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A major con appearance this time! I’ll be a guest at:

Chicago Comic Con August 11-14, 2011

Not sure what I’m doing there yet but fellow Vancouverite Ian Boothby, the most prolific writer for Bongo Comics and the mind behind “Murder He Wrote”, will also be there.

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Anime Evolution and Mash-Ups

Anime Evolution has come to a successful close! My “Myths About Being a Mangaka” went well, and I was able to sell every book I brought and gave away all my Simpsonzu postcards (I had an artist’s alley table I wasn’t aware of until the night before the con, so I apologize for the lack of notice).

Here’s some mash-up art I did recently: Transformers meets Futurama, and Mega Man meets Megan Fox.

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see me at Anime Evolution

Fellow Vancouverites! I will be at our local con, Anime Evolution, as a special guest this weekend!

My panel is called “Mangaka Myths”, wherein I’ll talk a little about my experience being a manga artist and clear up some common misconceptions (mostly about OEL manga artists). It’s on Sunday, from 12:30-1:30.

I might also show up at the “AE Comic Jam” on Sunday from 2 to 4.

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Boy I’ve been neglecting this journal in favour of Twitter. Here’s some notable news:

* I’ve signed on to be an official guest at this convention in my hometown:

Anime Evolution
Vancouver, BC August 13-15

* If you live in Vancouver like me, check out the Chapters at Metrotown — I signed their copies of Yokaiden 2 there! (photo)

* Yokaiden 1 was recently picked by YASLA as one of the 2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens.

* I’m just a couple of days away from finishing work on The Last Airbender Movie Prequel: Zuko’s Story, which can be preordered online.

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I’m a featured guest at the September 13th Vancouver Comicon! 11 AM to 5 PM at Heritage Hall; admission is no more than 4 bucks. This is my first time ever having a table at a convention. If you’re a local Vancouverite, do drop by.

Updates for today:
* Put up an interview I did for Melonz Magazine in the press section.
* Tweaked the site design a bit; updated the gallery and rewrote my profile.
* Patch Together toy design – 114 votes. Cast your vote!
* AIDS Walk – $325 raised for AIDS research; hasn’t moved since last time. Donate here!

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San Diego Comic-Con 2009 was my very first Comic-Con. I had always wanted to go — especially since I used to attend Anime Expo every year with friends — but my usual congoing group didn’t feel the same way. Since I’ve stopped going to Expo, I decided to make it my goal to attend in 2010…that is, until Murder He Wrote got nominated for an Eisner. No part of me thought we would win (I compared our chances of winning to the chances of a wacky slapstick comedy winning Best Picture at the Oscars when up against epic profound war movies and arthouse films); however, I didn’t want to miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the ceremony and hear my name announced as one of the nominees. And so I opted to go this year instead, prepared for my first major award loss.

Little did I realize then how incredible the trip would be!

click for my full San Diego Comic-Con 2009 report

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* I won an Eisner Award for best short story
* I met Matt Groening, Morgan Spurlock, Jeff Smith, Terry Moore, Phil Lamarr, Stan Sakai and Paul Dini
* It has been announced so I can finally say: my next comic project for Del Rey (just art, not the writing) is a manga prequel for the Avatar: The Last Airbender live action film

Full con report when I go home…? For now, San Diego Zoo.

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