I never got around to writing this journal and I didn't want to let more time slip by! I don't want to spend forever typing as I am tired from work, but I'll go over the highlights!NEW YORK COMIC-CON WAS AMAZING!
It was my first time attending this particular convention and I was lucky enough to be one of the 3-day passers (the people I went with were not so lucky, unfortunately)! The crowd was not as bad as people made it out to be. At least not for me, and I was SWAMPED with people wanting photographs the day I wore my Catwoman costume! I felt like a celebrity for a day of my life haha. It was a lot of fun!
I met my favorite artist: The Fantastic Adam Hughes
! And his lovely wife, who I had quite a nice time chatting with. She's such a wonderful human being! Adam was busy sketching away (and I am so thankful for the time he spent doing this for his fans!). I was able to get a sketch of Michelle Pfeiffer's catwoman from him (which I cosplayed as the next day) and he signed a book of mine.
I also met two of my other favorite artists: Alex Garner
and Stanley "Artgerm" Lau
! Alex is such an amazing individual. I was blown away by how cool and nice he is. I mean most of the people/artists I meet at these things are, but I really wish I had been more outgoing and talked to him a little bit about art, seeing how I am an illustrator myself. It's just intimidating to talk to someone about art/your work/things in general sometimes.
And Leo Leibelman
!! I had met him at Philly Comic-con and he is fantastic. He remembered me too, which was so cool!! I now own a total of 5 prints of his and I know my collection will grow if he continues to be at cons! I love talking to him. And his work. His work is incredible. I had the good fortune of seeing his oil paintings at Philly. No suck luck this time at New York!
I met and purchased art from a selection of other artists I admire but again, I don't want to type all night
I did miss out on saying "hello" to Vinnie Tartamella
, which bums me out a lot though!
I went to a couple panels, including a Doctor Who one with a moderator in a like-themed Kilt! Very very fun. I purchased a plushie of my first Pokemon (Bulbasaur) and my friends purchased a very nice Master Sword! Also in Artist Alley, unexpectedly, was the artist behind Blacksad
!! I am in love with that comic, so I was very happy to have the chance to purchase one of the books and have him sign and (another surprise!) sketch in it for me!!
I met a lot of great people, bought some cool comics, saw a lot of amazing statues and toys and cosplays!!! Overall it was an incredible experience that I suspect I will have many times again, but my favorite part will always be what I described at length: Artist Alley. Maybe in the future I will be less shy about talking to the people I respect so much! I plan on making more costumes in the future... I can't be for sure what just yet, but I know that Kim Possible, Atom Eve, Team Magma, and my own Kingdom Hearts design are allll possibilities!
Okay I know this is short, but I really need to get back to work on this big piece I want to have done by Halloween!!If you went to NYCC this year, what were your favorite things about it?