Oh HEY look at that, I’m gonna be at Rose City Comic Con this weekend down in Portland!  RCCC has been an absolute pleasure the past couple of years, so I’m psyched to go back for my third year.  Stop by to say hi, chat, whatever!
My boy Justin Oaksford (O-10) and my buddy Bridget Underwood (P-7) have tables this year as well, so swing by and say hi! :D  Do not let their names deceive you, they are not actually hobbits- just crazy talented artists who don’t like to wear shoes.
See you guys in a couple days, <3
-C

Oh HEY look at that, I’m gonna be at Rose City Comic Con this weekend down in Portland!  RCCC has been an absolute pleasure the past couple of years, so I’m psyched to go back for my third year.  Stop by to say hi, chat, whatever!

My boy Justin Oaksford (O-10) and my buddy Bridget Underwood (P-7) have tables this year as well, so swing by and say hi! :D  Do not let their names deceive you, they are not actually hobbits- just crazy talented artists who don’t like to wear shoes.

See you guys in a couple days, <3

-C

…Yes. Yes it is.

It’s inexplicably mid-July all over again, which means it’s time for San Diego Comic-Con International!  I’m not tabling, but I am on four panels this year in some feeble attempt to spend as little time on the exhibition floor as is possible.  I’ll also be dressed as Asha/Yara Greyjoy on Saturday, because what is SDCC without sweating through several layers of waxed linen.  Here’s my schedule, if you want to track me down:

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Heartbreakers, a groundbreaking science fiction series that was one of the first action comics starring female heroes, and the only one written by a woman when it debuted in Dark Horse Presents. Today, there are more women than ever reading and creating comics-not to mention cosplaying and writing about comics-but it seems a lot of the old biases are still entrenched. What’s changed in 25 years, and what hasn’t? Join Heartbreakers creators Anina Bennett andPaul Guinan, along with friends Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), Kiala Kazebee (Vaginal Fantasy), Allison Baker (Monkeybrain Comics), and Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), for a lively discussion of sexism, science fiction, comic books, and geek culture.

Want to work in a fandom-related industry you’re passionate about, but not sure where to start? These professional “Nerds for a Living” will discuss careers within gaming, film, comics, illustration and more. Lee Joyner (director of admissions, Cinema Makeup School), Tom Kurzanski (art director, TeeFury), Claire Hummel (production designer, HBO; concept artist, BioShock Infinite), Karen Hallion (artist and illustrator), Brad Herman (lead product designer, DreamWorks Animation), and
Pat Loika (Comixology, Loikamania Podcast) will share their career-building experiences. Topics include training, online resources, networking, and tactics to use (and avoid) for breaking into your dream industry. Moderated by Wendy Buske (marketing director, Nerd For A Living). This panel will conclude with an audience Q&A.

You’ve heard of Steampunk, but what exactly distinguishes this unique subgenre from other branches of science fiction?Andrew Fogel(The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Frank Reade), Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), and Thomas Willeford (The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide) dissect and debate pop culture examples of literature, movies, TV, video games, comics, and more in a rapid-fire showdown that will push boundaries and defy expectations in a quest to finally answer the question, “Is it Steampunk?”

While the Victorian era was known for its constraints on morals, behaviors and bosoms, Steampunks have turned things on their head by reimagining a history that never was. Women creators have loosened those traditional corset laces and have begun to explore multiculturalism, science, sexuality, class politics, and much more. Panelists explore just how liberating the age of steam can be, featuring witty women Anina Bennett (Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel), Ay-leen the Peacemaker (editor for BeyondVictoriana.com and Tor Books),Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), Robin Blackburn (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Sarah Hunter(Steampunk model/performer), Sheyne Fleischer ( The League of S.T.E.A.M.), and moderator Dina Kampmeyer (Lady Steam Designs).

Can’t wait to see some of you guys there! :D

-C

rosalarian
kateordie:

comicsalliance:

Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate assuages your fears that your’e being creepy when approaching your
favorite comic book creators at conventions. Don’t worry, you’re not!
Unless you are.
READ THE COMPLETE EPISODE

I get a lot of messages from folks after conventions that they were too shy to come talk to me - and it’s heartbreaking! If I’ve traveled all the way across the country (or another), there’s a big chance I won’t be back soon. I know I can be sassy and a little brash online, but I really do LOVE meeting fans. You’re the reason I get brought to these shows, yo!
It’s a scary thing, but don’t let it keep you from having a nice moment. It won’t always be perfect and not every creator (or every fan) will be awesome, but it’s worth the risk.

