Creatures, Creepies & Crazies

Many moons ago I drew robots everyday and e-mailed them out to a small list of friends.  But during October I started to take a break and draw monsters and send those out instead. It was great to change up the theme and give myself a little more room to wiggle. Even when I stopped drawing robots I would still feel the urge to draw monsters durning October. So I’ve done that on and off for many years. Usually not making it all the way through the month because of whatever reasons that mostly boiled down to time.

So this year I decided it might save some time by limiting my choices of characters and figures. I hope I can make it the entire month. Here are there first 7 for your enjoyment. You can catch fresh ones on facebook and instagram.

August 23rd Pre-Release Appearance Downtown Greenville

I have the honor of setting up in the Metropolitan Arts Council’s Downtown Alive tent. So I’ll be pre-releasing a new project I’ve been working on. It will be a part of the community for many years to come so I’m excited to have such a great opportunity to unveil it.

So head to downtown Greenville on August 23rd from 5:30 until 8:30. I’ll be there with Berea Community members from a local non-profit representing the Swamp Rabbit Station at Berea.

It’s an interactive project with lots of parts and details. I’ll be able to give you more details soon. Until then here is a blurry version of the printed portion of the project.

Teaching comics and cartooning to kids & adults

This summer I’m super excited and lucky to have all sorts of opportunities to draw with kids and adults!

Convention Appearances

Free Comic Book Day – more info
Super amazing event of free comics, sketches, costumes and fun!
May 5 @ Richard’s Comics & Collectables

Flipside – more info
Encourages and celebrates unconventional styles and creative concepts. The festival provides a unique place for makers to share their work, and for attendees and artists to connect with like-minded members in the community.
May 25-26 @ Birds Fly South

HeroesConmore info
This year I’ve decided to take some time and enjoy everything HeroesCon has to offer. I’ll be walking around and hanging with my pals but if you stop me and say “Rock My Bot Off” I’ll pull out a card and pen and draw a robot for you right there on the convention floor.
Jun 15-17 @ Charlotte Convention Center

Classes & Camps

Cartoon Crash Course 9:00-10:30
Designing like Rube Goldberg 10:30-12:00
Jun 18-22 @ The Fine Arts Center
Register your Rising 2nd & 3rd Graders

Cartoon Crash Course
Learn basics techniques used to create cartoon characters for your own comics. We will design characters, draw facial expressions, review cartooning symbols and more!  You’ll soon able to use these concepts in your own stories.
Jun 23 at 2:30 until 4:00 @ Mauldin Library
Register ages 19-101

Making Indie Comics
Create a simple comic book all by yourself! Learn the secrets of sequential storytelling as J Chris Campbell guides you through the process of creating an 8-page mini-comic. Start small and learn techniques to make your own comics.
Jun 30 at 2:30 until 4:00 @ Mauldin Library
Register ages 19-101

Robots & Rockets
Learn to draw and decorate rockets. Cartoon robot facial expressions, parts and pieces.
Jul 10 at 3:30 until 4:30 @ Berea Library
Jul 11 at 3:30 until 4:30 @ Augusta Road
Jul 12 at 3:30 until 4:30 @ Five Forks
Register ages 6-12

Cartoon Crash Course
Learn basics techniques used to create cartoon characters for your own comics. We will design characters, draw facial expressions, review cartooning symbols and more!  You’ll soon be able to use these concepts in your own stories.
Jul 13 at 3:30 until 4:30
Register ages 9-14

Incredible Comic Artistsmore info
I’ll be a part of this camp at our wonderful Children’s Museum.Explore the magic behind comics and learn what makes superhero characters extraordinary, plus work with a local comic artist and create  unique comic characters – from an initial sketch to the final design.
July 16 – 20 @ The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
Register ages K-1st and 2nd-3rd

Free Comic Book Day 2018

What is this day of free comic books I hear speak of?

I, J Chris Campbell, will be returning to Richard’s Comics & Collectables again this year to celebrate the wonderfulness that is known as Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). Are you aware that the first FCBD was in 2002? Yes! That’s like over 15 years ago and there are still people who have never heard of it! Oh blessed day of comics that are free. But not you. You always remember It’s the first Saturday in May, right? Because you’ve been listening to me talk about it for over 15 years. No matter where you are you should have gone to at least one by now. Because most every comic shop participates in it to different degrees.

Regardless where you go you’ll get some free comics of some kind. And NO, not all the comics in the store are free. They have select ones that they purchase to be given out exclusively on FCBD each year. Some of them go on to be sorta rare and collectable. But the majority are there to give readers a taste of what is available in the huge arena of sequential story telling. It’s vast smattering of styles and genre’s that will sure to delight readers of all age and types.

Look for Creators sitting around making stuff.

Don’t forget to look around for real living artists who will be on display for you to gawk at. We ask that you don’t feed them or poke them with large sticks. But they may be amilacable to drawing you a headshot or perhaps a rocket ship or maybe a super hero of your choosing.

This year you can bask in the creative glory of these fantastic frolickers of fascinating imaginative flair. 

Derek & Nikki Davis
J. Chris Campbell
Mel Rivera
John Aston
Duane Ballenger
Gregbo Watson
Christopher Lockwood
Tracy Yardley!
Joey Weiser

I feel certain that you will not be disappointed by the wonderful things they will be offering. You can purchase things directly from them or get a free sketch. And remember, it’s always nice not to be fickle when it comes to getting things for free.

A great day for a marathon.

FCBD provides a perfect opportunity to draw at a rapid pace and complete large numbers of drawings that normally you’d never attempt doing. For the past 2 years I’ve done this and collected the drawings into books available at the next FCBD. I’ve drawn 50 robots and 50 spacemen all created on the spot, live in front of a lucky attendee. Each one is numbered, snapped a photo of and then passed on to be enjoyed. The photos are then edited into a collection and offered as a book to patrons of the event the next year.

After weighing all my options I’ve decided to draw 50 Spaceships this year. It’s a weird thing to offer, but it fits with what I love to draw and I think it will work out fine. I’m sure someone will ask me to draw a famous ship or 2 that might require a quick peek at how they actually look. But I should be able to draw most ships in a cartoon form from memory.

So get your hinnie to Richard’s and Comics and Collectables this Free Comic Book Day and pick up your very own limited edition spaceship that will be included in a publication celebrating this amazing day of Free Comic Books. I hope to see you and all your friends there.

There is always more to do than get free comics and sketches.

Richard does a great job of having plenty of extra things going on during the day. Including Kid’s Art Contest, Costumed Characters walking around and his always popular basement sale that is filled with old comic books all for just a buck a pop. You could potentially come away with an arm full of great things to help broaden and strengthen your appreciation of comics. Or just have a good time hanging out with people who enjoy popular culture and all the stuff that supports it’s fandom. This event is for people of all ages and will make for a memory you will not soon forget.

Grab a copy of the Free Comic Book Day poster that I designed for the event. You’ll have an opportunity to get it signed by each of the artists on hand.