February 18, 2021
The Origin of ACROBOY

Greeting AFK fans. — “Action” Steve here again!

Having just launched ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #13, and thus wrapped-up the newest AFK storyline, “The Try-Out Issues,” I have taken a short break from creating new stories to focus on other areas of AFK — Including more frequent blog posts!

In “The Try-Outs,” I introduced several promising new characters to ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM fans, including RRRAPIDO — a teenage speedster from Mexico City, SPARKINETTA — a teenage girl who is a genius gadget-maker, and ACROBOY — a young African American kid who idolizes ACROBOT and has built himself an ACROBOT “suit of armor.” I am really pleased to have added these three instant stars to the AFK universe, not only because they are super-cool and fun to work with, but also for the inclusivity they bring to ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM.

Since February is Black History Month (here in America and in other parts of the world), I wanted to talk specifically about the conceptualizing of one of these new characters, ACROBOY, whose origins can be traced back to my experiences attending comic book conventions to promote and sell ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM. Two particular shows come to mind… a relatively small “Kids Comic Con” I’ve attended several times at the Bronx Community College in NYC (organized by Alex Simmons), and also the Baltimore Comic Con – one of my favorite “big” cons every year. Both of these cons are located in largely black and multicultural communities, and their attendance reflects those demographics. Over the years at these shows, I have pitched my comic to many interested black children and their gracious families, and I began to realize there was something missing in my pitch — and in my universe. It was at one of the Baltimore cons where I first conceived of the character “ACROBOT JUNIOR” — later changed to “KID ACROBOT” — and finally changed to “ACROBOY.” How can I say this? … I didn’t add a black character to sell more comics to a black audience, I created ACROBOY because these kids deserved a character made with them in mind, and I was inspired by them to create that character.

ACROBOY! – Colors by Lea Jean Badelles.

I really love ACROBOY. He is kind and thoughtful, and has a deep moral center — just like ACROBOT. He’s really smart and loves to learn. He’s also fun, courageous, exuberant and very charismatic. I think he has endless potential as a hero, and — being just a kid — he’s just getting started. I am really looking forward to producing more stories which involve ACROBOY down the line, and if I can launch ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM to the “big-time,” I would love to bring in some black creators to help tell those stories.

Thanks for reading! – Action Steve

February 1, 2021

Greetings ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM fans! — “Action” Steve here with some good news… The all-new, 28-page ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #13 is now on sale!

AFK#13 may be the GREATEST EVER issue of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM (and if you’ve been reading the story, you’ll see what I did there). The new issue delivers the action-packed conclusion to the “Try-Out Issues” storyline — which began back in AFK#11 — and features nearly cover-to-cover action, with the largest cast of characters ever to appear in a single issue of AFK!  Hopefully, the new issue also delivers some good humor along the way (not the ice cream, silly!). All this plus, AFK fans will finally find out how the try-outs end. — After all… this whole story started with ACROBOT and SPARKINATOR looking to recruit a new member to the team (or more technically — as ACROBOT would point-out — the duo).

ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #13 delivers several “firsts.” — It’s the first issue of AFK to feature a choice of two covers — a decision made in part because it’s also the first issue with covers colored by the talented, Lea Jean Badelles (whose amazing coloring work is elevating ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM to new levels). Another “first” may not be so apparent until you finish the issue, so we’ll let you try to figure that one out for yourself.

You can get your hands on the new issue at FUNNYBOOKS Comics & Stuff — our affiliated comic book shop in Lake Hiawatha, NJ — or you can order a copy online at FUNNYBOOKS’ online store (HERE) or right (HERE) at the actionfigurekingom.com webstore.

I’d like to thank my friend, Regina, from Mexico City, for providing the “English to Spanish” translations for some of the dialogue featured in the “Try-Out Issues” storyline — GRACIAS REGINA :)

And to all the fans of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM… Thanks for reading! – Action Steve

January 1, 2021
Enter 2021

Happy New Year AFK fans! — “Action” Steve here… I hope everyone is doing well out there. — As usual, here at ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM Headquarters there is a lot going on in multiple directions, which — when added together — all lead to one direction… forward!

