Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘comic conventions’

With this quarantine now in place back in NYC, I finally have a chance to post about the past few months. Of course, the pandemic wasn’t the way I wanted this happen. With that, let’s look on some happier times.

D83ED785-856A-4E8D-BD1F-CB2B41297F4F

Exhibit of panels during MICE Expo 2019.

I was invited to stay with a friend during MICE Expo 2019. October 2019 was particularly special, because it was their tenth anniversary. For those into indie, alternative, underground and non-superhero comics, MICE, which stands for Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, is one of the best indie comic cons. It takes place annually over at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In conjunction with MICE was Podtales, taking place next door.

One of the 2019 guests of honor was Xamie Hernandez, one half of Los Hernandez Bros. He had a panel discussing his career, from Love and Rockets onward. It should be noted that one of the sections, formely known as the Robert Crumb room, was renamed after Xamie Hernandez.

There were two other MICE panels worth mentioning. One was titled Understanding Nancy. The panel, moderated by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden spoke about the classic newspaper strip. Based on the Eisner-winning book How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, they discussed how Nancy had an impact on the cartooning medium.

Drawing Power was the name of the panel discussing the anthology Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival. On the panel was respected underground cartoonist Diane Noomin, along with three contributors, Katie Fricas, Claire Folkman and Kelly Phillips. Noomin was the anthology editor, gathered the contributors by invite only. The recent #metoo movement was one of the catalysts behind this collection.

84CA6DDF-F088-4743-8F3A-C0878A310059

The crowds at MICE 2019. Cambridge, MA. Oct. 2019.

On Saturday night, MICE had an after con party celebrating their 10 year anniversary.

03DC9529-3FD7-43AD-9E92-FD7B76551BE8

After con party celebrating 10 years of MICE. Oct. 2019.

The next day, the event was just as crowded. Attendees discovered new comics and art.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, MICE is reassessing whether or not to go ahead with the 2020 con. This was the right thing to do. By June, MICE officials should know whether or not to go ahead. You can check any updates on the website. Other comic cons scheduled in 2020 have followed suit. Until then, here’s to perhaps, 2021.

Read Full Post »

cradlecon

The first weekend of June 2019 was Cradle Con. Cradle Con is an annual comic con taking place at The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island, NY. I had a table in artists alley for June 1st and 2nd, 2019. It was also the ‘official’ debut of my latest self-published comic ‘The Temptation of Squeaky.’ In all, I actually did very well.

4D1FBB81-94C6-47F9-BFF0-9C0BA680AE9C

My table at Cradle Con 2019. June 1st & 2nd, 2019, Long Island NY, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Cradle Con was totally geared towards the comic book, pop culture and cosplay crowd. Even the guy who’s known for doing Peter Griffin cosplay was there. Yup, he was there along with a woman cosplaying at Lois Griffin. You can follow Robert Franzese on Instagram.

Here’s some other photos from that weekend. I plan to be back at artist alley next year. See you then.

06775977-8897-497C-A2C2-495C746CA555

Television personality (MeTV) and host Svengoolie at Cradle Con 2019. Photo by Ben Herman.

E7775AFD-2AAC-4FBA-851B-750DC7DCF058

Comic book artist and musician Dave Fox. Cradle Con 2019. Photo by Ben Herman.

AFD4D061-DD00-4892-A63B-D29618A97798

Comic book artist and illustrator John K. Synder at Cradle Con 2019. Doing a Beautiful Dream sketch.

427DE58E-6417-4A9A-AA9B-62E61242AA50

Comic book artist and illustrator John K. Synder at Cradle Con 2019. Doing a Beautiful Dream sketch.

Read Full Post »

Sunday May 19th 2019, we took a quick bus ride over to the Jersey side. New Jersey that is. It was to check out the annual East Coast Comic Con over at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. I didn’t have my own table, but that was okay. It was nice to check out other established artists like Rick Parker, Howard Chaykin, Peter Bagge, Stephen Blickenstaff, Larry Hama, Russ Braun, Drew Friedman, Al Milgrom, George Perez, and many others. What sets East Coast Comic Con apart is that the emphasis is on the artists themselves. Without a doubt, there was also media guests, panels and cosplayers.

You knew you were on the right place when you saw Batman on line. Guess his Batmoblie was in the shop for repairs.

A500D9B2-E04D-47F7-B324-BC67A4AFE49D

Batman in Port Authority. The Batmoblie must’ve been in the shop for repairs. Photo by Ben Herman. May 2019.

