|Life drawing at TRICKSTER 2012|
As a counterpart to the massive pop culture phenomenon that is SDCC, Scott Morse and a bunch of other artists started TRICKSTER, a comics related arts forum. Or hangout, I guess is a better word for it. Set in a downtown bar, TRICKSTER offers creator owned books and art prints for sale, events and panel discussions and a cozy atmosphere to kick back in and talk to like-minded artists and industry people. This year, the event can be found at 795 J Street, San Diego. It's in the ally right next to the stadium.
I went there last night, had a few beers and talked to a bunch of people - even sold one of my books to a guy (Thanks Alan!) who proudly proclaimed that he had contributed a LARGE sum to the Kickstarter campaign for Trickster, his perk being that he was to be killed off in a Steve Niles scripted comic book. The amount of money he paid for this blew my mind, and I immediately offered to kill him off in one of my books for a fifth of that. That offer still stands! I will kill anyone for money!
This morning I went back for a storytelling panel with Pixar artist Scott Morse, writer/editors Sheila Keenan, Scott Allie and Bob Shreck and writer James Robinson. Some good advice on structure, story and plot versus character was given, and also quite a few insights into working with editors and breaking in to the comics industry. TRICKSTER is a much more interesting venue for me than the actual convention, so if you want to buy me a beer, you know where to find me.
If you are looking to buy a Jedi costume this weekend, go to Comic Con. If you're looking for some great creator-owned works and a chat with some amazing artists, go to TRICKSTER.