Monday, September 8, 2014

Mermin Book 3 September Schedule

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Mermin Book 3: Deep Dive is coming out this month, and so September is going to be full of events!  You can see me at the following :
Sept 13-14, Small Press Expo - The book debuts!  I'll be at tables M3-M5a with Eleanor Davis, Drew Weing, Adam Aylard, and David Mack.  There will be nice stack of Mermin 3 books, as well as the previous volumes, my past graphic novels and mini-comics!  See you there!

Sept 17, Bizarro Wuxtry - Mermin 3 will be in stores the Wednesday after SPX, and I'll be at the Bizarro Wuxtry in Athens, GA signing copies!  Here's a Facebook event for the release party.  If you're in the area, please stop by!

Sept 20, Asheville Comic Expo - I'll be exhibiting at this one-day show in Asheville, NC.  If you can't make it to SPX, maybe ACE is in your neck of the woods!

I've got signings in Atlanta and Orlando coming up in October, but more about that later.  For now, please come see me at one of these September events to celebrate the release of Mermin Book 3: Deep Dive!  Otherwise, look for Mermin at your local comic shop, bookstore, or preferred online seller!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

SpongeBob Comics + Mermin Halloween Special + SC Comicon All-Ages Panel

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SpongeBob Comics #32 and #33 are out, and both feature comics that I've written.  If you'd like to see SpongeBob get a haircut, or Gary the snail go to wilderness survival camp, track these down!
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Comic book stores have started doing a yearly event, similar to Free Comic Book Day, called Halloween ComicFest, where they will stock special comics to give to trick-or-treaters.  This year, Halloween ComicFest will include the Mermin Halloween Special!
Mermin, the Mer-Man from Mer, returns! In this special Halloween-themed one-shot, Mermin and his human friends introduce Halloween customs to Mer. How will the undersea inhabitants embrace the dry land holiday? What kind of treats will they exchange in place of tricks? And, most importantly, what costumes will everyone wear?
Available for FREE* from most comic shops on Halloween ComicFest, October 25th.
Also available in a pack of 20 for you to purchase and hand out to your trick-or-treaters. Be the coolest house on the block-cause comics and the gift of reading lasts longer than candy!
(*Check with your local retailer on rules and availability.)
Tell your local comic retailer you'd like them to stock this!  Or order some for yourself to hand out at home!

In May, I went to SC Comicon in Greenville, South Carolina.  I had a great time, and look forward to returning next March.  I took part in an All-Ages Panel with Andy Runton and Jeremy Dale, where we discussed creating comics for everyone from kids to adults, and get into things like our inspirations and even answered some questions from audience members interested in how to make it as a cartoonist.  It was a good panel, and if you missed it, you can listen to it thanks to the Dollar Bin podcast who posted a recording!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

HeroesCon + One Piece Podcast Interview

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I'll be at HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC June 20-22!  As usual, I'll be part of Indie Island, table AA-1118, right next to Brad McGinty!  At Heroes, I sell ink drawings, about 5.5"x7", for $10!  Check out some examples from the past few years!  If you'd like to commission me beforehand, either for a $10 drawing, or to discuss buying original pages or custom commissions, please email me at joey@tragic-planet.com  I've got some premade drawings from the past few years, as well as most of the originals of the Kaijuphabet series for sale as well.  And, of course, I'll have the first two volumes of Mermin, as well as my other graphic novels and mini-comics.  See you there!
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Also, I was recently a guest on The One Piece Podcast! Yep, a podcast dedicated to one of my favorite manga series, One Piece!  My interview is 1hr 16min into the show.  We talk about my history with the series, and there's quite a lot of talk about my work, covering some influences and ideas behind Mermin and also what's coming up with Mermin Book 3: Deep Dive (coming this Fall!).  All the One Piece talk is in pretty general terms, for the most part, so I wouldn't say it's completely out of the question for someone who isn't familiar with the series, or totally caught-up, to listen.  Although, I did drop a pretty big recent spoiler, so you've been warned.  Of course, if you're far enough behind, it probably won't even register, and you'll be safe!

As you can see on that link to their site, they have several segments.  I also appeared on the Intro, Manga Recap, Piece Together (fan Q&A), and To Be Continued segments, so if you're a fan of One Piece, and up-to-date with the manga as it's serialized in Shonen Jump, you should check those out too!  Anyway, it was a lot of fun to be on that show.  Thanks to the OPP crew for inviting me!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mermin 3 in Previews + Upcoming Convention Schedule

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Mermin Book 3: Deep Dive is in the current issue of Diamond's Previews catalog!
No one knows much about Mer, the underwater kingdom where Mermin the Merman was born, but due to a rising conflict with the people of Atlantis, Mermin is needed back home immediately. Which means that his human friends get to accompany him and see all the aquatic wonders of Mer. But once again, Mermin is tight-lipped about his past - even when it's swimming right in front of him. And there are enemies lurking in the seedier depths of Mer who've got their sights set not only on Mermin, but on Pete and his friends!
This volume is a good jumping-on point for new readers, but you've also got a few months to catch up if you haven't read volumes 1 or 2 yet!  Here's a 6-page preview on Comics Alliance.  The Diamond order code is MAY141499.  Tell your local comic shop that you want it!  It's also up for preorder from online retailers like Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

I've also got a couple conventions coming up this month!  First, May 10-11, I'll be at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival! I'll be on the second floor at table 209Here's a map, this con is packed with great cartoonists!  Also, Saturday I'll be participating in the TCAF Draw-Off!
10am-11am: TCAF Draw-Off!
2 teams enter… but only 1 shall leave! Join cartoonists Jeremy Sorese (Little Heart), Liz Prince (Alone Forever), Britt Wilson (The Greatest Book On Earth), Joey Weiser (Mermin), as they draw against each other (with audience participation!) in a battle of the sharpies! Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics)
I'm a little nervous about competing against these titans, but it'll be fun!  Come by and give me your support!  Here's a list of all of TCAF's programming.

Then the next weekend, May 17-18, I'll be at SC Comicon in Greenville, South Carolina!  I'm excited about this new show, it seems like it's going to have a lot of cool folks at it.  Similar to Heroes Con, I'll be selling my books and minis as well as $10 ink drawings.  See you there!