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Gallifrey One: 25 Glorious Years



Okay, at the 11th hour, I am finally posting my FULL schedule master post for Gallifrey One: 25 Glorious Years. I can’t even tell you how busy I’ve been in the past week to only be getting to this now. But, I’m now in sunny & warm Los Angeles surrounded by several thousand Doctor Who fans. And it is awesome.

Anyway, I’ve been a tad more involved in Gallifrey One this year – I designed this year’s logo, and provided art for the Registration postcard, as well as helping to organize a large Young Justice event at the convention. I’ll be on a couple panels this weekend, and I’ve made sure to have some table time every day so I can be found! So, let’s get down to business, shall we?


Here’s my full Gallifrey One: 25 Glorious Years schedule:


1:30pm-3:00pm – Exhibitor table
3:30pm-4:30pm – Four Color Wonderland (Programming B)


10:00am-3:00pm – Exhibitor table
3:00pm-4:00pm – Kaffeeklatsch (Greg Weisman/Christopher Jones)
5:00pm-6:00pm – Young Justice Panel (Programming B)
6:30pm until ??? – Young Justice Meet-Up (Lobby)


1:00pm-3:00pm – Exhibitor table


Gallifrey One Art Show

This is my new print for this year, “For the Fans”! It’s available this weekend at the special Gallifrey One price of $15. After this weekend, it’ll be available at my normal price of $20 at conventions/$30 in my Etsy store.


These prints will also be available in the Gallifrey One Art Show…

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Exhibitor Table

I’ll have ALL of my prints available while I’m at my hall table, as well as a VERY LIMITED number of Young Justice trade paperbacks. I’ll also be happy to sign anyone’s Gallifrey One 2014 postcard, for which I provided the art. You should be able to find stacks of these around the convention throughout the weekend as well! :)



Of course, I’ll have FREE buttons or Disco Nightwing mini-prints for my Twitter & Facebook followers!


And don’t forget to ask me for a ribbon! I brought 150 of these with me and when they’re gone, they’re gone!



On Saturday afternoon, Greg Weisman will be available at my table for a few hours to sell/sign copies of his novel, Rain of the Ghosts, along with special bonus Character Design concept art!



Young Justice Events!!

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There will be a Young Justice panel at 5:00pm on Saturday, Feb. 15th in Program Room B! Confirmed panelists are listed below but with this crowd, you never know who might turn up.

    • Cameron Bowen – Voice of Robin (Tim Drake)
    • Kris Carter – Composer
    • Christopher Jones – Comic Book Artist
    • Stephanie Lemelin – Voice of Artemis
    • Eric Lopez – Voice of Blue Beetle
    • Vanessa Marshall – Voice of Black Canary
    • Michael McCuistion – Composer
    • Masasa Moyo – Voice of Bumble Bee
    • Lolita Ritmanis – Composer
    • Andrew Robinson – Writer
    • Brent Spiner – Voice of the Joker
    • Jason Spisak – Voice of Kid Flash
    • Greg Weisman – Producer

There will be a short time for signing after the panel. Then starting at 6:30pm, join Greg Weisman, myself, and other Young Justice contributors for a casual Young Justice fan meet-up in the LAX Marriott lobby. The meet-up is open to the public, but it is during a Doctor Who convention, so expect crowds and to spend your time standing! Also, full disclosure: if it becomes too crowded, the hotel may ask anyone not attending the convention to leave.

Also, I’ve created a special SYMBIOSI ribbon for anyone attending the Young Justice panel or the Meet-up afterwards.



Okay – I think that’s all the Gallifrey One news & info! Looking forward to seeing lots of fellow Doctor Who and Young Justice fans this weekend! Whew- I’m done with this JUST IN TIME to make it to my first table appearance. Better get going! Allons-y!

Guest of Honor at Anime Detour 2014: The Manga was Better

Anime Detour 2014

I am pleased to announce I’ll be a guest of honor at Anime Detour in MN this year! The theme is, “The Manga was Better”. (The convention is sold out by now, but I’m told it’s still possible to buy a transferred membership via Craigslist, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr.)

There will be a Young Justice meet-up (TBA), and I’m hoping to drop in on some other meet-ups while there, so if you are running one you think I’d be interested in, let me know! ESPECIALLY a tumblr meet-up. That would be cool. I’m submitting some panel ideas of my own about comic art, but if you’re running a panel you would like me to be on, assuming it would fit in my schedule, I’d be more than happy to join you! I love participating on fan-run panels!

I will have a table all weekend in the dealer area so you guys can find me, and I WILL have signed Disco Nightwing mini-prints and probably some other goodies for FREE for my followers.


