Morning grind. Wips for new promo illustrations…
While everyone is excited about Easter this weekend—there’s only one thing on my mind and it totally has nothing to do with randomly grabbing stuff chocolate eggs off the ground, pastel colors, and creepy bunnies…
It’s MoCCA 2014.
Comics. Comics. Comics.
Last weekend while recovering from the event I actually had a combination of “con-sickness” and the ” Attack on Allergies”—so I pretty much was bed-ridden so I didn’t get a chance to scream at the internet like everyone else did but now…THE TIME HAS COME!
Seriously, MoCCA 2014 was incredibly awesome and it was worth every bit of late night grinding, and crazy planning to get everything ready in time for one of the most important weekends ever—the debut of my project, Part Time Shuffle!
I know I’ve been talking about this for about a year or so now (or maybe longer?) on this Tumblr, Twitter, and even back when I posted more on Deviant Art, but now I can officially say that Part Time Shuffle has started with Episode 00, ” R e a s o n s “! It feels so refreshingly weird to be able to say it but, it feels great! From the moment, I stepped into the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue—staring Charlie Brown square in the face for the prep-day before MoCCA started I knew I’d enjoy myself and enjoy myself I did!
When you have a project that you’re passionate about to an obscene amount—you usually end up sacrificing a lot of your social life, and while this is always a known aspect of being a creative with any sort of production schedule, it can definitely get lonely at times. For me, its not necessarily unwelcome since I work better in solitude—but when I walked into the armory to set up…
I realized just how much I wasn’t alone.
There were so many people setting up banners, organizing their work, that there was an aura of creative energy everywhere but since the con hadn’t started it was a very quiet but strong aura, alluding to event to come. It provided me a few reminders.
-Enjoying comics is great
-I’m not crazy for wanting to create my own
-There are plenty of us out there grinding at our desks at whatever time we have to put forth the best work that only WE can do.
It was a wonderful precedent for the 2 days of comic madness to come, and I was more than ready.
It was seriously one of the best moments I’ve had in my life so far as a creative. Meeting so many wonderful, and inspiring people—seeing so many books being made, passed around and appreciated was an overwhelmingly positive feeling that permeated through the entire weekend.
For me, I feel like I’m someone that most people don’t know about just yet regarding Part Time Shuffle—which makes sense because the internet is a BIG place and its impossible to know everything that’s going on. That said, there was a lot of positive reception for what I’m doing and not only were people genuinely excited for what I have and what’s to come…
They actually bought my book.
I kept this feeling in a lot at the convention but, I felt incredibly honored that something I’ve worked so hard on is actually being appreciated by others. There’s so much that I want to do with this project and the fact people are on board with the first chapter really means a lot ot me. I have so much to learn as I’m going forward but its nice to know people take me seriously with something that I love dearly.
The debut at MoCCA was only the beginning…there’s so much more to come from Part Time Shuffle—so stay tuned!
GET IN YOUR STRIDE!
Recent additions worth mentioning!
#excited to see how moyocco’s influence will change eva’s world view
So earlier today, instead of leaving the office for lunch—I left the office to pick up my prints for MoCCA this weekend. Once I got back to my office, one of co-workers asks to see them…
After seeing Jacinda The Knife, he kinda forced me to sell him one on the spot, refusing to wait until MoCCA to buy one. Jacinda shows up a bit later in the story and she’s already popular! I can’t wait for MoCCA 2014
Just thought I’d let everyone know in case you missed the first announcement that this weekend I will be at the Mocca Arts Festival 2014, for the debut of my project, Part Time Shuffle with Episode 00 - [R e a s o n s ] - and some other goodies as well! Stop by and see what’s up if you’re in the area!
And yep…this is my obligatory convention seating post! Hope you can find me ok!
Check out this early review of Episode 00 from Part Time Shuffle!
Steady raindrops kiss siring hot pavement. The scent of burning memories pierce the night air. A haunting voice beckons a weary soul. Dazed and soaking wet, she grips her weapon tighter with each step. There, within the inferno, a familiar smile. An eager blade yearns for soft flesh.
Get in your stride and enjoy the ride.
Ready your body for Part-Time Shuffle!
Art/Design – James Stanley …
I know I’ve been pretty absent on Tumblr for the past few weeks but it’s with good reason so hear me out :)
It feels weird being able to say this since I’ve been working on it for so long but I’m pleased to announce that Part Time Shuffle ( Episode 00: “R e a s o n s ” ) will be making its initial debut at the Society of Illustrators’ MoCCA Arts Festival 2014 on April 5-6 at 128 East 63rd Street, NYC.
If you can make it out, it’d be totes awesome because MoCCA is really fun in general and it would be nice to connect and re-connect with some of you again!
The obligatory seating status post will come closer to the weekend of MoCCA!
For now…here’s the cover for the premier issue! Lines/Design - Me Colors - Leonardo Bruno
I look forward to seeing everyone there that can make it!