I enjoyed recently discovering the work of Jason Tennant, an artist who recycles the old remains of American chestnut trees into animated animal sculptures.
Check out Dyna Moe’s great collection of illustrations from each episode of the great show “Mad Men.” My favorite episode to date is from season one titled “The Wheel”:
“Nostalgia – it’s delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound.” It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards… it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It lets us travel the way a child travels – around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved.” –Don Draper
Coming this fall from Half Price Books: a “Literary Pets” calendar. Twelve of my dog and cat as famous author portraits will adorn the interior, complete with the accompanying text I wrote for each. A calendar cover was commissioned however the above color cover will be relegated to a sepia version for their final product.
Jeff de Boer is a Calgary-based multi-media artist with an emphasis on metal. He is best known for creating suits of armor for cats and mice. Bring it on, neighborhood dogs!
Continuing the TV themed art from last week, I recently discovered this beautiful print by Tim Doyle using the subject matter of another favorite show, Breaking Bad.
Spike Press is Chicago-based illustrator and designer John Solimine. He sports an amazing collection of poster illustration and design on his site.
Michael Myers creates strong graphic images and wonderful caricatures using a pleasing color palette. The Lost fan in me really enjoys his cast portraits. (Dude.)
Paul Horn, a.k.a. “Cool Jerk” offered great support and advice for our trek to San Diego this year. On top of being an incredibly talented artist with a great sense of humor, he is a seasoned Comic-Con pro with a huge following. Be sure and check out his work and pictures from this year’s San Diego Comic Con Here.
Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich are an artistic duo from Russia. They create amazing paper sculptures and follow up with thoughtful and creative lighting in many cases. Visit their site, People Too for more examples of their craft.
So we’re back in the studio, a.k.a. the real world, after an amazing 5 days in San Diego. So many wonderful experiences and connections happened for us and we’re hoping to make it all happen again in 2011. Our paperwork is in for another Small Press table for next year. I’ll be spending some time over the next day or so compiling the huge stack of new mail list subscribers and following up with some interested parties for a variety of new business connections. We were especially happy with the area that we were in and thankful for getting to know a great selection of talented, helpful and friendly booth neighbors. I managed to record just a few in our immediate area with their info after the break below. We hope to see them all next year.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth to laugh together, visit and purchase!
Expecting Sunday, the last day of the convention, to be a little flat and slow proved to be wrong. Some suggested that since most people attended panels and autograph signings on Saturday, they used the last day to browse and shop the exhibit floor exclusively. Once the doors opened it was practically non-stop till the end of the day at 5. Around mid-morning our booth neighbors at Curio & Co. recommended I visit with Bud Plant at his booth and show him what I had been up to. This proved to be a great idea, as Mr. Plant showed a true interest in my Sinister Simian book and the various card sets I had brought. He purchased my remaining 40 copies of Sinister paperbacks for his catalog and also chose a healthy selection of card sets to sell at some of his future shows. It was a fun and exciting way to round off the week with a productive and energizing last day. Sales continued through the “closing bell” and we bid all of our surrounding booth mates a fond farewell. We signed up for next year’s show and hope to have them as neighbors again!
We ended our last evening with a delicious seafood dinner by the bay.