Photos & signatures are also always absolutely FREE. I’ll have $5 prints and $20 prints available. Also, since this is a convention in my city, I’ll be able to bring my whole stash of comic books for sale. I will have Young Justice trade paperbacks and if you’re looking for The Batman Strikes comics, I have lots!

Here is the full Anime Detour 2014 guest list:

Anime Detour 2014 will be my first Anime convention and I am really looking forward to it! I will admit I haven’t watched much anime in the past decade, but there seems to be a whole lot of crossover with Doctor Who, DC Comics and more in the Anime crowd so I’m sure I’ll be right at home! Stay tuned for more details as plans are finalized!

Hal-Con 2013 was Awesome!


OK, I’ve been back for more than a month but I’m in the middle of several projects and moving to a new apartment, so I’m only getting around to this Hal-Con write-up now! And, it’s going to be long. Really, really long. Here’s the short version: Hal-Con was AWESOME. Here’s the long version:

In spite of being a life-long Minnesotan, I’d never had the occasion to cross the northern border and visit Canada. So when I was invited to be a guest at Hal-Con in Halifax, Nova Scotia I jumped at the chance! Hal-con appeared to have some shared DNA with CONvergence, the Twin Cities science fiction convention I helped start back in 1999 and still volunteer for today. Hal-con is also a fan-run nonprofit and even has their own robot mascot, Nelson, with a whole back-story involving an alien taking the form of Hal-Con’s landmark clock tower. (Nelson needs to meet CONvergence’s Connie one of these days.)


The Halifax Town Clock


Nelson, the Hal-Con Mascot

Most conventions I attend fall into one of two basic types: The comic con type model where I set up at a table for the weekend and the con structure is basically a large trade show open for a set number of hours each day with an emphasis on a dealers and signings, or the more “social” style convention like CONvergence and many others, where the convention is in a hotel and the event runs late into the night if not around-the-clock, with more emphasis on parties, programming, and other social events and entertainment. At that latter kind I can usually put some prints in the Art Show to generate some revenue to offset my expenses from attending the convention, and then I can happily spend my time doing some panels and signings and otherwise just being social at the con. There’s plenty of variation from convention to convention, but usually a given convention clearly fits into one of those two categories. Hal-con came at the end of a marathon of convention appearances for me, so when I finally went to nail down the fine details of my appearance there I discovered I’d have to plan for a third type of convention, sort of a hybrid between the two.


The Halifax World Trade and Convention Center

Hal-Con is a young and rapidly growing convention and is bursting at the seams in their current venue, the Halifax World Trade and Convention Center. As they’ve been trying to make changes to the convention to work within the confines of that venue, they’ve eliminated their Art Show (which apparently wasn’t the huge deal there that it is at CONvergence and many other conventions), and Comic Artist guests weren’t being given any tables to set up at with the assumption that some time to do signings would be enough. The problem with that, of course, is that I couldn’t do my usual elaborate table set-up at the convention and let it stand for the weekend, and a couple of hours per day at a signing table doesn’t allow time to do commission sketches, as that drawing time has to be squeezed into the the occasional five minutes of down time between talking to fans, signing books, selling prints, etc. At most comic conventions, it can often take me more than 2-3 hours just to get in 20-30 minutes of drawing. Doing commission drawings with only a couple of hours a day at a signing table wasn’t going to work.

So my trusty convention partner Hal and I devised a third model of convention set-up just for Hal-Con. We arranged to have 5 of my most popular prints to be available all weekend at the convention’s Merchandise table, which ended up working really well. We also developed a super-compact, quick set-up version of my table set-up that could fit into a single small suitcase.

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We also reached out to the fine folks at the Where Monsters Dwell radio show and podcast (local to Halifax, and working with the convention to organize much of their comics programming) to help us organize an after-hours event for myself and the other attending comics artists who were in a similar situation, allowing us more drawing time and face-time with fans. This became the Drink’n’Draw at a nearby bar called the Foggy Goggle. More on that later. I got onto every panel I could fit into my schedule that I felt I could contribute to, and late in the game was approached the Strange Adventures comic book store to do some signings at their booth in the Dealers Room. It was going to be a very busy weekend…


Poutine at the Toronto airport.

Our adventure began by flying from Minneapolis to Toronto, where we had a long-enough layover to grab some lunch. It seemed appropriate to celebrate my first arrival in Canada by sampling poutine, which I’m told is a Canadian health food. And yes, I wore a Captain America shirt on my flight to Canada. But only because I don’t have any Alpha Flight shirts.

Prior to the convention, guests were warned to be prepared for the November Halifax weather. Of course, being from Minnesota, this wasn’t going to be anything we were worried about. Actually we’d been having our first real cold snap of the season before the trip, so it was a good 15-20F/10-15C degrees warmer in Halifax than back home in Minneapolis.


