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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:43 PM

Born in Ann Arbor, MI, Trevor Mueller was shocked to discover his latent writing abilities. “Am I from another planet?” he used to ponder as a child, but alas he soon discovered that he was a mere mortal by crashing his bike into a tree.

Trevor works at an advertising agency by day, and writes comics by night. He is the writer / artist / creator of several popular webcomic series including the fantasy epic THE TEMPLE OF A THOUSAND TEARS and the teen-rated gag strip @$$HOLE!, both of which are self-published and have been nominated for several web comic awards. His web comic work can be found on his website, www.trevoramueller.com, along with his near-daily updates of movie, video game, and comic reviews.

In addition to self-published web comics, Trevor has also written and self-published several other works including the all-ages stories ALBERT THE ALIEN and JUNKYARD CHASE.

He has also contributed stories to several anthologies, including HOPE: THE HERO INITIATIVE from Ronin Studios and READING WITH PICTURES from the non-profit of the same name that advocates the use of comics in the classroom to promote literacy and improve education for all students.

In 2009 Trevor joined Reading With Pictures as their Marketing Director, combining his love of comics, education, and advertising. Trevor gives lectures and presentations throughout the mid-west at conventions and schools on several topics, including the power of combining creativity and literacy.

Trevor resides in the city of Chicago, with his cat Waffles.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:17 PM

So happy to be coming back to ACEN again this year. I have a blast every year, and people love the panels. Might be able to convince them to give us another "Panel that Shall Not be Named," since this is always a hoot with a great turn out.

Seriously, love you guys!
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:39 AM

Sounds interesting Trevor, what was the panel about?
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:49 AM

@Dark Spellmaster: Hee hee hee, well...there's a story about how it came to be. It's a panel that started off as a joke the first year, but attendance was extremely high. So they gave it to me again last year, and attendance grew even more! Everyone has a really good time.

Mostly I tell the most off-the-wall stories. Some inspired comic stories, some have happened to me at conventions, some involve well-known and lesser-known celebrities (actors, creators, etc).

This year I'm definitely going to include the following:

1) My very first ACEN, where I learned that pocky is more than just a candy
2) My first year as a guest at ACEN, going out to dinner with the voice actors, and the ensuing personal jokes that erupted from that night
3) My 21st birthday - which involved people getting arrested, yet there was no alcohol involved
4) How I know my cat is secretly trying to kill my girlfriend
5) And so many more....

If you enjoy funny / embarrassing stories, it's a good time.

This post has been edited by trevoramueller: 27 March 2012 - 11:57 AM

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:22 PM

View Posttrevoramueller, on 27 March 2012 - 11:49 AM, said:

@Dark Spellmaster: Hee hee hee, well...there's a story about how it came to be. It's a panel that started off as a joke the first year, but attendance was extremely high. So they gave it to me again last year, and attendance grew even more! Everyone has a really good time.

Mostly I tell the most off-the-wall stories. Some inspired comic stories, some have happened to me at conventions, some involve well-known and lesser-known celebrities (actors, creators, etc).

This year I'm definitely going to include the following:

1) My very first ACEN, where I learned that pocky is more than just a candy
2) My first year as a guest at ACEN, going out to dinner with the voice actors, and the ensuing personal jokes that erupted from that night
3) My 21st birthday - which involved people getting arrested, yet there was no alcohol involved
4) How I know my cat is secretly trying to kill my girlfriend
5) And so many more....

If you enjoy funny / embarrassing stories, it's a good time.


Have you forgotten that this is Trevor Mueller and the Panel that Shall Not be Named Nor Described?

Edit: As far as I remember, the panel's name was originally a placeholder joke to work around Trevor naming his webcomic @$$hole, which is decidedly against the PG rating to which ACen holds panel descriptions. I'd delegated panel scheduling to an assistant, who disappeared and didn't get a draft schedule to me until very close to the deadline. By that point, I worried more about revising the schedule for timing conflicts, slot preferences, and giving people downtime.

I delegated panel descriptions to a second person. Most panel titles were fairly self-explanatory, so I gave minimal direction. When I got them back, Trevor's panel had the brief description "Nor described." with a note saying, "I had no idea what to do with this one." I laughed, and passed the description through unedited.

