JOHN BEATTY http://johnbeattyart.com comic art Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:33:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 FLORIDA SUPER CON 2015 – SECRET WARS REUNION TOUR: SHOOTER-ZECK-BEATTY http://johnbeattyart.com/florida-super-con-2015-secret-wars-reunion-tour-shooter-zeck-beatty/ http://johnbeattyart.com/florida-super-con-2015-secret-wars-reunion-tour-shooter-zeck-beatty/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:30:53 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=814 IT BEGINS THIS WEEKEND

30 years ago, I was asked to ink penciller and friend Mike Zeck for a 12 issue series, written by Jim Shooter.
“Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars”

Marvel Superheroes: Secret Wars #1 Cover
For the first time in almost 30 years, Jim, Mike and I will be at FLORIDA SUPER CON and also on stage at 4:15 – 5:15 Saturday, June 27th, 2015 for a panel discussion on how this series came together, and helped change the face of comic books.

SHARE IN THE LEGACY

Miami is the official kick-off of the “Secret Wars 30th” mini-tour!

‘Nuff said!

I’LL BE AT BOOTH #509

Florida Super Con - 2015

See you there?


Thx –

– John

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HEROES CON 2015 http://johnbeattyart.com/heroes-con-2015/ http://johnbeattyart.com/heroes-con-2015/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:30:22 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=771 “AMERICA’S FAVORITE COMIC CONVENTION”

Since 1982, Heroes Convention has been held, mostly over Father’s Day weekend, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

John Beatty, Heroes Con 2015, AA-728
This year Heroes Con’s turns 33 and also this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the series, “Secret Wars” which I worked on with friend and constant collaborator, Mike Zeck!

Find me this year seated at table AA-728.

ZECK / BEATTY – HEROES CON SPECIAL “SECRET WARS #1 / 2015″

Secret Wars #8 Homage by: Mike Zeck and John Beatty for HeroesCon 2015

Heroes Con has produced a variant cover exclusive. Pencilled by Mike Zeck and inked by John Beatty.

The pair recreated their classic Secret Wars #8 cover with some new and old Marvel characters. These will be

available for $20 each at the show.

I’LL BE LOCATED AT TABLE AA-728

John Beatty Heroes Con 2015 Table AA-728


#HeroesCon “America’s Favorite Comic Convention!” @Heroesonline @SheltonDrum
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Thx-

– John

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FOUR NEW IMAGES PREMIERING AT HEROESCON 2015 – THIS WEEKEND http://johnbeattyart.com/four-new-images-premiering-at-heroescon-2015/ http://johnbeattyart.com/four-new-images-premiering-at-heroescon-2015/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2015 01:30:51 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=782 SET OF 4 MINIMAL-RETRO STYLE HEROES

I’ve always enjoyed design and minimalism. Iconic images and textures.

John Beatty 4 Print Set!
“Less is more” is trending these days and I’ve decided the time was right to produce these images above, with more to come. The first four do have a connection to me tho.

EACH HAS A PERSONAL MEANING TO ME

  • Captain America: my first series of work with friend and collaborator, Mike Zeck and a personal favorite hero of mine.
  • Batman: another hero who’s always been a favorite. Luckily I had the good fortune to do a 3 year run on the monthly book and many other various Batman projects published by DC Comics, with creator’s Doug Moench and Kelley Jones.
  • The Punisher: again, Mike Zeck, writer Steven Grant and I produced a Punisher mini-series that changed his [ The Punisher’s ] “rating” in the Marvel Universe forever. We also went on later to do a Punisher graphic novel which was titled, “Return To Big Nothing.”
  • Spider-Man: how kool was it to work on the book that officially launched a “new-look” for Spidey? Very kool. Designed by Mike Zeck, again we had the opportunity to do the original “Secret Wars” 12 issue mini-series that spanned 1984-1985 for Marvel Comics. Issue #8 introduced this new black costume and is still considered one of the most collectible and iconic books from the 80’s!

TIMELESS IMAGES

For me, this approach is timeless. Simple, yet effective in showing the important details from each character with bold appeal to the viewer.

These high quality prints will first be available at Heroes Con this coming weekend and then moving forward on my convention schedule.

ORDER ONLINE NOW

If you’re not going to be able to make a show, but still would like to have these images on YOUR wall at home, the office or wherever, then just head over to the store and place your mail order today!

There are options for both USA orders and International orders.

SHOP NOW


Thx for looking and shopping!

– John

— Future minimal-retro prints are planned. They will be available at conventions and also online when completed.

