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Special Edition: NYC- Highlights of a Comics’ Festival

1 Jul

Special Edition: NYC was everything I expected and so much more! I was able to attend this fantastic event and you can read about my surreal experience Here, over at Bleeding Cool. I also got to interview Reilly Brown; which, I suspect, will soon go up over at Bleeding Cool as well.  I really hope ReedPop starts celebrating this event on a yearly basis from now on. It was like a comic convention, but on a smaller scale and just about that… comics. Props to ReedPop for another great event for the public. I truly enjoyed getting to walk those halls and talk one-on-one to artists, creators, sellers, alike and seeing the great mix of people walking up and down the halls ranging from kids and their parents to incredibly beautiful cosplayers.

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I will share with you all the highlights of my experience at SE:NYC:

  • I got the Original Sin Watcher’s Eye from the Marvel Comics booth… Nope, no dark secret has yet been revealed to me, but I think that might happen soon. If I go on a rampage, you know what caused it. I was also very fond of the prints Marvel was giving away– Skottie Young‘s cover for Original Sin was just too cute!

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  • On my first trip to my first NYCC ever, in 2009, I fell in love with the beautiful art of Christopher Uminga. I never approached him because I was always so incredibly shy and I wasn’t sure on how to do it if I wasn’t going to buy anything… well, that changed this year. I walked to his table and introduced myself– it was a total pleasure and high on the nerdy-fangirl scale. I was able to talk to him a little bit and he was so incredibly friendly, which made it so much easier for me. His art has been a huge inspiration and influence on me, so it was really nice to get to meet him . I also wasn’t able to contain myself and walked away with one of his wonderful pieces: the beautiful Harley Quinn, what started my journey of obsession with his art. Thank you so much, Mr. Uminga!

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  • Another great part was getting to talk to Reilly Brown- In Artist Alley I always feel like a Pokemon Master catching Artists’ in their natural habitat. I love seeing them do and learning from what they are so good at– all of them so different from style to mediums– and it is, to me, the best part of Artist Alley. I am fond of Brown’s work and seeing it at a Comixology Panel (back in NYCC 2013) was what convinced me to try and like Digital Comics… and not just that, but one of the biggest inspirations for me to get back to my art; which I hadn’t tried seriously in a couple of years until last October again. He was very inspiring to me.

Reilly Brown- Special Edition: NYC

  • I always love meeting new artists and adding up to my “favorites” list, but Oh-My-Goodness did I fall in love with David Mack‘s art. If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen my constant raving about it. I kept asking him questions about his pieces, materials, and I just couldn’t stop staring. I now need to read the rest of Kabuki and Daredevil… yuuup! My self-control went out of the window and I ended up leaving with 2  of his pieces, as well. Mack’s art has inspired me so much– I truly wish I could find the words to describe the explosion of inspiration I had upon seeing his work and how it has made me want to try different mediums. I am just stunned in the best of ways by his art: all the mediums he uses and how sublime all his pieces are. If you leaf through one of his books you’ll see how every page is just a different piece of art. Just amazing…

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  • Other artists whose artwork I fell in love with were: Henry Minata and Keron Grant. I, sadly, wasn’t able to leave with any of their works, but I walked by a few times and I just couldn’t decide. Still kindda’ hating past me for its indecision. =P

Henry Minata- Special Edition: NYC

  • Cosplay… I love seeing cosplayers all around me– I love them all! Everything looks so much more magical thanks to  cosplayers, they are the ones that make me feel like I am in just a different universe where time and reality ceases to exist and just everything I love comes to life for a few days or hours.

 Psylocke Cosplay- Special Edition NYC

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  • And last, but not least– by any means! Rags Morales… Let me tell you- the same friend who introduced me to the amazing Greg Horn during NYCC2013 introduced me to Rags Morales during SE:NYC. He was so nice and friendly; he agreed to look at my art and give me feedback on it. I still don’t know where life is taking me, but I sure hope it is a place where I can go about art and writing freely and happily. I am sure you, all, can imagine how my heart was just racing out of my chest and doing crazy somersaults because this man who has inspired me so much was just about to see my art, who I’ve barely even showed anyone– and not just that, but tell me his thoughts on it, too? All the possible what if’s ran through my mind at incredible speed: what if he didn’t like it? What if he thinks it sucks and tells me to get another hobby?… you can imagine… I was so nervous with clammy fists clenched tightly behind my back. And surprise: he was nothing other than sweet, gentle, funny, and so very helpful. I have no ways of putting into words how much this experience and his words meant to me, or how much they inspired me to continue to do what I love doing. It still feels surreal and out of this world. I am pretty sure he realized I was on some other dimension of happiness because he wrote down for me recommendations on reading (which my brother had given me before to practice- but shh, don’t tell him that) and new/better materials to practice with, which I am so thankful for.

For over 30 minutes I stood with a cheesy smile nice hearing words of encouragement and advice from brushstrokes and confidence to use of color and perspective. Every second felt like an hour with an eternal debate between doubt/ nerves and just ecstatic happiness over having the artist of my all-time fave Identity Crisis go over my art. I still ask myself if that was real or just a very cool dream. Thank you so much for all your inspiration and encouragement, it has helped the shy me grow and get more resolve and passion in doing what I love. Even though I might be the same me in some ways, I feel different after being handed back my Scooby Doo Portfolio. And look, he smiled for me, too!

Rags Morales- Special Edition NYC

Special Edition: NYC was truly an amazing experience as a fan, as a reporter, and as an artist looking for guidance. I truly hope that this event becomes a yearly one because nothing matched getting a chance to talk to all these amazing artists that are usually swarmed during convention days. I loved the ambiance and I loved how peaceful it felt and how genuinely nice everyone was in there from staff members to exhibitors/artists/creators to attendees. I loved being a part of this event and I cannot wait for next year’s already. Thank you so much for the wonderful time, ReedPop, another great event!

You can see the picture gallery of SE:NYC over at Bleeding Cool HERE, and read Old Man Geek‘s take on the event HERE. I will let you know when the interview with Reilly Brown goes up! =)