Hard to believe it's only been two weeks since Comic-con ended. While you're there it's all encompassing. Renewing friendships, making new friends, seeing new and amazing things. It's basically summer camp for 120,000 geeks.
The table move to an outside corner of Small Press Alley has put my artwork in front of a lot more people. That's been good for sales but not so good for getting out and exploring (which I'm fine with, it's an expensive show to do!).
The newest posters seem to do well. Genesis 101 was a surprise hit with fans and I think I might have reached the limit of what I can reasonably display on a 6 foot table. I might take a step back and only do 4 or 5 new prints for next year and not the 9 or more I've done each of the last two years. Give some recent posters a chance to rise to the surface.
Oh, 3 of my scratchboard illustrations made it into the souvenir book this year... so that happened!
This was the second year I drove cross country from Vermont to San Diego and back. As awesome as it is, that's a long time on the road. I made sure to see the Grand Canyon and Metropolis Il. this year, completing two more Geek bucket list locals.
So, great fun as always and I'll definitely be back again next year. Hopefully I can get out from behind my table for a bit and see what ll the fuss is about! ;)
Sunday, June 02, 2013
It's now been roughly two weeks since I exhibited at Surtex for the first time. While it's impossible to say what the long term results will be I am fairly optimistic given the feedback I received. I heard words like unique, cool and different. All good words, time will tell.
This was my first show where I was selling me as much as my art. Not always something I've been very comfortable with but after 10 years of exhibiting at comic-cons around the country I've gotten better. Although at cons I'm selling actual product the principle is the same. I explain what I love about design. How I learn news things every time I create something new. I don't talk about how great the art is (or isn't) or the mistakes I made with it along the way. Show your enthusiasm, keep positive, ask your own questions and listen.
Smiling doesn't hurt either.
I learned a lot from this first Surtex I'll use to make the next one even better. Things like... when in doubt, use more tape.
Exhibiting on my own I didn't get the chance to wander as much as I would have liked to but I did stretch my legs a little. So many really great artists and art represented, I look forward to reconnecting again next year!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
So I'm finally settling in again in Vermont. Got an apartment, got a chair, got a lot of comic boxes to make other things out of like a coffee table and tv stand. Not really going for the whole "grown up" space this time around. This isn't a permanent stop. It's a decent apartment, not great, just decent. Definitely getting a transitory vibe though from this place. Just a year I think. Then... somewhere else... again. Most likely still in Vermont. Before I bought the condo I sold this year I moved every year for 3 or 4 years, maybe I'll do that again. After all my travels this year it's nice to have a place of my own again. ...ask me again after it snows.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
I sold my condo at the end of January with the idea that I wanted to move, specifically to Austin Texas, a place I'd visited many times and have really good friends. Only once I got there I realized I didn't really want to move, I wanted to travel. Something I was doing less and less over the last few years for whatever reasons.
On this trip I've been from Vermont to Florida to California and all the states you need to cross to reach those places. I visited Roswell, New Mexico because... c'mon, I couldn't be that close and NOT visit Roswell, that'd just be silly.
Last week I exhibited at the San Diego Comic-con for the 7th time and it was the biggest show I've had by a wide margin. That's just icing on the road trip cake.
I've seen landscapes I'd only ever seen on tv, eaten in new restaurants (surprisingly good pizza outside of NY, who knew?), met new people.
I'm in California at the moment and soon I'll start heading East a different way than I came. More new things to see.
When I'm driving it's like the road is a movie I control in front of me. That's just how I see things and in a couple weeks the closing credits will roll on this trip.
I'm not sure I want them to. I think I'll take a month long road trip every year around the San Diego Comic-con now. I hear there's a place in Montana that let's you dig for fossils you get to keep!
To the geek mobile!