Past-Anime DeMoii thoughts

Anime DeMoii was a great show! I went into the show not expecting much, but it was truly one of the greatest shows I attended this year.

It wasn’t just a financially-good show, but I got the opportunity to meet several new Des Moines area comic creators and authors, which is always wonderful. I also got to talk to and encourage several people who want to start their own comics and had lots of questions for me.

I love talking about making comics, you guys.

I had a blast, and I hope to go again next year!


Midwest Comicon 2015

Hey friends! I’m going to be attending the Midwest Comicon on November 7&8 in Des Moines, IA– Come see all of the great artists and creators at the show, and pick up some Nextuus swag- including a new set of Nextuus ‘Tarot’ prints!



Des Moines Author Fair




Next Tuesday, 10/13, I’ll be at the Central Library in Des Moines for their annual author fair! Stop by, meet local authors and learn about Iowa-made books!



Thomcast: Convention Swag

Quick review on this week’s Thomcast:



I’ll be at the Ericon show at the Ericson Library in Boone next Saturday, June 27th!




A science fiction adventure comic set on the planet of Nextuus. A band of treasure hunters are hired to find the Ocean Shard, a legendary artifact. Many will stand in their way to keep them from their prize.

Read from the beginning

Comic archive


515 Media


Listen and learn as the members of discuss various topics, interview other people from the internet, and generally waste a bunch of time in front of a live microphone.

Radio archive

Thom has a weekly vlog, with discussions ranging from comic work and convention-going to Czech language lessons.

Thomcast 2014_filler

Watch the latest episode!


Swag Shop

5/30/15 –
The second editions of Nextuus Volumes 1 & 2 are out and available for order in the Swag Shop!
book01a  book02a
Also, we have a special price for bundling both volumes together:
Visit the Shop

Non-comic sites

Levi Hoffmeier
Rainarc Rhapsody
Rubber Punk Productions
Underfiend Radio
Yen Nguyen

Cool comics we’ve met

A Drop of Blood
Antares Complex
Backwood Folk
Camden Bottoms
Deverish Also
Final Fantasy 6
Go Fish
HeadMetal Comics
Ink and Drink Comics
Leth Hate
Mangled Stare
Objects of Amusement
Out At Home
Reign: Knight of Time
Sensei Yakuza
Sex, Drugs and June Cleaver
Soul Symphony
The Glass Urchin
Watusi the Talking Dog
Whispers Of The Divide

The 515

Coming Soon

About was formed in 2005 by a handful of guys in Central Iowa. The site hosts a variety of mediums- blogs, podcasts, novels-
but mostly we have always been a home to comics.

Thomas Hotka
President & Dictator-for-life

Nextuus – Artist/Writer
Redemption – Co-writer
NQD – Artist/Writer

“I'm rich! Rich with nickels!”

Trey Petersen

Nextuus – Co-writer
The Rants – Writer

“This sh*t better be worth it…”

Pat Hawks