Sunday, August 2, 2009

Con Zombie!!

Had a good bit of fun at Comic con. My third time there. Got to see cool booths for the upcoming re-visions of "The Prisoner" and "V" as well as some cool movies. I bought too many toys and got to meet some of the actors from Torchwood! All that walking around and carrying piles of free-bees is too much for me to do all four days. I think the next con I go to, I'm going to spring extra for a table in artist alley. Not only to do some sketches and maybe even sell some artwork, but as a place to sit. Mostly as a place to sit. My shoulders hurt every time I go to a con and I can never find a place to sit and rest. Also, from past experience with helping out an artist friend, people treat you different when you're behind a table. When I was young and naive, I never minded that the artists didn't seem to really like me, or want to do sketches for me. In fact, I have a photo of me with Art Adams and I'm holding my sketch book open to a blank page, because in over 12 years of going to cons, he's always been too booked up, too tired, or just about to leave for a panel or something. I know this sound like a bad bit of gossip, but it's the truth. One year a friend got two-(2)-dos sketches from him after he had already turned me down earlier in the day. I've come to the realization that I must mumble and babble nervously without realizing it and somehow un-nerve them. I have a friend who got seven sketches within the first four hours of the con! I never even pulled my book out. I could just see all the artists eyeing me warily, trying to cover whatever sketch they might be working on and hoping I'd just shamble on to the next table.
But it's different when I'm behind the table. Then, they joke with me about stuff, they gossip, asking about my own artistic endeavors and treat me as one of their own. One day, Art Adams will come strolling by my table and want to talk to me about how cool my art is and then he'll demand that I let him sketch in my sketchbook.
And I will let him. Not because I'm forgiving or anything; I've just always wanted a fucking sketch from the guy.

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