Just woke up from my post 30-plus-hour all-nighter slumber. It was my third in the last three weeks, the first two were for uni assignments, this one was to prepare for yet another portfolio review at a convention (skip the next 3 paragraphs if that’s all you’re interested in, I will only be slightly disappointed, promise).
Supanova! The crème de la crème of all geeky cons in Perth. My first time impression: it was as packed as a travelling suitcase. Replace all of the neatly folded clothes with sweaty people inching through a crowd hours on end and you’ve got the general idea.
Good thing I’m not into merchandise, so I was only ever stuck in traffic when I had to, which was only once or twice. I spent most of my time outside finishing my pages, sitting near the entrance looking at the wonderful cosplays walking by, waiting for the portfolio review session to start.
Other things I waited for include: a could-be-worse beef hamburger with definitely not enough sweet chili sauce, an autograph from Grant Imahara for my sketchbook, access to the ATM machine when they stopped accepting credit cards for said autograph, then the train home when I came back to the empty signing table and he was already done for the day.
Rants aside: portfolio review! This time I brought a copy of my gigantic print, two other miscellaneous drawings, and the comic from Oz Comic-con last March. I really wanted to whip up a new story for the occasion, but I have unfortunately been very, very sick.
Chris Ryall, IDW Publishing’s editor-in-chief looked through my stuff, said he quite liked it. He complimented the interesting style from the coloured drawings, and the solid skills from my comic (his words!). Chris was very interested in seeing more of my work, gave me his card, saying I shouldn’t hesitate sending new things his way.
Unfortunately my style doesn’t quite fit with the things IDW do (copyrighted stuff like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) but hoorah still! Confidence boost acquired along side some sweet advice on sequential art. That is all I came for.
So yes, all in all a successful-ish day. I enjoyed it. Would have been better if I went with somebody that’s for sure, at least they would have prepared cash and I wouldn’t have to miss out on Grant’s autograph.
P.S: re-posting as a text post. The photo felt a bit rude.