SO ACCURATE!  In my three years of doing cons, I can count on one hand the people who have actually been creepy at my booth- and even then they were usually rude, abusive, or literally handsy.
I come away from conventions aglow with even the most awkward interactions that I&#8217;ve had with fans!  You could be shy, I could misspeak, we could talk over each other or drop something, and I still cherish getting to meet all y&#8217;all face to face. :)

kateordie:

comicsalliance:

Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate assuages your fears that your’e being creepy when approaching your

favorite comic book creators at conventions. Don’t worry, you’re not!

Unless you are.

READ THE COMPLETE EPISODE

I get a lot of messages from folks after conventions that they were too shy to come talk to me - and it’s heartbreaking! If I’ve traveled all the way across the country (or another), there’s a big chance I won’t be back soon. I know I can be sassy and a little brash online, but I really do LOVE meeting fans. You’re the reason I get brought to these shows, yo!

It’s a scary thing, but don’t let it keep you from having a nice moment. It won’t always be perfect and not every creator (or every fan) will be awesome, but it’s worth the risk.

SO ACCURATE!  In my three years of doing cons, I can count on one hand the people who have actually been creepy at my booth- and even then they were usually rude, abusive, or literally handsy.

I come away from conventions aglow with even the most awkward interactions that I’ve had with fans!  You could be shy, I could misspeak, we could talk over each other or drop something, and I still cherish getting to meet all y’all face to face. :)

Getting ready for my third year at Emerald City Comicon, whew!  Colin and I will be at booth no. 904, so stop buy, say hi, check out the new 2014 art book, whatever!  So excited to meet all y’all. :)

See you in a couple days!

-C

(I will indeed be dressed as Asha Greyjoy on Saturday, so I may be wandering around for a bit with my huge GoT cosplay group, but I’ll still be spending the majority of my time at the booth)

(I am kidding about the “iron price” thing)

(kinda)

Hey guys!
So CTNX is coming in hot, and I honestly can&#8217;t believe it&#8217;s already here.  This&#8217;ll be my second year attending, but this time around I&#8217;ll have a booth in the main hall!  So less panels and workshops, more schmoozing.  I&#8217;ll be at T-110 in the main exhibition hall- across from Chris Sanders (!), and right next to my two extremely talented buddies Justin Oaksford and Bridget Underwood.
Whether or not you want to peruse my wares, please do stop by to say hi if you can!  It&#8217;s always a pleasure to meet y&#8217;all face to face. :)
See you in less than a week,
-C

Hey guys!

So CTNX is coming in hot, and I honestly can’t believe it’s already here.  This’ll be my second year attending, but this time around I’ll have a booth in the main hall!  So less panels and workshops, more schmoozing.  I’ll be at T-110 in the main exhibition hall- across from Chris Sanders (!), and right next to my two extremely talented buddies Justin Oaksford and Bridget Underwood.

Whether or not you want to peruse my wares, please do stop by to say hi if you can!  It’s always a pleasure to meet y’all face to face. :)

See you in less than a week,

-C

STEAMCON I WILL BE THERE

You know how I said I would get better about telling people which cons I’m going to?  Well that was a lie, because Steamcon V is this weekend, by which I mean like right now, and I haven’t told anyone that I’m gonna be there.

Long story short, see you guys maybe at Steamcon???  I’m pretty viciously sleep-deprived at the moment, but despite that I’m going to head over now to set up my art show nonsense before the con opens.  As for panels, here’s what I’ll be doing:

Friday

  • Steampunk Art
    5:00PM - 6:00PM
    Come meet some artists who represent steampunk to see how they imagine, design, and create beautiful works of art!
    Matthew Dockrey (M), Aimee Stewart, Claire Hummel, J.W. Kinsey
  • Steampunk Video Games: The Year in Review
    6:00PM - 7:00PM
    Our panels of experts guide you through this year’s video game offerings.
    Julie Haehn (M), Claire Hummel
  • Getting into the Gaming Business
    8:00PM - 9:00PM
    A panel on getting into the gaming business-both table top and computer/console.
    Claire Hummel (M), Julie Haehn

