Sunday, December 21, 2014

Comic Book Swap Meet guest announcements and Skriker review...

I recently had an independant comic creator submit her new book to me to check out. I will get into that, but before I do...

We mentioned recently that the Comic Book Swap Meet is coming up on January 31st, 2015, and that we'd be adding more guests..Check out these great artists that will be joining Scott Adams ( and our guest of honor, Jeffrey Veregge (!

 I'm excited to announce comic artist and writer James Taylor. Mr. Taylor has been working in the industry since the late 90's on projects such as The Victorian, Para, Decoy, and Anne Steelyard for Penny Farthing Productions and also does freelance work as an inker and graphic designer, while running his own publishing company, Rorschach Entertainment. If that wasn't enough, he also runs the Jet City Comic Show in Tacoma, Washnington.

James Taylor from the Bellingham Comic con
He is currently working on a creator-owned web comic entitled The Bully's Bully of which the first issue of the graphic novel was released in August 2014, as well as a new Decoy series for Panny farthing Productions. I look forward to having him at the show and pick his brain a bit about the ins and outs of running a big convention like the Jet City Comic Show. Go check out The Bully's Bully at

Also, Back by popular demand is Kitsap county CD Poe! He joined us at the last Comic Book Swap Meet back in August, and was a hit. Show attendees kept him busy all day doing custom sketches, and buying his art prints. He has been a favorite at area conventions, including our Cmic Book Swap Meet and Jet City Comic Show!

CD Poe!!!
CD Poe is excited to bring his flavor of mythological themed fantasy and pin-up style art to the show. Here's an excerpt from his personal bio that describes his work perfectly:

"He draws his inspiration from a variety of sources. He is very much into art nouveau, contemporary pin-up photography, tattoo art, faerie lore and mythology. His literary influences are J.R.R. Tolkien, Clive Barker, Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Allan Poe, Neil Gaiman, to name a few. Artists which adorn his walls and constantly live in the back of his twisted cranium include Brom, Frank Frazetta, Todd McFarlane, Tim Bradstreet, Alphonse Mucha, Gil Elvgren, Olivia, Charles Vess, Joseph Michael Linsner, again to name a few. All of this finds it's way into his work, with a smattering of comics and gaming."

Be sure to stay tuned for all the latest on the Comic Book Swap Meet. We're going to be raising some funds for some great causes. Hope to see some of you there. Put it in your calendar...January 31st, 2015 in Chimacum Washington!

As previously stated, I received an independent comic from a creator named Dani Smith.  She sent me the first issue of her book Skriker. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by the book. The art is very bold, colorful, and to the point. The story itself had an anime/manga feel to it, which worked for me, since I've recently started rally getting into Anime and Manga.

 Skriker is a tale of a demon/human hybrid who was orphaned as a child. He is taken in by a bar owner who happens to have a monstrous side to himself. He grows into a warrior of sorts, but by the end of book #0, he makes a new friend and rears his humanity.

I don't want to give away too much plot, in hoping that you give the book a shot. Recently Dani, who happens to have written, drawn, inked, colored, lettered, and published Skriker, was offering issue #0 for free. She may or may not still have that deal going, but I'd recommend giving it a shot, free or not, especially if your into paranormal and fantasy stories. It's NSFW so don't share it with your kiddos. The second issue is set to be released over the next month or so. I will be on the lookout! Check it out and get more info on Skriker at:

Steve Strout is the media mastermind behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return in 2015). Follow him on Instagram at, and  He can be reached for comments at on twitter at @thestevestrout