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.

New Merchandise

With Spring here I can finally release the new Spring/Summer merchandise line up.  From unisex t-shirts to flip flops and phone cases.  I pretty much have something for everyone, including kids (which I hope to expand soon).  The more I sell, the more the site releases for me to make NEW items.

I’ve teamed up with an online company called Spring, formally known as TeeSpring.  Recently they’ve updated the quality of all of their merchandise.  Not that it was bad before, but when you get the items you purchased, you can feel the softness of the shirts and see the vibrancy of the art.  The process they use is called DTG (Direct To Garment) where the ink sets right into the shirt vs hanging around on top like silk screening.  DTG will never crack or peel and hardly fade (unless you keep it in the sun for months).

Because I don’t have a lot of room to store all the merchandise, they offer “print on demand”.  Meaning, when you order something from the site, they’ll create the product and ship it directly to you, anywhere in the world.  It’s as easy as that.  If you needed to return the item or exchange it, that’s also extremely simple as well.  Me and Spring want to make sure you are happy with your purchase.

Something they just added to their site is Afterpay.  This is a great feature to have added.  With Afterpay (if you choose it), you can buy what you want now and pay over time with making one payment at the time of checkout.  I’ve used Afterpay with other site and it’s wonderful, easy and convenient.  Of course, you can pay traditionally all at one when checking out too.  Either way, you’re going to get some great stuff.

So if you haven’t already, please check out my store at:  I just added a few new designs and items such as flip flops going up to size 14.5 (for men) and going up to size 5Xl in some items like our unisex t-shirts.  So go ahead, check it out and get your official Jeff Balke Studios merchandise sold exclusively online at

And let me know what you think.