A last minute semi-local convention! Hope it pans out!
Ah yes, that time of the year when I spend days drawing onsite commissions tirelessly for people whilst forgetting to eat. It seems like everyone and their mother's going to C2E2 in Chicago (So many journal updates hitting my watch) well, I'll be at the very Canadian C2E2 in Calgary and a whole bunch of other conventions across Canada.
Drop by for a 8.5' x 11'' Sketch or to buy 12.5' x 19'' Prints of my illustrations and first 2 volumes of SIN! Here's a complete list of conventions I'll be attending this year:
Fan Expo, Vancouver, April 21st - 22nd CCEE, Calgary, April 27th - 29th Otafest, Calgary, May 18th - 20th Animethon, Edmonton, August 10th - 12th Fan Expo, Toronto, August 23rd - 26th Comiccon de Montreal, Montreal, September 14th - 16th NYCC, New York, October 11th-14th
- ECEE, Edmonton, October 20th-21st
- C4, Winnipeg, November 2nd - 4th
Actually you should just all follow my Tumblr for real-time photo updates 8]
Vancouver is INFINITELY more beautiful than Calgary. It was so green, and there were so many flowers and and ugh. I'm just so jealous of the people who live there D:
As always, thanks to those of you who dropped by to buy something or just to say hi.
Also! Almost forgot to plug this awesome artist we had beside us , apparently Justin will be at several conventions that we're attending this year as well! He has a really beautiful vector-based style. Check it out!
CCEE was a blast! It was outrageously busy this year, even more so than the last (Actually, I'm pretty sure they're getting shit for not handling the numbers better cause a lot of people were blocked off from coming in the building) I also, literally had zero time to walk around; Sketch commissions (you can see some of them on my tumblr) and prints were flying off the table! Just wow, I always forget that my hometown has a big deal of a convention...
I also had very pleasant visits from people I haven't talked with in ages, my art teacher from High School brought his 6-year-old son and grabbed a bunch of my Marvel prints, some ACAD peers I graduated with who I haven't seen for forever grabbed the volumes of SIN and we'll be seeing Avengers together!
Sunday night we met up with old/new Artist Alley friends from Anime-conventions for dinner. We ordered a SHITLOAD of food from some Chinese restaurant, it was ridiculous and good-timez.
On the business end of things we broke our record in sales by quite a bit, which is actually pretty freakin' insane!
One more thing, thank you SO much to the people who bought Volume 1 or 2 of SIN, you guys are the best 8]
Thanks to those of you who dropped by at Otafest this year, I was partially gone in the morning for both days since I had to run some errands ;[ Noticed a lot of people picking up Volume 2 of SIN though so that was cool? 8D
I rarely spend money at conventions (BUSINESS TRIP) but I ended up grabbing some really rad t-shirts (Adventure Time, DBZ Capsule Corp. and a Green Power Ranger shirt), also, after the convention I spoiled myself with some new computer accessories. >D [link]
Had Korean BBQ after the convention with a group of 12 on Sunday, unfortunately I don't have all their DA info... here are a few of them?
So I never noticed before, but Edmonton is kind of better than Calgary? Haha I don't know, it just seems like you guys have better choices for shopping and tastier restaurants but WHAT DO I KNOW?
The convention was good! A little bummed that we couldn't be in AA with the local talent but in retrospect the extra space and traffic down in Vendors really boosted traffic for us :] We also ended up streamlining our organization/setup process a bit so everything went a lot smoother!
By the way, SIN sold really well again, maybe I should stop being surprised...? Next time I'll be sure to bring more so I don't sell out halfway through. To those of you who dropped by just looking for Volume 2, thanks for supporting my work!
Also went out for a delicious Japanese dinner on Saturday night with most of the same peeps we met up with in Calgary and some new faces as well:
(actually too lazy to look up the DA's of the rest because there were like 20 of us wtf)
Possibly my favourite convention of the year, Toronto simply never disappoints! This time around I decided to overcharge my sketch prices to give myself some free time to walk around and chat with some artists I've been looking forward to meeting, and y'know what? It totally paid off!
Some of these artists include and Tim Melynkkk, all super boss 3rd year bros at Sheridan who I ended up doing some print trades with! Amazing guys, really.
Also got to talking to Marvel big-names , and Jim Cheung about their work and who all graciously critiqued my stuff, giving me advice on applying to doing covers for Marvel someday. Would have bugged too but every time I dropped by his table he was out! It's okay though I see him plenty at other Canadian comic conventions, heh ;]
Oh right, and my favorite from UDON who actually remembered me through my art! Apparently he hasn't done an ongoing series for like 2 years now and has my dream job (splash/promo art for video-games). It's WAAAY less stressful than sequential art and he probably gets just as much exposure if not more. SO JEALOUSSSSSS, I would've bought prints from him but he said all his new stuff is published/copyright so he's actually not allowed to at his table, hahaha!
Also, if you follow my tumblr you could take a look at the shwag I bought from the convention and a few of the sketches I did there!
So I totally forgot to recap our Montreal trip. It was a lot of fun! I've never really been to Montreal before and the city has really great restaurants that I enjoyed. I also got to spend time with and , also got to do some meet n' greets with artists like and !
I don't really remember what we did any more, just that the city was full of GIANT SPIDERS WEBS at like every street lamp.
Oh right, we had a really shitty spot hidden at the VERY CORNER of the convention floor so we only made half of our average amount. I mean, we made a profit but were just kind of bummed since we're used to making more xD
All in all, we had a good time though. Definitely be back next year!
I want to keep this short because I have a crapton of work to catch up on but NYCC was probably the best experience EVER!!! Not only was the convention huge and more than twice the size of any convention I've been to but the city was an absolute treat!
You know that stereotype where Americans (New Yorkers especially) are all rude lil' bitches? COMPLETE OPPOSITE, every single person we met the entire trip was incredibly nice and generous in every way possible. There wasn't a moment where I felt unwelcome in any part of the city. It was nuts!
If you follow my Tumblr you'll know my girlfriend and I spent a lot of time in Times Square with friends when we weren't busy in Artist Alley.
Speaking of Artist Alley, we were surrounded by a lot of phenomenal people! and there were some great artists all over the place too, likeeee
Also my bro and his gf were there too! Just, fuck, it was an overwhelmingly inspiring talking to all these people about work and their art.
The whole trip was just incredibly lucrative, both financially and in experience, we can't wait to come back next year!