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I'm not going to pretend that Norman Lee and I were inseparable chums or anything like that, but I'd feel bad if I didn't say anything. Years ago, T.J. and I met Norman at one of several little rinky-dink cons held in Boston roughly every other week. At the time, I think he was working on Mary Jane Loves Spider-Man or something. Anyway, the small size and lack of traffic at these mini-cons gave those of us in Artist Alley (aka Conference Room D) a chance to mill about and socialize. Norman complimented our very early work (we had maybe 2 or 3 issues out at the time), and that was a legitimizing moment for me. A Massachusetts native was working for the big guys, and he liked our stuff, and he was a good guy all-around. I dunno. It's not much of a story, but it's all I got. He was at the very least another face I looked forward to seeing at conventions. For something like this to happen to a nice guy who was just enjoying a vacation with his wife... it just sucks.

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In other news, Beverly Comic Con 2 is happening! It'll be held at the Porter-Mills Studios in Beverly MA. This is as local as local cons get. Comics, artists, a live DJ, craft beers, and the highest concentration of Montserrat College of Art alumni in a single building! It's Saturday March 21, from 10:00am - 6:00pm.

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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.
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It's a variant cover I have no intention of using, but I'm not going to tell you that until the entire Internet has itself a nice little tizzy.
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I'm not going to pretend that Norman Lee and I were inseparable chums or anything like that, but I'd feel bad if I didn't say anything. Years ago, T.J. and I met Norman at one of several little rinky-dink cons held in Boston roughly every other week. At the time, I think he was working on Mary Jane Loves Spider-Man or something. Anyway, the small size and lack of traffic at these mini-cons gave those of us in Artist Alley (aka Conference Room D) a chance to mill about and socialize. Norman complimented our very early work (we had maybe 2 or 3 issues out at the time), and that was a legitimizing moment for me. A Massachusetts native was working for the big guys, and he liked our stuff, and he was a good guy all-around. I dunno. It's not much of a story, but it's all I got. He was at the very least another face I looked forward to seeing at conventions. For something like this to happen to a nice guy who was just enjoying a vacation with his wife... it just sucks.

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In other news, Beverly Comic Con 2 is happening! It'll be held at the Porter-Mills Studios in Beverly MA. This is as local as local cons get. Comics, artists, a live DJ, craft beers, and the highest concentration of Montserrat College of Art alumni in a single building! It's Saturday March 21, from 10:00am - 6:00pm.
HOUSE STATUS: brought down by Underburbs
HOUSE STATUS: brought down
It's getting very close to ten years since I first picked up a pen to draw the first page of The Underburbs. One of the most rewarding-slash-terrifying things about doing something like this for so long is seeing your fans grow up. I've been doing commissions for a daughter of a customer of my day job for eight years. Apparently, she's well on her way to becoming an accomplished actress. I hope she doesn't forget all the little people, like the guys that made the fun little comic she saw in a frame shop on her 13th birthday.

And speaking of acting, you've gotta have some serious chops for your death scene to move a vampire to tears. To be fair, Underborough hadn't been properly introduced to William Shakespeare, so Winifred and Shelley went into a production of Romeo and Juliet completely spoiler-free!

Below, take a look at the rest of her commissions I've done over the years. Watch her grow up before your eyes! (And watch my watercolor skills plateau!)
GIRLHOOD! IT TOOK EIGHT YEARS TO MAKE!

Dress Rehearsal - cover by UnderburbsUnderborough has a beach? by UnderburbsThe Oxfordburbs by UnderburbsYou Can't Go by Underburbs
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Angela + Winifred BONUS: 02 JAN 2015 by Underburbs
Angela + Winifred BONUS: 02 JAN 2015
The first bonus sketch of the new year! A fitting theme for the holiday, and the perfect companion to Underburbs Vol. 3: Party Mix!
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GraphicGinger Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Merry Christmas, you guys :3
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Underburbs Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy New Year!
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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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BlockEraser Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Not to toot my own proverbial horn or anything, but you may want to take a look at this: blockeraser.deviantart.com/art…

I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
...a very happy birthday to you...=3
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shadowlord19 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday. 
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy Birthday!Airborne 
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