Once again I haven’t been posting here as often as I should – it’s a combination of not wanting to “toot my own horn” and not wanting to talk about things that have not been accomplished yet. That being said, I’ve accomplished quite a bit in 2020, including producing TWO all-new issues of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM — the 24-page AFK#12 which went on sale mid-2020, and the 28-page AFK#13 (which is currently at the printer and should be available in a couple of weeks). I also designed and illustrated a whole bunch of cool AFK pin-ups (most of which have yet to be revealed) and I wrote and illustrated a 5-page ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM issue which serves as a PSA for wearing a face-covering during the pandemic. The 5-pager was printed and handed-out for FREE at our affiliated comic shop, FUNNYBOOKS Comics & Stuff in New Jersey.

Even with all the new material I’ve been steadily producing, the initiative I’m most excited about is working with colorist Lea Jean Badelles, who is in the process of coloring (hopefully) the entirety of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM, beginning with AFK#1. Lea has also colored multiple AFK pin-ups and has taken over the coloring duties for new ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM covers (beginning with AFK#13). She also did an amazing job coloring the aforementioned, 5-page, “GOOD GUYS WEAR MASKS” PSA, which you can now read right here at actionfigurekingdom.com at our FREE READS tab. Lea is just incredible, and also very pleasant to work with. I am so very fortunate to have found her and to be working with such a talented artist.

Now that I’ve completed the fourth AFK storyline (issue #13 wraps-up “The Try-Out Issues” arc), I kind of have a clean slate ahead of me for the first time in years, and I am looking forward to coming up with new material, and producing new stories, and for what 2021 and beyond could mean for ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM.

Let’s get started!

Thanks for reading! – Action Steve

August 30, 2020

Hello out there, AFK fans! Hope you are all doing well! …or, at least, well enough!

Here’s some Good News! … The long-awaited, ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #12 is now on sale! You can get your copy at FUNNYBOOKS (our affiliated comic book shop in Lake Hiawatha, NJ) or you can purchase a copy right here at actionfigurekingdom.com (click HERE) or at FUNNYBOOKS’ own online store (click HERE)

The newest AFK issue was actually finished “on time” back in early April, but by then the entire state of New Jersey (where AFK Headquarters is located) had been shut down due to the pandemic — a shutdown that included our printer in Hackensack, NJ. — Once some businesses were given the go ahead to resume operations in late June, our printer had to get though a backlog of projects before ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #12 could hit the presses.

ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM fans should really enjoy the new issue, which presents part two of the 3-part “Try-Out Issues” storyline. The 24-pager features lots of ACROBOT and SPARKINATOR back & forth, and will hopefully bring a smile to your face, as the GOOD GUYS continue their search for a new teammate. – There’s even some action in this one!

The new issue brings back a character not seen since our debut storyline “Return of the Queen” (unless you’re counting the final page of AFK#11), and also includes the first appearances of two all-new AFK characters… one who has a familiar look, and one who is kind of a jerk!  – But, perhaps the most important first appearance in AFK#12 is the first ever AFK printed work by our amazing new colorist Lea Jean Badelles (the colorist of the Ringo Award-winning PUNK TACO Hard Cover) who supplies the colors on our back cover (I am her biggest fan!). Look for more from Lea as ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM continues to move forward in multiple directions.

The back cover of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #12 features the first ever, AFK printed work colored by our talented new colorist, Lea Jean Badelles.

While waiting for our slot at the printer, I came up with a new concept for the front cover of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #12. Instead of showing the four try-out applicants in a “Brady Bunch” style grid (as seen on the inside back cover of AFK#11), I came up with the current “arranged polaroids” concept, which — as much as I love the Brady Bunch — I felt was more compelling.  I think the result is a pretty spiffy-looking front cover. Many thanks to longtime AFK Cover colorist, Ziggy B. who provided the colors.

The front cover of AFK#12 went through a last minute redesign. — Here are the “before and afters.”

There’s a whole lot more to tell you about regarding all the many things going on behind the scenes here at ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM headquarters, including all the progress being made on the upcoming 28-page ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #13 (which I plan to have finished by the end of the year). Stay tuned AFK fans!

Thanks for reading! – Action Steve

April 19, 2020

Hello again ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM fans (and curious onlookers). Like many of you out there, I am sheltered in place during this very frightening and extremely sad, Covid-19 global pandemic. I have tried to be productive with my extra downtime — moving forward with various ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM initiatives — and I’m here to fill you in on all the things going on at AFK headquarters in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey.

