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FanExpo Chicago 50 Years!

Coming up next weekend, I’m very excited to announce, I’ll be a guest at the Fan Expo Chicago Con.  Not only was this the first convention I’ve ever attended as a fan, but this year, they are celebrating 50 years!  This is the first time in 6-7 years I’ll be attending this show as a guest and the first time Stanley and Friends will be at the show too.

Over the years, the Con has changed its name.  When I first started going it was called Chicago Comic Con, then it changed to Wizard World Chicago and just recently it has now changed to FanExpo Chicago.  All in the same location and all the same awesomeness, but hopefully without the selling of Sugar Gliders.

We’re going to have a 6′ x 6′ booth and will be packing it full of FUN and friends.  Here’s a little bit of what we’re going to have at the show:

  • NEW Matted ARToons
  • NEW 8.5×11 ARToons
  • NEW Original Hand Colorings
  • NEW Pins
  • NEW Stickers
  • Eisner Nominated Comic, Stanley’s Ghost

and a whole lot more.  You’re just going to have to stop by and check it out yourself 😉

Something I’ve never done before, but it’s worked in the past with other pieces I’ve hand colored.  If you would like any of the Original Hand Colorings, you can order them in the store, click “pick up” while checking out and I’ll bring it with me to the show (saving on shipping).

In the morning sometime I believe on Thursday, I’m going to be interviewed on TV talking about the show and the studio.  I’m not sure yet which network or time.  I just know it’s going to be early…lol!

So if you’re going to be there, look for me and I’ll look forward to seeing you there.  OH and as soon as I find out what my booth # is, I’ll let you know right away.  Hopefully I’ll find out this weekend.

Coloring with PRIDE!

Now through the end of June, celebrate PRIDE with an Original “Coloring with PRIDE” Hand Coloring!  Choose from any of the Original Hand Colorings in the store www.balkestudiosart.com, type in the notes/message section when checking out, “Color with PRIDE” and I’ll add the Pride flag colors somewhere in the piece.  Because each Original Hand Coloring is hand colored using markers, no two are alike, making each one a ONE OF A KIND piece.  Oh and of course, they all come signed, matted and in a dust jacket and board.

Take Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in this picture.  Red is wearing the classic Pride flag colors as the Wolf is wearing the transgender Pride colors.

These are extremely special and fun for me to color.  I’m a very proud gay man who’s been with the same guy for 22 years this Aug and married for 8 of those years.  And we’re still going strong.  So each time I color one of these, I’m very proud of how far we’ve come.

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Coloring with Jeff NEW Season

Starting February 1st, I’m very happy to announce that a NEW season of Coloring with Jeff will be back LIVE!  It’s been a little while since the last season, but I’m back and I have a whole NEW line of Original Hand Colorings to color up for you including some fan favorites.

The first episode will air on Tuesday February 1st at 3pm (central) on the studio’s YouTube and Facebook pages.  And, thanks to our friends at Hanging With the WebShow TV, I’ll be live on their network too hoping to reach a broader audience.

Each episode is live, so you can ask me questions and get them answered in real time.  Now I know not everyone can make it at 3pm to watch live, but all episodes are recoded and will stay on our YouTube and Facebook pages for you to view at your convenience.  So don’t worry, I have you covered.

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/jeffbalkestudios
Or on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/jeffbalkestudios

I’m looking foreword to seeing you on a Tuesday.