FLUKE 2015. You will enjoy.

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I will be at FLUKE this Saturday with all the coolest folks you could possibly imagine (click here and see their names). Ok, most of them. We will just say it is a gathering of a large majority of the coolest folks in existence. So if you are cool, then you will be there. If you are beasty then you will also be there. We are also letting in totally rad folks and a couple awesome dudes and dudettes. At least one neat person will be there along with a few amazing creators and a couple of ladies that are jiggy with it. Don’t even get me started about the attendees that are coming from miles around to gape at the glorious goodies that will abound in mounds atop the tables within the 40 Watt Club.

Yes, FLUKE is at the 40 Watt which is itself a fantastic place made for fun. I do not believe there will be any YOLOing aloud this year. But I’ve not seen any official documentation to support that so you may be able to if no one is looking.

So come hang out with us. Bring yourself and money and your friend who also has money. They will be serving alcoholic beverages so there may be a few people who are crunk before the end of the show. But we don’t let them crush our good time vibe or anything.

FLUKE
Mini-Comics & Zine Festival

Saturday 11th
40 Watt Club in Athens, GA
$2 bucks admission
You Will Enjoy

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I remember the first time I went to FLUKE, I died right on the spot. Thankfully they had a resurrection machine on hand because Bizarro Wuxtry was a sponsor and they have everything. You should try and stop by there while you are in town. You will not be disappointed, I assure you. I am not kidding in the least. You will be a better person after you walk the rooms filled with relics that will sooth your beasty soul within. It’s cathartic or something.

Speaking of replenishing the soul, FLUKE is a great place to meet new people and future friends. Many long lasting buddies have met on the floor of FLUKE. Not lying down drunk on the floor but walking the floor. Communing in comics and regaling in shared commonalities are great ways to build bonds that will hold stronger than any man made substance. The ethereal kinship that can form around stacks of stapled paper are unlike any others. It’s true and when you come to FLUKE you will see. You will enjoy.

Halloween fun for everyone!

This year I get to celebrate Halloween in 2 of my favorite places in Greenville SC. Let’s hope I live to see the end of the day after all the awesome drawing I get to do.

First I’ll be at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate. This is their first ever Kid’s Comic-Con event! I’ll be sketching robots all day and giving them away to kids.

I’m really lucky to have some of my artwork displayed in this amazing place. I created 2 benches and a wall mural for them and I really love seeing everyone enjoying them. It’s going to be a really fun start of a day!

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Later I’ll be heading over to Richard’s Comics and Collectables and joining a crew of creative artists who will be sketching and talking with kids. It’s ComicFest and Richard knows how to throw a great event that will surely have something fun for kids of all ages to enjoy.

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Stop by one of these events and I’ll sketch a robot for you and wish you a happy Halloween. Bring your kids because there will be tons for them to do and lots of goodies to scoop up. It’s going to be spectacular and spooky! So it’ll be both of those words together in one word. Nothing like combining 2 great things into one great thing just like the October 25th!

 

J Chris Campbell Returns to SPX

I’m happy to announce that I will be returning to SPX after a few years of not being there. My journey and arangements are thanks to grants from the Ullman Foundation, the Daughhetee Cooperative and some help from AdHouse Books. I will be tooling around in grand ole Bethesda Maryland this weekend, September 13th and 14th. I will be seated with fellow Wide Awake Press pals Rob Ullman and Jared Cullum at booth number C3. Stop by and say hello!

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Free Comics for Boys, Girls, Men & Women!

FCBD is a whole mess of fun. I’ve made appearances manymanymany times and have enjoyed them all. But I understand not everyone is familiar with the event, so I’ve put together a little helpful guide to FCBD.
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What is FCBD and why should I even care?

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is when participating comic book shops, around the world, give away select comic books for FREE! A lot of shops have all sorts of stuff going on like huge sales, costume contest, prizes, local charities, special giveaways and costumed guests. One thing I love about FCBD is seeing all the comic book creators who come out to support the shops. They sign books and sketch for everyone who stops by and they usually do it for free. They often bring exclusive items for purchase or for free. Things you’d have to go to a comic convention to find.

Each shop is a little different in how they participate, but regardless what’s going on, Free Comic Book Day really is a fantastic way to celebrate comics and get new readers into comic shops. So mark your digital calendars for a repeating event because it is always observed on the first Saturday in May each year.

Where the heck am I suppose to go?

I’ll be enjoying Free Comic Book Day again this year at Richard’s Comics & Collectables right down the street from Greenville’s other comic shop Borderlands. But if you don’t have the pleasure of living in beautiful Upstate of South Carolina then you need to use the handy-dandy FCBD Comic Shop Locator. Why not make a day of it and visit all the shops in your area. Every shop is individually distinctive and may even have different free comics available.

What in the world should I expect?where?

Free Comics of course! But not every comic book in the shop is free. Retailers purchase special books that are offered by various publishers just for the day. Most shops have them obviously set apart from the regular comics and may have a limit to how many you can get. It’s a great time to pick up something different or get something new from an old favorite. Not all of them are kid friendly but good shops make sure you know what you’re getting into. Here is a listing of all the comics available but remember not every store has them all.

If you get there early then prepare to stand in line for a little bit. Going later in the day does cut down on line standing but it also limits your choices because some of the more obscure titles get wiped out early. I’d suggest not getting any Marvel or DC books at the first stop if you’re going to multiple places. Shops know those titles are popular so they order plenty of those books and always have them on hand by the end of the day.

Also expect lots of smiling faces and friendly people. FCBD is like Christmas and a birthday party all rolled into one. Some shops take advantage of the day and treat it like a tiny convention with tons of things going on. Others just have the comics set out with no fanfare at all. Again, each shop is different so your experience at each will vary. It’s a great excuse to try all the ones in your area. but!

But I live in the black mining hills of Dakota and there isn’t a comic shop around. What ever shall I do with myself on Free Comic Book Day?

I understand that some folks just aren’t lucky enough to have a comic shop in town. It’s ok, I feel your pain. Fear not! There are plenty of digital comics available online for FREE. I even helped produce 4 anthologies that you can go check out right now. They’re available from Wide Awake Press: Eats, Piltdown, The Ancient Age and Off The Wall

Do you really expect me to read all this nonsense? Don’t you know I’m a busy person?

I totally understand. Click play on the video below for your information. I didn’t create the video, and I cover some things not mentioned here. But it’ll do for getting you up to speed and hopefully convincing you to come celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

If you’ve never been, then you should come out and see what’s going on.

Saturday May 3rd from 11am until 7pm!!

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The guests at my shop will be signing and sketching throughout the event for FREE!!! They will also have books/creations for sale!!