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WHY YOU NEED A CONVENTION SURVIVAL KIT AND WHAT SHOULD BE IN IT http://johnbeattyart.com/why-you-need-a-convention-survival-kit-and-what-should-be-in-it/ http://johnbeattyart.com/why-you-need-a-convention-survival-kit-and-what-should-be-in-it/#respond Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:16:56 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=686 HANG NAIL? TABLE NEEDS A COVER? HUNGRY? WHAT ELSE DID YOU FORGET OR NEED?

I first met Jennifer “Jade” Woodruff a few years ago. Over the past year or two we’ve ran into each other at many Florida shows.

Jennifer Woodruff, Jade Woodruff, Bento Studios
JENNIFER “JADE” WOODRUFF @ JEKYLL CON 2014 – PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION

“Jade” her pen name, was also an artist and was at the show selling her books, sketches and other creations.

She and her husband Tayler stopped by my table to invite me to what was going to be a new show in Florida. “Amelia Con

Graciously they asked if I needed anything to ask them, they had pretty much anything back at their table, snacks, water, or whatever, they seemed to know what to bring with them to a show.

I asked if I could get a bottle of water and a snack.

Shortly after that Tayler brought over a bottle of water and a couple packs of cheese crackers.

Perfect!

THEY WERE PREPARED, AND I WASN’T – ARE YOU?

Now usually my “convention pal” and friend, Craig Zablo would bring some water in a cooler along with some sort of energy bars or trail mix that kept us running thru the show. However this show he was only in for one day.

I never thot much about the little things I should be bringing and why.

Now I do.


Are you prepared for the convention season? You should be! #ConventionSurvivalKit #ConTips
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BRING THE RIGHT STUFF FOR A SUCCESSFUL SHOW

Behind a table as a guest artist, running a table, or anyone attending a show for more than one day should “be prepared” for things that happen which might make you feel stuck in a bad position and/or even in a helpless spot.

You may not need everything on the list of items Jade has written, but take a look and see what you might think about bringing to your next show.

DON’T EXPECT THE SHOW OR VENUE TO HAVE ALL YOU MAY NEED

Depending on the size of the show, somethings will be solved by the show’s promoter or the venue.

But don’t count on it.

You will need to make decisions on what you bring due to travel. If you’re driving you can probably bring some items that you won’t be able to take or have room for if you’re flying.

Seems like she’s always ready for any problem that can arise and I’ve asked her to write a guest post for my site on what she keeps in her “Convention Survival Kit” and how it benefits her and those she helps by being so organized and “prepared.”

LET’S SEE WHAT JADE HAS TO SAY:

It’s nice to meet all of you!

My name’s Jade and I draw stuff for a living. I’m really honored to be a guest writer for John Beatty’s page.

I’ve know John for a few years and I really look up to his inking skills. John and I bump into each other from time to time at conventions and I’ve had the pleasure of sharing some of my convention provisions with him.

Since I started selling my art back in 2008, I’ve traveled all over the southeastern United States to participate in huge conventions, like MegaCon and tiny conventions you’ve probably never heard of, like Nedacon. I think of each convention as an experience to see something new, meet people and above all, have an adventure.

Packing for each journey is important not only so that I have provisions to survive the long car rides, but also help fellow fans hang in there through a crazy weekend that’s usually plagued by sleep deprivation, wardrobe malfunctions, a sea of body odor and the infamous Con Flu.

Without my Convention Survival Kit, I’d be lost, sick and starving!

John asked me to share with you what I keep in my survival kit so that you all could benefit from my many years of experience.

So, here we go!

JADE’S CONVENTION SURVIVAL KIT

– DRUGS

Fizzy Drink is a necessity. It’s Alka-Seltzer cold and cough. It is amazing. Feeling a cough coming on? Just drop two tablets in a bottle of water and you’re set for 6-8 hours. I always bring at least 8 packets for a 3-day conventions. That way, I have enough to share a packet with one of my artist neighbors to tide them over until they can get to a drug store. A box this size can run you about $3-$5.00, but buying in bulk on Amazon is the way to go. A 72-count box ( covers nine conventions! ) will run you about $8.00.

Three days prior to a convention, I start taking Airborne. While I’m at the convention, I bring Airborne gummies and take one per day, unless I start feeling the Con Flu. That’s when I up it to the full dosage. Airborne isn’t cheap, unfortunately, but it’s been a life saver for the past three years. When I added the gummies into my convention routine, I stopped getting sick altogether.

Ibuprofen, Asprin, or any other painkiller is essential. If you have under half a bottle before a convention, make sure you stock up before heading out!

