I threw down a challenge to Jonathan when we were at ACE in October. “Draw a …. cowboy!” This is mine.
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Man, if you’re ever a featured cartoonists at one of John Tompkin’s library mini-cons, when it’s all over, make sure to demand a commemorative t-shirt letting people know you survived that thing. Geez, it’s a marathon, a gauntlet, a crazy test of endurance to see just how much you can draw before your wrist seizes up and your brains turn to jelly. A few years ago I had looked on with envy as Brandon, Rich, Herc, Tom and John drew their ever lovin’ hearts out at this event and I was eager to test my mettle in the Union West Library last Friday. I was prepared to be grilled by the most extreme and demanding audience of art critics on the planet: little kids.
The mini-con is designed as a free event that allows small fries to get up close and personal with artists and make demands for sketches. Artists who are sane and want to stay that way generally limit what things they will draw for the peanut butter slathered masses to a small handful of choices. But foolhardy risk seekers like me will put up a sign that says “I Will Draw ANYTHING You Want for FREE”. Oh man, did those kids bring the pain. I drew, no exaggeration here, for 4 hours straight. I ran the ink out of my Pentel Brush Pen. My iPhone died on me after looking up mulitple dozens of reference pictures. It was rapturous.
When I got home I made a list of all the drawings I could remember and it totaled 38, although I’m certain I’m forgetting a few. I drew Pokemons, Dragon Ball dudes, Transformers, Spidermen, Darth Vaders, bunnies, monkeys, princesses, Spongebobs and all the Adventure Time characters I could con the kids into choosing. It was an amazing test for me to see how quickly and accurately I could draw this stuff and I’m pretty pleased with myself that most all of the kids left my table happy with their drawings.
I wasn’t able to take pictures of the stuff I produced but I did make some scans of some model sheets that I took with me to demonstrate to the children what kind of drawings they could expect. (And, also, I won’t lie, to try and sway their little decision makers into choosing stuff I wanted to and liked to draw, that being Adventure Time and Spongebob characters.) So, below are the examples I presented the kids. I really want to thank John for inviting me to this event, I had a super good time doing all that sketchin’.
The 2012 Sketch Charlotte will make its debut this weekend at FCBD! 24 pages of all new, all original material from members of SC. The best part is that copies will be free while they last! Contributors include Stan Ford, Herc Petmezas, Henry Eudy, Joseph Mitchell Jr., Adam Bastuscheck, Jeremy Brooks, Rico Renzi and Brandon Padgett with an introduction by Seth Peagler. Be sure to stop by Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in Charlotte, NC or Borderlands Comics & Games in Greenville, SC to get your copy on Saturday!
Speaking of FCBD, several members of Sketch Charlotte will be participating in this year’s event!
Here’s where we’ll be:
Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find – 1957 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204 – (704) 375-7462
Guests include: Bridgit Scheide, Chris Brunner, Jason Latour, Herc Petmezas, Brandon Padgett
Borderlands Comics & Games – 1434 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607 (864) 235-3488
Guests include: Stan Ford
Hope to see you there!
Here are a couple of sketches that I did for the kids on Friday at the Union County Library Con in Indian Trail, NC. Thanks to John Tompkins and the folks at the Library for inviting me. It was a lot of fun.
You can see all my sketches over at my blog: http://www.richbarrett.com/2010/06/26/the-union-county-library-con/
Just remembered I hadn’t posted this one, as I’ve been in prep-mode for Heroes Con 2010, where I’ll be exhibiting. Wonder Woman is great fun to draw.
This past weekend an abbreviated Sketch Charlotte crew (Rich Barrett, Tom Davidson and Eraklis Petmezas) appeared at the Charlotte Comic-Con. It was a fun day of selling mini-comics and being surrounded by other local artists like Area 51 Comics and Bitter Tea Studios.
Tom and Herc each sold a good bunch of their various comics. I was making my first ever con appearance with my freshly printed first issue of my webcomic Nathan Sorry.
The best part of the day though was when my two biggest fans showed up wearing surprise Nathan Sorry t-shirts.
If you’re in Charlotte this coming Sunday, Dec 27th and you like comics, stop by the Charlotte Comic Con at the Crowne Plaza Hotel from 10am to 4pm and see Sketch Charlotte members Tom Davidson, Eraklis Petmezas and Rich Barrett. All three will be selling their mini-comics and doing sketches. Plus there will be other local comic artists like Andy Smith, Al Bigley and more.
Check out Charlottecomicon.com for more info.
Hickory Con Fun
by Matt Starnes
Last Saturday Sketch Charlotte members Tom, John, Herc, Diego, and myself made the 45 minute drive to Hickory, NC. Never heard of Hickory? Well, it is most known for furniture. Yep, furniture. They make and sell a ton of furniture. We decided to add comic books to Hickory’s fame.
The convention organizers Tim and Eddie were nice and had Sketch Charlotte set up in a nice spot near the middle of the con. We were told the convention would draw about 500 to 600 people. The consensus among the artists, writers, and retailers I spoke with estimated less than those numbers but we had a great time.
Hickory Con was our first con as a group so it was practice run. Things we need for next time are: a banner, business cards, and a group bio sheet so people can find out more about us.
Here goes a shout out to 803 studios and artist Buddy Price.
About half the floor was devoted to Naruto Card gaming. The rest of the con was heavy on golden and silver age comics. There were a few creators and studios and even some newer comics being sold but not a lot.
I feel the convention was a good bonding experience for us. A special thanks to Herc for driving the group to the con. We had a blast joking in the car.
I hope we can go to many more cons in the future.
Here’s a link to Time Tunnel Comics http://www.timetunnelcomics.com/ and the Hickory Con http://www.hickorycon.com/. It looks like there will be another Hickory Con Saturday, March 31.
Upcoming conventions: Greenville, SC in October and Charlotte, NC in November.
Do you know of any more upcoming conventions? Let us know.
Artist Diego Jourdan and Writer Matt Starnes were apprehended by The Empire at the Hickory Con 2006.
Tom, John, Herc, Diego, and Matt all attended the Hickory Con on Saturday September 23. We all had a great time. Hopefully we will have some more pictures posted in the next day or two.
Special thanks to Tim and Eddie for hosting the show and giving us a table in a good location.
John DaCosta did a great Star Wars Biker Scout sketch for…well a Star Wars Biker Scout.
Shout out to the 501 st Troup of Imperial dudes and dudettes. These folks volunteer and help with charities.
Here’s a pic of me (Matt Starnes) with Darth Vader at the Hickory Con.