I feel as though there should be some celebration for post number 13. A party around a cauldron, perhaps?
We are getting ready for the LA exhibition, things aren’t slowing down a bit, and I have to get something up about San Diego Comic Con so that I can write a post before leaving for California again- we are all racking up the frequent flyer miles, that is certain.
Crowds begin to form at the San Diego Convention Center, from Dave McKean's hotel window
Ummm… what do I remember? Setup was long but not too difficult, opening night was upon us before we could blink. The big news opening night? Kildanny.
I have footage somewhere of Jeremy Bastian‘s expression of surprise when he saw his character come to life thanks to my friend Lex Rudd of Primal Visions. We publish Jeremy’s book Cursed Pirate Girl, and Kildanny is a character in a tale that Cursed Pirate Girl weaves to scare some young boys. (Cursed Pirate Girls are known to like to scare boys. For fun.) Cameras were flashing NONSTOP all weekend, and the amount of photos online are wonderful. Here’s one:
The dreaded pirate Kildanny, from Jeremy Bastian's Cursed Pirate Girl
Jeremy Bastian, comparing moustaches with Kildanny-come-to-life
So as you can imagine, he was very happy, which made me very happy!
The rest is a bit of a blur. We’ll make a formal announcement soon about our new artists, but in brief: Lisa Black’s sculptures were a massive hit and everything sold, with them entering some pretty impressive collections. Boingboing.com and Wired put them in their Comic Con review, and io9.com listed them under “The 17 most expensive things at Comic Con“…
Lisa Black's Fawn, from her Fixed series. Taxidermy, metal and clockwork parts, 2007
I was very happy that my sister/sweetheart/partner-in-crime Sioux Sinner drove in from Las Vegas to help out. Her Doctor Who-related tattoos of a Dalek and an Adipose were quite the conversation starters for the boys. Something that happens a lot at these shows is that pretty girls get hired to be “booth babes” and pass out postcards for whatever crap someone is promoting, so the ongoing joke with how successful our show was that obviously all we needed was a booth babe. (Just to be clear, that was a joke. Sioux is very smart and was there for non-booth babe reasons.)
Reason number one being David Tennant, current lead in the legendary BBC programme Doctor Who, who was at the show, along with producer Russel T. Davies and cast members from the fantastic spin-off Torchwood, which has become massively successful in the US.
Doctor... Tennant? Not really. (Notice the girl in the back pointing at him?)
I am one of the people who has come to like Torchwood perhaps even MORE than Doctor Who, and was happy that Sioux brought star John Barrowman (affectionately known to the world as Captain Jack Harkness) to our booth. He had just watched the movie “Freaks” with his sister, and was SO excited about Gail Potocki‘s new Freak series that I wish I had it on camera… he was very charming, and explained that as he and his sister watched the film they looked up facts on the internet. Gail had done quite a bit of serious research, and he knew trivia that even she didn’t about her subjects!
The charming John Barrowman discussing Gail Potocki's Freak paintings
'Pip' from Gail Potocki's new Freaks series. (Who, thanks to John Barrowman, we now know was incontinent- hence the dress...)
During set-up, we teased Gail that her Freaks prints were going out in the hallway because she was “old news” behind Jeremy Bastian and Dave McKean. After the hysterical fun that the VERY charming John Barrowman brought into our booth she joked, “Don’t underestimate Pip- he saved the day! Even though you tried to stick me out in the hallway.”
John Barrowman joking with Gail Potocki
Founding members of the Freak Appreciation Society
Of course, the painting “Destiny” by Dave McKean was a huge hit, and the Transmission Atelier prints of Dave’s Nitrate series sold VERY well. When Dave approached the booth, he said, “Hmmm… I like my billing- over Klimt, not too bad!”, something Gail had joked about during set-up…
Dave McKean's 'Destiny' painting (plus that guy Klimt). Jeremy Bastian and Jack help a customer, Emily appeears to be... reading? I'm not sure.
Century Guild booth: Opium, Cocaine...
Gerard Way, singer for My Chemical Romance and author of The Umbrella Academy, appreciating the Symbolist artifacts
Sioux seemed to run into the most random people while she wandered; Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, cast members from Torchwood, True Blood, Twilight… the best story of all is when she pushed Stan Lee’s wheelchair around, but it’s sunrise here and I need to sleep.
Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer (creators of The Venture Brothers) with Sioux Sinner, right after she unknowingly crashed their interview- Not kidding.