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Saturdays is Caturday. All cat lovers rejoice! With that, here’s Squeaky spending her Caturday with her new demon buddy. Taking some time to reflect in the woods.

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Eventually I will have to either have to print, or post the upcoming Squeaky comic to a website. Check back to hear the latest.

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This past Saturday proved to be quite busy as predicted, but it was a good busy. This was despite foul-ups at the copy place and me fighting some kind of last minute sickness. Overcoming the lack of sleep, both the Big Apple Comic Con and the MF Gallery shows were successful.

Flyer for Big Apple Comic Con slated for March 2015.

Flyer for Big Apple Comic Con slated for March 2015.

It had been a while since I had a table at Big Apple Comic Con. It was the tenth year anniversary of this local comic con. In 2009, Big Apple was acquired by Wizard Entertainment. Recently this con went back into the hands of the original organizers.  Hey, not to bad mouth anyone but personally I’m kinda glad Big Apple broke away from Wizard World.

So it everyone’s surprise, the Penn Plaza Pavilion, where Big Apple was being held was jammed packed solid. It seemed as if almost all the comicbook fans and cosplayers came out in full force. At one point, there was barely any room to walk in the pavilion. In fact, there was actually a line outside to enter the building.

Crowd at Big Apple Comic Con, Sat. March 3rd, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Crowd at Big Apple Comic Con, Sat. March 3rd, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Crowd inside Big Apple Comic Con. Sat. March 3rd, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Crowd inside Big Apple Comic Con. Sat. March 3rd, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

At Big Apple Comic Con, some cosplayers really had some impressive costumes.

Cosplayer at Big Apple Comic Con, Sat. March 3rd, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Cosplayer at Big Apple Comic Con, Sat. March 3rd, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Cosplayer at Big Apple Comic Con. Sat. March 3rd, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Cosplayer at Big Apple Comic Con. Sat. March 3rd, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Jedi brigade at Big Apple Comic Con Sat. March 3rd, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Jedi brigade at Big Apple Comic Con Sat. March 3rd, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

There were both established and indie/small press comic creators at Big Apple. One of the highlights was Ramona Fradon, best known for drawing the Brenda Starr newspaper strip. Ramona Fradon also did the art for various other companies, including DC Comics, working on characters such as Aquaman.

Ramona Fradon. A long career in cartooning and comics. Best known for Brenda Starr and Aquaman. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Sat. March 3rd, 2015.

Ramona Fradon. A long career in cartooning and comics. Best known for Brenda Starr and Aquaman. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Sat. March 3rd, 2015 at Big Apple Comic Con.

Original art for the newspaper strip Brenda Starr, illustrated by Ramona Fradon.

Original art for the newspaper strip Brenda Starr, illustrated by legendary cartoonist Ramona Fradon.

Other artists included Bob Camp, Mark Bode, Bill Plympton, and Ken Knudtsen, who did the comic ‘My Monkey’s Name Is Jennifer.’

Comic book artist Ken Knudtsen at Big Apple Comic Con. Sat. March 3rd, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Comic book artist Ken Knudtsen at Big Apple Comic Con. Sat. March 3rd, 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Of course, I had my own self-published comics to sell. For the occasion, I had two new mini-issues available. One was a sketch simply titled ‘Pin-Ups.’ The other was a limited edition Psycho Bunny mini-issue, #3.50. The Pin-Up mini-issue will be available in my Etsy store soon.

Mini-issue from WitchedBrewPress from Michele Witchipoo. Pin-ups. Debuted at Big Apple Comic Con Sat. March 3rd, 2015.

Mini-issue from WitchedBrewPress from Michele Witchipoo. Pin-ups. Debuted at Big Apple Comic Con Sat. March 3rd, 2015.

Mini-issue from WitchedBrewPress from Michele Witchipoo. Psycho Bunny Limited Edition #3.50. Debuted at Big Apple Comic Con Sat. March 3rd, 2015.

Mini-issue from WitchedBrewPress from Michele Witchipoo. Psycho Bunny Limited Edition #3.50. Debuted at Big Apple Comic Con Sat. March 3rd, 2015.

My friend Louisa, art model extraordinaire, was kind enough to take photos of me at my table.

Michele Witchipoo at the Big Apple Comic Con, Sat. March 7th, 2015. Photo by Louisa Ashleigh Krupp.

Michele Witchipoo at the Big Apple Comic Con, Sat. March 7th, 2015. Photo by Louisa Ashleigh Krupp.

Big Apple is also known for celebrity appearances. Wrestler Roddy Piper was there, along with two of the Power Rangers. (Red and Green if you must know) This time I met Johnny Brennan, one half of the prank call team The Jerky Boys. Back in the early to mid ’90s, I quoted The Jerky Boys constantly. My friend gave me a cassette of their first release, which is a comedy classic. Nowadays Johnny Brennan does the voice of Mort from the animated television show Family Guy. I approached the table to tell Brennan what a fan I was. To my surprise, he gave me a free autograph. Brennan turned out to be a sincerely nice man.

