#TableTopDay 2016 Photos

Scroll through these pics! We at Tales of the Con are avid players of custom D&D style roleplaying games, card games, and all manner of tabletop gaming. Naturally we wanted to celebrate International Tabletop Day. What better way to do it than in Flagstaff, Az at Cab Comics with Tom Filsinger of Filsinger Games. We played a tournament of Champions of the Galaxy, made friends, and played a lot of other games we’d never heard of. It was a lot of fun!

#tabletopday 2016

Special thanks to Tom Filsinger (We appreciate the shout-out on your podcast!) and to Cab Comics for hosting the event.  Follow us on InstagramTwitter, and Snapchat for live coverage of these types of events.

 

Verde Valley Comic Expo: Wrap-up

We had a blast at the Verde Valley Comic Expo. Interviews with artists, Cosplay coverage, event photos, and more!

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Interview: Jim Hanna at VV Comic Expo – Tales of the Con

We talked to Jim Hanna early in the day at Verde Valley Comic Expo – but we didn’t actually get around to interviewing him last. Hoping to make the procrastination worth it, our very own Sam Kittrel A.K.A. Glam Grimfire took the interview on personally to give our intern PB a break after running around the floor all day.

Glam Grimfire – So Jim has come up here to Cottonwood for the Verde Valley Comic Expo and he’s worked on a whole bunch of things in the industry – it’s pretty likely our readers are familiar with him, but why don’t you tell me a little about what you’ve been up to lately?

Jim Hanna – Lately is a book that I’ve worked on through “Contraband Comics” called Pugly starring my own dog. It’s about when this millionaire old lady dies and leaves all her money to her dog, and everybody is after the dog to get her money. So it’s kind of a silly thing. Like a Disney movie, but still pretty cool. (Please don’t sue us, Disney!)

Glam – It kind of reminds me of old Hollywood movies where they’d have capers like this. But you’ve also done some work outside of that, haven’t you?

Jim – Red 5, and stuff for I.D.W. Publishing and Arcada Comics.  I did a book called Philly through them. There’s also another book that’s coming out in a few months called Starpower and it’s going to be a paperback.

Glam – So you’ve obviously done some stuff all over, what was it that made you want to get into comics, Jim?

Jim – I think it was all of the cartoons growing up, loving to draw and reading comics actually. I think the first comic I ever got was like a G.I Joe comic. So from that I saw “oh! There’s other stuff!” There’s X-men and Spider-man, and that’s when I thought “People actually do this for a living!?” Then it just sort of sparked in me.

Glam – So what are some of your creative influences?

Jim – Oh man there’s so many! When I was a kid I’d get so many of the old-school comics. So I was a big Jack Kirby fan growing up. There’s tons of artists that influence me now form Joe Maduera to Shawn Murphy. There was just a ton of styles that I wanted to emulate. There’s so many artists now that keep upping the bar! Once you feel like “Oh I’m so good.” You’re never gonna get better.

Glam – Yeah, you’ve kind of got to hold onto some humility.

Jim – Oh you need to, it’s hard to find an artist who doesn’t hate their work. You always gotta try to keep it fresh for yourself.

Glam – So is there any place creatively you feel like you’d still want to take your work?

Jim – For years and years I did a very cartoonish style, now I want to push further into more and more detail. Like, keep the style but add more to flesh it out and give it that edge. Like with the Pug Book! I pushed more for a realistic style because I felt like a cartoon style would be a little too ridiculous for the story. Yeah, I hope to push for a more realistic style the further I go, but it also depends on the type of comic I’m doing.

 

Glam – Well it really was fantastic to talk to you, Jim! Thank you for your time.

 

Jim – Yeah! Thank you it was a pleasure.

 

Follow Jim on Twitter: @jimhanna

Interview: Daniel Bradford at VV Comic Expo – Tales of the Con

We met with artist Daniel Bradford who’s an amazing self published comic artist from the Tucson area who was kind enough to exchange a story with our lovely and talented point-man, PB.  

PB: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Daniel Bradford: I’m the creator and artist behind titles such as “Robot 13” “King” and “Disappointing Monsters.” All self published, all my own work.

