Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Update: Comic-Con 2006
(pages from Bits & Pieces, Volume 2)
Just hours away, and Comic-Con 2006 begins!!! This is quite exciting! As I wait anxiously for my books to arrive from Kinko's, I can't help but reflect how the year has gone since the last Con. Quite honestly, last year I wasn't planning to go to the Con, but my buds Patrick Morgan and Jose Lopez encouraged me to go, so at the last minute, I pulled off two all-nighters and got the book made. Fairly low rent, but a book nonetheless. I really had no idea what was to come.
What happened was that I met such amazing artists from all over and was just blown away at the talent! The one thing which really made an impact to me was that there was a brotherhood of artists, pros and non-pros who came together and presented their work as their own!!! It was refreshing if not inspiring to see folks doing it for themselves. I realized that self-publishing was a means to get your work out, without the scrupolous review of a committee, or the approval by countless producers and wannabee "creative executives". What the Con meant to me was a rekindling of how great it was to be an artist again.
The Con has it usual fare of sensory overload! Waves and waves of people walking thru aisles, shopping, glancing, looking, and smiling. By Sunday afternoon, I was exhausted,... but man I was so excited inside!! What followed after that and to the months to come was the blog phenomenom. The blog has been my creative engine if not a latenight addiction to feed my creative hunger. Just tune in every night and open a link, to another link, to another and you are constantly presented with such kickass, amazing talent from all over the world!!!
Well, here it, Tuesday night, as I wait patiently for my books. I look forward to renewing the spirit and kinship I made with my brethren from a year ago. The future is indeed bright, and I can't wait!!
Other brothers who will be attending are:
Louie del Carmen and Octavio Rodriguez (booth H3)
Steve Silver (booth H6)
David Colman (booth H5)
Mike Mattesi from the Entertainment Art Academy (booth 1021)
Garrett Shikuma (booth 1032)
Katzenjammer Studios (booth G7)
One Sick Individual (aka Edwin Haya) (booth D6)
The Those Guys (booth 1132)
Animation Mentor Online School (booth 5520)
... and this great list from Clay Kaytis from Animation Podcast.
I'll only be attending Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
If you're interested in Volume 2, please stay posted. I'll have information after the Con as to where you can get a copy.
As far Volume 1, I still have some copies available at the Booth. You can also purchase it through Stuart Ng or Bud Plant.
And for those interested, I'm working on a hardcopy book for next year's Con where I'll be presenting my personal projects and some visual development pieces. I'll give updates as time goes by on the content and so forth.