First the good news… The all-new, long-awaited, 24-page ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #12 is pretty much completed (I only need to get one final proofreading) — Now the bad news… Our printer is currently closed due to the health crisis. This means unfortunately AFK fans will have to wait just a little while longer — until things at the printer can get rolling again — to get their hands on the new issue. — Here’s a sneak peak at the front cover!

I’m pretty happy with how AFK#12 turned-out — especially considering how wishy-washy I was at one point, trying to decide which direction to take the story. I am now confident that I made the right decisions along the way. I have to admit, drawing the issue also got off to a shaky start. I hadn’t produced a new issue in a while, and — those of you who do not draw, may not know — it can take some time to “get your hand back.” But I worked diligently at it, and I think the pages came out really solid.

Previous issue (AFK#11) Spoiler Warning! … The final page of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #11 revealed the return of ROCKJACK “The Rock-Control Guy” — who hadn’t been seen since our very first storyline — “Return of the Queen” — told in the pages of AFK#1-4. Besides our first ever, “return of a character,” the new issue also features the first appearances of not one, but two, all-new, ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM characters — including one who I feel is destined for AFK super-stardom (did I hear someone say, “collectors’ item”?). AFK#12 is also filled with the kind of humor everyone expects from our heroes, ACROBOT and SPARKINATOR, and also has a pretty compelling cliffhanger ending – a staple of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM storylines in progress. Hopefully, when we can finally get it printed, ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #12 will be worth the long wait between issues — and hopefully, you won’t have to wait so long for the next one.

Shortly after finishing AFK#12, I decided to keep things rolling and sat down to write ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #13 — from scratch. I kind of knew where I wanted to go with this one, and I also got very lucky at times, coming up with some really good material. The preliminary script only took me a couple of days, and I’m now in the editing process – breaking it down into pages and panels. I can then get started on the page layouts – that part of making a comic is a lot of fun.

As for the story… AFK#13 will wrap-up the “Try-out Issues” storyline — making it the first-ever, ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM three-issue story arc (AFK trivia fans take note!). It’s also going to be the most action-packed AFK issue to date — which will make it much more challenging for me to draw. I like to conclude my storylines with biggest issues of the arc, and AFK#12 will continue that tradition, running about 28-pages.

So… Who will be the newest member of the GOOD GUYS? That question will finally be answered in AFK#13 — hopefully — before the end of 2020.

Since many families are stuck in their homes during this crisis, I thought this would be a good time to make ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM available for everyone to read – for FREE. You can now follow the adventures of ACROBOT and SPARKINATOR on webtoons – one of the leading digital comic book platforms in the world. WEBTOONS has an “episodic” approach to comics, so I’ve been breaking up ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM issues into segments of varying lengths, with each segment becoming an episode. As of this moment, Both AFK#1 and AFK#2 have been posted in their entirety — and I’ve been adding new episodes at least couple of times each week. It’s kind of a cool way to read ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM, which seems well suited for the way webtoons presents it’s content. You can check it out by clicking … HERE!

BTW.. You can also read ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM (issues #1-6 — with the rest coming soon) on Amazon’s digital platform – Comixology. And you can purchase the physical copies of AFK #1-11, at our AFK store right here on this website, as well as on our affiliated local comic shop – FUNNYBOOKS’ – all-new e-commerce platform which you can check out HERE.

Even with all the cool AFK news mentioned above, the thing I’m most excited to tell you about is working with our new ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM colorist, Lea Jean Badellas, whose coloring work is so outstanding. – She’s just what I’ve been looking for!

I became aware of Lea Jean’s work last summer, while checking-out Adam Wallenta’s PUNK TACO Hard Cover at Terrificon – my first time at this very cool annual comic con in Northern Connecticut. As I was looking through PUNK TACO – which would later go on to win the 2019 “Ringo Award” for “Best Kid’s Comic or Graphic Novel” — I could tell Lea was extremely well-skilled, and that her eye for color was just on another level. Her bold, colorful, and radient style was also right up my alley. — I was genuinely flattered when she agreed to color my pencils in ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM – I couldn’t believe she was even available. — I have to pat myself on the back just a little for this one… I was very patient, and also extremely picky in my long search for an interior colorist for ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM, and I know that I have found the right one in Lea Jean. I really hope I can keep Lea happy and interested in working with me for the long run, and that we can work together to color the entirety of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM — as well as what’s to come.

