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

EXPLORE THE ARTSmore info
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

2017 Solar Eclipse Prep Party

Prepare yourself for the Solar Eclipse coming August 21st. Together we will explore the science of the eclipse with demonstrations and scale models of the earth and moon. Get free eclipse viewing glasses, solar glow rings and sketches of Solar Patrol new recruits. Leave with a new understanding and appreciation of this once in a lifetime event. So come out and support J Chris Campbell as he get’s you ready for being in the Path of Totality!

FEATURING: 
– Free Eclipse Viewing Glasses
– Solar Eclipse Information & Demonstration
– Limited Edition T-Shirt
– Solar Patrol Activity Book, New Recruits Collection & H2O Blaster
– Special Prizes

Join the event on Facebook!

How to avoid the thousands of fans trying to get into the convention

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SC Comicon is fast approaching and is a must attend event for any true fan of popular culture. If the past has proven anything it is that Greenville, South Carolina is ready to embrace this annual event that is put together by local store Borderland’s owner Rob Young.

The past 2 years have been a phenomenal success bringing in thousands of fans. And not just from Greenville but from across the south east. They’re not just coming to find great deals on comic books, graphic novels & collectables. Attendees will be meeting comic creators, purchasing original art and getting custom sketches drawn at the show! But that is by far still not all there is to do.

 

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Photo courtesy of SC Comicon

 

SC Comicon will be host to bunches of gaming tournaments, a mega costume contest, kids drawing contests, informative panel discussions, all sorts of fan group meet-ups, exclusive celebrity sightings, a few famous vehicles and bevy of famous props & artwork. Heck so much will be going on I don’t even know how Borderlands keeps up with it all.

 

Photo courtesy of SC Comicon
Photo courtesy of SC Comicon

 

And yes there will be Vendors from all over that will be bringing in literally tons of merchandise. So you are bound to find something for your collection or for that special geek in your life. Be they a Trekkie, Mouseketeer, Whovian, Fandalorian, Walkers, Brony, Marvel Zombie, Boomer or Brown Coat you’ll find it here. Basically there is something for everyone and enough curiosities to keep you satiated for 2 days. There is even an after hours event where you can hang out with creators and bid on artwork with all the money going to charity.

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Look for me and my green banner and table cloth.

 

I’m very happy to be a part of this event featuring so many amazing artists including Greg CapulloGeorge PerezFrank ChoNeal Adams and tons more! I’ll be hanging out in a block with my pals Duane Ballenger, Wes Brooks, Andy Runton, Van Jensen, Rob Venditti, and Shawn & Adam of the Dollar Bin. While you’re out strolling the isles be sure to stop by Joey WeiserAndy Finkle, Sketch Charlotte, Bridgit Connell, Chris HamerMel Rivera and pretty much every other creator in the place. And make sure you check out the vendor booths, especially Comics Wanted, Richard’s Comics and Collectables, Hereos Aren’t Hard To Find and of course Borderland’s.

How to avoid the thousands of people trying to get into the convention?

Borderlands has made it simple for those of you who like to plan ahead. Just go ahead and order your tickets online right now and pick them up at the window when you get there. That is it. It’s super easy and last year there was hardly any waiting for pre-ordered tickets. You’ll be strolling by all those other suckers standing in line waiting to buy their tickets the day of the show. ( I just found out from my pal Adam that you can also pick them up at Borderlands Comics and Games days before the show, so all you have to do is walk in.)

Of course you still might want to get there early so you can score all the rare goodies before anyone else. It opens at 10 on Saturday, but there should be enough stuff still around if you wander in a little later. Regardless, I hope to see you there!

Keep a look out for these certificates laying around the convention.
Keep a look out for these certificates laying around the convention.
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That is my dad in the top hat with the old bike. Photo Courtesy SC Comicon.
Photo Courtesy of SC Comicon
Photo Courtesy of SC Comicon