Keep It Simple, Sexy! - 3/12/2014
As I reflect on the what I want to write about here, I keep thinking about that dictum. My brain doesn't like it when I try to keep things simple. It finds needless complications in which to delight--rhetorical blind alleys and cul-de-sacs galore. Meanwhile, what I need to do here is actually quite simple. I need to tell you all about the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention, which will be held this weekend, March 14 -16, at Heritage Hall in the Lexington Convention Center. In point of fact, here’s a website that will tell you everything you need to know about it.
I need to tell you about this convention because I’m going to be there, chilling out in Booth 1007, telling the good people of Lexington about this junk barge of jokes and musings I call Seven Billion Little Reasons and perhaps selling a little bit of very reasonably priced merch.
What sort of mech will I have? Good question! The entry-level bit of 7BLR swag is a set of three super cool fridge magnets I had printed up. Here’s what they look like:
These are four-by-five inches and turned out looking quite nice. I’m going to be trying to sell these guys for a dollar a piece. That’s just one bone for as fine an adornment as your refrigerator’s ever sported.
(Does one “sport” adornments? No, dammit… keep it simple… keep it simple…)
The premier and most terrific item I will have on-hand is a hand-painted letterpress print of my Vowel Gang cartoon from last year. Here’s what that looks like.
As you can see, this print is super swanky. I worked with Naomi Clewett (she's my wife), Rebecca Montaño-Smith (she's my friend and consigliere) and Clay McClure (she's also my friend and the patron saint of printing presses) on these guys. I owe these three even more thanks for giving me constant support over the last year, but they will be with me this weekend at the con where I’ll be tweeting and blogging, so instead of heaping all my thanks and praise on them now, I’ll save some for later.
Finally, I have one last thing on tap for the con, and here’s where things get less than simple. I've been saying since the beginning that the webcomics were just the tip of the 7BLR iceberg, and that I've had designs on working some prose and some comic-book style storytelling into the mix. What’s more, the prose projects I've been planning have been in more than one genre. One of those genres is horror. So I've had it in my mind, for good reasons or not, to write some of my fiction under my own name and another portion of it under a pen name.
So a while back, I had an idea, and once it got big enough in my head that I couldn't let it sit anymore, I started working on it. Here’s what it is:
I give you “Winter’s Tale.” This is a comic book written in the vein of, say, “Tales from the Crypt,” or maybe “House of Mystery.” It’s a one-off story written by one Evan Winters. If you are a person who intends to hang around this website a while, you’ll be seeing Evan’s name pop up in the author credits from time to time. Evan is for horror. The art, on the other hand, is all Brian. So… “Winter’s Tale.” It’s horror. It’s a comic book. It’s by Evan Winters, who writes horror, and Brian Hocevar, how now draws not only webcomics, but comic books.
We’ve been a busy boy.
Anyway, the hope was that I would have this comic book finished and printed to distribute at the con, but producing a full comic book is a first for me, and it’s taken a little more time than I anticipated. So for the con, I will have a little display showing the cover and back cover and maybe the first few pages. I will also have sample pages posted here on the website by this weekend, so even if you can't make the con, you're going to be able to check out the comic book.
And that, quite simply, is all I needed to say. Shew.
Anyway, I hope to see some of you at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention this weekend. While the con is underway, look for me to do some tweeting, blogging, and maybe a few other things that didn't exist fifteen years ago. Be sure to check back to see those sample comic book pages once I post them. Then, in a few more weeks, look for my comic book to drop official-like.
Busy, busy boy, I tell you...