– OMNOMS

As an artist, I will starve at my booth without some sort of snacks. Bringing sandwich crackers gets me through the morning munchies and afternoon lull. I like to bring cheese and peanut butter variety. That way, I getting protein which gives me fuel. You can get a four pack of these at a Dollar Tree. I also stock up on a bag of Teriyaki or Sweet & Hot Beef Jerky. I’ve found that foods rich in protein really help me push through. Jerky is very filling and is easy to munch on at your table.

Bringing a substantial lunch is more difficult – especially if your hotel doesn’t have a refrigerator. I like to pack myself sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Depending on how late the convention is open, I’ll pack up to three per day. Again, I focus on protein here by making meat and cheese sandwiches.

Bonus Omnoms Tip:

Don’t forget condiments! When you’re left to fend for yourself at a convention, it might be difficult to find products that make con food taste good. Thankfully, it’s easy to get condiments. Every time you get to-go-food, just ask for extra mayo or ketchup packets and then put them in a bag that you’ll take with you to the cons.

– BOTTLED WATER AND SODA

Never underestimate the value of caffeine’s effect on headaches, morning blues, and afternoon lulls.

Water is a no brainer. Again, if you’re on a budget, all of this can be easily acquired at your local Dollar Tree. Besides, you will need water to take medicine if you get sick and you don’t want to get stuck with a $3+ bottle of water from the convention center vendors!

– ODDITIES

Depending on how you participate in a convention could determine how much stuff you want to lug around with you. If you’re stationary like me, you’ll probably have room at your booth. If you’re attending the convention, you aren’t as fortunate.

Here’s a list of the random things I keep in aptly labeled pens and pouches at my artist booth. I’ve added a great many things over the years after seeing a host of unfortunate events at conventions. They’ve all come in handy; if not by me, for someone else.

DOWNLOAD A PDF CHECKLIST OF JADE’S “CONVENTION SURVIVAL KIT + ODDITIES”

With quite a check list, it’s more convenient to offer this list as a PDF complete with boxes to check off things as you need them, a page for notes to ‘add’ to what you might need to pick up or for making a list of things you’ve found being in need of, but perhaps Jade missed.

Download Jade’s “Convention Survival Kit” list! Download Jade's Convention Survival List

JADE’S CLOSING STATEMENT

A Letter To Yourself

Ok. This one’s a little odd, but it’s helped me at just about every convention for the past two years. Now, I won’t leave home without it.

Fridays are usually slow and lead to me getting depressed. I get really down about my art when I’m at a convention and I haven’t made a sale in the first hour. Deep down, I know that it shouldn’t stress me out. But, after all the hype I put myself through getting ready for a convention and the mental highlight reel that only showcases the awesome times, I forget that Friday sucks. Two years ago, I decided to change my perception of Friday but I needed a little help from myself – the positive, energetic me that believes she can conquer all of her fears. On Friday of a convention, I become the Jade who forgets all the adversity I’ve overcome. I need the Jade who just finished a book and is high on life. So I send myself letters from the past, from the moments where I’ve just finished my newest book or just had an amazing show. In these letters, I tell myself everything I need to hear to kick myself out of that funk. I need a good kick in the butt and happy Jade is willing to provide it! Since I started doing this, Fridays haven’t sucked as bad.

I put these letters and notes in a big envelope with a few snacks that won’t go bad. I put pictures of cats and otters – things that I love. I can’t be sad staring at otters cuddling. This pulls me right out of that negative spiral and reminds me that I need to smile, be positive, and just wait for all the good things that are on the way. I’m able to draw again. I’m able to make things again.

For me, these letters are more important than drugs, snacks, water, and any of the other oddities that I lug around with me. These are the reason you always see me smiling, even at bad cons. It’s not just because I’m healthy and I’ve brushed my hair and I’m not having allergic reactions to soap in the bathroom, it’s because I know my fans are waiting for me to finish great things and I have the confidence to make those things happen. All the other things just help me do that and contribute to a positive experience with my neighbors.

BE PREPARED, BE READY

So, Jade has it pretty much locked down and it’s inspired me to make sure “I” have the things that will be needed, or perhaps needed by a fellow artist, vendor or attendee and it always feels good to be able to help them out in a situation that might arise.

Thanks, Jade for this wonderful list of things that many forget or don’t worry about until something goes wrong and then it can become a game of trying to fix something instead of being attentive at your booth / table for the fans who come out to meet you.


Nail clippers, hand sanitizer, headache? #ConventionSurvivalKit #ConTips
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Hopefully this will inspire you to carry a few things you’ve never thot about or never needed?

