We journeyed to Northern California for this show, which is held in San Jose. The show had a easy going atmosphere. I was able to talk with some artist I haven’t been able to converse with due to the high volume of crowds. I was very excited to finally get my art books signed by Adam Hughes and Mark Schultz. It was a great pleasure meeting both of them. I meet some great fans! Thanks to everyone who stopped by the table for a chat!
Looking forward to see everyone at the next con.
This years show was a 2 and a half day show. For a Friday at 5pm start day it was very crowded and busy up until the floor closed. Saturday was extremely busy non-stop with a constant wave of people on the convention floor. Sunday was also very busy.
This year I shared tables 1311-1315 with some great people and fellow artists, Lance & Amy Sawyer, Ryan Kincaid, Kevin Woody, Kay Wantuch and Tony English who are all part of the Creator owned and independent comics hub. Nothing like sitting with fellow artists and friends to make the time go by quickly.
Saturday night, I was able to hang out with Dan Mendoza and his wife Jennifer along with Jason and Laura Metcalf who are from Seattle. I met Jason a few years back at Wizard World Chicago and haven’t seen them since last years Emerald City Comicon. It was great catching up with Janson and Laura. A pleasant surprise for me was when Regina of Comikaze Expo stopped by for a visit. I’m looking forward to this convention in November.
I was able to see new and old friends; Emo , Zen, Talent Caldwell, Beatty & Mitch Breitweiser, Jeff Martinez, Michael Golden, Renee Whitasteter, Jerry Bingham, Stephen Shamus, Richard Herd, Mike Mayhew, Steve Wyatt and Michael D Hamersky. Missed seeing Joe Jusko due illness. And Last but least, I finally scored an original piece of artwork by Mike Mayhew!
Thanks to everyone who stop by the table for a visit, it was great meeting and talking to all of you.
The Long Beach Comic Expo started my convention season and what a great way to start the 2011 convention season. It was a extremely busy show from start to finish. The mood of all the attendees was energetic and full excitement. I enjoyed talking with everyone who stopped by my table.
Wizard World Anaheim day 1 finished. It was great seeing old friends and meeting new friends. Looking forward to day 2.
I will be at Anaheim Wizard Con this weekend April 29th, 30th, and May 1st in Artist Alley. Stop by and say hi! I will post the table number when I have it.
1 day until LBCC. I will have shirts, books, prints, sketchcards & original art at booth 1007. http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/
Come meet me at Bases Cards & Comics, from 10am to 3pm in Lancaster. I look forward to meeting the fans. Stop by and say hello.
Great neighbors always make conventions go by fast. My neighbor to the left of me was fellow comic creator, artist/writer and friend Jason Martin of Super Real Graphics. I had the pleasure of metting Jason last year at Wizard Chicago Comic Con. Jason shared his table with Dan Mendoza of Toxic Candie . My neighbor to the right of me was John & Shelagh Lustig of the web comic Last Kiss.
During the show I met some awesome new exhibitors, comic creators, writers and artist at the show. All of them are very talented people. It’s always fascinating to see all the different styles of art. On Saturday there was an after hour drink & draw pow wow with fellow creators, writers, artist, and radio hosts. The theme of the night was pirates. Thanks to Lace Sawyer for the invite and hospitality.
Saturday also brought a surprise visit by Sean Galloway who stopped by to say hi and see how thing were going. Sean always has a way of motivating and inspiring me. Always great to see Sean.
One of my favorite parts of con’s are all the great costumes. Most people don’t realize how much time and dedication go into making these costumes. I have a deep appreciation for them since I have made some of my own costumes.
Lastly, I was very pleased, I had some time to make my way over to a few of my favorite artists who have influenced my art style, Mike Mayhew, Arthur Suydam and Tim Bradstreet not just great artists, but awesome down to earth people. I can’t wait to have their original art hanging in my office. While I was making my around the show I stopped by David H. Lawrence (Eric Doyle in Heroes) table for a quick chat. While I was there, I was able to get a picture and share my self-published book with him. He was very friendly and polite. Thanks for the picture David.
Pepe is exhibiting at Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con this weekend. Come and visit us in the Artist Alley table 1020!
I will be at the Emerald City Comic Con on March 13 & 14.
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