Tuesday, August 5, 2008
San Diego Comic Con 2008
Ryan Gitter, Stormtrooper Elvis & comic book cover artist extraordinaire, Adam Hughes
Famed painter, illustrator and all around great guy Greg Spalenka with Kassandra Heller & Chris Houghton
Rachael Olek, Sherrie Savage & Christina Harper on Preview Night
Dave Boyle & Lori Watson at the CCS booth
Ryan Gitter, Lauren Moyer, Chris Antoin, Dave Swartz & Lance Red
Scott Daly, Wes Eggebrecht & Matt Byle
Angie Lai, Mike Roll & Scott Bogoniewski
Wes Eggebrecht, Scott Daly, Matt Byle, Mike Roll & Jay Shuster
It's hard to believe it's been over a week since I got back from the San Diego Comic Convention. This year has been exceptionally good for the simple reason that we had over 50+ students, recent alums, and older alums attending on their own dime. Many of my current students and the recent alums attending for the very first time got a chance to sit in on panel discussions, attend seminars, meet their heroes, have their portfolios reviewed, and buy cool swag. On Saturday we had an alumni get together at the Rock Bottom Brewery which was attended by plenty more CCS folks & guests.
In so many ways it was sensory overload, a marathon of the senses, and a great time to be had by all. And as grueling as this event is to do every year, I'm buoyed by my students' raw enthusiasm and excitement at this event. I think it's a great way to introducing them to the business, their possibilities, their peers, and a chance to see where they fit into it all.
Like Steven Guarnaccia, the chairperson of Parsons Illustration program so eloquently said of the Comic Con- "it's the future of Illustration". After seeing my students do so well promoting not only themselves, but the school- I'm so inclined to agree.