This last weekend Paul and I were the artist Guests of Honor at Midsouthcon 32. This was pretty significant because Midsouthcon was the first convention we ever attended. Back in 2004, we decided to attend because artist Todd Lockwood was the GoH. We had no idea what else would happen at that show.
What happened was we had found a new home. Back then the staff welcomed the two crazy brothers who sold elf ears and painted funny pictures into the fold and they never let us out. The served free beer and as many cheese puffs that we could consume. We stumbled into the game room and a couple of guys invited us to play a weird game called Munchkin (and would later invite us to their own convention of Hypericon – thanks Todd and Darrell ). We met so many people, sold some art, and enjoyed every part of the convention.
We have not missed a year since.
Paul and I have grown in our art careers since then and our adventures take us all over the states, but when the MSC crew asked us to be Guests of Honor, we couldn’t believe it. And on the 10 year mark – its like they planned it!
We knew the weekend would be fun, but it was more than that. It was a time of sharing stories, smiles and laughs, some booze and maybe even a karaoke song or two. It was a great weekend, and even though my body is still tired, my soul has been replenished.
I want to thank everyone on the crew, you made us all feel special. Danny, Carlin thank you for heading up everything, Eric thank you for being my Lita, Kelly thanks for setting up all the great panels, Jane,Barbara and Bonnie thanks for all your help in the art show. Everyone I shared a panel with – thank you for all the stories and sharing the table with me. Sylvia thank you for making sure Laura and I had some great food even though we are silly vegetarians.
I know I am missing so many names, but I really loved this weekend and every one of you helped make it that way.
I also launched a Kickstarter for preordering prints. which can be accessed below.
But this post is bout Chattacon, which is happening next weekend! I will have some newer work, but the Watcher II will be shown for the first time ever at the show! Paul and I will also be in the dealers room, so come visit!
So first off, I realize I have been writing reviews of conventions, but I have not really let people know who I am and how that affects my view of the conventions I attend. I am an artist, a dealer (selling art and costumes), and often a guest at many conventions. I spend most of my day at a table, signing art or putting elf ears on customers. This means I miss most panels that I am not on and often cannot stay up as late as others when partying late into the night (although, what I miss in time, I try to make up in intensity).
At this year’s GMX I am all of the above. As a featured guest, I only had a few panels, but we had a setup in the dealers room and art in the artist alley.
That being set up, here is my experience of GMX v3 2011:
Arrival went smoothly. We got our badges and bracelets and set up at our tables. All the con staff was really friendly and helped us get set up and ready for the show. When I walked by registration it seemed the line was moving quickly and everyone was in a good mood. Even by two o’clock on Friday, the halls were starting to get crowded. Continue reading Con Recap – GMX v3 2011
Having the hang ups discussed before, I thought I would follow up with how I get around them and sell my work.
First, I have a rather unique position for selling my art. There are good and bad points to not following the normal path for illustrators – that of slaving for the book companies and doing years of junk art, and then finally getting book covers or good assignments. The good part is I skipped right ahead to selling my work directly to the fans and doing pieces that I wanted to do. But this has also limited my exposure to a broader base. I am saying this because artists like Larry Elmore or Todd Lockwood have a much different scenario for selling their work. They have been publicized by one agency or another, and are generally well known for their work that has graced the covers of many popular books. My work has only its own merits and quality as a selling point, and can not rely on people already being familiar with it or having well known and loved characters in it.
Illuxcon was an interesting experience. First off, I am normally working behind a table or have art up at a show. It was strange being the one walking around with no obligations or places to be. It was also odd being in a place that was so familiar (I knew of the art and artists), but not really knowing anyone or them knowing me. In fact I got a couple of, “well if you try hard and keep working, you can be an artist” comments. It is a little strange since I have been working in this field for so long and have quite a following, but I have crossed so few of these professional illustrator’s paths.
So first off the awesome stuff. Grant Cooley and Sam Flegal let Paul and I travel down with them which was alot of fun. We had good conversations, some decent roadside food and the eleven hour trip went by fast. We also got adjoining rooms which allowed the Friday night party to be much larger. I really wasn’t feeling the vibe with the crowd at the party and resorted to my old party standby, sitting in the corner and sketching. But Todd Lockwood came over and we had a great talk about art, the horrors of politics, and printing 3D tractors. Continue reading Illuxcon 3 – my experience