Thank you Detroit Comix Party 2018!

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Thank you Detroit Comix Party 2018! What a fun and welcoming comic convention, hosted by friendly artists, located in the Motor City; where such great music came from like The Stooges and Motown. Thank you to everyone that came out and supported me by purchasing my stuff! I sold more work here than ever before. Even hitting double digits. It was nice meeting new people and doing some networking for upcoming shows. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, it’s been a busy summer, working on two large projects, and traveling. Pictured rocks in northern Michigan is a peach!

A great thing about visiting Detroit is the food. This time, I treated myself to amazing Middle Eastern sweets and Yemenite food. Al Masri sweets (which means “the Egyptian”) makes the best Baklava and Kanafeh that I have ever tasted. Even though I don’t really have a sweet tooth, I got a variety of their sweets which were all excellent, and very reasonably priced. I will be back for more! I like how Middle Eastern sweets have lots of nuts in them.

This was the first time I tried Yemenite food, and I was really impressed! Their national dish called saltah, has become a regular part of the food I cook for myself. The fenugreek helps stimulate digestion. I visited a Yemenite coffee place, their coffee is outstanding. It’s not thick like Turkish coffee, it’s more like American, and the one I picked had ginger and cardamom in it. In the one I picked, they also used the husk of the coffee beans. I asked them why they used the husk, and the guy said it imparts a tea-like flavor to the coffee. Yum!

Lately I’ve been reading the Yellow Kid, by Richard Felton Outcault. Wot? You never hoid of the yeller kid? He’s only da foist comic character! Dis kid from da New Yok slums was also the first comic character to be mass marketed. The Yellow Kid is a fascinating portrait of America in the early 1900’s, the good and the bad, and the ugly attitudes and stereotypes, all crammed into a cramped New York city block of tenements. For an artist/cartoonist, the Yellow Kid is also a great way to learn how to design a crowded composition that still makes sense, and leads the viewer’s eye around the page naturally. The Yellow Kid reminds me of a quintessential kid growing up in a refugee camp today, he is tough and street-smart, surviving poverty, he imagines his world to be a microcosm of the larger world and he makes the most of it using his imagination, and he gets through life with a sense of humor. He makes fun of anything and everyone, satire from the mouth of babes. Hully Gee!

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Thank You Space 2018!

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THANK YOU SPACE COLUMBUS, 2018! I had a great time tabling at the Midwest’s longest running and largest small-press comic convention. There were 150 artists there, many whom I met for the first time.  I was impressed by the quality and variety of work. If you missed it, be sure to check it out next year. And while you are in Columbus, don’t forget to check out the Billy Ireland Comic Museum. Columbus is a fun town, and it has some tasty restaurants too! Thank you so much to the people that bought and traded for my artwork; the proceeds from my newest comic book have been donated to the charity of my choice.

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Coming to your first small-press comic convention? You can expect to find: comic books, zines, posters, mini-comics, graphic novels, and lots more!

Qahera

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My cousin, Lightning Khan, is into reading comic books and graphic novels. She told me about her friend, Deena, a comic book artist, who lives in Saudi Arabia. Her work is about the Female Superhero. http://qaherathesuperhero.com/index

What does it mean to be a Female Superhero? What does it mean to be a Female Superhero, in an Arab country? What does it mean to be a Female Superhero, in America? What does it mean to be a Female Superhero, all around the world?

To find out more, read her blog, and check out the web comic.

This September, her webcomic, “Qahera,” won the award for best digital comic series at the Cairo Comix Festival.  Congratulations!

Applied to Genghis Con few weeks ago, waiting to hear back from the Mongol Hordes…

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It’s a fantastic small press/zine/comic convention in Cleveland, that I’ve been attending and participating in, for over 5 years.words and pictures

This comic refers to a permanent art installation/sculpture that I saw, at the Lee road library, in Cleveland Heights.  The sculpture includes a chalkboard where one can draw their own comics in chalk. My comic refers directly to the comic molded on the other side of the chalkboard. The sculpture was created to memorialize the Cleveland comic book artist, Harvey Pekar.

These pages are from my new comic called Visceral Story.  Be sure to click the link and read the comic!

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