News has just broken that I'll be attending Auto Assembly 2014! I figured now is as good a time as any to clue in readers as to my 2014 dance card.
I just got back from Trans 4 Market, a Japanese convention dedicated to IDW comics and Dōjinshi, Japanese fan-made comics. We had a terrific crowd, and it was very gratifying and humbling to me to encounter the kindness and enthusiasm of so many Japanese fans for the first time. Livio Ramondelli and Andrew Griffith were there as well, and we all had an amazing time. I posted literally hundreds of photos from this trip on my facebook account, so if you're not already following me there, I recommend that you do. (Plus you'll get inundated with pictures of James Magnus, currently a 6.5 month old cutie.)
Next up, we've got a store signing at Emerald Knights. Wednesday, June 18th, at 7:00 PM in Burbank. We'll be signing whatever you bring us, naturally, but the focus for me is going to be Legacy (assuming it's out) and The Art of Prime. My intrepid partner (see what I did there? Because he used to... nevermind.) Bill Forster will be there, as will the senior artists on the Prime show.
Christophe Vacher - VFX Director
David Hartman - Supervising Director/Art Director
Vince Toyama - Production Design
Jose Lopez - Art Director/Characters&Props
Also joining us will be artists Livio Ramondeli and Ken Christiansen, and voice actors Josh Keaton & Kevin Michael Richardson. Our last few signings there were great, lots of folks showed up but we still had time for lots of one-on-one time with the fans.
And just a couple of days later I'll be at BotCon. Bill and I may be sharing a table, or I may just be walking around. Either way, not TOO many folks will be sporting a cowboy hat, so if you're in town and want to say hi or get some books signed just keep an eye out. I'll be in most panel rooms for at least part of the time grabbing some photos for my annual BotCon Retrospective for the Collectors' Club. It'll be in Pasadena, June 19-22, and it's shaping up to be a fantastic year. DevCon alone is proabably worth the price of admission. The guests will be far too numerous to list, so instead I'll say that if you're on the fence about going, just take the plunge. You won't regret it.
Auto Assembly! I've attended, what, three of these cons in the past and I always have a blast. The show is good, but the after-hours scene just can't be beat. It's so relaxed, casual, fun, good energy, good beverages, just an overall great time. Everyone is welcome, everyone is friendly, and you WILL walk away from this show with new friends. I'm thrilled that I'm able to attend again this year and hope to see all my friends and fans in the United Kingdom.
That's it for the foreseeable future. It's hard to get away with wee baby James, but I hope to see many of you in the next few months.