As the rest of the comic con attendees had fun the last day of the San Diego Comic Con, on Sunday, I took the day off to rest a day early, but not without regrets. I really missed a great time. It won’t happen next year. So as it has come to a close, and everyone has gone their separate ways, back to their respective homes to recover, I am taking this opportunity to reminisce. I am not just reminiscing about SDCC 2013, but rather thinking back to all of the previous ones that I have attended. I, along with my brothers (Angry Koala Gear), have attended the San Diego Comic Con since I was a kid. When I first attended, I collected comic books. As time progressed I would admire prints and all of the cool sights. I began expanding my interests and began to buy all types of Comic Con goodies, from comics, to prints, to designer toys, here and there. That all changed a few years ago. What changed, you may ask? My love for customizing toys and admiring all of the incredible works of talented toy designers and customizers was born. I came home from Iraq, from my second deployment and took a drawing I did while overseas and reinterpreted it into 3 dimensional form with my very first custom toy.
Still, although my love for designer toys was growing, I would still spend a lot of money on things like prints, random books, and other things that don’t really matter to me. They were aesthetically appealing to me when I bought them, but after that initial admiration, they lost their luster. This year, I didn’t have nearly the amount of money to spend that I wish I could have had, but yet the small amount of things I did buy, are awesome, and I will enjoy them for years to come. That is the first thing I liked about Comic Con this year more than years before. To tell the truth, Comic Con has been progressively losing its appeal to me, because of the crazy crowdedness, people bumping into me, and the general rudeness that comes over people as opposed to joy?!? This year changed my outlook on Comic Con though, in a profound way. I have many people to thank for this. I’d like to take the time to do that.
I would like to thank my friend, colleague, peer, and fellow artist, Menh Voong aka Beefy of Beefy & Co. Beefy loves art, designing and creating incredible designer toys, along with his other great merch, and supports fellow artists in a great way. He first allowed me to be a part of his first custom show, “So BadAss, It’s Good”, which took place at Wonder Con 2013. He also opened his booth up for a few of us to have signings. He then allowed me to be part of his next show, “The Ghost Within Us,” which took place at the world’s largest everything-pop culture convention, San Diego Comic Con. He then opened his booth up for some of us to have signings. For the veteran artists, this is a regular occurrence during their visits to the cons, but for a fairly new and not well-known artist, such as myself, it’s a huge deal, and it means a lot. So I tip my hat to my friend Beefy and say THANK YOU!
|Me and MissyMToyz|
|Big C & Eos|
|JRad at work|
I would also like to thank the new friends and acquaintances (most are super talented artists) that I have made over the past year or so. This will be a fairly lengthy list, in no particular order, including MissyMToyz, DeeTen, FrankenFactory, JRad, Big C, Forces of Dorkness, George Gaspar, Ben Goretsky, Spanky Stokes, Gino Joukar, Denise Vasquez, Manny X, Sketch, Deadmundo, Komega, Bio, Carson Catlin, J*Ryu, the Angry Koala Gear crew for supporting me to the fullest, and so many more. Some of you, I have only met once, maybe have only met over the web, but all of you have touched me in different ways. Some have inspired me, some have encouraged me, some have congratulated me, and some have simply shown me humility. Most have done all of the above. Whatever it was that you did for me, just know that I appreciate you, your work, and your support.
|Beefy, DeeTen, & Carson Catlin|
|Me and Homie Zombies artist, David Gonzales|
|Wandering Misfits, "Boo"|
In closing, I would like to simply end with this… Thank you once again, to all those above that I named, and those that I forgot to name. I look forward to crossing paths with all of you. Sooner than later, I hope…