Autograph of Johnny Brennan, of The Jerky Boys and voice actor of Mort from Family Guy. Signed Sat. March 7th, 2015.

Autograph of Johnny Brennan, of The Jerky Boys and voice actor of Mort from Family Guy. Signed Sat. March 7th, 2015.

After Big Apple Comic Con, it was off to Brooklyn for MF Gallery. I was honored to be a part of this show, which was held in honor of Women’s Day. The exhibit was titled ‘GIRLS of The Underground.’ The opening party showcased all the amazing work by a variety of artists.

Flyer for Girls of The Underground at MF Gallery. March 7th, 2015.

Flyer for Girls of The Underground at MF Gallery. March 7th, 2015.

The illustration I submitted was originally drawn for Valentine’s Day.

Black and white pen illustration titled 'Valentine 2015.' Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Opening party at MF Gallery, Sat. March 7th, 2015.

Black and white pen illustration titled ‘Valentine 2015.’ Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Opening party at MF Gallery, Sat. March 7th, 2015.

Artwork by Christine Kucinskis. Opening party at MF Gallery, Sat. March 7th, 2015.

Artwork by Christine Kucinskis. Opening party at MF Gallery, Sat. March 7th, 2015.

Art by Joanna Mulder. Opening party at MF Gallery, Sat. March 7th, 2015.

Art by Joanna Mulder. Opening party at MF Gallery, Sat. March 7th, 2015.

Artwork by Nicole Steen. Opening party at MF Gallery, Sat. March 7th, 2015.

Artwork by Nicole Steen. Opening party at MF Gallery, Sat. March 7th, 2015.

Crowd at the MF Gallery art opening for "GIRLS of The Underground." Sat. March 7th, 2015.

Crowd at the MF Gallery art opening for “GIRLS of The Underground.” Sat. March 7th, 2015.

In closing, I’d like to thank both Big Apple Comic Con and MF Gallery for having me be a part of the successful events.

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Next month I will be selling my self-published comics, assorted artwork, and doing commissions at the Big Apple Comic Con. Hopefully I’ll have a new issue of Psycho Bunny available by this time. It’s been a while since I’ve done anything with Psycho Bunny anyway.

Flyer for Big Apple Comic Con slated for March 2015.

Flyer for Big Apple Comic Con slated for March 7th, 2015.

The location will be at the Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 Seventh Avenue & 33rd Street, across from Madison Square Garden/Penn Station.

You can check out the website here.

Here’s who scheduled to appear at Big Apple Comic Con so far:

Film/TV/Media
Steve Cardenas (Mighty Morphin’ Red Ranger, Blue Ranger Zeo)
John Altamura (“Toxic Avenger” 2 & 3)
Paris Themmin (Johhny TV from “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”)
Gina Marie Zimmerman (“Big Brother 15”)
Captain Zorikh (“Big Giant Swords,” “Jedi Junkies,” “Sci-Fi Science”)
Mark Torres (“It Came From the Radio” podcast)

Pro Wrestling
Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Comics, Cartoon, and Illustration Professionals
Joe Sinnott (tentative)
Bob Camp
Ramona Fradon
Basil Gogos
Rodney Ramos
Guy Dorian
Jim Salicrup
J. David Spurlock

Independent artists and publishers:
Scott Carola
Castle Comics
Rare Earth Comics
Graphite Veins
Pronto Comics
Kristen Gudsnuk
Brian Kong
Little Petal
Mindy Indy
Jorell Rivera
Derwin Roberson
Adam Soltys
Timothy Sparvero

This is in addition to the previously announced guests…

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper
Jason David Frank (the original Green Power Ranger)
Moses Mosley and Theshay West (Michone’s walkers from “The Walking Dead”)
Chris Harrelson (frequent featured walker from “The Walking Dead”)
Mike Zapic, Ming Chen, and Robert Bruce (“Comic Book Men”)
Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys, Family Guy)

Comic book creators and cartoonists confirmed include:
Bill Plympton
Rich Buckler
Herb Trempe
Larry Hama
James O’Barr
Bob Rozakis
Jamal Igle
Rodney Ramos

Independent artists and publishers:
Graphite Veins
Variety Hour
Middleboy Ashita
Hijack Press
Ascalon Press
Cruzin Comics
John Jon’s Customs
Powersmith Studios
Night & Day Anime Studios
Jessica Oliveri
Kristen Gudsnuk
Shanequa Thompson
Kush Wright
Michele Witchipoo
Nadia Burgess
Jonathan Griffiths
Tony Sparvero
Eric Lide
Kelly Gordon
Soo Lee
Omar Mirza
Matthew Montelione & Pedro Lajud
Eric Nierstedt
David Quiles

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The tribute book for cartoonist Luisa Felix has just been released. (Refer to a previous blog post: https://witchesbrewpress.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/cartoonist-and-friend-luisa-felix-1952-2013/)

You can be one of the first to get your own copy at the MoCCA Fest this weekend at table C91.

