Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mermin Fall Schedule + Website Update

Mermin Book 3: Deep Dive is in stores now, and I have a few events coming up this Fall!
Oct 3, Little Shop of Stories Atlanta, GA - I'll be giving a short presentation where I show you how I draw some of the characters in Mermin, and ask you to draw some Mer-people yourself!  There will be a signing afterwards and it should be fun, so if you're in the Decatur/Atlanta, GA area come check it out!

Oct 25, Acme Superstore Orlando, FL - Celebrate the brand new Mermin Trick or Treat! special for Halloween ComicFest with me at this Florida store.  From what I've heard this store is HUGE and they do a big event for Halloween ComicFest every year.  If you're in the area, please stop by and you can get a new seasonal Mermin comic, signed of course!

Nov 14, Avid Bookshop Athens, GA - I will be speaking about my work, influences, and process, followed by a drawing demonstration and the draw-your-own-Mer-person activity.  This is the perfect opportunity for those in Athens who missed me at Bizarro Wuxtry to catch up on Mermin and get their books signed!  There's already a Facebook Event for this, so add it now and invite your friends!
I've also updated my site a bit, especially in the About section.  I've added SpongeBob Comics #34-36 to the list of Anthology Contributions.  Under Reviews I've added Panel Patter's look at the first 3 Mermin books.  I love a lot of things about this review.  About Mermin 3 they say:
Part of what makes Weiser so much fun as a creator is that no matter his subject, he always gives it a sense of wit and whimsy, and we still get that in Mermin, even as things start to look bad.
I've done a few Interviews recently which I've added to the About page as well.  I was a guest on FPM Play, a podcast hosted by an 8-year-old, and I was interviewed for an article in the University of Georgia's newspaper, The Red & Black.

So take a look at those interviews and reviews and whatnot if you'd like, and keep an eye out for Mermin and SpongeBob Comics in your local comic shop, bookstore, etc.  I'll see you this Fall!

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!