Greetings people who read this blog.
If you've been keeping up with my rants recently on social media and my blog, you know that I was suppose to be heading up north in a U-Haul. But I'm not. My family's plans of moving to Washington have come to a hold. I won't get into too much details about why. But for some reason it seems as if it simply wasn't meant to be. At least not now.
But we need to remain optimistic and see the good in everything. So on that note, instead of sitting around asking the universe why it gave us some bad lemons, I booked up a bunch of upcoming shows. And the show must go on. As far as family, we are now in the process of coming up with a plan B. Not sure as of yet if that includes staying in California for good. But we are rolling some dice and see how they come up.
I am now working on some new designs for Cons with the intent of plugging some more variety into my arsenal. Having been running the Con circuit over the past two year has made me realize that success comes with variety and being able to reach out to a larger audience and relate to more people. I will also be looking into making a banner or two for a nicer display so I can ditch my annoying Wire Cubes. I will continue to produce more variety in my bears and am still in the process of finding a name or branding for them, but no promises there. But all in all, I'm aiming to make this a full-time career by attending more cons and more events. Life has put me in a position that allows me to pursue this and I plan on taking full advantage of that. I have two kinds of fire under my ass right now. 1) being that neither my wife nor I have a job right now and 2) that the reality of perhaps having to get a 9-5 is knocking at my door. So I'm officially putting the most important rule of success into effect "WORK YOUR ASS OFF."
Anyways. Here's a list of where you'll be able to find me in upcoming months.
C4 Central Coast Comic Con in Ventura, CA
Long Beach Comic Con in Long Beach, CA
Comikaze in Down Town LA, CA
626 NightMarkets in Pasadena, CA
FandomVerse Expo in Lancaster, CA
And whatever else may come up. So stay tuned.
So, when Life gives you lemons.....Say fuck the lemons.....and make shit happen anyways.
Till next time
...Convention season is over for me right now and the waiting game begins. Our planned move to Washington state has been put on a slight delay. Until that becomes a certainty I can't plan any events at this point in time.
On the upside, I will have time to redirect my energy towards my own personal project, now referred to as the Tobias Bear Project. Developments on that project will be posted up on my newly created Patreon page, so if you would like to be part of my support system you can visit http://www.patreon.com/tobiasbearproject.
I will also be starting back on our online comic Tales Of Hammerfist which has been on hiatus since about January. For those of you that have only met me recently you can catch up on those pages at http://talesofhammerfist.com and also be sure to check out our other projects at http://coffeetimecomics.com.
By buddy John and I have been working on those projects for several years. But life has been getting in the way of really putting a 100% of effort into it. We will both be going through some big moves and life changes over the next few months. John still has one weekly updated comic up on the site, so please go and support him on that at http://blackwallcomic.com. But by year's end, everything on that site should be back in full gear.
I also have a lot of other ideas and concepts in my head that I will slowly start putting on paper. As a matter of fact, today I will run out and get a new notebook dedicated to ideas and goals. I need to start learning how to plan and set short term and long term goals. I've never been much for writing, much less handwriting. But I'm hoping even that will come with benefits. But this year I will not just be an artist, I will also become a fully fledged entrepreneur. I have to come out of this shell of mine. I'm too quiet, too shy and not very outspoken. I think that is the big problem that turns most artists into starving artists. And I don't want to be that anymore. And only a solid plan in black and white will get me there.
I am now in my second...or going on third year of pursuing my art full time (for the most part aside from taking care of my daughter). I am giving myself the standard 5 years to make significant progress. Or at least make it a means for surviving and paying bills without having to go get another 9-5 blue collar JOB! (aka, Just Over Broke) If I'm gonna be just over broke, I'd at least like to be happy doing what I'm doing. But the sky is the limit.
So far this year I have set all my plans in motion and accomplished a lot of what I wanted. But I need to keep climbing. A call for a 9-5 is approaching and soon inevitable due to life changes and our situation. And it may become a necessary evil I will have to battle for a while. But I am making it a point for it to only be temporary. But big plans and changes are on the horizon. I appreciate everyone's support so far. I have gained a lot of loyal followers and friends since I started putting these plans in motion and attending cons. And I will appreciate your continued support.
