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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!

what is free comic book day?

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!!

 

 

 

FLUKE 2014 – April 19 – Mini-Comics & Zine Festival

I’ll have a ton of new stuff at this year’s FLUKE! What is FLUKE you ask? Well just about the best little Mini-Comics and Zine festival this side of the Mason-Dixon line. It is a celebration of hand-made, home-spun goodies from some of the most talented creators you could ever try to gather into one amazing venue. I’m looking forward to my trip with Wes Brooks (Undead Speed Equipment) and we’ll try to curb our laughter so we want run off the road before we make it to Athens, Georgia.

It’s going to be a full day of fun with some of these fantastic folks! Admission is just 2 dollars. I’ll see you there!

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