With Mark and the Hal-Con mini-van at the Halifax airport.

We were met at the airport by Hal-Con volunteers, and were directed to a Hal-Con branded mini-van driven by volunteer Mark to take us to our hotel in the city. Our first look at the city was at night and in the rain. After arriving at our hotel we grabbed some dinner and called it a night, ready for the convention weekend to get started!



The Christopher Jones Art Team at Hal-Con 2013: Stephen LeLacheur, myself, and Hal Bichel.

We were met in the lobby of our hotel by Stephen LeLacheur, who had volunteered to be my Personal Assistant for the weekend. Hal-Con has a similar system to CONvergence where each guest is assigned an assistant (CONvergence calls them Liaisons) to make sure they find their way around, get to their appearances on time, and generally have help while they’re at the convention. Steve proved to be a great companion for the weekend and immeasurable help navigating the crowded convention center quickly to get me from event to event. Sometimes even getting that suitcase full of prints in and out of a storage area on an upper floor while I was sitting on a panel. He even went above and beyond and got me to a nearby Staples for some last-minute printing and procured some art markers to replace ones I failed to pack. Hal was her usual big help all weekend long, but the extra help and especially a native guide was a huge benefit given my packed Hal-Con schedule, so cheers, Steve!


At my print display at the Hal-Con Merch table with Crystal, one of a number of volunteers who helped sell my stuff in addition to the fine Hal-Con merchandise.

Steve directed us to the Halifax World Trade Center where the convention was being held. My first stop there was at the merchandise table to set up my prints. After that, I dropped off the original drawing I’d done of Hal-Con’s mascot Nelson as a contribution to Hal-Con’s charity auction. I also located the table for the Strange Adventures comic book store and introduced myself in advance of my signings there over the weekend.

● 1:45pm –­ 2:45pm: Process Panel with Peter Chiykowski and Ian Boothby.

This was a pretty general discussion of how comics get made, how freelancers work, and how technology is changing that process. There was also some talk about working in the industry and the importance of networking at conventions and on social media. Good stuff.

● 3:30 – 5:00pm: Signing at Strange Adventures

Time to grab the suitcase of prints and my banner and head for a 90-minute block signing at Strange Adventures.


At my first Strange Adventures signing of the weekend.

They’d stocked some Trade Paperbacks featuring my work, and my time there was a nice warm-up for…

● 5:15pm –­ 6:15pm: Signing in Autograph Area

This was when the new lean and fast table set-up was put to the test and it worked like a dream. The hour-long block of time blew buy in no time it all, then everything came down and went back into storage so I could run off to…

● 6:30pm –­ 7:30pm: Ethics of Doctor Who

It comes as no surprise that Doctor Who is popular, especially weeks before the show’s 50th Annivesary, but I was amazed by how PACKED this room was. Standing room only! I mean, Peter Davison was at this convention, but this was a panel free of Who-celebrities; just fans talking about the show. It was a lot of fun and I had a great time. I would happily do a panel with these awesome fans again any day!

The Ethics of Doctor Who Panel

The Ethics of Doctor Who Panel


The Ethics of Doctor Who panelists: Nathan Dennison, Swasti Arora, Jay MacKinnon, Lauren Marie, & me.

● 7:30pm –­ 8:30pm: Young Justice Meet-up

I’ve been organizing these informal Young Justice Meet-Ups at most of the conventions I visit for the past year. They’re a great way to draw the Young Justice fandom out of the woodwork and keep it alive and healthy. I invited Young Justice writer and co-producer Greg Weisman to the first one at the Gallifrey One convention in February 2013 , and now he’s doing them, too. I never am sure what to expect from these meet-ups. We just say when and where it is, that it’s a meet up both for cosplayers and other fans of the show and comic, and see what happens. An important aspect to them is that they’re informal, a chance for fans to meet each other and have some face time with anybody associated with Young Justice who can make it, and usually they include signing stuff and photos. The Young Justice Meet-up at Hal-Con had a few cosplayers but was mostly fans that wanted to hear about the show and the comic, so we spent most of the time doing Q&A, although we did get a few photos at the end.

Young Justice Cosplayers at Hal-Con

Young Justice Cosplayers at Hal-Con


“Jazz Hands” at the Hal-Con 2013 Young Justice Meet-Up

● 9:00pm: Drink-n-Draw at the Foggy Goggle

It’s hard to get one of the handful of bars near the convention center in Halifax to let you reserve much space on a Friday night. They know they’re going to be packed, so why set aside space they might not fill? Given that, the Where Monsters Dwell guys were only to get a reservation for 12, yet by that Friday the Comic Book Drink ‘N’ Draw Facebook Event had 54 people listed as “going” and an additional 39 “maybes.” Be sheer numbers we managed to take over one end of the bar, and every table seemed to have someone with a sketchbook out, drawing. Lot’s of artists talking to fans and each-other, and lots of drawing done. Much thanks to the Foggy Goggle and the Where Monsters Dwell crew for making it happen!

Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face

Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face

While there, it occurred to me that one of the celebrity guests at Hal-Con that weekend was Billy Dee Williams, who had played Harvey Dent in the 1989 Batman film (in addition to some other space movies he’s apparently known for.) He’d taken the role with the expectation of playing Tw0-Face in the sequel. Things happened behind the scenes and that villainous turn never came to pass, but I thought it would be fun to draw a Billy Dee Williams Two-Face. I pulled up a photo of Billy Dee Williams from that era on my smart phone, and about a half-hour later I’d drawn the sketch you see above. I think my Hal-Con assistant Steve thought I’d performed sorcery at the table! I was immediately asked if I was going to show the sketch to Billy Dee Williams, but I had no expectation of even SEEING him over the weekend. Usually at conventions I’m so busy doing my own stuff I never get to the panels or stand in the lines that would be required to see the celebrity guests.


● 10:00am –­ ­ 12:45pm: Signing in Autograph Area

Saturday started with a nearly 3-hour stretch in the Autograph Area. It was nice to set up and then just stay put for a while and interact with fans. We got word that my Sonic Envy print was nearly sold out at the Merchandise Table, so we got them most of the rest of my on-hand stock and arranged to get some more printed up to meet the demand.

Zatanna Stopped by to say "iH"

Zatanna Stopped by signing to say “iH”

● 1:00pm ­ –­ 2:00pm: Showcase on Christopher Jones

I wasn’t clear on whether I was going to be interviewed or on my own at the “me” panel for the weekend, or whether I should have some kind of visual presentation. As it turned out I *was* on my own, and the room was equipped with an internet-connected laptop feeding video to a screen, so Hal rode shotgun on the panel, pulling up images from my web site to illustrate my talk. The Connie/Connie Mark II animations I helped produce for CONvergence 2010 got a great reaction from the Hal-Con crowd. (See them here: part 1, part 2) Because, if anybody was going to appreciate the robot convention mascot thing, it was Hal-Con! We even showed my rambling “response to tumblr” video.

Next up was my only real break of the day so Hal, Steve and I headed up to the rooms that we being used as Hal-Con’s Green Room area. We walked into one of them and there sat Billy Dee Williams. We’d heard that his flight had gotten in late and that he was quite tired, so I was reluctant to bother him, but after being assured it would be OK, I pulled out my Two-Face sketch from the previous night and approached him. I explained the thought behind the art and showed it to him, and added that he’d be welcome to the artwork if he wanted it, to which he replied “I was just going to ask you if I could have it.” He graciously let me get a photo with him and the art, but I wanted to let him rest in the privacy of the green room area so after that I left him alone, feeling I’d accomplished a mission of some kind.

Billy Dee Williams with my Two-Face Sketch at Hal-Con

Billy Dee Williams with my Two-Face Sketch at Hal-Con

Then it got better. There weren’t any open chairs in the room where Mr. Williams was sitting, so we walked next door and found some seats in the corner, opposite where some of the convention’s actor guests were gathered and chatting, including Garrert Wang and Jewel Staite.

At this point I should mention that this day Hal was wearing her newest cosplay, Catalina from Space Cases, a show that was produced by Peter David and Bill Mumy that was basically a similar premise to Star Trek: Voyager but done as a kids show. Hal loved this show as a kid, and especially the rainbow-haired Catalina, who was the ship’s engineer. Oh, did I mention that Space Cases was Jewel Staite’s first TV series, playing Catalina when she was 12?

12-year-old Jewel Staite in Space Cases

12-year-old Jewel Staite in Space Cases

We didn’t want to bother Jewel, Garrett, and company so we just sat down in the corner to talk amongst ourselves, but after a few minutes when some of them were getting up to leave, Jewel came over to Hal and said that she had never seen anyone cosplaying Catalina before, and asked if she could get a photo with her. She then posted it on her Instagram.

Hal as Catalina with Jewel Staite

Hal as Catalina with Jewel Staite

From Jewel Staite's Instagram

From Jewel Staite’s Instagram

And THAT is having something work out better than you could have ever planned for.

After this we got to chat with Garret Wang a bit, hearing of his involvement with fandom, that includes running the Star Trek programming track for Dragon*Con, for which he flies to Atlanta five times a year on his own dime for meetings. We also got to hear his George Takei impression. I’m still not sure which was more impressive.

