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CCR Ontario is open and good to go and so are we!!! Drop on by booth 407 and say hi!  We’ll be here all weekend!  #ccrontario #indycomics #comicbooks

CCR Ontario is open and good to go and so are we!!! Drop on by booth 407 and say hi! We’ll be here all weekend! #ccrontario #indycomics #comicbooks ...

What’s he grinning about?  Drop on by booth A175 at Lvl Up Expo in Las Vegas this weekend to find out why Zen: Intergalactic Ninja co-creator Dan Cote is so chuffed!

SPOILERS: It’s because he’s got a bunch of awesome comics he created that are on sale right now!!! 😀👍
#indycomics #comicbooks #zenintergalacticninja

What’s he grinning about? Drop on by booth A175 at Lvl Up Expo in Las Vegas this weekend to find out why Zen: Intergalactic Ninja co-creator Dan Cote is so chuffed!

SPOILERS: It’s because he’s got a bunch of awesome comics he created that are on sale right now!!! 😀👍
#indycomics #comicbooks #zenintergalacticninja
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly… we’ll leave it up to you to figure which two outta three these hombres are! 😉

Stop by booth A175 at LvlUp Expo in Las Vegas this weekend!  The Fillbach Brothers will be hanging out, selling art, signing books, shaking babies, and kissing hands from 2:00 until 5:00 today, Saturday, April 27!!!

#indycomics #comicbooks #lvlupexpo #lasvegas

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly… we’ll leave it up to you to figure which two outta three these hombres are! 😉

Stop by booth A175 at LvlUp Expo in Las Vegas this weekend! The Fillbach Brothers will be hanging out, selling art, signing books, shaking babies, and kissing hands from 2:00 until 5:00 today, Saturday, April 27!!!

#indycomics #comicbooks #lvlupexpo #lasvegas
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Orlando Harding is in the house!!! LvlUp Expo in Vegas is a happenin’ place and it’s only getting better!

Drop on by booth A175 from 11:00-2:00 today and all day tomorrow and grab a copy of Orlando’s latest graphic novel (in HARDCOVER), Night Stalker!!! You’ll be glad you did!  #indycomics #comicbooks #lvlupexpo #lasvegas

Orlando Harding is in the house!!! LvlUp Expo in Vegas is a happenin’ place and it’s only getting better!

Drop on by booth A175 from 11:00-2:00 today and all day tomorrow and grab a copy of Orlando’s latest graphic novel (in HARDCOVER), Night Stalker!!! You’ll be glad you did! #indycomics #comicbooks #lvlupexpo #lasvegas
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Emerald City Comic Con!  Party time!  Excellent!!! Day Four is about to start, so if you haven’t dropped by booth 20604 for some truly amazing comics, here’s your chance!!! 😀👍 #eccc #cosplay #partyongarth #partyonwayne #comicbooks #indycomics

Emerald City Comic Con! Party time! Excellent!!! Day Four is about to start, so if you haven’t dropped by booth 20604 for some truly amazing comics, here’s your chance!!! 😀👍 #eccc #cosplay #partyongarth #partyonwayne #comicbooks #indycomics ...

Emerald City Comic Con Day One is a wrap!  On to Day Two! #eccc #comicbooks #comics #indycomics #letsleepingdogslie

Emerald City Comic Con Day One is a wrap! On to Day Two! #eccc #comicbooks #comics #indycomics #letsleepingdogslie ...

It was a heckuva conference!  1First Comics would like to thank all the amazing folks at ComicsPro, all the wonderful retailers who attended, and all of our fellow industry professionals who make comics such a great field to be in!  We had a wonderful time, but as the old saying goes, Kowalski knows when to call it a day and go home!

And if it’s not an old saying, it should be.😉😄 See y’all next year!

It was a heckuva conference! 1First Comics would like to thank all the amazing folks at ComicsPro, all the wonderful retailers who attended, and all of our fellow industry professionals who make comics such a great field to be in! We had a wonderful time, but as the old saying goes, Kowalski knows when to call it a day and go home!

