We are at the start of my fall run of conventions. It’s a little bit less intense than the conventions I took on in the spring. Largely due to that this run of conventions are closer to home. Starting off with Wizard World Chicago and Count-i-con which is basically in my own back yard.
I’ve had some debate about Wizard World Chicago for a while. There were some terrible versions of this convention over the years. Some years I avoided the convention. Some years I hoped it would just end. But at my heart, it’s my home town convention. It’s the first big con I attended as a fan and the first con I attended as an artist. So I feel some obligation to attending. That said, this year was definitely one of the best in recent history. The artist alley had a lot of talented people and some bigger names from the comics world. Added some credibility to what had been a bit skeevy over the last couple years.
Commissions were fun this weekend. I seemed to draw a lot of pairs of ideas. The commissions inspired other commissions. People loved the requested Peggy Carter : Captain America, so they requested one. Likewise with our male romantic commissions.
Thinking more on this year as we get deeper and deeper into it, the more I feel that I need to change things. The fan art has been nice. The prints have been nice. But there is definitely a sensation that people have seen it and have either already have it in their home or have moved on. I still have people excited to see my work at the con. I still love the excitement in their face. But something isn’t the same.
It could be that some of the things that I liked to draw, just aren’t the attraction anymore. Doctor Who was the champ, but people aren’t in love with it as much as when it was Matt or David. I don’t really chase trends. I want to make things that I like and I think are going to last a bit. So I’m not rushing to make something for Stranger Things or Suicide Squad. I avoid a lot of TV shows, with current media changing their casts more often and the roles the actors play on the show. It’s hard to keep up.
Ultimately this driving me to do something I should have already be on the path for. Making more of my own stuff. It’s not the same and it doesn’t perform as well. But I like it and it feels good. I’ve done a few already this year that are all mine, and there is more of a connection for me with them. Also working on new books, new comics for 2017. Changing the plan and what I have to offer. I want to make something great that is going to be a lot of fun. Let’s see if I can do it.