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

 

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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.

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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.

Another signing on the books!

A big thanks goes out to all the people you came out to my signing and to Krav’n Comics for being a fantastic host. I meet a ton of really great people and got to talk comics all day long.  I especially enjoyed talking to a young man who was interested in both writing and drawling his own comics.  He asked a ton of really great question.  There is nothing I like more than imparting what little I’ve learning about making comics over the last few year to people interested in becoming creators themselves.  I love how accessible comics is and how it really is the only art form where it not only accepted to go out and make your own thing, it encouraged.  By talking about my own experience and process, it helps crystallize what I’ve done over the years.  I think I end up learning more than the person asking about making comics.

If you didn’t get to come out to my signing today, I would encourage you to check out Krav’n Comics when you have a chance.  It a great family run store with a really welcoming and friendly atmosphere.  Plus that have a ton of cool Funco Pops and other cool toys in addition to comics.  It the kind of store we need more of in this industry.  I can’t wait to check out their comic book bingo night.

Speaking of awesome stores, I have my next signing lined up at another awesome store.  On Saturday December 5th I’ll be at Johnny Destructo’s Hero Complex in beautiful Manayunk, PA from 1pm to 6pm.  If you live in Philly and coming all the way out to the ‘burbs was too far, now your chance to have me sign a book and to visit a really cool shop right on main street.  I’ve known JD for years and he is amazingly knowledgeable. At Johnny Destructo’s Hero Complex he had curated a fantastic selection of graphic novels and trade paperbacks.  You could randomly pick up any book at the store and come away with a great read.  I hope to see you there!

T.

Krav’n Comics

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve book the next Signing for The Chronicles of the Tal Nor.  On Saturday November 21 I’ll be signing for 11am to 4pm at Krav’n Comics in the Upland Shopping Center across from the Target.  Krav’n Comics is a great comic shop with a ton of hard to find Pop! Vinyls.  I’d be surprised if I don’t end up going home with at least one to add to my collections.  You can check out their website here www.kravncomics.com

Click HERE or head over to the Upcoming Events section for more details on this signing.

I can’t wait to see you there.

T.

Signings, Cons and Reviews

Looking back at the last three Wednesdays I can say without doubt that I could not have asked for better way to launch the first issue of The Chronicle of the Tal Nor than doing events at the Uncanny/Comics and More family of stores.  Everyone who work there is so supportive of the book and made for a great experiences.  I had so much fun meeting people at each signing.  It was great to talk comics, writing and storytelling all day long. If you’re in the Philadelphia area, do yourself a favor and visit one of these awesome stores.

If you missed me at these in-store signs, don’t fear, your next chance to get a signed copy of the book is right around the corner.  On Halloween I’ll be at the Locust Moon Fall Comics Fest from 11am to 6pm.  This looks like it’s going to be an awesome show with a ton of great creators.  It a curated show and I applied without much hope that I was going to get invited.  I’m incredibly honored that they thought enough of my work to ask me to be there.  For more details on all the amazing guest check out their websites. http://locustmoonfest.com/

Speaking of amazing guest.  As you might remembered over the summer made a special pre-release version of the book for the SPACE show in Ohio.  At this show I was able to talk with a ton awesome creators and give many of them a copy of the book.  My old friend David Branstetter, creator of Straw Man (check out his work HERE ), was kind enough to share a review of the book. Please give it a read below, but be warned there are some plot spoilers.

The cover to Tal-Nor #1 boldly proclaims "S.P.A.C.E Exclusive Edition" with the confidence that you'll want to hunt this bad boy down in the future when this series becomes highly collectible. I'll admit that I sometimes fall victim to the old saying "You can't judge a book by its cover".

