Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Post Con Post

Here's my belated post-San Diego Comic-Con post. This year was the only the second time in several years of comic-con, that I came as an exhibitor. A few years ago, we had a table to promote the BABES IN SPACE anthology book. This time I exhibited my work at Artist's Alley. I sat next to my brother Anson, who had a pretty sweet corner spot near the main flow of traffic. One of the coolest parts of the convention for me was meeting so many of you folks out there who come visit my blog as well as seeing folks whose blogs I regularly visit. It's nice to put a face to the name/art. Also sold a few books, prints and even a commission or two. The good thing about having to man a table, is that it prevented me from hitting the floor and spending too much ca$h. I was a lot more selective about what I did buy this year. Kind of avoided the big ticket items and went more for the smaller, short-run, sketchbooks and such. Picked up some nice sketchbooks from Adam Hughes, Bosco Ng, Louis Del Carmen, Paul Adam, Robert Valley, Rodolphe Guenoden, Antonio LaPone, Denis Bodart/Mike Weringo, Derek Thompson, Michael Golden. Some other highlights were the Dave McKean children's book/graphic novel "The Savage". Beautiful drawings here. Another surprise was Travest Charest's "Space Girl". His stuff always seemed a bit stiff to me, but this mini comic strip book seemed a lot looser--more fun. "Cora" showed that artist Ted Mathot, has one of the most cinematic eyes in comics. Other stuff to look for? Check out "Who is Rocket Johnson? ", "Buscema: A Life In Sketches", "Battle Milk" . One more book to plug, which wasn't even at the con, but a contributor's copy arrived at my doorstep shortly after I returned from the con. "Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles" should be hitting the bookstores soon. This is a MASSIVE volume with the complete Scorchy Smith comic strip run as well as Sickle's illustration work. I contributed a scan of a Sickles original I own. This is a beautiful volume and a must have for any illustrator. At $50 for over 390 pages, it's a real steal. Look out for it!


At Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 7:13:00 AM PDT, Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Picked up that Sickles book yesterday , what a stunner.

At Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 4:31:00 PM PDT, Blogger Unknown said...

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At Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 4:32:00 PM PDT, Blogger Unknown said...

It was a pleasure to finally meet you Benton, nice to put a face to the blog :)

your 24 hour comics rule btw.


At Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 8:32:00 AM PDT, Blogger paolo_gaspare said...

Great works!!!

Your pages express the Sickles and Toth's legacy


At Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 10:54:00 PM PDT, Blogger benton jew said...

dominic-Yes it was a stunner. There's a lot to learn from that book. I'm so glad someone ( Dean Mullaney! ) took the time to finally put together this long overdue collection!

ccarman-It was a pleasure meeting you too! Thanks again for dropping by!

pagas-Thanks for your comments and for dropping by the site. Went to your blog--you do some really beautiful work!


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