East Coast Comic Con is a three day event, but we could only check out Sunday. Which worked out fine. Plus I was personally still on that high from both the Jaz Coleman spoken word event, plus the Killing Joke concert earlier that week.

60626166_942921672706312_2430731866383319040_o

It should be noted that East Coast Comic Con was one of the last appearances for retiring comic book artist George Perez. Which means I totally missed most of the good panels. There was panels such as one for actress P.J. Soles (Rock n’ Roll High School, Halloween), and The Book of Weirdo. I did mange to catch the panels later Sunday afternoon. That we’ll get to later.

A858724D-9B80-41C3-B154-3A4D09E51FCB

Peter Bagge at East Coast Comic Con, New Jersey. May 2019. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

2FCDD8FA-3CDF-4C51-B387-A1650773C84D

The first panel I attended that Sunday was about The Infinity Gauntlet comic book series. Infinity Gauntlet lead into other media franchises, such as video games and film. Most notably the current Avengers film series. The panel featured  Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim and Joe Rubinstein.

A918B52A-F2D2-4A37-AF3F-F9A73AB96FEB

The Infinity Gauntlet panel at East Coast Comic Con 2019. Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim and Joe Rubinstein. Photo by Ben Herman. May 2019.

Afterwards I stuck around for another panel. This one was pure nostalgia from my adolescence years. Titled Flash Gordon: Stars of An American Classic, it focused on the 1980 film adaptation rather than the original comic book series. The two stars from the film spoke at the panel: Sam Jones & Melody Anderson.

This was followed by yet another panel titled Denis Kitchen: 50 Years of Kitchen Sink Press. Being an underground and alternative comic book fan, this was an avid interest of mine. On this panel was Denis Kitchen, John B. Cooke, and Mark Schultz. Here Dennis Kitchen discussed mainly the history of Underground Comics, and Kitchen Sink’s role. Kitchen Sink later published titles like Omaha The Cat Dancer. (You can also check out info about Omaha here 

EB631311-A185-4BC4-9BE3-351189F0E1F1

Denis Kitchen, John B. Cooke, and Mark Schultz speak at the Denis Kitchen panel during East Coast Comic Con 2019, New Jersey. Sunday, May 19th, 2019. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Quickly ushered in after the Denis Kitchen panel was the annual Cosplay contest, held only on Sundays. The cosplay contest was broken down into two categories. The kids contest started at 4:30 pm. Below are a few highlights.

Immediately following was the adult section of the cosplay contest.

The East Coast Comic Con cosplay contest stands out, due to the focus being on the craft. The judges asked various questions in regards to materials used, where parts of the costumes were retained, if they were made by hand, etc. For the dedicated cosplayer, a lot of time and work goes in.

Although I didn’t get to meet all the artists, or attend all the panels, East Coast Comic Con is one of the better conventions to check out. Until next year.

6DEB5DA0-1B0E-4A2D-A1EF-D9544850DF23

Michele Witchipoo (author of this blog and artist) with comic book artist Rick Parker. East Coast Comic Con, New Jersey. Sunday May 19th, 2019.

Read Full Post »

cradlecon

Nearly forgot. This weekend is Cradle Con. I’m going to be sharing a table with another cartoonist (Update 6/28/2019: He never put my name down when he submitted the app. Instead he just took my money. I shared a table with him, but my name was never listed on the Artist Alley role call. Not cool). Have my new comic available for purchase. So yes, I will promote my latest title until you feel it pounding on your head.

Cradle Con will take place at the Cradle of Aviation Museum and Educational Center in Long Island, NY. If you hurry, you can buy advance tickets. Otherwise day of show admission is $25.00 for adults, $12.00 for kids.

See you there.

SqueakyTempCover

 

Read Full Post »

Star Wars probably heard by now. British actor Peter Mayhew, who portrayed the original Chewbacca, passed away. He was just weeks away from his 75th birthday.

Besides my rambling Chewbacca post, here’s a tribute to the 7’11 man. Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for May 6th, 2019.

PsychoBunnyChewieMay2019WEB1

Psycho Bunny doesn’t get along with Chewbacca or R2D2. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitcheBrewPress. May 2019.

So far I have two comic con appearances lined up. Cradle Con in Long Island, IncrediCon in the Hudson Valley area of Upstate NY. If you’re around those areas, drop buy, purchase one of my comics and say hello.

