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Suri
Digital Illustration for a comic project.

Suri

Digital Illustration for a comic project.

Web comic for the online game League of Legends. Created using Manga Studio 5.

Web comic for the online game League of Legends. Created using Manga Studio 5.

Miss Jones is looking mighty svelte. A ballpoint and gel pen moleskin sketch.

Miss Jones is looking mighty svelte. A ballpoint and gel pen moleskin sketch.

A logo design for a wireless cellphone business for a client in Japan.

A logo design for a wireless cellphone business for a client in Japan.

Playing with watercolor in my Moleskine.

Playing with watercolor in my Moleskine.

Ball point pen sketch.

Ball point pen sketch.

New York Comic Con 2013

 Ah, New York Comic Con, where nerds gather and rejoice to celebrate their favorite TV shows, movies, comic books, anime, or video games all at one location, The Javits Center in downtown New York City.

 This was my fourth year at NYCC and it just gets better and better each year. I had a total blast checking out neat and insightful panels, spectated the new Killer Instinct video game matches, watched some super-galactic-epic Starcraft 2 battles, purchased some lovely artworks from the Artist Alley, adored those glorious Iron Man statues that I cannot afford (yet), met a real life Peter Griffin, and much, much more.

I was kind of sad I missed a few panels I wanted to attended because I either lined up too late or it coincided with another panel I wanted to attend. Well every year, there is a new lesson to be learned: Be early (or super early if you want to attend a panel with celebrities) and wear comfortable shoes. Yes, comfortable shoes. At the end of the day, both of my feet were killing me from walking around the convention because I was being a dumbass and choose to wear flat canvas sneakers with barely any cushion in them. As a fourth year NYCC goer you would think I would know this by now, but sometimes you just have to make a note for your future self as a reminder. So, note to future self: wear comfortable shoes, dumbass.

 Other than that, I had a wonderful time. There’s just so much to see and so much to do that I think it’s impossible to just visit NYCC for a day. This year, I was actually well-prepared for this convention as I had my planner ready with the panels I wanted to attend, but as we all know nothing always goes according to plan ,so when I missed a panel, I’d just improvise and do something else like play the new awesome Pokemon X & Y games, buy some comic books, or flirt with that smoking-hot cosplayer chick (which never really happens, forever alone). Jokes aside, the experience of being in the same place with people who share the same affinity that you have is just… blissful.

 So, here’s to you, New York Comic Con 2013! I’m sure I’ll be seeing you again and hopefully next time around there will be a spot for me at the Sci-Fi speed dating event. Peace out, yo!

Locust Moon Comics Festival 2013

This weekend, I attended the second annual Locust Moon Comics Festival in my hometown Philadelphia, yo! This comics festival is a great way to meet indie comic artists as well as a few known names in the comic book industry like the amazingly talented J.G. Jones (Y: The Last Man) and the lovely Chrissie Zullo (Fables: Cinderella).

Before entering this building called The Rotunda, I had a quick bite with my sister at the Kung Fu hoagies food truck.

Let me tell you, as an Asian-American, these Vietnamese hoagies, are legit. We had the Banh Mi and Tofu Meatball hoagies and devoured all. of. it. I was very impressed on how glorious it tasted. Anyways, I don’t want to get into too much about the food, but here a picture of my tofu meatball hoagie.

As I walked through The Rotunda building, I kept finding myself looking at the gritty Romanesque architectural structures. It kind of reminded me of the Pantheon in Rome because of the oculus above.

Eventually, I started to pay attention to the people around.

At last, I’ve arrived!

The opposite end of the building has even more artists and a stage.

Picking out some art prints from Chrisse Zullo.

Looking at the artist’s artworks and talking to them was very inspiring. I even purchased some of their work to support them as well. I then came across this table, where I can draw something on so it can be hung up later, like this:

Well, there’s my shitty drawing of Chun-Li.

Overall, I had a pleasant time at the Locust Moon Comics Festival. It gave me a reason to get out of the house, try new food, meet new artists, and have fun. I will most likely attend this festival again next year. Until then, next trip: New York Comic Con here I come!

Different colored ballpoint pen sketch.

Different colored ballpoint pen sketch.

Dug up some old sketches from my sketchbook. Here’s one back 2011.

Dug up some old sketches from my sketchbook. Here’s one back 2011.

Suri
Digital Illustration for a comic project.

Suri

Digital Illustration for a comic project.

Web comic for the online game League of Legends. Created using Manga Studio 5.

