Monday, August 15, 2016

IlluxCon 2016 - Reading PA


I attended IlluxCon 4 based on the glowing recommendations of Mister Larry Elmore - and boy was he right! A great concept (highlight the original art from their favorite fantasy Illustrators) started by Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire, this is done right and kept small and enjoyable. You can actually meet most of the active fantasy illustration legends all at one one show - better yet the environment is relaxed and casual - the artists (at least when I went) were not "conned out" and actually had the energy, patience and inclination to talk with a fellow (if not as famous, or as skilled) artist (that being me, Jonathan Gilpin, CCG Coordinator! :-) )!!

Discounted entry for currently enrolled art students was a very nice touch then, and I presume now? There was an art contest for students with a nice award...again then, but probably still the case.

Now in it's ninth year the show is coming up in mid to late October - see this link for more info!

Thursday, August 06, 2015

World Comics Network - A Great Idea Whose Time Has Come, Thankfully!

Great idea for spreading the skill of cartooning to the world as a whole and specifically to the "siletnt" people of our planet - the impoverished or isolated.

Thanks to Jenny Robb at OSU's Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum & Library for "introducing" me and many others with her Facebook post about Sharad Sharma and his group -

World Comics Network!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Planning for our next CCG Meeting/Workshop - Llkely End of August or Early September?

Hello readers - our active members are mulling over when. where,  and what time to next have our CCG meeting/workshop!

If you want to chime in - please email your suggestions to:

or post to the Lexington KY Comic Creators Group Facebook Page with your thoughts!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

We also hope to have some CCG TLDs (Themed Life Drawing sessions - see tab on this site for more info or visit the FB page and check out the photos of past drawing sessions and themes). These TLDs can be part of a regular meeting/workshop and would be FREE or might be a stand alone event where we could all pitch in to cover the model and/or venue costs!
Some classic Prince Valiant art by the great Hal Foster!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

5/14/15 - Star Wars In the Park

Since Joseph Beth Booksellers had to cancel their "Women of Star Wars" Event for tonight I decided to host the event myself (and with the steady help of my wife Holly) we managed to pull off a moderately successful event with less than four days planning time (critics be damned).
The idea was to make it kid friendly and take advantage of the scheduled time for our model extraordinaire,l Katie Anderson.

Some photos from the event:

5/23/15 - Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

Along with Stevie Moore of Studio Spectrem I set up in Kansas City, MO for the 4th annual Spectrum Fanastic Art Live event. This is hosted by the same people who put out the Spectrum Art Annuals (submission in November of each year).
This is the kind of show where you won't sell a lot but will meet a ton of very nteresting people! More of a particarory convention like they used to be - not so much like the exhibitor/attendee model currently the norm at comic conventions.,
Here is some art I had on display at the show:

Saturday, May 02, 2015

2015/5/2 - Free Comic Book Day - CCG at A Plus Comics

Saturday, May 2nd was both Derby Day and Free Comic Book Day - guess which one I am going to write about?
Thanks to  Garreth Evans at A Plus Comics on Southland Drive in Lexington for hosting the CCG at their day-long celebration of Free Comic Book Day. Jonathan Gilpin and Jason Sturgill manned the table and did free scketches for any asking...
Some Photos from the event:

After 5pm we had a Themed LIfe Drawing Session - this was not with the CosPLay Costume Competiont particiapants (thsi was postponed due to low turnout) but with regular attendees - some in costume some not.
See photos below:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

4/28/15 - Jeremy Miller Class at Preston Arts in Louisville KY

Great Class and Instructor in Louisville:
Preston Arts Center Inc
Art Center
Address: 3048 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
Phone:(502) 454-9954

Drawing Studio with Jeremy Miller
# 9946
May 1-June 5
6 classes/ $120
plus supplies

Monday, March 23, 2015

2015 Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

There used to be the Illustrators Annuals that served as a "yellow pages" of artists for Art Directors to peruse for job if you want into the Science Fiction/Fantasy art market you need to be published in Spectrum. This is the show/con for that group - a one of a kind show. Make business contacts, meet peers, attend lectures and workshops. Highly recommended