Category Archives: Con Reports

The Old Songs Folk Festival, 2018

Last weekend Ellen and I made our third trip up to Altamont NY, near Albany, for the annual Old Songs Folk Festival. My long-time friend Tim and his son Gabe were also there, Tim goes every year. We’re on about an every third year schedule. The predominant music style is folk, closely followed by blues and celtic music, with a smattering of other styles and genres. About two dozen headline acts are there, and we always enjoy them. During the day (starting at 3 PM Friday) there are seven venues of varying sizes holding all kinds of workshops, performances and jams. On Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon there is a multi-act concert on the main stage lasting about three hours. Tim and Gabe camped there, we stayed in a motel about 10 miles away that turned out to be hard to find late at night when we were tired, but we got there eventually. Continue reading

See you in Baltimore!

I’m honored to be a nominee for the ‘Ringo Award again this year, given at the Baltimore Comic-Con, and I have again been invited as a Con Guest. I will be there from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon (probably about 2 PM), and will have my prints and other items for sale at my table. The con is Friday Sept. 28 to Sunday Sept. 30, the ‘Ringo Awards are given Saturday evening. My excellent table assistant Andrea Bergner has agreed to help out again this year, yay! She’s great. Hope to see you there!

JOHN WORKMAN & TODD KLEIN Part 2

Todd Klein, Robert Greenberger and John Workman at our panel.

What follows is the second part of the transcription of a panel that John and I did at the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con moderated by our friend and former co-worker at DC, Bob Greenberger. I recorded it on my phone and transcribed it later. The panel was held on Sept. 23rd. Both John and I have edited our comments to make them clearer and more correct and complete. (As John puts it, “to make sense of my incoherencies.”) This picks up about a quarter of the way through the slide show I put together for the panel. For these posts, I’ve reformatted the images to fit better here, and in some cases have links to larger versions. All images are © the respective companies and copyright holders.

HEAVY METAL staff, 1981, by Workman.

Todd Klein: This is a piece by John of the HEAVY METAL staff, and I thought this was interesting not only because John drew and lettered it, but also because of how small the staff is. They were putting out a monthly magazine?

John Workman: A monthly and specials. Also, I worked a lot for NATIONAL LAMPOON at the same time.

Bob Greenberger: Put out by the same company.

JW: Yeah.

TK: A lot of material for that size staff.

BG: The publisher Len Mogul who we talked about earlier is the top left head. Continue reading

JOHN WORKMAN & TODD KLEIN Part 1

Photo by Ron Jordan in my studio, June 2015.

What follows is a transcription of a panel that John and I did at the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con moderated by our friend and former co-worker at DC, Bob Greenberger. I recorded it on my phone and transcribed it later. The panel was held on Sept. 23rd. Both John and I have edited our comments to make them clearer and more correct and complete. (As John puts it, “to make sense of my incoherencies.”) I created a slide show to accompany the panel, but technical difficulties between my laptop and the Con’s projector kept us from using it until almost halfway through. It worked out fine, though, we got to all the slides. For these posts, I’ve reformatted the images to fit better here, and in some cases have links to larger versions. I’ve added some additional images in this first of two parts. All images are © the respective companies and copyright holders.

Bob Greenberger: The gentlemen to my left and right have a wealth of material to talk about and Todd created a lovely slide show that should give everybody a better sense of it, so, today we’re talking about lettering. To my left is John Workman, who arrived at DC with Bob Smith hoping to become an artist and somehow became a letterer. He also became an accomplished art director at HEAVY METAL magazine and an artist of not enough work. To my right is Todd Klein who also got started in DC’s Production Department, lettered all sorts of lovely work, wrote some stuff, helped run the Production Dept., saved many an editor’s career, is best known today for his collaborations with Neil Gaiman and the artists on SANDMAN. So, gentlemen! What was it like in the 70s getting started, breaking into the field? Continue reading

Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 Sunday

Sunday morning I had breakfast with Andrew Pepoy and Mark Buckingham, a mini-FABLES reunion. It was good to catch up with Bucky, who I hope to be working with more soon.

I had a lot to do Sunday morning: pack my suitcase and bring it out to my car, then get my convention stuff together and take it over to the show. When I got there, no one was getting in. A small fire had triggered a fire alarm. It was a short delay, about 15 minutes, and the Con staff and volunteers handled the crowd well.

I didn’t have much time left at the show, but time enough to walk around and see more friends and work-mates. Here’s Marc Hempel with one of his Sandman print images.

I met Lee Bermejo for the first time, after working with him on a number of projects, most recently DARK NIGHT, A TRUE BATMAN STORY. Lee was great to talk to, and I hope we will work together again.

I was very happy to see Don Rosa at the show, once again giving away the hot peppers he enjoys growing. Don is able to do large marker sketches of his favorite characters like Uncle Scrooge, but eye problems prevent him from doing comics art. He is as funny and entertaining to talk to as ever, though.

One of my former DC editors, Alisa Kwitney stopped by to talk at my table, and we enjoyed catching up. Alisa has several new projects in the works, both in and out of comics (she’s also a novelist), and she recently helped Neil Gaiman with his book, “Norse Mythology.”

I had to leave the show at 2 PM in order to be home for dinner, so that’s what I did. Andrea Bergner was again there to help today, making my show much easier. John and Cathy Workman were also packing up to head home. Not only did I enjoy the show a great deal, it was the most profitable one ever for me. I sold lots of prints, enjoyed meeting fans and signing their books, and had an excellent time.

I don’t go to a lot of comics conventions these days, and even more rarely am I a guest with a table to sell things, but I have to say Baltimore Comic-Con has become my favorite show. It’s not too big, the attendees are friendly and often interested in comics and creators, the staff is courteous, and ready to provide help when needed. They even come by with sandwiches for guests at lunch time, something I’ve never seen at any other con. Hats off to Marc and Shelly Nathan for putting together such a fine event. The ‘Ringo Awards team headed by Randy Tischler were equally adept, and everyone on the staff that I dealt with was great. If you are thinking of coming to Baltimore for next year’s con, I highly recommend it!