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Life can give you some ups and downs, but sometimes it gives you such a roller coaster in a single week, that you don’t know if you’ll ever be able to see straight again.

Last week started off AMAZINGLY, with the birth of my obnoxiously adorable son, William, on Sunday. Both he and his mom did an awesome job at the whole childbirth thing, and they’re both still doing great.
On Tuesday I was a guest on the live comic book talk show, Comic Book Club, alongside Fabian Nicieza and Jordan White, to talk about our new Deadpool & Cable project, and discuss how wild it is to see so many Super Bowl commercials littered with superheroes we’ve been working on for years, and reading about for years longer.
On Thursday I went to see the Deadpool movie with Fabian and Jordan, along with Heather Antos, Manny Smith and some friends, and was blown away by how great a job Ryan Reynolds and Co did, and how true it was to the spirit of the source material. I was also psyched to see Bob make an appearance, which puts me in the rare (but quickly growing!) group of comic authors who have seen characters they’ve created show up on the big screen. 
Saturday also had a great start, with a signing at East Side Mags with my friend and frequent collaborator Fred Van Lente.

But then came Saturday night. 
On Saturday night in Hoboken, a fire started a few buildings down the street from us, and quickly spread. My wife Shawna and I grabbed the baby and got out of the house, and watched from across the street as the fire moved from one building to the next, and came roaring out of the windows of the apartment directly next to ours. When smoke started coming from the roof of our building, we left for my grandmother’s house in Montclair. 
Thankfully, all the inhabitants of the buildings effected by the fire are safe and accounted for.

As luck would have it, the flames themselves had little direct effect on our building, thanks to the hard work of the Hoboken Fire Department on the coldest night of the year, as well as my landlord’s foresight in installing a firewall between the buildings. However, yesterday we learned that because of the firefighters doing their thing, and the amount of smoke that got into our apartment, there will be months of renovation to fix everything and repair the smoke and water damage in the building, particularly our apartment, which was on the top floor where the fire was the strongest. Almost all of our belongings were saturated in smoke, and although some things can be cleaned, a lot of things can’t be, like most of our clothes, books, and anything that belongs to the baby. It’s not healthy to have a newborn in contact with that kind of third-hand smoke.
Honestly, when I saw the fire burning only feet away from our own apartment, I’d written the whole place off, so anything that we can recover I count as a blessing. Shawna and Will are safe, and that’s the most important thing.

Insurance will help us out a bit, but not enough to cover everything that needs to be cleaned, everything that needs to be replaced, as well as the moving expenses. I’m confident that we’ll figure something out one way or the other, but for the people who have asked how they can help, I’ll humbly direct you toward my art dealer’s site,www.AnthonysComicBookArt.com/artistgalleryroom.asp?artistid=1172 – a few extra sales there could go a long way. Also, I have a number of comic conventions and appearances coming up this year, and if you have a mind to get a commission from me, contact me through my website, www.ReillyBrownArt.com , with the name of the convention and the word “commission” in the subject line and I’ll put you on a reserved commission list. The money from those commissions will mean more to me now than they will at the time of the show. 
Also, I started an online Gumroad store, where I’ll be selling my convention sketchbooks, SKETCHES: THE ART OF REILLY BROWN vol 1 and 2, as downloadable PDFs for whatever price you wish to pay. Even if it’s just a dollar, every little bit will help. 
gumroad.com/reillybrown

Thanks everyone, I appreciate your support now, as I have over the years. One way or another, I’m sure everything will work out for the best.

A lot of people have been asking me what conventions I'll be attending, so here's my list of confirmed appearances for the first half of 2016--

Saturday, March 5th, I’ll be at Big Apple Comic Con in NY from 10-6pm.
Sunday, April 3rd, I’ll be at Comic Art Con in Secaucus, NJ. from 10-4:30pm. 
Jun 17-19 I’ll be attending Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC.  
June 25-26, I’ll be at Massive Comic Con in Worcester, MA
July 20-24, I’ll be returning to San Diego Comic Con once again!