PB: What’s the latest thing you’ve worked on?

DB: That’d be “Disappointing Monsters.” It’s a web/print comic, but I’ve also been designing my own stickers, working on “Robot 13” it just depends on the day.

 

PB: I’ve noticed that you have a very unique art style, what are some of the artists that inspired you to work towards having such an interesting style?”

DB: Early on I absorbed everything I could get from Mike Mignola. Earlier than that, my work was inspired heavily from Stephen Gammell who was the artist for all the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” books, but as I grew as an artist, I gathered more inspirations as my art style continue to develop and eventually get a fingerprint of its own.

 

PB: So sort of why I’m here is to get this one question out that I have: What’s your most interesting con story from any kind of convention?

DB: A buddy of mine, we were walking the floor together and we both had to use the bathroom pretty badly. We both found what we THOUGHT was the bathroom line for the mens room, but it ended up being the line for Tera Patrick.

PB: How long were you in that line?

DB: Probably about 20 minutes.

PB: (laughter)

DB: It occurred to us that we actually passed the bathroom and then found we were in line for a Porn Star.

PB: What con was this?

DB: The San Diego one I believe, That’s probably the craziest con story I have. My cons can be pretty uneventful!

PB: Well thank you for your time! You have kick ass boots by the way  (We didn’t get a picture!)

 

You can find some of Daniel’s work over at http://www.disappointingmonsters.com

 

Interview: Dave Beaty at VV Comic Expo – Tales of the Con

Our current intern and Point Man for Verde Valley Comic Expo was the lovely (and talented) PB who spent all of the day working the show floor for us while we coordinated with guests and arranged interviews for him. Today he’s bringing you an interview with Dave Beaty. Beaty has been in the comic book industry since 1994. Mostly known for his work with DC, you’ll find his handiwork in comics such as Batman Inc, Grifter, and more. He’s currently working on the self produced Bushi Tales and is one of the organizers of Verde Valley Comic Expo. 

PB: I was reading Bushi Tales, the comic you handed me at the first panel, and it said on the inside of the front page that your nickname was “Dave (is it done yet?) Beaty” could you explain how exactly you got that nickname?

Dave Beaty: “Well my friend Len and his workman who loves a lot of the old Marvel Comics nicknames like Jazzy John Romita so he put that out to be humorous, but at the same point we’re trying to get the deadline and I kept bugging him like “Is it done yet? Is it done yet? Is it done yet!?” so he kind of put that in the credits to razz me a little bit.
PB: That’s awesome. So, I was sort of wondering, is there anything you learned from indie comics that you didn’t learn from working for a company like DC?

DB: Actually most of what I was able to accomplish at DC I learned DOING indie comics. Matter of fact, it was because of my work on Bushi Tales that my friend Scott who I assisted in the past with Alpha Flight as a ghost (an uncredited artist) at first. He really didn’t take me seriously about wanting to do comics for some reason even though I worked with him on Alpha Flight  for a year, but when he saw me self publishing Bushi Tales and getting out there he was like “Ok, you’re really serious about doing this.” So he kinda saw me in a different light, and that’s what led me to working on Justice League and everything after that.

PB: So since we’re know as “Tales of The Con” I was wondering if you could give us one more crazy story of a Con you went to, or maybe bring up that story about Dragon Con that you couldn’t talk about in your panel earlier.

DB: Well I’m just gonna say that Dragon Con is a pretty crazy party con, but that’s really for another time. What I can do is re-tell the story from the panel.

PB: Thad’t be perfect.

DB: Alright, I was at “Anime Con” in Memphis TN and I went to one of my favourite restaurants in the area, I was very excited about that, but I had gotten food poisoning from it and I was very, very sick. So about afternoon of the convention I couldn’t stay on the floor and sketch for people anymore so I went up to my hotel room. I was passed out, my wife actually went out because I have family in Memphis so my wife went out with my family members to keep them entertained and visit and whatever. So I was literally in the hotel room sick, passed out, I wasn’t going anywhere.  At some point (I don’t know how long it’d been) I just woke up and the TV had been left on and it was a disaster movie of course. I heard these weird sounds and I thought “OK, it’s just this weird disaster movie.” And that’s when I noticed the flickering lights in the room, and I was like “great, someone’s pulled the fire alarm.” Because normally it’s never actually a fire, someone’s PULLED the alarm. So anyhow I got up, sick as a dog, went out and of course you can’t use the elevator so you gotta use the stairs.

