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A.J. Roberts has been an awesome supporter of me and Naked Man Comics. Years ago, A.J. donated to my sister-in-law’s kidney fundraiser. For being a donor, I drew a hero character based on A.J. named “Call the Police from a Safe Distance Man.”

Recently he sent me a very kind postcard. As a thank you, I drew his hero persona with his son.

Call the Police from a Safe Distance Man and son of Call the Police from a Safe Distance Man
Call the Police from a Safe Distance Man and son of Call the Police from a Safe Distance Man,
by Illya King

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I got to attend the Artist Alley Comic Fest. Years ago, there was a coffee shop in Portland called The Spritely Bean. The cafe was owned by Addam and Huynh Pool. The shop sold local independent comics and Zines. Addam hosted a comic group Sunday nights after hours. This was a fantastic time when I made some good friends. We still talk over Discord in a private group. In 2015, Addam and Huynh hosted an Artist Alley con in a literal alley behind their shop. It was a blast. Sadly, The Spritely Bean did not make it and the shop closed down. As a tribute, The Spritely Bean was the shop the character Icarus blew up in Naked Man Comics #10.

I was so happy to hear that Addam and Huynh created a new con. There were many conversations, from creators and comic fans, on how these kinds of conventions are sorely missed. The pandemic changed everything. I must confess that I was not used to being around so many people at one time. It was taxing and I needed to recover afterwards. But we all are trying to learn how to live in this new society.

Here are some pictures I took. I want to thank Addam and Huynh Pool for putting on this event. I did wonders for my creative slump.

-Illya

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I found a few images on my hard drive that were for William Rail’s card game, Comic Wars. I saved them incase I ever get around to working on my Totally Naked Man card game.

-Illya

Cover to McSchluberson Book 01

McSchluberson: Bored at Work is coming back to Amazon on March 1st. Readers have to wait a few more weeks to get their hands on this hilarious collection of comics from the early years of the series.

People can choose from three formats: e-Book ($4.99), paperback ($9.99), and hardcover ($12.99). The paperback and hardcover editions are 6 inches by 9 inches in size and have a glossy cover.

Some may prefer a smaller and more exclusive version, which can order the paperback edition from Mythos Imprint. This edition is 5 inches by 7 inches in size and has a matte cover. It is only available through Mythos Imprint and not on Amazon.

Pre-order the e-Book now on Amazon get it delivered to your door as soon as it is released. Don’t miss this opportunity to relive the funniest moments of McSchluberson: Bored at Work.

More re-releases of McSchluberson’s books are coming later this year, so stay tuned for updates.