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Cool Jerk @ Reno Pop Culture Con 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 Recap


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 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 break

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 Recap


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.


Sweet Sixteen: Cool Jerk at San Diego Comic-Con 2018

This year is the sixteenth consecutive year that Cool Jerk set up shop in Small Press at San Diego Comic-Con International (map below). The weather forecast says it’ll be muggy with a chance of drenched armpits. And that’s INSIDE the convention center!


This year I have a special treat for all of you who have the complete Cool Jerk library: 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 San Diego Comic-Con attendees will have first crack at buying them. Sold as a set, $18.

Also new this year will be a few 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!

This year, I want to try something new. It could be awesome, it could be a giant mistake. If you’re reading this mailer and attending Comic-Con, ask about the Cool Jerk BOOK DEAL. It’s on the down-low; I’m not going to advertise it. But ask about the BOOK DEAL. Seriously. It’s totally worth it.

Also worth mentioning are 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. Also running a bit low on t-shirts, but I’ll bring what I have.

Here’s a locator for your convenience. Thanks for following Cool Jerk and hope to see you at the show!


SDCCI ’17 Photo Recap


Was it the lack of a kidney stone (and accompanying stents)? Was it the oppressive humidity? Was it the sobering reality that a sentient sack of spray-tanned dicks is running this country? Dunno, but this year’s San Diego Comic-Con felt like an ode to the best of previous years. This was the first time since 2003 that the Cool Jerk table wasn’t in Small Press K-10… we moved next door to the K-9 corner spot. Woo-hoo!


Sales were tremendous; lots of people — friends and new faces alike — came by the table to chat or buy the newly unveiled Cool Jerk Enamel Pins (limited run of 100 per design), each of which came bagged with an original penciled-and-inked drawing of a favorite Cool Jerk character. Canvas Panels did well, with the”Chupacabraccino” and “Trump is a literal bag of dicks” panels selling out instantly. I discovered that my Cool Jerk T-shirt inventory is running thin in some sizes, and as a result I lost a few potential sales. (MEMO TO SELF: Make more panels and T-shirts!)

Sincere gratitude to everyone who squeezed in a visit (and purchase) into their comic-con schedule, and to Darlene who manned the table, kept us fed and hydrated, and brought our doggy downtown to experience his first comic-con (see below).

As the recently passed June Foray would famously say, “And now here’s something we hope you’ll really like!”


Starting off with another Twin Peaks selfie, because #peaksfreak. This was taken the day before the convention opened, during set-up. SHHH! DON’T TELL ANYONE!!


Stranger Things 2 building wrap, seen in the Gaslamp Quarter a block-and-a-half from the convention center. Netflix was really pushing their original content, incl. The Defenders.


Of course, HBO’s Game of Thrones had a big presence. I wonder what was inside this crate?


Our dog, The Doctor, cosplayed as Doctor Strange (complete with Eye of Agamotto and custom-made Cape of Levitation). Here he is wowing the paparazzi outside Hall B. At one point I think he was trending on Twitter. We thought he’d wig the F out but he took it all in stride, sometimes letting people pet his head or give high-fives.


Traffic in front of our row in Small Press always includes a lot of cosplayers. Here’s Nightwing, Batgirl and Deadpool.


Here’s Spider-Man, Black Cat and Ted Washington (our super-chill and talented table neighbor for two years running).


As always, sketches are 100% free. Here’s a reader who picked up another Cool Jerk book (working his way through my library) and an enamel pin.


Hawkgirl, here, with expanding and contracting wings plus a glowing mace. Her similarly costumed partner Hawkman was elsewhere on the floor.


Here’s a Bob Ross cosplayer, proving the Cosplay Well of Ideas in bottomless.


You can call her Laura, you can call her X-23, you can even call her the all-new Wolverine… just don’t call her before she’s had her coffee.


Jennifer Walters, better known as She-Hulk. Always a popular cosplay option, and aside from the non-green tummy, she nailed it.


Wish I’d gotten some video of Lil the Dancer (“Twin Peaks- Fire Walk With Me”). She got the blinking, puckering, stepping in place and hand gestures down pat. “She’s my mother’s sister’s girl.”


Spooky stuff coming next. Let’s float with Georgie Denbrough (“IT”)…


…and beg for mercy from Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface.


Very well done Kim Possible


…maybe second only to Carrie Kelley Robin, here.


No, that’s not “female Venom” — that’s the Julia Carpenter version of Spider-Woman (aka Arachne). Cosplayers love it when you ID them properly and get their alter egos correct.


Along with the Scooby Gang (up top), this might be my favorite cosplay team-up: Gogo Yubari and her death ball & chain from “Kill Bill.”


