Monday, February 20, 2012


UPDATE #2: Booth # 310 ( IMAGE ) is where i will be found at the con!  Except on saturday and sunday, I will be doing signings from 1-3 both days at the CBLDF booth! See you there.

UPDATE:  I will be appearing at The Emerald City Comic Con NEXT WEEKEND (before Heroes Con in June.) This was added to my schedule due to an EXCLUSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT that will be made there! I will be splitting my time between the CBLDF booth, and the IMAGE booth. with surprise goodies, and I will be sketching.

Hi guys.

I want to talk about Con-Sketches. Ive done them all of my 23 years in Comics when I attend Conventions, but I think Im gonna change up. There is soooo much going right now on Twitter, message boards and the like concerning creators rights, creator owned properties, the BIG 2 going corporate, etc.... So being involved in some of that, I have had to assess my role in things and adjust my operating procedures as Ive had to do many times over the years.

My next Con is gonna be the 30th anniversary of the HEROES CONVENTION! So starting then, I am gonna stop taking commissions for copyrighted, company owned characters. I will still sketch, but just my characters, public domain, and the characters I have permission to use( from their respective creators ). This may seem to come outta nowhere, but it isnt that at all. The industry is changing FAST. By that I mean redifining Rights, Clearly defining copyright Law, and the opportunities afforded creators to create and publish their properties is shrinking. Not to say the Industry is hurting, because I dont think it is. Just changing. For the good, and the bad. So as a player you have to adapt. So thats what Im doing. I wanna avoid problems with any of the afore mentioned publishers, and continue to make great Comics. I dont wanna deal with the "possible" hassle of stepping on toes, and crossing legal lines. Safer than sorry. If I dont involve myself in things that could entangle me in unpleasant events, then those things wont come to pass.

I just wanna make Comics. Good ones. Enjoying the process as it happens and I dont wanna deal with crap that might happen. After I saw Sean G. Murphy declare that he was doing this, AND reading and keeping up with all the current and past drama in the press over too many Creators, and properties embroiled in legal battles and money, and given my current direction( toward personal work that I own ) it made sense.

Also, my run as Cover Artist on the currently running SHADE mini series at DC will mark  the closure of work for hire cover gigs for the foreseeable future so that I can concentrate fully on all the Creator Owned properties I am currently writing and drawing.

This isnt a Fuck you, to the BIG 2. Its just me taking stock of what I really want to do, and embracing the opportunities that have come my way to see these Projects happen. Its that simple.

So I hope you will come along with me and be kind enough to check out what Im doing. Its what I feel I have been working toward for years, adding pieces to the complex puzzle of Publishing in comcs and showing the readership what I have. Thanks so much to everyone who has followed my work, bought my books, my art and have supported me through everything I have done. The best is yet to come. I promise.


Saturday, February 18, 2012


I said some volatile things earlier on Twitter, and I was contacted a shitload for interviews, and quotes, etc...  thought I would put down all of it Crystal clear here on my Blog, to set the record.

