This past weekend, I had the pleasure of joining 49 other comic book creators at the annual Spring edition of Dan Con, a creator-focused comic book convention held twice a year in Orland Park, IL. The husband and wife hosts, Dan and Amy Royer, have invited me in the past and I’m really kicking myself that this was the first year that I was able to make the show. I can honestly say it was one of the most well-done shows of that size that I have been to! My full write up is after the jump!
I didn’t have much time to spend a lot of money as I was pretty glued to my seat through most of the show, but I did pick up the original graphic novel Chinatown from the Chicago-based Sun Brothers. They had some promo art at their table that I could see from mine and it was so gorgeous that I picked up the book on sight. I also had a nice conversation with the writer Wesley Sun about the value of Kickstarter for young creators and he informed me that he will be on a panel at C2E2 discussing the crowdfunding platform. If you are the show, you should check it out. I also picked up Starpower, an unusual graphic novel about strippers with confidence issues written in the style of Dr. Seuss by writer/artist Sarah Benkin. The premise was so unusual that I had to pick it up. I was not disappointed. Sarah’s high-energy art style and great grasp of rhythm made for a surprisingly poignant read that transcends its unusual premise to deliver a very heartfelt story. It’s obviously for mature readers, but those who don’t mind a naked boob or two should definitely check it out.
|"The King" by Ray Wegner|
I hoped to snag more than a few sketches, but was only able to add two to my collection. I let both artists go in their own direction and they both delivered. The above mentioned Sarah Benkin drew a crazy big-assed dinosaur while my neighbor (and Dear Dinosaur pin-up artist) Ray Wegner drew a killer rendition of his original character The King in or our “art swap.” I drew the main character of Fear Agent for him and had a blast doing so. I was also really psyched to do a sketch for the 4 x 6 Art project--one of the most amazing art collections on the internet! This dude has over 1,000 sketches from an amazing array of artists, now including one from me!
Overall, it was an excellent show and one that I totally recommend for creators in the Chicago-land area. Dan and Amy put on two shows a year, with their next being in September. You should totally check it out.