The scheduler reappeared at that point to help me revise the schedule. At some point, that person changed the description to something much more detailed. While doing a final approvals on the schedule, I noticed the change. An editorial fit seized me, and I quickly reverted the description to the more cryptic, yet simpler copy.

I hope whoever does the scheduling this year keeps with tradition.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:59 PM

Must go to this panel.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:08 PM

What's even better is that no one told this to Trevor before the convention. Not even the assistant we gave him. The first he heard of it was when he got his welcome packet from us when he got the convention Thursday.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:17 PM

Ha ha ha, it's true. I opened that first panel with the words:

"So, I bet many of you are wondering what this panel is about. Well, I'm not gonna lie: up until 5 minutes ago, I was wondering the same thing."

And it just got crazy from there. :P

Also, I think for the first year, there was no description for the panel. It was just blank. Which just added to the mystery (and my brain trying desperately to figure out what I was going to do for an hour).

I think the second year it said "nor described." And by this point, the joke between ACEN panel programming and myself was well under-way. Watch - this year they'll make one of my OTHER panels cryptic, just for fits and giggles.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 02:06 PM

Started putting together all of the work for the show already, and decided I would put together a showing of some of the work for you guys - as well as let you know about some cool new books I have coming out this year.

Additionally, I'll have some awesome sketch cards, and will be doing commissions throughout the weekend (sketch card and full pages) for those interested.

For those of you unfamiliar with my work, below is a list of my comic books I'll have available for sale at the show. A few are brand new this year, so be sure to check stop by artist alley or any of my panels to check them out.

[A panel schedule will be forthcoming, as we continue to put this together with ACEN. Please stay tuned.]

NEW THIS YEAR:
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@$$hole! Volume 1: No Pants Tuesday:
Ever had a roommate from hell? Well, Trevor has that - literally! His demonic roommate, Susie, only wants to watch TV, be lazy, and capture the souls of every human on the planet. Is it possible for these two to live together, or will their adventures result in one of their untimely demises? Nominated for multiple awards, this tongue-in-cheek series is full of hilarious pop-culture references, kleptomaniac gnome kings, and adolescent humor.
Written and illustrated by Trevor Mueller

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Albert the Alien is Using the Hall Pass:
The foreign exchange student from another planet is back! This time, Albert has to use the bathroom, but the school bully has other plans. Can Albert subdue the bully, avoid the hall monitors, and make it to the rest room before the end of class?
Includes the full adventure, a copy of the script, character designs by the artist, several activity pages, and so much more!
Written by Trevor Mueller, Art by Eisner-winner Gabriel Bautista

RETURNING BEST-SELLERS:
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@$$hole!: Laura's 21st Birthday:
The story of a slacker so lazy he forgets his girlfriends birthday. Now with the help of his demonic roommate, Susie, he must overcome his fear of shopping to find her the perfect gift to make up for his failings. And where does their adventure take them, but to the most horrific place on the planet: the mall!
Written and illustrated by Trevor Mueller

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Junkyard Chase:
When a puppy sneaks into the local scrapyard, it's up to robo-security to escort them out. However, junkyards can be a very dangerous place - even for the robots who work there. Can robo-security perform their duty and get the puppy to safety? In the vein of a Wylie Coyote cartoon, this comic is a fun adventure appropriate for all ages. Also includes a script and the page layouts, so creators can see how a comic is made.
Written by Trevor Mueller, Art by Jeong Mo Yang

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Reading with Pictures Volume 1:
Collecting 37 all-ages stories from award-winning talent like Jill Thompson, Raina Telgemeire, Fred Van Lente, and many more. This collection is perfect for educators, parents, or kids who love reading! This anthology benefits the RWP non-profit, working to get comics in the classroom and features the first appearance of Albert the Alien! Bored by learning about dinosaurs in a textbook, Albert wisks his class back in time where the teacher is promptly stolen by a pterosaurs. Can Albert save the teacher and get his class back to the present before they all get in trouble?

