So, I was winding down after the gigantic schmoozefest that was Comic-Con, when I realized that the SCBWI (Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators) summer conference was starting on Friday. Two consecutive weekends of professional conferences/conventions... oh boy! I girded my loins, gathered my remaining samples, and bolted off to the Hyatt Regency in Century City, ready to remind the children's publishing world of my existence.
Generally, I think I did a pretty good job of that, and a number of people provided some really good leads for me. I met a few new friends, and renewed my friendship with several folks (including the amazing Bruce Coville, who, during the big "Red" masquerade party, high five'd me when I told him about the "Honey Cake" cover for Random House). www.randomhouse.com/catalog/di… In a way, I guess I've sort of arrived on the publishing scene already, though it's hard to remember that sometimes while I'm slaving away over my desk or opening bills. Today I met Adam Rex (illustrator of "The Dirty Cowboy" and "Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich") looked at my portfolio, and told me I was on my way. We talked shop for the most part. (i.e. "Hey, what about Wizards of the Coast?" or, "Man, that contract was strange.") I'm sure such a conversation would be pretty boring to anyone who's not an illustrator, but I thought it was very cool.
What was especially cool that when he autographed "Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich," he happily drew Cthulu when I asked him to. I was buying it for my roomie B., who is a ginormous Lovecraft fan. After he drew the tentacles, A. added the bat wings, saying that he needed to make it appropriately "non-Euclidean." When he finished, he eyed it appreciatively and said it was his best Cthulu ever.
BEHOLD THE INDESCRIBABLE HORROR!
I so need to get a Cthulu plushie now.
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- Listening to: "Mycroft"- Mocean Worker
- Drinking: a screwdriver
Thanks for sharing!
Yeah, there are things that only illustrators and comic artists can understand and appreciate while talking to each other. I wish you good luck with your future projects. Here the road toward publication is still long, but one day I hope I'll raise my voice too.
Oh, and let us know how Chris reacted to his portrait...