Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Belated Post Con Post

So San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. Aside from all the cool stuff to see and buy,
I see comic-con as a place to see people I haven't seen or a while, or don't get to see
that often. Below is a picture of me with friends Tim Burgard; Dave Duncan; and Warren Drummond; as well as my fiancee, Deana and my brother Anson.
I also sold copies of my "Striking Works" sketchbook and my new "Art of Crime" mini-comic, which got a nice review here.

There were also a few "celebrity sightings" in and about my Artist Alley table. Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson came by, as well as one of my former college instructors, movie poster artist Drew Struzan. Drew's former college roommate Alex Tavoularis hung out with us a bit. ( Alex was one of the first storyboard artists on the original Star Wars movie ).
Comedian Patton Oswalt wandered by and we grabbed him for a quick picture. We spotted Wesley Snipes around artist alley ( I had a meeting with him about a potential project only a couple of weeks before ) and he came by our table to say hello.

I also had the opportunity to speak on a panel on behalf of the ADG along with a few other film illustrators Robin Richesson and Phil Saunders and members of the costume illustrators union,including Brian Valenzuela and Christian Cordella . The panel was well attended and had between 615 ( 15 minutes in ) to 1000 attendees ( by the end ) The panel was moderated by effects legend Harrison Ellenshaw.

Although I didn't get to wander far from m table this year, there was definitely plenty to buy! The "must get" item for me was Marcos Mateu-Mestre's "Framed Ink". This is a great book on composition that will inspire anyone who does comics or storyboards. Louie Del Carmen
sold out of his Steel Noodles #1 with good reason. It's a beautiful book! Of course I also picked up Adam Hughes new coffee table book on his DC cover art as well as his new sketchbook "Slayboy". I also picked up Battle Milk 2 featuring beautiful color artwork by Wayne Lo and his talented colleagues. When I first met Wayne, he was an intern for the ILM art dept. Now he's a designer on the Clone Wars animated TV series. Also worth looking at was Chris Sander's Sketchbook 4, Michael Golden's Sketchbook 2, and last, but not least, Jamie Baker's color Sephilina book. Great color collection of his
Nauti Girl stories that made an early appearance in the "Babes in Space" anthology. It also has a gallery of Sephilina drawings by different artists, including one by me. Also check out Jamie's con report.


At Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 7:26:00 PM PDT, Blogger Louie del Carmen said...

Wow I missed a lot including your comic. Any extra copies lying around I can buy? Wanted to come your panel but I couldn't get away.... Thanks again for the endorsement!!

At Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 10:24:00 PM PDT, Blogger Randy @ WCG Comics said...

Warren came by and picked up an issue of my book--based on your drawing. He mentioned he was a pal of yours. I enjoyed meeting him!

At Monday, August 23, 2010 at 10:00:00 PM PDT, Blogger Unknown said...

Gee Beej, you have a lot of fans in China. Sorry, we didn't go to Con this year.

At Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 11:13:00 AM PDT, Blogger crazy_asian_man said...

Your teacher was Drew Struzan?
Oh, man...... half of my poster collection is by that guy. *sigh*

Anyhow, glad to read that you had an awesome time at the Convention! :)

At Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 4:53:00 PM PDT, Blogger benton jew said...

Louie-Thanks for dropping by, Louie!
And thanks again for buying a copy!

Randy-Warren's a nice and talented guy. Wished I'd have been able to get out to your side of the hall a bit more!

Rich-It was a weird con this year. A lot of regulars didn't show up this year. Some had other things to do, others hate the ridiculous crowds and dropped out.

I hate all the Chinese spam I keep getting. I'm not sure how to get rid of it. Who are these people and what do they want?

Crazy-I had one semester of special day long classes with Drew during my last year at the Academy of Art.
It was a lot of fun. Saw lots of his work learned his technique.


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