10:30am – table is all set up.
11:00am – doors open to the public.
Video showing all four sides of the convention floor.
Let the festivities begin!
Here’s some quick tips and reference links in regards to working a comic convention.
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In regards to display stands: They can get a little expensive, but you can save money by improvising and being creative.
Below are some odds and ends – an old office supply paper holder, some models I have, and clipboards and small display stands bought at the dollar store.
Now here they are set up to display the Comics Revues I have for sale.
Next up are a couple plastic display stands. The one on the left was a little over $10, the other is an 8″ x 10″ photo holder from the dollar store.
And here they are set up. The larger prints are off my Canon Workforce inkjet printer on photo paper. The 4″x 6″ cards are artwork I created and printed up for only 12 cents a piece as photos at Walgreens. And of course all artwork I printed has my website listed so people can find me if interested.
What you have to be careful of when trying to go cheap is not to make it LOOK cheap. Spend the money where needed – the last thing you want is to look unprofessional.
And speaking of which, pay attention to your personal appearance and hygiene. Take a shower – wear some clean clothes.
I had a table next to an artist once (no one I’m connected to here on Facebook) that literally REEKED. If you’re trying to network and you smell like you’ve been doing your laundry in the restroom at the Port Authority in New York it may not bode well for you…
Last but not least, here’s a couple informative blogs recommended by Heidi MacDonald of The Beat. plus a post of my own.
First Time Con Set-Up notes – David Petersen
Working a Show – Arnie Fenner
Networking and the High Cost of Conventions – Jim Keefe
All for now. Hoping the preceding was of help and wishing you all the best on your ventures!
Joe Kubert (1926-2012)
Tribute: Part 3
I’m rounding off my tribute to Joe Kubert this week by reminising about the last time I saw Joe. It was just this past spring at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo.
For the Kubert School panel, Joe Kubert alum (and current President of the Kubert School) Anthony Marques moderated, as Joe sketched and answered questions. Here’s just a few highlights featuring Joe’s comments…
The following video is Joe sketching Nite Owl from the Before Watchmen series. The image was projected sideways on a large screen – my video is rotated to one side so the drawing can be seen correctly. While Joe sketched Anthony was fielding questions.
What amazed me during Joe’s drawing demo was that every time Joe was asked a question instead of Anthony (and this is not seen on the video) Joe was so focused on the drawing that Anthony had to repeat the question numerous times just to get Joe’s attention – repeatedly – EVERY time.
Joe finally apologized repeating what he had said moments before – that when he’s drawing, that’s where he’s focused, so he’s not listening to the conversation going on around him.
THAT’S how focused Joe was while drawing – it was remarkable and inspiring to watch…
After the drawing demo Joe stayed for a short time to meet and greet fans. I went up to say hi and the guy standing in line in front of me told Joe he was a huge fan, then asked for Joe to sign his arm so he could then get the signature tattooed.
Joe immediately protested, “Why would you do that? I can’t…”
The fan persisted and Joe kept protesting until the guy’s friend explained it wasn’t a spur of the moment thing, that his friend really was that big a fan.
Joe finally acquiesced.
This last little clip is of Joe signing the fan’s arm.
My time with Joe was relatively brief. It had been years since I had seen him last, but he recognized who I was after I mentioned the Flash Gordon page we had worked on. A smile lit his face and his strong handshake followed. He asked me what I had been up to and I told him about my freelance and teaching.
I then told him, “I just wanted to thank you for my career.”
That warm smile again and the handshake.
And that was the last time I saw Joe Kubert.
There’s more to say, much more, but I’m going to leave it at that.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends – he’ll be sorely missed.
Joe Kubert Obits and Remembrances From Around the Web:
Mark McMurray’s Tribute
Mark is a long time friend and classmate from the Kubert School.
The following are some pics from 1998 of my one jaunt out to the West Coast to attend the San Diego Comic-Con. Wouldn’t have been able to afford it if not for fellow Kubert School Alumnus Tom Toby putting me up for a couple nights.
Still remember playing a James Bond video game until the wee hours and laughing my ass off with how little I couldn’t control my shooter – the view from other players was my character running in circles with his head down shooting everywhere. Good times.
Some recollections I jotted down at the time.
• Waking up and going into Tom’s back yard to get some “San Diego sunshine” only to have my face immediately entwined in spiderwebs that were strung between bushes on either side of me – then running around like a crazy person trying to get them off with the frantic thoughts of the huge spiders (black widows?) we had seen in the front yard the previous day.
• Watching a bootleg copy of a pilot for the Justice League with a pot bellied David Ogden Stiers as the Martian Manhunter.
• Mark’s rental car having the futuristic miracle of GPS.
• Commiserating about the biz for awhile with Jim Mooney – then getting a “discount rate” of $40 for one of his signed Man-Thing pages. He also gave advice regarding selling originals, “Some pieces through a dealer will sell for top dollar, otherwise price to sell.”
• Meeting Steve Leialoha and having him sign a Howard the Duck page I had recently purchased that he had inked.
• Peter Maresca’s booth having a ton of old Sunday comic sections from the 1930’s – Beautiful!
• Handing out some flyers I had brought along promoting my work on Flash Gordon and thinking, “I need bigger breasts to be noticed here.”
• Looking for Mark McMurray before Eisners, but limiting my search to between two food stations.
• Excerpt from Evan Dorkin’s acceptance speech upon winning an Eisner, “Since no one else used their time allotment (for acceptance speeches), I’ll use them.”
My only regret is that I didn’t take more pictures. Hoping to make it out there again in the not too distant future…
Great time at SpringCon 2012 this year.
It was a beautiful day Saturday so the crowd lined up for when it opened went off as far as the eye could see.
Setting up I was lucky enough to get a table dead center in the Grandstand.
Great people on either side of me as well. Drew Blom on the one…
Lots of MCADians in attendance – best of all they were behind tables selling their wares.
More pictures at the MCAD Comic Art Tumblr.
Paul’s daughter Emily hit the ground running selling her miniature clay figurines and jewelry she sells on her Etsy shop – I may have her in to talk to my Pro Practice class if I teach that one again…
Tom K is the publisher of Uncivilized Books. The imprint publishes limited edition, hand-made booklets and coming soon, The Voyeurs by Gabrielle Bell. Tom showed me a proof copy and it looks BEAUTIFUL.
Lots of other artists in attendance as well. Here’s a few I snapped pics of…
Special thanks to Dan Jurgens who took some time out from the NEW 52 books he’s doing for DC Comics to speak to my MCAD Pro Practice class this past semester.
And Bob Lipski is one of my daughter’s favorite cartoonists. We have every Upton Girl collection in print.
All for now – wrapping up with my favorite costumes I saw…