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EndgameMar 7, 2019

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The note kind of spells it out.

NOT THE END! See you all again before you know it.

Cool Jerk @ Reno Pop Culture Con 2019Nov 6, 2019

Reno — the birthplace of Cool Jerk and Doc Splatter — is hosting a comic convention this weekend, and Cool Jerk will be there!

Reno Pop Culture Con — a spin-off from the wildly popular Denver Pop Culture Con — will commandeer the Reno-Sparks Convention Center this Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8-10. I’ve been given the status of “Special Guest” so that means free limo and I get to cut to the front of any buffet line in town. Yes, even Circus Circus.

I’ll have copies of all my Cool Jerk books, including a small quantity of the limited edition, three-volume sets of my UNR college strip Like, For Shore!, all digitally remastered in lovely graphite. These are the strips that begat Cool Jerk, and no one AND I MEAN NO ONE has seen them all in their entirety like this! They’re a limited print run of 75 so be sure to put this top on your list!

Further, I’ll have all sorts of Cool Jerk effluvia you’d expect to see at a comic-con, such as Canvas Panels, t-shirts, enamel pins and other comics (Jerkopaedia, The Mightily Marvelous Cool Jerk Fun Book Vol. 1, The Girl Who Kicked the Donut Habit). Doc Splatter Ominous Omnibus? Hell yeah I have those, too! THIS IS DEFINITELY THE TIME TO SHOP! Nevada sales tax? I got your back. It’s all part of the price, friend… a perk of being a fellow Northern Nevadan.

 

Need directions? Here’s a locator I whipped up while eating an Awesome-Awesome.

So bring your Christmas shopping list and some folding money (I also take credit cards) and come by the Cool Jerk outpost J1 (Jay-one) in Artists Valley, on the right side of the hall en route to the celebrity veal pens.

SHOW HOURS
Friday, Nov. 8: 10am-7pm
Saturday, Nov. 9: 10am-7pm
Sunday, Nov. 10: 10am-5pm

SDCCI ’19 Photo RecapAug 1, 2019


San Diego Comic-Con 2019 was kind to Cool Jerk, despite me spraining my back a few days before the show and being in teeth-gritting agony most days. New items this year included The Mightily Marvelous Cool Jerk Fun Book (my legit first and only all-ages publication) and something I called the Official Cool Jerk Mystery Funbag, a blind box-style lootsack with roughly $80 of Cool Jerk merch for a mere $30. I had hidden behind the table a select few of the three-volume Like, For Shore! The Complete Works college strip collections. These were limited to 75 editions and I literally had them under wraps and off the table because they were made especially for Cool Jerk patrons who have all the books. (Also available to the general public via my Cool Jerk store, here!)

This was my 17th year in a row exhibiting in Small Press, in pretty much the exact same spot. What’s mind-blowing is that a bunch of high school kids I met that first year in 2003 (The Poway Posse) are now the same age I was when I met them! As ever, it was great to see so many of my friends and meet new ones. Special thanks to Nathan, Ricky and his nephew Brandon, and Richard’s pal Alex for helping me with table stuff this year.

Now, on with the show!

Here’s our doggo, Doctor, charming attendees outside Hall B. (The top photo is also him, cosplaying as Doctor Strange.)

Timely and popular cosplay pairs this year include Thanos and Death

… and Thanos with youngster Gamora.

Also popular this year were various takes from “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Especially Spider-Gwen (aka Ghost Spider) and warmup-sweats-wearing Peter Parker.

Saw this same dude at Denver Pop Culture Con earlier this summer, also cosplaying Madcap.

Sort of a casual-Friday-meets-hipster version of Thundercats’ Cheetara.

I confess I have no idea who she’s cosplaying. Anyone?

For all you European readers, here’s Obelisk and Asterisk. Nice job!

Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. The wardrobe and hair were on point; the fact he stayed in character (gait, exaggerated pantomiming) was just gravy.

Brianna Turnier as Jubilee (non-vampire version because she left her fangs at home). Her hands did give off bright lights, despite the photo.

Me, with a Damage Control employee and Taskmaster. Wish I’d gotten a full-figure pic of Taskmaster; George Pérez would’ve been honored.

PRO TIP: Try to call out a cosplayer by their character name when asking for pics or selfies. They love that. I was able to get Arachne‘s attention by calling out “Excuse me… Julia Carpenter? Can I get a pic with you?”

XY chromosome version of She-Ra and a non-barefoot Fred Flintstone (with bonus Dino).

I’m… not certain who they are, but they’re terrific. Anone throw me a bone here?

Simon Williams a.k.a. Wonder Man. No safari jacket? Well, I can’t blame him. It was pretty warm and humid that weekend.

An above-average Felicia Hardy a.k.a. Black Cat.

Another Marvel couple— Havok and Polaris.

Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort. His wand fu was exceptional.

I wasn’t able to sneak away from the Cool Jerk table except for the few minutes before the show opens each day, but I was able to see the actual (?) prop of the Oxygen Destroyer from the first Godzilla movie, Gojira (1954). Also in the frame are one of King Ghidora‘s heads and a small-size Mothra larvae.

