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.

COMIXOLOGY LINK

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.

Be Well

T.

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.

 

Be Well

T.

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.

Be Well

T.

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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T.

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.

 

T.

 

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.

T.

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.

T.

Cons, Cons and more Cons

I can’t believe that SPACE (the Small Press and Alternative Comic Expo) is only 9 days away.  I can’t wait to get back out to Ohio and see all the wonderful creators and fan.  Not only will I be bringing the Chronicles of the Tal Nor but I’ll also have copies of the Club 27 anthology for sale.  As always it wouldn’t be a trip to SPACE if I want joined by my wonderful co-pilot and sister Kat LoGrande

 

http://www.backporchcomics.com/space.htm

Two short weeks after I make re-entry from SPACE, I’ll be appearing at the Great Philadelphia Comic Con with the spectacular artist Rebecca Silver.  This a home town show for me and I have so many friends at this show it going to be a blast.

http://www.philadelphiacomiccon.com/index.html

But wait there’s more.  I’ll be at Small Press Expo in September! This is my all-time favorite show!  I really can’t express how excited I am to be at this show If you are anywhere close to the DC area your really should do yourself a favor and check out this amazing show.  However be warned, there is so much cool stuff to buy on each table.  I recommend doing a lap of the show, making a list of everything you want then go about buying stuff.  It’s easy to blow all your money on the first couple of table only to see a must have item a few more tables in.  Check out more about the show HERE.
 

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Con Update and some non-Tal Nor news

It looks like April is going to be a crazy busy month.  I’ll be at no one but two conventions in April.

First I’ll be making my triumphant return to SPACE.  That right once again my uber-talented sister Kat LoGrande and I will be sharing a table at the Small Press and Alternative Comics expos.  If you are in the Ohio area on 4/9 or4/10 come out to see us for the low, low price of FREE. You heard right, this year going to SPACE is FREE!

After a recover weekend of playing D&D I’ll be back on the convention trail, this time a little closer to home.  April 22 through the 24th I’ll be at the Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks, PA.  And I won’t be alone, this time I’ll be sharing a table with The Chronicles of the Tal Nor cover artist Rebecca Silver.  If you’ve never see her art in person, do yourself a favor and come out visit us.  She is amazingly talented.

At both shows I’ll have copies of the first issue of The Chronicles of the Tal Nor as well as a few limited Hard Rock editions of the Club 27 anthology.

Besides announcing cons, I’m also happy to announce the digital release The Marriage Act on Comixolgy.  I had the pleasure of Lettering this thought provoking release from Disposable Fiction, written by Jack Wallace and featuring the art of Roberto Pasqua and Gwydion Vibart.  For more info check out the book at http://bit.ly/24eGdhm

That’s all for now.

T.

Happy New Year,

What, it’s February? ALREADY!? Time flies when you’re working hard and we here a Tal Nor central have been working hard on putting together The Chronicles of the Tal Nor #2 along with a few other secret projects.  In addition to that I have a not secret, non - Tal Nor project to help hold you over until the next issue comes out.

I wrote the opening story for the Club 27 Anthology from Red Stylo Media.  This rock themed anthology features stories inspired by the infamous club 27, Rock Stars whom all died at 27.  There’s tales inspired by Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and More!  The art and writing on this book is amazing and I’m honored that not only did they ask me to write a comic for this book, but they choose it to kick off the book!  For more details and to get a copy head on over to Red Stylo Media website. http://redstylo.com/project/27-a-comic-anthology/

More news to coming soon!

T.