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Goodbye, Father…

This morning at 8:31am the strongest, most loving, most caring, most supportive man I have ever known and will ever know exited this world for the next. My father Frank, after a year and a half of battling sickness caused in the aftermath of his respiratory failure-induced heart attack of March 31st, 2016, has passed on.

My father worked in the airline business for many years, and put in as many hours as humanly possible. Nothing stopped him from doing his job, even if he was sick he would suck it up and get as many hours as his body would allow him to work for. He also had another job, one which he worked 24 hours and seven days a week on – That profession was being the parent of two children, me and my older sister Brooke, and the husband of his wife, my mother Jacky. Dad did his best to make us kids happy, even if it meant losing sleep and missing a day at the office. He was always there for us, and even in the next life his mission as a parent will continue throughout eternity, watching us as our guardian angel…

Thank you everybody for your love and support, his final chapter here on Earth grew longer in length thanks to your kindness.

You are and will always be the best, Dad.

Threadless shop is up and running

Hello everyone,

I have set up a shop on the website Threadless.com, feel free to check it out if you get the opportunity, link

Threadless allows artists to share their work on the information super highway and gain more an audience by incorporating them into products. Threadless offers a variety of products ranging from clothing to home décor to accessories.

 

So this happened…

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Went to the local Marcus Theaters in Hastings, MN. and while there came across an advert of their “Sunday Passport” deal for anywhere between Sept. 3rd to Nov. 12th, 2017.

As you can see in the scanned copy on the left image there are a collage of promotional material for upcoming releases, if you notice on the lower right there is one for the Gerard Butler vehicle “Geostorm”.

This one especially caught my interest because, you see, that is actually *not* official promotional material for said movie, but actually an edit of a purely fan-made poster I designed back in 2015. Needless to say, a giant smile graced my face and “man, this is so cool” perfectly summarized my feelings about the whole ordeal.

How did this happen? After I uploaded the poster on my social media networks the director/producer of the film Dean Devlin not only liked it but also shared it on his official feed. The thing spread like wildfire and for roughly two years since more than a handful of people have actually used it in discussion of the movie on the internet. There have not been too many advertisements for the film outside of stills and trailers, and a quick Google search and my poster is definitely a top search result, with that being the case it comes as no shock that a company would assume it is the real deal and use it. This is not the first time a fan creation has gotten this level of attention in the marketplace, the internet has allowed many artists to create works that are easy to find with a click of a button and share.

I am very flattered that my art work has received so much love, it means a lot to me and encourages me to continue to grow as an artist. Thank you to the kind folks at Marcus Theaters for recognizing my talents and sharing them with more people.

Hobbyist out.

Fall ComiCon 2016

This past Saturday marked my convention debut as a guest creator, at the Fall ComiCon at the State Fairgrounds Education Center in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

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Business card!

Set up took off the Friday before, I arrived at the education center in the afternoon and got my side of the table ready for the next morning.

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The trade show kicked off at 10am and went onto 6pm, me and my brother-in-law(pictured on the right) arrived about an hour prior for additional set up before doors officially opened up.

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Both me and my bro-in-law had a blast from start to finish, we not only did good with promoting The Imaginative Hobbyist but also met a lot of really awesome artists, cosplayers, and nerds just as big as ourselves.

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The closest my bro-in-law will get to being in a Star Wars movie…

The art definitely got the attention of a lot of people and lead to some very happy customers.

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In addition to selling art work we also handed out business cards, bookmarks, magnets, and handed out candy.

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Yes, that is indeed a Trick or Treat bowl that we used, it is the month of Halloween as you guys know…

Lunch was held in “The Fortress of Solitude” which had hot dogs, chips, cake, macaroni salad, shredded beef, and various kinds of soda pop ( Can’t beat that!)

img_2878 img_2879 img_2880Met comics legend Dan Jurgens again at the convention, shared him my Cyborg Superman piece which he was more than happy to sign( as well as sign my copy of Justice League #52), so awesome.

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The whole event was a ton of fun, I’m going to try to make it to Spring ComiCon in the Spring.

Peace.