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Movies Made Me podcast Episode 92: Alexander Hoffman

Hey guys! I made an appearance on the Movies Made Me podcast where I discuss movies that have made me the person I am today. If you haven’t listened to the podcast, Cheryl Jones asks each guest to name 5 movies that have influenced them to become who they are today and then to list 3 additional influences (movies or non-movies) that have also influenced them. I talk about my love for dystopian films and explain how some of my influences have influenced my cartooning career. Continue reading “Movies Made Me podcast Episode 92: Alexander Hoffman”

Free Comic Book Day 2017

Hey comic fans!  Today was Free Comic Book Day!  Hopefully you guys got a haul larger than mine.

#freecomicbookday was great! Had to get @skottieyoung’s I Hate Fairyland! #hadto #comics

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Some highlights include:

  • I Hate Image (free): Skottie Young’s I Hate Fairyland crossover into the Image Universe with parodies of Walking Dead, Savage Dragon and Spawn.
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:  I’m a huge fan of Troy Little’s Angora Napkin, so this was a no brainer to see his adaption of Hunter S. Thompson’s work.

Craftcation 2017: Flexing Underused Creativity Muscles

I attended the 2017 Craftcation Conference with my wife this weekend. While this was mostly to help her with hew new sewing business, there were some cool art workshops where I got to try out techniques I normally don’t use. Since I went 100% digital for cartooning back around 2010, I barely even pick up a pen or pencil unless at conventions. This helped me flex my creativity muscles and taught me new techniques too!  

Left-Handed Drawing

This exercise involved drawing with your non-dominant hand.  I decided to stick in my comfort zone and draw something scary.  I was actually fairly impressed at how clear it looks.  It also reminded me that drawing is not in the wrist, but the arm. Left handed drawing of Donald Trump Continue reading “Craftcation 2017: Flexing Underused Creativity Muscles”

Come see me at WonderCon 2017!

WonderCon in Anaheim, CA has consistently been my favorite convention of the year!  This year I’m lucky enough to have an Artist Alley table, so come say “hi!” It’s this weekend, March 31-April 2! I’ll be selling comic strip prints, greeting cards and signing copies of my book!  Come find me in Artist Alley D-54! It’ll be the most fun you’ve had in Anaheim…after Disneyland!

Pasadena Comic Con 2017

I’ll be exhibiting at Pasadena Comic Con this Sunday! I’ll be at table #B-7 and I’ll be selling copies of my new book, Dawn of Absurdity, along with comic prints and sketches! (I’ll draw any US President, even the ugly ones!) I will also be exhibiting with my wife who runs Nerdy Novelty Design and will be selling nerdy potholders and oven mitts!
If you’re in SoCal, come say hi! It will take your mind off Monday.

Long Beach Comic Con 2016

lbccposter I’ll be exhibiting at Long Beach Comic Con this weekend! I’ll be at Artist Alley table #A7 and I’ll be selling copies of my new book, Dawn of Absurdity, along with comic prints and sketches! (I’ll draw any US President, even the ugly ones!) I will also be selling my wife‘s nerdy potholders and oven mitts for those who want to avoid third degree burns in style! If you’re in SoCal, come say hi! We’ll trade some puns!

Comic Con Palm Springs 2016 Wrap Up

Whew!  Just got back from Comic Con Palm Springs.  My wife and I had such a great time.  Definitely a convention I’d love to do again. The crowd was terrific and I made a lot of great new contacts.  I saw some panels by other webcomic creators and learned a lot about kickstarters and podcasting.  I even did a quick interview with Cheryl of the Movies Made Me podcast. I’ll share it with you once it is available. My artist alley neighbor, Bobby Timony was awesome and drew a spot on Teal’c for my wife, who is a big Stargate fan. This was also the first con I sold my new book at, and the response was great!  Overall, an amazing con experience!

Comic Con Palm Springs

image Hey everyone!  I’m exhibiting at Comic Con Palm Springs with my wife who’s exhibiting under Nerdy Novelty Design!  If you’re stranded in the desert come say hi! We’re at table #A18.  I’ll be selling my new book Tales of Absurdity: The Dawn of Absurdity, along with greeting cards, prints and presidential sketches!

New Book Out!

