Home Town Con

My next Con appearance is right around the corner and it’s my hometown show. That’s right I’m making my return to the Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks, April 7 through April 9. There will be a ton fun celebrity guest at this show as well as some really cool artist. After you’re done saying hi to me, be sure to swing on by Scott Derby’s booth in artist alley. Not only is he an amazingly talented artist, but he also is one of the nicest people I know.

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The First Con of The Year

It seems like it starts earlier and earlier every year, but Con season is upon us. This Saturday, February 18th I’ll be returning to Baltimore for my show of the year, Bmore into Comics #12. Not only will I’ll be selling comics at the show, but I’ll be on not one but two panels

Creating while dealing with stress at 3:30pm


Inspiration for Creation at 5:30 pm

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Happy New Year

After a nice holiday break we’re back and ready to make comics. Since I’ve posted I’ve been spending most of my time working on some other little projects and a Tal Nor prose story. This story has been fighting me a little bit, but as soon as it is complete I’ll be sharing a preview of it here. Subscribers to the newsletter will receive a PDF of the whole story. Just another perk of being a subscriber. There a subscription button at the top of the sidebar to the right (hint, hint)

The other thing I have been working on is getting all my ducks in a row for Kickstarting the next issue. And this is where I could you come in. what type of rewards would you like to see offered in the next Kickstarter? Should we do another variant cover? More posters? Smaller prints? Send your suggestions to TalNorComics@gmail.com or leave a comment below. As an incentive, I’ll be giving away the digital code for a Marvel movie that I happen to have an extra code for, to a random person who gives a suggestion. You have until 1/21/2017 to be eligible.

Finally, I wrote this creepy little bit of flash fiction. Enjoy:


As I walked down the suburban street I came on a child riding a bicycle. The training wheels on either side were bent from leaning hard to take tight turns. When she rode in a straight line, neither touch the ground. Coming closer I noticed she had in her hand a red party cup. The kind you’d see at just about every party on every college campus. The cup rattled slightly as she rocked the bike forwards and back with her feet. 

“What have you got there?” I inquired once I was next to her.

“Teeth.” The girl flashed me a grin that was missing a couple of incisors and maybe a bicuspid. Peering down at the cup and I saw she told no lie, it was about a quarter full of all manner of teeth.

“Wow, I’m guessing you only have a couple more to go until you have all you’re grown up teeth.”

Her grin grew even wider like a snakes “Oh, these aren’t my teeth.” With that she, dropped the cup into the wicker basket attached to her handle bars, turned her bike around and rode off into the distance.

Back From SPX '16

It always take me a little bit of time to recover from a convention. It seems the more fun I have at a con, the longer it takes me to recover. Given that it has taken me over a week to write about SPX, you can imagine how much fun I had doing this show.

I meet some many wonderful creators and fans. Really way too many to mention here and I’m still wading through the websites of all the artists whose business cards I picked up. I did however want to single out my fantastic neighbors. At a convention having cool and nice neighbors is key to a good show. They’re the ones who’ll watch your table when you need to run out for lunch (like that actually happens) or use the rest room. They’re the ones who you chat with when there are lulls and commiserate with when sales aren’t where you’d like them to be.

At SPX I was lucky enough to have on my left Sean Dillon and Steven Petrivelli, whom I was splitting the table with. I’ve know these guys for a little while now and it’s always fun talking comics with them. They have a really fun all ages book called Sweetie. Check it out HERE.

To my right was Win Evens. This was the first time we had officially met, but as coincident would have it, we’re from the same general area of the Philly suburbs. I’m sure that our paths have crossed a time or two without even realizing it. Wither we had met before or not this was first chance to see her amazing art. Do yourself a favor and check out her stuff HERE.

Not to bury the lead too much, but The Chronicles of the Tal Nor issue #1 will be released on Comixology tomorrow. That’s right, starting 9/28/2016 at 9am or so east coast time, you will be able to buy the first issue for $1.99 on Comixology. I’m so excited to offer the book on yet another platform. It was a long process to get it posted and I wish they had given us a little more lead time to promote the book, but I know how hard every one there works. They’re flooded with submissions and do a fantastic job of getting comics out into the world. Also they have add the exclusive Comixology guided view to the comic.


This link will become lives sometime between 9am and 10 am tomorrow. If you are at all interested in picking up the book or just have two bucks to donate to the cause, please buy it tomorrow. It’s my hope to get a ground swell of support on the release day. If we get enough people buying on Wednesday, it will help push the book on to their front page and a few more people might just give it a try. Thank you for your support.

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The Little Things

It’s the little things in life that making an upcoming event feel real. I’ve been excited for SPX ever since I received the email saying I won the SPX lotto and would have a table at this year’s Small Press Expo. The release of this year’s floor map, showing me and Steve at table L6 (Click the table number for a map), amped up the excitement. But it didn’t start to feel tangibly real until I received my new Square reader (I can take cards with chips now, as well as Apple Pay and I’m sure other things I don’t even know about yet) and my Maryland Tax info on the same day.

This has led to both feelings of excitement and the beginning of the normal pre-convention worries. I’m sure I’m not alone in my pre-con fears which includes but not limited being worried about the following:

·         No one will buy my books

·         I won’t bring enough and miss out on sales (this leads me to bringing everything in my trunk)

·         I’ll forget just about everything

·         There will be a mix up with our hotel room and we’ll have nowhere to stay

·         I’ll have some sort of panic attack/freak out

Now, has any of these things ever happened? Well, outside of forgetting a few minor con supplies (like snacks or extra note cards) none of these things have ever happened. But that’s how it goes with irrational fears. I have them before every con and they drop away as soon as I set up and talk to the first convention goer.