  • Think about it and use the checklist to make sure you’re READY for your next show!

– John


 

Post Links:

Jade’s Web Site “Bento Studios”

Amelia Con Web Site

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I’VE APPOINTED A “COMMISSION CZAR” http://johnbeattyart.com/ive-appointed-a-commission-czar/ http://johnbeattyart.com/ive-appointed-a-commission-czar/#respond Sat, 06 Jun 2015 11:00:43 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=723 MEET THE COMMISSION CZAR @ JOHN BEATTY ART: JARROD ALBERICH
Jarrod Alberich, The Yard Sale Artist, John Beatty Art, Commission Czar
Jarrod “Commission Czar” Alberich @ John Beatty Art

QUICK FACTS ABOUT JARROD ALBERICH

  • AKA “J-Bone”
  • AKA “The Yard Sale Artist”
  • AKA “Commission Czar” at John Beatty Art

BORN:

  • South Bend, IN

HOMETOWN:

  • Enterprise, AL

STATUS:

  • Married with two sons

LANGUAGES:

  • English, Spanish

FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB

I’ve always wanted help running my “commissions” list.

Someone who I could trust and would also have the knack for keeping things organized and running on a timeline that is doable.

Some time ago, I stopped looking and asking. The reality of it was other people are as busy as myself, the same, or more. Some just don’t want to take it on or haven’t got the experience needed to do it.

Myself included, I struggle in this area.

To find someone willing to help out on tracking my list and then being able to put it all together and work “with” me on cleaning it up and then being able to take ‘new’ commissions and keep them from going from a bit late to extremely late seemed out of reach.

But then I found someone with the passion for doing what was needed.

JARROD’S STORY

Jarrod has loved comics since his older brother, Jason, gave him his first hand-me-down issue of “The Amazing Spider-Man” at the ripe old age of six. As a self-taught penciller, high-school aged Jarrod would stay up late on many nights trying to emulate the hot talents of the 90’s era comic artists like Erik Larsen, Mark Bagley and Todd McFarlane. However, aside from a one year foray in Architecture school, Jarrod pretty much hung up his pencils and pens after high school and kicked off his military career with the United States Air Force.

Now, in his late thirties, one of his hobbies is yard sales. He and his wife, Johanna rise early on Saturdays and hunt bargains … and soon two of Jarrod’s passions would collide.

After getting a bunch of art materials on the “cheap” at a yard sale, Jarrod thought it would be fun to start an art hobby where the challenge would be this: everything he used in his creative endeavors would have to come from either a yard sale, thrift store or dumpster!

For about a year, he just painted a lot of abstracts and then took them to a local art show, The Piney Woods Art Festival in Enterprise, Alabama. Having brought about 30 pieces to the show, only two of which featured his beloved comic book heroes, it was a nice surprise when those two pieces sold in the first hour of the show!

Scrap Metal Iron Man Paintings, The Yard Sale Artist
Scrap metal Iron Man paintings by “The Yard Sale Artist” Jarrod Alberich

This show and the sales encouraged Jarrod that super heroes still held a place in art lover’s hearts. Since then, he has almost exclusively painted “pop-culture” items on his “yard sale art” focusing mainly on comic book heroes. Whether it’s Leonardo from TMNT on a discarded counter top, or Iron Man on a piece of scrap helicopter metal to the Silver Surfer painted on a full-sized mirror, Jarrod is always looking for a unique surface to paint on and add a new dimension of intrigue to these timeless characters.

Leonardo, TMNT, Yard Sale Art
Leonardo from TMNT painting on table top by: Jarrod “The Yard Sale Artist”

HOW I MET JARROD AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT

Jarrod was someone just like YOU. He used my contact form and inquired about getting a commission from the mega talented Kelley Jones and inked by myself. Being a huge fan, and the most rabid fan of 007, James Bond, that I know, this was his request.

Needless to say, I had to check with Kelley to see if he was interested in taking on this one. Kelley said “yes” and now Jarrod himself is on the “wait” list until I get the pencils to ink from Kelley.

( To be fair and honest, Jarrod knew going in he would have a “wait” and I let him know up-front before he agreed to it. Above board is always the best! He jumped at the chance to own a James Bond piece of art by “Jones and Beatty!” Altho waiting, he and I have developed a nice relationship that I respect immensely. )

Not knowing about Jarrod’s “art” endeavors, he explained to me how he created his work and began sending me some photos of the pieces he had created.

Filling in the gaps of his story and art along the way. It’s an interesting journey and I love how he has a niche market that could grow into something big the more he gets his work out to the public and they see what he’s doing. The “pop-culture” and “eclectic” market seems to be growing these days.

I was impressed with not only how he worked, but his whole “organized” way of doing things and getting them done. The military training he got comes into play here with being an excellent keeper of time and being able to task things out in an orderly fashion and on time!

After some time, it was easy to make an offer to Jarrod to help me out in the areas which are not in my strengths.

My hope was he would be interested in accepting my request for help.

Jarrod Alberich, Middle Georgia Comic Con, Yard Sale Artist
Jarrod “The Yard Sale Artist” at Middle Georgia Comic Con 2015

INSPIRED TO BRING “YARD SALE ART” TO EVERYONE

At the beginning of this year, Jarrod and his oldest son, Jordan, traveled all the way from Alabama to DeLand, Florida, to meet myself and other artist, including C. Bradford Gorby and Tod Allen Smith among others at the Central Florida Collectibles Show.

Jarrod was inspired watching the show so much, that he began to do his own booth set-ups at various comic conventions and art shows. Such as the Middle Georgia Comic Con in Macon, GA from earlier this year.

Not looking back now, his plans include doing more shows this year and continuing forward as time allows away from his “full-time” job and family.

Jarrod and  his two sons
Jarrod and his two boys.

JARROD RESPONDS TO THE COMMISSION CZAR OFFER

Knowing Jarrod was a “family first” guy, as myself, I was hesitant to ask him to join me in my “mess” and help give me that organization that I knew he could bring to the table.

However, with the full support of his wife and kids, he accepted and started working on having me turn over all the records of outstanding commissions I had! He put them in a spreadsheet and to my surprise I saw a few things that surprised me and some others that inspired me.

So he will be reaching out to YOU who have commissioned me and are still in waiting for your piece.

A few, I will deal with myself, only because of the relationship I have with the individual, a close friend I ‘personally’ know will be the case here.


MEET THE COMMISSION CZAR @ JOHN BEATTY ART: JARROD ALBERICH
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SPREADSHEETS, CALENDARS AND COMMISSIONS

Having Jarrod in place helps me feel more in control. I’ve already been prompted by him to send some “completed” artwork out and to start picking away at some that have been sitting on my shelf 1/3 or even 1/2 done!

Having his text prompts and “nagging” at me really helps!

Soon, if you are owed a commission by me, you will be contacted by the “Commission Czar” on my behalf, which will allow me to spend time getting caught up!

Of course this year is crazy with conventions … which is something that I’ve also become more interested in due to the renewed interest in “Secret Wars” at 30 years old. I’ve also found out that I still have a great fan-base and people enjoy the work I’ve done and have picked up new fans by getting out and doing the “meet and greet” thing.

The goal for next year is to get Jarrod on board as someone who can not only show their work, but help me out at shows by keeping everything organized and on schedule.

The “commissions” page will soon be updated with information and a form to contact Jarrod.

WORKING TOGETHER TO BE BETTER

That’s the big picture.

Helping one another and keeping things in order. This should be a simple task, but life happens to everyone, and I’ve had my share as you have. We all need to realize that even the best plans can go astray when “Murphy” makes plans you didn’t.

I put my full trust in Jarrod and know he’s the right choice for myself and for you.

Time to end this post now, so I’ll say thanks for reading and letting me take some time to explain who this “Commission Czar Jarrod” guy is, and what he and I are doing to make your experience as easy and clean as possible.

– John

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Yard Sale Artist Blog

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ROWAN’S CON-CRUD RECOVERY SOUP http://johnbeattyart.com/rowans-con-crud-recovery-soup/ http://johnbeattyart.com/rowans-con-crud-recovery-soup/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2015 04:58:48 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=702 THE MONTH OF MAY HAS TYPICALLY KICKED OFF THE CONVENTION SEASON

It’s also kick off time to catch what has been termed “ConCrud!”

Feeling that one, or more people showed up a bit sick at a show you were at. A few days later you begin to feel down and about out.

You try to avoid it like the, err, “flu” but with tens of thousands of people in constant contact for 2-3 days, odds are you either have had it or you will.

ROWAN ROZANSKI BATTLES BACK WITH HER “CON-CRUD RECOVERY SOUP”

Rowan is the daughter of Chuck Rozanski founder and owner of Denver’s “Mile High Comics” and I had the pleasure of speaking with her at the Denver Comic Con.

I saw a post on Rowan’s Facebook page where she was asked by some people for her recipe for soup that takes a bit of the suffering out of the effects of “ConCrud!” after the Denver Comic Con.

Luckily, I didn’t catch anything this time and this is a show that had in excess of 101,000+ people that showed up.

However it was her post that I went back to find, thinking it would be good to have on hand for “if” I do wind up later in the year with a case of it.


ConCrud? Try this soup recipe from Rowan Rozanski to help you recover!
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WHAT’S THE SOUPS STORY

Rowan answers:

There’s not too much to tell with regards to the soup. I’ve been working on the recipe for about two years. Trying to make something that will double as soup and a filling for southwestern egg rolls. That being said, I always crave spicy stuff when my head is stuffy; it’s a perfect replacement for chicken noodle!

DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE OF ROWAN’S CON-CRUD RECOVERY SOUP

Download Rowan's Recipe!Download The Soup Recipe!

Thanks for sharing this recipe, Rowan!

Next time I’m suffering from a case of “ConCrud” I’ll be sure and give it a go.

Thx –

– John

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DENVER COMIC CON 2015: THE WRAP UP http://johnbeattyart.com/denver-comic-con-2015-the-wrap-up/ http://johnbeattyart.com/denver-comic-con-2015-the-wrap-up/#respond Thu, 28 May 2015 15:00:07 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=627 DENVER COMIC CON 2015
– FROM BEHIND THE TABLE

Denver Comic Con 2015 Logo
3 days of fun in the “Mile High City” in their 4th year of putting on the big show, which grew faster than anyone had expected.


I WAS VERY EXCITED TO BE INVITED TO THE DENVER COMIC CON THIS YEAR

Having only heard about Denver Comic Con last year ( 2014 ) and how well it was attended and ran, it was an easy decision to say “yes” when they invited me out for the 2015 show.

A twist this year was running the show thru Monday the 25th of May, which this year was Memorial Day.

Knowing risk was involved in moving the show from the normal Friday, Saturday, Sunday format and onto a “holiday” Monday had to be a hard call to make.

— Saturday seemed like Friday and Sunday like Saturday. So it was a bit hard to jump out of the traditional 3 day convention format. We survived, but I think Monday was a bit slow due to the holiday.

John Beatty Art, Denver Comic Con 2015

What a great team of Batman Villains :
The Penguin, ( Richard ) and The Joker, ( Mitchell ) a father-in-law and son team that entertained many throughout the show on Sunday! Fantastic cosplay by these two who really “hammed” it up, to quote Mitchell, for the crowd at the Denver Comic Con!


MILE HIGH COMICS HOSTS’ A PRE-SHOW EACH YEAR

I was invited to take part in the pre-show ran by Mile High Comics but having a late evening flight, getting checked in and unpacked at the hotel, the time change and the travel day, I had to miss the party this year, opting to just get some rest so I would be refreshed for the upcoming 3 full days of Denver Comic Con 2015.

I heard it’s fun and something they host each year.

So maybe 2016?

3 GREAT THINGS ABOUT DCC

There are always things that can tip a show from good to great and while this show has grown bigger than what was originally expected when they started, growing pains are going to happen. Here are 3 things that I found very well handled.

  1. The show staff. Getting up and running takes a lot of effort. It seems that the staff have listened to their guests and their attendees efficiently and made changes for the best.
  2. The show volunteers. Thank you for your help. Your service is very much appreciated.
  3. The show venue. Held at the beautiful Colorado Convention Center a short walk from the shows host hotel. The big blue bear outside is an easy landmark to know you’re at the right place!

 3 THINGS THAT CAN IMPROVE DCC

Alright so no show if perfect and there are always a few things that get overlooked or the show budget has to be cut some to cover everything going on and keep the ticket prices reasonable for the attendees. While nothing about DCC2015 was “bad” here are three things that will need to be improved upon for the future.

  1. Changed format. OK, so as mentioned earlier, running the show thru Monday, Memorial day this year was a risk. I’m not sure how attendance was, but I did notice at my table the slow down. ( The upside was it did allow me time to complete a few sketches. ) Staying to Friday, Saturday and Sunday might be the better choice.
  2. The chairs. I realize that the show has to “pay” for every chair they use but those fold up, plastic back and bottom chairs just make for a stiff back and sore butt by the end of the day. Upgrade the chairs in 2016 – your guests and vendors will love it, a little padding and some back support goes a long way.
  3. More show help. This is just something to touch on for the future. DCC is going to grow that is obvious. So going forward they are going to need even more help to assist people. I’m sure they will since they have already done a great job with the fast growth in this the 4th year.

