My first show of the year will be here at the Pasadena Convention Center, located a block south off Pasadena's main drag of Colorado Blvd. This is one of those great little local shows where the retailers and artists are easily accessible for attendees. There are also multiple transportation options for this convention, with the Metro Gold Line Del Mar light rail station three blocks away from the building, as well as being able to use rideshare services such as Lyft and Uber, or parking your private vehicle for just $12 in the adjacent convention center parking lot.
Ah yes, the big one. This three-day comic, cartoon, and movie extravaganza boasts a fantastic artist alley for print and commission artists, and a small press area for independent comic creators and publishers. Located at the Anaheim Convention Center, conveniently located across the street from Disneyland and the Anaheim Gardenwalk restaurant strip mall. Expect to see the release of the long-awaited Cosmic Force issue 6 at this show.
One of four new conventions I will be exhibiting at in the new year, this show has been on my radar for quite some time. It was just a matter of when I would have the time and money to do it. While I am not all that familiar with the show or the customer base in the area, I am familiar with the venue: The Town and Country Surf Hotel in San Diego's Mission Valley. This is because I stayed at this hotel the last time I attended San Diego Comic Con back in 2012.
One of the biggest attendee turnouts for a new Los Angeles comic convention ever happened at the first year of this show. Taking place once again at the El Gallo Plaza in East Los Angeles, I was there as a customer and saw first hand the happy insanity of this event. Suffice to say, I couldn't wait until their next show so I could experience all the craziness behind the table.
Another new show I want to try out. I heard great things about it, and having done two Northern California shows in the past (Alternative Press Expo San Francisco in 2012, Silicon Valley Comic Con San Jose in 2017, which were both fantastic due to high customer interest in independent comics and alot of spending money), I'm very excited about what this show has to offer me as an artist vendor. This year though, this convention is moving from the Moscone Center in Downtown San Francisco to the Oakland Convention Center, just a reasonable drive over the Bay Bridge.
Their final show for the year, I will be on hand as a veteran artist vendor since first doing this event back in March 2014. I'll have my Mongoose Mondays Christmas Carol books back in stock along with those Damn Tourists and the Cosmic Force.
It's the annual comic convention that wraps itself around the Halloween weekend! Last year's show (the first under the new name, formerly Comikaze) was a great big ball of energy, with record-setting crowds and an expanded convention hall. Let's see what this year has to offer.
I just submitted an application and table payment for what will be my third artwalk this year, which is happening at Barnes Park in Monterey Park. This event will also take place two hours after the Comic Book Invasion show in nearby City of Commerce, which ends at 3 pm. Here's to pulling double-duty!
Created and promoted by Kimzar Kollectables comic shop owner Raz Simonian, (local store in Santa Clarita of course), this fall edition of this new small antelope valley convention (his first show was held in March) will take place once again at the College of the Canyons Gymnasium.
Held once again at Granada Pavilion, I will be making a third and final appearance for the year at this show to debut my Mongoose Mondays Band Name Illustration book, and my first Cosmic Force character prequel: "The Man with a Short Fuse."
UPDATE: I have just been confirmed as an artist alley vendor for this show (table payment has already been processed). Looking forward to exhibiting at this con for the first time, as I only attended on a Sunday during its inaugural year in 2016. I should have both my new Mongoose Mondays Band Name Illustration and Cosmic Force character prequel books ready for this show.
I'm returning to my old stomping grounds of conventions. Taking place at Granada Hills Pavilion, it's a local show for me as I live across the San Fernando Valley in North Hollywood. As I've tabled at this event several times since 2014, I'm bringing two new things to the table....literally: Free pencil sketches, and my new fourth issue of Damn Tourists!
This will be Ontario's first comic book convention located at the Ontario Convention Center. While first time shows can be quite the gamble, the fact that this event is being put together by the same team that organized the Long Beach Comic Expo and Comic Con shows is a good sign in my opinion. We shall see in a month and a half.
As mentioned in my Tulare Sci Fi Con event, this will be my first showing at this convention, and my first time in San Jose. I hear that it has the perfect combination of indie comics fans with lots of money, so I'm definitely excited to see how this show goes!
I'm baaaaaaaaack! After having to sit out the last two Wondercons as an exhibitor due to financial issues, I've just been confirmed for a small press table for their 2017 show, which is back at the Anaheim Convention Center. More details on table number and floor layout to come!
Just announced yesterday! I've been wanting to try this show out since last year when in first began, but had always been booked for another show happening on the same day. Now, it's happening on the last free weekend I had in March (I'm doing a convention every other weekend then). Since this show will be during an extremely busy month for me convention-wise, I will be combining updates for this event with the other three March events I'll be participating in.
This show returns for its third year after cancelling their event last year due to an inability to find open show dates away from Silicon Valley Comic Con (a show I'll also be doing, but more on that later). This is being moved down the road from the International Agri Center to the Farm Credit Dairy Center in Tulare. More details soon!
This one takes place at the Pasadena Convention Center. I did this show for the first time last year and didn't do well due to being placed in the back and lower attendee turnout because of a competing convention on the same day. Here's hoping for a better second year.
This will be my guaranteed last show of the year. Expect to see my new Mongoose Mondays Christmas Carols interactive illustration book series heavily promoted here.
This will be my final show of the year. I'll be solo this time with my many different comic lines (three done entirely by me, two I collaborated with another person). My table payment has just been processed, and I'll know my table number by the end of the week. Stay tuned!
I've just been confirmed for this new small convention in the City of Industry, that is specifically aimed at independent comic book creators! I will also be a part of a comics panel for the very first time, so I'm very excited about what this show will bring!
Some updates about my appearance at this brand new show: This event will be taking place at the LIMS Motion Picture Studio lot in Castaic, just a few miles from Six Flags Magic Mountain. Both the vendor hall and Artist Alley will have movie backdrops ranging from 1920's speakeasy, to a Post-apocalyptic background. There's only one answer to that revelation: YOU NEED TO GO!!
Here's another show opportunity that just sorta came out of nowhere: After meeting with an event organizer during my lunch, I was made aware of an upcoming art festival happening near my day job. With just the location alone, there's no reason not to try out this show, though it will be the last spur of the moment event that I'll be signing up for, as I need to restore my energy after doing so many new shows this year.