I have survived the Long Beach and had a lot of fun! Met a lot of interesting people and chatted with a few fans.
As said in Clint’s post below, we sat next to Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. I am a huge Amanda Conner fan. A lot of artists tend to have an artist that we look up to for inspiration, I think a lot more women in getting into comics tend to look for it more since comics is a bit of a male dominate field (not including Manga). Mine was Amanda Conner because when you look at a lot of her work, you can’t tell that it’s a woman doing the artwork and many seem surprised to hear that it was done by a woman. Plus she loves working on comedic stories like The Pro that many women might not want to be a part of or get the opportunity to work on because “it might be offensive to women”.
I am very shy, though I am very proud that I got myself to talk to Amanda. I’m not a crazy fan or someone who idolizes someone, but I tend to feel around them like I do around the teachers/college professors I’ve had that I really respected because of their passion in what they were teaching. I’m always more nervous that these people will think I’m not being professional enough or that I’m trying to bite off more than I can chew. That I have to be one of those professional business women that dress in suits, have the “I go to the gym” physic, and draw 24/7. I’m always worried that the people that I respect in the Comic Art community will look at my goofy attitude and say “she’s not serious about being a comic artist, she needs to grow up or give up now!”.
Amanda Conner shattered these worries on Saturday when she came to my table dressed as Leela (from Futurama) and said “How’s my costume!?”. After that I felt more at home than ever before in my witch outfit – which I would have gone more creative with the outfit if I wasn’t so worried what others would think. But that really helped, it also helped that Amanda was so nice and friendly. You always worry that those you look up to will be complete jerks when you really meet them, Amanda Conner was nothing like that.
But enough about my anxieties…
Besides my lucky seating arrangements, I had a great time meeting some of the fans and hearing what some of you had to say about Zombie Ranch. I am sorry for being naturally quiet, but I am a listener. And some of you had some great input that I hope to add to the art in the comic.
Clint talks a little in his blog about an adorable little girl that visited our booth and got her dad to buy her a Cthulhu sketch card that I had done. She was maybe 5 or 6 years old and when she learned the sketch cards were for $1 she took a very animated gasp and said “Dad! It’s only $1!”
After she bought the sketch card she asked what I was going to draw next and I answered “I don’t know”. She then said “You should draw a Monster…eating a little monster!”. Well the little girl never came back, but I did sketch her idea. If I ever have a daughter, I really hope she’s like that little girl – a fan of the monsters and not wanting to be a Disney Princess.