July 30, 2012

Treasures I found at Comic-Con

One of my favorites part of any convention is wandering through the Small Press and Artists' Alley aisles looking for books and art that make me smile. Sometimes it means visiting artists I know and admire again and again, and sometimes it means stumbling across new people and stories. It makes my convention when I get to do both of those things, and though my free time was limited at Comic-Con, I managed to achieve both. Maybe some of these things will make you smile, too:

Gwendolyn and the Underworld by Ian Samuels and Bill Robinson is a delightful story about a little girl who is a Pet Reaper and wants to solve the mystery of her Overworld life. The art is smack-you-in-the-face pretty, and Gwendolyn has all kinds of spunk. I enjoyed reading along with her story.

- Sawdust Bear sells hand-sculpted specimens that are wacky and awesome. The designs are always neat, and artist Shing Yin Khor paints her creations with neat colors and textures. Seriously. She's got skills, and she's one of the sweetest artists/people I've ever met.

- Beastlies also fall into the category of hand-sculpted adorable things I need to own. Each little monster has its own quirks, and I'd guess that no two are exactly alike. I had a very hard time choosing which one to bring home with me.

- Wayfarer's Moon by Jason Janicki and Leigh Kellogg is a high fantasy graphic novel that follows the story of two memorable ladies, Iri and Lily. I'm only a quarter of the way through this book so far, but I'm really enjoying it!

- Gronk and mini art by Katie Cook! It wouldn't be Comic-Con if I didn't come home with some new mini art by Katie. This time I got an archer-ific (yeah, I just did that) trio of Hawkeye, Katniss, and Merida. I also got volume two of her freaking adorable webcomic Gronk.

Last but very far from least, I picked up a sketchbook and print from Grant Gould. I really dig his art style, and my collection of his work just keeps growing. I had a hard time choosing, but I ended up with a Game of Thrones print.

I would have liked to spend more time in Artists' Alley, but it might be best for my wallet that I didn't.

Have you found any treasures in Small Press/Artists' Alley recently? Tell me about them!

3 comments:

  1. Gwendolyn and the Underworld looks like an interesting book from the cover art - I will look it up and see about getting it for my son.

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  2. I met Katie Cook when she was here in Calgary earlier this year! She did a custom sketch for me - a grey Jedi kitten with a blue lightsaber. I was totally thrilled. :) Must get around to framing it...

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  3. @Natasha - I highly recommend it!

    @MichelleH - Doesn't she do amazing work? I have way too many of her mini sketches. They also make terrific gifts. :D

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