A few things may change and new events might pop up, and of course there will be more appearances in the second half of the year.  I'll update you as things develop.

--Reilly


For all you UK folks out there, I'll be headed to the Brighton Film and Comic Expo this weekend!
www.filmandcomicconbrighton.co…
I'll be doing my usual commissions, and selling my prints and sketchbooks, and the con is even producing a new limited edition sketchbook just for the show!  Come on down and hang out, and someone explain this whole Cricket thing to me!
I've got some comic conventions coming up in the next month, and if you guys are going to be there, it would be great to meet you!

I'll be attending NYCC on October 8-11  www.newyorkcomiccon.com/ You'll be able to find me in Artist Alley at table K9.

I'll also be attending Brighton Film and Comic Con in the UK for the first time ever this year, on November 7th and 8th.  www.filmandcomicconbrighton.co… I can't wait to check out your amazing country!  I think I heard you guys have some pubs?

I'll be doing commissions as usual, and if anyone wants to reserve a spot on my sketch list beforehand, feel free to e-mail me through my website here-- www.reillybrownart.com/contact… Make sure to include the name of the con in the subject line.
I've also got a brand new convention sketchbook to show, so come by the table and say hi!

Sketches Vol 2 by ReillyBrown
Packing my bags for SDCC, which begins TOMORROW! 
What up San Diego?  I will be in you in a matter of hours! 
Anyone else going?  Come by my table in Artist's Alley at table EE-06
Doing sketches, signing books, you know the drill by now.
See you there!
Just so you guys know, I'll be attending Hero's Con in Charlotte later this month.  I'll be selling comics, prints and commissions.  Actually, if you want to set up a commission before hand, send me a DM here and maybe we can work something out.  My commission rates are $50 for a head, $120 for a 1/2 figure, and $220 for a full figure.

Also, I've got a new website here, check it out-- www.reillybrownart.com/
It's also a good way to get in touch with me.
Just a reminder to let you guys know that I will be in Chicago at C2E2 later this month, on April 24-26!
Look for me in Artist's Alley, at table N10.
I always have an awesome time at C2E2, so I hope you guys will be able to come out and join me!
For more info, check their site-- www.c2e2.com/
Getting excited for @PlanetComicon in Kansas City this weekend!  I’m going to try to get a sketch list together before the show, so if you’re interested in a personal commission from me, let me know now! 
I usually can do about 15 commissions per convention, so I’ll cap the list there for now, and if I have time I’ll pick up more at the show. 
You can get in touch with me through the contact page on the Ten Ton Studios website here
You can pay via Paypal up front (I’ll send you that info in an email reply), or pay me when you see me at the con.  One thing to note, though, is that I will not start on the artwork until the payment’s gone through (been burned by not doing that before!), so if you contact me online and want to pay when you see me, just be aware that I won’t have the piece finished and waiting for you right away. 
The prices will be $50 for a head, $120 for a half figure, and $220 for a full figure. 
If those prices are too high for you, or I’m too booked up to get to you, worry not!  I’ll also have sketchbooks and prints, as well as some original pages from Lobo on hand, so everyone should be able to get some artwork and a signature from me!

See you guys there!
"There is no payment to artists for artwork used in the Capcom Fighting Tribute book. All selected artwork becomes the property of Capcom."

