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I'm at Comikaze Expo comikazeexpo.com in DT LA Artist Alley table 1412. Lots of prints and comics. I'll be sketching and doing commissions come by and say hi! 
As most of you know I started my comic Emerald City Blues at a 24 hour comic challenge event a couple years back. This weekend I'm going to attempt to finish it at another! I'll be at The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach this Saturday 10/4 from 4pm till issue 4 is done (or I fall down from exhaustion). If you've ever wanted to be part of making a comic book come on down and help me fill in the blacks, clean up pages and maybe ink some backgrounds. I'll have some ECB prints with me as well.

The Comic Bug website: www.thecomicbug.com/
Spent last weekend in Houston for the Amazing Comic Con show. I had a fantastic time! I met lots of people who follow my work and introduced it to many others.

Finally focusing on finishing Issue #4 of ECB Emerald City Blues. Beginning to think it may take a 5th issue to wrap it up. It's taken forever to finish it mostly because I keep thinking up new ideas that I want to add to it. I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has read and supported it by buying issues of it. ECB had some to represent a transitional time in my creative development and I have enjoyed sharing it with everyone one Deviant Art.

I'm hoping to get it done by this year's Long Beach Comic Con.

Here is a link to the first issue of ECB: komickarl.deviantart.com/galle…


More Soon!

Karl
This weekend I'll be at Las Vegas Comic Con. www.amazinglasvegascomiccon.co…
I'll be at table T41. I'll be doing sketches, signing and I'll have copies of Me2!

-K
Had a great time celebrating Free Comic Book Day at Phat Collectibles in Huntington Beach. I went HAM and drew free sketches from 10-5:00. Everybody was super patient and had great energy. Thanks to everyone who picked up copies of Me2 at the event. Shout out to the great staff at Phat Collectibles and my fellow creators who brought their talent to the event. Good times.
Had a very successful Wonder Con this past weekend. I did a bunch of commissions and sketch covers as well as debuting the first issue of Me2. Fantastic response to Me2 and I sold out of the first issue of ECB again. So much support for indie comics at conventions. It sometimes feels like there are two comic industries. The comic book store reality and the comic convention reality. As much as I love comic stores it's difficult to get new product into them with the current business model. It's been discussed again and again that comic stores don't attract younger or female readers. It's the exact opposite at comic conventions. This more diversified audience wants more variety in their content and it shows in what they support at the shows.

I have received my first batch of Me2 books and I am filling pre orders today. If you want to get your copy in the first wave and support indie creators like myself there is still time to order. Check the link below.
 If you order today yours will go out tomorrow! karlaltstaetter.storenvy.com/

Always,

Karl
I'll be at Wonder Con tomorrow through Sunday at table AA171. I'll be debuting the Deluxe Print version of my comic Me2. Story and tons of extras in this version.

You can see a video walk through of it here:


and you can purchase it here at the joyful place that is my Art Land karlaltstaetter.storenvy.com/

See you at the show!

-K
 Read through the IDW Thor artist edition. Blown away by how Walt Simonson was able to generate so many interesting panels/consistent/quality art and writing on a monthly book. I also noticed how comic art was a bit more abstract during this era. Cars were generic and backgrounds were left up to the readers imagination. The art drew the reader in by engaging them to complete the image in their mind. I have no doubt that this why so many of the stories from this era took on such powerful personal meaning to those who read them.

The more cinematic styling/ movie storyboard style of layouts of modern comics pushes the readers away from the visuals as if they are viewing the action from outside through a window. The constant repetition of same sized panels is an icon in itself. Causing the reader to give every piece of visual information the same weight from a story perspective. I believe it has a deadening effect on the story. Everything is at the same volume.

I would like to see more comics embrace the entire spectrum of storytelling. For this to work I believe creators need to open themselves up to a more personal approach to the art that involves more risk taking and perhaps more failure before success. The risk becomes a key that will
open a new and exciting door. 

-Karl
Check out my Lighting Session interview with the fine people at Legendary Comics. legendarycomics.tumblr.com/pos…

Putting my commission/sketch cover list together for Wonder Con and Amazing Las Vegas ComicCon. Also arranging pickups at Free Comic Book Day as well. Drop me a msg to secure your spot on the list. 

A new video of me digitally inking a piece. Octopus Ramen optional.

video: youtu.be/AlODO6-Ew1M

The biggest mistake I see in storytelling and branding is the lack of restraint. Sometimes less is more. The speed that you release information to the consumer of the content is your meta tool. All other techniques and ideas flow through it. Best to make the comings and goings of that information your primary concern. 

A video of me digitally drawing Beastman from MOTU: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymUtyA…
Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope you have a happy and peaceful holiday. More art coming soon.
Check out two new videos I made of digital painting.

youtu.be/fCys3xKcr64

youtu.be/wTAPg-E1Klg
Streamed the new NIN. It falls somewhere in between Front 242 and New Order. Different in a good way.
As an artist what's more important, to be successful or great at what you do? 
Beam me up to Koffee and Komics May www.facebook.com/events/186107…
I'll be celebrating Free Comic Book Day by appearing at Phat Collectibles in Huntington Beach on May 4th. I'll be doing free sketches for kids and a few commissions and sketch covers.

Store: www.phatcollectibles.com/

FCBD: www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/…

See you there!

K