Hey Absurdity fans! I have finally completed and published the first collection of Tales of Absurdity, titled The Dawn of Absurdity. It collects the first 100 comic strips, spanning the last 2 and half years. It includes the popular strips, “Evolution,” “Philosopher Secrets,” “The Future” and “Today in Fish News” Parts 1, 2 and 3. I’m so excited to start selling it at conventions! It’s currently available on my store and Amazon. IMG_0305

Happy New Year 2016!

newyear2016 Wow, the year is over! 2015 has been an amazing year for me. Tales of Absurdity really made some strides and it’s all thanks to the support of you readers! I very much appreciate the nice comments I’ve received as my comics have progressed. In 2015, I took that first step and exhibited in Artist Alley at WonderCon and Comikaze. There I got to meet some amazing fans who helped motivate me to keep doing what I’m doing. I also got to network with fellow artists and creators. It’s been a terrific learning experience and I hope to do more in 2016. I also got married this year! I’m very lucky to have such a supportive wife encouraging me to make the best comics I can. I don’t think I’d even be doing this if not for her support. I have a lot planned for 2016 and hope to share it with all of you! Here’s hoping you have a happy and safe new year! Thanks again, -Alex

Comikaze 2015

ComikazeTOA Hey Absurdites! I”ll be exhibiting at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo this weekend Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2015. If you’re in SoCal and sick of trick or treating, come by the LA Convention Center and say hi! I’ll be selling Tales of Absurdity prints, pun-derful greeting cards, buttons and live sketches of any U.S. President (even the ugly ones). I went to Comikaze last year and had a blast and randomly bumped into a bunch of coworkers. I’ll be at table N18 in Artists Alley, across from my good friend Binx who’s at O18. Check her stuff out! Hope to see you there!

Comics Squee Podcast Episode 41

Hey comics fans! I got the opportunity to be a guest panelist on the Comics Squee Podcast. I had a lot of fun talking comics with Chriss, John and Shelli. I got to talk about my love for Troy Little’s Angora Napkin series. I talked about the second book, but you can read the first book for free! Also check out other episodes of the Comics Squee Podcast if you want any ideas on what comics to check out next!

WonderCon 2015: Day One

WonderCon has been a blast so far! Today we set up my Artist Alley booth and our banners look great. If there’s one thing I learned today is that people love Star Trek…a lot! The highlight of my day was a couple from the San Fernando Valley (my home town) who both independently noted my bio in the WonderCon program, because I stated that I “Will draw any U.S. President (even the ugly ones)!” It was their first WonderCon, but they really “got” my comic and I even got to sketch President James K. Polk for them. Otherwise we got to meet a lot of nice people who left our table laughing after reading some of the comic prints and greeting cards we’re selling. If you’re attending WonderCon the rest of this weekend, come say “hi!” I’ll be at Artist Alley table #D-02.

WonderCon 2015

WonderconTOA Hello cartoon fans! I”ll be exhibiting at WonderCon 2015 on April 3-5, 2015.  If you’re a Southern California comic fan or just sick and tired of Disneyland, come by the Anaheim Convention Center to say hi!  I’ll be selling Tales of Absurdity prints, custom made greeting cards, buttons and live sketches of any U.S. President (even the ugly ones).  I’ve been going to WonderCon for the last two years and it’s by far my favorite convention to attend.  This will be my first time exhibiting at Artist Alley and I couldn’t imagine a better con to start with.  If you’ve never been, it’s a great one to start with!  I’ll be at table D-02 in Artists’ Alley. Hope to see you there!

The Origin of Coldwater Canyon

Over 10 years ago I came up with the idea for an Indiana Jones parody starring a moronic archeologist “Coldwater Canyon.”  I thought it would be hilarious to have all characters named after streets in the San Fernando Valley.  I decided to resurrect that idea for this week’s comic.  Below is the first comic I ever made with him.  I’ve come a long way from colored pencils. cwc1

UCLA Comic Workshop on October 15

Hey guys! Sorry there’s no comic this Sunday.  But I do want to announce that I will be leading a Comic Strip Making Workshop at UCLA on Wednesday October 15, 2014!  I co-led a comic making workshop last November at UCLA in conjunction with a performance of Intergalactic Nemesis.  This year’s workshop will be in conjunction with Art Spiegelman and Philip Johnson’s WORDLESS!, a performance that combines music and comics.  I’m glad to be asked back and I’m excited to see Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer award winning cartoonist known for the graphic novel, Maus.  I remember reading Maus for a history class at UCLA and being blown away by it’s symbolism, effective story telling and learning that comics could be taken seriously as a medium.  As you can see, I haven’t quite learned that lesson yet.

If anyone’s interested and in the Los Angeles area, come say hi at my workshop and enjoy a cool hybrid of music and art by Art Spiegelman and Philip Johnson!

Wednesday October 15, 2014

6:30 PM Royce Hall’s West Lobby

at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA 90095

The Absurdity of Names

This week’s comic explores the absurdity of names.  Names represent our identity, but what happens when you are stuck with an unfortunate name that results in snickers and ridicule?  I remember in middle school there was a girl in my gym class who had the unfortunate last name of “Zass.”  While by itself it’s perfectly fine, coupled with a first name, it becomes the butt of jokes (pun intended).  “Rita Zass?  Is Rita Zass here? Has anyone seen Rita Zass?”  Years later at the Price is Right, I met  number of people with names ranging from Free Spirit Joseph to Remington Steele. What’s the most absurd name you’ve come across?