PB: What floor were you on?

DB: I don’t remember exactly, but I know we were at least above the twentieth.

PB: Oh god.

DB: Yeah I remember it was a hell of a walk down, and so, I get in the stairwell, there’s all of these other people  you know, stumbling down the stairs we’re all going down. There was this one old lady, I swear she was gonna have a heart attack and she was never gonna make it to the bottom! We get all the way down to the bottom, we’re all standing around in the parking lot and it’s summer in Memphis. It’s humid, it’s hot, and everyone’s miserable. Some people looked like they were gonna throw up in the bushes. I’m just looking for some place to die, and in CLASSIC ANIME FASHION, one of the kids has a guitar, and starts walking up and down singing “We didn’t start the fire.”

PB: That’s great, thank you for sharing that!

DB: No problem.

PB: Now I have to say, I’ve been walking around here and I’m seeing all the people and all the kids having so much fun in a town that really doesn’t have that much stuff going on for youths. I really have to say thanks for helping orchestrate this. I really think everyone around here really appreciates this.

DB: Cool! I really hope everyone around here had a really great time. I know I want to do it again next year, kudos to my friend Jan (thejanimal.com) who also is a really important part to this convention, and helped me to organize this so hopefully we’ll be able to continue this again.

PB: Well thank you so much for your time!

You can find some of Dave’s work at http://www.bushitales.com/ and http://www.redskirtsonline.com/

-TOTC

 

 

Afterthoughts – VV Comic Expo – Tales of the Con

The most important thing for us here at TOTC isn’t comics or pop culture or any of our hobbies, it’s our community. After all, none of us would be where we are today without the support of our communities through our lives. So when we heard about the Verde Valley Comic Expo we were absolutely ecstatic.

This was after all, a place for comic creators of all types locally and abroad to come together, and it was happening in our own backyard no less. The TOTC team hit the local street this past Saturday in full colors to see what it was all about.

Organized and ran by locals almost entirely, The Verde Valley Comic Expo ended up being something of a hit in Cottonwood. Three hundred and ten total guests were in attendance including the six of us, and I only really count as half of a person! There were fans of all ages and levels of involvement there, from kids brought by their parents to see cosplayers to die hard comic fans eagerly picking through cardboard longboxes.

You wouldn’t have just found local comic fans and creators there, people came from all over the valley for the expo itself and some of the presenters came from out of the state just to be at our humble little comic expo in Cottonwood. How could TOTC miss such an amazing chance to listen to stories, shake hands and kiss babies?* (*Editors note: No babies were kissed, especially not by the literally undead member of staff.)  

Getting to be right at the ground level of this kind of engagement and excitement here locally was sort of amazing. It’s one thing to stand in a big convention like Phoenix, but it’s another to see how this small little group from last year managed to pull in a three hundred guests this year. I wouldn’t have ever imagined running into someone like Michael Gallagher (famous for his work for MAD and on Sonic the Hedgehog) or Jim Hanna out here on the frontier. Then there’s us, a bunch of grimy and dirty punks and nerds getting to be journalists!

The froth was alive in the hall of the cottonwood Rec center, densely packed from wall to wall with artist booths and people from all over the valley and the Midwest. I don’t know how the Jan “The Janimal” Quisumbing and Dave Beaty managed to set up such a smooth event, but we want to give a huge shout out to them. Some of us at TOTC have covered events around Arizona for half a decade now, if not longer, and few have gone as swimmingly as Verde Valley Comic Expo did.

It was really the kind of place that you’d feel welcome at whether you were a super-fan, a creator yourself, or just someone who wanted to look at some talented artists creations and talk to other people who like comics.

We have so many interesting stories even from our humble little comic expo that we’re excited to share. Everyone at a convention really does have a story to tell, from artists to writers to fans. You can bet Tales of the Con will be there to find out what they are.

-Glam Grimfire

Be sure to check out our photos from the event.