2016 Book Tour Ends this Saturday at ComiqueCon

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Saturday is your last chance to come out to one of my book-signings this year.  The schedule for Comique Con sounds so awesome, it’s going to be difficult for me to stay behind my table. See the full schedule here.

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WW GAME starter kitI signed up for a half-table, so the items that will be on display for sale will be scaled back. After looking at photos of my table from Monroe Comic Con, I was surprised at how much stuff I had! The featured goodies I will have at Comique Con will be The Sick Rose Vampires books, Wonderful Drinking Game posters and starter kits, and the debut of my new limited edition “Girl Fight” print with Harley Quinn and Batgirl. And again, free #IndieBooksBeSeen catalogs and Harley/Joker coloring sheets!

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Comique Con is this Saturday at:
Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
10am – 5pm
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Redford Comic Con Recap and News

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The Redford Comic Con happened on January 23rd, but it’s still worth talking about because it’s been my favorite comic con appearance yet. The venue was spacious, the vendors and attendees were friendly, and I gave away all my free gifts! And I can’t forget to mention that it was my FIRST LIVE INTERVIEW EVER with Crazy Mark TV!

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Interview begins at the 12:30 mark

John Kalel, host of the Redford Comic Con, puts on a great con and hosts several in southeast Michigan throughout the year. I look forward to being a guest at another one of his shows in the future. I’m building contacts with other artists and comic creators in the area and I’m really impressed with this community. Be sure to check out all of John’s future shows at his website, yourcomiccon.com. There is always something for everyone!

Since Redford Comic Con, I’ve also done an interview with Dark Knight News, applied to be a part of Ladies Night Anthology Volume Four, and was accepted into Artist Alley for Monroe Comic Con in October.dknlogo1

The Ladies Night Anthology is a collaboration of women comic writers, artists, and editors based out of Chicago. I was lucky to meet some of the past contributors at Comique Con in November. I applied as an artist, and if I’m accepted I will be matched up with a writer and editor. I will find out if I’m accepted by the middle of this month.

I also took out a spot for Blood & Alcohol in the #indiebooksbeseen catalog for 2016. It’s a catalog of books by indie authors that ships all over the world and features a grab bag of genres. Since the style of my book is so unique I’m excited to expose it to novel readers while supporting fellow indie authors.

Meanwhile, I’m still plugging away at illustrations for Skin of the Night. I’m two drawings away from my goal for this book, but have discovered I’m probably going to need about ten more. This book will be slightly longer than the first. I thought about cutting out the entire last scene to just get it done with, but it would disrupt the flow of the series. Thank you for your patience while I juggle many hats. I promise The Sick Rose fans that it’s worth it!

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Sick Shoppe is back!

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I survived this crazy month of two comic book conventions!

The DoctorsFirst was Comique Con, which afforded me priceless networking opportunities with other lady comic book creators and women involved in making comic books. I was also able to attend an intersectionality and diversity in comics panel which set me on a researching mission to learn more about representing biracial main characters in The Sick Rose Vampires. I will be looking forward to reporting back on that later.

cosplay judge Rich GarlandLast weekend was Taylor Town Comic Con held during a snow storm in Michigan. The turn out was a reflection of the weather, but again allowed me to make new friends and touch base with old ones. And I had an absolute blast judging the cosplay contest!

I’m happy and grateful that I made it through doing conventions and now will have more time to get back to finishing Skin of the Night.  However, the most important thing that I wanted to share with this post is that the Sick Shoppe is back up and running for the holidays! So if you weren’t able to make it out to a con or saw something there that you liked, you can now order it online! I’m offering FREE SHIPPING on everything through Cyber Monday!

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Happy Fangsgiving

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Happy Shopping!

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Monroe Comic Con Recap

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Although I was unable to attend Monroe Comic Con as an artist this year, I had a blast hanging out and enjoying cosplay for the first time.  I’ve put together some pretty decent costumes before but nothing specifically worn at a non-Halloween related event.  Some of the past costumes I’ve done were the Charlieze Theron version of Aeon Flux (which is the closest to cosplay I’ve gotten, something I blogged and obsessed about but wore to the NYC Halloween parade), Baroness from GI Joe (a nice one for ladies with glasses), Edgar Allen Poe (for which I won best costume at a Halloween party, and it cost me $2.00 to put together), and Link from The Legend of Zelda.

For my first official cosplay put together especially for Monroe Comic Con, I was Zatanna Zatara, from the wonderful universe of DC Comics.  I was introduced to her through playing copious amounts of DC Universe Online. I wanted to do a version that was more modest and comfortable as inspired by this rendition of Zatanna. Unfortunately, I was unable to stay until the end of the con for the cosplay contest but ran around for long enough to take pictures, get some autographs, shop, and appear in a couple of videos.

I got to meet cosplay artist and model, Alloy Ash, and thank her for inspiring me to try cosplaying for reals. I saw her give a talk at Motor City Comic Con back in May and her words really gave me the confidence to just have fun despite my lack of sewing skills or funds for the hobby. Cosplay is for everyone!

I also got to meet the Red Power Ranger “Rocky”, Steve Cardenas. He was part of the original series as well as the 1995 Power Ranger movie for which I have the puffy VHS copy of – now signed! He couldn’t have been more patient with our lack of camera phone technology skills, and I got to hold his helmet!!!

Dr. Fate was my boyfriend, so I can say we were probably the most magical couple in attendance!

Monroe Comic Con was awesome and well put together by Gary Pillette and family. You really got the sense that the show was a family affair and supported by the community. It had an economical cover fee of $5.00, so your money could go towards other fun things like comics, games, autographs, artwork, etc.

I appear at the end of this episode of Comics Continuum, meeting the Red Ranger at the 22 minute mark!

Check out all the cosplay and me in the opening shot of this video:

In other news, as of today I am pleased to announce that my application to be an exhibitor at the first ever comic book convention highlighting the talents of lady comic book creators was accepted by Comique Con! It is an honor to be a part of such an amazing event and also my first book signing of 2015. I will have the opportunity to premiere some the merchandise displaying my original fan art that I’ve been getting set up to be in the online store. It is quite possible that preparations and promotions for the con will push back the release date of Skin of the Night. In a perfect world I would have it ready for the show, but I’d rather enjoy the process and do a good job on it! I will keep you posted on my progress and further details of Comique Con.