In other news we have been hard at work on issue. Kelsea is killing it with the new character designs. While we won’t have it completed in time for SPX, there is a chance of something new on the table. In the meantime here is a tiny preview of what we’re working on.


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Back from Baltimore

Thank you to everyone who came out to see me at Bmore into Comics #10. I had so much fun and I can’t wait for Bmore into Comics #11. Monica Gallagher did a wonderful job of organizing this show and the Windup Space is awesome. Also their stage looks like Twin Peaks.

I had a ton of fun up on that stage as a guest on my very first panel ever. Big thank you to Jordan Clark for moderating and Monica GallagherJamie NoguchiJonathan Eaton to the other guest on the Character Building panel. You all made me feel comfortable and like I belonged up there. Jordan recorder the panel for his podcast. Check it out at https://soundcloud.com/jordan-clark-830094701/episode-15-character-building-panel

(don’t worry there’s like on the podcast page to download it via iTunes)

 May next show is SPX in September. In the meantime I’ll be hard at work on issue #2 and some other secret projects too.

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Bmore into comics #10

Sorry for the late notice, but I’ve been too busy working on Issue #2, along with a few other projects to update the site until now. If you’re looking for a good, comic book filled time this coming Saturday and are around the Baltimore area, please join me at Bmore into Comics #10.  This FREE fun filled indie comic show is going to feature a ton of amazing creators.

·         Monica Gallagher,

·         Kata Kane

·         Jon Eaton

·         Danielle Corsetto

·         Rafer Roberts,

·         Jamie Noguchi

·         Jordan Clark

·         Matt Hickey

·         Mike Riley

·         Marie Condenzio,

·         Parker Hicks

·         Dave Crispino!

Oh and ME. Besides just selling my books, I’ll also be on a panel called CHARACTER BUILDING which starts around 3:30. I hope to see you there.

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Memorial Day Barbecue Magic

Memorial Day Barbeque Magic


Over this Memorial Day weekend, like most people, I attended a barbeque.  At this barbeque, I had the opportunity to meet friend’s 5 year old daughter for first time.  This was one seriously cool and nerdy little girl.  She is totally obsessed with Star Wars.  When the host was play The Force Awakens for all the kids (me included, because what am I other than a soon to be 37 year old kid) and the host father said look it’s Princess Leia, this girl turned to him with the most annoyed look. She then responded with “It’s General Leia.”  I think it was at that moment she became my hero and I knew I had to get her a copy of the comic.  She was super psyched to have the comic I wrote and loved the art.  Then she discover that she shared that name Sophie with the lead character in the book and thought that was awesome too.  She thanked me for the comic and told me I was very good at writing stories.  I almost cried.  Moments like these are the reason that we make comics.


I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day.




Free Comic Book Day

I want to thank everyone who came out and visited me and Rebecca Silver at the Great Philadelphia Comic Con.  It was so nice to meet everyone.  We had some great conversations about comics, art and writing.  There was also a ton of amazing cosplayers that came out to the con here are a couple of my favorites.

We also had a special visit by the Dark Knight himself.  Who knew Batman was a big fan of The Chronicles of the Tal Nor. He even signed up for our mailing list.(Names and email address obscured to protect the innocent)

Now you missed me at the Great Philadelphia Comic Con, don’t fear, your next chance to see me is right around the corner.  I’ll be signing and selling at the Uncanny! in King of Prussia this Saturday a part of the Free Comic Book Day.  Not only Will I be there, but so will Steven Petrivelli with his book Sweetie.  More than just that there will be, as the name implies, Free Comics books!  But wait there’s more, as a special added bonus, I’ll be dressed as everyone favorite master of the mystic arts, Doctor Strange.  I hope to see you all there.


Return from SPACE

I have successfully made re-entry and decompressed from SPACE.  A great con, but the ride from Philly to Columbus (by way of Cleveland, where my sister lives) and back again takes a lot of me.  It always takes me a little bit to recover.  But recover I have and I want to tell you all how amazing of a time it was.

There was row after row of incredible indie comic creators with works covering every possible interests and style.  Part of me is jealous I wasn’t able to spend all of my time just perusing and talking with the creators.  However I was needed behind the table to talk about my comics with the nice size crowd this year’s show brought in.  I think dropping the price down to free help boost attendance.  If we don’t get hit by some late snow again next year, I could see the show being an even bigger draw.

One of my favorite things to do is talk about story craft and making comics.  This why I love doing show like this and meeting my fellow creators.  I feel so inspired and reinvigorated to work on comics after doing shows like SPACE.  As I have said in the past, making comics and getting funding is hard and at time lonely work.  It this sort of inspiration that lets me power through the down moments and get the next comic out to you.

Now it time for the next convention, which is coming up this Friday.  If you can make it please come on out to the Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks.  I’ll be sharing a table with the amazingly talented Rebecca Silver.  You might recognize her work from the variant cover from our Kickstarter.

Speaking of which here’s a quick poll, if I was to do another Kickstarter for the next issue would you back it. Leave your comment below

Also in comments below please let me know what sort of things you would like to see us add as rewards if we were to do another Kickstarter.

I hope to see you this weekend.