and I went to AwesomeCon
yesterday -- arrived about 1:40, stood in line for a few minutes (but they moved fast, the lines were well-organized) and then hit the exhibit hall.
We first found Carla Light McNeil
-- she's been doing the art on a series of My Light Pony: Friendship is Magic books
, which looked adorable
, and also cover art for Smut Peddler
, which is just as gorgeous as I'd expect from her.
I bougth all five prints and the Loki bonus story from Sarah Schanze who does Thistil Mistil Kistil
. The prints I need to have matted and framed, since they are all of a piece being character portraits from the webcomic -- I love her Loki design with his owl feather cloak and ridiculous grins
I also picked up the first volume of Alex Heberling's The Hues
, which is post-apocalyptic magic girls and is wonderful for the diversity of cast -- personalities, skin colors, body types, and awesome powers.
We also found a woman who is behind reviving Nelvana of the Northern Lights
-- she's gotten reprint rights, tracked down copies of the original art, and was selling first issue reprints and Nelvana portraits. She said that greenygal
and I were among the first people who knew who was Nelvana right off the bat. I got a lovely print of Nelvana by Sanya Anwar
, who I'm definitely going to keep my eye out for because her stuff looks gorgeous. Also she's having a bit of a trunk show at Fantom Comics tomorrow 5-6pm if you're interested in Nelvana and didn't make it to the con.
I also picked up a sketch card of teddy-bearifed Booster Gold and Blue Beetle from Nick Davis of The Teddy Bear Tales
We stopped by Interobang! Studios, where greenygal
picked up a set of sketch-cards portraying her favorite superheroines as roller girls
and I got a small print of a chibi-Carl Sagan with pie. I almost picked up their Disney Queens
image for a friend (aka "No one does drag like Gaston!") but you really have to be sure your friend is that big a fan of Disney princesses, and I wasn't quite...
At Alex's Misfit Toys
, I picked up a Totoro necklace
- mine is glossy but otherwise very similar. She had an enormous collection of cute and affordable stuff -- there were some Cthulu earrings that were just charming.
I wound up talking to artist of Pirate Eye
about Charles C Mann's 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
for a bit -- if you're a fan of the comic and there winds up being a storyline with a Japanese swordsman patrolling the Mexican silver roads for the King of Spain anytime in the next year or two, that's totally my fault.
I also picked up a firebird
print from Rebecca Solow
-- she had an art ashcan as a teaser for a book of Russian fairy tales
she's been working on. Just from looking at her black and whites, it's going to be gorgeous.
At the very end of the day, I comissioned a piece from Rachel Blier
-- because I was expecting to see some
Pacific Rim posters, found none, and she'd been just as fannish as me about the movie when I asked her if she had any PR art. She was very enthusiastic when I outlined my request -- holli
, you know how you pointed out that given the ages of all the characters they almost certainly read Harry Potter and played Pokemon as children? yeah, we're going with that. I should get my comission in two or three weeks. It'll be fun. also, it came out that she's read irisbleufic
, so that was totally a cute.
I picked up a ton of artist's cards and a few flyers -- there is going to be a cartoonists-supported blood drive in Takoma Park on May 31st
, and this coming weeksn on Firday and Saturday there is a Live-Action Graphic Novel called The Intergalactic Nemesis
at Artisphere that looks interesting...