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C2E2: The Bewildering

If it hasn't been demonstrated clearly in my rambling on this blog; I'm something of a pessimist. I keep my goals humble and my expectations low. I doubt, second-guess, and harshly criticize everything I do. Basically I'm an insufferable self-loathing prick. It's who I am. It's my reality and I'm accustomed to it. Then something like C2E2 comes along and fucks me all up.

I find myself struggling to comprehend success, and C2E2 2016 was - beyond a doubt - the most successful show I've ever done. So I've spent the past few days in kind of a confused blur. It's like getting punched in the face but in a very good way. Wow, that's a terrible analogy. The point is the show was very good - so good in fact that I'm questioning what I'm capable of and wondering if I've been selling myself short. I'm considering potential and possibilities that I've never allowed myself to consider before.

This show was so good that I'm suffering a crisis of pessimism. To everyone that came out: thank you for that crisis.

The question I'm asking myself now is can I maintain this momentum. Next month is Indiana Comic Con - a show I've never done before - so I guess I'll find out there. Come on down if you want to check out my work and watch a man be delightfully confused.

Housekeeping

There are a few books and prints that are currently out of stock over at the Store. You can blame C2E2 for that. Even though I thought I properly stocked up, I sold out of a bunch of stuff. Like I said, it was an amazing show. I'm working on getting everything back in stock and should have it all up in a week or so. I'll put up a post when that's done.

Oh yeah, with the Kickstarter finished and shipped off, I'm able to focus more on Nowhere #4 now. Here's the cover:

Hope ya dig it.

-jsb

M7

C2E2 is right around the corner and you're probably thinking, "Jamie, there's nothing more that I've ever wanted in life than to die a glorious death, a warrior's death; a death that will sung about in ballads and spoken of in legends for generations to come, where can I make that happen?"

Boy have I got the answer for you: C2E2's Artist Alley, Table M7. Here's a handy way to remember my table number: MMMMMMM those horror comics by Jamie sure look delicious. Or you can just follow the trail of destroyed shields, shattered armor, and broken swords.

What's that you say? "But Jamie, I don't want to be bested in armed battle, I came to C2E2 to pick up some of the hot new indie horror comics and prints I've been hearing so much about." Well not to worry, 'cause I've got those to! I've got a whole bunch of stuff that will be coming to C2E2 for this first time, including the Bishop prints, Nowhere #3, and that Scratches Kickstarter book I've been rambling on and on about! So come one down, say hi, check out my work and maybe not get killed!

In all seriousness, I love my C2E2 readers. I've been showing there long enough that I've gained a good crowd of regulars who show up every year and it's always awesome to see them again. I'm getting excited just thinking about it.

See you there!
-jsb

Residuum

Tomorrow starts the last week of what has become to be the most involved semester of my academic career. So involved that my personal projects have ground do a standstill. To correct this, I've created something of a "Summer Bucket List" of projects to complete and goals to meet before class starts back up in September. So you can look forward to a bunch of stuff coming down the pipeline in the near future. Moving on...

I don't know how it's possible, but C2E2 gets better every year. I found myself just laughing and responding "This fucking show man." anytime someone asked how the show was going for me. It's genuinely surprising how good that show is and how well-received my work is there. Even though I had ordered extra stock, I was legitimately starting to worry that I was going to sell out of books and spend the last day of the show with an empty book rack. I guess that's a good problem to have, but yeah, supplies started running pretty thin.

During the second day of the show I was invited to pop by the Comixology booth to talk a bit about IT LOOKS BACK and horror in general for their podcast. I hope it went well, I tend to be nervous and terrible at spoken interviews, but it hasn't been put online yet. When it does go up, I'll link to it here so long as I'm not completely embarrassed by it. In the meantime, here's a 'preview' podcast:



So yeah, best convention ever; can't wait until next year. Looking ahead, I'll be at Motor City Comic Con this weekend. I can't remember if I've posted it or not already, but here's a poster:


If you're not there already, get your ass to Michigan. I'll be sharing a table with Patrick Trahey and randomly screaming Limp Bizkit lyrics.

