Monday, August 28, 2006

Demented Poster: I'm lovin' it.

Here is the first demented love child of the DMF/Beach Studios alliance:

Get it while it's hot! Available first at Fan Expo Canada, Sept 1-3.

Fist Full of Comics

Here is an audio (mp3) intervies I did with during Wizard World Chicago. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

DMF Comics

DMF Comics is a local Toronto comic book publisher that puts out a small but diverse array of comic books. They also offer creative services, so DMF colourist Peter Kostka has been helping colour both Issue #1 and #2 of Crozonia. He also helps colour my Mattel freelance work. There has been great synergy between DMF and myself. We help each other find printers, share post-production knowledge, and have gone together on convention trips such as Chicago and New York.During Chicago, we discussed taking advantage of these synergies and creating a formal alliance between DMF Comics, Inc. and Beach Studios.
Here are some things we have planned for this formal alliance.

- Our artwork and creative properties will be appearing more often in each other's products. For instance, Mechanika #1, an artbook by Jimbing will feature a pinup of Crozonia's Princess Acaste. I will be unveiling a poster of their flagship title Demented: Scorpion Child.

- will be a portal to and

- The Crozonia online store will eventually migrate to a new and improved DMF online store. More products such as posters will be available for sale due to their shipping capabilities.

- Unified appearance at major comic book conventions such as Fan Expo Canada. Look for a major DMF/Beach Studios set up in the Artist Alley and Corporate Area!

So what happens to future issues of Crozonia? Nothing changes really. Crozonia will still be printed under the Beach Studios banner unless I find a larger publisher to carry Crozonia for global distribution.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Wizard World Chicago Photos

A big THANK YOU to everyone who purchased a book from me this past weekend!

The trip to Chicago was a success from a creative and financial standpoint. Unlike New York, I actually turned a profit after travel expenses and table costs were figured in. But New York is where I made alot of business contacts. Chicago is more flea market than trade show. My highlight of the show was meeting lots of IFL fighters, talking to Thomas Jane (The Punisher) about printing costs, and meeting some Marvel and DC editors. I also met Sean O Reilly from Arcana Studios, the largest Canadian Comic Book Publisher.

Here is my table in the Artist Alley. It's a bit Flea Market, but that's my strategy to sell. Other tables are nice and neat, with one display book on the table. But I've found when you spread books out on a table, it's more inviting for people to browse around.

I did free sketches all weekend long. But you had to buy a book!

Acaste headshot.


Wizard World Entrance.

Best costume at the show!

MMA: The next big thing.

2nd best costumes!

Carlos Newton, coach of the Toronto Dragons. Represent!

The Bas.

My former employer, Mainframe Entertainment from Vancouver was there.

Arcana from Vancouver.

My current employer, Mattel.

Linsner booth.

Local Chicago company, Devils Due.

Van City, West Coast SKILLZ!

Renaissance suites for only $99/night! You can't go wrong with that!

This is what the locals eat. They don't live very long...

Tim Hortons in Michigan. This means the Motherland is close by.

The Watcher Signing

The Watcher Comics is a nice little store on Queen the Beaches. The challenge posed at the signing was getting people to come down.I think I caught lightning in a bottle and from a creative standpoint, it was a success. Dave, the owner of the store, was very impressed with how many people came down. New faces that have never stepped foot in a comic book store. From a sales perspective, I could have sold more. It was a family event so I was doing free sketches and wasn't trying to hustle sales. I'm saving that for the conventions!