The Art of Ryan Francis

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How to Find Conventions

I do my best to attend as many conventions as I can to showcase and sell my artwork. I also do my best to help many of my other artist friends to find cons as well. It’s to a point where one of my friends thinks I’m some kind of con-finding super wizard. It’s not hard to find conventions and events, it mostly just a lot of time to spend outside of actually making artwork. This article is a few of my methods of finding comic cons and events so that I don’t have to answer as many repeat questions.

Go to Conventions

In order to find conventions, you’d need to go to conventions. It’s where people go to enjoy the things they like after all! There’s usually a convention for everything, comics, anime, tabletop gaming, books, fishing, cars, guns, tattoos, flowers, restaurants, and much more!

When you go to a convention, you meet like-minded people who like the things that you like, and you’ll probably meet people who were involved in the making of the things you love, whether they did the artwork, performed the acting, helped find the talents, published the media to people, or just simply being a superfan and chatting about it to everyone they meet.

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7/8/2019 News and Updates

There isn’t much new that I can really talk about at the moment.

If you’ve been following my updates on my Twitter and Instagram, I’m currently hard at work coloring Incident at the Game Store. I’ll be making an indepth coloring article like all of my other comic making tutorials so stay tuned for news on that front!

I’m also preparing from my next two upcoming cons, Comicopolis on July 27th and Indiana Comic Con on August 30th.


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Anime Central and More!

I went to Anime Central 2019 last weekend to hang out and enjoy myself for once. A friend of mine offered me one of his extra passes, so he convinced me to stop by.

It was an overall more satisfying convention to me compared to when I went last year. I bought plenty of stuff like a Jojo Plushie and a bag piece and blank white skyn to draw on from Equilibrium USG.

I touched back with a few personal friends, got some help and feedback on my comic work from someone I frequently look to for advice, attended an interesting panel about Japan’s Doujinshi scene, tried out the XP-Pen display tablets at their booth and did some digging for new conventions to attend soon and best friend tried an anime dubbing audition with Bang Zoom! Entertainment.

I’ll drop another reminder that I’ll be at County Pop Culture Con on Saturday, May 25th at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Greyslake, Illinois and Comic Con Revolution Chicago on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday 2nd at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL!


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Comic Con Revolution Chicago 2019

I’ll be at Comic Con Revolution Chicago 2019 on June 1 to 2! This is the first time at a larger convention so it’s pretty exciting!

I’ll be at Table B9 with Chris Scott, creator of the action-packed webcomic RayFox. We’ll be selling original comics, prints, and doing commissions!

Come check us out at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL!

Ryan's Recomended Fonts


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Ryan’s Recommended Fonts

I find a majority of my fonts from Blambot, Comicraft, and Da Font. I also use resources like Font Meme and Art of the Title and various comic covers to look up fonts from existing logos and advertisements. For examples of how I use it, check out my article on lettering Incident at the Game Store!

This is a tiny list of fonts that I like and recommend making their first comics with.

Back Issues BB – It’s another nice starter font for dialogue in comics that I’ve used in my comics.

Damn Noisy Kids BB – This is a good starter sound effect font with big letters. I used this in Incident at the Game Store and Shirley’s Day.

Torn Asunder BB – This another good starter sound effect font with no serifs it looks like a good “organic” sounds.

Mumble Grumble – This is a font I never knew I would need until I found it! This is great for putting unreadable text or dialogue to fill out a drawing of a book page in comic or unintelligible speaking.

Pottymouth BB – This font is good for those cartoony cursing images. It’s nice for a quick censorship in case you get reprimanded in the editing process for the bad language.

Pixelated – If you need to write something in pixels this is a font that I like.

WhoopAss BB – This is slowly starting to be my big default design font for all of my promotional stuff. It’s super thick and legible and it’s decent looking.

This is but a small list of fonts you can use to letter your comics, but if you want more of a handmade feel, you can learn lettering and calligraphy for yourself, or use Calligraphr or Font Lab to create your own fonts! If you have anymore places to download or make fonts and lettering, drop a comment and share with everyone!


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Good News Everyone!

I finally arranged my art files to get printed from Ka-Blam Printing! I can officially declare this comic…DONE! Other than finishing my articles and portfolio edits, I can finally take a short break, rearrange my stuff, and reassess my points and skills in my life as an artist until my next comic!

I should expect a print release sometime around the Middle of April! I’ll announce that it’ll be on sale on my Etsy store then! Stay tuned!