Posted February 19, 2010 at 09:19 am
We got some video footage from our show at Katsucon and you can clearly see Jo Chen kicking my ass. At least I was wearing my awesome DIY Kamen Rider Ichigo mask!

Here's the highlight reel:

And all three bouts in timelapse:

Posted February 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Despite the huge SNOMG dumped on us all last week, I managed to make it out to Katsucon 16 this past weekend. I did a short review of the convention for the podcast so you can check that out. Super Art Fight had a table in the dealer room so I spent most of my time just hanging out with friends talking about art and comics and all sorts of geekery. Gave out a crap ton of cards and buttons (thank you Mod Buttons! They came the Friday before I left for the con).

It was a lot of fun to get back on the circuit. And I got to do an Art Fight with one of my very favorite artists of all time, Jo Chen! While I hunt for photos and video from the event, here's a link dump of awesome people I got to hang with:

  • Jo Chen - She easily kicked my ass at the Art Fight. So much fun!

  • Ross Nover - Ross's System comic will some day rule us all. Mark my words!

  • Michael Bracco - The best of Baltimore and a smart marketer. I will learn his jutsu.

  • Jamie Baldwin - Some day, we will battle for who gets to use the name "Jamie."

  • Dirk Tiede - He just released his third book! Go get it now!

  • Garth Graham - One of the best dressed of our art fighters.

  • Hawk - Fellow mac head! The second Applegeeks book is out in store right now!

  • Brian Wilson - He had a guest strip week where one of his fans dressed up as his main character for a photo comic. Nothing says webcomic love like cosplay!

  • Mookie - One of these days, I'm gonna find out why he's called "Mookie."

  • Shawn Handyside - The genius behind Halolz. He's also got one of my shirt designs for sale (they're on clearance because quite frankly my shit doesn't sell).

  • Morlock Enterprises - Jim builds some pretty amazing stuff.

  • Chris "The Impact" Impink - The godfather of Super Art Fight himself and creator of the Wheel of Death. He was staffing the con this year so we barely got to see him.

  • Kara - She hosted the cosplay so I barely got to see her either.

  • Super Art Fight - They want us back next year! So mark your calendars because Super Art Fight will descend upon Katsucon 2011!

I think the next con coming up is Connecticon which is in the summer so I've got plenty of time to get some stuff ready. Katsu was a nice test run, but I've got to step my game up.
Posted February 11, 2010 at 07:09 pm

The moo cards came in! Whee! I've got 100 of each of these four designs. They all have the same back. So I've decided that I'll be doing limited runs of my promotional materials. When I'm out of this run, I'll make up a new set of four completely new ones. I'll be handing these puppies out at every con I attend and keeping a few with me at all times. So if you want one, you can catch me this weekend and pick up all four.

I'm going to be doing the same thing with the buttons and I'll take photos of those once they come in. Actually, it's only one design.
Posted February 10, 2010 at 09:57 pm
Despite the Gigantor sized blizzard that has blanketed the DC Metro area in a blanket of OMG WAHT THE FUCK DO WE DO, Katsucon is still go. I'm rolling with the Super Art Fight crew and we're scheduled to perform on the main stage on Saturday from 2-4pm.

Things are still up in the air because we're not entirely certain how the roads will look by the weekend, but I'm planning on being there Saturday and Sunday. We've got table space in the dealer's room so we'll be hanging there. I was planning on having buttons and cards to give away, but because of the SNOMG they have yet to arrive. Either way, stop by if you want a sketch or something or just want to talk about Kamen Rider. I do so love me some Kamen Rider.

So connect your dynotherms and fire up them mega thrusters. Katsucon is go!
Posted February 8, 2010 at 08:27 am
If you couldn't tell from the shirt that Kane is wearing in this first arc, I'm a huge Kamen Rider fan. In Japan, there's a genre of live-action television shows called Tokusatsu in which heroes transform into super-powered beings or don super-powered suits to battle monsters. As you might guess, this is a genre aimed at young kids. But as Tokusatsu is well beloved in Japan, the costumed heroes have fans young and old.

The Rider franchise began in 1971 with the first series, "Kamen Rider," which ran from 1971-1973 and spanned 98 episodes. Since then, there have been many Riders who have stepped up to defend the world against the forces of evil. The series is still running today with the current Rider, Kamen Rider W (also known as Double).

Igadevil's Kamen Rider Blog is seriously the best place to find the latest and greatest information about Kamen Rider. He's the biggest Rider fan I know. I've learned quite a bit about the history of the franchise from following his blog. Japan Hero has some great image galleries for most of the Riders (they're missing stuff for Kiva, Decade, and Double).

Back to the Kamen Rider influence on my comics, Kane's shirt is a combination of that famous Che Guevara image and Kamen Rider 1's mask. Kane's middle name and last name are also taken from Kamen Rider 1, Takeshi Hongo. My previous comic, Angry Zen Master, featured my own interpretation of Kamen Rider suits. So there's been a lot of Kamen Rider floating around in my work.
Posted February 2, 2010 at 07:05 am
I neglected to post a pronunciation guide for Kane's name. It comes from the Japanese word kane meaning "money" or "gold" (I've been told both), not the traitorous Kwai Chang Caine "I will help you" kind of Kane. As I understand it, there are no silent vowels in Japanese so Kane is pronounced kä n? with the long a as in giant explody director Michael Bay. I've added pronunciation notes to the Cast page to make it more clear so when you read his name you hear kä n? in your head. I mean, I don't think he'd get terribly upset if you mispronounced it. He's dealt with it all his life. He'd probably just get dizzy from the speed with which he rolls his eyes at you.

In other news, Gary of the Webcomic Action News Team over at Fleen gave me some nice words of encouragement. Totally unexpected! Thanks so much! Thanks to all my twitter friends for all the lurv.
Posted February 1, 2010 at 12:00 am
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