Cyphan 2011 [recap]

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:

Get ready to get your CYPHAN on!

CYPHAN is next weekend (July 29-31) I’ll be there Saturday & Sunday (due to my husbands schedule I won’t be able make it on Friday unless we can figure something out).

I will have Limited Edition prints of the badge art at my table. The prints will ONLY be available at this show, once the show is over the prints will be no longer available. If you’re interested in owning the original (which we are hoping to get signed), it will be auctioned off at The Chicago Entertainment Collectors Expo’s Grande Finale Show in September, all proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation.

This is my last week to get painting and artwork done, then next week is putting together new merchandise and working in photoshop.

Last peek of my current painting, which I’m thinking of naming after the ELO song ‘Yours Truly’. I know most people aren’t going to ‘get it’, but I think it totally goes along with the theme of the painting.

It seriously needs a pop of color, I’m thinking of painting her hair white and giving her a red dress. I have a little more to paint before I actually get to working on those two things so I’ll let it roll around in the brain pan a bit longer.

Retro Sexy Robot – Progress

I’m so happy to make some progress on this piece after the last two days of having no electricity. Monday morning we had a really bad storm that knocked the power out, ComEd’s automated service estimated that restoration time would be Friday / Saturday. I was so upset and frustrated that it was going to take them that long, when I have so much I need to do that involves working in photoshop. Cyphan & GenCon are really just around the corner and that was going to put a serious dent in my time table. I found out from Pam, one of the cashiers at Jewel, that ComEd was bringing in crews from other cities to help get the power back on.

Tuesday at about 1130p the ComEd truck was on our street scouting our power lines, I think everyone on the block was outside watching, waiting and hoping.

I know it’s a little different for me, but I really think it sums up a majority of the artistic influences of my youth, Patrick Nagel, Classic Pinup, Soryama’s Sexy Robot, Xanadu and Flash Gordon from 1957 (the first real scifi I was exposed to as a kid, I used to watch it every Sunday morning).

Desk – 07142011