FanExpo Toronto 2018 – Spotlight on Greg Capullo

FAN EXPO Canada is the largest Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in Canada and the 3rd largest Pop Culture event in North America.

Celebrating its 24th year, FAN EXPO Canada has grown from a small comic book convention attracting 1,500 fans into a multi-faceted, 4-day citywide event that attracts over 129,000 people from around the world.

Gregory “Greg” Capullo is an American comic book artist and penciller, best known for his work on Quasar, X-Force, Angela, Spawn and Batman. Greg Capullo also published his own creator-owned comic, The Creech, published through Image Comics. These were two three-issue miniseries.

FanExpo: https://www.fanexpocanada.com/en/about-us/about-us.html

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The Artist Project – Toronto – February 22, 2018 – Part 3

From collectors and curators, to gallerists and designers, visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 250 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. This is a unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from artists at Toronto’s favourite art fair.

Website: http://www.theartistproject.com/

Location: Better Living Center, Exhibition Place, Toronto

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So You Want to be a Writer?

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I can’t take credit for this list, it’s courtesy of Matt Hawkins at Top Cow Productions Inc. Link here: https://topcow.com/

I have, however, made a few edits to the list as I think this is relevant to most if not all writers and types of writing.

So, you want to be a comics pro? If you’re interested in becoming a professional writer here are a few things to consider in order to make sure that this is the right move for you:

1) For the most part, writing is a solitary experience and you can expect long periods of isolation while doing the creative work;

2) Most writers have editors and they also do work-for-hire, which means you will be forced to change your creation in ways that you may not like. You’ll need to find a way embrace and work past this disagreement in order to complete the piece (and get paid);

3) You’ll need to learn self-marketing in order to sell yourself (and your work); publishing companies market characters/titles for the most part, however you’ll need to market yourself. And yes, driving 4 hours to a book signing where 3 people show up is no fun, but it’s happened to everyone.

4) Unless you have a day job, you need to have enough savings to cover your living expenses for 6 to 12 months. Freelance writing jobs aren’t always readily available, so don’t become too comfortable in your current economic status. There are countless freelancers who went from making 60-80k a year to 20k the next.

5) You have to become comfortable talking to people and selling yourself and your stories at cons. Unless you’re on a name brand book it won’t sell itself.

6) Either have something to say or don’t say anything at all. Social media is a bitch, so either have a message and stick to it which can help build you a following (and potentially alienate others) or don’t discuss controversial things at all. If you aren’t comfortable and good at it, don’t do it.

 

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Photography Practice Awakens

 

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I’m not a Star Wars fan, so not sure why I chose that title.

My first photography session with a model actually produced some good results, for a beginner. I was a little loathe to post these anywhere because they are very amateur-ish, both from me and the model. I’m only using standard angles for the photo, and the model is providing some pretty basic poses. This is not a problem in and of itself, because I’m looking for two things at this stage: a clear photo and a straight horizontal line (the subject is in the right spot in the photo). I ran these two photos through Lightroom using my B&W preset, which I tweaked a bit, and the cropped them so that they were IG friendly and voilà, they came out okay. I’ll chalk it up as win.

I’ve posted these to IG and may take them down, but let’s see what kind of attention I get…..

Kitty (5)

Kitty (4)

For completeness sake, here are the shot details:

Nikon D3400 – f/4 – 1/250 sec – ISO-800 – Max Ap 4

 

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The Return of Photography Practice

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I was warned that this would happen – the first 10,000 photos will be crap, or actually a better way to look at it is this: it’s a learning experience and each photo I take brings me closer to competence and being able to take some really awesome shots. So, I should focus on enjoying the journey and not get too caught up in the missteps along the way. In other words, 1,000 photos down and 9,000 photos to go.

My photo session yesterday was disastrous, not even Lightroom could save the pictures I took. There was one that I was able to salvage in LR and I thought it looked passable, but when I tried to upload it to Instagram, it fell apart. It lost its integrity and was no longer a clear photo. I’ll post it below just for completeness sake, but I think I’d rather just put the whole session behind me.

I’d like to think that last week’s good session was more than just luck, and maybe I just had an off week. Lessons learned: LR will solve all manner of sin, but if the photo isn’t clear then there is no saving it, and I need to re-review the lesson on ISO as I think that’s what really tripped me up.

Anyway, upwards and onwards……..

Updated LR Church of The Redeemer Pic (1 of 1)

 

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Lightroom Practice

Updated LR ROM Pic (2 of 1)

Lightroom practice. Properly ran it through LR this time using my own B&W preset which I created for use with portraits. Did some minor spot clarity adjustments on the windows and ROM sign to make them clearer. Proper cropping this time. I think it looks a little straighter.

I did a bunch of LR tutorials and guess what? I have a bad memory. Or at the very least I need to keep this information on hand so I can refer to it when I need it, which is not unexpected at this stage of the game.

Nikon D3400 – F-stop: f/5.6 – Exposure time: 1/30 sec – ISO: 6400 – Focal length: 29mm – Max aperture: 4.1

 

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Horoscope

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“Reflection isn’t really a passive process; it’s an act that requires bravery and humility. This week, it’s time for you to be honest with yourself, Libra. You’ve been running your life in certain ways that are no longer working, and it’s important that you don’t wait until your hand is forced before you make changes. Show up and strive to be decisive — what you chose now isn’t written in stone, but it is important for your future. Do what needs to be done, my love.”

I am honestly not a big fan of Horoscopes and always view them with a certain degree of scepticism. I mean, the person that wrote this doesn’t know me at all, or my situation, so how could they possibly be in a position to dispense advice?

But, somewhere inside of me I want it to be real. Perhaps I’m looking for some direction, some advice on what to do next (realising that this is the antithesis of the advice provided above). I very cynically read these things after the fact just to see if they’re accurate, and dammit, there is always a kernel of truth to them, or the advice provided is very timely and dovetails quite nicely with current personal events.

And that’s where I currently find myself. I’m going through another period of change, and then this very timely piece of advice presents itself. I’ve been telling myself the exact same thing for some time now: if I don’t make my own choices, then life will make those choices for me. In other words, I need to get in front of it and be more proactive instead of reactive.

Given my current state of play, I knew this was coming down the pipe. I knew that the situation was not sustainable and that I’d have to move onto The Next Thing sooner or later. I was really hoping that it would be later, but all things being equal, now’s the best time to make a change because I think I’ve gleaned all of the value possible from this latest period (stage? phase?).

So, I’m a little late. I stayed at the party just a little bit too long, but I still have options. Now I just need to make a choice and move forward……….

 

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