Sorry to those who came looking for an update Friday. I’d been dealing with a pet health issue during the week that was getting increasingly worse, and so I never got around to finishing the inking on the Friday page. Then on Friday itself I had to have her put to sleep due to serious complications that arose without warning.
Not sure if we’ll be back on Monday at this point. As you may guess, drawing pages isn’t the first thing on my mind right now. On the other hand it may end up being a way for me to keep my mind off things.
Denver Comic Con Blog:
I got into Denver on Friday, around 1230-ish for @denver comic con . The convention wasn't going to start until 3p, but we could get our badges early for set-up. I decided to park at the hotel I'd be staying at, which was about five blocks away from the convention center. I don't have a whole lot of stuff to haul around, and I do have a rolling plastic crate which makes it fairly easy to get the heavy stuff from place to place. My artist messenger bag carries the rest, so the walk to the convention center wasn't really a problem.
So I'm heading past the Hyatt when a guy comes out of the hotel. I can tell he's going to the convention because he's got a rolling backpack or suitcase, and has a banner holder with it. Always a good clue, right? So I tell him I assume he's going to the convention and he says he is, and I ask if he knows where we pick up badges and he does. Woohoo! So I ask him if he's an artist or an exhibitor, and he says he'll be in the Kids Corral, but he's a writer, not an artist. I ask him what he writes and he says he write's a comic called PRINCELESS. The funny part about this is that I only recently started following Jeremy Whitley on twitter & facebook, and I have no idea what he looks like but sure enough, the first person I speak to at Denver Comic-Con (actually prior to the convention depending on how you look at it) is Jeremy Whitley. Completely random meeting on the street, even though one of he'd invited me prior to the con to meet up with him and the artist of PRINCELESS (Emily C. Martin) along with some of their friends for dinner on Saturday night. Still... just a weird way to start the convention.
We make it to the convention center and Jeremy goes his way, I go mine. I get to the exhibition hall and find my table and get set up. I'm waiting for my friend Gerhard Kaaihue (hereafter refered to as "G") who is going to share my table with me, because I have his artist alley badge and I need to get it to him. Fortunately he calls pretty soon after I find my table and so I head back out of the hall to meet with him. While I'm on my way down the escalator I see George Perez coming in with a messenger bag slung over his shoulder and all I can think of is "my commission is in that bag!" because I managed to make it onto George's commission list.
Make it outside and meet up with G, get to the Hyatt where he's parked and I help him haul his stuff back to the convention center. Crossing the street there is a woman waiting at the cross walk who says "Hi Scott", to which I respond with my patented vacant stare because I do not recognize her. She asks if I do the comic Angry Faerie, and I say yes, and she says we did a signing at CK Comics together at which point I realize it Leila De Luca. Because I am terrible with both names and faces, and this will happen more than once this weekend.
Back at the convention center, G and I get our table set up. We appear to be the only table in our row without a banner. Note to self: Get a banner. The writer of Amala's Blade (Steve Horton) has been cool enough to give me a heads-up on Twitter about a source for when I'm ready to order it. This is the great thing about the internet... it allows for so much more networking possibilities than ever before.
The convention actually opens around 2:30, letting VIP Ticket Holders onto the floor. G points out that George Perez is at his table already and since the line is very small I take the opportunity to go meet him. I bring the three books I brought with me for him to sign (an old Fantagraphics book called "FOCUS ON: George Perez", the MODERN MASTERS: George Perez book, and The Art of George Perez) along with copies of the 1st and 2nd Angry Faerie manga which I've signed for him.
Standing in line I do get a chance to talk to him a bit while he's sketching for the people ahead of me, and I got to see him do a convention sketch of the golden age Superman. It's amazing what a master like George can do with just a #2 pencil and a sharpie. When I finally get the front of the line, I get my commission sketch from him. A fantastic head shot of Scarlet Witch in her gypsy outfit. Definitely worth the price. I get a photo of myself with George holding up the sketch, and then get a photo of the two of us with him holding the Angry Faerie comics.
They say you should never meet your heroes because you'll be disappointed, but I guess that doesn't apply if it's George Perez. He was incredibly friendly, smiling the entire time I was in line, and the few times I saw him walking the convention floor he always had that smile on his face.
By 3pm the convention was officially open and while it took a while for traffic to start getting over to the artist alley (sorry.. artist VALLEY. Right near the Celebrity Summit. Seriously), things did pick up. One of the first people to pass by my table picked up the Denver Comic-Con Angry Faerie special (the two AF Manga, an AF button, and a 11x17 print of the 2nd AF manga cover). Good start!
The day actually went pretty fast from there, and G and I debated the positioning of our table. We were in the very last row of the Artist Valley, across from the podcast tables. On the plus side there was a LOT of open space between us and the podcasters, which we thought could help because it would mean people wouldn't get bottlenecked like they could in the other rows. On the other hand, people could look down the aisle and think there wasn't much to see. It was hard to tell that early into the convention.
All things considered, Friday felt like a success.
to be continued!
So last weekend I was in the Artist Alley at Denver Comicfest for the third year in a row. I would have to say this year was a quantum leap forward for the convention, no doubt helped by moving to a different hotel where people had room to move around. Previous years it was so cramped and crowded it was just an annoyance if you had to walk around the convention because people were packed in like sardines trying to walk down the one little hallway. I didn't have a lot of time to walk around the con itself, though I did get to see Phil (Wonder Woman, X-Men) Jimenez doing free sketches for people. The man is a drawing MACHINE. These weren't just quickie sketches either... these were headshots/busts of characters (with small backgrounds in some cases). He would do very rough blue line pencils and then ink it with micron pens and they looked amazing. I wanted to get a sketch m'self, but one of the drawbacks of having your own table is you have to actually man your own table. Ah well.. maybe next time.
In any event, I had a lot of traffic to my table, especially on Saturday which shouldn't be a surprise as my lovely friend Erica showed up dressed as Angry Faerie. Never underestimate the power of an attractive woman to get some attention.
So here are some of the photos from this year's con. More to come soon:
More photos to come soon.
My wife reads the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. If you're unfamiliar with the books, you may be familiar with the tv show based on her books, HBO's TRUE BLOOD.
So we were at the grocery store the other day and saw the latest book was out, and naturally we had to buy it, right? So standing in line, I'm holding the book and read the description on the dust jacket for these editions adventure:
[quote]After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...[/quote]
So... to be clear: In the latest Sookie Stackhouse novel... there is an ANGRY FAERIE!
So I've been considering moving to a Mon/Weds/Friday schedule or even a Tues/Thurs/Saturday schedule, but have not decided on anything yet. I posted about this on the comicfury forums, and got some good feedback. Still, haven't made a firm decision yet, but once I do I'll obviously let everyone know.
In other news, it's looking more and more likely that I'll be having a table at ComicFest in Denver (April 16-18). It's part of StarFest which is the "main convention". If anyone is planning on attending, I hope you'll stop by my table and say hi.
I've put a link at the top of the page that says "Contact Angry Faerie". If you have any questions or comments regarind Angry Faerie, feel free to shoot me an email. If you actually ask a question, it's possible that Angry Faerie will reply in a webcomic down the line.
Once again, thanks for reading.