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Anatomy of a Convention Sketch: Spider-Man v. Batman

This past weekend at the Emerald City Comic-Con I had a bit of foresight and did what I could to document a sketch-in-progress. Admittedly, this started more as a bit of show-off-ery after a conversation with Jason Howard the night prior, wherein we discussed the challenges of taking a tiny doodle full of energy and maintaining that energy in the final, larger piece.

So when a group of very friendly folks asked if I’d draw a piece showing “Spider-Man beating up Batman”, and I started with a tiny doodle, well, I took out my camera and snapped some pics to essentially rub Jason’s face in it and give him the business.

But what actually ended up happening is I had the makings for this post.

In this instance the sketch did indeed start with a tiny doodle drawn at the top left of the page. Here’s that a bit magnified:


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Convention Time! – EMERALD CITY COMICON 2012

Hey everybody…I’d say convention season was upon us, but at this point conventions run all year long and never seem to stop.

But since I don’t go to them all I’m merely gonna talk about the ones I DO attend. In this case, I’ll be at the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, Washington, this weekend, 3/30-4/1/2012. I’ll be sitting at table C-04 alongside my pal Chris Giarrusso, and I’ll be selling stuff, drawing stuff, being chatty.

I will ALSO be hosting a panel at the show called “Super-Blank: The Game Show”. Here’s what worth knowing about that:

Super-Blank: The Game Show
Room: 2AB
Time: Saturday, 3/31 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Get ready to match the comics stars! Strikingly similar to the classic TV game show, The Match Game, a panel of comics “celebrities” will fill in the blanks as contestants from the audience try to match them for points and prizes. Expect humor and shenanigans with comics pros in a way they’re rarely, if ever, seen. Scheduled to appear: Chris Giarrusso (G-Man), Jay Faerber (Near Death), Jason Howard (Super Dinosaur), Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc.), Pia Guerra (Y the Last Man), Ian Boothby (Simpsons Comics), and more. Hosted by Gregg Schigiel (SpongeBob Comics). Contestants can sign up for random selection at the start of the panel.

That’s gonna be fun. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a recording of it for a future episode of “Stuff Said”, my podcast, which if you don’t listen to it…um, please do? It’s free!

2011 Holiday Card

It’s that time of year where holiday cards fill mailboxes…children and pets posed amidst snow or trees or other holiday ephemera. It’s also when I take a decidedly different approach to the “holiday spirit”. This year’s card is up and you can see it here.

SpongeBob Comics #6

Another new issue of SPONGEBOB COMICS is available at better comic book stores everywhere. What makes this issue special? There’s an eight-page story drawn AND WRITTEN by me.

Also, a nifty cover by Jacob Chabot, with whom I worked on X-BABIES: STARS REBORN.

SpongeBob Comics #5

An all-new issue of SpongeBob Comics is now available at finer comic shops. This issue includes not only a cover I drew (which doubles as a poster inside the comic), but also nine interior pages illustrated by myself and written by Derek Drymon.

Check it out!

SpongeBob Comics #4

The new issue of SpongeBob Comics, the fourth, in fact, can be purchased today at better comic shops everywhere.

Here’s the cover, drawn by me over a layout by Graham Annable:

I also drew 12 interior pages, four of which are a story written by my good friend Brian Smith, creator of the The Intrepid EscapeGoat, a great book worth checking out/asking your local comic shop to order.

San Diego 2011: Puppets and Podcasts and Pictures-a-Plenty!

Comic-Con International 2011 in San Diego, CA has passed us by, and as in years past, the show is a bear. I survived…and I’d call it successful, but for getting sick on that very last day. Suffice it to say I flew high while I flew but it was a rough landing.

That said, the show was not without highlights and plenty of sketches, so let us talk about that!

Before the show even started, as I walked to the convention center for Preview Night, I happened to see and recognize Scott Aukerman and Kulap Vilaysack, host and co-host, respectively, of the podcasts “Comedy Bang Bang:The Podcast” and “Who Charted?”, also respectively. These are both great shows to which I listen regularly, so that was, at least for me, a celebrity sighting worth mentioning. Scott’s the man behind the must-see comedy show at LA’s UCB Theatre Comedy Bang Bang: Stand-Up (formerly Comedy Death Ray). There is a definite linkage between comics and comedy, and if you listened to Episode One of MY podcast, “Stuff Said”, you’ll know it’s a thing I’m sort of fascinated by (heck, I even did this comic (contains mild language), the closest I’ll come to “performing” stand-up).

The point of all that being: hey, listen to those shows, they’re great!

But surely you’re asking, “Gregg, what’s the story with that puppet at the top of this post?” Read more »

San Diego Comic Con 2011 – CONVENTION TIME!

It’s summer. It’s July. And that means it’s time for San Diego Comic-Con International.

Yep, it’s Convention Time…and at this year’s Comic-Con you can find me in Artists Alley, table FF-18! Stop buy, have a chat, buy a thing, etc!

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“Stuff Said with Gregg Schigiel” Episode 2 available NOW!

The second episode of “Stuff Said with Gregg Schigiel”, my talk show podcast situation, is now up and available at stuffsaidshow.com and iTunes (search “Stuff Said with Gregg Schigiel”, naturally)…check it out!

Announcing: “Stuff Said with Gregg Schigiel”

I’ve gone and started a podcast. It’s called “Stuff Said with Gregg Schigiel” and it’s a show of me talking to people in and around the world of comics, cartooning, etc.

Where can you learn more and hear it? Right HERE. (where you can also follow a link to subscribe via RSS and/or iTunes)

The first episode’s available now, with more to come…enjoy!

© Gregg Schigiel