Speaking of which… I better get to work on the new stuff, before Lea catches up to me.

Thanks for reading! And stay safe. – Action Steve 

December 15, 2019

Ugh! Time flies when your making FUNNYBOOKS, and – once again – it’s been too long between blog posts and I’m really sorry about that. For more frequent updates please consider following us on our Instagram… action_figure_kingdom.

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Since our last post (back in July – yikes!), Ziggy and I took the ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM show on the road and have had some memorable and rewarding experiences at several east coast comic cons — GARDEN STATE COMIC FEST in Morristown New Jersey, TERRIFICON in  Connecticut, and — most recently — BALTIMORE COMIC CON in… well… Baltimore!

GARDEN STATE COMIC FEST is pretty much an annual July tradition for us, since it’s the closest “big” comic con to ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey. GSCF is the only comic con we know of to be held inside of a hockey rink, and we always have a “chill” time.

Our next stop was in August at TERRIFICON — at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Northern Connecticut — where we were invited to be part of the KIDS LOVE COMICS section of Artists’ Alley, alongside other like-minded creators of family-friendly Comics & Stuff (and for some reason, Russ Braun – who is known for his work on the adult-themed, “THE BOYS” series). It was our first TERRIFICON and we really enjoyed the INFINITY GAUNTLET-themed weekend (we even saw THANOS creator Jim Starlin “walk into a wall” when he tried to exit through a curtain that was just covering a wall, not a door). At night we hit the casino where I learned craps by watching Ziggy play. Maybe I’ll play next year — we are definitely hoping to go back!

This “life-sized” THANOS greeted us at the 2019 TERRIFICON

Action Steve (and Jet Jaguar- lol) at Terrificon

In early October, Ziggy and I spent a Thursday at the east coast’s biggest comic con, NEW YORK COMIC CON! We didn’t set up at NYCC, but we attended some professional panels in the morning, and then spent the rest of the day networking and just taking in the scene and having fun. After the con, we made our way over to the annual SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) ”reunion” — Ziggy is a graduate — for some refreshments. Thanks, SCAD!

Action Steve and Ziggy B. having fun at NYCC 2019.

Finally — in late October — Ziggy and I returned to the Baltimore Comic Con! The BCC is very well run and always a lot of fun. The organizers provide our amazing “KIDS LOVE COMICS” group a generous amount of space — complete with a workshop area — where I hosted a panel on ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM (and debuted the first incarnation of my “GOOD GUYS rap” – under protests from Ziggy). Over the course of the three-day con, we were able to introduce AFK to a bunch of new fans, and also had some returning fans, from previous Baltimore Comic Cons, looking to score more issues of AFK. If you ever get a chance to get to the Baltimore Comic Con, go for it. We really love it!

Action Steve hosted a “Meet the GOOD GUYS” panel at BCC2019!

We want to thank all of the convention organizers, fans, and our fellow creators for the great experiences we have had attending these comic cons — especially the members and of the “KIDS LOVE COMICS” group. Special thanks to Mark and Chris Mariano who keep the group together and pretty much run the workshop area. Also, special thanks to Franco, who took the time to do a really cool ACROBOT and SPARKINATOR cover for me! What a nice guy!

Thanks to Franco for this Amazing ACROBOT and SPARKINATOR “Fan Art.”

Now that “convention season” is over, it’s time to hunker down at the drawing table and get serious about ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #12 and ACTION PICKLE KINGDOM #2. More on those soon. — Also… Happy Birthday, Ziggy!

Thanks for reading! – Action Steve

July 4, 2019

Greetings AFK fans! It’s me, “Action Steve,” and I’m back to tell you all about this year’s ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM FREE COMIC BOOK DAY issue…

When I was a kid, I always loved the games and activities I would find in Highlights Magazine, which I would find in various waiting rooms, like at the dentist. As I got older, I discovered and subscribed to Games Magazine — a then monthly magazine filled with crosswords, puzzles, and all kinds of original, inventive games and activities. I have great memories of these magazines, and I’ve wanted to produce a like-minded ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM-themed ACTIVITY COMIC for a while now. This year’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY — already two months behind us — provided the perfect opportunity for just that.

