Three Exciting Volumes of Mike and the Ninja! Read Them All!

Volume 2: Painfully Employed
Volume 3: Return of the Ninja
Volume 1: San Francisco Fracas

Cape Comic Con Aftermath

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 7:35 PM

[Update by Brian]

Careful, now.Cape Comic Con is probably my biggest weekend of the year. Not only are Amanda and I both exhibitors at the show, we also became production managers for the convention a few years ago, when I initially designed a new website for the show. Gradually we started helping Ken Murphy, the convention organizer, more and more with marketing and social media and other tasks, to a point where we are now deeply invested in the show. We want our booths to look good and our books to sell, but more importantly, we want people to come to the show and we want to forge strong relationships with the vendors, artists, and guests. If there are no vendors or artists or guests, there is no show. It's really important to us that they perform well and have a good time so we can keep having Cape Comic Con every year.

So, keeping all of that in mind, the weekend is long, stressful, and exhausting, but so much fun, nevertheless. It's the best opportunity I get all year to talk to other artists, especially when it comes to making comics, and I always leave feeling inspired and motivated to do the best creative work I possibly can. My only regret is that I can't afford to just tear my wallet open and throw money at the artists and buy books and artwork from all of them. Quite honestly, there are just too many talented people there. On the plus side, that's very good news for the convention.

So, here are all of my shoutouts to the folks at the show who are likely to see this. As always, I'm a big introvert and don't do a very good job of talking to most folks, and in hindsight always wish I had taken more time to talk to everybody. One of these days. Anyway, here goes:

  • My convention neighbors and co-conspirators with Acting Out! and Sphere of Influence - Thanks for keeping me entertained and watching my booth during a handful of bathroom breaks or when I left to go meet "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton, an opportunity that I, as a wrestling fan, could not pass up.
  • Celesta Johnson - Great to meet you and briefly chat about art. Also, the picture you took of me with the facehugger is legitimately one of the best photos ever taken of me.
  • Chris Ebert - Great to see you, as always! Make time to write and draw and I will do the same!
  • Nathan Bonner - I have great respect for your opinions concerning some of my favorite sci-fi franchises. Thanks for your input concerning art-related hardware and software and your cautious optimism concerning Star Wars.
  • Jeffrey Allen Davis - Thank you for the book trade! I am very sloooowly working my way through my to-read list so I can get to them. Your enthusiasm for writing is great motivation.
  • Helock Comics - Thanks for bringing lots of unique ideas and excitement to Cape Comic Con. I feel like every year, I leave with a handful of books from you. Keep up the production!
  • Wade Moore and company - Is there anything you can't do?! Your work is great. Thanks for all of your contributions to the convention, all of the laughs, and just being good people.

I think that's all. Sorry if I forgot anybody.

I'm gonna get going so I don't let all this newfound motivation and inspiration go to waste. Thanks again, and see you soon!

Mike and the Ninja is at Cape Comic Con this weekend!

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 8:00 AM

[Update by Brian]

Hey. Hey you. Yeah, you. I gotta secret for you. Come closer. No, closer.

Still not close enough. I'll wait.

Okay. You ready for this? Mike and the Ninja will be at Cape Comic Con this weekend! April 17-19 at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau, Missouri! I'll have all three volumes for sale, plus a new book, Inktober, which is a collection of video game-themed ink drawings I did and some writing to go along with them. I'll also have the usual freebies and I'll be taking commissions.

DL Moore's Night of the Dragon books will also be available for sale at my table. Also, exhibiting on either side of me are two other projects with which I am involved: Acting Out!, a local not-for-profit theatre company, and Sphere of Influence, a motion picture filmed in Cape Girardeau County in which I played a small role and assisted with production.

As you can see, I'm bored all the time and definitely don't have anything to do.

So! Come see us at Cape Comic Con, as well as all of the other great artists and vendors who will be on hand. This is the 10th anniversary for Cape Comic Con, and it looks like it's going to be the biggest year yet! See you there!

Come learn my tricks of the trade at the Comic Book Workshop!

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 7:15 PM

[Update by Brian]

Hey, everybody! I have been called out of grumpy, bear-like hibernation not only by the sudden warm weather, but also by the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri! They, in conjunction with Cape Comic Con, have invited Indavo and Shamus Stone artist Nathan Bonner and me to present at their second annual Comic Book Drawing Workshop, being held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Arts Council, 32 North Main Street in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Nathan and I will be sharing tips and techniques from our comic-making experiences, then answering questions as everyone takes up pencil and paper and creates a superhero or supervillain or comic of their own. It's going to be a lot of fun, and I hope to see you there!

Cape Comic Con 2014 Announcement and Website Changes

Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 4:45 PM

[Update by Brian]

Hey, guys! Hope everything is going well with you. I've been maintaining radio silence here at Mike and the Ninja, mostly because there hasn't really been any Mike and the Ninja news to report. Things have been busy, of course, and the end of the series couldn't have come at a better time, because if I had still been making comics over the last six months or so, I have a feeling I would be desperately behind and unhappy.

But, things have slowed down in some areas and picked up in others. One thing coming up pretty soon is Cape Comic Con 2014, and Mike and the Ninja and I will be appearing, as usual. The convention runs Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23 at the A.C. Brase Arena Building in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I'll have books to sell, but I'll also be doing commissions! I've done a few of them in the past, but have never really advertised them.

Send me a message if you're interested. Let me know what you want, and I'll quote you a price. Pencil drawings will be around $10, and inked drawings will be $15-20, depending on complexity. If you let me know what you want now, I can have it finished for you to pick up at the show!

I've also made a few edits to the website here. I thought that, now that the series is over, it might be appropriate to remove the last page from the homepage and replace it with links to the three volumes. I took the ads off the site, too--they look tacky and make me about one cent a month.

That's all for now! More news as it happens! Take care, and thanks for reading!

All Three Mike and the Ninja Books Now on Sale via Amazon!

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 6:45 AM

[Update by Brian]

Good news for Mike and the Ninja fans! Now you can get all three books via Amazon! That's right--Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 are all available, they all qualify for free shipping, and they're all $9.50 a piece for the time being.

Also, if you have the time and energy, all three books are in need of some reviews, so if you've read them and want to leave some feedback, it certainly couldn't hurt.

This finally wraps up all of the extremely slow-moving, irritating work that needed to be done on the books that has been dragging on and on. We're going on vacation next week, and when we get back, I will probably start putting serious thought into the website redesign I teased earlier this year. I have a feeling that it will be a long term project, as well, but I'm excited about it because it will finally mean a real archiving system for all of these comics and blogs. It will take a while to convert everything, but will certainly be worth it in the end.

That's all for now! Take care, and thanks for reading!