On August 23rd at 5AM, my family packed up our van and headed for Toronto. Part of the reason was for a short family vacation in the Big Smoke. The other reason was to attend the Fan Expo as an exhibitor in Artist Alley.
We got there okay and I set up my booth. I got to spend a day with each of my three daughters as we manned the booth and try to get some sales.
I am happy to announce that we made enough to cover the table, the hotel, the trip, the food and the ridiculous amount of prints that I made for the event... plus... I got to buy and trade for lots of goodies.
I finally got to meet Bobbi Chiu and Marco Bucci http://www.marcobucci.com/ in person. That was fun. I got a few Bucci prints that will be in our office at the college shortly.
I also met Esad Ribic. His original artwork was incredible. I only wish that I could have afforded an original piece. There were no prints. :(
I also got a chance to meet and talk to Tony Moore https://www.facebook.com/tonymooreillustration , the comic book artist behind the Walking Dead. I got to give him a copy of my book, the Art of Richtoon and my Rick Grimes Print. He gave my daughter Catherine a cool zombie patch. I was hoping to get a Zombie Jaws poster that was excellent. But they were sold out by the time I git there. I did pick up the Michonne poster though. Very happy about that one.
I also met a fantastic artist by the name of Mike Boldt . I really enjoy his prints. I picked up four plus his sketchbook. You can see his work here:
Probably the highlight of the night for me was when I was tidying up the booth on Sunday and I heard. "I really like your stuff, man. It's really good" I turned around to thank the gentleman only to find out it was Aaron Douglas. He is a great actor, mostly known for his work on Battlestar Galactica. I was in shock! I told him how much I liked his character in the show and he said that he was in Toronto shooting Hemlock Grove. I offered him one of my books. And I was on cloud nine for about two hours after that. Here is a picture!! Woo-hoo!!
Aaron even took the time to tweet and email me about the book. What a class act!
I have renewed the table for next August!
I will have to make other posts of all of the stuff I got and the pictures we took.