After my second year participating in APE I feel I am settling in to the Art Community of San Francisco. I was lucky enough to have a table right next to my friend Emma SanCartier with OddFauna. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our tables and supported us. It was wonderful reconnecting with friends and fans alike. I also appreciate the patience whenever my table helper, Candice Lucado, or I were attending to the one of the two little ones that joined us behind the booth. We were the baby table and the specimen babies on the table made that even more odd.
The time between last year’s APE and this year’s was chock full of family stuff. It was great to pull my art life back together and dive back in. This was my first con having a whole table to myself. I feel I connected with more fans than ever before but, now fueled by that support, I need move into my next stage of growth. Over the weekend my table went through some edits, fan art went away and what was left was the Animals in Alphabet and the Specimens. Hopefully there is a way for these two branches of myself to work together on one table. However, whether or not that can happen is the biggest question I have to answer. With the show behind me I’m going to hunker down at my desk and see what solutions present themselves.
Now for the newest editions to the Octo-Puss in Boots book!
Jose A. Moreno
Thank you for all of these wonderful new additions!
See you all next year at APE 2014.
Finally coming to you with my recap on Alternative Press Expo, San Francisco.
What a phenomenal show. I was amazed at the level of talent at this show. I left feeling totally energized and wanting to make art. That is how I want to leave every con. Matt, Lucien and I had a wonderful time and met a lot of new friends. (Lucien decided he wanted to come dressed a Leonardo for day two.) The support and friendly attitudes of the exhibitors was infectious. Even though it was my first time participating I felt welcomed. Emma SanCartier was gracious and helped me with my tabling duties so I could get lunch and short breaks.
My table neighbors were wonderful. Justin Thompson with Mythtickle, Brian Klom with Atomic Bear Press and just a table over was Bill Robinson. Bill and I both attended RIT and were Art House members. It has been a few years since we were in touch; we had a great time catching up. He was kind enough to make us an Octo-Puss in Boots.
And of course we have even more new Octo-Puss in Boots! Thank you all for contributing we love these new additions.
Alina Chau with Immedium
Erica Sirotich – Cuddlefish Press
Brett 2D Bean
It truly was an honor and pleasure to meet all of you and chat as you created these beautiful sketches for us! I look forward to seeing you at future shows.
Finally a big thank you to Cody Williams for his Yeti! Yeti watches me while I work and keeps me on task. We have been partying since he arrived though; we only decided I should do work today. Hence my delay in posting my APE recap.
Cody Williams – Yetis & Friends
On a different topic I have contributed art to Elana K. Arnold for her new book Sacred. There will be an art show celebrating the launch of the book. See her blog post about my piece!
A couple of weekends ago now–moving in caused some major disruptions in my schedule–I got to hang out with my friend Miguel Angel Cardona. We met in college and have reconnected this summer since we are both in the Bay Area. It has been great to hang out and sketch together.
The last time we visited he was kind enough to add an Octo-Puss In Boots to our book!
Miggi doesn’t consider himself an illustrator but, I think that is clearly a part of him. We are so happy to have his work as part of the Octo-Puss in Boots book.
It was great to get to sit, sketch, have coffee, and chat with a friend. I enjoyed the working together element, as we sketched we almost challenged each other to get more and more creative. I hope we can continue our sketch meet ups! Check out his recent coffee cups project.
On another note, we have moved into our permanent place in San Jose. We are almost all set up and a day to day schedule for time to draw should be falling into place soon. Hopefully this also means my regularly scheduled blogging will begin again. I’m clearly not as organized as some bloggers. Since, I didn’t set up automatic posting during the time I couldn’t ensure a weekly update. Maybe that will be a future goal! Pictures of the new studio to come, it’s not completely decorated yet, probably by next week. Until then.
MeCAF is such a nice convention. It was low key and pleasant and offered great meet-up opportunities for all the creatives involved. A huge thank you to Rick Lowell for all that he did and for bringing together such a fabulous show! And big thank you to my table mate Michael Rapa! It was good sharing space with you.
Rock on for Casablanca Comics!
Here are the Octo-Pus in Boots collected throughout the day, and one from MICE.
(actually done at MICE! but I hadn’t started taking pictures yet)
It has also happened again, I got a submission from Dave Roman as well but, no picture! I will have to find him at another convention.
It was a great weekend and it continues as we read through the haul we brought home:
I want to give a shout out to Elenore Toczynski loving her books!
Sorry for my delay in writing up what happened at MoCCA. I have just been so busy reading all of the comics I got while there!
I had a great time at MoCCA. My table mates Ellen T. Crenshaw, Shanon Weltman and Ray Jones, were phenomenal and we made great friends with our neighbor Jonathan Baylis.
The list of incredible artists we made connections with is mind boggling. MoCCAFest and Drink and Draw Like a Lady created wonderful atmospheres for us to be able to share and chat about our art and get it in front of our fans. A couple of folks that I didn’t get Octo-Pus in Boots from this year but, was very happy to see again were Laura Lee, Jannie Ho, Doreen Marts, Becky Munich, Gareth Hinds, Stephanie Yue, Colleen AF Venable and Emma SanCartier.
And then the artists that I chatted with featured with their contributions of Octo-Pus in Boots!
Ellen T. Crenshaw
Braden D. Lamb
Joel Christian Gill
Thank you all of contributing! I love every entry.
This weekend at NESCBWI Conference ’12 was incredible. I had a wonderful time visiting with everyone. Reconnecting with old friends and getting to meet a few folks face to face for the first time after being long time twitter friends.
Some of these wonderful people kindly gave me their interpretations of Octo-Pus in Boots check out the contributions received at this conference!
Andy J. Smith
Jane Yolen decided she needed to show the illustrators how it’s done. She broke in with a poem about Octo-Pus in Boots.
Jennifer E. Morris
Thank you everyone who drew and Octo-Pus in Boots for me! I love them all. You rock!
Next time I will be sure to bring a better camera than my phone.
The community of kid lit illustrators in New England has always impressed me and warmed my heart. Everyone is so helpful to each other with fantastic support.
This past weekend I was very happy to be able to help with The River’s Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash! near Northampton.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the main force behind bringing in Children’s Book folks for the Meltdown 2012. This year he called in illustrators to help the event through a Sketch-a-Thon. For each sketch, a donation was given to a local library in need.
Here is me working on a caricature of a family.
I took the hot seat after Eric Wight, whom I requested an Octo-Pus in Boots from:
And what a treat Lisa Yee was in town! I grabbed one of her cards because it is just so cool to have a photo of Peep!
In between bands, authors and illustrators took the stage to read their books, including, Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, John Bemelmans Marciano and everyone above mentioned! It was the perfect event for families. We had a great day at the Meltdown.
Also just a little over 1 day more of my sale going on at Fab.com Get them while the sale lasts!