It was around this time we heard some detail of what was going on downstairs. After a couple of years of offering non-day-specific day passes without issue, that in combination with Hal-Con’s growing attendance and agreeing to make the Dealers Room accessible without a convention badge meant that they had gotten swamped beyond the capacity of the building. People were unable to get in, and when word got out to people in the overcrowded areas that if they left they might be unable to get back in no one wanted to leave, making traffic jam even worse. Some understandably frustrated fans were unfortunately venting their frustration at the convention volunteers who were desperately working to address the situation, making a bad situation worse. As a long-time convention organizer and volunteer myself, I know how circumstances can force you into positions that don’t make sense from the outside, or how situations can arise that seem avoidable in hindsight but that blindsided you at the time, so I felt for the Hal-Con folks that were now just trying to alleviate the problem. Hal even jumped on Facebook and said some things defending the convention and trying diffuse some of the anger, which seemed to make her a hero to a few of the Hal-Con volunteers. I like it when other people notice how awesome she is. :)

Suffice it to say that the Hal-Con organizers are taking a hard look at what didn’t work this year and are already at work making things better for 2014. It’s all part of the growing pains of running a popular nonprofit event!

● 3:30pm ­ –­ 4:15pm: Con Runners Panel

The Con Runners panel fell during Saturday’s overcrowding challenges, which meant that the Hal-Con runners who were slotted to be on the panel were unexpectedly busy. Still, it was great to sit down with some of the guys organizing the new East Coast Comic Expo, and compare notes about some of the challenges and planning involved when starting a convention. As you can see, we quickly formed a bond. I hope I can make it up to their convention in the coming years!

East Coast Comic Con con runners and me

East Coast Comic Con con runners and me

● 4:30pm –­ ­ 5:30pm: For the Love of Comics with Ty Templeton, Tom Fowler and Wordburgler

It’s always fun to sit on a panel with comics professionals and fans and just talk about the things we love about comics, from what got us interested in comics as kids to the state of the industry today. Ty Templeton is a living encyclopedia of comic books. He has the impressive/scary ability to identify 40-year-old Batman comics by the advertisements on the backs. Also, Woodgod is a really funny name.

Ty Templeton, Tom Fowler, Wordburgler & I talk about why we love comics

Ty Templeton, Tom Fowler, Wordburgler & I talk about why we love comics

● 5:45pm –­ 6:45pm: Signing at Strange Adventures

After an hour talking comics on a panel, it was off to talk more comics with fans at the Strange Adventures booth, where I did this piece for the Strange Adventures sketch cover collection.

Joker Sketch Cover for Strange Adventures

Joker Sketch Cover for Strange Adventures

● 7:00pm ­ –­ 10:00pm: Stargazer Soiree

The Stargazer Soiree was a reception where Hal-Con volunteers & attendees who bought a Hal-Con Warp Speed Pass could meet-and-greet with Hal-Con Guests. When I walked in, I was almost immediately approached by some fellow whovians who were eager to continue the discussion from Friday’s The Ethics of Doctor Who panel. I’m always happy to talk Who.

Talking the Ethics of Doctor Who at the Stargazer Soiree

Talking the Ethics of Doctor Who at the Stargazer Soiree

I had more conversations at this thing than I can even remember, and met a lot of really cool people! I also got to take a couple photos with Hal-Con organizers in their formals!

Joni, Hal-Con Director of Communications

Joni, Hal-Con Director of Communications

Sam, Hal-Con lead comics guest PA

Sam, Hal-Con Lead Comics Guest PA

Also, Adi the Adipose.

Adi the Adipose

Adi the Adipose in formal wear


● 10:00am ­ ­ –­ 1:00pm: Signing in Autograph Area

I have to say, it was nice to start the third day of the convention by sitting and meeting fans for three hours. Quite a few folks stopped by to pick up art prints during this signing, and I sold several copies of my Re-Animator print! It’s not usually a huge seller, so obviously there are more than a few H.P. Lovecraft fans in Halifax. :)

● 1:15pm ­ ­ –­ 2:00pm: All Ages Comics with Troy Little and Brenda Hickey

One of my ongoing rants and a panel topic I suggest at most conventions I’m lucky enough to be invited to is All-Ages Comics. Often they are regarded and marketed by mainstream comics as for kids, rather than entertainment that is meant to be enjoyed by people of all ages. This has lead to fewer and fewer truly all ages mainstream comics being available, but IDW and smaller publishers seem to be embracing the market. Troy Little and Brenda Hickey were right on the same page with me about our appreciation for all-ages material, and it was great to have this discussion with them!

All-Ages Comics Panel at Hal-Con

All-Ages Comics Panel at Hal-Con

Me with Monster Mike, Troy Little & Brenda Hickey

Me with Monster Mike, Troy Little & Brenda Hickey

A break! I took the opportunity for a quick tour through Artist Alley, as it’s one area of Hal-Con I hadn’t made it to yet. I ran into Gargoyles comic book artist, Karine Charlebois. We took this picture to tease Greg Weisman. Because we could. And Gargoyles is awesome.