And if it’s not an old saying, it should be.😉😄 See y’all next year!
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Writer/artist/creator Jared Sams will be attending this year’s ComicsPro retailers’ conference in Pittsburg!  The man behind the super awesome Space Negro: The Last Negro, Jared is the latest, greatest addition to the 1First Comics family!  If you’re attending ComicsPro this year, make sure to chat him up about what’s going on with 1First!  #indycomics #comicbooks #comicartist #comicwriter

Writer/artist/creator Jared Sams will be attending this year’s ComicsPro retailers’ conference in Pittsburg! The man behind the super awesome Space Negro: The Last Negro, Jared is the latest, greatest addition to the 1First Comics family! If you’re attending ComicsPro this year, make sure to chat him up about what’s going on with 1First! #indycomics #comicbooks #comicartist #comicwriter ...

1First Comics’ Director of Retailer Outreach Felicity Helfand will be attending this year’s ComicsPro retailers’ conference!  If you’re attending as a retailer or industry professional and have any questions or suggestions for 1First Comics, make sure to let her know! #comicspro #indycomics #comicbooks

1First Comics’ Director of Retailer Outreach Felicity Helfand will be attending this year’s ComicsPro retailers’ conference! If you’re attending as a retailer or industry professional and have any questions or suggestions for 1First Comics, make sure to let her know! #comicspro #indycomics #comicbooks ...

Publisher and Founder Ken F. Levin will be attending this year’s ComicsPRO Retailers Conference in Pittsburgh!  If you’re a retailer or industry professional attending this conference, make sure to say hi!  #comicspro #comics #pittsburgh #indycomics

Publisher and Founder Ken F. Levin will be attending this year’s ComicsPRO Retailers Conference in Pittsburgh! If you’re a retailer or industry professional attending this conference, make sure to say hi! #comicspro #comics #pittsburgh #indycomics ...

SPACE NEGRO number one is available for preorder now!  Use Diamond Previews Code DEC231475 to reserve your copy of creator/writer/artist Jared Sams’ comic about the adventures of Supernova Watkins, the last black man in the universe!  Find out what happens and what it all means as he finds out that even a million years in the future a brutha still can’t catch a break!  #comics #comicbooks #indiecomics #blackcreators #blackartist #spacenegro

SPACE NEGRO number one is available for preorder now! Use Diamond Previews Code DEC231475 to reserve your copy of creator/writer/artist Jared Sams’ comic about the adventures of Supernova Watkins, the last black man in the universe! Find out what happens and what it all means as he finds out that even a million years in the future a brutha still can’t catch a break! #comics #comicbooks #indiecomics #blackcreators #blackartist #spacenegro ...

If there is one universal truth, it is this: Space. Is.  Black!  Available for preorder, SPACE NEGRO number one (Diamond Previews code DEC231475) tells the adventures of Supernova Watkins, the last black man in the universe.  It’s Buck Rogers meets Blazing Saddles in a no holds barred look at how even a million years in the future a brutha still can’t catch a break!  From creator/writer/artist Jared Sams comes a space epic you won’t want to miss!  #comicbooks #indiecomics #comics #blackartist #blackcreator #spaceisblack

If there is one universal truth, it is this: Space. Is. Black! Available for preorder, SPACE NEGRO number one (Diamond Previews code DEC231475) tells the adventures of Supernova Watkins, the last black man in the universe. It’s Buck Rogers meets Blazing Saddles in a no holds barred look at how even a million years in the future a brutha still can’t catch a break! From creator/writer/artist Jared Sams comes a space epic you won’t want to miss! #comicbooks #indiecomics #comics #blackartist #blackcreator #spaceisblack ...

