Got back from Ohio around 9:30 last night. Was a little overwhelmed this weekend as it was my first con, and my thanks go to you who put up with me this weekend because I was just a big bundle of nerves the whole time.
Ohio was great as a fan, and very okay as an artist. It was good to meet all you dA guys like
, nice to put faces to the avatars. Meeting Joe Kubert was amazing; he signed a bunch of my books, looked at my Sgt. Rock print, and told me about what he's got lined up at DC for the next year. Ethan Van Sciver showed me pages from Flash: Rebirth when I told him Barry Allen is my favorite character, and then because of our mutual appreciation of Plastic Man, he told me about the Plas story he's doing after Flash while he drew me a nice big picture of the guy. I met Chris Sprouse, got him to sign my Tom Strong Vol.1 and gave him the Strong card from my watercolors. I was so messed up by that point that I accidentally blurted that I had "ripped off a bunch of them last week" meaning that I had "cranked out" a bunch. He looked up at me and asked "ripped off?". Guh. I explained that of course I hadn't and I just misspoke, but it was fine. He drew me a Captain Marvel, and his wife was very nice and fun to talk to.
Oh, and after everything was shutting down yesterday, Billy Tucci showed me the original art from his upcoming Sgt. Rock book, and it is damned beautiful. I had my reservations at first, but even if the story doesn't deliver, the art will bring it. This is after Beau Smith and I sat there and blubbered like 12 year olds about Sgt. Rock.
I didn't realize the great deals I could get on books at these things, I picked up a lot of the DC archives and Tarzan hardcovers for half off, and a bunch of old Tarzans and a Brave & the Bold for cheap. Never even bargained once. Thanks go to
for a lot of that.
All that said, I hardly sold anything. I think I sold a Superman card, one (maybe two?) Avengers prints, and a Sgt. Rock print. One kid came up looking at the Tom Strong card and exclaimed "SHAZAM!". I went through the pile and found the actual Captain Marvel card and tried to give it to him. I wasn't being a tool about it, but have you ever corrected an excited 9 year old? I'm not doing that again.
Anyway, I have almost everything available, and they need to get out of my house. Just note me or write me at email@example.com and let me know if you'd like anything. If I get a lot of orders I'll start posting numbers of what's left.
Thus ends the longest journal I've ever written here.