Comics in the classroom.

We’ve been invited to present on a panel and breakout session at the San Diego Comic Con this year! (Thanks to Mimi at NightFlight Comics).  We don’t have a booth or table at the Con for Wombat Rue, and haven’t applied for one since it seems to be a venue more suited for mainstream publishers, rather than independents like us.  The panel is about using comics in the classroom.  I’ve been thinking about that a lot for the past few weeks. 

I am new to comics, while my husband and creator of Wombat Rue, Brady, has been reading them all his life.  I often find them hard to understand, so I’m the perfect test case.  I still have to think about which panel I’m supposed to look at first.  That being said, I have come to deeply appreciate the role comics play in learning.  The best compliments we receive, by far, are from young people who say they read and re-read the books, and always find something new in them.  Typically people say they are drawn to the art, which is great.  But to be able to convey a story, and concepts, within a comic book is key to providing long term enjoyment. 

As an attorney by profession, I find there is a need for educators to train the minds of young people.  True, there is much “content” to be absorbed, but training someone to think is where its really at.  You can find content anywhere and everywhere these days.  But critical thinking that is not lazy…now that is worth something.  As I develop the presentation for educators at Comic Con, I’ll be focusing on this goal in particular – using comic books to help students train their minds.  More later.  Peace.

p.s. since this post was full of boring words (as Brady would say), I’ll post one of his sketches, called “Jack, The Reluctant Hero”.

Electronic download

Did you know you can also read the first two chapters of Wombat Rue by downloading from Drive Thru Comics? 

Jade Negotiates

The Albuquerque Comic Expo was a smashing success!   So many new readers, new friends, and new facebook fans.  Thank you all!

This print is called “Jade Negotiates”.   You can get it at the SLC market, Park Silly Market and conventions.  The prequel to this is “Jade Contemplates Negotiating”, but it is in sketch form at the moment.

Albuquerque Comic Expo

Wombat Rue is at Albuquerque’s first Comic Expo June 24, 25 and 26.   Come meet Brady at his booth, pick up some comic books, goodies and a sketch!  The Expo is open until 7p.m. Friday/Sat and until 6 p.m. Sunday.  For more info: http://abqcomicexpo.com/

Stan Lee is also signing there and due to popular demand decided to extend his appearance to Sunday, June 26th.  All of the information on Stan Lee’s Sunday appearance can be found here!

Albuqerque Convention Center
401 2nd Street NW
Albuquerque, NM

The additional dates Wombat Rue will be at the SLC Downtown Market during the Summer of 2011 are: July 2, August 6, 13, and 27.   They are Saturdays, 8:00 a.m to 1:30 p.m., and Brady will be signing comic books and doing sketches.  Come on by!  Look for a bright gold tent.  http://www.downtownslc.org/downtown-farmers-market/art-a-crafts-market

Before & After

We’re often asked about the process of creating the art work to tell the story.  Brady comes up with the ideas, draws concept sketches, finalizes one and inks it by hand.  Then he colors the image in photoshop (or sometimes Felicia does that), adds all the shading, the special effects, and voila!   Here’s an example from the cover of Issue 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes the backgrounds are made with photographs Felicia takes, like the sky on this cover.

Retailers Welcome!

If you would like to carry Wombat Rue in your store, please let us know, and we’ll make it happen.  Currently it is carried in comic book stores, gift shops and a grocery store.  It appeals to all ages and a wide variety of people.  Shoot an email to: felicia@wombat-rue.com

This is what the display looks like at The Market in Park City, Utah: http://www.marketatparkcity.com/marketatparkcity/Home.html

Chapter 3 is here!

Chapter 3 of Wombat Rue is hot off the press!   You can order it here or pick it up in Park City or  Salt Lake City.  Woot!

 

Brady will be doing a book signing May 7th at Night-Flight comics in Salt Lake City – so mark your calendars!  See our events calendar for more details.

 

 

 

 

Wombat Rue is available on this website and in these Utah stores:

  • Park City: The Market (fka Dan’s, 1500 Snow Creek Dr) and Livin Life (577 Main St)
  • Salt Lake City: Night-Flight Comics, both locations (6222 South State Street) and (210 East 400 South at Library Square).  http://www.night-flight.com/

We are gradually expanding our reach.  Please let us know if a store near you would like to carry Wombat Rue!  Shoot an email to: felicia@wombat-rue.com.

Welcome To Wombat Rue

The end of the world…

…didn’t happen.

Welcome to Wombat Rue, the exciting saga that features Wombat Rue, Copper Jack and Jade Muse as they follow the trail of Quinn the Conqueror – a brilliant, fearless and diabolical leader who conquered everything in his path – until he mysteriously vanished.

Even without battling Quinn’s masive army of wolves, Alanova still collapsed under the strain of preparing for war and scarce supplies.  At loose ends, Rue, Jack and Jade seek an ancient treasure-the original source of Quinn’s tremendous power, in hopes of using it to revive Alanova.  But they discover the war is not over yet.

Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the Wombat Rue saga have developed a following of readers of all ages and types!

Would you like to know more about wombats?  Visit our friends at Wombania: http://www.wombania.com/wombats/