May The Force Be With You…Here’s Some Social Media:

Facebook: pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

 Twitter: One account for me, and one for Psycho Bunny.

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo

Instagram: there’s WitchipooArt.

Get yourself some cool stuff on RedBubble, featuring my designs.

Stay tuned, next week the latest Psycho Bunny sketch will be posted.

 

Read Full Post »

Lately I haven’t had a lot of time. A good time as any to ‘go back to my roots.’ Here’s a bare bones pencil drawing. Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for Oct. 17th, 2018.

PBPencilOct2018WEB

Psycho Bunny. Pencil sketch. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. Oct. 2018.

Social Media, as always: 

Facebook: pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

 Twitter: One account for me, and one for Psycho Bunny.

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo

Instagram: there’s WitchipooArt.

Get yourself some cool stuff on RedBubble, featuring my designs.

Sunday, October 28th, I will be at IncrediCon, in Poughkeepsie, NY. (Upstate NY)

incredicon-poster-2018-directory-366x650

Stay tuned for more Inktober 2018 sketches.

 

Read Full Post »

Still been very busy, so the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week might be delayed until further this week. In the meantime, here’s some news. I’m going to be having a table at Incredicon happening on Sunday Oct. 28th. The location will be in Poughkeepsie, Upstate NY, at the Poughkeepsie Galleria. Free admission.

incredicon-poster-2018-directory-366x650

You can get tickets here.

Links:

Facebook

Poughkeepsie Galleria

 

Read Full Post »

Back in April 2018, the East Coast Comic Con took place over at Meadowlands Exposition Center. It only took a quick bus ride from NYC’s Port Authority station to Secaucus, New Jersey.  I never had a table here. The three times I’ve attended (Westchester, NY, then later moved to New Jersey) it was strictly as a spectator.

Again, as with Terrificon, this event focused mostly on comics. There was media guests, but the emphasis was on more established comic creators. The guests include Howard Chaykin, John Holmstrom, David LloydJim StarlinTony Isabella, Paris Cullins, Bob Almond and more.

The attendance from this particular comic con seemed to have increased from previous times. Perhaps because East Coast is one of the better comic cons in the tri-state area, even if the comic creators have worked on more mainstream titles.

Of course, who can ever forget the cosplayers. Observing those who took part in cosplaying, their game was very strong. I’ll leave the cosplayers for last in this blog post, when I get to the contest.

1638

Amazing cosplay of Ghost. (Ghost as in the band). Not a fan of Ghost’s music, but this is great cosplay.

First, I’ll show some photos of comic book artist Paris Cullins with his love. Nothing is sweeter than two people who genuinely enjoy being with each other.

There was plenty of panels, but only managed to catch one. Missed a panel about Sci-fi writers. As the day was winding down, I was pretty exhausted. That’s why I decided to check out the cosplaying contest. It was really about finding a place to sit down.

 

Observing the cosplaying panel and contest was more fun than originally thought. While I admit, I was semi-roasting from the comfort of my seat, there was a lot of talent in creating those costumes. A lot of work went into all the various cosplaying.

1631

Ghostrider cosplay. East Coast comic con 2018.

So the contest begins. There was plenty of good contenders. Once two cosplayers walked into the panel room as Warhammer characters, you pretty much knew they were going to win the contest. In which they did. Those Warhammer outfits truly impressed me.

Here’s some other honorable mentions, posted in the photos below.

1646

Next year’s East Coast Comic Con already looks promising. The guests for next year include Peter Bagge, Drew Friedman, Kaz, Simon Bisley, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, George Perez, and more to added later.

Read Full Post »

miceflyer2016

Continuing where I left off from MICE 2016 part one.

After setting up my table early in the a.m., I caught a bit of a local comic artist giving a small pep talk/lecture to the newer exhibitors.

micelecture

MICE Expo veteran giving a quick lecture to the newer exhibitors. Cambridge, MA. Oct. 2016. 

As the comic con unfolded, you couldn’t help but notice many attendees in costume or cosplay. It just happened that MICE 2016 was scheduled on the weekend before Halloween. Here’s a few photos.

Surprisingly I did good at MICE. To my left was an artist who I met for the first time at NYCC 2016. Had brought his comic at NYCC. Had no idea only two weeks later I would be sitting next to him at MICE. It’s a small world after all. He was a former school teacher who decided to follow his dream.

