Hey, everyone! If you happen to be in my neck of the woods, you may have heard on May 30th, Spokane was host to its annual comic convention, the Lilac City Comicon! It was formerly known as Spokane Comicon and had been run inside of Spokane Community College. This year the convention was moved into the newer Spokane Convention Center and was a great upgrade from years past.
This years headline guests included the original Mighty Morphing Red Ranger himself Steve Cardenas, artist for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and All-New X-Men, David Marquez as well as artist Scott Koblish, special guest Rayce Bird and many more! It was awesome to see the people that are affiliated with the big time of comics and media, but it was really great to meet and support local artists, see some pretty great cosplays, and have a good time. I was glad to see I wasn’t the only jedi in attendance, as my friend Madeline of Artificial Artifacts was also there, and she is the one responsible for my jedi tunic.
My “to do” list at cons always includes speaking with artists and their tables and possibly buying artwork or a commission. Perhaps it’s the drive to one day be in the same place at my own table, but every conversation leaves a smile on face. Being dressed like a jedi tends to be a good ice breaker too.
One of the artists that I spoke with is Laura Neubert. The first thing you need to know about Laura is that she is cool. She didn’t look at me like I was crazy when I stopped by her table with a lit lightsaber and I watched her draw. She’s also a fan of The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, as well as being a kick ass artist. You should check out the art on her portfolio because there’s no such thing as too much good art. If it wasn’t cool enough speaking with a friendly artist, I was able to commission two items from Laura of two really awesome characters: Toph, and Obi-wan Kenobi.
Once I receive those pieces, I’ll be sure to share with you all!
I also had the pleasure of meeting Amanda Todd of Panduh Ink who was up to her eyes in awesome custom pins, key chains, and prints. It wouldn’t have been right to not purchase some Evee-lution pins and a Baymax print.
Lars Brown’s table caught my eye as his eyes caught my lightsaber which resulted in a beneficial trade. Lars is the writer and artist behind the Penultimate Quest. Needless to say I was leaving Lars’s table with the first book of Penultimate Quest, and I still got to keep my lightsaber!
The fourth artist I had the pleasure of meeting is Shannon Potratz of Folklore Forge. I was directed his way by a friend who has had the pleasure of working with him on projects, and I can see why! Shannon’s art is amazing and definitely what you think of when you say the word “comics.” If you ever have the chance to meet him at future cons I suggest you do!
One of the last artists I met is responsible for Lilac City Comicon’s mascot, Sprocket the Comic-Cat! That man is none other than Matt Brazee. Matt is responsible for the new logo seen on Lilac City Comicon’s website as well as this really cool print in honor of special guest Steve Cardenas! Check out some of Matt’s work here.
As you may have noticed, I love talking with artists. Lilac City Comicon was no exception. I always suggest supporting your local cons and your local comic book shops and your local artists! Going to a con is a great way to do all three! Be sure to keep this in mind for next year because it can only get better and better!