Last time I had a table at a convention was in 2013. At that time I decided that I wasn't going to do another convention until I had a book of my own to promote. And with my creator owned series, PAKLIS, coming out this May, I finally have reason to get back on the comic convention train. So this year I went up to my favorite con, Emerald City ComicCon in Seattle, and of course I did some commissions. There's one just up above, and here are some more.
I always kill myself on convention commissions. I've always taken on too many and had to work intensively to keep up, and even then, I've had to take some of them home at the end. This year I gave myself just one commission a day.
This is also the first time I directly told the people emailing me about commissions that I'd rather not do Marvel or DC characters. The main reason for not wanting to draw those characters is that I'm always asked to draw those characters. I wanted to do different things this time, but the response I got each time was "I was hoping for a (insert Marvel/DC character name here) but I understand and I'll think of something else. " At that point, how was I going to NOT do what they really wanted. Knowing that they would be less happy with the piece if it wasn't really what they wanted, kind of takes the fun out of it for me.
So I ended up doing a Rockabilly Batman, a Wolverine, a Spider-Man, and a Black Panther and Storm fighting Dr. Doom in Wakanda. Hahaha. The ol Black Panther and Storm fighting Dr. Doom in Wakanda piece AGAIN.
Man, this Spider-Man was tough. It was looking like hell up to the very end and then it fell into place. You know how in that show Project Runway that guy, Tim Gunn, would always say "Make it work." Well that was what was in my head. How do you take what you've got and make it work?
Many people have asked if I did these pieces entirely at the convention. The answer is not really. I take the commissions before the show and I do a little sketching in my sketchbook until I find some ideas I like. Then I scan my sketches, do some sizing and arranging in photoshop, and then I print them in a light blue onto the art board.
Here's a look at what was printed in blue for that batman piece.
If you're interested in seeing the commissions I did at the last conventions I went to back in 2013, you can see them here ECCC 2013 and here Comic Con' France 2013.
Other than the commissions the convention went great. Having not been to a con in a while, it's the first time I've gotten to hear from fans of Infinity Gauntlet or Bebop and Rocksteady in person. Of course the thing I was asked about the most was when the last issues of SHIELD will be out. The answer to that is still I don't know.
Every time I go up to Seattle I stay with my pall D.J. Bryant. And every time I hang out with my pall D.J. we watch some movies. This time we watched the 1984 film "Streets of Fire" directed by Walter Hill. It's funny because last time I visited him we watched "Johnny Handsome", another Walter Hill movie. I liked them both. I might like Walter Hill movies. Looking at his IMDB I see that he also did The Driver and The Warriors and I like those movies too. He did 48 Hours, which I've never seen. I should watch that.
Anyway, I guess Streets of Fire had some real influence over some 80′s anime like Bubblegum Crisis and Megazone 23. Even before I was made aware of that fact, as I was watching it, I said, "This movie is an anime." It’s a pretty fun film.
Here's the opening music scene/song.
You know that Rockabilly Batman is going nowhere fast.
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