THE BIG PICTURE IS DENVER COMIC CON IS ALREADY A BIG SHOW AND IT’S ONLY GOING TO GET BIGGER

The show is growing. Each year it’s getting bigger and bigger – I’ve heard this from people on staff, volunteers and the fans.

It’s in a great location and the people running the show are making an effort to ask what they can improve upon, and what have they not done a good job on so they can improve those areas. Close to the end of the day I was delivered a short 1-5 rating survey to fill out and a comment section at the bottom of the page to fill out for the show. It was a pleasure to help out and also to see them do this for show enhancements. ( I did fail to mention they might want to upgrade the chairs! )

This type of thing will serve the show well. They are interested in feedback, good or bad. Serious about making the best experience while attending the show and understanding things will always need work to reach more people.

Personally for me, the show was a huge success and I enjoyed myself immensely. Having never been in Denver or another area around there, I did as many sketches as I could along with book signing and chatting it up with the fans and friends who took time to come visit me at table F3.

I need to say “thank you” to each and everyone of them again. I appreciated the conversation and the fun!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Haven’t been to the Denver Comic Con yet?

Consider attending it next year if possible. From what I gathered from the people who have been coming to the convention, is they are happy to have a show in Denver that’s grown in size but maintained it’s heart, the guest list is bigger and they don’t need to look to another event to travel to.

Also – from what little of Denver I got to see, it’s a beautiful place to spend some time.


Hey – how about some more pictures from the show? I didn’t have much time to get ‘snappy’ but I did grab a couple, hope that you enjoy them.

A “Venom” head sketch I did @DCC 2015

John Beatty, Denver Comic Con, Secret Wars 2015, Venom, Head Sketch


This little guy stood at attention next to my table while people where getting his picture. I couldn’t help but grab one for myself. Thanks, Cap!

John Beatty, Denver Comic Con, Captain America Kid


This “Black Canary” cosplayer was talking to someone across the aisle from me.
I was interested to see if she would let me take her picture with the “Black Canary” print that C. Bradford Gorby and I did.
She happily agreed to hold the print and let me take a photo in exchange for the print!
Looks like a good pairing to me!

John Beatty, Denver Comic Con, Black Canary


Mitchell ( The Joker ) and Richard ( The Penguin ) strike again! So much fun talking with these two. I met Mitchell on Saturday and he had me sign a few books.
We talked about collecting and the usual other comic book stuff. He mentioned that he was going to bring “pops” on Sunday to get his copy of “Secret Wars #8″
signed by me.

What he didn’t tell me is that he and “pops” were going to come dressed up. Mitchell’s wife gets in on the cosplay too, but she was busy helping out over at Neal Adams’ table.

They really have a fantastic rapport and just plain fun guys. When the camera comes out, they hit the characters perfect!

John Beatty, Denver Comic Con, The Penguin, The Joker

THANK YOU DENVER COMIC CON 2015

To everyone who made this show possible, I just wanted to say again, “thank you” for everything.

— Looking forward to seeing you all again next year if possible —

– John

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COLLECTIVE CON 2015: THE WRAP UP http://johnbeattyart.com/collective-con-2015-the-wrap-up/ http://johnbeattyart.com/collective-con-2015-the-wrap-up/#respond Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:58 +0000 http://johnbeattyart.com/?p=549 My view from behind the table of this new pop-culture show “Collective Con.”

A first year “pop-culture” show held inside the Expo Center of the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. Always a roll of the dice for new events, some soar and others bomb. It’s the nature of the game and there are no guarantees to which way an event will swing.

Collective Con 2015 - The Wrap Up

What is about to follow, should you continue reading, ( and I hope you will ) is my unbiased view of what I came away with by being a guest at Collective Con 2015.

IT ACTUALLY BEGAN ALONG TIME AGO.

Email history is great. I did a quick search to find when the show first contacted me and found one from July 28, 2014. It came from the same people who, and still do, put on the Ocala Comic Con. This first email was more of an announcement of “intent” to do the Jacksonville Collective Con show and to gather interest from creators. For some reason, which I don’t remember, it appears that I didn’t respond to the query email.

A FOLLOW UP EMAIL WAS AN INVITE TO APPEAR AS A GUEST.

November 11, 2014. Christopher Major from the event sends an email via my contact form to introduce himself and expresses interest in having me attend the show as a guest comic book artist. Dates are the same as the show was. It was pretty straight forward and I responded and we worked out the details of my appearance.

TRYING TO FIND THE EXPO CENTER FOR THE EVENT.

