I had the Con
June 03, 2013 :: By CoreyKramer
Well another SpringCon came and went and the fine folks at the Midwest Comic Book Association (MCBA) did another fine job of running a con. If you've been to a comic book convention, regardless of the size, you know
the kind of work that goes into organizing the whole thing- from finding a site to hold the dang thing, to setting up the tables, to wrangling the artists... the MCBA does all of that on a volunteer basis. And did I mention they feed us creators for free? And provides a steak fry? Yeah, they're good like that. Now, I could sing the praises of the food giving folks at the MCBA, but I wanna show ya some pics from the show! So... here we go...
That there was my table... I had to share... which wasn't so bad as I shared the space with Joe Combs of the webcomics Business Casual
and Rusty the Wonderdog
. Joe recently wrapped up Business Casual after a long ten year run, but couldn't say no to being part of such a great con. I couldn't have had a better bloke to share a table with... his kidlings were so adorable! Here's a pic of Joe and his Daughter taking advantage of my "hey kids! draw me something!" dry erase board:
And what did Joe think of sharing a table with yours truly?
I think he was alright with it.
As long as I am featuring pictures of it, allow me to hop on my soapbox for a smidge and just say I wish more of the bigger conventions were just a titch more kid friendly. Maybe I haven't been to enough of them yet, or maybe I'm just too Minnesota nice, but dang it... if you want future readers, cater to the young-uns now. This is the one convention that doesn't mind (and often seems to put me at a table that allows space for) my dry erase easel to be set up near my table. Parents (usually those that are watching the kids whilest the other parent is distracted by all the comicy goodness) love letting the kids draw away (instead of whining out of boredom). Just look at this masterpiece:
That young fella drew every conceivable type of lightsaber EVAH. And he wasn't shy about telling me about them either. Too Cool.
Okay... who wants to see stuff I drew at the con?
I must confess... I haven't watched a lot of Adventure Time... I probably should. It's all the rage right now... and after being asked to sketch up this character from it (sorry Adventure Time fans... I don't remember her name... "vampire") I kinda want to. Oh, and it's officially the first time I have been asked to draw any Adventure Time stuff... so congrats lucky fan!
Another first for me... Zatanna! I am rather surprised this was the first convention where I was asked to draw the fish-netted mistress of magic... and with a Power Girl no less.
Kinda like the Audrey II plant with Ivy in that one.
There's another set of characters from some anime thing I don't know... maybe Rob can help us out with that one. All I know is I didn't need reference as all I had to do was snap a picture of these nice young volunteers. Thank you ladies, and thank you i-phone.
It's funny... I have a binder full (I mean FULL full) of sketch cards... people always flip through it, comment how great they are... then ask me to draw up a new one on the spot. I don't mind that at all. I love drawing new ones on the spot... it's just I'd like to sell some out of the book too. The above two examples are sketch cards I was drawing to fill a couple of gaps in the book. The Azrael got bought as I was finishing it by a passer by that liked it, and the Batman was my warmup sketch on Sunday that I traded to another artist that did sketchcards. What did I learn? Even if it is an original piece of art, people want stuff drawn on the spot. Which, again, is wonderful... and I'd like to sell the stuff in the binder too. >sigh<
And finally, my favorite cosplay of the day... seriously, have you seen a better R'as Al Ghul? This pic also demonstrates the one nitpicky thing I had about the convention... my table was in the far back corner. Not a bad corner, mind you... it was very close to the panel room and prime spot for those just walking the loop... but the dang light was out above us was out, so it kinda felt like our traffic suffered a bit. That and it absolutely DOWNPOURED on Sunday. Oh well. I still had a blast... hopefully y'all will get out to SpringCon someday. Until then, I'll be here chained to my drawing table, making comics and sketchcards that look really pretty sitting in my binder.
I am a huge!