Also had a chance to meet someone I’ve been conversing online since the early 2000s. Michelle Kane came down to the comic con. After our conversation, she invited me for some karaoke in her area of Quincy, MA. Usually I hate karaoke, but this time the invite was accepted. Later on after MICE closed for the night, me and E.J. Barnes, who was gracious enough to let me stay at her place traveled over.

We arrived at a huge restaurant called Cathay Pacific. In my little black heart I have a soft spot for old school Chinese eateries with vintage Polynesian decor. It was love at first sight. Didn’t care how good or bad the food was. After Michelle introduced us to her buddy Stephen Jay “The Handyman” Spector, karaoke began. Have to say, all three, E.J., Michelle and Stephen all had good voices. As for me, I sat my out of tune ass down.

To be continued…

MICE 2018 fundraiser: http://fundraiser.micexpo.org/

 

Read Full Post »

The title says it all. Usually I’m not that tardy. Now with some free time I can finally post the New York Comic Con 2017 review.

22281629_570195436645606_5200231763348089491_n

Star Trek cosplay with a Tribble, on the way to NYCC 2017. 

For NYCC 2017 I attended mostly panels. As usual, the most interesting panels were all listed on either the same days, and/or times. The Reed Pop folks also changed the ways the major promotional panels (i.e., television, films, etc.) were accessible. For example, to get into any panel on the main stage. Before you just had to be willing to wait one hour on line before being let inside the auditorium. In 2017, that was no longer possible. First you had to get a wristband. Once the wristbands were gone, that meant the auditorium was filled to capacity. By the time I figured this out, it was too late.

Now that you’re getting the idea, the rest of NYCC was crowded as usual, full of faithful geeks, pop culture consoeurs, and cosplayers.

nycc2017

The entrance into Artist Alley at New York Comic Con 2017. Taken October 2017. 

Artist Alley was moved due to the renovations inside the Jacob Javits center. Which made everything compact. The good news Artist Alley was across from the professional lounge which I spent much time inside, mostly to charge my cellphone.

One of the first panels attended was titled ‘Representation Matters! How To Respectfully Write & Draw POC and LBQT characters in comics.’ That weekend it seemed like NYCC was really focusing on diversity, especially during the age of Trump. On that panel was a representative from Women In Comics, a local collective that puts on it’s own comic con in the Bronx.

22196347_569246163407200_801306196046784905_n

A bad photo of the “Representation Matters panel. NYCC 2017. 

In between panels, we mostly checked out various cosplay. Have to admit, a lot of the cosplayers were on point this year.

The phenomenon of those inflatable dinosaur costumes continue.

22279738_569246566740493_8291477020297295457_n

Inflatable T-Rex costumes at NYCC 2017. 

Another panel attended was titled PW Presents: The European Comics Invasion. Some of the panel speakers were artists Mahmud Asrar (Turkey), Zep (Switzerland), Fabrice Nury and Patricia Lyfoung (France).

22366485_570298799968603_1680298633719564960_n

Group photo after the PW Presents: The European Comics Invasion. NYCC 2017. 

Onwards through more cosplayers.

Here’s my favorite cosplay out of all NYCC 2017. A mash-up of Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead, and a Stormtrooper.

22196363_569681263363690_671900146894728037_n.jpg

A mash-up of Lemmy from Motorhead and a Stormtrooper. NYCC 2017. 

For the occasionally energy boost, there was free samples of Death Wish coffee. Very strong coffee I might add.

22195242_569319243399892_3894403652001770005_n

Free samples of Death Wish coffee at NYCC 2017.

The next few panels attended focused on Jack Kirby. It was Kirby who created many superhero characters, such as Captain America, and Black Panther, which will be on movie screens very soon. The below bad photo was from the panel Jack Kirby: The King’s NYC.

22308641_570211709977312_281458785809014754_n (1)

Panel for Jack Kirby: The King’s NYC. NYCC 2017.

Time for more cosplay photos.

Here was my second favorite cosplay. Pennywise from the film It.

22281553_570207909977692_8473299318083613475_n

Cosplay of Pennywise from the film It. NYCC 2017. 

Back to Artist Alley, where you could meet artists such as Terry Moore (Strangers In Paradise, Echo) Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family comics) and Joe Staton (E-Man)

Here’s my third favorite cosplay. Prince as portrayed on the Dave Chappelle show.

22228479_570621826602967_5992550448046405528_n

Prince as portrayed on the Dave Chappell show. NYCC 2017. 

It’s time for this blog post to come to a close, so I’m just going to round it out with assorted photos.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »