Thursday Evening Post

San Diego Comic Con

REVIEW

IMG_38702015 has been a year of firsts. First time getting into blogging, first time building a portfolio (since highschool >_<), first time in San Diego, annnnnd first time at the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), and I must say, it was quite the experience! Though I must admit, my reason for going was a bit different from most.

I wasn’t there to collect anything or cosplay, or get into panels– which i knew was next to impossible given that people had been camping out for days, prior to me even taking flight– I went there, to share my work, in portfolio reviews– and to meet old friends for the first time, and make new ones 🙂 and pig out on Starbucks….which i do enough of already.

Starbucks aside, even though I went with an objective in mind, I got much more out of the experience than I was expecting to get.

So, where do I start? lol

It’s crowded as &$#%*!!

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And no I didn’t use a naughty word just now…. The word I was thinking of was Fudge….mind out of the gutter people!!

Anywho! Crowded as Hell! Like, this pic is maybe about a quarter or less of the “inside” of the main floor which is so friggen huge, you cant see from one end to the other. Zygona was my traveling companion, and she documented that it took her about an hour, to get from one end of the hall to the other– and that’s at shuffle speed because it’s so packed all you can do is shuffle. Also keep in mind, this is just the first floor.

Unfortunately because the crowds were so dense, and I’m short, it was very difficult to see what was there, though I could tell, there was a lot, given that every time I braved the masses, i would see something different that I hadn’t before.

Sights and Sounds

Bea:  Okay Zygona, we have to find Finni, we have to stay on course or else we’re never going to get out of here– so don’t get distracted– OH LOOK AT THAT!!  *runs off*

Zygona: “YOU SAID NOT TO GET DISTRACTED!!” *chases*

Okay, we got distracted– admittedly I was the first one,  but, we found Finni, a fellow artist who I sooo admire, and afterwards, Zygona took photos of some of the things we found on the main floor!

There were a ton of showcases, much more than we could photograph, But this place was a collector’s dream. One thing you need to know though is– the rarer something is, or the more limited something is– be prepared to stand in line for it, and hope they have enough left by the time you reach the counter.

Speaking of lines, I hoped my friends were kidding when they said prepare to spend a lot of time in them. They wern’t. There is literally a line for almost everything! Some of them I didn’t know where they began or ended. There were quite a few experiences going on in and around the convention hall, like the Assassin’s Creed experience, where you ran this Ninja Warrior like course where you jump out of a tower at the end, or the Walking Dead experience where you brave zombies and hope you make it out alive, but because of the lines and my lack of patience, I didn’t get to try for myself. (secretly i would have chickened out). just the same, many of the panels featuring trailers released, or Game of Thrones, or Walking Dead,  people had been waited in line for days– there was just no getting in them. Fortunately much of the stuff was uploaded on you tube the next day so we were pretty caught up lol.

Even though I didn’t get into any panels or buy any exclusives, the highlight of my trip came in the form of portfolio reviews, which, as I mentioned was my main reason for going, and yes there was a line for those too lol. For 2 out of 3 days, I spent most of my time waiting to be seen, and I did– by ten different companies– and I got glowing reviews from every last one. Even better, many of them gave me advice, on what positions I would be best suited for as an artist, and what my next move should be. I was also told that I should try to do more sequential work, and focus on getting a booth at cons to promote and sell my work.

With that said, I’ve decided to take them up on their advice. Something I’ll discuss in the following post!

All in all, I don’t regret a moment of waiting to be seen. While I was sitting there, I was among many other artists, like myself, and had the privilege of making new friends as we exchanged our portfolios with each other! In fact, I’d like to dedicate this post to some of them–

Please meet– Katrina Zidichouski, illustrator and concept artist

and Ryamond Griego, also illustrator and concept artist

There were many more artist I met– I have to sift through business cards to find them, lol, but I hope to share their work too in future features.

Overall, I know I missed like 80% of what was going on around me, but the 20% I did experience was great, and I look forward to going again. Also, a tip for all whose interested in going– don’t let UPS rip you off– they like, hike their prices like 100% to ship stuff you buy– so, play it smart, and bring a luggage bag to check– chances are, you’ll save hundreds!

Shenanigans

Also, since I literally never take pics of myself– and Zarl, a friend of ours, took this shot  of Me, Zygona, and Red, who Zy is picking at, I decided to share it.

Thanks for making the journey extra special guys!

Hope you liked this post! Till next time, Enjooooooy 😀

Thursday Evening Post

“As much as we know and value art – as a society -we expect our best artists to starve.”

An excerpt in the Art Book Review  by Justin Perkins of: Make Art Make Money by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

A few of you may recall me mentioning Justin before in earlier posts. He and I went to college together and we’re both illustrators, and often times we collaborate and work through ideas. While I’m big on video games and movies, his thing is books. Unfortunately because I have a short attention span, sitting down to read anything more than articles is hard for me.  So the saying goes between us “You read the books, and then tell me about them.”

>_<…Because of this arrangement we have, I consider myself fortunate to have insight on books I’m missing out on reading. Good news though, because of his love for books and study,  Justin has decided to include reviews of his reads.

This book in particular, gives a glimpse into the estranged relationship between creative people and the business world, particularly focusing on the life and work of Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets. It’s an interesting read, and I encourage you to check out his review, and the painting he did to accompany it!

And as always, Enjoy!

Justin Perkins

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I am a big reader, most of the time I’m reading something. So I decided to share what I read in the form of book reviews. I planning on reviewing mostly art books or things that deal with creativity in some way, but maybe in the future I will go into some of the other kinds of books I read.

Originally published in 2013, Make Art Make Money isn’t your typical book with 10 lessons that will set you on the path to greatness. I doesn’t give you a straight forward answer to the question “How do I make my art make me money?” Instead the book is more like a conversation with a wise grandparent. In this book Stevens uses the life and work of Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets) to illustrate how an artist may maintain balance between making art profitable and staying true to their vision.

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