And I was also able to get a sweet, up-close pic of the actual Godzilla 2000 suit, also part of the Toho Pictures display.

Onto the Cool Jerk table itself. Here are a couple versions of my Cool Jerk enamel pins, where each pin comes with an original drawing on the backing board. These were both snatched up before the day ended.

This particular Cool Jerk Canvas Panel sold like gangbusters. In fact…

…this knot of Handmaids purchased the last one I had at the show. If you’d like one for yourself, buzz me (contact information at the top of the page) and order one up!

Totally unrelated to the previous photos, here are longtime pals Sean and Lacie. I was surprised they made it, what with Lacie being due pretty much two weeks after the ‘con. I think their not-quite-ready-for-the-world daughter cosplaying as the Death Star is adorable.

Also coming by the table are Mason and Pamela. I think I’ve known Mason at least 10 years and Pamela had just cleaned off her cosplay…

…as Pennywise. (FULL DISCLOSURE: This pic of Pamela, promoting the “IT!” board game, was not taken by me.)

Our cartoonist buddy Abby Denson (Dolltopia) came by and got to catch up a bit with Darlene.

Sorry, folks— another one I don’t recognize. Anyone…?

My cosplay of the day winner was this rather dark version of Ariel

…and the following day I had to give it to Vlad Dracul.

Cool Jerk @ San Diego Comic-Con 2019Jul 18, 2019


OK I’m officially old. No, not because I turned 50 (!) since last year’s San Diego Comic-Con International (map below). Not because this is Cool Jerk’s 17th consecutive year in Small Press. But because I sprained my back carrying some of the tablescape out of storage (seen above). PRO TIP: don’t sprain your back. If anyone asks you “hey, wanna sprain your back?” Just remember my advice and kindly decline.

Pain and limited mobility aside, just because I’m taking a sabbatical from the weekly comic doesn’t mean I’m not bringing new, fun stuff to the show!


First and foremost is The Mightily Marvelous Cool Jerk Fun Book! It’s my first all-ages product, if you can believe that. *looks through archive, believes it* It’s a magazine-sized laugh-maker filled with puzzles, games, mazes and other fun stuff. A mere $7. (Later this year will be volume 2, which will be most-ages. Stay tuned!)


Also this year I have a special product— the official Cool Jerk Mystery Funbag! Anyone remember the Happy Happy Funbags from the mid-2000s? Well, it’s like that Funbag had a baby with a Lootcrate and voilà! It’s a blind buy, but guaranteed in each Funbag is one random Cool Jerk book, Doc Splatter Ominous Omnibus, a Cool Jerk T-shirt, Fridge Bling (Cool Jerk magnet— brand new!), a Cool Jerk window decal, stickers, Post-Its, a random Canvas Panel… and a heap of other stuff! Limited to 15 Funbags, this is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to quickly catch up on Cool Jerk swag or take care of that special someone’s birthday or Christmas gift. Easily a $70+ value, but only $30. Sorry, online folks— I can’t really ship this out without adding a dumb amount of postage.

I still have a limited quantity of Like, For Shore! The Complete Works. It’s three volumes collecting more than 170 college-era strips that preceded Cool Jerk. Armpit, Puppy and the rest of the Spittle Beach gang are all there, and I remastered nearly every strip in graphite. The first printing is in a very limited run of 75 signed and numbered copies, and most are gone. Sold as a set, $18.

Like every year I added some new Canvas Panel designs, which I’ll Tweet during the show (find me on Twitter: @cooljerk). I also reprinted a stack of old favorites that always seem to sell out. $15 a pop, or $40 if you want a long-form canvas (contains a whole strip, not just one panel), which I can custom-make for you if you order one up in person or online.

I have a limited supply of last year’s runaway hit, the Cool Jerk Enamel Pins. They’re $10 and you get one-of-a-kind original art with each pin. Choose among the Cool word balloon, Jerk thought balloon and/or the ubiquitous CENSORED bar… perfect for any jacket, backpack or tongue piercing!

Attendees will also find The Girl Who Kicked The Donut Habit (Darlene’s second comic) and the Jerkopædia (Official Style Guide to Cool Jerk), both of which I’ll have on hand in limited supply. Also running a bit low on T-shirts, but I’ll bring what I have.

And last but not least, here’s a convenient map I whipped up while sucking down some CBD.

Click it!

Hope to see you at the show!

Cool Jerk and I are taking a breakApr 16, 2019

Hi, everyone— buckle in for some quick Cool Jerk news!


• Have you checked out the latest Cool Jerk? In the longest single Cool Jerk story arc, I wrapped up a 10-year dangling plot thread and put a bow on it, bringing closure to the whole “shabu shabu to go” story line from 2008 (!). This leads me to the next blurb.

•Due to the National Emergency that’s going on, I’m taking a bit of a hiatus from weekly Cool Jerk strips. Just doesn’t seem right to cartoon while, you know, we’re in the middle of a National Emergency. On the flip side, this will give me time to complete TWO all-new Cool Jerk books that will be back from the printers before I exhibit at the Denver Pop Culture Con (May 31-June 2). I’ll likely return to Cool Jerk later in the year (so long as the National Emergency ends, of course); I have some changes in mind that might make it necessary to call it “Cool Jerk 2.0.” Stay ‘tooned to my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for updates, random nonsense and such.