Saturday

  • Steampunk: Ancient Egypt
    11:00AM - Noon
    There was a strong fascination with ancient Egypt in the Victorian era which influences everything from graphics to fashion and architecture. It would make sense that this aesthetic would find itself in a Steampunk universe as well.
    Claire Hummel (M), Lori Edwards, Margo Loes, Carrie Jo Lawrence

Sunday

  • Steampunk Reinterpretations of Pop Culture, Myth & Legend
    Noon - 1:00PM
    This panel will cover everything from concept design, illustration to costuming.
    Claire Hummel (M), Andrew Fogel

WHEW.  Let’s do this.

Hey guys, here’s my info for SDCC this year!  I don’t have a table, but my art and I won’t be hard to track down:

  • Witty Women of Steampunk panel
    Thursday, 11 AM | Room 5AB

  • Signed art books
    Tr!ckster
    Thursday - Sunday
    East Village Tavern Bowl
    930 Market Street, San Diego, CA

  • Signing and Sketches
    at the League of S.T.E.A.M., booth #5618
    Thursday -  2-4 PM
    Sunday - 10-12 PM

I have some other work-related stuff going on at SDCC as well, buuuut I’m not sure if I can talk about it yet so I’m gonna keep my mouth shut. :)

You can also follow me on twitter as @shoomlah- I’ll be keeping it up-to-date with my whereabouts during the con.  See y’all in San Diego,

-C

OH MAN so exhausted from ECCC, but I had an amazing time.  Loved getting to chat with everyone who stopped by the booth, y’all were so goddamn nice!  I will be blushing for the next week.

Here’s a quick sample of some of my con sketches from this year- I was actually doing so much talking that I couldn’t take on as many as I would have liked, but I had a blast doing them.  Am now considering giving a discount to anyoe who asks me to draw a “crusty old knight” because damn that was fun

-C

It&#8217;s almost a week away, but I&#8217;m gonna be at Emerald City Comicon this year!  Unlike last year I&#8217;ll actually be up on the main floor, so it should be way easier to find me.  I love getting to meet you guys at these things, so please swing by to say hi if you have a chance. :)
I&#8217;m also going to be sharing my booth with Colin Foran, aka nathantwist on tumblr and DA- he&#8217;s a coworker and a good friend, and it&#8217;s definitely worth your time to come and check out his work:


Hope to see some of you guys there!
-C

It’s almost a week away, but I’m gonna be at Emerald City Comicon this year!  Unlike last year I’ll actually be up on the main floor, so it should be way easier to find me.  I love getting to meet you guys at these things, so please swing by to say hi if you have a chance. :)

I’m also going to be sharing my booth with Colin Foran, aka nathantwist on tumblr and DA- he’s a coworker and a good friend, and it’s definitely worth your time to come and check out his work:

Hope to see some of you guys there!

-C

Jet City Comic Show | Seattle, WA | September 22, 2012
Booth# AA20 in the Artists&#8217; Alley
Rose City Comic-Con was a blast, so I&#8217;m pretty excited to table at the Jet City Comic Show tomorrow!  It&#8217;s a one day con at the Seattle Center, so it should be pretty easy and laid back.  Please stop by and say hi if you can- besides, it&#8217;s about the only time I have to do sketch commissions, so that&#8217;s somethin&#8217;.
Hope to see some of you soooooon,
-C

Jet City Comic Show | Seattle, WA | September 22, 2012

Booth# AA20 in the Artists’ Alley

Rose City Comic-Con was a blast, so I’m pretty excited to table at the Jet City Comic Show tomorrow!  It’s a one day con at the Seattle Center, so it should be pretty easy and laid back.  Please stop by and say hi if you can- besides, it’s about the only time I have to do sketch commissions, so that’s somethin’.

Hope to see some of you soooooon,

-C

One long drive later, I’m back from Rose City Comic-Con!  Considering that it was the inaugural year of what I assumed was gonna be a pretty small con, I was blown away by the attendance and caliber of artists behind the booths.  Also everyone I met was gracious and charming, so- way to go, you guys.