Greg, Karine and I are having a Gargoyles party at Hal-Con without you!

Greg, Karine and I are having a Gargoyles party at Hal-Con without you!

I also finally got to meet CK Russell, a talented artist whom I’d been talking to on and off on twitter for a while.

CK Russell and me at Hal-Con

CK Russell and me at Hal-Con

● 3:15pm ­ ­ –­ 4:00pm: Batman ‘66

In the running for my favorite panel at Hal-Con was talking with Ty Templeton about our mutual love of the 1960’s Batman TV series and our work on the Batman ’66 comic for DC. I think my favorite part of the panel was when Ty and I started geeking out over the minutia of drawing Adam West!

Dynamic Duo

Dynamic Duo

4:15pm­ –­ 5:45pm: Signing at Strange Adventures

At the end of the day on Sunday, most of the comics artists guests returned to the Strange Adventures booth, which had become sort of a booth-away-from-booth for many of us at Hal-Con. Many thanks goes to Strange Adventures for sacrificing some of their retail space to host us at the convention and giving fans more opportunities to see us! Now that’s a community comic book store!

Comic Artists signing at Strange Adventures booth

Comic Artists signing at Strange Adventures booth

When Hal-Con wrapped up, many of us comics guests went out to dinner, where we had the surreal experience of sitting next to a Russian hockey team. Also, I had Lobster served in the shell for the first time. I just never had and I figured there was no better place to try it than Maritime Canada! I do not regret my decision.

After dinner, Hal, Steve and I decided to go to the Hal-Con Volunteers Party and hang out with all the awesome volunteers who helped make the convention happen. I did my best to stop at every table and thank everyone personally for all their hard work.

Hal-Con 2013 Volunteers

Hal-Con 2013 Volunteers

Putting on a volunteer-run convention like this is no small feat and every single Hal-Con volunteer should be proud of this thing they have helped to create, and the fantastic fan community around it. I was truly honored to be invited as a guest. The Hal-Con community really did remind me of the CONvergence community, and those of you reading this whom I’ve worked with on CONvergence will know exactly what I mean by that.

I wanted to end with some shout-outs to some of the volunteers who really made me feel like a Rockstar at Hal-Con. 

  • Jennifer Lambe (Con Chair and Director of Guest Relations)
  • Joni Crocker (Director of Communications)
  • Samantha Bonin (Guest Coordinator)
  • Lisa MacIver (Travel)
  • Stephen LeLacheur (PA)
  • Renee and Robert (Gaming)

Thank you for all your hard work and for taking such good care of me!

There are a few more pictures of my Hal-Con 2013 experience, including some of Hal-Con’s fantastic cosplays, on Facebook. Click here to see them! And please tag yourself/your friends!

Thank you for everything, Hal-Con!

Thank you for everything, Hal-Con!

Christopher Jones at Hal-Con 2013!

On Nov 8-10 I will be appearing as a comics guest at Hal-Con in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It will be both my first convention outside of the USA and my first time ever in Canada! I am very, VERY excited! I’m also going to be VERY busy! This post is kind of an omnibus for everything Christopher Jones at Hal-Con 2013. Can’t wait to meet lots of awesome Canadian fans!

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Hal-Con Commission Sketches


All sketches are inked, black and white line art on 9×12″ bristol.

Character sketches: $80/character +$40 each additional character.

Headshots: $50

Email me ASAP to request a sketch!

Here are some examples of commission sketches from previous conventions:

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Hal-Con Panel & Event Schedule

I am participating in the following panels and events during Hal-Con 2013!

 Friday, Nov 8

1:45pm-2:00pm Comics Process PanelFluffy’s Den (Workshop Room 1)

6:30pm-7:30pm The Ethics of Doctor WhoThe Comic Room (Workshop Room 4)

7:30pm-8:30pm Young Justice Meet-UpFluffy’s Den (Workshop Room 1)

9:30pm-????? Comic Book Drink’n’Draw 2013 (The Foggy Goggle)

Saturday, Nov 9

1:00pm-2:00pm Showcase on Christopher JonesLooking Glass Room (Workshop Room 2/3)

3:30pm-4:15pm Con Runners PanelThe Comic Room (Workshop Room 4)

4:30pm-5:30pm For the Love of ComicsThe Comic Room (Workshop Room 4)

7:00pm-10:00pm Stargazer SoireeSummit Suite (8th Floor)

Sunday, Nov 10

1:15pm-2:00pm All Ages ComicsThe Comic Room (Workshop Room 4)

3:15pm-4:00pm Batman 1966Looking Glass Room (Workshop Room 2/3)


Hal-Con Signing Schedule

Signatures & photos are always FREE and I will happily sign anything you bring me.

