Wondercon has been over for over a week now, and I’m still basking in the con afterglow. I am pretty sure ninety percent of the city is teeming in Anaheim for the Star Wars Celebration but I am tapped out in terms of conventions. Now it is time to reminisce.
Wondercon has been a convention consistently soaked in fun and good times. The crowds agreed. It was packed everywhere. I have to give credit to the organization. It was chaos, but it was an organized chaos.
With such an event drawing such a huge crowd, it was a challenge to find something new to discover. There was barely any room to walk between the artist alley rows. It was too easy for an artist to have their work completely obscured by all the bodies walking by.
As a con attendee, I used my sweep and lock maneuver throughout the weekend. For two days, I swept my eyes across the table, making non-committal poker faces. By the third day, tables of interest would shine more brightly, and I would lock my eyes onto those. It’s pretty much the same tactic I use when I’m deciding on a purchase: If I still want it a day later, then I should consider getting it. If I could find no fault in it, love it 100%, item locked. The same application goes for artist alley. I have to dig the whole experience: the art, the personality, and overall experience. Here were three artists that fit the bill:
- Hex 11 comic by Lisa K. Weber/Kelly Sue Milano (hexcomix.com)
The vibrant style of the comic art snagged my eyes a few times. The comic is run by a trio of three amazing and confident women. Lisa K. Weber is the creator and artist Kelly Sue Milano is the writer and Lynly Forrest is the producer. The minute the dropped the words “Harry Potter,” my interest was triggered.
In the comic, humans have discovered The Ether which enables magic use. Society has now transitioned from a Digital Age to a Magic Age. Elanor Kent is apprenticed to an eccentric but powerful witch named Vera. After five years of tedious tasks and practice, Kent is bored and frustrated. Then she comes between a possible murder and her wish is granted: adventure is thrust upon her, though this adventure is more horrific and dangerous than she thought,
I devoured every single issue of this comic. The story pulled me right in and the characters clinched my adoration for it. I love almost every single character here, even the cold-blooded assassin. I really freakin’ adore Vera (I have a huge soft spot for eccentric but powerful characters). What’s even better? They have cats with wings. CATS WITH WINGS.
- Above the Clouds by Melissa Paglucia (http://atcloudscomic.com/)
This work completely catered to my need for whimsy and imagination. The artist’s style is soft, amazing, and so darn pretty. A young woman distracts herself from the pain from a broken heart by escaping into a book, s book that is unfinished and whose the author may not be able to finish it. I only have the first issue, so I’m sooo curious to know what happens next. It was strange to realize that the book speaks mainly in images. There is barely any dialogue and mostly exposition from the story within the story. Still it was so pretty, and I just want to know what happens next!
- “The Lonely Vincent Bellingham” Diana Huh (http://www.lonelyvincent.com/)
Diana Huh was seriously the hardest treasure to find. She was squeezed tightly between two other artists and her table was constantly full of people. No surprise since her art is beauuuutiful! With an aesthetic that caters to my Disney upbringing, I was so glad to walk over. She focuses her work on the “The Lonely Vincent Bellingham”, a webcomic that she updates every week. Vincent is on an uneventful sabbatical until he bumps into an old friend. Who happens to be a vampire. I’m still working through the archives but I’m doing it slowly to savor the beauty and the fun of it all.
A video will be released soon where I conduced my first on-floor interview with all of these lovely people. It was wonderful speaking and learning more about them. I encourage everyone to check out their works and follow along. As much as we all love following the big name franchises, don’t forget to set your eyes on the independent artists. They make offer another perspective and piece of art that you’ve been missing out on.
Editor’s note: We originally had Kelly Sue listed as the artist and Lisa as the writer. Our apologies to HexComix and many thanks for the correction.