Thursday, February 28, 2013

Emerald City Comic Con!

Well, I'm on my way to Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con.  See you there, real soon!  Two things of note:

1. I'm not tabling this year, given that it's my first time out and I want to get a feel for the show.  If you want to find me, however, I'll be using my dear friends Jackie Lewis and Erin Gladstone as my home base.  Even if I'm not hanging out at their table, they'll know where to find me, so check there.  It's table E-13!

2. I do have some set signing times at the Oni booth!  I'll be singing Saturday from 1pm-2:45pm, and I'll be signing Sunday from 10am-11:45am.  And if you buy a Crogan book at the Oni table and want me to draw a picture in it for you, anyone there should be able to track me down, too!

Once again:
Signing at the Oni Press booth
Saturday 1pm-2:45pm
Sunday 10am-11:45am

The Heart of Mabel Cottonshot PAPER FIGURE set

It's only fifteen days until the release of the first Crogan Adventures Radio Drama, "THE HEART OF MABEL COTTONSHOT!"  I figured I'd post up the paper figure sets for these episodes ahead of time, so that if you want to print out and assemble the figures so that you can play out the episode as you listen to it you'd have that option.  There are six figures for this set.  Keep your eyes peeled for announcements about the radio shows, coming in two weeks, or very near thereabout.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chris Schweizer's Studio Soapbox, Video #1

I figured I'd try my hand at doing some video and audio blogs.  Here's a quick watercolor demo.

Friday, February 15, 2013


Usually when I post commissions for my regular shows, they go pretty fast.  Not so with my recently announced Emerald City ones.  I'm chalking that up to this being a new show, and that I may not have a lot of readers in the Pacific Northwest yet (which is a big reason why I'm doing the show this year).  Either way, the market has clearly dictated that, at the prices I listed (which I was considering low) there aren't a whole lot of bites.  Not as many as I'd like, anyway, which is to have to cut off the valve and point out that my commission list is full.

So what am I doing?  I'm dropping prices!  Don't worry - those who have already bought commissions have ALREADY received a refund to make the price that they're paying the same as the ones offered now (plus an extra buck as a negligible but visible thanks for being an early orderer), so check your paypal account.  For new folks, these prices are crazy!

How Many?

The last option on the scroll-down order bar is a real kicker - you can get a set of THE ENTIRE CROGAN FAMILY TREE, all of the characters on the books' endpapers, for $200.  That's SIXTEEN WATERCOLORS, 5x7" each and suitable for framing.  And unlike the other commissions which are only available to Emerald City Comic Con attendees, this one is ALSO available to ANY AGENT OF THE CROGAN ADVENTURE SOCIETY.  So if you have a membership, you can commission one of these sets, too.  If you're outside the US, please add ten bucks for shipping. US residents, free shipping!

I don't know if I'll be offering this set after EMCC.  There's a chance I might, but it'll depend entirely on scheduling, so if you're seriously interested, get it in the next two weeks!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Star Warsin'

When I'm not doodling history, I'm doodling Star Wars. And I figured it might be fun to occasionally try Star Warsin' some other franchises, and see if I can make them look like they belong in the SW universe.

Having a three year-old daughter, I'm intimately familiar with quite a few lil' kid shows. Here's an attempt to Star Wars one of them (ps - I use Star Wars as a verb, because conversion is the best)

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Going to EMERALD CITY COMIC CON, and taking commissions!

Well, I didn't think I'd be able to make it this year, but it turns out I was wrong. I'll be going to Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington this year, from March 1-3.

Aside from San Diego Comic Con, I've never been to a west coast show (actually, I don't think I've ever done another show west of Texas!), so I'm excited about the chance to meet lots of new friends, readers, and art collectors from the other side of this great land of ours. I'll be signing books at the Oni Press booth throughout the show (signing times will be posted as soon as I've got 'em) and I'm also taking commissions in advance! I'll take some at the show, but as I won't have a table of my own I'll be very limited in how many I'll be able to take on. So, if you want one (or more), the best way to do get it is to do so ahead of time!

 So, here's what I'm doing:

 5x7 watercolored portraits, whole figure... 

And, because I love to reward my readers...


 Sound good? Let me make it better.

Five (5) Drawings: $100!  That's a savings of $25!

Six (6) drawings of Crogan Adventures characters: $100!  That's a savings of $20!

How Many?
In case you're unfamiliar with how con commissions work, I want to note that these pieces WILL NOT BE MAILED.  They are for pickup only at the convention.  Commissions that are mailed tend to cost a bit more, because mailing eats so much into my work time.

I'll be moving soon and undertaking comics-making on much more frequent schedule, and such an endeavor naturally requires money, so ordering commissions of this sort always helps me out and  makes it possible for me to amp up my output.  Thanks, and see you in Seattle! 

Here are some examples!