I also got to do a ton of sketches, a bunch of which are featured above.  Looking at it now that line above the Rocketeer makes it look like he is stuck in an attic?  But that is hilarious so I don’t care.

-C

Upcoming conventions! VERY SOON conventions.

I am probably the worst person ever when it comes to updating people about my convention schedule (especially since I’m still pretty new to this whole “actually have a booth” game), but all of that aside, I am going to be at two small northwest cons this month! Specifically Rose City Comic-Con, and Jet City Comic Show. Here are the deets, if any of you are planning on swinging by:

Rose City Comic-Con | Portland, OR | September 8-9, 2012
I’ll be at Booth A20, in the Artists’ Alley:


Jet City Comic Show | Seattle, WA | September 22, 2012
Okay, I don’t have my booth location for this one yet, but I’ll be somewhere in the Artists’ Alley- I’ll update with information as it gets closer to the con.

…Do swing by and say hi if you can! I’ll have a few of the remaining Tiny Horuses, a bunch more art books, and a few copies of the Legends of the Old West book that I did my Nat Love piece for. I love getting the chance to meet people, and cons are probably the only time when I actually have time to do quick sketch commissions.  So there’s that. :)

-C

Norwescon 35 this weekend

Norwescon 35 | Seatac, WA | April 5-8, 2012

Just a reminder that I’ll be at Norwescon 35 this weekend!  I’ll have prints in the Art Show, and I’m on a frightening number of panels:

  • How to Sell Yourself | Friday 9 am | Cascade 11 
    An artist needs more than talent to be successful. One must learn how to create a polished and professional image as well. You may have intelligence and creativity; but that isn’t enough! Learn how to not only create a portfolio, but how to put your own personal best foot forward when presenting yourself and your work to shops, galleries, and publishers.
    Kate Merriwether Lynch (M), Claire Hummel, Tara Theoharis 
     
  • 3D - Yes or No? |  Friday 3 pm | Cascade 6 
    Movie companies and TV manufacturers are heavily invested in 3D. Is it still just a gimmick or are we witnessing the next “silent to talkies” or “black and white to color” transformation?
    Chris Nilsson (M), The Reverend En Fuego, Steven Perry, Claire Hummel, Brooks Peck 

  • Steampunk Art | Friday 9 pm | Cascade 12
    From gadgets to weapons to jewelry, we’ve all seen fabulous steampunk paraphernalia. But is steampunk only for costumes and cool devices? No, we say! Come meet artists who create both 2D and 3D pieces to see how they imagine, design, and create these beautiful steampunk works of art!
    Claire Hummel (M), Tammy Mickelson 

  • Steampunk Culture | Saturday 11 am | Cascade 3&4 
    Growing? Stagnating? What are the hot trends? Does the availability of “Steampunk” costume accessories at Value Village devalue the movement?
    Anina Bennett (M), Paul Guinan, Claire Hummel, Diana Vick 
     
  • Women in Gaming |  Saturday 2 pm | Evergreen 1&2 
    Our all-female panel discusses gaming concepts that attract girls, what girl gamers are looking for in games, and how to get more girls into games. They will also discuss the growing presence / awareness of women playing and designing games, and their struggles with working in the industry. If you are a woman interested in working in this industry, our panelists want to encourage you!
    Julie Haehn (M), Jessica “GiGi” Blair, Jennifer Brozek, Claire Hummel 

  • Video Game Art |  Saturday 5 pm | Cascade 12
    As technology continues to advance, more and more artists are moving into the realm of video games. Come and learn what goes into the creation of art for these games, what programs are used, what the challenges are, and what the future of the business holds.
    Joshua Howard (M), Douglas Herring, Claire Hummel, Leigh Kellogg 

  • Becoming an Industry Professional Artist |  Sunday 2 pm | Cascade 12 
    What kind of careers are out there (book covers, illustrators, video games, film, hobbies, games), and what do I need to break into those fields? What do art directors look for in your portfolio? Come to this panel to learn about what you need in order to break into the professional world of media arts.
    Joshua Howard (M), John Picacio, Paul Guinan, Claire Hummel, Leigh Kellogg

Hope to see some of you guys there, and definitely say hi if you can.

-C