Wandering the floor, Darlene and I came across J. Jonah Jameson (publisher of The Daily Bugle)…


…an on-point Mystique (forget the scaly Jennifer Lawrence versions)…


…and Red Sonja holding a decapitated head with an iPhone embedded in the skull. Crazy world.


Initially thought the gal on the left was Deathbird, but the costume details say she’s a female (and feather-heavy) variant of Magneto. Next to her is the queen of the Inhumans, Medusa.


Speaking of Inhumans, Marvel had a life-size Lockjaw on display. Such hugs!


People just love doggies, I guess. Even when they’re so cute they make you want to tear your own face off.


Darlene spotted this kid cosplaying Dustin from Stranger Things and nearly got whiplash from the double take. Bravo!


This would be the first and only Bebop & Rocksteady from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I’ve seen.


Also, The Maker (evil Reed Richards from another dimension) scores points for obscurity and originality.


While working the table, Darlene handed off a Cool Jerk book to actual-size Ant-Man. THIS IS NOT FORCED PERSPECTIVE HE REALLY WAS SEVEN INCHES TALL I SWEAR.


Offered without commentary.


“Hey, Moon Knight… can you tell me who just called?” “What’s the matter, Daredevil… you blind or something?” *awkward silence*


Here’s a brief crossplay round-up: female versions of Gambit and Spider-Man, in both conventional and “Iron Spider” outfits.


And while I’d thought this was a Hayley Atwell-inspired Peggy Carter/Captain America mashup, Pandora Grayson told me she’s actually a 1940s-era female Captain America.


Longtime friends John & Charlene came by the table again this year, no doubt an overwhelming experience for everyone.


Here’s a Frank Frazetta painting come to life. All that was missing was a knife-swinging protagonist and a nude girl.


And as luck would have it (?), a nude girl did show up a few minutes later. Yes, that’s body paint and a thong… nothing else. I decided to try out my Cool Jerk “CENSORED” enamel pin.


Cool Jerk and San Diego Comic-Con ’17

It's a bookmark! It's a coupon! It's your lucky day!


Today begins Cool Jerk’s 15th straight year exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con International. Come find us in Small Press (K9), right next to the same spot we’ve had since 2003. Got some new stuff, some old favorites, and some ridonkulous, show-only deals on Cool Jerk books (see above)!


We’ve been thinking of doing Cool Jerk Enamel Pins for a couple years now (originally thinking of Velcro patches to wear on hats or sew onto backpacks), but this year we’re debuting the first three designs. They’re really spiff! Most places sell enamel pins for $10, and I’m no exception… but do they include ORIGINAL ARTWORK with each pin? Yep— each backing board has a drawing by yours truly! Choose from pre-drawn ones or request a special someone! Each one is a limited print run of 100 and when they’re gone, they’re gone. SPECIAL ‘CON DEAL: Buy all three, get a book for free!


We still have copies of last summer’s The Girl Who Kicked The Donut Habit, the follow up to 2012’s The Girl With The Donut Tattoo which sold out after three printings. It’s another venture into Darlene’s food-centric world, and pays homage to her mom who passed away unexpectedly in 2014. It’s 24 color pages of comics, recipes, a centerfold (?!?) and costs six bucks with $1 of each sale benefiting the Colon Cancer Alliance. Be sure to get one from Darlene directly so she can sign it for you!

I’m kind of burning through my limited run of Jerkopædia— The Official Visual Style Guide to Cool Jerk, the MUST-HAVE for fans of Cool Jerk (or comic strips in general), character design and animation model sheets. And it’s much more than just fun drawings… it’s fun drawings WITH ANNOTATIONS! Find out who walks around commando! Discover the secret of Armpit’s feet! When was Arms-Over-Head Guy’s first appearance? This guide has it all AND MUCH MORE. It’s 24 pages, professionally printed with a heavy stock color cover, six bucks.

Folks just love Canvas Panels and I’ll be debuting several more varieties at the show! How about a panel depicting a Human Centipede diagram? Or the Chupacabraccino?? A mere $15 a pop for hand-sized artwork, suitable for any room in the house!


Further on that, I’m also selling a few Long-form Cool Jerk Canvases of some fan-favorite strips! They’re $35 each, which is surprisingly the most expensive item at the table. Don’t see your personal favorite? I’ll also be taking orders at the table, which I can then ship out for free!

We’ll also have all the other items you could ever possibly want:

• All Cool Jerk books, and they’re discounted for the show! Get ’em here, get ’em signed and avoid shipping fees!
• T-shirts in a variety of styles, fits (M or F) and sizes! All shirts are $15-$20. CHEAP!
• Stickers, buttons and the like!
• As ever, sketches are free!

Click it to find the Zoya the Destroya cosplayer!


