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Will be at San Diego Comic Con this week. My 20th appearance in as many years. Crazy!

Unlike all those other years though, I'm not going for the week long marathon of the full show. Will be there just a couple days. No table. But a couple signings you can track me down to get books autographed and probably a free head sketch.

Friday        10:00-11:00am = DC Signing (booth #1915)
Saturday    3:30-4:30pm =  DC Signing (booth #1915)

See you guys there!

- D
My next con appearance will be in Denver on June 13-15. It’s my first time at this show and they were kind enough to invite me out to take part. Looking forward to it, as the last time I was in Denver, it was a layover that involved sleeping overnight in the airport. Hoping for a better experience this time :)

I’ll be bringing a little bit of everything this time…original sequential art, blank covers, comics, and available for commissions. I’ll be seated at table C17 in Artists Alley. Stop on by to say hi!

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Convention season is in full swing. Next up for me is the Big Wow ComicFest in San Jose on May 17 & 18. This is the first time for me doing this show. With such a great guest list, I’m looking forward to it!  I’m seated at booth 511R in Artists Alley. I’ll have various comics I’ve worked on available, sketch covers, original sequential art, and open commissions. Come by and say hi!

www.bigwowcomicfest.com/

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It's that time again! Happy to be returning to Seattle's Emerald City Con on March 28-30. I'll be setup in Artists Alley at table EE-02.  I'll be bringing original art from the books I've worked on (Batman, Detective Comics, Streets Of Gotham, Justice League Beyond, Adventure Time), along with some Li'l Gotham TPBs & sketch covers, and available for commissions. And autographing any books you bring to the show. If there's any specific pages of art you're looking for, drop me a line.

I'll also be doing panels/signings on the following days:

FRIDAY
1:00-2:00    signing at the DC Entertainment booth  (#1802)
5:00-5:50    DC Entertainment: All Access panel (Room TCC 301)

SUNDAY
11:00-11:50am    IDW: Super Secret Cartoon Network panel (Room TCC 301)

See everyone there!

- D
It's official. I'll be writing the new Dexter's Laboratory comic for IDW, reteaming with my "Batman Li'l Gotham" editor, Sarah Gaydos! As a fan of the show, the fun is just beginning. You can check out our interview here…

www.ign.com/articles/2014/01/0…

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I'll be attending the Long Beach show November 23 and 24. I'll be bringing original sequential pages & covers, various comics, and doing sketches.

Anyone interested in getting a pre-show commission should contact me with their request before the con. Larger or more detailed pieces I only take before the show. I will have a very limited amount of Li'l Gotham sketch covers available. Also anyone looking for specific pages from my runs on Detective Comics, Streets Of Gotham, Batgirl, Justice League Beyond, Adventure Time and others; feel free to drop a line.

I haven't been to Long Beach since its first year, so I'm excited to see how its grown in the meantime. Looking forward to the show and seeing everyone there!

- D
*** UPDATE - I will be appearing on the DC All Access Panel for Friday at the convention (1:30-2:30). And signing at the DC table EE1 in Artist Alley for Saturday (1:30-2:30). All other time will be spent at my Artist Alley table G2. I'll have a range of original pages from Adventure Time, Detective Comics, Streets Of Gotham, Justice League Beyond, Batgirl, Batman, and more. Will have a small amount of Lil Gotham blank covers for commissions and will be drawing sketchbook commissions as well. If there are any pre-con requests, please contact me soon.


After being away a couple of years, I'm excited to be returning to the New York Comic Con this year! I'll be seated at table G2 in Artists Alley. I'm planning on bringing a range of original art (Adventure Time, Powerpuff Girls, Justice League Beyond, Batman) as well as having some blank Li'l Gotham sketch covers available for the show.

For the first time, I'm taking a limited amount of pre-show commissions. These will be 12x18" pen & ink on bristol of one or multiple characters. These will be the only larger sized commissions I will be doing before show. I will be available for drawing smaller sketchbook or sketch cover commissions for anyone walking up to the table.

Drop me a note if you're interested on a pre-show commission, and I'll send over pricing detail. Payment is up front and you must be at the show to pick up the artwork.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there. Thanks!

- D
As a reminder to both new and old viewers, do yourself a favor and come check out my blog. I go more in depth behind-the-scenes on projects and issues I'm writing, the creative process working in comics as a writer and artist, and other various topics that spring to mind.

Deviant provides me a nice outlet to show some of my pencils and inks. And my blog provides the process behind the ideas that make the stories. Would love to have more people check it out, comment, and ask questions. Happy to share my thoughts.

dfridolfs.blogspot.com

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It's that time again. Will be going to San Diego to help DC promote Batman: Li'l Gotham and the "Villain's Month" Poison Ivy story I've written.

