MegaCon 2014 - Post Game Show

Wow, what a show MegaCon turned out to be. Record breaking attendance. Lots of nice folks. And a fun weekend. Thanks to everyone who came by to say "hi" and to all those that picked up some art, print or books. Below is a sampling of the art I did for the show, both before and during. I missed taking pictures of most of them so I hope they show up somewhere on the web.







All characters © their respective owners

Looking forward to next year. Onward to HeroesCon in June!

This is Post #2027

MegaCon Advance Sketch List is Open

Big Barda © DC Comics
Anyone know why I have Barda on the header? :)

MegaCon in Orlando, Florida is coming up fast. The dates are March 21, 22, & 23. I will be sharing a table with the one and only Joe Pekar, we will be at table BLUE 7.

MegaCon is my first convention of 2014 and it is time to open up the advance sketch list. I will actually work on this list leading up to the convention. Especially the more complicated pieces. 


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This is a lot to read so email me if you have any questions. Please use the subject line "MegaCon Sketch List". Actually use that subject line please. I have a smart mailbox that separates emails with that subject line in order for me to stay organized. Thanks!

Email: gene_gonzales@mac.com or gene@genegonzales.com

Prices:

Inked sketches: single figure, on 11" x 17" Bristol Board: $50.00

I will only be doing Acrylic pieces at home to bring with me. I don't plan on doing any at the show.

Acrylic/Watercolor: single figure on 11" x 17" (approximate size): 150.00

UPDATE:  I've had a few request for my sketch cover prices:

One character inks: $75

One character color: $100

Two character color: $150

Email me if you have a different request.

Payment: There will be three options for payment:

PayPal: You may pay in advance for your request using PayPal. Please contact me first with your request before you send money.

Credit Card at the Con: I will be accepting major credit cards at the convention. I can use PayPal or Square to accept credit cards. Fast and secure.

Cash: You can pay for the art when you pick it up.

If you were to ask what I prefer, Paypal would be my first preference for payment. It makes it easier to keep track of everything and it helps prioritize the work.

This advance list is only for those attending MegaCon 2014 in person. I do request that if you are on my list and are not going to make it, please let me know. And if possible, please pick up your artwork as soon as you can when you arrive at the convention. Or pay for your spot on the list, whichever applies.

I may ask for reference if I don't know the character or if I can't find it on the web at the show.
You can email me links to references before the show.

An advantage to getting on the list early gives me some time to think about your request(s), bounce ideas around in my head, maybe doodle ideas in my sketchbook, and possibly show up at the con with your finished piece. There is a finite amount of requests I can take. I do not know what that number is because I don't know the requests. So sign up early and often. :)

I am really looking forward to this show. There are so many of you that I only get to see at MegaCon so it really is like hanging out with friends.

If you have any questions about the sketch list, please ask. And even if you are not getting something but will be at the show, please drop by and say "hi".

Other Convention Stuff

I will have other original art at the show, some you have seen here on this blog. I will also be bring prints to the show. There will be three sizes to choose from 8.5" x 11", 11" x 17" and 13" x 19".

I have also found a stash of some of my previous sketchbooks. I will have those at the show as well.

This was a lot of information to cover. If anything is confusing to you, let me know and I will do my best to clarify. And please excuse any typos. :)

Here we go!

MegaCon 2011 - Bat, & Spider, and Wolf, oh my!

Another pair from my MegaCon Sketch List.


Batman © DC Comics
Spider-Man © Marvel Entertainment

Batman vs. Spider-Man. Nuff said. (Well, more to say actually. Batman was the requested winner)

Artwork © 2011 Gene Gonzales

And Red Riding Hood about to smack down the wolf.

I hope you have been keeping up with my Twitter feed to the right of this post to see photos of sketches I am posting from the convention floor. If not, you are missing quite a few.

This show was a lot of fun. There were several people that came up to tell me that they frequent this blog. That was great to hear. Not everyone posts a comment and that's fine. I do see the numbers of visitors on my counter so I know there are more of you out there, but it's nice to put a smiling face to those numbers.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by my table to chat and buy stuff. I love meeting new people and for an artist who is holed up in a studio day in and day out, conventions provide that nice bit of interaction with the outside world. Starbucks does too but that's different.

And thanks to everyone on the advance sketch list. It's nice to walk into a show and have pieces ready for you. You take the mystery and stress out of wondering if travel and convention expenses will be met. It allows me to relax and enjoy the show. And that helps more than you know.

Speaking of advance sketch lists...I will be opening the list for the Pittsburgh ComicCon tomorrow. And there might be another list in the mix too. Check it out tomorrow.

This is Post #1268

MEGACON 2011 - Advance Sketch List Is A Go!


Artwork © 2011 Gene Gonzales


It's that time folks! MegaCon in Orlando, Florida (March 25-27) is my first convention of 2011 and it is time to open up the advance sketch list. I will actually work on this list leading up to the convention. Especially the more complicated pieces. There are a few changes to the process this year so please look over the details provided below :)

Prices:

Inked sketches: single figure, on 11" x 17" Bristol Board: $50.00

Acrylic painted: single figure on 12" x 16" (approximate size): 150.00

Canson pieces: single figure on 11" x 17": 125.00.
(Knowing the character request in advance will allow me to select the right color paper from my files.)

Payment: Here is the big changes this year. There will be three options for payment:

PayPal: You may pay in advance for your request using PayPal. Please contact me first with your request before you send money.

Credit Card at the Con: This is the first year I will be accepting major credit cards at a convention. I have signed up with Square (www.squareup.com) in order to do so. Fast and secure.

Cash: You can pay for the art when you pick it up. I know, cash and carry, how quaint. ;)


Please send your questions and requests with "MegaCon Sketch List" in the subject line of your email. This will really help me keep track of everything.

This advance list is only for those attending MegaCon 2011 in person. I do request that if you are on my list and are not going to make it, please let me know. And if possible, please pick up your artwork as soon as you can when you arrive at the convention. Or pay for your spot on the list, whichever applies.

I may ask for reference if I don't know the character or if I can't find it on the web at the show.
You can email me links to references before the show. I can alway print them out and take them with me if I need to .

An advantage to getting on the list early gives me some time to think about your request(s), bounce ideas around in my head, maybe doodle ideas in my sketchbook, and possibly show up at the con with your finished piece. There is a finite amount of requests I can take. I do not know what that number is because I don't know the requests. So sign up early and often. :)

I will be sharing a table with Joe Pekar again. I believe we are in the same spot as last time (Black section, table 12), but I will confirm that as we get closer to the show. I am really looking forward to this show. There are so many of you that I only get to see at MegaCon so it really is like hanging out with friends.

If you have any questions about the sketch list, please ask. And even if you are not getting something but will be at the show, please drop by and say "hi".

Other Convention Stuff

I will have other original art at the show, some you have seen here on this blog. I will also have my new sketchbook. This book will feature commissions/pin-ups done on color Canson paper. I should have a box of the books in the next week or two. When I do I will post about it.

This was a lot of information to cover. If anything is confusing to you, let me know and I will do my best to clarify. And please excuse any typos. :)

Here we go!

This is Post #1243

HeroesCon 2010 - Post Game Wrap Up

Thanks to Diary of Night writer/creator Will Allred and his trusty scanner that he set up at the convention, we have the last of the sketches done at the show. Thanks again Will!




The top left was requested by Little John. A nice mash up of DCs Emerald Empress and Marvels Ms. Marvel.

Top right: A classic Lois Lane vs Lana Lang cat fight was Royce's request. For some reason that piece gave me trouble from the start. There is always one at every show, and this was it. I had done thumbnails of it at home, did a decent rough, got to the show and started over because it didn't look right. Then I got it right but while inking Lana's hair, I was chatting and not paying attention, I inked part of Lana's hair black. Then I started and finished the last one. Whew!

Middle left is Enchantress for my new friend from the UK, Ashley. Ashley and his buddies are from the UK. I'm happy I got the chance to chat with him and one of his friends for a while.

Middle right is Atuma and Phoenix from Marvel's Atlantis Attacks story line. I am not familiar with the story or the Atuma character, but was giving refs to help me out. The toughest thing about doing this sketch was hearing Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Kindergarten Cop saying "It's not a tumor" in the way only Arnold can say it.

And last but not least, a request from Sandra for Namor and Betty Dean from the 1950s era of Namor's adventures. She said it was an interesting time for the stories. Namor would have suits on half the time and get calls from the Navy or Coast Guard for help. He would change and be on his way. Fun times it would seem! She wanted him in a nice suit with Billy Dean and I was happy to do it.

That's all the sketches from the show. I hope you enjoyed seeing them. Thanks again to everyone who commissioned them and kept me busy and off the streets. :)

This is Post #980

HeroesCon 2010 - Post Game 1

I'm running a little slow today. HeroesCon ended at 6pm yesterday and Joe Pekar and I were on the road by 6:30. We drove a while and then picked up a quick bite to eat and loaded up on Red Bull and Mtn. Dew. Normally I like to drive as non-stop as possible, but there was a need to keep getting more caffeine as the long drive continued. It took 8.5 hours to get Joe home and then another 2 hours of driving for me to get home at 5am. I managed to sleep for a couple of hours and then I had to get started on work. Whew.

But who cares about that??? Let's look at some more sketches!

First up is a Cheshire for Shane. I have to admit that it was Diary of Night writer Will Allred's idea for me to pull out the red acrylic paint for the blood. Good Will Calling. And thanks Shane, glad you liked it.



A thank you to Ben for commissioning Desire, of The Endless. Again with the red paint.



And a Wonder Woman for Leigh rounds out this batch. Thanks Leigh!


As always the show was a lot of fun. Joe Pekar was set up to my left and Big John Beatty and Craig Zablo were to my right. No one was going to mess with our tables with this crew around. :)

The area behind my table became a rest stop for a bunch of nice folks. Of course Will Allred was there, sharing the table. But then we would have Will's lovely wife Stacy and their boys stop by from time to time. Patrick would sit with me for a while and shoot the breeze. Little John and his lovely wife Patricia would hang out from time to time. Patricia and I would talk about old Southern California places we both knew and grew up near. Pat Sun, Super Photog would be around there too when he wasn't documenting the convention. Royce (Yes, Little John, there is a Royce Thrower), his brother Eric dropped by from time to time along with "couch crasher" Anthony. Royce had to stop by quite a bit just to see what version of his sketch I was on. Tracy stopped by a couple of times to visit but his son Logan didn't make it this year. Always great to see Tracy and I hope Logan makes it next year. Erica dropped by to pick up Catman and chat a bit. Though she only dropped by once, it was great to see her.

One of the really cool things this last weekend was my best friend Tom Fleming came to HeroesCon for the first time. This is not Tom Fleming, the artist, but Tom Fleming, comic art fan/dealer and owner of www.fanfare-se.com. He brought along his friend John. I've met John before and it was great to hang out with him and Tom at the show and in the evenings. Tom brought along a stack of  original art from the 1970s DC romance comics and the three of us, along with Patrick, tried to identify the artists. There were no credits on them or in any on-line data base. Almost like a game show.

I know I am forgetting some folks and I apologize. The brain is a terrible thing and mine is gone right now. As soon as Will finishes the drive home to Arkansas and emails me the scans he did of several more sketches, I will post them. So lets all wish Will and his family a safe trip home. :)

So, more tomorrow.

One Important Note: I did a sketch for Chris, whose last name I did not get. I need him to contact me. The sketch I did for him was of Marvel's Valkyrie. I'm hoping he visits this blog but if not, if anyone knows him, ask him to email me. Thanks!

This is Post #977

HeroesCon 2010 - Day Three

Final day of the show folks, and we have three more to share. First two up are Phantom Girl and Wildfire for Michael. I like Michael's taste in Legionnaires! 


And it just wouldn't be a convention without getting the chance to draw my Kryptonian, Supergirl! This one is for Royce!

Thanks to Michael and Royce for the commissions. I will have more to share over the next few days. And I will post more of my thoughts about the show. Thanks to everyone who dropped by my table to say hi. More tomorrow!

This is Post #976

HeroesCon 2010 - Day Two

Three more pieces to share from HeroesCon 2010!

First up for Rick is a Bomb Queen done in mixed media on a sheet of 11" x 17" Red Canson Paper.




Next up is Catman for Erica! This was also done in mixed media on Canson Paper.


And finally we have Dejah Thoris for Rob's sketchbook!
Thanks to Rick, Erica and Rob for the commissions. More tomorrow folks. I have a feeling this could go extra innings!

This is Post #775

HeroesCon 2010 - Day One




Three pieces from HeroesCon today for the Thrower brothers. The Rocket Girl and Lara Croft are for Eric. The Perry White is for Royce. Thanks guys!

All three pieces are ink on 11" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board.

This is Post #974

HeroesCon 2010 - Advance Sketch List



It's that time again. HeroesCon starts in 4 weeks and since I am already getting emails about my sketch list, I figure it's a good time to open it up .

Art and prices:

Inked sketches, single figure, on 11" x 17" Bristol Board: $50.00

Canson color pieces, single figure on 11" x 17": 125.00.
Knowing the character request in advance will allow me to select the right color paper from my files. I may ask for reference if I don't know the character or I can't find it on the web at the show. You can email me links to references before the show. I can alway print them out and take them with me. There is a good chance that I will try to start them before the show. So if you are interested in a Canson color piece let me know as soon as possible so I can get the right color paper if I don't already have it.

Payment:
  • PayPal - This time around I am accepting payment in advance. I understand that carrying around a lot of cash at a show can be difficult, and every show I get a request or two to pay with PayPal. So, if you want to pay in advance, that is fine. Contact me with your request first and I will give you my PayPal account information.
  • Cash - If you would rather pay cash at the show, I am perfectly fine with that. You can pay for the art when you pick it up. I do request that if you are on my list and are not going to make it, please let me know as soon as you can.
  • PayPal at the show - I can accept credit cards at the show if you have a mobile device that allows you to do PayPal payments. (Smart phone, laptop, etc) Someone did this at another show and it worked out quite smoothly. So this is an option as well.

An advantage to getting on the list early gives me some time to think about your request(s), bounce ideas around in my head and maybe even doodle ideas in my sketchbook. I doubt I will get any pieces completed before the show. My workload is pretty heavy and I do have three commissions that need to be done before HeroesCon.

To get on the list or if you have any questions, please contact me at gene_gonzales@mac.com.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the show!


This is Post #942

Pittsburgh Comicon 2010 - Post Show #2

Let's start this off with one last piece from the show. This was done for Matt and he knew that Kitty is one of my favorites to draw. As a matter of fact, I drew Supergirl, Atom Eve and Kitty. All on the top of my list. The show was great just from that alone. The rest is just icing. :)
This part might be boring for those that have heard it first hand but I'm still going to share. The flight up from Tampa to Pittsburgh was good. I had a rental car reserved. Just a compact, but they upgraded me to a really nice sedan at no extra charge. Good start for the weekend. Easy 40 minute drive to the hotel and convention center. Prior to moving to Florida, I lived in Tennessee and would drive to the Pittsburgh ComiCon. I did that for so many years I have learned my way around the area. When I checked in at the hotel, the desk clerk stated that I had a room with two double beds and asked if I was alone. I said yes and he then said they could really use the room because they had so many request for rooms with two beds and that he could upgrade me to a king suite on the penthouse floor at no extra charge. Well, okay, if I have to take a penthouse suite for the price of a regular room, I guess I will. I'm generous to a fault for things like that. Remember these upgrades for when we get to the end of this story.

The convention center is not 50 yards from the hotel so after unpacking I went over and set up. I only missed the first hour and a half. My spot was between Tim Vigil and Moonstone Comics. But in front of me was a 15 foot tall wall of t-shirts. And the thing was two aisles wide. And I was centered on it. I couldn't see any of the convention hall. I spent Friday in that location. In that first day I saw almost everyone I would see for the weekend. I started in on my advance sketch list while chatting away. Attendance seemed low even for a Friday, but then I was only seeing 100 square feet of the hall. Carlos  Lising invited me to join him and a group of people for dinner Friday night but I was exhausted and knew I wouldn't be good company. I had already planned on a Saturday dinner out, knowing that I would be rested. So I had to decline. Good thing too, I grabbed some food to eat in my room and then collapsed.

Woke up Saturday morning, 6am. Had breakfast in the hotel restaurant then went back to my room to work on some sketches before the show. 10am was the start time and I was already well into my list. And speaking of the list, I closed it Friday afternoon because I didn't think I could take anymore requests. Also, on Saturday I moved two spaces down to the end of the aisle. That table wasn't being used and it got me away from the t-shirt wall. Now I could see about 20% of the show. This day was a blur of sketches and catching up with people I only see at conventions. Good times! I did the Quick Sketch fundraiser for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Later a group of us went out for dinner after the show but before the art auction. The group was Brian "Batmite" Jones, his nephew Jordan, Anthony and his wife Jen, and Amanda and her husband Carlos Lising. (I give Amanda top billing here, she deserves it: she knows Nicole Kidman!!! Really!!!) It was a great time. The conversation went all over the place. I have blackmail material on Brian now, I learned that Jordan can switch over from being a nice guy to a killing machine with a trigger word, I learned that Jen is in fact a comic book widow but is very supportive. (Hey, she went to dinner with us! She is almost Saint Jen at this point) That Amanda was born in several different countries (you can tell from her accent) and that you cannot trust any story Carlos tells you but you can get the truth out of him with a spider. Anthony was the tough one to crack. You could tell he has had special ops training in the retention of information. And me, hell, I will tell you anything you want to know. And stuff you might not want to know. I had such a good time with these wonderful folks, I hope that this is the start of a tradition. Thanks again, I hope I wasn't too loud and boisterous to handle. (And I hope I got everyones name right)

Sunday was a quick day. Finished up sketches that I started in my room after dinner. Matt came by to pick up his Kitty Pryde sketch (above). Said goodbye to folks that were leaving. And had to leave at 1pm in order to return the rental car and catch my flight. I was told to expect delays at one of the tunnels on my way to the airport, but no delays at all. More in my favor. Returned the car, cost less than expected because I got back earlier than planned. Checked baggage, went through security and got a late lunch. There was a storm heading towards the Pittsburgh area. A big one. Late afternoon arrival expected. Looked like I was going to get out just in time.

Here's where the universe balances all those sweet upgrades and good times. Can't have the scales tip too much you know. Here is the breakdown. The storm hit 20 minutes before our flight was to leave. Our plane arrived but couldn't come to the gate because we had lightning all around the airport. 30 minutes later, those poor people were allowed to deplane. We boarded and we were off. I think we took off in the eye of the storm because after 30 minutes in the air we were pummeled with turbulence. This slowly got worse. We finally got a break from all the clouds but that was when I noticed we were heading out over the Atlantic. Yup, coastline, water, us. Not the usual flight plan. Shortly after that we started shaking again. We did this for quite a while and then the pilot said the Tampa Airport was shut down because of a massive storm. We were in a holding pattern for sometime before he said we were now heading to Ft. Lauderdale. It was the safe thing to do, no doubt, but we were a flying martini shaker all the way there. Finally landing at 8pm. Two hours after I would have been home. They got the word that Tampa was open so we refueled and headed to the runway. But before taking off, Tampa closed again. We sat on the tarmac for 20 minutes and got the word Tampa was open again. We were off. The flying martini shaker was on it's way. We were told it would be 45 minutes to the gate. Almost an hour and a half later we made it. We had flown in circles. My wife had checked a flight tracker online and found we got to the Tampa area then went around Orlando and back. This was the second and third worse flights for turbulence I had been on. But everyone was safe and we were finally home. The airline broke my suitcase and tore open the box to inspect my banner. But I was home. And 30 minutes after getting home, another storm hit us. Violent thunder and lightning shook the house. But I was home. :)

Again my guess is the universe balanced out some of my good fortune. And that's okay, because I know the scale are still tipped way in my favor anyway. Oh, I forgot to mention, I have a little bit of a fear of flying. I understand the odds of a disastrous end is unlikely, I think it's more of a control issue. I hate being the passenger in a car too.

Thanks to everyone who made the trip memorable in a good way! Renee and her team did another outstanding job of putting on a fun show and treating everyone like family. Let's do it again next year, shall we?

This is Post #932

Pittsburgh Comicon 2010 Advance Sketch List



Announcement #1

It's that time again. The Pittsburgh ComiCon starts in 3 weeks. So I am opening up the Advance Sketch List for the show.

Here's the deal:

Inked sketches, single figure, on 11" x 17" Bristol Board: $50.00

Canson color pieces, single figure on 11" x 17": 125.00.
(Knowing the character request in advance will allow me to select the right color paper from my files) I may ask for reference if I don't know the character or I can't find it on the web at the show. You can email me links to references before the show. I can alway print them out and take them with me. I don't know exactly what art supplies I will be able to bring to the show. So if you are interested in a Canson piece, let me know asap. There is a good chance that I will try to do them before the show. If I can bring everything I need, I will be doing some at the show.

To be on the list, you must be attending the show. Or at least have someone you trust with your cash to pick up the art, pay me, and give you the art. I'm not responsible if the art doesn't reach you. :)

No advance payment. You can pay for the art when you pick it up. I do request that if you are on my list and are not going to make it, please let me know as soon as you can.

An advantage to getting on the list early gives me some time to think about your request(s), bounce ideas around in my head and maybe even doodle ideas in my sketchbook. But I will not get any inked pieces done before the convention. My workload is pretty heavy and I do have three commissions that need to be done before I head to the show.

Announcement #2

I have purchased the software necessary for me to start recording my desktop as I work. I will be trying out a few things and then I hope to start posting the first recording next week. I'm sure about the length or what I will be working on at this point but I will let everyone know the day before it posts. I'm thinking this will be a fun adventure. I've seen others do this and I enjoy watching. I hope I will be articulate enough to make listening interesting as well. And if this goes well enough I would like to do the same thing with my traditional work via a web cam. I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. What would you like to see? What type of work? Digital vs traditional or either is fine? More on this subject later.

This is Post #898

Last MegaCon 2010 Sketches

I have these last two to share from last weekend. I forgot to take pictures of the finished pieces but luckily I have scans that were either sent to me or I got from the CAF site.



The image above was for Dave. He wanted to have a jam piece of the entire Sinister Six on one page of his sketchbook and he asked if I would start it off. And if I would lay it out, providing the groundwork for the next batch of artists. This would make the jam piece have some kind of cohesiveness. So instead of just the six characters standing around I thought up a couple of ideas and this is the one Dave liked. When finished it will be a take off of the classic Giant Size X-Men #1. The scan isn't too clear but the layout has Spidey at the top with his Spidey Sense on overdrive. The villains are ripping through the paper coming at the viewer. After laying out the whole thing, I penciled and inked the Sandman in the foreground. Thanks Dave! I can't wait to see the whole thing completed!

And below is the finished Alice piece I did for Lan. I added a little extra for making him wait. If you remember I posted the image in progress, and left the original on the scanner. Thanks again Lan!



This is Post #882

Alice in Progress


Busy day at MegaCon today. In someways it felt like a Saturday. The crowd was big and the was artwork to do. I kept extremely busy today working on Canson Cuties, one of Magik in her demon form and a Mystique. Picked up another Canson Cutie for tomorrow of Supergirl. And I did a layout in a sketchbook for a jam piece featuring the Sinister Six. Think Giant Size X-Men #1, replace the background figures with Spidey and the six villains bursting forth and you get the idea. I layout out the entire image and finished the Sandman figure. Now it's up to other artists to complete. Meanwhile here is a work in progress of my take on Alice and her favorite stuffed animal. This is being done for Lan.

More tomorrow!

This is Post #876

MEGACON 2010 - Advance Sketch List

It's that time folks! MegaCon in Orlando Florida (March 12-14) is my first convention of 2010. Nice to have that so close to where I live. As I tend to do, I am opening up an advance sketch list. The reason for me to do this is normally for the first couple of hours things can be a bit slow on the first day of the show. Having a list in hand means I don't get bored. :)

Here's the deal:

Inked sketches, single figure, on 11" x 17" Bristol Board: $50.00
Acrylic painted single figure on 12" x 16" (approximate size): 125.00
Canson pieces, single figure on 11" x 17": 125.00.
(Knowing the character requested in advance will allow me to select the right color paper from my files)
I may ask for reference if I don't know the character or I can't find it on the web at the show.
You can email me links to references before the show. I can alway print them out and take them with me.

You must be attending the show. Or at least have someone you trust with your cash to pick up the art, pay me, and give you the art. I'm not responsible if the art doesn't reach you. :)

No advance payment. You can pay for the art when you pick it up. I do request that if you are on my list and are not going to make it, please let me know.

An advantage to getting on the list early gives me some time to think about your request(s), bounce ideas around in my head and maybe even doodle ideas in my sketchbook. But I will not get any pieces done before the convention. My workload is pretty heavy and I do have three commissions that need to be done before I head to the show.

I will be sitting with Joe Pekar in the Black section, table 12. I am really looking forward to this show. There are so many of you that I get to see at MegaCon so it really is like hanging out with friends.

If you have any questions, please ask.

This is Post #864

Pittsburgh Comicon - Post Show #3

These are the last four from the Pittsburgh ComiCon.

First up for Matt, Supergirl in her white t-shirt, hairband costume that was based on the animated version.
Wonder Woman was done for Steve.

Jeff requested a Superwoman from the Crime Syndicate. Don't feel to sorry for young Jimmy Olsen though, I think he is quite happy.


