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Comic Book Conventions – Photos From The Year So Far & A Write Up On The Indypendent Show!

I’ve been to a couple of comic book conventions, and plan to be at a couple more. I especially want to share a quick review of the show I was at this past weekend:

The Indypendent Show

The Indypendent show was honestly a bit of a surprise for me. Due to crazy schedules and having a spread out creative team on Henchmen, I quite frankly wasn’t sure if going to a show focussed on local talent and independent publishers would be very fruitful or honestly very fun.

I was very happy that I was completely wrong. I met some flat-out amazingly talented people at the show, both attending and exhibiting, and got to share the comic creative and business process with my son, who was able to sell some of his original artwork and in turn buy artwork from some of the most patient, passionate, and caring folks I’d met in a long time. He learned a lot, and I learned a lot.

The format and size of the show was perfect for a one day event  – nice and relaxed and time to actually talk to people! As a bonus, my son was able to get this awesome one page comic from Trae Dorn, Jackie Crofts, Lee Cherolis, G. Pike, and yours truly!

As you might imagine, super heroes are a thing at my house:

Here is a quick recap of the year so far in photos!

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Comics, Games, Geekery, and Cool Stuff Coming At You!

It has been way too long since I’ve told the fine folks that read this site/get my emails about some of the super-cool, super-geeky stuff I’ve been up to.

Henchmen PhotosHenchmen

So, the last Henchmen update I posted to my few but loyal BrianWyrick.com readers was way back in May, promoting the fact we were giving away a free digital preview of the book on free comic book day. A proper update is way overdue, so I am giving friends and family a quick “exclusive” update.

Henchmen had a very successful launch at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con in August of last year. It was pretty great to meet some of our KickStarter backers, and to share booth space with Dave Dorman, as well as bring the book to some new fans. We continue to offer the digital copy of the first issue for free from HenchmenComic.com and we would love it if you continue to send you friends that way if they’d like to get a copy.

Ryan, Jamison, and I are well into the second Henchmen story. We took a bit of a break over the holidays and dropped a three-part Henchmen holiday strip that was a lot of fun as well. Recently our submission of Henchmen to Diamond Comics was accepted, and our KickStarter-backed first issue will be available for retailers everywhere to order from the March issue of Previews, with the next five issues following this summer.

Please be sure to follow Henchmen on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for email updates if you haven’t already.

We promise to be awesome.

heroesHeroes Wanted 

I’m pretty excited to be working on a board game this year – after launching Henchmen, I began talking with some old friends about a table top card and strategy game they were developing with a super hero theme. Our worlds began to collide, and we will be launching a new KickStarter campaign in a few weeks for Heroes Wanted. It’s a great game with an amazing concept and it’s just plain fun to play.

It’s been really interesting to learn about the board game industry and work on a larger scale manufacturing project. The designers and team behind the game have been working on this for well over a year, play testing at GenCon, Board Game Geek Con, and at countless meet ups, and it is truly a finalized, awesome game. We just wrapped up our first round of video shoots for the KickStarter project, and they also look amazing.

I’ll be updating again soon with videos and details – expect to see some familiar characters here and there!

The project launches soon – be sure to like Heroes Wanted and Action Phase Games on Facebook, sign up for email updates, and follow Action Phase on Twitter.

 

 

 

Until we meet again, internet.

My 2013 in Photos, Part One of a Few

It has become a bit of a custom every New Years eve that I succumb to some sort of ridiculous notion that I need to recap the year, followed by a mediocre resolution to blog more. It usually stems from WordPress’s annual report that I get, serving as an annual reminder of how little traffic I get over here. This year was a little different. First, we had people over for New Years, and secondly, 2013 was a cacophony of awesome that I’ve had a hard time condensing. So, for the next few posts, I will indulge my desire to showcase my year in photos, starting with this massive Instagram recap of the general awesomeness that I experienced in recreation.  I’ll be sharing a some rock show photos and general geekery as well, so stay tuned.

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Lego X-Wing Time Lapse

My 7-year-old son and I put together the LEGO X-Wing, and made a time-lapse with my GoPro Hero 2. The music is “Right Left Right” from the album “Wildfire” by Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, a great band from Atlanta. I’ve been fortunate enough to see them a few times, and they were gracious enough to let us use their song. Like them on Facebook at facebook.com/todaythemoon.

This was a really great project. Looking back I wish I would have paid better attention to my camera placement, but that this project was meant to be a learning experience. It was quick and also my first experience using Adobe Premiere in quite a long time.

Thanks again to Today the Moon Tomorrow the Sun for use of the song – it fit exactly and goes along with the video quite nicely.

LEGO Board Games are AWESOME.

Micro-figs

For some unknown reason, I have always thought that the LEGO board games looked extremely lame. I’d see them at the LEGO store, on Amazon, or on LEGO’s website and always burn past them. I wish I knew why. Maybe it was the feeling that they were obvious attempts at a new product hoping to suck more dollars out of an already dedicated consumer, or perhaps they just didn’t look sophisticated or fun enough. Whatever the reason, I never jumped to purchase one.

This past Christmas my son received LEGO® Pirate Plank as a gift. After school started back up and things were back to normal, we decided to set the game up and get going. After building the Pirate ship and learning the rules, we played a couple of games. Before you knew it we had invited Mom into the game as well and much fun was had by all. I left the table feeling interested, if not totally converted into a LEGO board game advocate.

Fast forward a month or so and I find myself at Go! Games in Indianapolis’s Circle Center Mall. Everything was half off, and low and behold, I find a few copies of LEGO Minotaurus in the corner. I felt a bit bummed that it wasn’t the Harry Potter game or something more exciting, but I picked it up regardless.

A few days later we set it up, and again, this is an amazing game that is insanely fun to play. This one is getting the crap played out of it at my house right now. This past weekend we made some new rules to the game and stayed up late playing.

I’ve been debating writing a couple of more detailed reviews and walk-throughs of the games. Let me know in the comments if you’d be interested!