So it says in the Udon Capcom Tribute Book rules for entry--
capcomfightingtribute.com/subm…

Shockingly similar situation to the journal entry I posted about recently about people contacting me about using my work for free isn't it?
  BullshitSometimes people try to pull some shit that is so shady it hurts my brain.
I was recently contacted by an online retailer who wanted to "promote" my artwork by putting it on their products that they sell, such as tee-shirts, prints, and who knows what else.  People, by no stretch of the imagination is this promotion, this is straight up asking to use my work for free as if they're providing some sort of service to me.  This is exactly the sort of thing that I would normally sell my artwork for, which is how I make my income. 
To any young artists out there, please don't ever fall for some crap like this.  From looking at his website, it looks like no one has fallen for it yet, but I've seen other, similar, predatory business models that have successfully exploited artists.  When you make artwork you put in time and labor, and you should never give that away for free, especially not to people who are trying to make money for themselves, but aren't willing to sha
 

If this were a "contest" that was only open to students, or amateur artists, this would be fine.  Those are people still trying to get their feet off the ground, and it's a rare chance to get their work into the world.  However, once you allow professionals into the mix, you're limiting the amateurs chances of getting the opportunity, and you're treating professionals as if they're not professionals.

I truly believe that no professional should take a job where the payment is the "privileged" of doing the work.  
Please refer to one of my favorite sites on the entire vast internet-- shouldiworkforfree.com/
If Udon is your mom, obviously that changes things, but otherwise...

I'm a professional, I get treated like a professional, paid like a professional or I don't do the job.
All this really is is an attempt to get free content (that they will own forever) for a high-priced product.
I know what you're thinking-- "but I love Capcom games!  Even though I'm a professional working on another property, I want to draw a Capcom character too!"
Well shit, bro, I love Capcom too, and I'll tell you, nothing's stopping me from drawing those characters all damn day if I wanted to.  But I'm not going to give those drawings-- that time and labor-- to a company who plans on making money off of them FOR FREE.  Until I give them that art, I still own that art and can do whatever I wish with it, or at least whatever I'm able to with characters that I don't own the trademark for, such as put it on my website, which the rules for this "contest" bans.

You may also be thinking "but what about Spectrum?  That's a highly respected publication each year, and they don't pay their artists for content, in fact you actually have to pay an entrance fee!" The difference, my friend, is that Spectrum is an art contest where they actually give out awards for excellence, they accept previously published work, they don't expect exclusive publication rights, and most importantly of all, they don't claim ownership over those entries.  Oh, and also, the books don't cost $80.
Now, if Udon gave out awards for "who can draw the best M. Bison" or whatever, well shit, that changes everything.  It might be worth something to walk away after winning the 2015 M. Bison award.  
Until then, unless Udon is your mom, have more respect for your profession. 
Sometimes people try to pull some shit that is so shady it hurts my brain.
I was recently contacted by an online retailer who wanted to "promote" my artwork by putting it on their products that they sell, such as tee-shirts, prints, and who knows what else.  People, by no stretch of the imagination is this promotion, this is straight up asking to use my work for free as if they're providing some sort of service to me.  This is exactly the sort of thing that I would normally sell my artwork for, which is how I make my income. 
To any young artists out there, please don't ever fall for some crap like this.  From looking at his website, it looks like no one has fallen for it yet, but I've seen other, similar, predatory business models that have successfully exploited artists.  When you make artwork you put in time and labor, and you should never give that away for free, especially not to people who are trying to make money for themselves, but aren't willing to share it with you. 
That's bullshit.
Always remember: Artists die of exposure.   
Hey guys, I've got a couple of signing coming up. 
This Saturday, October 25th, I'll be appearing over at JHU in Staten Island to sign Lobo and Deadpool Dracula's Gauntlet for their Halloween Comicfest.  I'll be there from 2-4pm.
For more info on that, check out the FB page here-- www.facebook.com/events/720865…

Then, on November 8th, I'll be in my hometown Montclair, NJ signing at East Side Mags from 1-3 pm.  You can check them out here-- www.eastsidemags.com/

See you guys there!
My next couple of conventions will be the Baltimore Comic Con in September, where I'll be sitting with Dean Haspiel, and the New York Comic Con in October, where I'll be in Artist's Alley.  Hope to see you there!

The RB SDCC FAQ

I've got a lot going on at SDCC this week, for anyone trying to keep up, here's where you'll be able to find me at the show--

Wednesday-- I'll be setting up in Artist Alley at table EE-20.  Come see me early before the con gets too crazy (and before my sketch list fills up again!).  This will be my home base when I'm not at another event.
Thursday: 12-1pm I'll be signing at the Marvel booth.  Come see me there! 