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Hope: The Hero Initiative:
The only anthology benefiting the Hero Initiative non-profit, which gives money to out of work comic creators. 28 stories in all from many talented comic professionals. My story in the anthology is called "Inspiration," and is about a boy who has been diagnosed with cancer and has been blogging about his experiences. During a "bad day," he receives a series of comments on his blog from dedicated readers, telling stories about how this boys battle with cancer has inspired them to be real-life heroes.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:47 PM

Just heard the good news on my panels for the weekend. Be sure to check these out:

Friday:
  • Breaking into Comics - 6pm - DaVinci - Trevor, Russell, Steve, John
  • Trevor Mueller's Panel That Shall Not Be Named - 8pm - Vienna - Trevor


Saturday:
  • Self-Publishing 101 - 9pm - London - Trevor, Steve


Should be a good mix of education, comedy, and some embarrassing stories (but embarrassing for whom?). Hope to see you guys there!

Really excited for ACEN in a few more weeks!
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:00 PM

Ahhhh drat I can not attend either of fridays. To quote the great Mojo Jojo, "Curses!"

However I do want to pick up two of the books you have listed, so I will be by your booth.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:32 PM

View PostDark Spellmaster, on 12 April 2012 - 01:00 PM, said:

Ahhhh drat I can not attend either of fridays. To quote the great Mojo Jojo, "Curses!"

However I do want to pick up two of the books you have listed, so I will be by your booth.


Sorry to hear you can't attend the Friday panels (they're going to be awesome), but glad to hear you'll stop by the booth. Will be great to see you!
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 04:53 PM

Nothing official just yet, but I may also be popping in and out of panels throughout the evening. Especially the Making Webcomics Panel series from Alan Evans (a good friend of mine), since I've lead this panel for the past 3 years in a row.

Alan and I do a great Making Webcomics panel, and he's incredibly knowledgeable. If I show up, it'll just be icing on the already delicious cake. Or pocky. Or whatever your candy preference may be.
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:39 AM

My Albert the Alien artist, Eisner-winning Gabriel Bautista, will be set up at my table throughout the weekend. He just announced a KILLER prize:

If you pledge $50 or more this weekend at ACEN to the Reading with Pictures kickstarter campaign and show us the confirmation on your smart phone, he'll give you a free water color painting!

Here's an example of a Wolverine he did for someone last year at another Chicago convention:
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And since RWP is a non-profit organization, this is a tax deductible purchase! And since it's kickstarter, you don't get charged until / unless RWP receives funding in full!

Seriously, best offer ever!
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:12 AM

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Hey gang, I'm headed out to ACEN tonight (arriving a day early!) and setting up. You can find me at several locations throughout the weekend. During floor hours, I'll be at my table right by the entrance to Artist Alley where I'll be selling copies of my books, including my latest projects: Albert the Alien, and @$$hole! volume 1: No Pants Tuesday. There will be special deals throughout the weekend, including:
  • The Making Comics Package: Albert the Alien + Junkyard Chase + 1 sketch card - $10
  • The @$$hole! Package: @$$hole! Laura's 21st B-day + @$$hole! vol 1 + Junkyard Chase = $20
  • The All Ages Package: Reading with Pictures + Albert the Alien + Junkyard Chase + 2 Sketch Cards - $25
  • The Anthology Package: Reading with Pictures + Hope The Hero Initiative + Albert the Alien - $40
  • And many more!


Also, if you pledge $50 or more on kickstarter this weekend and show it to me at ACEN, Albert the Alien artist Gabriel Bautista will give you a mini-water color painting!

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Additionally, I'm going to be doing some panels throughout the weekend that you just can't miss:

Friday:
  • Breaking into Comics – 6pm – DaVinci (Hyatt) – A Q&A with all of the comic creator guests at the show, including Russell Lissau, Steve Horton, John Bivens, and Trevor Mueller! We each have a story that’s unique – come hear them all.
  • Trevor Mueller’s Panel That Shall Not Be Named – 8pm – Vienna (Hyatt) – Nor described. But it’s a popular panel. You just need to show up to find out what it’s all about.


Saturday:
  • Self-Publishing 101 – 9pm – London (Hyatt) – It’s never been easier to make a comic book than it is today. Trevor Mueller and Steve Horton take you through some methods and options for self-publishing your own comics.


I may also make an appearance at Alan Evan's Making Webcomics part 2 panel, Saturday 6:30-7:30pm, Malpensa (Hyatt). Alan and I have put on some great webcomic panels in the past, and this time will be no different. Maybe more funny. We shall see.

ACEN is my favorite show of the year, and always a good time. Hope to see you there!
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