While nicely illustrated, the design didn't really sell me on the story. Fortunately T. Perran Mitchell's writing and Kelsea Jewell's vibrant and impressionistic illustrations set a wonderfully strange and alien vibe that was apparent from the first page. We follow a young lady named Sophie who is a trained spy and hunter. She's in the middle of a rescue operation when she's unexpectedly captured. Sophie is no victim. She keeps doing her best to get out of her situation and I admire T's writing for creating a strong female protagonist that simply refuses to give up. Even with bruises on her face she continues to move forward in her pursuit without any kind of pity party.

Throw in an interesting story about invading aliens, medieval clothing, and futuristic technology and you have a fresh, otherworldly adventure. Highly recommended! 

News, News News

Ton of big news to get through today, so let’s dive right in:

1.       We have one more confirmed date for the current signing tour.  I’ll be at the Uncanny! at the Montgomery Mall from 1 to close this coming Wednesday, 10/21.  The first two events have been a great deal of fun and I’ve met a ton of really cool people.

2.       For those of you that want to read the new book right this minute, I have great news, the digital version of The Chronicles of the Tal Nor #1 is now available for purchase on Drive Thru Comics.  At 1.99 for 24 pages of story it’s a great deal.  http://www.drivethrucomics.com/product/162139/The-Chronicles-of-the-Tal-Nor-1

3.       After reading the book if you still wanted a signed copy, I’m happy to announce I’ll be at the Locust Moon Comics Festival in Philadelphia.  The festival will go from 11am-6pm on Saturday, October 31st. for more details on the event go to http://locustmoonfest.com/

I’m extra excited to have been invited to exhibit at this show because one of the guests is none other than Chris Claremont.  Mr. Claremont's run on the Uncanny X-Men had a huge impact on my life and got me through a really difficult time in my childhood. He is in a large part responsible for my love of comics.  I hope that I’ll be able to give him a copy at the show.

4.       Time running out to order Club 27 an anthology which feature a story I wrote.  The book is published by Red Stylo Media and Action Labs.  The conceit of the book is that every story is about a musician who died at 27.  There are stories about Hendrix, Joplin, Cobain, Winehouse and more.  My store is called The Crossroads and stars Robert Johnson.  Ask your Local Comic Shop to order you this Hard Rocking book.

That’s enough for now. I hope to see you at one of these amazing events.

T.

 

One Down Two to Go

I want to thank Lexi, Rob, Victor and Elias from Uncanny in King of Prussia for helping out during the first stop on the Uncanny and More tour.  It was a great time and I meet a ton of awesome people.  There nothing better than talking comics all day long.

Check out this great picture Lexi took of me before the event!

If you missed out, don’t worry there still two more events scheduled on this tour.  The next event is at the Comics and More at Plymouth Meeting mall on Wednesday the 14th.  Just like at Uncanny, I’ll be there all day starting a 1pm. The week after that I'll be at the Uncanny in the Montgomery Mall from 1pm to 9pm.  I hope to see you at one of these great events!

T.

P.S. I’ll be back at Uncanny in King of Prussia on Halloween, only in costume and handing out candy for Malloween. 

The UNCANNY! and More Tour

I have most wonderful news, we have a release date:  October 7th!  We’re going to celebrate with a signing tour; the Uncanny and More Tour.  We’ll be kicking it off at the comic book shop that I have been shopping at for the last 30 years, UNCANNY! in the King of Prussia Mall. I’ll be setting up at 1pm and selling both the first issue of the Chronicles of the Tal Nor and buttons based off the book.  I can’t think of a better place to debut my first full length comic.

We keep the tour rolling the next Wednesday, the 14th at Comics and More in the Plymouth Meeting Mall.  This is a great shop with a wonderful selection of toys, comics and T-shirts.

The tour finishes up the following Wednesday, the 21st at the newest member of the UNCANNY!/Comics and More family, UNCANNY! in the Montgomery Mall.  This is a fantastic new store with an amazing selection of t-shirts, comics and games.  Head on over to our calendars section for more details on each of these events.

We’re always open to new location for events and signing.  If you have any idea or suggestions, please let us know.

T.