I will have ALL of my prints with me for sale at the listed signing times.

Get a FREE convention exclusive Disco Nightwing Mini-Print just for coming to one of my signings!


Friday, Nov 8

3:30pm-5:00pm Signing at Strange Adventures – First Floor Vendors Room (Booth B8)

5:15pm-6:15pm Signing in Autograph Area – Grand Hall (Comic Table 1)

Saturday, Nov 9

10:00am-12:45pm Signing in Autograph AreaGrand Hall (Comic Table 1)

5:45pm-6:45pm Signing at Strange Adventures – First Floor Vendors Room (Booth B8)

Sunday, Nov 10

10:00am-1:00pm Signing in Autograph AreaGrand Hall (Comic Table 1)

4:15pm-5:45pm Signing at Strange Adventures – First Floor Vendors Room (Booth B8)


Buy my Comics at Hal-Con

I am not planning to personally have any of my comics for sale at Hal-Con, but I’m told there will be a selection of Young Justice and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes trade paperbacks available for purchase at the Strange Adventures booth (First Floor Vendors Room Booth B8). 

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I will also be signing at the Strange Adventures booth throughout the weekend.

Check my Signing Schedule for times!



Prints available at Hal-Con

11×17″ Color Prints – $20 

8.5×11″ Black & White prints – $5

These prints will be available for purchase AT ALL TIMES at the official Hal-Con Merchandise table as well as during my signings:

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All the prints available at the Merchandise Table will be pre-signed. If you would like your print otherwise personalized, after your purchase just find me during one of my signings or elsewhere during the convention weekend!

 These prints will be available for purchase ONLY during my signings:

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Charity Auction Nelson Sketch

I am donating this original Nelson sketch to the 2013 Hal-Con Charity Auction. Having myself created robot convention mascots for CONvergence, it just seemed like the thing to do to draw Nelson for Hal-Con. What better reason than the charity auction?

Nelson and INelson - Halcon 2013


Hal-Con 2013 Young Justice Meet-Up


Greg Weisman and I are now holding a Young Justice Meet-up at every convention he or I attend! We know that Young Justice fandom is alive and well and we want you guys to know we appreciate you! So, come hang out, ask questions, take pictures, and meet other Young Justice fans! SYMBIOSI

The Hal-Con 2013 Young Justice Meet-up will be Friday Nov 8 at 7:30pm in Workshop Room 1 (Fluffy’s Den).

Please help spread the word about this! Add it to your Hal-Con schedule and invite your friends to the Facebook event!


Comic Book Drink ‘n’ Draw 2013

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On Friday Nov 8 starting at 9:30pm, I’ll be joining the fine folks from Where Monsters Dwell for a special after-hours event!

It’s the COMIC BOOK DRINK ‘N’ DRAW 2013! Come do a little drawing or just hang out and have a drink with many of the Comics Pros from Hal-Con 2013!

Venue:The Foggy Goggle
1667 Argyle St, Halifax NS Canada, B3J 2B5

Confirmed artists in attendance include Christopher Jones, Ty Templeton, Nick Bradshaw, Tom Fowler, Danica Brine, Lar DeSouza, Joel Duggan, Peter Chiykowski, Troy Little & Kelly Tindall!

Comics fans in Halifax will NOT want to miss this!

Cincinnati Comic Expo 2013 Hightlights

CCE13 FRI - Table Set-up

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to have been invited to be a guest at the Cincinnati Comic Expo. Hal and I arrived at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport which has the airport code CVG, the same abbreviation we use for our home convention CONvergence, which I suppose could be taken as a good omen for the weekend to come. We were met at the airport by Amanda Gilliam, which was the first time that I’ve ever had the driver-with-your-name-on-an-erasable-marker-board experience. Amanda wasn’t driving us though, she hooked us up with a pre-paid shuttle to our hotel in Cincinnati while she went back to wait for the next out-of-town guests due to arrive.

Friday afternoon was spent setting up my booth. We’re forever trying to find ways of streamlining my convention set-up, making it faster to put together and getting the most bang for the buck given the limitations of bulk and weight that is practical to bring to a convention by plane. This was the best iteration to date, but we’ve already got ideas of how to improve it for next time!

CCE13 SUN - Jim nate_the_robot fan art

Young Justice fan art from Jim Haas

The convention was open from 5:00-7:00pm for a “preview night” for Exhibitors and VIP Ticketholders. I didn’t do a lot of business, but there was a lot of browsing and it was a great chance to meet some of the other folks there for the show while traffic was light. The cosplayers were already out in force, and we started capturing photos. When I say we, I mean mostly Hal. She’s the reason you see as many photos in my social media on a convention weekend as you do, as she’s both taking the photos and posting them while I’m busy drawing and talking to fans. Hals are very useful, I highly recommend them.

