The Weekend Review
Thank you to everyone who helped make Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 a success! What a great event. Tons of costumes, tons of celebrities (including Patrick Stewart, Nathan Fillion, and Karen Gillam!), and tons of amazing art and stories.
And thank you to everyone who supported me, personally! We nearly sold out of all the large and framed prints. There’s only one left of each. And we sold around fifty medium prints and another five or so mini’s. Not too shabby.
(A note before I dive in: Some of the links in this post are what’s called “Affiliate Links.” What this means is that when you click on them and go to a page like Amazon.com, and then make a purchase within a day, Amazon sends me a small percentage of the sale price as a Thank You. It doesn’t cost you anything, but I mention it just in case you’d like to know. Thank you very much to all those who go out of their way to credit me with a referral!)
Things that went right
First of all, the best part of the event was being able to meet the people who see my work online. If you’ve ever worked in a studio all by yourself you know what an isolating experience it can be. Shaking hands with my online friends and fans, and getting to hear about what interests you was my favorite part of the experience.
We were also fairly prepared. (By the way, when I say ‘we’…I guess I’m referring to everyone who supports me. That includes my cousin and cousin-in-law, Travis and Jennie Stevens. Thank you! And everyone else who supports me in my work. Thank you! I couldn’t do this without you.) We had plenty of prints available in multiple sizes, framed, and–at the last minute–even had a graphic novella ready to go.
Finally–thanks to my friend and fellow author, Jenni James, (check out her books on Amazon!), and another fellow author, Blake Casselman, (also a Amazon author)–I had the opportunity to speak on a few panels. This was a great experience. It’s the first chance I’ve had to speak with both fantasy and sci-fi fans and also authors and artists. Both are great; it’s fun to see the difference. I notice that fans are a lot more prone to cos-play (dressing up in character) and talking about favorite movies and t.v. shows, whereas authors and artists and more inclined to talk about the down-and-dirty of the creative process. Great stuff.
Now, I did make a few small mistakes…
For those who plan on running tables at conventions (of any sort) in the future, here are a few things I learned.
Purchasing electricity is kind of a waste. I thought some juice for my computer would enable me to do some digi painting whenever the crowd was slow. And I thought it’d be fun to bring along a secondary monitor and face it towards the walkway so that people could watch some work in progress. However…I was so busy talking with people the whole time I never really had a chance. Goodbye $95!
Another thing that I wish I could have done was finish the little graphic novella long, long before the convention. This was my first time bringing all these writing/illustrating/etc. skills together, so I’m not kicking myself too hard for pulling everything off at the very last second. But still, in the future I’ll try harder to be two weeks ahead of schedule. As it was, I did indeed manage to get “The Unwanted Short Cut” finished and printed on Friday night, so it was on the table for Saturday.
Bring on the Visuals already!
Alright, alright! Enough talk. Let’s see some pics!
This be ma’ booth and ma’ amazin’ cousin-in-law helpin’ out. Many Thanks, Jennie!
Bryan Beus’s booth (and cousin-in-law!) at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
A Few of My Favorite Artists and Authors At The Show
The amazing Ryan Wood (here’s a link to his blog):
Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 – FanXperience – Ryan Wood
Ryan Wood’s print shelf at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
Ryan Wood’s print shelf at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
Author and friend, Tyler Whitesides, and his supportive wife — be sure to check out his book series, “Janitors,” on Amazon
Tyler Whitesides at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
A veteran Disney Interactive artist, Jason Kim (and a link to his tumblr blog):
Jason Kim at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
One of the most prolific fantasy authors of our generation, Brandon Sanderson (he’s published a bazillion books):
Brandon Sanderson at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
Michael Mercer, creator of “From The Dust”:
Michael Mercer at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
And finally, last but certainly not least, Jed Henry:
Jed Henry at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
Jed Henry’s print shelf at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
If you’ve never been to a comic con before, there’s one thing you need to see: the costumes.
Yes, yes—I know. There’s a stigma established that comic geeks dress up like nerds and delude themselves into thinking that they’re real superheroes.
Well…I don’t know if that’s true…but if it is I didn’t meet anyone who struck me in such a way. (What does that say about me…?)
Really, from my perspective, it’s just like a much, much cooler Halloween. Some people go all out–planning out costumes months in advance and fine-tuning their appearance down to the smallest detail.
Many are hilarious, others are creepy, some funny, and, as you’ll see in the first one below, simply lovely.
Here’s Inara from Joss Whedon’s, “Firefly.”
(Firefly is perhaps the best sci-fi television show of all time. It even has a 9.2 star rating on imdb.com)
Inara Serra cosplay at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
This gal pulled off a great “Princess Mononoke,” from Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece.
Princess Mononoke cosplay at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
Some random costumes…I just really liked this dude’s sign, “I shot waayyyy before Han.” (Star Wars die-hard fans will get it.)
Han Solo and friend cosplay
And, finally, a total WIN cos-play of my personal favorite television show of all-time, “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”
(If you’re also a true fan of this show, come find me the next time you see me. If you’ve seen it all the way through more times than I have, I’ll give you a free signed print of your choice. Love to meet fellow fans!)
(Also, the movie for this show .does. .not. .exist.)
Aang cosplay at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
Thanks for reading!
If you’ve made it this far…then I suppose you deserve to see me, my beard, and of course my buddy, Brian Hailes.
Bryan Beus and Brian Hailes at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 – FanXperience