Tone Rodriguez had an early start in illustration. Like many of us, he began drawing at the age of six. Unlike most, he drew comics and drew them well enough to eventually make art his career. His art career actually started with painting fences for the cover of an issue for Better Homes and Gardens.
Tone has worked on many comics, but he also has contributed to many television shows, including Numb3rs, E-Ring, R.O.D the TV, and South Park. He also does commissions.
At Wizard World Chicago 2021, I talked to Tone about comic cons. He was very appreciative of my efforts to promote comics and creators. It was a great chat with a very talented person.
Unfortunately, this was the last Wizard World, as it was acquired by Fan Expo. Fortunately, the spirit of Wizard World will live on at Fan Expo. Several Fan Expo conventions have already been announced and I expect big things from them this year. Taking over for Wizard World, Fan Expo needs to come out strong and I believe they will.
Chicago runs July 7-10. Several guests have already been announced, including Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith and Brian O'Halloran. Hopefully, Tone will also be there. I'd love to get his take on the transition to Fan Expo, as well as seeing his newest artwork.
Tone Rodriguez and me in Rosemont, IL-October 2021.