Thank you all for sticking by me. Your comments and "likes" have helped me overcome times of depression and artist's block. You make me want to improve every day and you make me want to push the limits. So Thank you All.
And a huge thanks to my wife for putting up with me during good days and bad days. She supports me no matter what. And my daughter for continuing to inspire me every day. I feel like my imagination over the last couple of years has sparked tremendously because of her. I don't know if it's because of watching so much Disney Jr. But in any case, a lot of what I do and plan on doing is for her. To make her proud and to give her a good life.
If you're still here reading my rant, thanks. But that's what blogs are for, right?
Ok, once again I have abandoned this blog for way too long, probably since the new year. Why? I dunno, probably cause nobody really gets off instagram and facebook anymore, LOL. Yeah, yeah, I know, always blaming the other guy.
Anyways, So a bunch of stuff happened since the new year. We had to move out of our Apartment because of a new neighbor with a bad chain smoking habit. Started making our daughter sick. Started making my wife sick and myself included. And since we are more than likely moving to Washington state in June, there was no point in signing another lease anywhere else. So we tossed all our stuff in storage and moved in with the in-laws while we await our next big and hopefully final move.
But none of that has stopped the art. I still pulled off Long Beach Comic Expo with great success and am now gearing up for Wonder Con next week in Anaheim.
At Long Beach Comic Expo, a buddy by the name Sammy The Bull (on instagram @sammybull1) introduced me to the famous cosplayer Hip Hop Trooper. I had done plenty of custom art work for the Bull and the idea of making a Hip Hop Trooper Print came about.
So to kick off Wonder Con, I am now taking Pre-Orders for it. $10 and you get ONE of two Companion Prints for FREE. For more details visit my instagram, where I have been promoting the crap out of it. Or email me at email@example.com
This print is limited to 35 Copies, three of which have been claimed as of today. Print will be $12 at WonderCon and each companion is $5 a piece.
Also added to my inventory are these two new prints below. Both are sketches I did at Phat Con at Dave & Buster's Back in January. I tricked them out a bit and will be selling them as 5.5x8.5 Prints for $5 each. These will also be eligible for FREEBIES if you Pre-Order the above Hip Hop Trooper Print. That's in case you don't care for Darth Vader or DJ Wookie.
I'm also brining back some old Classics in new sizes. These three prints started it all for me. Although no longer in large 11x17 format, they will now be available in 5.5x8.5 sizes. And will also be eligible for a FREEBIE if you Pre-Order the above....above Hip Hop Trooper Print.
Moving on, remember my BEAR?!!! Yes, he's being made into a collectible figurine. Courtesy of the awesome 3D modeling skills of Adler Romero (aka @eagle_3d on instagram) of Eye 5 Toys.
Behold and gaze at the glory that is the 3D prototype of the BEAR.
The Prototype should be available for viewing at my Wonder Con table. So if you're going, please stop by and say what's up. Artist Alley Table B-22, April 3-5 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
And....if nobody read this, well then this was just a huge waste of time, haha.
I have two exciting events coming up over the next two weeks.
First up: Saturday January 17th I will be a guest artist at Earth 2 Comics in Sherman Oaks for the Marvel Star Wars #1 release party. I will be premiering two new Limited Edition Prints, one of which will be an Earth 2 Exclusive. First 10 People to purchase a Blank Variant with an artist sketch will receive one of these Prints for free. I believe the Blank Variants with sketch will sell for $20.
I will be one of the artists sketching on these covers. There will also be Yoda cookies, sales and tons of fun. This event is scheduled to start at 11am and end at 2pm.
For more info regarding this event please click link below:
Next up: Saturday, January 24th I will be exhibiting Artist Alley style at PHAT Con. This event will take place at Dave & Busters in Orange. This is a HUGE event with tons of awesome artists, best of all, it's free to the public. So if you like Comic Conventions but don't wanna pay to get in, this is the place for you. They do offer VIP packages that include lots of goodies including my Exclusive "Headaches" print if you feel the need to pay to get in, lol. I will be busting out commissions all day. New commission pricing and rules coming soon.
For more info regarding this event please click link below:
Also, I will be getting ready to prepare for Long Beach Comic Expo Next month....stay tuned.