Web comic for the online game League of Legends. Created using Manga Studio 5.

Miss Jones is looking mighty svelte. A ballpoint and gel pen moleskin sketch.

Miss Jones is looking mighty svelte. A ballpoint and gel pen moleskin sketch.

A logo design for a wireless cellphone business for a client in Japan.

A logo design for a wireless cellphone business for a client in Japan.

Playing with watercolor in my Moleskine.

Playing with watercolor in my Moleskine.

Ball point pen sketch.

Ball point pen sketch.

New York Comic Con 2013

 Ah, New York Comic Con, where nerds gather and rejoice to celebrate their favorite TV shows, movies, comic books, anime, or video games all at one location, The Javits Center in downtown New York City.

 This was my fourth year at NYCC and it just gets better and better each year. I had a total blast checking out neat and insightful panels, spectated the new Killer Instinct video game matches, watched some super-galactic-epic Starcraft 2 battles, purchased some lovely artworks from the Artist Alley, adored those glorious Iron Man statues that I cannot afford (yet), met a real life Peter Griffin, and much, much more.

I was kind of sad I missed a few panels I wanted to attended because I either lined up too late or it coincided with another panel I wanted to attend. Well every year, there is a new lesson to be learned: Be early (or super early if you want to attend a panel with celebrities) and wear comfortable shoes. Yes, comfortable shoes. At the end of the day, both of my feet were killing me from walking around the convention because I was being a dumbass and choose to wear flat canvas sneakers with barely any cushion in them. As a fourth year NYCC goer you would think I would know this by now, but sometimes you just have to make a note for your future self as a reminder. So, note to future self: wear comfortable shoes, dumbass.

 Other than that, I had a wonderful time. There’s just so much to see and so much to do that I think it’s impossible to just visit NYCC for a day. This year, I was actually well-prepared for this convention as I had my planner ready with the panels I wanted to attend, but as we all know nothing always goes according to plan ,so when I missed a panel, I’d just improvise and do something else like play the new awesome Pokemon X & Y games, buy some comic books, or flirt with that smoking-hot cosplayer chick (which never really happens, forever alone). Jokes aside, the experience of being in the same place with people who share the same affinity that you have is just… blissful.

 So, here’s to you, New York Comic Con 2013! I’m sure I’ll be seeing you again and hopefully next time around there will be a spot for me at the Sci-Fi speed dating event. Peace out, yo!

Locust Moon Comics Festival 2013

This weekend, I attended the second annual Locust Moon Comics Festival in my hometown Philadelphia, yo! This comics festival is a great way to meet indie comic artists as well as a few known names in the comic book industry like the amazingly talented J.G. Jones (Y: The Last Man) and the lovely Chrissie Zullo (Fables: Cinderella).

Before entering this building called The Rotunda, I had a quick bite with my sister at the Kung Fu hoagies food truck.

Let me tell you, as an Asian-American, these Vietnamese hoagies, are legit. We had the Banh Mi and Tofu Meatball hoagies and devoured all. of. it. I was very impressed on how glorious it tasted. Anyways, I don’t want to get into too much about the food, but here a picture of my tofu meatball hoagie.

As I walked through The Rotunda building, I kept finding myself looking at the gritty Romanesque architectural structures. It kind of reminded me of the Pantheon in Rome because of the oculus above.

Eventually, I started to pay attention to the people around.

At last, I’ve arrived!

The opposite end of the building has even more artists and a stage.

Picking out some art prints from Chrisse Zullo.

Looking at the artist’s artworks and talking to them was very inspiring. I even purchased some of their work to support them as well. I then came across this table, where I can draw something on so it can be hung up later, like this:

Well, there’s my shitty drawing of Chun-Li.

Overall, I had a pleasant time at the Locust Moon Comics Festival. It gave me a reason to get out of the house, try new food, meet new artists, and have fun. I will most likely attend this festival again next year. Until then, next trip: New York Comic Con here I come!

Different colored ballpoint pen sketch.

Different colored ballpoint pen sketch.

Dug up some old sketches from my sketchbook. Here’s one back 2011.

Dug up some old sketches from my sketchbook. Here’s one back 2011.

New York Comic Con 2013
Locust Moon Comics Festival 2013

About:

Hi there, my name is Michael Tran and I am a graphic artist. My hobbies include reading comics, playing video games, watch anime, and draw in my trusty Moleskine sketchbook.

Nice to meet you!

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