Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Back from Orlando, I had a blast! but then again I have fun at most of the conventions, I might as well copy and paste my previous convention report. Somehow, some way, I always manage to ridicule myself and have a good time at the expense of others, to have this much fun should be illegal, it's obscene, I tell ya.
Things ran smoothly from the start, I shared a plane ride to Florida with the lovely and gifted Allison Sohn and was greeted at the airport by my good friend, the talented Joe Pekar, who graciously allowed me to stay at his home in Orlando for the duration of the event, I have to say Joe and his family were super accommodating and generous, many thanks to Joe and Beth for their hospitality and friendship, I hope one day soon you guys visit NYC so I can return the favor.
Megacon is a huge hit with the 'manga' crowd, tons of girls in cute japanese anime costumes, anything manga, from Sailor Moon to the most obscure game related characters you can think of and then some, and of course who can forget the super hero fans; you can clearly tell the difference even if you never read comics or watch animated cartoons; older, uglier, people (in their 30's and 40's) were dressed as american super heroes while the cutest, plumper and younger crowd (teens mostly) pranced around in japanese character outfits.
I spent most of my time enjoying the company of my buddy -the now retired, legendary inker- John Beatty, he's a riot. One of his closest friends, Craig Zablo kept us company for a good chunk of time as well, very funny guy, I laughed so hard at his antics my ribs hurt, he collects Silvester Stallone memorabilia so I drew 3 Stallone cartoons for him for fun while at the show. (one of which is shown below) I met some old friends I had made last year at this event and acquired a ton of new ones this time around, most notably a bunch of super talented guys and girls from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla. Sorry I misspelled your name, Margeaux, you're so cute and talented, your beautiful, piercing eyes and that enigmatic stare will hunt me forever, much luck to you and the rest of the gang. I also met a young colombian artist named Alex Martin, we talked for hours about art and such. Salud, Alex! if you ever come to NYC, give me a call.
Special thanks should go to Troy Nicholson, thank you for the wine and for the attention, John Higashi, who is always so kind and generous, thanks for the 12 pack of Corona and for Friday night's dinner, Hawaiian Dave for his cookies and chocolate cover macademians, you really know the way to my heart, Dave! Tim Townsend, San, Kermit, Musashi, Ray, Mark, Miki, Galvo, thanks for the books! Manda, don't stop drawing, girl!! , Nick Baltagi, sorry I made you jump through hoops, man, I do that to all my peeps, you're a great sport, anytime you want a drawing from me, just ask, I count you now among my friends.
Sooooo many incredible artists and nice people to boot, I hope you guys and girls forgive me for not including your names here, I can hardly remember my own at this point, just know that I appreciate your visit and the lavish attention some of you showered me with. I'll see you all next year for sure!
John shot this footage with his digital still camera, sorry about the low quality, next time we'll use professional equipment :). The preliminary blue pencil sketch is a 2 minute long movie but is barely visible, this here is the blue (cheap ballpoint pen) 'inking' (8 minutes) The shirt color and background lines were added afterwards using a metallic silver Sharpie™ marker.