Those looking to find me at the Con, here's my schedule for panels I'm on and signings:

THURSDAY
11:30-12:30 DC Entertainment All Access panel (Room 6DE)
2:00-3:00 DC Digital panel (Room 6DE)

SUNDAY
1:00-2:00 DC Booth Signing (#1915)

And if you bring one of those blank covers of Li'l Gotham #4 on Sunday to the signing, I'll be happy to draw a Li'l sketch on it.

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Laziness. It's the kryptonite to any creativity. Heck, to any living and breathing person. Add to that…comfortability. To sort of settle in to something, get locked in, and bunker down. To get too comfortable.

I've been working in comics now going on 14 years. At my most ambitious would be those years just trying to break in. The hours spent chained to a table, working on your craft throughout the day into the middle of the night, and forgoing time spent with family, friends, other entertainment, food, and sleep. You're juggling school, a day job (in my case, a night shift), and still working on samples. Sending photocopies off through snail mail (ahhh…those were the days before the internet really took over). And attending as many conventions to talk to editors and get portfolios reviewed. It's a time of great ambition to get that foot in the door. That toe in the door.

And it doesn't stop there. After you're in, then comes the true test. The work. The deadlines. Juggling projects. The downtime between projects. The hunt for work. The networking. The conventions (now behind the table instead of in front of it). You're now "in", but can you stay in.

For the longest time, I was very comfortable being an inker. It's a very technical, grueling, and arguably under-appreciated profession. Applying ink over another artist so you can collaborate to create a final image. A final product. In some ways, I'd even say it can cater to a lazy artist. A comfortable artist. In that, you don't have to start from scratch. You don't have to stare at that blank page. You get pencils sent to you, or in some cases you print them out, and you have everything right there before you to start. You don't have that trepidation that comes with an empty piece of paper. The frustration that comes with trying to create from scratch, erase, try again, erase, get frustrated, tear the page up and try again. Once an inker gets a page, they can literally grab a good night's rest, wake up, roll out of bed, pick up their brush and pen, and start. Sure we might slowly warm up and get adjusted the longer we ink on that page. Or some days the ink doesn't flow as nice as we'd like. But there's a comfortability factor of having the page already half done in front of you on the table, and then you come in and complete its journey.

I was content being an inker. Just an inker. For many years of my career. It can even be both an enviable feeling along with feeling sorry for those that only want to ink.  Again, it's a thankless profession, admired mostly by the penciller that works with the inker, as well as the hardcore fan that appreciates the delicacy of the work. And I was comfortable doing that. Years of it and only it. But you get restless and you want more. You want to achieve more.

Props to all the inkers that only ink and make a long career of it (20 or 30 years of it). They hone their craft. They get known working over various pencillers. Some of them become interchangeable while others are known as a team, when you think of one, you think of the other. But I'm always surprised and slightly saddened by those inkers that last as long as they do. The ones that stick it out and actually retire ONLY as an inker. To be so focused. To be so content. I see it as liking pizza. I love pizza. But I don't want to eat pizza every day, every year, for 30 years. Even with different toppings. I still have other tastes. I still want more variety.

Writing definitely scratches that itch. What I'm not able to achieve visually, I'm unhindered by with my words and imagination. And we've had some great inkers in comics that started out but then grew into great writers. And I'm quite surprised there aren't more of them out there. As inking jobs start becoming few and far between, that we don't start seeing more inkers try their hands at writing and pencilling. Some do. But there are those just happy where they're at. Inking got my foot in the door. And once there, it was maybe a sideways attempt at using that opportunity to have a chance to write. Plus it's nice to know my time in college and my English degree can actually can start paying off!

I've also been enjoying the collaborative aspect of writing with other writers. I think so few do that. So many, understandably, have their own ideas. Their own solo voice to tell the stories they want to tell. I have that too. But I also enjoy the aspect of working with a writing partner on various projects. You learn from each other. You find out your weaknesses as well as your strengths. You balance each other out. You learn to adapt, to focus on what's important (and cut out what isn't). You become generous and learn how to share. You champion the end goal. You share the reward.

Drawing is probably the next goal at this point. It's been a frustration of not being able to apply what I see in my mind, through my hand, to the pencil, onto the blank page. Artists are our own worst critics, and self hate always keeps me away from the pencil. But when I would pick it up, drawing was always something I did to humor others, and when inspired, also myself. But I'm slowly starting to get that itch. To maybe start to do something more with it. Draw stories. Have fun again. Just another facet to explore when I feel creative.

