C2E2 Round Up – The SurlyGurls Favourite’s From Artist Alley

One of our favourite things about attending comic conventions is the chance to be surrounded by artistic and creative people. We spent an inordinate amount of time walking the aisles of Artist Alley at C2E2 this year, blowing most of our money on prints and original artworks.

Aside from broadening our already large collections of art from cons all over North America, we got to meet some of the nicest, most talented people we have ever had the chance to chat with. Not only does it mean more when you learn the story behind the prints you’re buying, but it also tends to give Andrea the desire to draw and draw and draw whenever we return home. (She’s the creative genius behind our SurlyGurls yelling faces!)

We thought we would enlighten you all with some of our favourite artists that we met this year. They are all 100% worthy of your time, so you should check them out…NOW!

Mark Brooks

One of the coolest things that happened this year was a small Twitter sensation over our friend Matt Graham’s commissioned piece from Mark Brooks. Matt had Mark sketch Kristen Stewart as the new Snow White from the upcoming film ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’.

The Mark Brooks commission of Snow White our friend Matt received at C2E2

Brooks is best known for his exclusive partnership with Marvel, having contributed art work to many of their most popular titles including Marvel Age, Cable & Deadpool, The Amazing Spiderman and New X-Men.

X-Men Legacy #262 cover by Mark Brooks

Christopher Mitten

Aside from being one of the single nicest people we talked with all weekend, Christopher also had one of the most diverse collections of work we saw. His prints and comic books were varied and unique and we liked them so much that we bought pretty much everything on offer!

Ashcan All-Stars Bellatrix from Harry Potter by Christopher Mitten.

We both picked up a copy of the beautifully drawn ‘Past Lies’ from Christopher, and we’re excited to see his art in the first issue of Oni Press’ ‘Bad Medicine’, hitting the shops for Free Comic Book Day on May 5th.

Christopher Mitten's cover for Bad Medicine #1

Sara Richard

Our love of Destination Truth’s Josh Gates just never stops giving. We met the absolutely delightful Sara Richard in the line up for Mr. Gates’ autograph session. Sara’s gorgeous art speaks to our 80’s childhoods and our love of pop culture. Plus, Andrea was super excited to see dinosaurs in the mix!

Sara Richard has finally found someone skilled enough to shut that Duck Hunt Dog up for good.

It isn’t even just her pop culture inspired pieces that piqued our interest. Her original artwork is both feminine and edgy at the same time. We couldn’t decide on just one print, so we both took three home with us!

Sara Richard's Vulture Muse (Mama Zombie) from her Unsung Muses collection

Tanya Zolotareva

Ms. Zolotareva was a lady of few words, but her art somehow managed to pull us in for closer inspection. Her art is completely different from anything else we saw anywhere at the con. It was dark and somewhat terrifying (there seemed to be a lot of spines and vaginas) and yet we really liked it.

Tanya Zolotareva's C.nocturnum

Tanya’s art definitely has a bit of an anime feeling to it as well, and we all know that the anime world is full of weird and wonderful characters. But, in Tanya’s anime world it would seem there is also a lot of blood, guts and ripped apart women.

Tanya Zolotareva's Zan

Were you at C2E2? Have we missed someone you think should be on our list? Let us know!


About surlygurls

We’re two SurlyGurls brought together by a love of all things awesome and an equal hate of all things which are an affront to awesomeness everywhere.

Posted on April 19, 2012, in ANNUAL EVENTS, AWESOME, COMIC CON, COMICS, ENTERTAINMENT, LISTS and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great entry. I love Sara Richards’ work.
    Who is the artist of the first work?

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