Here's something most folks don't know about me...I like comic books. Always have. In fact, I'm in the beginning stages of producing [writing, drawing, publishing] a graphic novel of my own. *Graphic Novel is one of those more slick magazine-style comics. I've always wanted to go to the huge comic convention in San Diego, but just never able to. In fact the only similar type convention I've ever been to was a Star Trek convention and that was years ago. [Did get autographs from several of the original Star Trek cast members though!]
Then, on this past Friday, The Mr. told me there was going to be a comic-con right here in our community the very next day! Chico-Con 2015 Chico's Own Comic Book convention.
Let me tell you, right off the get-go, that I had such a great time! And the reason being is that there were artists there in the exhibit hall with examples of their work and I had such an awesome time talking art! There was a panel discussion I sat in on by the creators of CK Comics...a line started right here in my community. I speak both languages the fellows on the panel do: writing and art [drawing, painting]. And, because I'm in the learning phase of the comic producing biz, I was very interested in how they got started. Can I say again? How cool! Here's a bit about them from their website:
CK Comics was started in Chico CA by Shane Will in June 2014. A collective of talent to bring the masses the stories of the Tomorrowverse. Beginning with the creation of Caliber and Tomorrow, Shane then brought friend and writer Joe Burttram on board and together they fleshed out the cast of characters and began mapping out the story lines. Along with friend and artist Nicholas Garza in September 2014 they released the first two CK books Caliber #1 and Tales of the Tomorrowverse #1. Soon after they merged with Scattered Comics INC. located in Sacramento CA and became Scattered’s home for superhero comics.
I was impressed with the number of comic book artists there were in the exhibit hall; I was able to spend time talking with quite a few. One, Chuck Bowman, has a line called Weirdwolf Studio. Fantasy art - think zombies and some pretty weird horror-genre stuff. Had a great time talking to him about his drawing and just 'art' in general. The Mr. and I told him about our grandson [8 years old] who has loved grossing out his grandma since he was a toddler with weird zombie tales. *I got an idea...I'm going to ask Matt the Grandson to make me a comic book for Christmas this year. This boy is so creative...can't wait to see what he comes up with!
Artists who had their work in the exhibit hall included Timothy Green II, artist at Marvel and DC Comics; Chris Marrinan, artist on Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Wolverine and more; Joe Weems, artist and inker at DC, Marvel, Image and others...it was so much fun both looking at their work and talking to them about it. They had what I told The Mr. were "look books," portfolios of original full-page art. *Did you know that the actual comic book page is reduced from a larger layout? It is. Being able to see these original layouts was, well, exquisite. You can see all the fine detailing. And the exceptional drawing and inking talent. Think comic book art isn't art ? Then you haven't seen these.
Another comic book artist/creator I met and talked 'art' with [and bought one of his 'first' editions of a new line] was Brian Hess. From his website:
Brian has worked as an illustrator in a wide range of fields including television, mobile games, and comic books. His previous employment includes Noggin, Thrasher Magazine, Atlantis Resorts, Zynga, TinyCo., and most currently Action Lab Comics. In his free time, Brian works as a freelance artist as well as complete personal projects, like his two comic book titles. Originally from Walnut Creek, he moved to San Francisco to attend art school, and still lives there with his wife and son.
That line is called "Awake." It's about a brave girl with powers to awaken planets [I think]. The art in this book is gorgeous. I'm saving this signed edition for our granddaughter who currently is only 3 1/2 years old...saving it until she can read it for herself. *I love being a grandma!
Yes, this Chico-con comic-con was small, but I was so impressed with how many actual comic book artists/writers were there and how freely they shared their passion for what they do. Looking forward to next year's con! Who knows, maybe I'll have a booth with my own graphic novel to share...