I had a good time at LSCC yesterday and picked up some nice commisson pieces.
Batwoman by Josan Gonzalez
Alice (Batwoman Villain) by Sabine Rich
Dredd & Hellboy by Andy Clift
Dr Strange inked by Mark Farmer over a previous Mark Buckingham sketch
Serpentor by Dave Wachter
Moloram by Dave Wachter
Superman punching some beast - Dean Beattie
Overall I had a good time, caught up with some friends and met some new creators. There was only one thing that soured me slightly and that involved a creator refusing to sign a book.
In brief, a friend of mine bought an original page of art from a very big name American artist. He purchased it from the inker of the page and then took it over to the artist (sitting in different parts of the hall) for him to sign. I followed as I had a trade of his work to get signed. When we approached him there was no one queuing. My friend got his page signed and I asked if he could sign my trade. He said no as it was outside his allotted signing schedule. I reminded him that not 5 seconds earlier he had signed my friends page and he said, ‘That’s different, that’s a page of art’. I told him that was no different to me as a fan and he just shrugged his shoulders. Had there have been a big queue then fair enough but the fact no one was around it would have been just as quick for him to do one signature than sayo no.
To sour me on him even more, moments later a fan came over and asked to collect his sketchbook that he had left with ‘big name artist’ the previous day. BNA said he hadn’t got round to it but he would ‘quickly knock it out now’. Great! I’m sure the fan was well pleased that he had to pay a heap of cash and get a quick sketch.
Lastly the inker that was selling BNA pages was approached by BNA’s art representative and told he was selling the pages too cheaply and making BNA look bad (considering he was selling pages from the same book for a lot, lot more). Anyway, rant over.