Once again, FUNNYBOOKS — our affiliated Comic Shop in Lake Hiawatha, NJ — and ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM, teamed-up to produce an exclusive FREE, AFK comic book for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY — the first ever ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM Activity Comic (pictured above). The AFK ACTIVITY COMIC included ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM-inspired games, including a word find, connect the dots, a GENERAL ZOMBIE-themed maze, and more. The 12-pager (counting the covers) also included “how to draw” activities, and a “draw your own cover” feature. The comic was handed out for FREE to everyone who stopped by FUNNYBOOKS on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY.

If you missed FREE COMIC BOOK DAY at FUNNYBOOKS, don’t worry… The AFK ACTIVITY COMIC, is now available to check out — or download for FREE — along with our previous exclusive free comics, right here at actionfigurekingdom.com (under the “comics” tab). I really enjoy creating this type of stuff, so look for more ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM games, puzzles, and activities down the line.

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading! – Action Steve

April 14, 2019

Greetings ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM Fans! AFK is BACK! — With a new, 24-page issue that kicks-off a new storyline (our fourth). Welcome to the Try-Outs!

It’s been over a year between AFK issues, due in part to a change in plans regarding the new AFK spin-off series, ACTION PICKLE KINGDOM. You see, ACTION PICKLE KINGDOM #1 was originally supposed to be ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #11, but upon PICKLE KINGDOM’S completion in October (2018), the decision was made to make the BLOOD PICKLE storyline its own title, so it was now up to yours truly to produce AFK#11. Luckily, I had a little head start, as work on the first 12 pages of AFK#11 had already begun.

Actually, the first 12 pages of AFK#11 have appeared before — as the lead story in the AFK 2018 Free Comic Book Day Edition (handed out exclusively at our affiliated comic book store, FUNNYBOOKS, in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, on Free Comic Book Day last year).

The 12-pages — which introduced a Mexican speedster named RRRAPIDO to the AFK Universe (Free Comic Book Day was on Cinco De Mayo last year) was presented in the rough-sketch stage of the AFK process. Since then, those 12-pages have gone thru a bit of an overhaul — New panels have been added, and others have been moved around. I also rewrote a bunch of the dialogue, and I turned the rough sketches into finished pencils. So, even if you have the AFK Free Comic Book Day Comic from last year, ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #11 will still provide you with a fresh AFK experience. As for the last 12 pages of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #11, they are indeed all-new, never seen before pages!

A page from the 2018 AFK Free Comic Book Day issue on the left, compared to the new page from ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #11 on the right.

I’ve been thinking about producing a try-out storyline for a while now. I’ve always liked the concept, whether used in comics, animation, or movies. One memorable one for me is from the movie, Mystery Men (and more recently there was a good one in DEADPOOL 2). One of the most famous try-outs in comics was featured in DC’s ADVENTURE COMICS #247 (1958), featuring the Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes — also one of the most iconic comic book covers of all time. When I decided it was time to introduce some new characters to the ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM Universe, the try-out theme seemed like an engaging, endearing, (and efficient) way to accomplish that. The result is the first AFK storyline that pays homage to a classic comic book story device — The Try-Outs.

Now that ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM is on its way through double digits, I thought it was a great time to bring back a character we haven’t seen in a while. So, I reached all the way back to the debut AFK storyline, “Return of the Queen” (told in AFK#1-4), to borrow one of the “THREE ROYAL ELEMENTALS” for the try-outs. Who will it be? You’ll have to pick-up ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #11 (and read it all the way to the end) to find out!

Thank you for your interest in ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM! — I’ll be back soon to fill you in on our upcoming (potential) FREE COMIC BOOK DAY comic, and the next issues of both ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM and ACTION PICKLE KINGDOM.

Thanks for reading! – Action Steve

November 11, 2018

AFK fans can now get their hands on the first issue of an all-new ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM spin-off series… ACTION PICKLE KINGDOM!

The newest adventure — starring ACROBOT and SPARKINATOR — was originally scheduled to be told in the pages of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #11 & #12, but as the first issue neared completion, the story began to take on a quality of its own, and the decision was made to make it its own title all together.

