Thursday, May 30, 2013

2013 MCCC Artist's Alley

My first day at the convention this year, aside form buying this Army man Donatello...


...was spent talking to the artists in the Artist's Alley. For the unfamiliar, independent artists can rent table space at the con to sell their wares and/display their work. I met some really cool people and had great conversations with them about the work that they do.

Below is all of my information gathered, please go check out, and support, the work of these independent artists.

**Click the logos/headers to visit their respective websites.**

(ALL INFORMATION AFTER THE BREAK)




Described to me as all of the coolest things possible, and from what I've seen, that was an apt explaination.

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Sinister Undertone is a publishing company who brought three book to exhibit at the show. Karma, The 7, and Ballad Walker.


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Ron and Jack met at a game store 4-5 years ago, and have been doing monster guides and coloring books ever since.


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The solo effort of the above mentioned Justin Boyd, "A webcomic tat you'll enjoy if you like comics, and things, and stuff!"
He also does Left Handed Toons

Facebook - Twitter

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Painting stylized portraits of beloved characters and the like, this man is living the dream.

Facebook - Tumblr

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Peanut, Puddin 'N' Jelly are kids who decide to become the saviors of the neighbor hood, in Halloween costumes. Hard and Soft Taco uis a twice weekly webcomic about the life of a wrestler.


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Mutant Elf

Steven Myers does a webcomic called "Mutant Elf", whose characters are depicted above. He is also doing a comic version of an unreleased episode of the "Out With Dad" webseries, news to come.

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Doug Dearth is a cartoonist and illustrator for hire. The works presented at the convention were in watercolor, and I can vouch for their quality. He also sculpts war time themed 1:32 miniatures which can be found at orderofbattleminiatures.com


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Andrew Heath is a designer and illustrator with a minimalistic style that I truly love. He has had work commissioned by some national companies, so you may be familiar with him and not even know it.


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For the show Rachel Pitt tweaked her product a bit, offering some pieces with a comic book theme, but her regular work is fantastic and would make excellent additions to any collection, or great gifts for many occasions.


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Ron Jacek is a fan of early sci-fi and fantasy, and his work shows that. Other influences include the art in early Mad Magazine.

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Talk! is the new book from Stephen Burger, it features short graphic stories driven solely by conversation in a comedy/noir style. Also check out White Blanket, illustraed by Stephen.


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Brain child of Ken Krekeler. Ken is also the author/illustrator of a couple books, The Colodin Project and Westward. Aside from books, Ken is also available for story boards, motion media, logo design, and we design.


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I talked to Brian Bradley, editor-in-chief, with Kingdom Comics for a while. Aside from having his own books he is a publisher of other Christian themed comics, 20 to date.


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Mike Bocianowski's book YETS! is about a Chihuahua and a Guinea Pig who go on an adventure and meet wild dragons. Mike also teaches the art of illustration to kids, and information about that can be found here http://teachingtoons.ning.com/

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Chris Moreno

Chris moreno has done a wide variety of things, for a variety of companies and licences. For the convention he was promoting his book Zombie Dickheads. It's a zombie story with a truly unique twist on the theme.


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Dean Stahl

Dean can be found on Deviant Art (linked via his picture) doing full color works centered around comics and pop culture.


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Gavin was showcasing his new book Human City, which is a future dominated by mutants and one man must save a baby that may or may not be the savior of humans. Another book to look for is The Accelerators, being illustrated by Gavin.

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Let's finish with a fellow local podcast, Drunk On Comics! A comic focused show, with all of the trappings of slight deviation from center like any good podcast has.










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