WonderCon 2017

WonderCon is the only con I’ve ever attended. In 2015 I decided, more or less on a whim, to go with my girlfriend and two of my best friends. We only bought tickets for one day and were arguably more excited to go to Disneyland the next day.  Despite this, we had a surprising amount of fun and I was enamored with how intimate the experience felt. I’d never stood across a table from people whose work I regularly consumed and admired, or been to a panel and listened to professionals discuss… well… anything. I’d never felt more connected to the comic industry, and was feeling inspired. It was thanks to this con that I had the courage to ask writer, letterer and friend Danny Djeljosevic about writing my comic, and he directed me to the wonderfully talented artist Diana Naneva.

The next year we opted to go again, and for all three days this time. I was riding the high of having my comic accepted and published by Comixology and was anxious to keep up the momentum. The event was a bit more tumultuous (due in part to a misread airbnb listing and an impromptu visit to Bar Sinister to see my favorite Makeup Artist/Gamer/Amazing Person Misti Dawn) and three straight days of con-ning proved to be far more taxing than expected, but I lived for the experience! I met some artists I idolized, made some new friends, like the indomitable, inimitable Victoria Gedvillas, and tried to gather as much information as possible.

So that brings us to this past weekend, my third Wondercon. This year I had decided to step up my game. Instead of just showing up as an excited face in the crowd, I was going to be a real presence, replete with proper con accouterments: business cards and cosplay! Armed with physical manifestations of my business and various cosplay vests I felt twice as encouraged to speak to with artists and writers alike, and barring a mishap where I almost dismantled the display of Yoshi Yoshitani, whose work I absolutely loved (and who I was apparently following already on twitter–wild right?), I think it was a fairly successful con, so gaze upon some photos of my first ever cosplays, and visit my twitter and instagram to see some of the beautiful illustrations I picked up!


Guardian of the Forest up for sale on Comixology

Superb news! Thanks to the lovely folks at comixology, and thanks to the phenomenal art of the extremely talented Diana Nanaeva (http://spaska.deviantart.com) and letterer/ comic extraordinaire/life coach Danny Djeljosevic (http://djeljosevic.com/) our comic is finally up for sale!

Guardian of the Forest

Guardian of the Forest

Written by: Robert James Mediavilla
Lettered by: Danny Djeljosevic
Art by: Diana Naneva
Price: $0.99

A one-shot comic by Robert James Mediavilla, Diana Naneva and Danny Djeljosevic exploring the frightful vengeance of Nature.

“What is a guardian of the forest without a forest?”

This question has plagued family man Ben Taylor’s life since he unwittingly unleashed a supernatural force upon his small town. Now, as the body count rises and the creature draws closer, he and his daughter will come face to face with the brutal answer.

Buy now on comiXology!

If you enjoy horror, the supernatural, or tales of revenge, this comic is for you! If you enjoy a mixture of prose and traditional comic format, this comic is for you! If you like indie comics, this is for you! Seems like a win/win situation all around!

But seriously, it’s been a dream of mine since I was 14 to publish one of my stories, and I couldn’t be more honored or thrilled to finally put this into the world. I hope that if y’all give it a look you’ll be able to feel all of the passion that went into this project, and that you’ll look forward to more of our projects!

Introductions and Teasers

Welcome to the MODEL TOWN home page, where all updates related to projects belonging to MODEL TOWN– comics, short stories, music or otherwise– will be posted!

Thank you for taking interest in an indie writer like me! You are so~ooo good looking.

Within the next two weeks I’ll be printing up my first comic: The Guardian of the Forest. I wrote the script, the insanely skilled Diana Naneva illustrated the comic (http://spaska.deviantart.com/) and the comic rockstar Danny Djeljosevic (http://djeljosevic.com/) did the lettering. The Guardian of the Forest is a supernatural tale of retribution and inevitability that asks “What is a guardian of the forest without a forest?” Here’s a sneak preview of said comic and some concept art:

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Look forward to more updates soon about where you can obtain Guardian of the Forest! And while you’re waiting, go check out my personal blog astoryforfriends.com to read some of my other work!