
looking out for me. they rule! 


Update

So I emailed the contact email and got
a "talk to our legal dept" response.

legal@teespring.com



The have a FAQ on how to report a IP violation.
This required a PDF doc, signature, and proof of ownership.
Did that. (actually still have the original so I took 
a picture of it in front of the email on my screen)

Got a response that I needed to prove "you used the design in commerce prior to the start of the campaign"

So I sent proof of my comic-con booth from 2013 and the prints that are for sale. 

No response yet. 


Update 2

With no response I decided to get a lawyer involved,
I emailed them telling them that due to a lack of response
this was my next move.

They replied that I had not given enough proof of prior commerce.

I got home late, had a beer, and decided to jump through the hoop before giving it to the lawyer.
Having to proof that someone is doing something that they know is wrong made me feel like an idiot.




I took a picture of my artbook, 

took a picture of the book open with the copyright date. 

took a picture of the page in the book with the image.

found pictures of my table at the con (SDCC 2013) with the book and
displaying the table number and my company name. 

linked to the cons website with the table number and my company name 

found another photo of my set up at a different con (APE 2013) with the book. 

took a photo of an ad I took out in the cons guide book with the image and the table no. 

linked to the website showing that table number and my company name matched. 




no response, no, we are sorry, or, acknowledgement. nothing. Not even a boiler plate, it has been pulled.
This is how teespring treats artists, with contempt 
and with not a shred of respect. 


but the website was finally pulled. 








Well what a year. I'm sure you're being flooded with looks back, and I'm going to do my own just because...

Keeping just to the art side, it's been a pretty nice year. The video game biz has treated me well, working with a great bunch and shipping a couple iOS games. I got my first pro job in comics, a cover for Sonic Universe (variant for issue 60) and a follow up for Megaman. Seeing something I drew in Previews kind of blew my mind. 

The CA Con circuit (BigWow, SDCC, APE) treated me well. I got amazing feedback from Brian Stelfreeze, Terry Moore, and Eric Larsen. Sales where well enough to help pay for itself, and I managed to finish a new art collection and a new issue of Native Drums. 

We got a green light from Comixology, cmxl.gy/1cnRSzL and started running on Tapastic. tapastic.com/series/Native-Dru… so the digital front is moving. 

I'm pretty happy, I think this is a good launching platform for 2014. 

Happy New Year everyone! 

-Vince





cmxl.gy/1cnRSzL

Issue one of Native Drums is up on Comixology. I feel like this comic book hobby thing is almost working for me! 





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  • Reading: megaman
  • Watching: kill la kill
  • Playing: need for speed rival ps4
  • Eating: bloody mary tri tip
  • Drinking: rum

APE 2013

So the con went pretty well. It's the last year for APE in the concourse, I hear its being torn down for condos. I think we all gave the building a good send off.

Overall the con was a hair slower for me this year than last. It might be due to me not being in full sales pitch mode(which I find sort of tiring), or that I just didn't have enough new stuff. Hard to say. 

There was a lot more "craft" stuff this year than previous. Knitting, sculpture, stuff like that. The quality of the vendors seemed higher than in any previous year that I've gone. Amazing to see how many people are doing comics. 


Friday I hit the last gasp party with Scott. It's an office/warehouse with all of their stock. Imagine a cozy old building with the most odd ball collection of circus posters, books and porn. your not even close. any ways. I saw "guide to troubled birds" which I am now kicking myself for not buying. It made me laugh so damn hard. Upon leaving we found John and Dawn (and a third guy that I can't remember his name for the life of me, but had made this amazing book that was 15 feet long) I know that sounds like a fevered dream….


I spent friday evening making a load out of stuff and packing it into my slightly crunching wrx. I did finally get another trunk cover so I can actually, leave stuff in the trunk without it being advertised. 


Sat morning it was off to the show, I read that the show floor opened to the public at 11. It takes me only 10 minutes to set up my booth, but being used to San Diego, and how the show floor really opens an hour earlier than they say, I was ready to go by 10! 


....and then I waited till 11. haha


Al Gordon swung by which is always cool. As did fellow workshop students, Kimo and Leno. Lot of co-workers and former co-workers swung by, and some returning supporters. There is a whole cast of characters that I tend to only see at cons. Ted, (Puma Press) Rachel (Poser ink), Emo, though no Cody this year. The list goes on and on. One of the cooler parts about doing the same shows. Also got to chat with one of the Tapastic guys. kinda neat. Chelsea came by with her book that she had wrote. no really, we are talking game of thrones size tome. It was only a year ago I was talking to her at the last APE and she was writing it. I wanted to do some sketches of her characters. So a year later, I didn't get a single sketch for her done, but she wrote a freaking epic. so darn cool.


