I hoped to finish this post last night – but the whole experience of Wondercon was more tiring than expected. So, a day later, but still relevant – I present to you what I did: talk with artists. And there were so many! I met those I follow on tumblr, Facebook, and other reaches of the internet, as well as some that amazed me and I felt a twinge of shame for not knowing about them earlier. First, I present the artists that really blew my socks of; new finds that made me a new fan:
Katherine Brannock, and Sho Morase.
Katherine Brannock was sitting demurely at her booth, drawing in her sketchbook. At first I wasn’t aware of the black and white camouflage of her art fortress. But as soon as my eyes could focus on the detailed lines, glossy from repeated ballpoint pen strokes, stark against a clean white page – it was love. She is already well known and appreciated by a large fanbase – and her work is stunning.
If you are like me, and didn’t know about her, check out more of her art at her website and facebook.
Sho Murase had a small booth, and a few banners, but was like a magnet from across the convention hall. This poster is for a joint show and you can see why I stood in line for a while until I could get a photo. That fox with the woman-face-mask – I still think about that image. Haunting…cute…magical.
She is having the joint show in Santa Monica which I plan on attending. I hope you will consider it!
Check out her website and her facebook.
I met William Stout. Yeah, THE William Stout. He was kind, personable, and actually invited me to some drawing workshops! Hopefully I will have some drawings from those posted soon 😉
And now for some great artist who happened to be quite excellent conversation as well:
Minefield Wonderland with Tony Chavira, Allison Reimold, and Axel Ortiz! A great group who had live painting, drawing, sketching right there at Wondercon. A personable, chatty, and inspiring trio.
Ben Soto with Black Sheep Comics, and fellow Otis Alumn Jerrell Conner
Toonehole with Chris Allison was a hilarious group with a business card that actually made me chuckle. Check ’em out for some laughs! And Lazy Bones Studios who has an Anne Frankenstein chick who kills Nazis and has a Facebook account. Yeah, you read that right.
Evan Dahm with his online comics and Lonnie Millsap and his humour.
Yes. Mike Mignola.
And SteamCrow’s booth was glorious and colorful!
The League Of S.T.E.A.M., in the flesh!
And finally, the contents of my bag last night…with all the cards I got to go through to make sure I spelled everyone’s name right.
In conclusion: I had a great time. Hopefully I will have a booth next year, and maybe I will get to see some of these artists I managed to meet in person. There is really something satisfying about meeting the artists I follow digitally. It brings them into the real world and off my monitor.
The only artist I saw in person that still retained a mystical and aloof distance, covered in magic sparkles and lit up like an angel was when I saw Hayao Miyazaki at a Ponyo screening a few years back at the El Capitan in Hollywood. I was actually kind of mad. How can he be so magical?? I guess I have to meet him a few more times to bring him in from deity to human. Here’s hoping. I digress. WONDERCON: you rock.