As I was getting ready to leave the con, one of Collin’s characters caught my eye. When I paused at the table, he looked up from his sketch (the first time an artist had acknowledged my presence all day) to introduce himself and his comic.I left the table feeling much better about the con…and happily spent the train ride home reading two of out the three Bullfinch comics I bought. When I arrived home I began to reread his comic starting from the beginning (an archive of the webcomic is online) and have had a special place in my heart for Bullfinch and webcomics ever since.
Flash forward to this year. Two weeks ago I noticed that one of my favorite webcomic artists, Danielle Corsetto – author of Girls with Slingshots was going to have a table at the Baltimore Comic Con. Determined not to repeat my experience with the Philadelphia Comic Con, the night before (hello procrastination) I looked up each artist that was going to be in Artist Alley.
While I have not been able to read all of their works from beginning to end, the following are some of the incredibly talented artists I had the pleasure of meeting this year at the Baltimore Comic Con:
Warning: While the language is appropriate for the situations – be forewarned that if you are easily offended by cursing…think twice before clicking on any of the links below. Thanks!
Danielle Corsetto, creator of Girls with Slingshots (For those that don’t know, Girls with Slingshots is a comic that tickles your funny bone and is better than chocolate (and you know how important chocolate is). If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself: http://www.girlswithslingshots.com.)
F.Lee, creator of Wolf Wears Wool (A beautiful web comic I’m only just beginning to read but already falling in love with. Her art practically flows off the page sweeping you off your feet and into the story.You can check out her stunning art here: http://www.wolfwearswool.com/?p=49)
Jamie Noguchi, creator of Back to the Grind – (If you’ve worked in an office you're either going to love this because it’s funny…or hate it because you’ll be getting flashbacks of your own job. Interested? Read the comic here: http://ypcomic.com/2010/02/01/good-morning-to-you-too/.)
Cari Corene, creator of Toilet Genie. (I know it sounds gross…but really her art is stunning. Check it out for yourself at: http://www.storyofthedoor.com/)
Ian Struckhoff, writer of The Deathlings and creator of Black Label Comics (according to the website there is a plan to do a The Deathlings webcomic – oooo I hope so!)
Tressa Bowling, creator of HATEINK (This comic cracks me up because I think I’m shouted most of the text at one time or another…and I’m thinking you have too. Her webcomic can be viewed here: http://hateink.blogspot.com)
|Kori Michele Hanwerker|
Kori Michele Hanwerker, creator of Prince of Cats (You can check out her webcomic here: http://princeofcats.thecomicstrip.org/comics/first)
David Petersen, creator of hugely popular Mouse Guard. (The stories and art are simply spectacular. I dare you to just try and not get lost in the intricate world he created.)
Nick Davis, author of The Wonder Tales and creator of A Teddy Bear Tale. (While I haven’t finished reading the Wonder Tales, I am already entranced by the marvelous tales he spins …all beginning with four magic words, “Once upon a time…")
Gene Ha, artist for the Worley & the Mink story found in Mouse Guard Legends of the Guard and lot of other works with DC Comics.
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Todd Dezago & Craig Rousseau, creators of The Perhapanauts. (Craig Rousseau is also the author and artist responsible for the The Lion and The Mouse story found in the Mouse Guard Legends of the Guard.)
Lesson 1: If you get so excited that your hands shake take a few deep breaths and extra pictures (as a few are likely to be blurry).
Lesson 2: When you take pictures in low light enlarge the photos on your view screen to make sure that your subject is what is in focus…rather than your background.
Lesson 3: There are times when you have to work with the pictures you have even if they are blurry. (In this case…I may have gotten a bit over excited and had too many pictures that either was out of focus or a tad blurry…hence the Photoshop fun with cutout filter.) Oh well…it’s a learning experience.