FallCon Is This Saturday!


This Saturday (October 5) is FallCon, one of the largest comic book conventions in Minnesota. It’s a really fun party with tons of talented artists gathered under one roof along with hundreds of terrific fanboys (and girls).

As usual I’ll be there. This time instead of just displaying my artwork and schmoozing I’ll also be taking pre-orders for the Pose Drawing Sparkbook, my upcoming workbook for artists that was recently successfully funded on Kickstarter. In fact, as I write this I’m holed up in a friend’s cabin where I can work on finishing the book free from interruptions and distractions.

FallCon happens Saturday, October 5 from 10am-4pm in the Education Building of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Admission is $8, children 9 and under get in free. Save $1 off of your ticket by bringing a canned food shelf donation. Parking is free and there are free grab bags for the first 500 attendees. See you there!

Upcoming Events for Twin Cities Cartoonists

This weekend there will be a lot of neat goings-on for Minnesota comic book and cartoon fans.



For starters, the North Central Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society will be holding it’s annual get-together here in Minneapolis. As part of the event, NCS president and local illustrator Tom Richmond has put together a special event for the public on Friday, October 14. Things kick off at 6:30pm when cartoonist Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) will give a public lecture about his work. Then at 7:30pm there will be a panel discussion with Q&A featuring several professional cartoonists from around the Midwest. Both events will take place at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Auditorium 150.




Then on Saturday October 15, comic book creators and fans from all over the Midwest and beyond will be gathering at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for FallCon, Minnesota’s annual fall comic book convention. As usual I’ll have a table so stop by and say hi. The National Cartoonists Society will also have a table so you’ll have a rare opportunity to meet several professional cartoonists from around the region.


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Finally, while you’re at FallCon MAD Magazine’s Tom Richmond will be selling copies of his brand new book The MAD Art of Caricature, hot off the presses. My copy hasn’t arrived in the mail yet but from everything I’ve seen it looks like it will be one very thorough, very helpful book. Tom’s been leaking snippets here and there on his blog, and you can tell from the above video that it’s no lightweight volume. There’s a zillion “how to draw” books out there, thankfully it looks like this one will rise well above the norm. Tom has a reputation for not cutting corners and this looks like a top-notch effort. If you can’t make it to FallCon you can order copies of the book here.