D-WE here, and this is my New York Comic Con report.
This was my first time going to this convention and over all it was a really great time, but I've come to a realization. I need to do this convention thing better. I'll explain, but first I want to point out that there are two sides to comic conventions. There is the show it's self and then there is the after show stuff.
The after show stuff consists of the dining, the hanging out, and the partying that happens each day after the show. I enjoy it because it's a chance to talk face to face with people that I've worked with and a chance to meet new people who are in the industry that I don't know and get to hear their perspective on it.
For the NYCC, I have to say that the "after show" aspect went great. I had diner and went drinking with my editor at Marvel, Nick Low. I finally got to meet Rob Williams in person, who I worked with on Star Wars Rebellion and the Indiana Jones comic (before I was kicked off it) and who I even co created a pitch with. (I'll have to post more about that some day) I got to hang out with my ex-colorist on Shield, Christina Strain, who introduced me to Adrian Alphona, who is really nice and really talented. He and Christina did an art book together that is soooo pretty. And during the show I took a little time to step away from my table to meet Gerald Parel, the cover artist on Shield, who was way to humble for how good he is. I wish we could have hung out more. I want him to teach me how to do what he does. As for people I met that I didn't know before. It would be impossible for me to name all of them, but I will say that the best time I had was singing karaoke with Charles Soule, Jim Zub, and my buddy Jeremy Barlow.
So, the after show stuff was great. The show it's self was a different story. Not that the show was bad. It's an awesome show. It's just that I don't think I did a very good job doing the show. Everyone else in artist alley has these pretty banners with their art on them and stuff to sell. They've got fancy carrying thingies for their art supplies. They look so professional and prepared. They've got it down, while I'm sitting there with an old Crown Royal bag of dieing markers and a pad of paper as a drawing board. My heads down working on a commission that I took before the show. I do have a portfolio with some original art for people to look at, but none of it's for sale which disappoints people. So I'm not taking commissions, I'm not doing sketches, I've got nothing to sell, even if you know my work you wont know it's me because I have no sign, and since I'm so busy working, people feel guilty talking to me... What am I doing here? What's the point of me at this show?... These are the questions that I'm asking myself. And as person after person passes me by to look at somebody's stuff with a pretty banner I start asking myself, who cares about me? It's interesting how, in this state of mind, in this setting, everybody else's art looks so good. I look around at the banners and the prints and the stuff and I start thinking, is everyone in this industry better than me? What the fuck? How can so many people be so good? I suck! What chance do I have? My self confidence plummets. My mood spiralling out of control. Does this happen to other people? Is every creator going through this but just playing it cool? Will getting one of those banners help?
Here's a picture of me at my table. I shared a table with Jeremy. His half is the half with all the books and fun stuff for sale. Mine is the half with the sad dude behind it.
I'm going to get one of those banners. I'm not sure what I'll put on it, but whatever.
I think the commissions I did turned out pretty good. Wanna see them? Well, okay.
Most of these were pictures taken with my crappy camera phone under bad light. So forgive the blurriness.
|Asgardian Storm 9x12|
|Isaac Newton and "The Star Child" 11x17|
|G.I. Joe's Dusty 9x12- I had photo reference for the tank and A-10|
|Batman 10x14.75- This was a thank you to my fiancee's aunt who let Jeremy and I stay at her place.|
|Magneto & Doctor Doom 11x17- This is a scan.|
|Phoenix 11x17- This is a scan|
Here's me at the top of Rockefeller Center.