I had a great time this past weekend at All AmeriCon in Youngstown, OH. Here’s a glimpse of the goings-on courtesy of The Business Journal of Youngstown. I look forward to returning to this show!
Saturday’s ‘Superheroes!’ Presentation by the Cincinnati Pops at Taft Theatre was more than I was expecting. I had looked forward to a replay of 2013’s amazing ‘Superheroes!’ concert, but instead found that the show had been refashioned into a full-blown musical, charting the adventures of heroes Conduktor and Rubáto, and villains Purrfect Pitch and Otto Tüün, as portrayed by members of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. The plot had the heroes laying waste to the bad guys’ scheme to replace live music with electronic, and — as an aside — destroy the world with a phalanx of gigantic tuning forks. An origin story was tucked in there as well. Songs from Hercules, The Wiz, Newsies, and Hairspray were repurposed to help tell the story along with selections from the Pops’ original Superheroes! concert. Great fun to see the characters I co-created with Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell live onstage.
Many of the kids, and even parents, in the audience came dressed in their best superhero outfits, and conductor Russell and I had a great time meeting attendees and signing programs and masks for them afterward.
Many thanks to the Cincinnati Pops team and the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati!
That’s me with Joseph Hamzy (who played Conduktor in the show) and Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell. Other featured performers were Xavier Carnicom, Brooke Chamberlin, Austin Harvey, Trinity Gibson, C. J. Zimmer, Ethan Marx, Marlo D’Ascenzo, Mia D’Ascenzo, and Courtney Hammonds.
Tuning Forks of Doom!
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Check it out — I’ll be signing programs and copies of my Conduktor drawings after the Cincinnati Pops Lollipops “Superheroes” concert on June 10. The concert starts at 10:30 am, click the link for tickets!
The Cincinnati Pops Superhero characters are the co-creation of Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conductor John Morris Russell and myself. The occasion was the 2013 Cincinnati Pops “Superheroes!” concert, a program of superhero themes from movies and television (see the track listing on the CD cover after the jump!) and the subsequent CD recording of that concert.
Griffin Kwanjang and Company stopped by for a chat with me at this past September’s Cincinnati Comics Expo:
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Here’s the first of a series of instructional cartooning videos based upon classes and workshops I’ve given. I’ll be posting weekly, until this series runs out, and I may continue if the requests are there, so please share and spread the word.
You’ll be able to find them all in this central location as they are posted.
Last minute, but I’ve been asked to guest at the Dayton, Ohio, Hara Arena Collectible Toy & Hobby Show. I’ll mainly be there to do caricatures, but I’ll be doing commissions and selling art, etc. Stop by and say help!
The show runs from 9:00-3:00 this Sunday, March 1, 2016 at Hara Arena, 1001 Shiloh Springs Rd., in Trotwood (Dayton). Admission only $5.00!
The Queen City Comicon in Cincinnati got off to a great start yesterday; very fun show. If you missed it, plan ahead for September’s Cincinnati Comic Expo, organized by the same team and in the same location, Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Center.
This convention sketch was commissioned by a guy for his buddy, whom he claimed had four toes on his left foot, as the first two had somehow grown together. I didn’t ask to see, but I did draw this to his specs.