So here we have it, my official Cyphan badge art, which has been signed by Robert Picardo and Richard Hatch, and will be auction off at the Chicagoland Entertainment Collectors Expo’s Grand Finale show Sept 17th. All proceeds will go to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation.
Don’t Miss it!
Saturday: As expected it was slow. But really I didn’t expect that in it’s second year this show was going to be busy as a show that has 15+ years under it’s belt.
As you know my ‘our’ goal for my painting was to get it signed by the 3 actors that are the guests of honor. We (Paul & I) first approached Robert Picardo, I let Paul do most of the talking since he’s a representative of the charity he does the work for. Robert Picardo was all for it, he signed it with a smile, he was happy to help out. He loved the painting, (I think what he loved most is that I made him look young, he kept commenting on that) and I asked if we could have a picture for the website and he was like ‘SURE!’. He’s such a nice person, very grounded and personable.
While we were waiting to talk to Richard Hatch, he was having a ‘thumb war’ with one of the guys, it was kinda funny. As he was signing my painting he looked at the painting he said, Why does dirk look better than me, I told him that finding good quality pictures of you guys from back then is really hard, he laughed and said ‘I Know, I’m only kidding’. He signed it, and apparently he’s been poking fun at Dirk and wanted to scribble on Dirk face on the painting… my eyes almost popped out and he said ‘ juuuuust kidding’ and laughs. =) I asked if we could have a picture He stands up and puts his arm around me and kept putting the painting up in front of my face, I kept trying to look around it, and Richard was saying… ‘what are you doing?’, I was laughing so hard, it was awesome.
Sunday: was extremely slow, but that was to be expected since the show started at 9am. It did pick up around noonish. Sadly, not many costumes came into the dealer room so I didn’t get many pictures.
All in all it was a decent show, even though my sales were low, I made some really awesome connections that will probably pan out to published work in the next few months. I really feel that the Midwest needs a Dragon Con type SciFi Fantasy Convention such as this and I believe this show could be something BIG.
Video from Sunday in the Dealer Hall: