Andy's Art and Whatever

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Boston Comic Con

Hey every body! I just wanted to update you all on the Boston Comic Con. It’s coming up quickly!

Boston Comic Con
Sunday November 2nd
10am-5pm

Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA
corner of Berkeley & Stuart St.

$10 Admission
children under 10 free

http://www.bostoncomiccon.com/

I am going to be attending as a creator (and my name is listed with a link to my art on the Boston Comic Con’s website) and this will be the first time I get to meet in person with my publisher. All this time, from the first initial talks, to the publishing of Formera, to working on Formera book 2, we have been communicating via e-mail (what a wonderful world eh?).

But for the first time now I will get a chance to meet my publisher in person. I hope it goes well. Lol. Anyway, I will be bringing my portfolios of comic art for people to browse through, my giant Formera Banner, I will be selling copies of my book AND doing sketches and art for people who come up and say Hi (prices will be listed on the table.)

I have to fly out the day before, and won’t be getting in until Monday night, so I won’t be online for a while during that time. I can still receive e-mail though. I’ll probably make up another “comic on” page like I did for the last one so you can all see what was going on if you can’t attend.

I hope it’s a lot of fun! And I look forward to seeing y’all there!

I’m insane.

To give you an idea of how insane I am, I am currently working on a new picture. As many of you know, I enjoy drawing large groups of characters in large scenes (some examples would be my “Nintendo Karamari” picture or my “FLCL,” and “Hayao Miyazaki” tributes). This new picture that I am working on tops all of them.

Why?

Because it’s Pokemon. That’s right. I’ve decided to draw EVERY Pokemon creature from every game and lump them all together into one large image. THAT, my friends, is INSANE!

I’ve only drawn 52 of them so far, aided by the games and many players guides, and I am getting a little weary already. I may stop at 151, cuz I don’t know how much more of this I can take, and I don’t know how much more my computer can handle. To make things easier, I have been drawing each pokemon separately. Then in Photoshop I resize them, and place them anywhere I want. This gives me a lot more freedom to be able to move them around as I add more pokemon. BUT that also means that each pokemon has it’s own layer. And right now with 52 layers, it’s starting to become a little hard to manage and my computer doesn’t like it. Lol.

Not to mention once I finally get all the pokemon where I want them, I’m going to have to go in and shade every god-damn-one. That’s going to be one hell of a task right there... Ugh...

Why do I do this to myself? Honestly... any sane person wouldn’t attempt this, or would fall back on an easier idea (such as just using the in-game art instead). But nooooo... i gotta draw them from SCRATCH... oy vey...

Monday, October 27, 2008

8 Days Left till Election...

And I am starting to feel even more apprehensive about it. Last week it looked a sure thing that Obama was VERY far ahead of McCain. But now, as the days dwindle and time starts running out, it’s starting to look a lot more even, and that’s got me scared.

My fear is that a lot of people who initially said they would vote for Obama are going to chicken out at the last minute. Not only that, but there’s the huge evangelical and military vote that’s kept Bush in office. Although, on the flip side, we’ve got a huge majority of minorities coming out to vote this time around, which just might work in Obama’s favor. All in all, it’s going to be tight, and I think that anyone who thinks Obama will win without any problems needs to stop and look at the big picture.

I think we’ve been getting a little cocky about Obama lately. His campaign has been doing so well and has been so much farther ahead than McCain’s for so long that the idea that he might not win is almost absurd to some people. But I think it’s important to remember that it’s not a sure thing yet. We need to keep plugging on because if we become overconfident, our adversaries might be able to use that to their advantage.

I keep saying this will be the last political journal, but I can’t help myself. This has becomes such a big deal in my life right now I can’t escape it. I can’t even really concentrate on my art because of it, and I have a comic book convention coming up this weekend too.

I don’t know why this is so important to me, but this whole race with Obama VS McCain has really stopped my life and I’ve been more focused on politics than I ever have been before. It feels like there’s so much at stake, yet I question whether that’s true or not. I do not want McCain in office. Everything I’ve seen, read, and heard about him just rubs me the wrong way. And I especially do not want Palin to be vice president. She’s almost worse than him in many ways, wanting to take away rights of the people and being downright ignorant on a lot of important issues.

Obama’s made it this far, even with everything McCain has been throwing at him left and right. I just hope that he can make it to the end. There are a lot of scary people out there... vindictive, hateful, and scary people...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Newspaper Comic Strip Drama

I like reading the newspaper comics, even though I hate most of the comics in there. Just for the heck of it, I’m gonna review all the ones that appear in our Milwaukee Journal. This is going to be a LONG journal, so if you see a strip you don’t care about, just ignore it and skip to the bottom of the page (unless you like reading long journals like this. lol.)

Baby Blues:
It’s ok, sometimes it’s funny and it’s interesting that the cartoon characters are growing up, but the addition of a “baby” to keep the title “baby blues” kinda annoys me. If that keeps up, soon the family will have like 5 or 6 babies in the strips lifetime.

Crankshaft:
It’s alright. It’s not always hilarious, but occasionally the “grumpy old man” humor is worth it. Plus they have more interesting plots such as bank robberies, comic book selling, and race discrimination in baseball.

Mutts:
I hate mutts. It’s never funny, and the drawings look like rip-offs of Krazy Kat. It’s also one of the only animal rights comics I’ve ever seen.

Garfield:
Garfield is getting to the point where it’s been around so long, the jokes are falling flat and are repetitive. You all know what I mean. But the spot-on hilarious drawings, occasionally funny jokes, and the fact that Jon is now dating Liz and is getting more screen time is keeping this strip around. I like the joke about the suicidal giant cookie dream.

Hi and Lois:
I’ve never seen anyone laugh at Hi and Lois. This is one of those 50's/60's comics that have been around FOREVER and are never going to change. They’re more or less there because people EXPECT it to be there.

Luann:
I flip-flop on liking Luann and being annoyed with Luann. There are some stories that I am very interested in (such as their house burning down), but then there are ones which annoy me (such as when Luann was considering getting a tattoo). More often than not it seems the jokes rely on the “hot” factor of Brad’s girlfriend and Luann’s naive innocence rather than any real character development.

Marvin:
Another sarcastic baby strip... ugh... I sometimes get Marvin mixed up with Garfield because the characters look like they’re from Garfield’s world.

Frank & Ernest
I like bad puns. This strip has TONS of bad puns. I like this strip.

Pickles:
Another old people comic. It’s alright, but it doesn’t have the sharp wit of Crankshaft (if you can call Crankshaft sharp). It’s more mellow innocence than anything else, which is probably why it’s stayed around for so long.

Zits:
Hit or Miss. Most of the time it’s just stereotypical teenager garbage. Sometimes it can be very funny, and it’s occasionally one of the more surreal comics in the newspaper (as is evident by a recent talking foot comic).

Beetle Bailey:
Drawn by the same guy who does Hi and Lois, this is another series that I honestly don’t understand why it’s still going. World War II ended over 50 years ago, yet it continues to go on and on in Beetle Bailey. Not to mention it’s one of the more blatantly racist and sexist comics in newspapers today. The only comic I know of in which the artist was forced to put his characters through “sensitivity training” to keep going.

Pearls Before Swine:
Hit or miss. I want to like Pearls before swine, but for some reason it doesn’t really connect with me. It’s also one of the more “chatty” comics, relying more on dialogue than actual art. In fact, many times I’ve noticed that all the panels are just photocopied and the text is the only thing changed. I hate “talking heads” comics like that. Yet I feel sympathy for the pig, and I like the Crocodile’s attempts to eat the Zebra.

Get Fuzzy:
You know, it’s weird. I LOVE Get Fuzzy, but I hate reading it in the Newspaper. As a stand alone comic in the paper it’s very wordy and uninteresting. But as a comic book compilation I get more milage because I can read each strip from page to page. Many times there seems to be no “joke” at the end, which makes the comic book compilations feel more like comic BOOKS than anything else. Either way, it’s still one of the most edgy comics in Newspapers right now, and Bucky is just hilarious to read.

Grand Avenue:
I hate the art. It’s just sarcastic kids living with the grandmother. Never very funny and did I mention I hate the art?

Mother Goose & Grimm
Occasionally funny to me. It’s another one of those bad pun series. Sometimes they are really good, and every now and then they go into a Far Side mode and tell jokes with one panel (which is refreshing).

Baldo:
I like baldo. The art is very well done, it teaches kids about Spanish words and phrases, and the jokes tend to be spot on. My only regret about this comic is that like Pearls Before Swine, many of the time the panels are just copy and pasted.

Sally Forth:
I started by hating Sally Forth. In every god damn comic, no matter what situation was going on, no matter what tragedy was unfolding, none of the characters ever lost their sarcastic smile from their faces. There was a whole series (i think it lasted a year) in which the husband lost his job, was destitute, started going a little insane, didn’t shave, was depressed and sad.... and yet... he never stopped smiling. NEVER!!!!!!
I started reading Sally Forth because I hated it so much and I was always poking fun at it. But now it’s starting to grow on me, which disturbs me greatly. Also, I think Hil’s best friend is a lesbian.

Jumpstart:
Innocent humor comic. I have nothing against it, and nothing to say either. It’s alright, but it’s never really caught my attention.

Between Friends:
Aside from Sally Forth, this is the only other comic that I try to follow religiously. The story going on now about an abusive husband and her friend trying to help her has taken a turn for the worse and it’s pretty darn rare to see anything of the sort in a newspaper comic. I can’t think of any other strip besides “For Better or Worse” that would attempt to addresses such issues in a tasteful manner. The only thing that bothers me is that many of the women are drawn similar and sometimes I get confused about who I am reading about. Also, the main protagonist’s nose is point when seen at a 3/4th angle, but has a sharp ledge when seen from the side. Strange inconsistencies like that throw me off.

Daddy’s Home:
I never knew that it was possible to draw all men like lesbians. Kudos for this strip in showing me that I was wrong.

Arlo & Janis:
Part of making a successful comic strip is putting all the right pieces together. Whenever I read Arlo and Janis I always fee like I’m missing something. I don’t know what it is, but many of the strips just fall flat and I either can’t figure out what the **** they’re talking about, or the panel transitions from one to the next make no sense to me.

Curtis:
I like Curtis. I like the style it’s drawn in. I like the stories that they’ve told so far. I like the characterization of them all. My only fear is that it’s going to fall into a rut like Garfield and start becoming repetitive. The idea that Curtis had to go back to school for the summer because of bad grades was also something I don’t see in comic strips either, so that was refreshing, AND it led to some interesting side stories.

I refuse to review “Bizarro,” “Family Circus,” and “Ziggy” because those are not comic strips. Comic strips are sequential art. These are just single panel cartoons, which by the definition of sequential art, are not comics. They are cartoons. Also... I hate Family Circus and it infuriates me to no end that the greatest Disney Animator alive today (glen Keane) is related to the writer of the strip (Bil Keane).

So now that I have totally wasted your time with this pointless review of my local newspapers comics, what do YOU all read? What comics in the newspaper do you actually look forward to reading, or read without the gag reflex? Do you disagree or agree with some of my reviews?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Lately...

I dunno why, but lately it’s been hard for me to get back into a creative mood. There are a lot of things around me which are distracting me from being able to sit down and draw and color like I use to.

First it was the whole moving situation, but that was a month ago so I should be over my slump now. Then it was the comic convention, which I was a little creative at, but not very. Then it was this whole NYC trip, which thankfully has come and gone. Now it’s the Presidential Election and the Boston Comic con which is sapping up my will to draw.

It may be that I am just in a slump right now. I seem to go on these cycles of being overly productive, with being totally lethargic and unproductive. It’s for this reason that I like Sherlock Holmes, for he too had vices like this (although he got out of them by doing drugs).

The Election too is drawing up a lot of my attention. For the past month and more, I have been reading, searching, watching, and listening to anything I can find that has to deal with the Presidential Election. Recent issues with my Obama drawing have only intensified my interest in this race, and not a day passes where I don’t try to keep up with the events. My mind dwells upon it when I am suppose to be working or drawing, so it makes it hard for me to concentrate. I will be very happy when this election is finally over. Even MORE happy if my candidate wins.

Then of course there’s the simple lack of time to do anything. While I have plenty of time at work to draw, I have almost zero time at home to scan and color. This puts a huge damper on any efforts I may have to work on anything as in the back of my mind it keeps saying “why bother? You won’t have time to color it anyway.” I do believe I have a very mild form of depression and this is it manifesting itself. As we move into the winter months, this will probably only be increased.

I’ve been forcing myself to work on some things though, even if my brain tells me it’s pointless. I have been slowly retooling my website and updating it. I have a new opening page and I added a page (and blog) for Formera as well. A little bit here, and a little bit there, and soon my website will be totally redone. Hopefully I can work on this just in time for the Boston Comic Con.

Finally, money problems always seem to linger upon my mind. If I can’t bring my bank account positive by the beginning of November, I won’t HAVE a bank account.

All of these worries I think are putting so much pressure upon me that I don’t have the energy to pick up a pencil and draw whatever I want. Instead I have been spending the bulk of my time at work playing Pokemon on the DS. The only good news with this is that I got over my stumbling block and have actually started making progress in the game. All of my Pokemon are at level 30 or above, and I am now heading to the second lake, where Team Galatica are suppose to be doing some evil or something. The turn based action of Pokemon is perfect for a job where you are constantly being interrupted by phone calls. You can put it down at any time without worrying about someone hurting you or falling off a platform or whatever.

So anyway... that’s what is new here... I’m not asking for any help or anything. I just felt the need to get it out and write it down. Maybe doing so will get me out of this slump.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Longest Day

I am sooooo tired. I hope to sleep in tomorrow, but I gotta work, so I doubt it...

Last night I flew in to New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. I took a shuttle over to the hotel my parents had reserved for the night, only to find out that they wouldn’t let me stay without my dad’s credit card. Half and hour and a fax later, I was given a room where I settled in for bed.

But I didn’t get much sleep. I had a train to catch. At 6am. Meaning I had to wake up at 5am. Did I mention I got into the hotel at midnight? Yeah... I got no sleep...

I called a taxi and got dropped off at Grand Central Station, picked up a ticket, and was on the platform waiting for my train... 45 minutes early. Damn it... I could’ve slept in...

I took the train north out of the city, to some place along the Hudson river called Pookipsie or something where I got off and met the publisher.

She drove me through the town, giving me lots of details about FDR (Franklin D. Roosevelt) who apparently use to live out there, and finally we arrived at her home tucked away in the woods with a nice view of the lake.

We ate a nice breakfast (eggs, tea, and toast, with fresh picked berries) and then got down to business. I had brought along my book “Formera” and “Andy’s Hat” and some of my portfolio work. This was a children’s book publicist, so she wasn’t so much interested in my cartoony, anime, graphic novel stuff (which sadly made up the bulk of my work). But she WAS impressed with some of my paintings such as “Red Riding Hood” “The Professor” “One Girl in all the World” and “Home for a Rest.”

She seems to think that I have the talent to go far, I just need to reign it in a bit. Right now I am kinda all over the board (which is very true, I do everything from Nintendo fanart and stupid comics to serious paintings and illustrations, to animation, 3-D, video games etc...). She wants me to try and do a few full page illustrations you would see in a children’s book, with lots of detail and a much more... sweet tone to them. No violence, No Drama, No Anime (or ninja crap). Just sweet wholesome emotional energy that everyone can identify with. And I think that’s a worthy goal.

I gave her those pictures so she could use them if she wanted, and let her keep the books too. My goal now is to try and make some more children’s book style artwork, which I think I can do. There’s a possibility I might be able to do some jackets for pre-adolescent books, which would be awesome. All in all, it was a really good meeting and despite how tired I was, I am glad I went. I can’t wait to try some of the stuff she suggested and to get back to work drawing.

After our meeting she dropped me off at the train and I just barely had enough time to get back on. However, we talked too late and as a result, I missed my first plane back to Milwaukee. Instead of hiring a cab (which would’ve cost $$$ and gotten me just in time to miss the flight) I took the bus to the airport. It was much more leisurely like and I got to behold New York a bit more. Even still, I had a good 3 hours of waiting at the airport before I finally got on the plane.

So since about 7pm last night until right now, I have had nearly no sleep at all, and have been all over the place. I am tired, jet-lagged, and exhausted from stress. I am going to go to bed now.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Art is suppose to create controversy

So, I just thought I would talk about a few things to wrap up some loose ends. The first is my Obama picture. I sent the picture to my parents, who thought it was great. They printed it out and took some copies with them and lo-and-behold they ran into someone who is close personal friends with Joe Biden. She was given a copy and there’s a slim chance that Joe will get to see it, and if Joe gets to see it Obama might just get to see it too. So that’s pretty cool, although I will be immensely embarrassed if Obama DOES get to see it. Lol

Since posting that picture I have gotten 3 types of responses. Ones in support of Obama and think the picture is great. Ones who aren’t supportive of Obama and think it sucks. And ones in which they want to kill me. Seriously that last one surprised the heck out of me. Here’s just a sample of some of the hate responses I have gotten since I posted the Obama picture online:

“He's a musliam. he's up to something. I have feeling he's working with Osama Bin Laden with something. But the Goverment might kill him just like JFK
I don't know why everyone wants to vote for him because they think Obama is 100% black. Obama is half white and black and brought up in the life of a musliam world.
de ja vu of 9/11 anyone?????? “

“I'll fucking rip your head off. FUCK THAT TOWEL HEAD “

“FUCK YOU SAND NIGGER LOVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! people like you who who the world trade center bombed. I hope you rot in hell. America is for IN GOD WE TRUST not no fucking Mahuma.”

“You don't know any fucking real fucks your belives are wrong and twisted. Fuck you mother fucking redneck, farmboy. I hope you get shot. “

So yeah...

I really did think we were a LITTLE more civilized than that, but apparently I was wrong. It’s sad really, and kind of scary, that there are some people in the world who are like this.

Since I’ve posted journals showing my support of Obama, many have tried to persuade me to vote for McCain instead or at the very least, give reasons why Obama sucks. That’s natural and I expect that. But let me just outline a few things which I agree on that Obama is offering.

Obama, in the last presidential debate, wants to help our economy by creating more jobs here. One of the ways to do that would be to get rid of the tax break companies get for doing stuff overseas, and give them a tax break if they do it here in America. That would encourage companies to stop sending all their work overseas, which affects ME personally in a big way.

When I graduated from College in 2004, I had a BFA in classical 2-D Animation. That was right when the 2-D animation industry crashed and Disney fired all their animators in favor of doing their 2-D work overseas. Because Disney did it, other companies started to do it too, until there was practically nothing left for me to even try. I’m too young and inexperienced to get a job at Disney, but this crash made it so that there weren’t ANY jobs available to me. I struggled for a good 3 years trying to find something before settling down on my Comics instead. I am a true-blue animator at heart though, and if I was given the opportunity I would LOVE to go back to animating. What Obama is suggesting would stimulate the animation industry in that we would want to hire people here in America... and if there’s a chance for that to happen, I want in. McCain is not proposing anything of the sort.

There are other things I agree with. I agree with his decision on abortion. Now I honestly don’t know how I feel about abortion, as I CAN see both sides to the issue. But people are going to get them whether I like it or not, and whether it’s outlawed by the government or not. If someone wants to get an abortion, it’s not up to me to tell them they can or can’t, that’s their own personal problem. BUT... I do think that we should keep it legalized because if someone DOES choose to get an Abortion, I would rather a doctor, who is capable of what they’re, doing handle it. Obama wants to keep it legal, McCain wants to take it away (which in fact would put MORE people at risk). So I agree with Obama. (Also, if you’re gonna give me that pro-life crap, you better not be eating hamburger or cheese or chicken or anything that comes from another animal cuz otherwise you are not “pro-life”).

I’m not going to go further into detail on anything because I really do hate politics and I hate the inevitable flame wars that ensue whenever anyone tries to express their own opinion. And seriously... just because I believe some certain things, doesn’t make me a bad person nor should I be receiving death-threats over a stupid cartoon. Heaven forbid I be allowed to say something personal in MY JOURNAL. What a concept.

Sigh... anyway... yeah... those are a few reasons. My mind is kinda shot right now, so forgive me if I didn’t put any of that eloquently. I am going on an overnight trip to New York City tonight and I am a little nervous. I’ve only ever been there 3 times before and this will be the first time by myself. I hope it goes Ok...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Boston Con and Commissions

November 2nd is looming up fast and that means the Boston Comic Con! I will be attending that Sunday as a creator along with my publisher and other Alterna Comics artists. This will be my first time that I’ve actually MET my publisher in real life, largely due thanks to the convenience of e-mail and the internet. I’m gonna bring my portfolios of artwork, just like at the Minnesota comic con to browse through, I will be doing art-sketches, signing books, etc... It’s gonna be FUN! Hope to see some of you there!

Speaking of my book however, we’ve finally got a rough estimate for when Book 2 of Formera will be released. It’s looking like it’s going to be January. It’s a little sad because that’s AFTER Christmas, and Christmas for ALL companies is a big time to sell. The good news about this is that it is still going to be published in-time before the big February New York comic con in 2009, so at least I will have the book for this event! I was worried I might not. When I have an exact date, I will definitely keep you all posted!

Also, I just wanted to remind everyone that I AM open for Commissions right now. After the comic con in Minnesota I am going to just go back to my standard rates which are $30 for a fully colored digital picture, $15 for B/W line-art, and $5 for just a sketch. It’s the best time to ask for a commission for me right now because I am done with moving and I haven’t begun working on Book 3 yet, so I have plenty of time at work to draw and create. Just send me a note or better yet, send me a e-mail and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Other than that there’s not too much else going on right now. Been playing MM9's downloaded content quite a bit, been unpacking boxes and putting stuff away, and been just generally feeling much more “at home” here than at our old place. I’m still trying to draw Super Hero’s, though the work has been a bit slow lately. I’m just not a big enough fan of Super Heros to put in too much effort. I’ve been trying to color the Super Man line art for almost a week now and struggling hard with it for some reason. All the colors are roughly there, but I just can’t grip my head around finishing it. I don’t know why...

Anyway, that’s what’s up. Comic con in Nov. Book in Jan. Commissions open, and still drawing!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

MCBA Fallcon 2008


I wrote all this out as soon as I got home from the convention so it would be fresh in my mind. But somehow during the rebooting process while getting my internet re-connected today, my computer mysteriously deleted this journal, which really pissed me off. I’m gonna try to re-write it again, so please bear with me:

My girlfriend and I flew out on Friday night at 10pm for Minneapolis. We stayed at her dad’s house overnight and first thing in the morning they dropped me off at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds for the convention. The first stumbling block I ran into was that for some mysterious reason they seemed to have lost my name on their register. Apparently going back and fourth between PC and MAC computers caused some problems for them. But it was easily remedied, and soon I was off to my table.

The Lupus foundation was one of the sponsors of this convention and unfortunately for me I got wedged between two Lupus tables. The other guy at my table probably didn’t expect anyone to be sitting with him, because he spread out and was using most of the space, and on my right was the actual donation table. So between the two, I was so tightly squeezed in that I barely had enough room to put my elbows up. Not to mention the fact that I was situated between these two charitable things, probably made it harder for me to get customers or people to come up and say Hi.

It wasn’t all bad though. My table was set right beside the “fortress of solitude” or the “break room” if you will. Inside they had cakes, chips, soda, coffee, salads, sandwiches, and tons of sitting places in case the craziness outside ever got to us. It was also one of the places where people in costumes changed into other costumes, so frequently you would see people in there putting on their makeup.

My table was also right next to Peter Gross and Barbara Shultz, two of my former MCAD comic professors and professionals in their own right. So it was nice to be able to reconnect with some of the people from MCAD there.

There were a lot of people in costumes at this convention, and unlike most conventions, some of these costumes were pretty damn GOOD. I took pictures of them to pass the time away in my little niche.

The first day was pretty boring really. The chairs were uncomfortable and my squished area attracted little attention. I think people attend the first day at a comic book convention to snatch up all the comics and action figures they can find, then on the second day they’re a bit more relaxed and willing to chat.

I sold a few drawings (one really elaborate one of Samus fighting Ridley from Metroid), and sold a few books too, but nothing substantial. And so few people came up to say Hi, that by the end of the day I was feeling pretty depressed.

The next day was raining, and I arrived so early they had not yet opened the doors for us, forcing me to take refuge under a stair well. Once inside, I quickly made my way to my table and set up my area before the other guy showed up. I was able to spread out and actually occupy more than 1/4th of a table to a full fledged ½ of a table! Believe it or not, but I think it made a difference!

The second day went a lot better. I got to talk to more people, and I got to sell more books. I met more people from MCAD, including Marvelous Patrick and Tyler Page. There were more people in costumes, and better food this time around too. I was also interviewed for a PodCast online, though I am nervous about it.

The auction for the art cards was on the 2nd day too, so that was fun to watch as people dug their hands into a large tub and took away with them one of the sketches that we all contributed too. Somewhere out there, 5 people have my pirate sketch cards...

I am not fond of Star Wars really, but I have to give props to “The Force” cosplay group. They had some really intricate and elaborate costumes from Star Wars that they made all on their own. It was particularly hilarious when a guy in a storm trooper outfit would stand perfectly motionless along side mannequins, and when someone would come up to them he would jump out, scaring the crap out of them! The days were punctuated with little bleeps of screams of this sort.

As well as the 2nd day was going, I sadly had to cut it short. I wanted to get home as soon as possible and the prospect of having to wait until 3pm the following day, while my girlfriend was already home, depressed me. So I packed up and left early to take the 3pm flight home. I got the last seat, and it was a little tight getting in, but I made it home, safe and sound!