At this point, I feel like I never want to only ink or only write or only draw. Ideally I enjoy a little bit of everything. A smorgasbord (very appropriate to part of my Swedish heritage)…a buffet of some inking, some writing, some drawing. Every day you end up scratching a different itch. It keeps things alive and moving forward.

In the end, it all comes down to doing what you love. You might just love one thing and doing that forever to perfection or trying to reach that perfection. Others might like to try a range of stuff. Dabble in a few things. Stop with one, start with another. But I think it starts to come down to getting out of that comfort zone. To be scared but also exhilarated. To grow. To reach for new things.

To stretch!
After being away last year, I'm returning to the convention and looking forward to it!

You can find me in Artists Alley at table M-15, next to partner-in-crime :iconduss005:

I believe I'll also be on a DC related panel on Friday.

I'll be bringing plenty of original sequentials from my work on Justice League Beyond, Streets Of Gotham, Detective Comics, Batman, and Batgirl. Some originals of my own art. And will be available for commissions, whether I'm providing the paper or if you bring your sketchbooks or sketch comic covers. And of course, happy to sign any books you bring as well.

Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

- D
The next project that :iconduss005: and I are working on, finally got announced at DC's blog site: www.dccomics.com/blog/2012/10/…

We're having a blast and hope you'll enjoy it half as much as we are putting it together. The first issue is available tomorrow on Halloween.

Also stop by my blog for further insights as I'll be chatting it up there along with other projects:  dfridolfs.blogspot.com

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Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. No cake but more gray hairs. Fantastic!

October will be a fun month as everyone finds out the next project that :iconduss005: and I have been working on. Looking forward to it finally being announced.

- D
The job title of comic book editor seems to be getting a lot of attention lately. From people that have had problems with heavy management decisions from their editors, to others that have great working relationships with others. Myself...sadly a great editor I've worked for is leaving his job to go work elsewhere. Not a force out by any means, but a job he couldn't pass up.

I have worked with so many great editors over the years that have jumped around to different companies (in and out of the comics business) or have quit to pursue writing (who can blame them...I've been having a blast). But it just got me all reflective about the job title of editor, what it entails, the good, and the bad. And I've jotted down my long list of thoughts over on my blog. Come on over and check it out. Plus, there's purty art pictures once you get there and scroll down  :)

dfridolfs.blogspot.com

- D
While I won't have a table or spot in Artists Alley, I will be doing signings at the DC Booth. My schedule is as follows:

Thursday July 12 =  10:00-11:00am
Friday July 13 =  2:00-3:00pm
Saturday July 14 =  5:00-6:00pm

So bring by any books to get signed, and I'll be drawing head sketches using whatever paper DC provides at the booth (or your own sketchbooks if you bring em).

Should be fun!

- D

dfridolfs.blogspot.com
Better late than never. I've decided to start blogging.

With a career split between the art side and the writing side, I thought it best to do the same with my sites. Deviant will continue to be a home for my inkwork and artwork. But I wanted somewhere I could start expressing the writer's side of the equation. To talk about the process of writing, ideas and scripts, and even preview some of the art (not done by me) attached to those stories. A place to get a discussion going.

I invite all of you to bookmark it and check it out. I plan on contributing regularly to an insane degree. And maybe it'll motivate all you creators out there, be you artists or writers. Come on over and join me:

dfridolfs.blogspot.com

And thanks!

- D
It's been a blast writing stories in the Arkham-verse for the Arkham Unhinged comics, and at this point, there's still no end in sight. But one question that's been asked time and time again, is when are there going to be stories that take place after the end of Arkham City. Up until now, we've mainly been telling stories set during the games or flashbacks.

Tomorrow, that will change…

www.ign.com/articles/2012/05/2…

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Comic Book Resources is running a nice 2-part interview with the entire writing staff on the Beyond titles (Batman Beyond, Justice League Beyond, and Superman Beyond). A nice in-depth process to working in the digital format and how some of the story ideas have come about.

First part here:
www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…

Second part here:
www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…

- D
First a big thanks for all of you that have been following the story, either buying it digitally or in print at your local comic shop. It's definitely a first being on a title that is selling out and going into second printings (for both issues so far)! And things are just getting started.

As far as a little behind-the scenes for chapters 3 & 4, here's some thoughts…

Cadmus - Always a great shadow organization foil in the JL cartoon (and comics). I figure they have all sorts of safehouses located all over the globe. And it would make sense that Luthor would have access to one that was hidden on Dinosaur Island. All sorts of interesting things he's collected over the years. Plus an excuse to have Dustin draw multiple versions of the Parasite there.

