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