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!
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’.
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.
“The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo — also known as C2E2 — is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. C2E2 is lovingly handcrafted by the same people that bring you the New York Comic Con. Come meet your favorite comic artists, creators and celebrities, and mingle with other comic con fans in Chicago. C2E2 is the con Chicago needs and the con you deserve!”
The longest day of your life is the day you spend sitting at your desk, watching the clock countdown to your escape from work. That was exactly what happened to us on Thursday as we waited for our C2E2 adventure to begin.
Our good friends Lenna and Matt Graham – both of who are also pop culture addicts and super creative; Lenna works as a graphic artist and Matt is a fantastic artist and comic-book blogger – picked us up and we hit the road for our epic midnight road-trip to Chicago.
We got a quick bit of sleep in Benton Harbor, MI and started out for the last two hours of our drive first thing in the morning. What none of us accounted for: crossing into a different time zone. We ended up dropping Matt – who had to pick up his press pass – at McCormick Place a good hour before the doors opened. We quickly checked into the hotel, dropped our suitcases and headed back ourselves to pick up our passes and start the weekend.
It was a quiet weekend on the premiere’s front, which is a good thing because we’re still wiping away the tears after the amazing, and sad, ‘Chuck’ finale on Friday. We miss that loveable nerd already!
But, Monday is the start of a new week and with it comes some new “reality” shows for your viewing pleasure. Tonight is all about picking your favourite Alt-lifestyle!
At 9 PM Logo TV has the premiere of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’. It’s pretty much what you think it is. The best drag queens from around the United States compete to become the next big thing. If you’re looking for over-the-top characters and what we can only assume will be some truly outstanding cat fights, this is the show for you! We’re not going to lie, after watching some of the “meet the queens” videos online, we’re kind of intrigued.
If body art is more your style, channel surf over to Oxygen tonight at 10 PM for the premiere of their reality competition show, ‘Best Ink’. America’s top tattoo artists compete for $100,000 and the right to say they are the best artist in the United States. This is a competition we would like to watch, as the skill and artistry of tattooing is unbelievable and is worth showcasing in a series.