An Invitation To The World Of Luisa Felix, Cartoonist. The 100-page book has been printed in a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered copies, and each copy will contain a small sample of original Luisa Felix art. Nine artists - Keith O'Brien, Michele Witchipoo, Steve Peters, Larry Blake, Natalie Ewert, Frank Humphris, Eric Jensen, Paul and myself - have also contributed tribute art incorporating some of the many characters Ms. Felix created over her forty-year career. The book is a joint publication of Drowned Town Press and Micro-Comics.

An Invitation To The World Of Luisa Felix, Cartoonist. The 100-page book has been printed in a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered copies, and each copy will contain a small sample of original Luisa Felix art. Nine artists (also contributed to the book. The art incorporates some of the many characters Ms. Felix created over her forty-year career. The book is a joint publication of Drowned Town Press and Micro-Comics.

An Invitation To The World Of Luisa Felix, Cartoonist. The 100-page book has been printed in a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered copies, and each copy will contain a small sample of original Luisa Felix art. Nine artists – Keith O’Brien, Michele Witchipoo, Steve Peters, Larry Blake, Natalie Ewert, Frank Humphris, Eric Jensen, Paul and myself – have also contributed tribute art incorporating some of the many characters Ms. Felix created over her forty-year career. The book is a joint publication of Drowned Town Press and Micro-Comics.

If there are any copies left after the Mocca show, you might be able to order either through this website, or contact Paul Curtis. At the moment, your best bet is to purchase the book at the Mocca Fest. Any further updates will be posted.

http://drownedtownpress.com/home.html

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Last minute…I’ll be at the MoCCA Art Fest 2013, sharing a table with two other cartoonists.

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MoCCA, which stand for Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art has joined forces with The Society of Illustrators, bringing you Mocca Arts Festival 2013. Just like what the poster says, it’ll take place the weekend of April 6 and 7th, 2013 at The 69th Regiment Armory (located at 68 Lexington Ave between E. 25th and 26th streets.)

I missed the Mocca Art Fest last year, due to previous plans. Yet 2013 is a another year. At the last minute I got offered table space. I’ll be sharing a table with two other cartoonists, E.J. Barnes and Paul Curtis. Looking forward to the fest, and if you’re planning to buy my work, drop by or just say hi.

Mocca Fest 2013 Poster by Michael DeForge

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Before Sandy came along and made everything rather messy.
NYCC entrance. Jacob Javits Center, NYC. Oct. 2012.
Photo by Michele Witchipoo

Before the mess of Hurricane Sandy and the U.S. Presidential elections, there was the seventh annual New York Comic Con. The NYCC took place at its’ usual spot at the Jacob Javits Center. From 2006 onwards, the NYCC has become the second largest comicbook convention in the United States. It’s second only to the infamous motherload of them all, the San Diego Comic Con.

In 2010, I had a small table at the NYCC over in the Artist Alley section. Perhaps one day I’ll have another table again. For now I’m content walking around with a professional badge around my neck, observing everything.

Monsters. NYCC. Oct. 2012.
Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Mainstream comic book conventions are good for highlighting current pop culture trends. As mentioned in my previous post, Doctor Who and The Avengers were huge among costumers this year.

In the Doctor Who catagory, you had both genders doing the Matt Smith look, complete with fez hats. There were a few David Tennants as well. I did spot someone dressed as the fifth doctor, and one lone  Tom Baker clone. Even children got in on the act.

Baby Dalek.
NYCC 2012
Photo by Michele Witchipoo

There was a small collective of Harry Potter fans. Of course, no comicbook con is complete without people dressing like their favorite characters. For example, I saw a Spiderman with a pot belly, a Venom with a sizable crotch bulge, one Rorschach, a few Jokers from The Dark Knight era, a few Harlequins, plenty of Deadpools, Blackcats, and who can forget Star Wars. My faith in humanity was briefly ignited for one second thanks to a couple dressed like Dr. Frankfurter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

My faith in humanity was briefly restored when seeing this couple.
Doctor Frankfurter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
NYCC, Jacob Javits Center, NYC.
Oct. 2012. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Here’s some photos from the weekend of Oct. 11 – 14th, 2012.

Crowd towards the end on Friday night.
NYCC. Jacob Javits Center, NYC. Oct. 2012.
Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Women posing for photos.
NYCC, Oct. 2012
Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Angel costume.
NYCC. NYC Oct. 2012.
Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Some men love being underneath women’s feet.
NYCC, Oct. 2012. NYC
Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Rapper Jean Grae after participating in a panel about Hip Hop and comicbook culture. Also a fellow Love and Rockets comicbook fan.
NYCC. NYC. Oct. 2012.
Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Wanna smell like a member of The Avengers?
That’s actually kind of scary…considering
you’re in battle inside sweaty metal armor all day.
Ironman cologne.
NYCC. NYC. Oct. 2012.
Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

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Torn between coming out tonight, and staying in. Depends on the weather and if the local subway lines are running.

While I’m deciding, here’s an ad for a forthcoming web comic. Not sure on the exact date yet, so check back either here, Facebook or on my new website.

Advertisement for new webcomic, by Michele Witchipoo. July 2012.

 

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