As noted above, ALL first year events are a “roll of the dice” for everyone involved. No guarantees are made by the show, except what you have agreed upon before the show starts. Once you’re locked and loaded, and sitting behind your table, all bets are off.

I found the Jacksonville Fairground and the Expo Center … after being detoured around EverBank Field ( where the Jacksonville Jaguars play ), due to graduations being held. I was relying on “Siri” to get me thru, but the Jacksonville Police had different plans. So what should have been an easier ride over from one of the host hotels became a bit of a burden to run around. Especially in an area that I had never traveled. Needless to say, I got into the right place and unloaded my stuff.

As to not bore you anymore with needless details such as getting to the Expo Center from the hotel … and yes, it was difficult on Friday and Saturday, but no problem on Sunday. Let’s just do some plus / minus bullet points to cover the show.


THE PROBLEM AREAS.

  • No table covers for the interior tables, only for the “guest” tables, and they were pretty bad.
  • If you were in the middle of the show, and didn’t have, or bring a table cloth, you got a wood topped table.
  • Getting to the event. OK, so I know the show can’t control other events on the same weekend. BUT, a shuttle service from the hotels to the Expo Center would have been handy! — Maybe next year?
  • Parking. The lot is small and filled up fast — from what I heard — I was always an hour early so it didn’t effect me.
  • Three days? Friday was bust for “me” but I think with all the free events and music, it was OK for being outside.
  • Equality for all. I’m not sure how it happened, but between myself, Bob McLeod and James O’Barr, we all heard, ” Oh, didn’t know YOU were going to be here!” more than a few times over the three days. The social feeds from the show before it happened were more about the media quests and the music. So next year, take note and equal that up. That’s for your “paid” vendors too … they are part of the show also.
  • Ticket price! Again … I didn’t know what it was to get in until I had some people mention to me that it was a lot. I had to agree. I heard $25 on Friday and $30 on Saturday, plus $10 to park. I’m not sure what the price on Sunday was?
  • Sunday was “Mother’s Day”

THE GOOD.

  • Saturday. Seemed more energetic with more people inside and being engaged with the creators. A two day event would have made this a better start to a first show. ( my opinion )
  • Friendly people. Everyone who came to my table was friendly and seemed to be happy that “they” had a show in Jacksonville.
  • Outside and night events. Altho they aren’t for me, these seemed to be the ones that pulled the bigger crowds. This show was very eclectic so they fit in, looking at the BIG picture.

 THE FUTURE FOR ‘ COLLECTIVE CON ‘ ?

Personally, I believe these guys will take a lot away from this first year and be back. They’ve done well with the Ocala Comic Con, from what I’ve heard. So it would appear they do take feedback seriously and will make any changes needed to have a year two in Jacksonville.

From what I heard on Saturday, the people who live in and around Jacksonville would love to have a yearly show near by and would be more than willing to support it. The price point is going to be an issue, but the promoters are going to have to layout their budget and get some others promoters to join and that will help off-set the costs of everything from getting table cloths to being able to charge less at the door!

This was a show I was ready to put in the books as a lost cause after Friday, but Saturday corrected that. Not 180° but at least it gave hope to the future. Sunday was typical of most shows, but I’m sure it didn’t help being Mother’s day.

Many people were tearing down and leaving at 12:30pm and others left around the 3:00 mark. Myself, I was there until around 4:30pm, but only hanging out a bit. My table was done at 3:30pm and I was just chatting with some friends and checking on how others had done.

Only time will tell if the show returns next year. The numbers need to be run, adjustments need to be made and perhaps a poll needs to be taken to see if the people would come out and support a show in bigger numbers next year.

Collective-Con-Guest-Badge-Crop

For me … one of the best parts was they had a really good designer doing their collateral for the show.

A FINAL THANK YOU!

To the people who took the chance. Not only the promoters and sponsors, but all the vendors who paid for table space, rooms and travel. I thank you all for showing up and giving this show a shot.

Double that for the fans who attended!

I hope everyone came out with something good. Each show is different and learning that is key.


IF YOU ATTENDED WHAT ARE YOUR IMPRESSIONS?

I’m anxious to hear from those that attended. From the people who see the show from the “other side of the table” and can give me a deeper perspective view of their feelings. Post them up here, share them.

IF YOU THOT ABOUT ATTENDING BUT DIDN’T, WHY?

I’d love to hear YOUR thot’s!


Post Links:

Collective Con Web Site
Ocala Comic Con Web Site
Bob McLeod Web Site
James O’Barr Wikipedia

Thx –

– John

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