Here’s a map I made while you were binge-watching “Glow.” To recap, we’re right next to the same spot we’ve always been, Small Press K9, a stone’s throw from the communal baths/vomitorium/emergency cosplay repair stations.

Find us on Twitter — @cooljerk and @darleneeats. We’ll be live-Tweeting throughout!

See you there!


Denver Comic Con ’17 photo-heavy recap!

Thank you, Utah!

I’m back from another terrific Denver Comic Con and thoroughly exhausted. That’s a 16-hour drive from San Diego and somewhat foolhardy to attempt in one clip… let alone doing it again three days later! It’s too bad I missed last year (due to kidney stone situation) as I’d be able to claim an uninterrupted run of Denver shows, but alas. Once again, I’m amazed at how many attendees show their “colors”— either in full cosplay (matching the exact costume/appearance of a character), partial cosplay (carrying a comic prop/wearing zombie makeup but otherwise dressed normally) or just wearing comic/pop culture t-shirts, hats or other items.

Thanks to everyone who came by the table to buy some Cool Jerk stuff or just to check out my comics and say hi. And special thanks to the visually talented sibling team of Justin Orr and Hilary Orr (who I partnered with on securing tables this year) and to longtime friend Monica Mendoza, who filled in for Darlene as my table slave. Much appreciated! And now, onto the pix:


Staring things off with X-23 (the grown-up comics version of lil’ Laura from “Logan”) and Shaggy, I guess…?


Couple straight outta the Twilight Zone! (Specifically, the “Eye of the Beholder” episode.)


Cosplay team goals! Here are the Powerpuff Girls


…and the Maitlands from “Beetlejuice.” Wish I got a better pic, but you’ll just barely see Barbara is holding the Handbook for the Recently Deceased.


No exaggeration, I saw probably 7-8 distinctly different couples cosplaying Beast Boy and Raven… but these two were the best.


Bill Cosby’s hung jury legal battle had just barely left the news cycle when HEY HEY HEY Fat Albert shows up.


New buddy Sarina Garcia (we have several mutual friends, at least one of whom told her to seek out Cool Jerk at DCC), wearing the latest in Joker/Duela Dent fashion.


Meet Jennifer Walters— part-time lawyer and full-time She-Hulk.


Not 100% certain, but I think the hulked-out She-Hulk (previous pic) also cosplayed Scarlet Witch the next day (seen here with comics husband Vision).


Denver Comic Con wouldn’t be the same without Isabelle and Alexx (and their hostage, far right). Isabelle usually comes as Firestorm but this year she changed it up and cosplayed Huntress Wizard from “Adventure Time.”


Behold… the Grandmaster! (At the time of this photo, I was the only one who ID’d this dude correctly.)


Not all cosplay is comics-, science fiction-, or fantasy-related… or even recent! Here’s Tippi Hedren from “The Birds.”


Here’s an obligatory Disney princess… Megara! (That hairdo is on point!)


Captain Britain and Queen Saturnyne (WOW that’s obscure!) came by the table. For their totally original, Alan Davis-inspired cosplay I comped them a Cool Jerk book. They returned a few minutes later and bought another one. (I initially thought she was Queen Meggan from a different timeline/dimension from that of Marvel’s 616 but hey, how about I get a little bit more geeky whaddyasay?)


And I figure I should end with a… I’m… I’m not even sure what I’m looking at. Yes, that’s the Riddler, but…


Monica shared my bewilderment at the 400% scale, hyperrealistic, bawling babyhead woman.


Denver Comic Con Pt. V— A New Beginning!

Being sidelined by a kidney stone this time last year has only strengthened my resolve to conquer this year’s Denver Comic Con, which is this weekend, Friday-Sunday (June 30-July 2). This marks Cool Jerk‘s fifth year of exhibiting at Denver Comic Con and I’m pretty thrilled to be back.


Like in 2015, I’m driving the Cool Jerk All-Terrain Assault Vehicle™ from San Diego and it’ll be loaded with a quarter-ton of Cool Jerk and Doc Splatter books, Canvas Panels and even original art! New to Denver crowds this year are the Jerkopædia and Darlene’s second comic, The Girl Who Kicked The Donut Habit. My sketches are always free so don’t forget your sketchbook!

My goal this year is to get as many Cool Jerk books into people’s hands as possible, and that means cutting stupid convention-only discounts. How does buy two, get one free sound? Should I revisit the Ten Dollar Table like I did in 2014? Maybe a FREE Cool Jerk Vol. 1: Hodabeast with every $10+ purchase will get some books into happy forever homes?


Here’s a map I whipped up. Come find me at N17 in Artists Valley!

Denver Comic Con consistently amazes me with its collective passion and enthusiasm for comics and pop culture. I hope to see you there!


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