Saturday, October 30, 2010

Animal Control SCU Reviewed on Secret Identity Podcast!

We're happy to report there's a new audio review of the Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit Preview over on the much loved Secret Identity Podcast! Matt "Matman" Herring was kind enough to give the Preview a rating of "5 out of 5 whizzing Pandas" -- THANK YOU, MATT!

Rob Anderson had the pleasure of hanging out with Matt at the 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con and most recently at New York Comic-Con, where the Secret Identity Podcast was a sponsor of the great Indy After Party hosted at Blaggards Pub. Rob had a great time at the party (thanks, guys!), and was suitably impressed that both Matt and co-host Brian LeTendre have been drawn into a LOT of comics...including Jonah Hex # 34, with art by Mark Sparacio. How cool is that?

If that wasn't enough, the Secret Identity Podcast also did a nice write-up on Comics Experience in their 10/27/2010 news post and then chatted about all the cool things happening--from the Comic Creators Workshop to the new Comics Experience Facebook page--in Episode #279 as well!

Episode #279 of The Secret Identity Podcast discusses Comics Experience at the 19:36 mark, and Animal Control SCU is reviewed at 40:35. Check out the whole episode!

Click here for Secret Identity Podcast, Episode #279!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

NYCC 2010 - Panda Dog Press Report

Rob Anderson, Panda Dog Press publisher, and writer of Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit, attended the New York Comic Con on October 8 - 10, 2010. Here's his report:

I made my first ever trip to the NYCC this past weekend -- what a blast! I had decided after Baltimore Comic-Con that this was a trip I *had* to make, so it was somewhat short notice, and I was only able to pull it off due to willingness of my Comics Experience friends to allow me to join in on the Elevator Pitch Press booth at the last minute.

Pictured below -- all Comics Experience alums -- are (left to right): Jim Moore (with his back turned!), Eric Drumm, Rob Anderson (me!), Joe Sergi, Dan Rivera, George O'Connor, and Richard P. Clark (in front). Other Comics Experience/Creators Workshop folks in attendance (not pictured) included Janine and Ken Frederick, Kevin Byrne, Elizabeth Amber, George Northy, Josh Wigler and Bill Yurkas.

Hanging out in the Elevator Pitch Press booth gave me a home base for the convention to: (1) network with publishers and other creators; (2) hang with my friends from Comics Experience courses and the CE Creators Workshop; and (3) sell some copies of Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit. On all fronts, the convention was a success!

The Exhibit Hall, Artists' Alley, and even the Anime Artists' Alley were as packed as you've heard. Saturday it was as hard to move in the Exhibit Hall as San Diego Comic-Con. Personal highlights for me included meeting Jim Valentino, attending several excellent panels--most I attended were organized by Buddy Scalera, who did a *great* job--and just networking in general with friends new and old.

Also, a huge highlight was doing a video interview with Pete LePage of Newsarama and the popular Tuesday night talk show Comic Book Club. We chatted a bit about Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit -- and then Pete did another interview with Elevator Pitch Press colleague and a pro artist in his own right, Richard P. Clark. I don't have any pictures of my own interview, but at left is a shot of Rich being interviewed by Pete. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Pete!

Yet another highlight was getting to catch up in person with Comics Experience founder and fearless leader, Andy Schmidt, and co-Moderator of the CE Creators Workshop, John Barber. Andy, working his day job as Senior Editor at IDW, was completely *swamped* doing portfolio reviews on Saturday. I walked the line, which wrapped halfway around the massive IDW booth, and there were more than 50+ hopeful artists waiting patiently. Some of those folks need to come check out Andy's CE Creators Workshop!

Like SDCC, NYCC is worth the trip. Nowhere else -- on the East Coast at least -- will you see such a spectacle centered around comic books and popular culture. I plan to return next year, perhaps with a full-blown Panda Dog Press booth!

-- Rob Anderson

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rob Anderson at New York Comic Con!

Visit Rob Anderson, Panda Dog Press publisher, and writer of Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit, at the New York Comic Con this weekend, October 8th - 10th.

Rob will be in the Elevator Pitch Press booth -- #542 -- hanging out with his friends from Comics Experience. Come by to chat with Rob about Animal Control: SCU, Comics Experience and the CE Creators Workshop, or about making comics in general.

And, of course, Rob will have copies of the Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit Preview on hand for those who haven't yet picked up their copy.

Come on by and say hello!