Friday, August 31, 2012

FanExpo 2012: a post-mortum

So that was FanExpo 2012, eh?
I wouldn't say it was the best FanExpo Artist Alley experience I've had. It seems more and more the organizers are trying to squeeze artist alley out of the convention, instead of being along the back wall of the convention hall we were pressed up against one of the food courts which I guess brings some traffic in to the folks that are on that end and its a good entry place for people to hit Artist Alley but it still seems weird to me.

Table I was sharing with the incredible Leigh Young was in an area behind the CTV booth an area I've always found to be a dead zone, people tend to think that's the end of everything and turn back to the main floor. All weekend people seemed to be avoiding the row we were in, at least the people who were looking for art. It was like we had the plague! We were sitting in between a Makeup school and a horror author from Quebec. ("Hello are you into horror books? This is my first novel its a vampire novel. This is my most recent book. Its an urban fantasy time travel story. It starts in 2007 but the bulk of the book is set in 1957. It then goes back to 2007. Its got Lovecraftian elements and is also a horror story. This book is seven stories, two novellas and five short stories. They're all set in the fictional town of Bitternest ..." I heard this so many times I don't think I'll ever forget).

Somewhere behind us was a guitarist who played his guitar all weekend selling his CD.
I never need to hear that music again. Which is too bad because it had a kind of Surf sound to it which I usually like but after four days hearing the same music 6 to 8 hours a day it gets a little old.

Across the aisle there was a booth for a Canadian web series that's coming soon. Its called Scream All you Want. The video they were showing on Thursday made the show look pretty creepy. But not in a good way, it seemed to just be a loop of images alternating between young ladies sleeping and some creepy looking dude in a hoody and dark glasses standing in front of a building. They eventually switched the video so I went to talk to them about what the show is and it sounded pretty cool. Its about paranormal investigators trying to figure out whats causing as string of mysterious murders around town. I look forward to checking it out when it finally starts up.

I did get to meet John Carpenter and got him to sign a copy of my "How to spot The Thing" I did for The National Post. He seemed to enjoy reading it, but in the end he just scrawled his signature on the top of it, told me it was pretty cool and that was the end of the exchange. He really didn't seem to want to be there.
We got to catch up with our con pals Mummy's Little Monster and Ghoul Friday, as well as a couple of guys I went to school with: Mike Rooth and Dan Holst Soelberg. Found some cool art to adorn my walls. Met a few people who were fans of my work, one of whom brought a copy of the Toxie's Tromatic Tales comic I did a Toxic Crusaders Story in to get it signed. That was pretty cool.

I almost wish the convention was one day longer since things really started to pick up during the last couple hours on Sunday.

In the end I have to say it wasn't all bad. I mean how could it be I got to dress up as a Ghostbuster and strap-on a Proton-pack and pose in front of a giant Vigo the Carpathian painting.

I've been possessed by Vigo!
Yeah I'm a big nerd. 

I've got a few prints left which I'll be selling on-line and at the next convention I go to. If you're interested in picking up any of the Girls and Monsters series or the Repo-man pics drop me a line they're $25 each or 2 for $40 or the full sets for $60 including shipping.

I'll probably be opening an Etsy shop soon too to offer up some prints and art books, I'll let you know when that is.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Halfway through FanExpo

Heading into the Third Day of FanExpo. Already got my John Carpenter autograph. Picked up a few books and movies, and am looking forward to the insanity that is the usually par for the course on Saturday at FanExpo. If any of you read this blog are heading to the con today or tomorrow swing by the table, we're at table A53 in Artist Alley, and say Hi!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FANEXPO 2012: August 23–26

Hey guys, I'll be in Artist alley at this year's FanExpo in Toronto. As you can see from that map I'll be sitting at table A53 with the fantastic Leigh Young. We'll be selling art prints and art books and comics and stuff. Swing by and pick up some stuff to make your walls less boring.

I'll have my full set of Repoman posters with me:
As well as the full set of Girls and Monsters posters:
Not to mention the original Monstars posters:
And for the first time this year I'll have 5X7 postcard sized prints of 25 of my favourite Monstars, many of which are not on this poster.
I'll also have my art book, some comics and a few other bits of art. So swing by and say "hello". We'll be there the WHOLE convention. If I'm not at my table its probably because I'm trying to get John Carpenter's autograph or something but I'm never gone for too long. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Giant Monster Menace

Decided to update this graphic I did along time ago for the national post. It originally ran the weekend "Cloverfield" was released. Its interesting that there really hasn't been any giant monster movies since then. I don't really think the one in Super 8 was big enough to bother caring about. Click on the image to see it bigger.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wolverine's been in a fight ...

Couldn't think of anything to draw today so I asked Bobby Calabrese of Calabrese fame what he thought I should draw. He said "Some creature from the swamp! Or one of th X-Men! Or a space duck!" Since I've drawn swamp creatures before I decided against that. I don't remember ever drawing any of the X-Men (which is weird since that used to be my favorite comic book) I decided to draw Wolverine. Wolverine after a pretty ridiculous fight.
I don't understand why people don't draw Wolverine all messed up more often, guy's got a healing factor, he's the one popular Marvel character who can take an insane amount of damage and still be ok with it. So that's what I drew.
Why'd I ask Bobby Calabrese specifically? I've worked with his band off and on since their first Album so I figured one of those Calabrese boys might have some good ideas. Plus having read his blog and watched the video's he's made,  he seems like an alternate universe version of me who drinks and plays rock music. So who better to steal, I mean, get suggestions of what I should draw.

I also drew a Space Duck.

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