Well over the past few months I have gone to two comic cons, began work on a web comic and then quit, and now I'm going into overdrive looking for an internship. first thing is first.
In October I went to both Big Apple Comic Con and New York Comic Con. Both were FANTASTIC. Big Apple comic con is smaller and more personal, more comic centered. While there i got to meet a number of interesting artist, many self published. One of the bigger guys I met was Louis Small Jr. He is one of the first artist to illustrate Vampirella. Louis is a really nice guy and supremely talented in the classic comic techniques. I also ran into a fellow AIB alum there Zack Stella, and oh boy, his work is amazing. You can check out his work at www.zackstella.com. I think Zack is now working on paintings for magic cards. Big apple was a great con, perfect for the just out of college illustrator looking to talk to professionals.
New York Comic Con is so beg it's overwhelming. I went for the huge artist ally. When i say huge, i mean it is bigger than your high school football field. Now New york Comic con has much more than just comics. In fact the most popular part of the con is the media section where new video game and movie previews are displayed. My boyfriend went for the media. While at the con i met my all time favorite cover artist Adam Hughes. I went into total fan girl mode after the experience. Got almost everything signed by him. Also while there i met up with my Professor Jim Hoston from AIB and he was nice enough to Introduce me many of the artist he worked with while at Marvel Comics. Among them was Mister Louis Small Jr (yup, the one and the same from big apple) small world. I was also introduced to John Wellington, an amazing artist. The best way I can describe his work are classic western rendering with Japanese pop culture juxtaposed. My description really doesn't do his work justice so I recommend checking out his site johnwellington.com. We spoke for a bit and i might help him hand out flyers for his work at the next New York Comic Con. I would be a great way to help him out and market my own work.
Also I got to meet the father of independent animation, Bill Plymton. I was lucky enough to get his autograph and a contact email. I id ask about internship and he redirected me to the staff member that hires for jobs and Interns. Currently i am keeping in contact and waiting for an opening so i may have the opportunity to get the experience I need. The entire weekend was fun and so very educational when it comes to getting into the comic book and animation industry. If you dont know who Bill Plymton is I recommend you check out his site www.plymptoons.com.
So i finally join that evil little site Deviantart. Okay so no, it's not really evil, its rather nifty. My only real complaint is that the fan art is a little out of control, but to each there own. I myself also am a sucker fro drawing fan art. Anyway a little while ago i was approached on DA to join a web comic project. I of course agreed after asking a couple questions about it. I should have looked farther into it. At the time I thought it would be a great way to get me to consistently draw. Unfortunately I got in way over my head. I was NOT getting paid to do this and I was designing 50+ characters that were based on real people. There was not a lot of room for interpretation or deviation. Did i mention that the 50+ was only the good guys, there were about 100 enemies... yeah so I got in way over my head. After only about 3 weeks I realized i did not have enough time for my own work. I'm really thankful that the guy I was working with did not take it hard when I submitted my resignation. I also hope he can find someone with the time to put into his web comic idea. I don't like the idea of quitting anything but in this case I realized my limitations as an artist and just how much time and work I am willing to donate for free. My words of advice are, if you are going to join a big project make sure it is something you believe in. also get a feel for just how much work you are going to have to put into this project. I learned this the hard way.
|"We are surrounded."|
I'm thinking about doing a web comic based on this picture. I will need to get really motivated to do this. I guess we will see what happens. I hope to have the painted version up soon. check out more at my DA page at callmemina.deviantart.com.
Well until next time. Hopefully the next update will be sooner than 2 months.