Available for preorder in Diamond Comics Previews!  SPACE NEGRO number one, from the brilliant, demented mind of writer/artist Jared Sam’s!  In the far flung reaches of the 1000th millennium, Supernova Watkins is the last black man in the universe!  And despite being the universe’s chosen protector and champion, Supernova soon discovers that even a million years in the future a brutha still can’t catch a break!  Check out Previews and then order your copy today!  Code DEC231475!  #blackartist #blackcreator #comics #comicbooks #indiecomics #spacenegro

Available for preorder in Diamond Comics Previews! SPACE NEGRO number one, from the brilliant, demented mind of writer/artist Jared Sam’s! In the far flung reaches of the 1000th millennium, Supernova Watkins is the last black man in the universe! And despite being the universe’s chosen protector and champion, Supernova soon discovers that even a million years in the future a brutha still can’t catch a break! Check out Previews and then order your copy today! Code DEC231475! #blackartist #blackcreator #comics #comicbooks #indiecomics #spacenegro ...

The Gooble Gobble!  Available for preorder in this month’s Diamond Previews catalog, check out the latest chapter in trucker/hero/wiseacre extraordinaire Jim Kowalski’s misadventures as he fights a threat that can literarily destroy all reality!  And no, that wasn’t a typo… you’ll just have to check out ILLUMINATI TRANSPORT: GOOBLE GOBBLE!  Available for preorder in this month’s Diamond Comics Previews, code NOV231474! #indycomics #graphicnovel #comicbooks #trucking

The Gooble Gobble! Available for preorder in this month’s Diamond Previews catalog, check out the latest chapter in trucker/hero/wiseacre extraordinaire Jim Kowalski’s misadventures as he fights a threat that can literarily destroy all reality! And no, that wasn’t a typo… you’ll just have to check out ILLUMINATI TRANSPORT: GOOBLE GOBBLE! Available for preorder in this month’s Diamond Comics Previews, code NOV231474! #indycomics #graphicnovel #comicbooks #trucking ...

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1First Comics will be at CCR Ontario this weekend, May 18-19! Drop on by booth #407 and say hi! We've got some new books out and a bunch of swell creators to sign them! ... See MoreSee Less

1First Comics will be at CCR Ontario this weekend, May 18-19!  Drop on by booth #407 and say hi!  Weve got some new books out and a bunch of swell creators to sign them!

WHY "A.I." ISN'T ART

The current ongoing debate between prompters and real artists about "what is art" often devolves into the prompters saying, "It's here, this is the future, get used to it." Real artists obviously disagree and with good reason. However, pushing past all of the rhetoric, why are prompters not real artists?

In our opinion, it's because a real artist will be more than happy to tell you - sometimes at length (you artists out there know what we're talking about 😉👍) - what tools they use and how they use them. Heck, there have been debates over types of brushes, varieties of ink, and differences in various types of paper while a prompter will NEVER tell you what prompts they use to achieve their results.

Think about it: ask any artist what pencil or pen they use and nine times out of ten they'll tell you. Ask any artist what ink they use and if they know, they will tell you. Ask any artist what graphics program they use or what computer or tablet they're using, and more often than not they will tell you.

Why? Because a real artist knows that it's not the tools that make the art. It is the talent, education, and experience that matter and those items cannot be stolen.

Now let's take a look at AI prompters. If you ask them what prompts they used, nine-point-nine times out of ten they will not tell you and point-one time out of ten they will lie... because they know that there is nothing unique about what they've done. Oh, they'll boast about their "secret sauce" or crow about their supposed talent, but their prompts are not unique. They are not unique.

Give someone the exact same type of pencil that John Byrne or George Perez used and chances are you will not get a John Byrne Wolverine or a George Perez Wonder Woman, but give someone the exact same collection of prompts and they will get the same results as KingArtistAI1097 or PwningThePencil398 (not real users to our knowledge, but indicative of how these prompters view themselves).

AI prompters are not real artists. They're kids who played Mad Libs and called themselves authors.
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3 weeks ago

C2E2 2024 was a blast! There were so many awesome creators, vendors, and fans. It was impossible to see everything. (Did you *see* the exhibit hall?) We can't thank you enough. Here's to the next one!
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C2E2 2024 was a blast! There were so many awesome creators, vendors, and fans. It was impossible to see everything. (Did you *see* the exhibit hall?) We cant thank you enough. Heres to the next one!
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3 weeks ago

This weekend in Palm Springs, catch a whole gaggle of 1First Comics folks at the PALM SPRINGS ENTERTAINMENT CONVENTION!!!

