I’m going to try and get as many posts out of this convention as I can. That way it’s like it never ended. That’s how it works right? One of the best parts of C2E2 is Artist Alley. They always do a great job of getting big names but finding room for the smaller artists as well. It really is a nice mix and you can find something for everyone. When I checked the list out I saw a few names that jumped out at me like Phil Noto and Skottie Young. I’ve always wanted a Skottie and it can be a real bitch getting on his sketch list. He fills up quickly, as you’d expect. I saw Noto post his prices on Twitter leading up to the con and quickly scratched him off my list as my pockets weren’t that deep. Not to mention he was only doing 5 spots a day and I was sure I couldn’t make it to his table in time. This year, I went with a VIP pass and one of the perks was a separate queue line. While we didn’t get into the show early, we were the first people allowed onto the floor. Those few moments really make a difference when you’re trying to secure a spot on a sketch list. I rushed over to Skottie and was one of the first few people in his line. I was beyond excited. I was still nervous but once I heard that everyone was only allowed one sketch, and that a group of guys in front of me were just getting signatures, I knew I was in! Of course now came the hard part of picking a character but I went with a Baby Winter Soldier. I mean, it’s Skottie. You almost have to get a Baby. Plus it’s hilarious to hear him ask “Baby or Regular?” when people are telling him what they’d like.
Adorable right? He was very affordable too at $100. I was honestly expecting more. Now I can check this off my comic con wishlist! Now, I mentioned Phil Noto earlier. I had kind of crossed him off my list for C2E2 because of the price and number of spots. Well, luck would have it that he was doing a signing at the Marvel booth. I brought my Hawkeye variant to get signed and figured might as well try for a quick sketch. While waiting in line one of the booth guys was going on about no sketches but I pretty much ignored him, as did everyone else in the line! Plus there’s a difference in asking for something quick and being That Guy who wanted a detailed sketch with a million colors. After he signed my comic I asked if I could get a quick Hawkguy and he said of course!
This was done in less than 5 minutes. I’m not even sure it took that long to be honest. I love it. It’s perfect and I want to cry. While I’d love to get a full commission from him, I’m beyond happy with this for now. Of course I wasn’t done though! After I got my book back from Skottie, I dropped it off with Kate Carleton for a Man Bun Bucky.
It’s everything I’ve ever wanted. I love that he has a coffee too. It’s like Hipster Bucky and I’m here for it. Then I noticed the artist to next her, Danielle Gransaull. Her artwork featured cute Roller Derby versions of characters and I knew right away that I needed a RD Peggy.
Isn’t she just too cute? I was actually really interested to see which way she went with it, since Peggy only has a handful of memorable outfits. I love her hair too and her little tattoos. I then finished off my sketches for the show by getting a Hawkeye Pupper by Naomi Romero. She even included a tiny dog on his nose, like Ant-Man!
I seriously just can’t with how adorable it turned out. It just goes to show there really is something for everyone in Artist Alley. If you can’t find something that tickles your pickle, then it’s you and not them. Some how though I didn’t have the time to get anything done by Michael Duron, who’s someone I always try and get something from. I even had the perfect idea for him. I might see if I can send my book to him and do it that way. Oh and I did grab a print from Phil Noto and a pack of Hawkeye postcards from Annie Wu. I told her I loved her hair too, and she told me she liked my hair. Life complete.
Oh and FYI, expect a post later this week (or early next) that goes more into my sketchbook. I’m going to be sharing all my artwork and recommending a book for anyone interested.