November 16, 2015

Hi everyone! It’s “Action” Steve Conte here, back on the blog with another informative ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM update. As I mentioned in our previous post, I am now working on ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #7. This should make sense to longtime AFK fans who may have ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #1-6 in their collections, (along with ACTION ZOMBIE KINGDOM #1, and #2), and have been looking forward to AFK#7. Newer ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM fans, however, may be thinking… “There’s an ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #5 AND #6?”

Yes! Both AFK#5 and AFK#6 actually do exist (I’ve included pictures to prove it). Both issues, however, are completely sold-out, and there are no plans to reprint them in their current forms. The 16-page, ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #5 began an all-new AFK story arc entitled, “Blast From the Past,” in which Tommy’s dad gives Tommy the ACROBOT and SPARKINATOR action figures he had as a child, along with his old GOOD GUYS’ Flying Car. The story then continued into the 24-page, ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #6, in which ACROBOT and SPARKINATOR meet their “classic” counterparts. After the release of AFK #6 (which ended on a Christmas Eve cliffhanger), I put the “Blast from the Past” storyline on hold, so I could work on the 2-issue, ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM spin-off, ACTION ZOMBIE KINGDOM.

With ACTION ZOMBIE KINGDOM now complete, I am now back to work on “Blast From the Past.” However, instead of picking-up where I left off, I have decided to redo ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #5 (which I was never really very happy with in the first place). During my time working on ACTION ZOMBIE KINGDOM, I spent a lot of time brainstorming ideas on how to make AFK#5 better, and what I came up with is really cool. I don’t want to reveal too many of the details, but I am pretty excited to be working on it, and am moving pretty quickly.

I know, I know… I started this post saying I was working on AFK#7, and I just explained I am re-doing AFK#5 instead. What gives, right? Well, here’s the plan… in 2016, I will be re-issuing ACTION ZOMBIE KINGDOM #1 and #2, as the new ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #5, and #6 (making the original ACTION ZOMBIE KINGDOM issues highly collectible!). The old AFK#5 (which begins “Blast from the Past,” and which I am now re-doing) will be the new ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #7, and the old ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #6 will become ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #8.

AFK fans should be able to get their hands on both the new AFK#7, and the new AFK#8 in 2016 — Which reminds me… I better stop blogging and get back to the drawing board!

Thanks for reading! – Action Steve

August 31, 2015

It is slightly embarrassing writing this, when the last time I posted something was way back in March 2013! I had just arrived home from the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, and was recapping everything I had experienced there. In that blog I also mentioned a new project I was going to be working on called, “AZK.” Now — more than two years later —I’m back, and the 40-page, ACTION ZOMBIE KINGDOM, two-issue miniseries is literally “in the books.”

It is kind of neat coming back and reading a post saying, “I’m working on an idea,” when the idea is now a real thing — A comic book (actually two) that you can pick-up with your hands and read. But I really should have been updating the blog along the way. Especially when I put out the 16-Page ACTION ZOMBIE KINGDOM #1 back in May of 2014 — I can’t believe I never even did a blog post about that! #derp

Well, at least I did the important work of actually starting and finishing what I set out to do (which turned out to be a 40-page story). I really think ACTION ZOMBIE KINGDOM came out pretty much as good as I could have done it at my current level of craftsmanship. I worked on it very hard, and I am obsessed with many elements of my story. I hope my obsession translates to an enjoyable experience for anyone who reads it, and leaves everyone wanting even more AFK!

Now that ACTION ZOMBIE KINGDOM is finished (and available at FUNNYBOOKS, and here at our online store), I can get back to work on ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #7 — Although, it won’t be nearly the same AFK#7 it was going to be before I started ACTION ZOMBIE KINGDOM. I have a LOT of new ideas! Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading! – Action Steve

March 17, 2013

The main difficulty I have with ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM blogging is not what to write about, it’s what NOT to write about. The fact that I am moving in many directions at once (promoting the newly re-mastered AFK #1-4, Getting ready to print AFK#6, Working on my new story “AZK,” etc.) combined with my OCDesire to put things in linear order often prevent me from even getting started. But I guess you have to start somewhere and since I just returned from the Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) in Seattle, that seems like a good topic for this post (plus I have good pics).

Emerald City was a very BIG Comic Con and reminded me very much of NYCC. Most of the weekend was sold-out so it was very well attended. The people that run the show did an excellent job in every capacity. The venue layout was well planned and despite the crowds, it never seemed overly-crowded to me. Most major publishers were there and many smaller publishers were also represented. There were well-known comic book artists and writers everywhere you looked (I even saw Garth Ennis!), and there were lots of great vendors, amazing costumers and cosplayers, talented artisans and many self-publishers like myself. It’s very easy to get lost in — and even overwhelmed by — the abundance of things to see, do, photograph, and buy, and the three days went by very fast.

As for me, I set up my Artists’ Alley table (V13) with a welcoming spread of newly re-mastered and color-covered issues of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #1-4 and a portfolio of some recent AFK artwork and then sat in wait. I’m not gonna lie, with all that was going on it was difficult to get attention, but I did what I could to introduce as many people to ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM as possible over the three-day event. I was also able to talk to some publishers (which is something I was there to do). I can’t really say that I sold a lot of AFK comics at the Con, but I can definitely say that I had a great and fun time, and that I met a lot of good people (including my table-neighbors who were very nice) and I learned a LOT that I can apply to future Comic Con appearances (hopefully Baltimore in September will be next). I also was able to come up with some fresh ideas for the future development of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM.

Special thanks to my buddy, Chris who lives in Seattle with his great family, for helping to make my visit to the Pacific Northwest such a rewarding time. He is just a cool guy.

Check out some of my favorite ECCC Cosplayers below. And..Thanks for reading! – Action Steve

January 27, 2013

Hello ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM fans (and welcome all curious onlookers)! This is the All-New ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM blog (the old one crashed and could not be saved). The New AFK Blog is up and running just in time for a barrage of upcoming ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM announcements and comic book releases as I have been working in many-directions, Re-Mastering AFK#1-4, finishing work on AFK#6, getting ready to start penciling an exciting new ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM adventure (that I can only tell you will be abbreviated “AZK”) and preparing to take ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM to the Pacific Northwest and to Seattle’s great EMERALD CITY COMIC CON on March 1st. I am very stoked about all of the above and will let everyone know more as my blog continues. Thanks for reading! – Action Steve