Attending will be:
KEN F. LEVIN (exec. producer THE BOYS, PREACHER, co-founder and publisher 1FIRST COMICS)

THE YUAN TWINS (actors OBSERVE AND REPORT, MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., deputy publishers 1FIRST COMICS, writers/artists LOVE TOWN, SERVING SUPES, INSPECTOR OH)

ORLANDO HARDING: (writer RRH, NIGHT STALKER)

and

JARED SAMS (writer/artist/creator SPACE NEGRO: THE LAST NEGRO)

If your in the SoCal area and want to meet some awesome creators, artists, and industry personalities, the PALM SPRINGS ENTERTAINMENT CONVENTION is the place to be this Saturday. May 4th. Hours are noon to seven, so there's no excuse not to be there!!!! 😀
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Looking forward to seeing everyone 😎

This weekend in Palm Springs, catch a whole gaggle of 1First Comics folks at the PALM SPRINGS ENTERTAINMENT CONVENTION!!!  

Attending will be: 
KEN F. LEVIN (exec. producer THE BOYS, PREACHER, co-founder and publisher 1FIRST COMICS) 

THE YUAN TWINS (actors OBSERVE AND REPORT, MARVELS AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., deputy publishers 1FIRST COMICS, writers/artists LOVE TOWN, SERVING SUPES, INSPECTOR OH)

ORLANDO HARDING: (writer RRH, NIGHT STALKER)

and 

JARED SAMS (writer/artist/creator SPACE NEGRO: THE LAST NEGRO)

If your in the SoCal area and want to meet some awesome creators, artists, and industry personalities, the PALM SPRINGS ENTERTAINMENT CONVENTION is the place to be this Saturday. May 4th.  Hours are noon to seven, so theres no excuse not to be there!!!! 😀Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment
4 weeks ago

1First Comics will be attending not one, but TWO conventions this weekend! From April 26-28, 1First Comics will be at C2E2 in Chicago and LvlUp Expo in Las Vegas!

Deputy Publishers John and Matt Yuan, and The Fillbach Brothers, Orlando Harding, and Dan Cote will be at LvlUp Expo!

And writer/artist Jared Sams, 1First Comics' Director of Retailer Outreach Felicity Helfand, and 1First Comics' Art Director Alex Wald will be at C2E2!

So if you want to check out what 1First Comics has to offer, here are two great chances at two great events in two great locations to do it!
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1First Comics will be attending not one, but TWO conventions this weekend!  From April 26-28, 1First Comics will be at C2E2 in Chicago and LvlUp Expo in Las Vegas!  

Deputy Publishers John and Matt Yuan, and The Fillbach Brothers, Orlando Harding, and Dan Cote will be at  LvlUp Expo!  

And writer/artist Jared Sams, 1First Comics Director of Retailer Outreach Felicity Helfand, and 1First Comics Art Director Alex Wald will be at C2E2!  

So if you want to check out what 1First Comics has to offer, here are two great chances at two great events in two great locations to do it!Image attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment
1 month ago

ZEN: BOUNTY WARS has added a retailer tier to the Kickstarter campaign! Retailers, here's your chance to get in on the action rather than be left out in the cold! For $100, you can get five copies of each cover of ZEN:BOUNTY WARS #1!!! That's a total of twenty copies of the first issue of the continuing adventures of Zen and Nira X!!!

And if you're not a retailer, there's still plenty of great options for you as well!

Check out the campaign at the link here! www.kickstarter.com/projects/1firstcomics/zen-bounty-wars-1?ref=discovery
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ZEN: BOUNTY WARS has added a retailer tier to the Kickstarter campaign!  Retailers, heres your chance to get in on the action rather than be left out in the cold!  For $100, you can get five copies of each cover of ZEN:BOUNTY WARS #1!!!  Thats a total of twenty copies of the first issue of the continuing adventures of Zen and Nira X!!!  

And if youre not a retailer, theres still plenty of great options for you as well!

Check out the campaign at the link here!  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1firstcomics/zen-bounty-wars-1?ref=discovery
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