Comic-con went well. It was INCREDIBLY hectic, but here are a few highlights:
-After recovering from the Traffic Jam from Hell, on Friday morning I stopped by the booth of "The Chosen One" (a hilarious animated movie which is a must-see for any Futurama fan), because I saw the name "Chris Sarandon" beckoning me like a... giant beckoning thing. I started chatting with the guys at the booth about Chris (they talked about how great it was to work with him, and I tried not to respond with fangirlish squeeing), and I decided to show them my Prince Humperdinck pic. They were delighted, and took a photo of it to send to Chris. I was thrilled! I was right in that Humperdinck would be my patron saint. How cool is that?
-I met an old friend M. who is now an art director at Wizards of the Coast, and who invited me to lunch with some other art directors. They looked at my portfolio, and offered me some good suggestions how to break into the fantasy market. Expect some more fantasy art here soon- but first I need to go back and sit in on some figure drawing classes at Art Center to freshen my memory.
-Art Goddess Rebecca Guay actually remembered me from last year's con! I sat at her feet (literally- the booths were cramped) and she gave me more advice viz. the fantasy market. She also introduced me to Donato Giancola. I exclaimed, "I love your paintings, they're so glowy!" He's a very nice guy- very professional and gentlemanly. I also met Christian Azzarello, who is a fellow Art Center alum. I actually could guess that by looking at the style of his paintings, which made him laugh.
-Last but not least, I ran into Felicia Day, aka Penny from "Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog." I was standing at the Oni Press booth, having taken off my backpack after hiking around and showing a bunch of my stuff to the small press publishers, when I saw this cute redhead standing next to me, browsing through comics. "My," I thought to myself, "she looks like Felicia Day!" I contemplated introducing myself to her, but decided against it. What if I was wrong, and she wasn't Felicia Day? I'd look silly.
However, the Oni Press people save me from looking dorky by asking her themselves. She started pulling out a headshot- and deciding I might as well be a dork for once, I walked around the gathering crowd and stood next to her again. She asked if anyone had a Sharpie- and lo and behold, I had one! (I usually carry a small arsenal of art supplies with me when I travel.) She signed the headshot for them, and gave me one too because I had the Sharpie. I gave her a promo for my illustrations in Astonishing Adventures, and she thanked me. How awesome is that?
Anyway, it all went really well. It was alternately exciting and tiresome, and in the end, flat out exhausting. Now, I have the SCBWI summer conference this weekend. More networking and schmoozing... whee!
- My website: www.joannerenaud.com
- My groups:
- Watching: "Law and Order"
- Eating: chicken cup noodle with Tabasco
- Drinking: Mike's hard lemonade
I'm so envious, you were actually there!... >sigh< So many people were there, and since I'm not familiar with all those illustrators and art directors, it appears I would lose my mind over all the famous actors!.....
Really? What were the other Con responses like?