Greetings and Happy New Year. By the time you read this we will more than likely have started 2015. I'm still slacking in brining people here to my blog, so not sure how many people will actually read this. I will continue to make an effort to grow my audience here. Facebook is not really allowing me to reach a larger audience as they are capping views. Instagram has been a great tool but it is more for the visual audience and I'm also not sure how many people actually read the captions. So I will bring all my written thoughts here and simply post links everywhere else to try and drive the traffic here.
Anyways, back to the point. New Year, new opportunities, new activities.
I can officially declare 2014 a success. I pretty much exhibited at every local Comic Convention along with small little events here and there. I've met tons of cool people and other amazing artists.
I've also scored a lot of great little gigs and opportunities along the way. Overall, I'm happy with the outcome, but I'm still broke. This past year has also been a struggle and a true test of will. As some of you may know, I quit my blue collar job in February of 2012 to embark on the greatest job in the world, being a dad. I also used this opportunity to really get into my art. Really start pushing. Getting out there. I started sharing tables at Conventions until October of 2013 when I got my first very own table at Comikaze. This was the spark. I started getting followers and invitations to appear at other events. This past year (2014) was my so called beginning. And I did all of it while taking care of my little girl and with the awesome support of my wife and my family. I have a great support system. And believe me you, I will go full throttle in this here 2015!
As I have mentioned on instagram and facebook in the past couple of months, I will attempt to move into more of my creator owned content this year around. At least try and transition as I am still not 100% sure where my own characters are headed. Not even 100% sure where I'm headed as an artist and my identity in the art world. Don't get me wrong, I love drawing fan art, especially the stuff I like. And I have to thank Fan Art and comics for the little success I have had over the past couple of years. And of course I have to thank you, my followers, for supporting me. And I hope you will continue to support my venture into this coming year.
By now most of the people who follow me have noticed and asked about the Bear. Sad to say, I still don't have very many answers to those questions. It's just something I've been doodling for a very long time. It has gone through a lot of changes. Been thrown around a variety of ideas. Also been thrown into a lot of my Fan Art pieces. But it still doesn't have a story of its own. This year I hope to change that. I hope to give you more answers. Possibly even have a vinyl figure made...cross my fingers. Time and money will tell.
Anyways. Lots of plans, lots to look forward to. Happy New Year everyone. Make the best of it.
Today I want to wish my daughter a Happy Birthday.
And I want to thank my wife for giving me such an awesome gift.
Together they sparked a new beginning in my life.
On this day I created my greatest masterpiece.
Today is 12/11...The happiest day in my life.
My daughter has also inspired a new Character in development. More to come in 2015.
Saturday, October 25th I'll be at Pulp Fiction Comics in Culver City for their Halloween Event.
There will be special guests and signings and people like me will be exhibiting at their Artist Alley.
I'll have prints and will be doing commissions and perhaps a limited amount of Bonus Free Sketches.
Friday October 31st through Sunday November 2 I'll be in Artist Alley at Comikaze in the LA Convention Center. With me will be +John Kratky, writer of our current online comic Tales of Hammerfist. John also writes two additional stories that can be found at http://coffeetimecomics.com called Ham-Fisted Tales and The Black Wall.
I will also be doing random free sketches that I will hashtag on instagram as I complete them. These will be FREE on a first come, first serve bases.
November 8 & 9 I will be at Designer Con at the Pasadena Convention Center. I will be sharing a booth with Franco and Francis Te from Tee No Evil.
I will be displaying and promoting mostly my own original work and hope to have some new prints.
I think these will be my final events and Cons for 2014. But lots of stuff coming up next year. Stay tuned.
Some of you already know that I've been doing some Label designs for SKULLE. SKULLE is a company that manufactures personal hygiene products such as soaps, shower gels and shaving cream. The products are geared towards athletes, law enforcement and military personnel, gamers, etc...I've been posting a lot of the labels I've made for them here on FB and on IG. But to get a better understanding of the company and my involvement with the artwork, check out the link below as Curt Fox (owner of SKULLE) puts me in the spotlight. They are a growing company and I encourage you to also check out their website at getSKULLE.com. I personally have not yet purchased any products, mostly cause I'm investing most of my money elsewhere. And usually by the time I'm ready to order the the product I want, they're already Sold Out of it. But I will at some point be trying this stuff out myself. But again, check out the video. Just a nice little rant about how cool I am, puahahahah JK.