Sunday was slow for me, but I had a good time. I got to run around a bit, drink some beers and take in the sights and the sales pitches. Didn't pick up a whole lot, but did get to chat with some of the gals who did smut peddler, along with other cool comics. Spike wins the award for most energy of anyone on the show floor. Kelly brought her sketchbook by my table which was really inspiring. There were so many cool interactions that I can't name em all. Did a hitgirl sketch, inked a page of native drums, sold some prints. all and all a great show. 


Next year the show is in Fort Mason, which should be exciting. I have got to get the ball rolling faster on some new projects! I've got some ideas....


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  • Reading: fame and misfortune
  • Watching: fletch
  • Playing: hawken
  • Eating: cereal
  • Drinking: water
APE is this weekend,

 I'll have a table.

edit: APE is the Alternative Press Expo held in San Francisco. www.comic-con.org/ape
I'll be at table 312 on the lowest portion of the show floor close to the middle. swing by, say hi, tell me you know me from dA. ask me to sketch ya something. 


end transmission. 






So I did a variant cover for an upcoming comic (more info when I see it show up in previews), and I have a piece in a steampunk comic. Its been crazy busy the last month or so, but its great to get paid for doing this stuff. Feels more like a job and less like me goofing off at night at the drafting table. Couple that with a full load at work doing zbrush and 3d stuff and its been a very creative few weeks. 

on a side note....

I'll also be at APE in San Francisco next weekend. swing by and harass me. I'll be on the main floor somewhere in the middle of the hall. Look for the native drums banner....where agent is actually taller than I am....which kind of freaks me out...seeing something I've draw larger than I am....


well....I did some portraits and stuff for it. No environment or character art from me on this one (I was on another project) but it is cool to see my drawing as the icon ^___^ Somehow I managed to avoid working on another skateboarding game. I've worked on 5 over years and that's not counting other "xtreme" sports titles! geesh.... 

anyways check it out, if you have some time. It's free to play (you have to buy a cheap skateboard at the start, but we give you the money for that) 


play.google.com/store/apps/det…



I met this nice gal from Tapastic at SDCC and decided to give it a shot. It's comic publishing but in sort of bite sized chunks for phone and web.

 I'm still sort of working out how best to format my stuff for it, as I think just taking print pages as is doesn't quite give the smoothest storytelling with it. 

The cool thing though, is I can sort of publish some stuff as I go instead of waiting for a complete 23 pages to be finished. 

It's worth checking the site out if you haven't, and I'm located....

tapastic.com/series/Native-Dru…




punchyninja.tumblr.com/

shocking. I can't spell my own freakin name.  I had misspelled my tumblr, "punchyinja"

 Its fixed now.

 eeesh.

oh yeah....and the facebook ....





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So I got the word that I did in fact get a table at APE for this year. www.comic-con.org/ape Oct 12-13th.

Table 312 (were I was last year! ) listed as 17machine studios. 

I've got some time to put together some new stuff, and I'll have "the maybe new to you" stuff from San Diego as well. That is, if you didn't see me at SDCC. So new prints, a new  sketchbook, issue 4 of Native Drums, etc. 

I love APE, its my favorite show, really good scene for writers and artists and it gets bigger every year. I'll post more as it gets closer (as Oct feels like its years away=) 






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Six years ago we lost Mike, I met him only once, but he had a large impact on me as an artist. So much so it really rattled me when he passed. 

I went to the same college as Mike, He graduated years earlier, but his career had taken on a sort of myth like quality. At my school you could major in illustration, but you could NOT focus in comics. If there was even a hint of comic work in your portfolio you could be turned down from admittance. Once in, it was frowned on to do any assignment with a comic book style. 

I remember the rumors of a student that had gotten out and made it in comics. Who had gone the path of the fashion dept, but had turned the skills learned into a gig on the Flash. 

Near graduation he came and gave a talk at the school. He talked about how difficult it was after graduation, how he had to make his portfolio from scratch, and working in a grocery store instead of doing art. As silly as it sounds, It was really helpful for me at that time to hear that if things didn't happen quickly after graduation, it doesn't me the game is up. 

He drew Spider-Man in sharpie on a big white pad for the people at the talk, and afterwards he gave me the sketch. Such a cool guy and huge inspiration. 

If you don't know Mikes work, you should check it out , www.mikewieringo.com/ Someone said that "he made it look easy" and that sums it up perfect for me. He made comic art seem like something that was fun and not some impossible task.


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  • Watching: the wire
  • Playing: breach and clear
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