Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Fanexpo 2010 Day Three (a day late)

Got up way too early to get cracking on the pile of work I have to do this week and I found this in my e-mail in-box:

This pic of one of a Conan piece I forgot to take a photo of at the con! Awesome start to the day!
Thanks again, David!

I had a great time at the convention, even though I (and reportedly so many others) had issues getting back into the MTCC if they left. The gentleman who originally commissioned the above Conan e-mailed me yesterday telling me the re-entry line-up put him past his alloted time to be at the show.

I chalk it up to growing pains for the con and expect that problems had this year will not repeat next year.

The next con I'm planning on attending is the October 8-10 NYCC, though I'm really using that as an excuse to visit NY again since I haven't gone in nearly ten years.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Fanexpo 2010 Day Two

Alright -- typing this at three in the ay-em.


Today was hot, busy and exhausting! Never seen a Fanexpo so packed with people. I suspect, for a number of reasons, that the overcrowding may backlash a bit; people had to wait to reenter after the staff were told the building was at capacity and I saw that it was quite difficult for people to move in the aisles which may have hurt sales for some of the booths. I've no idea what could be done to remedy this but I expect some changes may be in the offing. This is the first time in a while it was held at the Front Street half of the MTCC -- if it's actually a smaller venue I think it'll have to move the southern hall (which always felt larger).

I don't think I'd be surprised to see Fanexpo become a three-and-a-half or four-day event if it's popularity maintains or increases.

Anyway -- still a great day. Had a great lunch and a later panel with the Dream Detective people. Got to see more of the old faces I missed and meet cool new people too.

Last day in a few hours (11am - 6pm, IIRC).

The Kitty and Lockheed sketch above is unclaimed -- so anyone interested and willing to cover the sketch fee, swing by my table!

Did more drawings, but forgot to take pictures again!

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Fanexpo 2010 Day One

The first day was surprisingly busy from the start. I brought my camera, as usual, but I think this is the first time I actually remembered to take pictures.

First sketch of the day was "draw something badass from Marvel".

I didn't want to start the day with something too traditional -- it would seem a waste of how wide open the commission was if gave him something too easy. Opted for X-23. I struggled to recall her costume a bit. As I finished, the ever-awesome Dale Keown, sitting right next to me, was asked to draw this character and was given reference. The lady asking for the drawing was in the line for dale the whole time I was drawing this. Hah!

These two delightful young women were from a high school comic club in Montreal (hope I heard that right, there was some cross chatter when we were first talking). I did a pencil Kitty and Lockheed they seemed pretty happy with.

I got to see some people I haven't seen in too long and hope to see more of them the rest of the weekend.

Oh, and I ended up inking a Billy Tan Marvel Project cover sketch -- that was a blast and fun! Of course I forgot to take a photo of that (and a few other things I drew today!

I'm exhausted, so I'm off to bed. Hopefully i can do another update tomorrow night.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Dino Detail

For a moment there it looked like I'd have the time to finish something to use as a print for the Toronto FANEXPO this weekend, but an iffy thing went definite and looks to fill up the week with more hours of work than I have hours.

The piece is really close to being finished, so it really hurts to put this aside at this point, but I thought I'd share a peak with all of you.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Longshot 1995

Taking a short break from drawing away and thought I should post something.

Longshot drawing from 1995. I probably drew it to garner some attention from the X-office at Marvel.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Mike Wieringo

It's been three years since Mike passed away. I still miss him very much. Talking to him over the phone was always the highlight of the day and sometimes the week. The times we hung out together at conventions are among my most special memories.

I had another loss recently, so I'm already in a sad place. Seeing some of the posted remembrances at various places earlier brought tears. To work through that I felt I had to do something, so I took the time to draw the piece with Mike's Tellos characters.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Nosferatu page 27

And we're done.

Kinda fun and occasionally embarrassing sharing these nearly 20-year old pages.

Opening the envelope holding all these pages after so much time passed hit me with a rush of emotions as I realised I'm nearly twice the age of the person who drew them and that person had very different expectations for what his life was going to be like.