I think that's everything for now. I do have a bit of a surprise for you, and you'll get to see it as soon as I return from destroying the Great Lakes State.

-jsb


L15

C2E2 is only 2 weeks away. You should be there. I hear it's gonna be a good time. I'm personally looking forward to staring lovingly at Angel for 3 days straight. The poor bastard's seated directly across from me.

 And it's not just Me and Angel - just about everyone's gonna be there. Jon and Leo, The Sun Bros., Ali, Nakama Toys, I'm even shipping in a batch of feral Iowans - Kyle, Donovan, and Lee - to join in the veritable blood-orgy. So where are we all at? Here's a handy guide:

I will be at table L15. It's the booth where all the screaming and rats will be coming from.
Angel is pretty much directly across from me at table K16, or just follow my unblinking gaze.
Ali and Sun Bros. are only a few tables across from each other, at tables K4 and K1 respectively.
Jon, Leo, and the Iowa Crew are right next to each other, so I fully expect their area to be a smouldering crater by the end of the weekend. Jon and Leo are at D14 and Kyle, Don, and Lee will be at D15. While you're there, Leo's debuting a new book at C2E2: The Legend of El Toro Dorado. I've been excited for this book ever since he told me about it. It features art by him, Jon, and Angel.
Nakama Toys isn't on the map below, but they're in booth 283. Bry, Nicole, and Devo will be running the booth. When you swing by there, tell Nicole that Jamie needs a smoke break. Here's a map:


If you weren't at DanCon, this will be your first chance to pick up the first two issues of my newest book Nowhere, so be sure to scoop those up. I'm also working on a few other goodies that I hope to have ready in time for the show, but that's for another post.

See you in two weeks!
-jsb


A Bright and Terrible Tomorrow

Finished another semester of school. It was more involved than before, so I've been pretty busy. Here's some assignment pieces:


ASSIGNMENT: Do an editorial piece. I picked some random @FloridaMan tweets.


ASSIGNMENT: Illustrate a song. I tried to run Lana Del Rey's Kill Kill through the Cannibal Corpse filter.


 ASSIGNMENT: Research and illustrate a food. I picked ghost peppers.

I also did some comic work for the class, but I can't show that off yet because reasons.

So that was this semester. It's over now, so I've got about a month to work on my shit uninterrupted until it starts back up next semester. Enough about that. Here's some news:

I will be at C2E2 2015

YEAR FOUR BABY! Here's a poster:


I just got the email yesterday. I've probably said it before, but I cannot stress how much I love C2E2. Every year somehow manages to top the last. For this show I suspect I'll be driven into a savage murderous frenzy, tearing limbs indiscriminately from the torsos of passersby, eyes bloody and glazed, mouth frothing with pure unfiltered joy...

This show makes me happy, and I go on psychotic murder fits when I get too happy is what I'm trying to say here. I won't get the map or my table number for a while, but I'll post it when I get it.

Progress Report

Nowhere #1 has been done for a while, it just hasn't debuted at a show yet because of unfortunate printer timing. But it will be at my next appearance (DanCon 2015). I've only got a few more pages left to draw for Nowhere #2. (I should be done with it already but blah blah school excuses blah blah). I hate absolutes, but I'm pretty sure it'll be done by then as well. So that's something, yeah? Next time I wander out into public I'll have at least two new books available. I may have a third, not-Nowhere book as well, but I can't talk about that yet.

Danger happened

Remember that poster I did for the Nakama Toys / Kaiju Big Battel show a while back? Well, they filmed that show and, using forbidden arcane technology, put it on a DVD! And what's on the cover of that DVD? My poster art!

Photo by Nakama Toys.

I remember when I was a kid and adults would ask what I wanted to do with my life. I'd always respond, "I want to do the cover art for a Kaiju Big Battel DVD." and the adults would freak out and call me a vessel of Satan because it was the '80's and neither Kaiju Big Battel nor DVDs had been invented yet. So I can cross off one more thing from my childhood dream list:

beat Ninja Gaiden for the NES
do a KBB DVD cover
touch a boobie
become Egon from Ghostbusters

You can get the poster here. 

You can get the DVD here.

I think that's everything for now.
-jsb