See, all this shit happening to Gary Friedrich is just the tip of what's about to be one big fucking Iceberg. Remember Steve Niles and me asking and BEGGING, ALL YOU FREELANCERS to hook up with us and let's get organized as a group? Well, it worked and it didn't. There was a great deal of support, some of which surprised the hell out of us. Some of the rejections we got from people we thought were a lock, were shocking too. We have volunteer Legal Counsel, Web Designers, and an assortment of Artists all involved in varying stages to help out with the cause. But it stalled. Just like it has EVERY other time that anyone has tried. Steve is still there on Twitter -@steveniles, and I am too - @tonyfingharris, It just kinda fizzled, and I cant even tell you why. But make NO mistake. This is just the beginning people. The big 2 are now TOTALLY CORPORATE. Period. We as a group of individuals with no connection officially beyond working relationships and personal ones have NOTHING. No solid foundation from which to build. No strength in our numbers. Hell we aren't even a community, not really. Just solo acts. Any Bond we have as a group, is delicate and any structure is tenuous at best.Unless this changes, in a BIG WAY, we are in trouble. What's next from Corporate comics? And how far will they strip us of any rights that we might have left? Sub-par page rates( ask any artist to figure his Hourly rate vs. page rate ), no health insurance, Hell! NO benefits AT ALL. Precious few,qualified, Editorial Squatters,  minimal royalties ( and for Colorists, none at all ) absolutely NO consideration from the company for being loyal to them for years, trying to build whatever history you can with them. We as creators are as disposable to the larger companies ( even though they have built their respective empires on our fucking backs) as Comics were intended to be at their Inception. Cheaply produced and printed Pulp Goodies, that by the way- Changed Pop-Culture forever, and outlasted every ones expectations. And NOT because of publishing Houses, or Banks, or Carpet Bagging Celebrities or Mr. EIC of the week or month or decade. But because of Me. And every other guy or gal who has been at this longer than they can imagine. Who have sacrificed personally, professionally, lost friends, been Black-Balled( Fuck you Editorial, we know it exists) , rediscovered, lucky, or just plain fortunate, or deserving. And most of all, to all of us who live a primarily painfully solitary existence chasing a muse that we seldom catch up with for the yearning of a few minutes of bliss, lost in art. THEY, WE, I, am  the reason the Comic Book Industry has endured. Selflessness, true love of the medium, not wanting to be rich, or to be greedy. Just to be, OK. To be able to take care of our families and create. Little of that( unless you are the "Hot-Artist-Of-The-Week-Month-Year") comes our way. We are working stiffs, looking for that "Right" project, that rings true with everyone, and takes us all the way. That's why I have moved in and out of Creator Owned work EVERY time the opportunity came to me. I knew that's what I ultimately wanted to do. So I paid my dues, took all the work that came my way, and parlayed that success into personal work. Again, no Hellboys in my Portfolio. But very respectable, successful creator Owned work. And LOTS more to come. But that's the point. We are creators. So we create. Some good work, some not so good. But you keep at it, cuz you haftoo! It eats away at you from the inside, until you spill it out onto paper. Creator. I think this word has been thrown around TOO liberally in the last 15 years. More of you reading this( Newbee or seasoned Pro ), are Creators too. Developing, Scheming, paying your dues, waiting. You just haven't done it yet.You have not yet taken that plunge. I envy you. You can never get that "First-Time" feeling back. Its always a rush, but DAMN!
But we deserve, whats coming to us. In the form of proper credit,  AND compensation for what we create, if not outright ownership. We as Freelancers, and the guys and gals coming up, and the future of our Ilk, will be no better off than we, unless we make a move to improve things, and not be the Lowest paid, Red-Headed-Stepchild-retard-Artist, that the Art World, and world of Entertainment keeps in the basement, sliding us a plate of Slop under the door, when they feel like it, and DAMMIT! We should be thankful for that.

Shouldn't we?


Sunday, February 12, 2012


Heya everybody!

Tony Harris here! I am developing a new property and for the first time in 23 years am looking for an Artist instead of drawing the book myself. I have a ton of stuff I know Ill never get to if I hold onto to drawing it myself, so here we go. Its creator owned, so the Artist will OWN 50 % of the property. I will be doing character designs, and painting the cover, beyond co-writing with my pal Eric Layton. The book is called, "BARREL DANCIN'", and is in NO WAY involving superheroes, or the like. A real story, for real times. Set in the late 60's-early 70's in America revolving around an Alchoholic, Drug-Addict, Rodeo Clown bent on self destruction, with a hardcore deathwish. Its THE WRESTLER, set in the Rodeo Circuit of the 60's and 70's watching the downward spiral of a man bent on self destruction. Go to click on contact us, and send us a link to your MOST CURRENT sequential art. No pin-ups or illustration. I am interested in how well you can tell a story. Realistacally.