Monday, June 7, 2010

HeroesCon 2010 - Post Game 1

I'm running a little slow today. HeroesCon ended at 6pm yesterday and Joe Pekar and I were on the road by 6:30. We drove a while and then picked up a quick bite to eat and loaded up on Red Bull and Mtn. Dew. Normally I like to drive as non-stop as possible, but there was a need to keep getting more caffeine as the long drive continued. It took 8.5 hours to get Joe home and then another 2 hours of driving for me to get home at 5am. I managed to sleep for a couple of hours and then I had to get started on work. Whew.

But who cares about that??? Let's look at some more sketches!

First up is a Cheshire for Shane. I have to admit that it was Diary of Night writer Will Allred's idea for me to pull out the red acrylic paint for the blood. Good Will Calling. And thanks Shane, glad you liked it.

A thank you to Ben for commissioning Desire, of The Endless. Again with the red paint.

And a Wonder Woman for Leigh rounds out this batch. Thanks Leigh!

As always the show was a lot of fun. Joe Pekar was set up to my left and Big John Beatty and Craig Zablo were to my right. No one was going to mess with our tables with this crew around. :)

The area behind my table became a rest stop for a bunch of nice folks. Of course Will Allred was there, sharing the table. But then we would have Will's lovely wife Stacy and their boys stop by from time to time. Patrick would sit with me for a while and shoot the breeze. Little John and his lovely wife Patricia would hang out from time to time. Patricia and I would talk about old Southern California places we both knew and grew up near. Pat Sun, Super Photog would be around there too when he wasn't documenting the convention. Royce (Yes, Little John, there is a Royce Thrower), his brother Eric dropped by from time to time along with "couch crasher" Anthony. Royce had to stop by quite a bit just to see what version of his sketch I was on. Tracy stopped by a couple of times to visit but his son Logan didn't make it this year. Always great to see Tracy and I hope Logan makes it next year. Erica dropped by to pick up Catman and chat a bit. Though she only dropped by once, it was great to see her.

One of the really cool things this last weekend was my best friend Tom Fleming came to HeroesCon for the first time. This is not Tom Fleming, the artist, but Tom Fleming, comic art fan/dealer and owner of He brought along his friend John. I've met John before and it was great to hang out with him and Tom at the show and in the evenings. Tom brought along a stack of  original art from the 1970s DC romance comics and the three of us, along with Patrick, tried to identify the artists. There were no credits on them or in any on-line data base. Almost like a game show.

I know I am forgetting some folks and I apologize. The brain is a terrible thing and mine is gone right now. As soon as Will finishes the drive home to Arkansas and emails me the scans he did of several more sketches, I will post them. So lets all wish Will and his family a safe trip home. :)

So, more tomorrow.

One Important Note: I did a sketch for Chris, whose last name I did not get. I need him to contact me. The sketch I did for him was of Marvel's Valkyrie. I'm hoping he visits this blog but if not, if anyone knows him, ask him to email me. Thanks!

This is Post #977


Gary M. Peiffer said...

I really like the way you used the small amouont of red and blue color on the desire. All are great B&W pieces, but for some reason, just a little color makes the Desire piece pop!


erica said...

More wonderful goodness! I especially like Leigh's "Wonder Woman" piece.

I only dropped by once because I didn't want to bug you and I was only there Friday -left at 5, had some catering to do the weekend so had to get back home. Now that I know it's allowed, I promise in the future, I will bug you more!!

Glad you made it home safely, Gene. Thanks again for an awesome Catman commission!!!

Comix Book Gurl said...

those are amazing

Little John said...

Gene, these sketches are fantastic.

(and I still don't believe Royce exists...)

Shane said...

Such great art, all around! However, I am so happy with my Cheshire! What is it about the bad girls...

I watched you work on that Wonder Woman some but didn't know it was for Leigh until she showed it to me at the end of the day! Awesome!

Always great to see you Gene, Thanks for everything!

Patman said...

Great set of con sketches, Gene!

I wished I was around your table more this year as well, but the entire 3 days just sped by so quickly. Before I knew it, it was Sunday afternoon, and everything was winding down. Craziness.

It was good to finally put a face to Royce's name as well. Looking forward to the next Heroes Con already.

Gene Gonzales said...

Thanks Gary!

Erica - Not only allowed but encouraged. :) Leigh seemed pleased with the WW too, thanks!

Thanks Lisa!

Thanks Little John. Santa, Easter Bunny and Royce: All real. Whew, glad we got that straightened out!

Shane, maybe it's because you are a good guy that you like bad girls. :) It was great seeing you again as well especially since I missed you at Pittsburgh.

It was a crazy convention Pat. That show was packed to bursting with top name guests. I'm surprised everyone fit in there. So your photographic talents were needed. Make sure you send me a link to your photos and I will post it here. Great seeing you again!