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March Appearances!

2013’s properly underway, and this Time Machine ain’t slowing down!

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Left to right: Andrew Carl, Josh O’Neill, Chris Stevens, and Kelly Writers House Program Coordinator Alli Katz.

In January, a handful of Once Upon a Time Machine creators –  Andrew Carl (Editor; writer of “John Henry”), Chris Stevens (Producer; writer of “The Boy Who Drew Cats”), Josh O’Neill (Creative Advisor; writer of “Bombus and Vespula”), James Comey (creator of “Kid Yimage and the Really Big Hole”), Rob Woods (creator of “The Venusian Shepherd Boy Who Cried Space Wolf”), and Dave Proch (artist of “A.L.I.C.E.”) – were honored to be this year’s guests of the annual Charles Bernheimer Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House. You can listen to a recording of our talk here, but you’ll be missing out on our visual aids and physical comedy.

If you want to see some of the gang in person, though, we have some more great events coming up in March!

First stop, Wednesday, March 12:  Wayne, New Jersey
Andrew, Chris, Josh, Charles Fetherolf (creator of “The Crossing”), and Jason Rodriguez (writer of “The Stars Are Not Wanted Now”) will be dropping by William Paterson University to chat with some art students about making comics. A students-only event…but if you’re in the area, feel free to stalk and ambush us as we find dinner thereabouts.

Friday-Sunday, March 22-24: Rochester, Minnesota
Fabletown and Beyond – Andrew, Chris, and Josh will be attending Bill Willingham’s first annual convention “entirely designed to discuss, promote and celebrate comic books that fall within the Mythic Fiction realm.” We’ll be alongside such greats as Mark Buckingham (Fables), Kurt Busiek (Arrowsmith), Mike Carey (The Unwritten), Gene Ha (Top 10), Adam Hughes (Fairest), Mike Oeming (Mice Templar). [Facebook]

Saturday, March 30: Asbury Park, New Jersey
Asbury Park Comic Con Come see a bunch of us back in Jersey, where we’ll join the likes of Al Jaffee (MAD), Evan Dorkin (Beasts of Burden), Herbe Trimpe (The Incredible Hulk), J. G. Jones (Wanted), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), and Mark A. Robinson (I Love Trouble) at this one-day convention. [Facebook]

More info’s to come, as we approach this awesome run of events!

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NYCC: Post-Con Report!

Once Upon a Time Machine finally debuted in stores last week, with a killer release party at Locust Moon Comics in West Philadelphia. You can still visit the store and see original art from the book adorning their art gallery!

The day after the book’s release party, we made our convention debut at NEW YORK COMIC CON.

It was amazing.

(from left to right) Jim Giar, Lance Erlick, Charles Fetherolf, Rafer Roberts, Andrew Carl, David Tanh, and our favorite helper, Sophia Lee

Over 20 Time Machine creators were in town for the convention. It was the first time many of us had met in person, some of us having known each other for years and years online. The picture above shows just a few of us at our table in Artist Alley, where we spent the weekend selling books and prints, signing everything, and giving away way too much cool free stuff.

We brought a ton of books to the convention, and we sold…all of them. When people heard what our little (big) book was about and had a chance to flip through it and take in the breadth of vision that comes from packing 90+ creators between two covers, they got really excited. In fact, we spent more than half of Sunday (in addition to the last few hours of Saturday, before we restocked) having to turn excited folks away — we had nothing to sell them!

So by the end of the weekend we were sending interested potential readers upstairs, to Dark Horse’s main booth on the show floor. Because at least they had books to sell ’em…

Our trailer playing on the Dark Horse booth’s monitors.

…until they didn’t.

Even Dark Horse themselves sold out of Once Upon a Time Machine!

Hopefully everyone interested remembered and was able to grab a cheap copy off Amazon or something when they got home. Sorry we couldn’t sign those copies, too!

But let’s get back to Friday night for a second — and our signing at the Dark Horse booth!

(from left to right) Josh O’Neill, James Comey, Andrew Carl, Charles Fetherolf, Jim Giar, Marcus Muller, and Tara Alexander

We met a lot of great people at the signing — many of whom, honestly, were just hearing about the book for the first time. But after chatting with us and seeing what Time Machine had to offer, lots of those folks bought a copy right there on the spot!

We’ve got to thank Dark Horse’s amazing Kari Yadro, who ran the signing, helped get the word out, and just generally made the DH booth a great place to be for us first-timers and our (figuratively) little book that could.

Getting to know our fellow creators better, talking about the book to hundreds of excited & new fans, signing lots and lots (and lots) of books, and working with the great people at Dark Horse…honestly, the NYCC experience could not have been more fulfilling.

Can’t wait for the next one!

[Come see more photos from the convention at our Facebook page.]

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