Krypton - Don't know if it's easy to see with the Kryptonian text covering it up, but there's more than one rocket escaping from the destruction of Krypton in Superman's vision. And I'll just leave it at that.

Coordinates - The transmission that Kobra is getting from their submarine are actual specific coordinates to a real thing that has been unexplained in the world. Seemed like an interesting way to tie-it into our story.

Batman vs. Micron - Still one of my favorite panels of Micron trying to crawl inside Batman's mouth. Just thought that would be one heckuva creepy attack to enter that way, and of course once inside, I imagine Micron would grow in size. Messy bat-splosion.

In the next few chapters, we'll be finding out what Kobra's master plan is involving Micron and Amanda Waller. We'll do some traveling. And the first of many nods to Kirby will start to show up.

- D
After what seems like a year of being out of the spotlight following the end of Batman: Streets Of Gotham and the previous run of Batgirl, today marked the release of the first issue of Batman Beyond Unlimited which features our Justice League Beyond story that :iconduss005: and I have been working on behind the scenes for such a long stretch.

Of course, as part of the way DC is handling its release, the first 2 chapters of it came out at the start of the month digitally before being collected into print at the end of the month. And this is the way it'll continue, although that will sort of shift around once Superman Beyond also joins in on the fun.

Anyways I thought it would be cool to give a bit of a behind-the-scenes commentary on the issue. Thoughts about various scenes or characters and hints at things to come.

I'll start with the title "Konstriction". Our opening storyarc for Justice League Beyond concerns the criminal cult organization Kobra. I always felt there was some potential with them being a huge threat, as they got introduced on the Batman Beyond show towards the end of its run. So this was a chance to make them a huge threat, and just one of many Jack Kirby inspired elements that will show up over the course of this opening arc.

Splicers -- One of those great episodes in the show that brought a cool element to Gotham, having people splice their DNA with animals.  After that episode, there was always elements of splicing present in the show here or there, but I always wondered what happened to their group after their leader presumably died. This was a way to open our story with something familiar, having that group of splicers form a gang that was getting into conflict with the Jokerz gang. Plus I thought it would be a bit of an odd confrontation as the Jokerz have their own spliced member in their crew (Woof).

Jokerz -- "Return Of The Joker" brought a lot of cool elements to the series, not least of which, was the newer Jokerz gang members. It was a no-brainer to include them here, just to see Dustin draw the Dee Dees along with Ghoul, Chucko, and Woof (if only Bonk had lived long enough heh heh). Having the twins be crime molls on the arm of the main Jokerz leader seemed like it would be fun. I actually picture them being the type to side up to a different beau with each appearance. And it was fun to create the new creepy Jack-In-The-Box inspired thug "Punchy".

Barda -- It's been too long since we've seen her regularly in comics. And she grew to be one of our favorites to work on. I can't wait until people see her backstory. We actually will have a chance to spotlight each character in their own "Beyond: Origins" stories interspersed between this opening arc, drawn by a variety of artists. And for Barda…we'll go back and see what life was like for her mom before she gave birth to Barda on Apokolips.

Bruce Wayne -- Just like his portrayal in the JLU show and comics, his Batman was always an unofficial member when needed. And that carries over here. With Terry on the team, Bruce will alway have some involvement throughout the series. And being able to play off his experience, history, and tenuous friendship with Superman, it makes it that much more interesting for him to keep tabs on what's going on. And the batcave always serves as a place for Terry to get away to, to talk with Bruce, away from the team.

GoLeMs -- Any chance to toss in villains and ideas from the old episodes, we'll take. Thought it would be fun having Willie Watt's robots attack a high school homecoming game. Seemed natural.

Commissioner Gordon -- I don't know how often we'll get the chance to have stories happen in Gotham, since the Justice League will always be more of a global unit. But I couldn't help wanting to have Barbara make an appearance here. Dustin draws a great old Babs.

Tie-Ins -- I've always said that our comic continues that Animated Series timeline, started in Batman, thru Superman, Justice League, and Beyond. Everything we need for foundation was started in that long continuity, and can only grow and enrich from there. So being able to mention Superman being controlled by Darkseid from the "Legacy" episodes, and also Starro's encounter with the future Justice League….this is only the start. There'll be more tie-ins to all sorts of stories and how they relate to our current arc as we move forward. Just wait until you see Warhawk and Kai-Ro's origins.


I think that about covers it. Thanks to all the people that have bought the comic on their computer or at the comic shop. We appreciate it! And we're only just getting started.

- D