Emerald City Comicon 2015 Fancy Sketches Part 1

I had so much fun with the Sketch-A-Matic at Webcomic Rampage, I decided to bring it to Emerald City Comicon. Due to a retweet from my buddy Wil and a reblog on the official ECCC Tumblr, I had people lined up all weekend to “press the button.”

I did a TON of sketches that weekend. I’ll be posting quite a few of them here in (probably) 3 parts. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll have the Sketch-A-Matic with me at any more shows in 2015 since I’m doing all of my convention appearances as part of Cyanide & Happiness. Maybe I’ll do my next sketch drive using suggestions from the Sketch-A-Matic. Perhaps I could call the sketchee over Skype and go through the whole process with them live. Hmm…

If you’re unfamiliar with the Sketch-A-Matic, here’s a bit of info about it: 


The idea is simple, but the technology behind it is VAST and COMPLICATED!

It works like this: 

  • The willing participant presses the big, red, impressive button
  • The machine SPRING TO LIFE whirring and gyrating and buzzing
  • When it finishes processing your individual, one of a kind sketch topic, you will hear a distinctive DING!
  • 2 topic cards are spit out of the machine and placed on the sketch generation matrix
  • The user may then choose to ad a multiplier card that will irrevocably alter the sketch in heretofore unimaginable ways!
  • The machine’s operator (known as: The Artist) begins generating the one of a kind sketch using pencils and pens and paper like some horribly out of date 2D printer

Basically I was getting a lot of similar sketch requests at conventions, OR I was getting  a lot of “I don’t know, draw whatever you want,” type requests, so I developed this system to ensure there was always a decisive sketch idea ready to go, and that no two sketches would ever be exactly the same. I’ve tested it out for the first time at Dragon’s Lair Webcomic Rampage in Austin and the results were incredibly amusing. Plus the whole process of “THE MACHINE” is pretty fun.


Emerald City Comicon 2015 Is Basically Right Now!

ECCC 2015 Booth Pic

Seattle Fancy Bastards need to know these things:

  • I will be at booth 110 with David Willis all weekend.
  • I will have lots of awesome prints, new and old, big and small (ask to see the big ones because they are in a book).
  • I will have the Sketch-A-Matic!
  • If you buy two prints, you get something free from THE MYSTERY BOX!
  • I will have some of my wife’s fantastically geeky jewelry!
  • There is a handy map to the booth here.
  • I have new flyers, and many of them have coupon codes to the HE online store. GRAB ONE!

As is our tradition, Seattle, you may present me with coffee, confections or tiny bottles of booze to receive my favor. Oh such favor upon thee will I bestow!

Emerald City Comicon 2014 Fancy Sketches

Oh sweet merciful crapbastards, Seattle, you are always so good to me. I am on an airplane (the kind in the sky) right now, so please enjoy these convention sketches in lieu of a comic update today. I had an amazing time with my wonderful friends and was, once again, showered with generosity from the Pacific Northwest Fancy Bastards.

If you would like to see some of what I was up to this weekend, please check my twitter feed for #ECCC and #ECCC2014.

See you next year, Emerald City!

Oh, and I ran out of most of my prints early on Sunday. If you weren’t able to get the HE print you wanted at the show, you can always get prints and posters in The HE Store



I guess I was only mostly dead. Far be it from me to complain about having the best job in the world, but sometimes the constant travel and convention weirdness does start to take its toll. Angela and I were in a pretty sad state last weekend at Emerald City Comicon, what with each of us having a cold, a cough, a soar throat and various headachings. She had some sweet Canadian cold meds that kept my corpse mostly ambulatory all weekend. I asked a guy at a Seattle pharmacy if we had them in the US and he got real wide eyed and backed away, all the while speaking in hushed, panicked tones into his sleeve. Seattle is a weird place.

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