We captured so many cosplay photos over the weekend I created a separate blog post for them, which you can see here.

CCE13 FRI - TMNT Balloons

TMNT Balloon Sculptures at Geek Prom

Friday Night was the Comic Expo’s Geek Prom, which had a Saturday Morning Cartoons theme,with many of the attendees in cosplay or pajamas.

CCE13 SAT - Art of War II

Art of War II at the Mainstay Rock Bar

Saturday Night featured an after party at the Mainstay Rock Bar including the second annual installment of an improv drawing event called Art of War. Artists went head-to-head in drawing challenges in an elimination structure. This year I was happy to just watch, but if I make it back next year, maybe I’ll participate!

I love meeting all fans, but I’m always especially amused by exchanges with costumed fans that revolve around their costumed personas. A Nightwing cosplayer asked if I would “sign his wing,” and then proceeded to lean over for me to sign the chest logo on his costume, playing it up like I was signing a female fan’s cleavage. (I never get asked to do THAT… maybe I should be grateful?) Judge Dredd and a colleague stopped by and were very concerned with whether the free candy being offered at my table met with regulations.

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Signing Nightwing’s costume

CCE13 SAT - Judges

These Judges meant business

My favorite had to be when a Dalek glided to a stop in front of my booth. Its eyestalk examined my many Doctor Who prints and then informed me “YOU ARE CHAR-GING TOO MUCH FOR DE-PIC-TIONS OF A TIME-LORD.” I said there was a discount for Kaled Mutants. The eyestalk returned to the prints, then pointed back at me. “I WILL CON-SI-DER YOUR OFFER.” Then it glided away. I wish I had video.

I did a number of sketches while at the Expo, and you can see those below.

CCE13 Sketch - Ace the Bat Hound

Ace the Bat Hound

CCE13 Sketch - Zatanna


CCE13 Sketch - Vader

Darth Vader

The first sketch request of the weekend was for one of the Super Pets, and I opted for Ace the Bathound. I’ve always loved the inherent goofiness of a masked crime-fighting dog, and enjoyed doing a melodramatic take on the beloved Bat-pet. Next up was a Young Justice style Zatanna. I’m convinced that the only reason she didn’t have her trademark fishnets on the TV show was the limitations of animation, so she’s got them in this sketch. Finally, I was asked for a Darth Vader by Cincinnati Comic Expo founder and director Andrew Satterfield. I don’t often get asked for characters from outside of comics, so this was fun to do. Big thanks to Andrew for bringing me to the convention!

CCE13 Sketch - Huntress

JLU-style Huntress

CCE13 Sketch - Artemis


CCE13 Sketch - Darkseid


One fan asked for a Justice League Unlimited style Huntress, which I was happy to provide. Next up was a quick head sketch of Young Justice’s Artemis which I did as gift for the daughter of Brian Tudor, who sent out a Tweet about wanting to see me in Cincinnati that got me on the radar of CCE Director Andrew Satterfield. The Darkseid sketch I did during some down time when I felt like drawing. I’ll have it for sale at my next convention for unless someone makes me a better offer first! :)

CCE13 Sketch - Tigra

Avengers sketch cover with Tigra

CCE13 Sketch - Etrigan Green Arrow

Green Arrow sketch cover with Arrow vs Etrigan

Two different fans asked for sketch covers. One had seen a Tigra sketch I’d done at another convention and liked that I emphasized her feral nature over her sex appeal, and asked for something in a similar vein. Another fan asked for Etrigan vs. Green Arrow.

CCE13 Sketch - Bowties are Cool

Madman without a Box

And finally, I did one more sketch just to be drawing during some down time. I started drawing the Joker, and had gotten as far as deciding what kind of tie to give him – bolo, straight necktie, or bow tie – when inspiration struck. Between the Joker drawing turning out pretty well and the Doctor Who reference, this seems to have gotten a pretty good reaction on social media. I may have to do another version of this as a print! I’ve still got this original art, so it also will be available at my next convention unless I get a better offer! ;)

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At the Hall of Justice – Cincinnati’s Union Terminal

Before leaving town I had to visit the great comic book geek landmark of Cincinnati, Union Terminal which these days is the Cincinnati Museum Center. Back in 1973 it served as inspiration for the Justice League’s Hall of Justice on The Superfriends!

My thanks again to everyone that stopped by my table at the Cincinnati Comic Expo, and all the great volunteers who made the event happen and made me feel so welcome there. You’ve got a great convention and I’d love to come back!