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Spring has sprung, and brought the cons. It might also bring May flowers, but not in New England. The snow is still melting and we will continue to be a grey wasteland except for maybe a week and a half in August. Anyway, our spring comic con schedule is as follows:

Wizard World Philly, May 8-10
Officially, it begins on May 7, but I'm not paying an extra night in a hotel for a few sparsely-attended hours on Thursday. Don't lose hope, Thursday attendees! We'll be there bright and early on Friday, full of good cheer ad the best breakfast the Jersey Turnpike has to offer!

Special Edition NYC, June 6-7
The Underburbs return to New York City for SpEd's second year of an all-comics, all-creators, no-holds-barred, rootin'-tootin' con! This time, it's being held at Pier 94 instead of the Javits Center. Come for the comics, stay for all the exposed ducts!

MASSive Comic Con, June 27-28
This is a brand-new show put on by the good folks at Double Midnight Comics. See how they use the setting of Massachusetts as a novelty in the title? That's how you know they're from New Hampshire. Was that even a dis? I don't know. But I do know the show will be at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. (Have fun pronouncing that, non-New-Englanders!)


Don't forget, all three of our trade paperbacks are available at as real books and digital downloads! Enjoy The Underburbs your way, as long as your way is one of the two ways mentioned in the previous sentence. (Enter "Underburbs" in the search window.)


Joe Haley & T.J. Dort
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
We've been self-publishing The Underburbs since October 2006. If you're interested in reading it, simply drop us a line. We'll be glad to give you a book in exchange for money. Blunt, I know, but that's self-publishing for ya.


WWP15 - Crystal Gem Melee by Underburbs
WWP15 - Crystal Gem Melee
We did this in our spare time in Philly. I can't help but notice the Gamecube in Steven's room. If he was ever able to convince (read: whine at) the Gems to play a few rounds of Smash Bros, I'm pretty sure these would be the reactions.
WWP15 - Dark Phoenix by Underburbs
WWP15 - Dark Phoenix
The last day of Wizard World Philly took place on Mother's Day. Yes, we both made sure to call our moms. Another fan, whom we met at the inaugural Camden Comic Con a year earlier, did one better by having one of the world's most powerful mutants wish his mother a Happy Mother's Day.
WWP15 - Angela and Winifred by Underburbs
WWP15 - Angela and Winifred
In lieu of any new issues since our last trip to Philly (sorry), a fan of our books got a sketch of the main characters. It's flattering when people ask for a sketch of our own characters, but it's also a bit of a challenge. When I ask if the commissioner would like them to be doing anything in particular, the response is invariably "just doin' whatever."

I don't know how to draw that.

You guys have to understand: I am absolutely paralyzed by choice. There's surely a near-infinite number of sitautions these two could get into in the course of a single 11x14 sketch. The challenge for me is (A) to make them doing something other than just standing there, and (B) to make them doing something I haven't already seen them doing. We've been drawing, inking, painting, markering, and writing for these characters for roughly a decade now. The dude who walks up to our table and asks for some original artwork would likely have no idea if I repeated myself with an easy, go-to pose. But I'd know.

I was away from the table when this piece was picked up, but I'm told the guy just had to pause and really look at it before tucking it in a sleeve and seeing the rest of the con. That's a great compliment.
WWP15 - ZatannAgain by Underburbs
WWP15 - ZatannAgain
A father/daughter duo walked by as we were doing our alphabet book Zatanna, and they liked it so much that they got their own! You can't tell from this image, but this was drawn in the biggest sketchbook I have ever seen. We're talking thick as a phone book, leather-bound, metal clasps, a wax paper blotter separating every page! And this sketch was only four pages in. That book has a long road ahead.
WWP15-Hurley by Underburbs
Our regular in Philly went for the hat trick and commissioned us for a third sketch. It's Hurley from Lost, which I have still never watched. This is also our third entry into his Lost sketchbook.

Lawst by Underburbs
Philly Comic Con - Frank Lapidus by Underburbs


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Stiffy76 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
hi i`m interested in your comic where can find a copy 
Underburbs Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You can go to IndyPlanet (just enter "Underburbs" in the search window), or you can get one in person if you happen to live anywhere near one of the comic cons mentioned in the journal.

IndyPlanet has the first issue and all three trade paperbacks. Together, the trades span the first 11 issues.
Stiffy76 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
thx man 
DanielL2904 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're cool :D
GraphicGinger Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Merry Christmas, you guys :3
Underburbs Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy New Year!
NuclearMime Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist
I got my order today in the mail! I was tickled pink to see all the lil Death-Annes by the signatures, but the surprise Domino really made me gush~

Thank you!
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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
...a very happy birthday to you...=3
shadowlord19 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday. 
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