Finally catching my breath (well, not really but getting some momentum going in the studio anyway) after attending C2E2 this past weekend. These conventions are always crazy and I end up chained to my table doing drawings all day for people and not getting much of a chance to walk around. That’s what I’m there for, so I don’t mind that at all but I do sometimes wish I could walk around a bit and see more than just my immediate area. I can only imagine what it must be like for the really big name comic book artists and writers at a convention like that. I sat at a table next to Dan Jurgens, whom I know from being a fellow Twin Cities native, and that poor guy had to specify times that he would draw and times he would sign comics, and then spend a great deal of time being patient with people who didn’t understand why that was necessary. To be fair, MOST people did understand and were very respectful… but a few were not. He handled it very well, as he is a real pro.
Because I don’t get to walk about much, I seldom get to see folks I would love to meet and chat with unless they happen by my booth and say hello. I saw a number of people I knew both in the industry and a few old pals from my Chicago Six Flags days and also NOW Comics, which is always fun. I was especially happy to have gotten to talk with one of my favorite humorous cartoonists/comic book artists Hilary Barta. I’ve been a big fan of his since his Marvel “What The-??” days. I love meeting and talking with fellow cartoonists. Sadly I am not very active in reading comics these days, and only pick up occasional stuff that catches my eye here and there, so I am shamefully unaware of the work of some incredible modern comic book artists. Boo to me, but it is also fun to discover that kind of thing at these conventions.
I did have one major fanboy moment at C2E2. I’m sitting at my booth drawing and this guy with an exhibitor badge comes up holding a couple of art prints. He introduces himself as Tony Moore and hands me the prints as a gift, already signed to me. I say thanks and start asking him about his work as I look over the art he gave me. They are really REALLY good, and look familiar to me although I don’t recognize the subject matter. Then he mentions “The Walking Dead” and it suddenly clicks to me. Tony Moore…the original artist on¬¨‚Ä†The Walking Dead comics! No wonder that art looked familiar, I have his Walking Dead Vol. 1 graphic novel “Days Gone Bye” sitting next to my drawing board RIGHT NOW as I have been working on a zombie spoof comic project for the last few weeks and his is one of the books I am looking at for inspiration. I LOVE those books and his art in them. I can truly say I am a big fan of his, and here he was at my booth giving me a couple of prints and telling me how big of a fan he was of MY work!
I have to say I geeked out a bit. He asked me to do a commission for him of Alfred in a Wally Wood E.C. spacesuit, which I somewhat nervously did. I was so rattled I didn’t even reciprocate the free prints with copies of my Holmes print for him. D’oh! At least I refused to take anything for the Alfred drawing… Anyway, that was the coolest thing that happened to me at C2E2.
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