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May Update: In bloom

Hello web denizens,
Ravencon has come and gone already. The turn out was fantastic, with more than 300 people showing up for this small, new convention. The panels were fun and I got to meet some great people there. My dealers table was right next to Tom Kidd, and we even got a chance to talk about art. Ravencon 2007 will be April 27-29th, 2007.

Now its time to get ready for Balticon. I will be a guest and exhibiting my work at the artshow . In case you havent heard, Neil Gaiman is the guest of honor and I am very excited about that. I will post my schedule on my live journal as soon as it becomes available and chances are you can find me at the Ravencon table.

I just wrapped up the first of what I hope to be many art classes. If you missed it, that is ok. I figured out my mistakes and this summer will be Science Fiction & Fantasy Illustration v2.0. First there is a free session at the Howard County Central Library running June 13th through 15th. Then June 22nd I will be back at Cosmic Comix; 8 weeks for $100, I provide in-class art supplies. Look for flyers in the Baltimore area.

Attending conventions is not cheap and although I am often a guest, I still have travel and accommodations expenses to contend with. So that means I have to scrimp and save. That means I need you to buy swag or even make the odd donation at my paypal account. If you donate $10, I will send you an autographed print; a $25 donation will land you an original sketch; and $50, a black and white piece. Also, don't forget to visit my webstore.

***IN PRINT***

Issue 14 of Nth Degree is out now, it's very purple! Johnny Eponymous wrote a nonfiction piece that is very amusing, and there are several other pieces of fiction that are great reads. Issue 15 will be out after Ravencon.

A small volume of short stories called Mazes by Michail Velichansky is out. Velichansky is a talented young writer whom I know you will hear more about in the future. I did the cover for this great collection of stories! If you would like a copy of this book, please send me $5 with $2 shipping & handling.

If you would like a copy of the James R. Stratton book, Mens Rea, please send me $5 with $2 shipping & handling. Mens Rea is a collection of short stories. My favorite stories are "Meatbag" and "Damn Near Dead."

***IN PERSON***

Balticon 40 May 26_29, 2006 Hunt Valley, MD (http://www.balticon.org): as I mentioned before, Neil Gaiman will be the guest of honor with Lisa Snellings-Clark as artist guest of honor and Lorraine a' Malena as musical guest of honor.

Ravencon 2007 April 27-29th, 2007 Richmond, VA (http://www.ravencon.com): Mike Pederson just announced the dates for this, the first annual Ravencon.

Are you running a con? Need an artist as a guest? Contact me and I will be happy to help make your convention a success. Plus, I will list you in this section every month up to the date of your con.

***ONLINE***

http://www.jandrewworld.com Next step is to figure out how to update it! My thanks to the talented people at Illusion Creation for their involvement in the design.

http://www.nthzine.com has the cover of Issue 9 on the web page. You can find it by going to the art section and, from there, going to the cover gallery.

Also, Mike Pederson, publisher of Nth Degree, has started an ezine called (here is a shocker) Nthzine. The first issue is online and guess what? It's free! You can check it out here:
http://nthzine.com/NthZine/nthzine001.pdf

http://www.livejournal.com/users/jandrewworld Find out what's happening, as it happens, and read con reviews.

http://sfrevu.com/Review_id.php?id=2927 is a review I wrote for the book Men of Tomorrow.

http://www.sfrevu.com/Review-id.php?id=2958 is my review for Howl's Moving Castle.

Check out Ravencon's Logo at either http://www.ravencon.com or http://www.ravencon.org.

***IN FILM***

I am currently writing and producing a documentary on webcomics. I will also be doing the graphics and probably some art as well. A website and comic is also in the works for this project. I will let you know about this more as the project develops. If you are interesting in hearing about news for the film you can join the group here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/webcomicsdocumentary/

Coming soon: How you can become an executive producer!

***MERCH***

Make sure you visit my café press shops:

http://www.cafeshops.com/jandrewworld, my official web store.

http://www.cafeshops.com/nthdegree9cover: for the cover of Nth Degree 9, now available to wear!

http://www.cafeshops.com/jawfrankenstein: the classic image of Frankenstein, now available to wear!

http://www.cafeshops.com/jawspacegirl: complete line of clothes featuring the Space Girl image.

http://www.cafeshops.com/shadowcatcher: to fill out your wardrobe, check it out!

http://www.cafeshops.com/fishstickgirl: for fans of DaVinci's Notebook. Get your unofficial, yet authorized, swag today!

Shadowcatcher prints and the books Mazes and Mens Rea are also available, email me for details.