And finally for Lou, we have Courtney Whitmore, aka Star Girl.
There are still more sketches out there from the show that I didn't take pictures of. Maybe we can track some of them down and share them here. Here is a partial list if it helps:

-Guy Gardner for Jeff. This is the same Jeff who got the Superwoman piece.

-Death, from Vertigo, was done for Chris.

-Shadow Lass for Tony. Being a Legion fan, I kick myself for forgetting to shoot this one.

-Persuader for Adam of the Legion of Dudes podcast. Again, Legion fan. Yeesh!

-Hawkgirl for Mike.

-Gwen Stacy for Doug.

It's not much to go on, and I don't get last names most of the time. And for those that I did, I wouldn't post them. But if anyone sees these pieces by me on some forum, let me know and we will try to get them here too.

Thanks again to everyone who dropped by my table to chat, have a few laughs and keep me company. And thanks to everyone who purchased sketches, artwork from my portfolio, prints and my sketchbook. All of you made the weekend great!

Pittsburgh Comicon - Post Show #2

More sketches of your lunch time viewing...

For Matthew, a Power Girl pin up.

For Paul Monsky, writer/publisher Palisades Press and good girl comic VaVaVaVoom, we have Alina.

And for Jordan, (nephew of our own "Batmite", Brian Jones), a mischievous Harley Quinn.

Check back for your dinner helping of the last four sketches from Pittsburgh ComiCon!

Pittsburgh Comicon - Post Show #1

As some of you may know, I spent the last 5 days in Pittsburgh, PA. Three of those days were spent at the Pittsburgh ComiCon, one of my favorite shows to attend. I missed last year because of my workload but was determined to make it this year. And I'm glad I did.

The new venue is terrific and Reneé, Patrick and the crew have made the transition of moving into a new place as seamless as possible. The staff they have are great, attentive and polite. And everything seems to go as smooth as can be. There may be hiccups, but as guest and attendees, we never see it, and that's what is important. So thanks to Reneé, Patrick and all the kind folks at the Pittsburgh ComiCon for making such a great show. I am already looking forward to April when the show moves back to its regular dates!

For me the show is mostly about meeting people. Some may say the sketches are my main thing but really it's the people. I do shows where I only do a couple of sketches and I still have a great time meeting people. One of the highlights of the weekend was seeing old friends, meeting new friends and seeing friends from this blog for the first time or seeing them again, for the first time. :) I have a terrible memory when it comes to remembering names. Faces and the sketches I did for them over the years is easier for me. Maybe because I am a visual person. Either way, from this here blog, it was great to see Gary, Carlos, Brian, Chris, Shane and others I know I am forgetting in my tired state, sorry. There were quite a few people who came up and said they enjoy the blog but don't post because they don't want to sound stupid. (Their word, not mine) I have assured them that they will not sound stupid and the group here is an incredibly friendly one and no one will make them feel bad for asking a question or posting a comment. I'm sure everyone here will agree with that.

Okay, let's get to the artwork. That's why we are here, right? :) I am posting these in batches during the course of the day because Blogger only allows 5 images at a time. So there will be two more posts today to cover the 11 sketches I will share. I did a lot more, but I forgot to snap pictures. Also, I won't be nearly as wordy with the other post today, so don't worry. :)

First up, a Dejah Thoris for Andrew. This is the second sketch I did for Andrew. He also picked up one of my (and Deena's) favorite pieces, the island girl art with the tikis on each side. Thanks Andrew! I enjoyed our conversations as well.

Next is Countessa for Shane. Shane has more than a few of my sketches in his book. It was a shame he was only at the show for the day and was pretty rushed. As always it was good to see you Shane. And thanks!

This Conan was the first sketch that Andrew got from me. I was having a mental block at the show when it came time to do this piece. Just wasn't happening. It wasn't until I was relaxing in my room did it just flow. Thanks again Andrew!


One of the most unique requests I have ever received is next. Tim said he had this in is head for a while. And never approached an artist to do it until now. I know I had a big grin on my face when he explained it. I told him it was going to be a humorous piece, just because of the two different cup sizes these two wear, and he said I could run with it. So for the first time, as far as I know, I present the Composite Power Girl-Batgirl. If you don't know the history, this is a take on the Composite Superman, a villain who was a mix of Superman and Batman but also had all the powers of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Yup, that's right, look it up. :) Thanks Tim!


More later today folks...