It’s happening THIS WEEKEND at the MN State Fairgrounds. SPRINGCON! One of my favorite shows of the year (partly because of the fun and partly because it’s only a couple hours away from me, no flights needed to attend!)
I’ll be there both days, Saturday and Sunday the 18th and 19th. I’ll be sketching, signing, and chatting! No panels this year, so you will quite easily find me at my table.
But there are many, many others to see. The guest list is here:
But allow me to make a few recommendations of folks to say hello to — these are pals, folks who might actually recognize my name if you say it was me who pointed you in their direction, even if they don’t admit it right away. I like to shill for my pals, especially alphabetically:
Erik Evensen - I met Erik (who spells his name properly, by the way, and he noticed the same about me) at last year’s Springcon, where I picked up his complete adaptation of Norse myth, the Xeric-winng GODS OF ASGARD. He’ll have that AND The Beast of Wolfe’s Bay (a sasquatch-fueled interpretation of Beowulf) at this year’s show. Find him, buy those books, and maybe pick up one of his super-keen prints.
Mitch Gerads - You may have seen his work on Doctor Who, but he’s better known for his stunning sequentials (and colors) on the military thriller THE ACTIVITY (written by Nathan Edmondson.) Pick up some of the Activity (the first two volumes are awesome) and perhaps some original art. While you’re at his table, congratulate Mitch on his recent engagement. (And then switch to nervous small-talk about sidecars while he sketches for you.)
Phil Hester - Already phamous phor an assortment of Big Two work (as both writer and penciller.) Go thank Phil for the genius that was Firebreather.
Christopher Jones - He’s the anomaly on the list: despite attending many MN cons, we’ve never actually met! But if you’ve seen any of his fantastic artwork (the sequentials in Young Justice or The Batman Strikes or his AMAZING Doctor Who illos) you’ve gotta make time to tell him so, and perhaps pick up a print or two. (May I recommend Bill and Ted vs. the Daleks? Because it’s genius, is why.) And make sure to follow Chris on Twitter or Tumblr under christopherjonesart to witness another art form he’s mastered: rapport with fans.
Tom Nguyen - An inking madman whose instructional books are both helpful and hilarious, stop by his table and learn from him.
Gordon Purcell - I’m just going to call Gordon the Admiral; he’s drawn superheroes, sure, but he’s also had his hand in almost every iteration of Star Trek, and he’s got an insane ability to convey the likenesses of the actors that portrayed the characters. DO NOT challenge this man to trivia. You’ll lose.
Brent Schoonover - And Mr. Schoonover, whose style is so crisp and clean it’s like a clip art program where the art isn’t embarrassing. But seriously, he once drew Fin Fang Foom as Prince circa Purple Rain, and recently did an issue of Hoax Hunters, another of my favorite monthlies. This man can draw anything, but put him up to an unconventional subject and watch him sing. (Well, his art sings. I cannot confirm whether he actually sings himself.)
There are many others to see - new guests, big two writers and artists, etc. etc. But I want to point these gents out, because otherwise this would have been a really short post.
See you all this weekend!