Ziggy designed this retro cover look for the All-New ACTION PICKLE KINGDOM #1

The 18-page ACTION PICKLE KINGDOM #1 is written and lettered by me (“Action” Steve), and illustrated by AFK cover-colorist (and frequent collaborator) Ziggy B. ACTION PICKLE KINGDOM teams the stars of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM — ACROBOT and SPARKINATOR — with Ziggy’s trademark character, BLOOD PICKLE, who you may remember from previous FREE COMIC BOOK DAY adventures (including one also called ACTION PICKLE KINGDOM which you can read for FREE at our “FREE READS” area at the bottom of the “comics” section — right here at actionfigurekingdom.com).

The “original” ACTION PICKLE KINGDOM FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EDITION was produced before ACROBOT and SPARKINATOR’s costume colors were even introduced!

Ziggy turned-in an outstanding job on this issue, and his engaging style is perfect for the somewhat silly nature the story I wrote for him — a fun-filled tale which also introduces a new character named WISH COMMANDER, and a new friend for TOMMY named KIRA, who brings her own MOONFOX action figure along for the adventure. Oh yeah… and there’s also a LAMP (but not the same lamp you got to know in the now-classic “ZOMBIE KINGDOM” storyline told in AFK#5 & AFK#6). One thing you’re sure to notice about the artwork is that ZIGGY’s AFK world is much more lush than the barren moonscapes usually found in an issue of ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM, and ZIGGY inks his work, which really takes ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM artwork to a whole new level. You can see for yourself by picking up a copy at our affiliated comic shop —FUNNYBOOKS, in Lake Hiawatha New Jersey — or you can purchase one right here in our store at actionfigurekingdom.com, and we’ll mail it out to you!

So now… what about ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #11? Well, it looks like that one’s back in my hands. Luckily I’ve already started on what was going to be ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #13 — after two issues by Ziggy — so AFK#13 will now be moved into the AFK#11 slot. I’ve written the 24-page script, and have already started finished-pencils on the first 12 pages, which were previewed in our 2018 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY issue — the one with RRRAPIDO (also in our FREE READS section).

I’ve also just completed the script to the 22-page ACTION PICKLE KINGDOM #2, and have handed it off to Ziggy. I have the feeling we will both be working thru the winter on these two issues. Hopefully, they will both be available in early 2019. Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading! – Action Steve

July 28, 2018

I didn’t plan back-to-back posts about comic cons, but we (Me and that guy, ZIGGY, again) recently spent two days (July 7th & 8th) in Artists Alley at the GARDEN STATE COMIC FEST, which is held every summer at the Mennen Arena in Morristown, New Jersey — only 20 minutes away from ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM HEADQUARTERS! GSCF has a good balance of vendors and artists, and there are always great cosplayers. This year’s con seemed to be well-attended by fans, and because GSCF is so close to home, we see a lot of people we know. It’s always a lot of fun!

Silver-Age FLASH posing with the back cover of AFK#7 – featuring CLASSIC SPARKINATOR (one helped to inspire the other).

Throughout the weekend, ZIGGY and I did our best to capture the attention and interest of the con attendees, and to get our comics into readers’ hands. I was fortunate enough to find many new readers for ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM, and ZIGGY created new fans of his two creative endeavors, his comic book miniseries SIDEKICKED, and his OPERATION PAJAMA PANTS Hard Cover. ZIGGY has the advantage in sales because he does a free original dance with every purchase.

Comic cons are LONG! Luckily, ZIGGY & I are both artists, and we spend most of the time drawing. I’m not at the point where people are paying me to draw for them, so I just sketch whatever I’m feeling – always one of my original characters. Over the past several cons, I’ve been refining my convention sketch style. I’ve started inking my sketches and have even gotten into the whole Copic Marker coloring thing. It’s been a great feeling just drawing for FUN again! And I usually wind-up with some pretty solid sketches that I can turn into pin-ups, covers, or something else down the line.

Now that GARDEN STATE COMIC FEST is a wrap, we are turning our attention to our next comic con — the BALTIMORE COMIC CON (at the end of September) where ZIGGY and I will be included in the ALL-AGES / KIDS LOVE COMICS section of Artist’s Alley for the first time! This makes us happy! And, by the time BALTIMORE rolls around, ACTION FIGURE KINGDOM #11 — which is drawn by ZIGGY — will be on sale. — So get ready to see some new dance moves!

Thanks for reading! – Action Steve