Wow, the convention center was packed to the gills with incredible costumes. I took photos as quickly as I could and still only captured maybe 10% of the awesomeness. I’m already amped up for next year!
We’re always on the lookout for bears around here. Live bears are great, toy bears are great, but cosplay animatronic toy bears are pure awesome. I don’t each much yogurt, but if it leads to this sort of creativity, I’m on board!
I went up to Tacoma on Saturday for my first visit to Jet City. Great show, much smaller than Rose City, but full of enthusiastic people and almost all of them are independent creators. Everybody had a different angle on publishing, which was fun to hear, and lots of great conversations about making, printing, and selling comics. The cosplay crowd was small but impressive, and I got pics of as many as I could.
This is James Holliday, who asked me to tag him in any posts. He’s got a FB site you can find him on.
As promised, here is Day 2 of the awesome cosplay at the convention. I thought the second day would be a bit less energetic and adventurous, but I was way off. If anything, the cosplayers brought it extra hard-core on Sunday.
In case you missed it, here’s Day 1.
What a blast! It was way more fun to host a table (or “to table” as I learned from the veterans) at a convention than I ever imagined. We met a ton of wonderful people, chatted with industry pros all weekend (all of whom are the nicest people), and we totally SOLD OUT the first print run of Midnight’s Masque! It was lots of work to prep for, but I’ve caught the bug now, and would love to do another one. Thanks to everyone and anyone involved, and to all the fans (old and new) who stopped by our table.
I tried to grab a photo of every cool costume I saw, but it was an overwhelming task. There were just so many! I got a bunch, but if you don’t see yours, rest assured it was only because I couldn’t break away from my table in time. (looking at you, Labyrinth and Dark Crystal peeps, to name a few).
I’m going to post all the Day 1 pics here, then post Day 2 tomorrow. I’ll also tweet all these out. I tried doing that during the event but AT&T *blocked* my data connection after the first 15 or so. That suuuuucked!
Here we go:
(and here’s Day 2)
Special shoutout to my table-neighbor – a 10-year old with her own table filled with her art. Really inspiring to see her enthusiasm (and her tireless mom who helped all weekend).
And now the gallery of rogues…
Lots more pics from Day 2.
July has sailed by and while we were hard at work producing new Midnight’s Masque pages, I didn’t get as many blog posts up as I had hoped (only about 18 short of my goal). So let’s move on to August and get things going with my favorite image from San Diego Comic Con. I didn’t get to go this year, and I don’t know who took this photo, but it’s from one of my favorite movies and far too awesome to not share. Kudos to the person who put this much effort into it!
Masks have been around for a long, long, long time. Probably even before this piece of ancient history, identified as the oldest mask ever discovered. Approximately nine-thousand years old, made of stone, and looks wearable still today. It even looks jovial, leading one to wonder what sort of parties were going on in those days.
Masks have always been intriguing to me, especially the masquerade, harlequin, and jester variety. Sometimes they are elaborate creations of feathers and beads, and sometimes they are simply a cool paint job on a canvas. This is one of the latter I found randomly in a store that sold no other masks. Perhaps a creation of the proprietor? Or his child’s? Or his former college roommate’s ex-girlfriend’s cousin? The mysteries abound!