Friday:  10-11am  I'll be signing at the Marvel booth.

Also on Friday, at 3pm is the Deadpool Cosplay Meetup, where Gerry, Brian, Jordan, myself and a bunch of other Deadpool vets will be hanging out, and taking a big group shot with all the Deadpools, Bobs, and Shiklah's out there.  Cable's are also welcome! 
For more info, check Gerry's post here.

Saturday: 4-5pm I'll be on the panel Creative Dynamic: The Freelancer’s Guide to Building Great Business Relationships, in room 30CDE
Hosted by Andy Schmidt of Comics Experience, we'll be talking about networking and living the freelance lifestyle.

Sunday:  11am-12pm Creating Comics the ComiXology Way, in room 24ABC.  We'll be talking about making comics that take advantage of the digital format.  I think this is my first Comixology panel since DP: The Gauntlet came out, so I'm sure there will be new stuff to talk about since last time!

All other times I'll be at my table in Artist Alley, EE-20.  Find me there!


For anyone out there who's interested in learning the ropes to become a comic book artist, this August and September I'll be teaching an Intro to Comic Book Art course at Andy Schmidt's Comics Experience.  The classes are Monday nights, from 9-11pm.  It's online, so no matter where you are in the world, you can tune in.
Click here for more info!
It was revealed at C2E2 that this July the print version of the digital Deadpool: The Gauntlet will be hitting store shelves WEEKLY this July!  So all of you guys who were holding out for a print version can finally get your grubby little paws all over it, like I know that you like to do!
It's the same great story and art by Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, Jim Charalampidis and myself, but adapted for print.
Learn more about the series here-- marvel.com/news/comics/2014/4/…
April 24-27th-- meet me there! 
I've never been to a comic convention in Canada, so I'm pretty psyched for this one.  If you're from the Great White North, stop on by!
www.calgaryexpo.com/
On Tuesday, April 15th at 9pm EST, I’ll be doing a live discussion for the Comics Experience Creator’s Workshop about my work in digital comics on stories such as Deadpool: The Gauntlet and Power Play, and some of the nuts and bolts of sequential storytelling using digital media.

The discussion is for Creators Workshop members only, but it’s a great community of very talented people, and offers some great classes by comics industry pros, so if you’ve thought about joining in the past, now’s a good time to take a look at what they offer— www.comicsexperience.com/works…

Hope to see you guys there!

Here's a list of the cons I'm confirmed for so far in 2014--

Tidewater Comic Con-- April 12, Virginia Beach, VA

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo-- April 24-27, Calgary, Canada

Motor City Comic Con-- May 16-18, Detroit, MI

NYCC Special Edition-- On June 14-15, New York, NY

SDCC-- July 24-27, San Diego, CA

NYCC-- October 9-12, New York, NY

And more as well!
I'll update the list as the year goes, so check back here if you're curious.
Look for me in artist's alley, and hopefully I'll see you there!
Sorry I haven't been updating much lately, guys, but ever since DA upgraded their site design, I've been having a lot of trouble uploading any images.  Most times I try I get this message--
"Error uploading file: deviantART: 500 Internal Server Error"
Sometimes it works, but usually it doesn't.
Anyone have any recommendations on how to avoid this issue?

In the meantime, you can always catch my art updates at my Tumblr blog-- reillybrown.tumblr.com/

POWER PLAY is still on sale!  Get the first four episodes for half price while you can! 


If you’ve been enjoying my work on DEADPOOL: THE GAUNTLET, with Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, I bet you’ll like this series too, since it’s were I first started playing around with the digital storytelling techniques that I’ve been using in that series.  Also it’s full of the humor and action that fans of Deadpool will likely enjoy. 

So check it out!  Half price!  Can’t beat that!