• At San Diego Comic-Con last summer, I unveiled the never-before-seen remastered college strips — Like, For Shore! The Complete Works. (Read more about the LFS! collections here.) The first printing is limited to 75 copies, and some are now available at the Cool Jerk store!

• Cool Jerk will be at Southern California Comics (Kearny Mesa, San Diego) on May 4 for Free Comic Book Day. In the spirit of the day, I will legit have about 25 Cool Jerk books available for FREE. And I’ll have other items for sale, too (such as Like, For Shore! numbered collections, enamel pins, canvas panels, t-shirts and other stuff)! Selling merch means I can fund the next book. And speaking of…

• Work is well underway on the new Cool Jerk collection. These things take time but I intend to have it off to the printers in late 2019 or early 2020. Its name: Cool Jerk Vol. 5: WUAAARGH.

Thanks for reading, stick around and I hope to see you online (and/or at FCBD, Denver and/or San Diego Comic-Con)!

SDCCI ’18 Photo RecapAug 9, 2018


San Diego Comic-Con 2018 has come and gone, like a peyote-fueled fever dream, leaving in its wake tens of thousands of sweat-covered popular arts fans/aficionados who either spent a lot of money or made a lot of money. Individual results may vary, but it was a fine year for Cool Jerk. Fine, I tell you. I had a secret product: the three-volume collection of my long-rumored “Like, For Shore!” college strips. These were limited to 75 editions and I literally had them under wraps and off the table because they were made especially for Cool Jerk patrons who have all the books. So a bunch of you SDCC attendees had first crack at these college strips that begat Cool Jerk, and now I’m happy to announce they’re available for the general public via my Cool Jerk store, here!

It was terrific to see so many of you, year after year. Some I’ve known for decades, some in just the last year or two. And I met a fair chunk of new readers who I’m sure to see in the years ahead. Thank you so much for coming by my little island in the middle of the convention center. Now, it’s time for the photo recap!


Let’s start with Kolchak the night stalker. Obscure if you’re younger than 60, a mandatory Google search if you’re younger than 45.


Another obscure cosplay, Artemus Gordon and James West, from Salma Hayek’s best movie.


Here’s Matt and Jess, from their Netflix shows.


Also courtesy Netflix, here’s Luke Cage.


Delightful StormPixxieCosplay (her Instagram handle) cosplaying Teen Titan Raven.


Just not a comic convention without a slave Leia, but hey! Props to the mail-order inflatable Jabba costume!


And if you’re going to cosplay Storm of the X-Men, you’ve just gotta use white contact lenses. Just gotta.


Speaking of Storm, there’s another one in the background there, behind the Grandmaster and Topaz (both as seen in “Thor: Ragnarok”).


Here I am with fellow Reno alum Mary Crawley, who remembers my comics from the days of UNR Sagebrush and the Reno Gazette-Journal. We discovered that we had a mutual friend in Bob Adams, and sadly I had to tell her of Bob’s suicide in 2013.


Here’s my new buddy @KariLikeSafari wearing a t-shirt that says “Impeach Trump”… in Gallifreyan.


Victorian sexy time with Mina Murray and Vlad Dracula.


Catwoman and Zatanna picked up a couple Cool Jerk books, and the next thing I knew they were casing a dude’s hand-made jewelry and artworks two tables down.


Mrs. Waterford read one of my Cool Jerk collections last night. Oops. #spoilers


Damn. Here’s “Sherman” Tank (his name, really) as John Coffey from “The Green Mile.” Complete with mouse.


Not certain what their official cosplay names are, but that’s a Wasp/Jolibee mashup with Grimace/Thanos. With the Infinity Oven Mitt. Of course.


While Darlene was wandering around the floor, she spotted the Mystery Science Theater 3000 family…


…a Dora Milaje (“Black Panther”) and Michonne (“The Walking Dead”)…


Erik Killmonger and Shuri (both from “Black Panther”)…


…and a female Magneto, plus Mystique in mid-morph.


From Hulu’s original series “GLOW,” here’s Zoya the Destroya!


If not the first Snake Plissken I’ve seen… certainly the best Snake Plissken I’ve seen.


In the parking garage, X-Men Psylocke and Colossus (apparently his nickname even out of costume, if you catch what I’m sayin’).


One of the best costumes of the show. Bravo to you, King of the Pink Panther tribe.


Here’s Gambit and Phoenix, the latter possessed by symbiote Venom. I wish the photo would do her justice, but VenomPhoenix had super-sharp shark teeth.


Long-time pal, journalistic colleague and breakfast buddy Lisa O’Malley somehow got past security to visit. CALL SECURITY!


Think I’ll wrap this up with a couple adorbz cosplayers. The first is She-Hulk, with what her mom says is “her favorite fighting pose”…


…and lil’ clown Pennywise (I’ll remind you of last year’s Georgie Denbrough). Horror clearly has no age limit.

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