Sunday, February 22, 2015
While that four hours was painful and gives thought to the next con being in a bigger venue, it definitely was not boring. One of the fellows near us brought a didgeridoo and played it from time to time. There were folks in costume everywhere and constantly walking up and down the line. The rains caused a number of folks to give up. Everyone who gave up only served to steel our resolve.
On the way to view the winners of the costume contest I went by his table and said in passing; "You made my wife's whole trip." The man stood up and shook my hand on the spot. It was a very cool moment.
I have to say that all the celebrities there were easily approached and friendly. Mary Kate Smith from King of the Nerds was no exception. She was friendly, witty, and fun to talk to. When she did an autograph for my wife she wrote out a full quote awesome message.
Southern Geek (couple of these pics stolen from them- so check out their page for more). I met with the Discount Dark Knight, Rafe and his wife, Shannon. I got to say HI to a couple of our cool geek friends Shane and his lovely fiance Krista. Shane is in his Boba Fett gear that he totally built and he's next to DDK. Shane is with the 501st Legion.
My son got a new stuffed cat and some Minecraft toys. I got some Heroclix and the pic my friend and guest artist Ken Davis did for me. Only two artists have given me their originals (which is by no means a requirement) so that's going in my office! All and all, while today I'm moving like a slug, it was all totally worth it! Big thanks to the awesome lady who put a tarp over our heads and left it with us when she found out she was in the wrong line. Big thanks to all the cool people around us who were friendly and fun to hang out with. Big thanks to the con for all it's efforts and everyone inside.
Next time, we won't fail to get the tickets well ahead of time! I hope! Better yet, maybe I'll be at a table of my own?
Monday, February 16, 2015
|Anubis looking tall and strong|
GZ: So, Billy, how long have you been doing your art?
BB: Been back at it for 3 years after a 10 year hiatus from drawing altogether.
GZ: Wow. Safe to say your art hasn't suffered from the hiatus. What inspires you the most?
BB: My son. Always has been and always will be.
GZ: I can understand that as I feel the same way about my son. Do you have any upcoming projects?
BB: My buddy, Jeremiah Ciardullo, and I are working on a little something something. We're in the process of getting some pages stacked together and we'll be releasing it later this year.
GZ: Sounds a little mysterious and that makes it cool right there. Are you currently for hire or have commissions open?
BB: Unavailable for hire due to our current project but pretty much always open for a good commission piece.
|Yxee with Songcutter in back|
BB: It sounds so cliche and I know everyone's heard it all before, but the advice I'd give is draw, draw, draw. Whatever it might be. And whatever you do, don't go on a ten year hiatus!
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
So I asked him a few questions as I usually do and found his answers detailed and profound.
GZ: So how long have you been doing your art?
Kevin: I have been drawing ever since I can remember. That had to be the most generic answer you get in regards to drawing. I will say that my skill level has always improved exponentially when I am surrounded by other creators creating. It's difficult creating in a vacuum. Without that feedback and constructive criticism, for me, skill and motivation tends to waver.
GZ: I think that's a great answer, actually. Do you have any current projects?
GZ: Sounds very cool. Are you otherwise for hire?
Kevin: If anyone saw something in my skill set that they thought could positively impact their project, I AM for hire. I am a self proclaimed writer, but have spent years studying and dissecting comic art and production. I am conversant with, if not proficient in, most aspects of comic production. My independent study includes writing, character design, inking, basic coloring, page laouts, scripting, dialogue, logo design, and graphic design (branding).
GZ: That does sound like you've got some work under your belt. So what inspires you?
To see more of Kevin's work you can check out his Deviantart page, contact him at his Facebook page, or just email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, big thank go out to Kevin and all guest artists for all the amazing talents they share. Don't miss out on independent artists, you never know what you'll see!