Category Archives: San Diego Comic-Con

Adding detail

I was always going to go back to this painting to add more detail as I felt it was never finished. I’ll be taking it to San Diego for the art show in July. Here’s a close up of the work done so far on Max Factor the dog 🙂


Max Factor

SDCC 2012 – Part 3

I met the inspirational Felicia Day again, the first time was at the Starfury event in London earlier this year. It was at that event I was introduced to her work and discovered what a hard working, funny and down to earth person she is!

Don’t throw away that scifiartist.com card I gave you! lol 😀 I’ll be doing a Felica painting in some shape or form very soon so watch this space!

Paul Burrow and Felicia Day
Paul Burrow and Felicia Day

Felicia Day links
Felicia Day website
Geek & Sundry
Watch The Guild web series



Earlier in the day I’d been to the Geek & Sundry panel. There was a big queue to get in and even then I missed the start and was stuck at the back, However it was a very funny panel and worth the wait!

Geek & Sundry queue behind me SDCC 2012
Geek & Sundry queue behind me SDCC 2012
Geek & Sundry queue in front of me SDCC 2012
Geek & Sundry queue in front of me SDCC 2012
Geek & Sundry Indigo Ballroom SDCC 2012
Geek & Sundry Indigo Ballroom SDCC 2012

SDCC 2012 – Part 2

I attended a quite a few talks and panels.


Jonathan Ross was involved in an interesting panel discussion about the writing process. It turned into an entertaining interview with other guests appearing in turn, followed by a Q&A session. Beards were compulsory 😀

Jonathan Ross interviews Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman
Jonathan Ross interviews Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman

I attended 2 panels at the Nerd HQ organised by Zachery Levi, star of Chuck.

Nerd HQ Zachery Levi
Nerd HQ Zachery Levi introduces the cats of The Man With The Iron Fists

Sadly my pictures of Lucy Liu, RZA & Dave Bautista are all blurred. After the panel they did a poster signing for the film.

Man with the iron fists panel at Nerd HQ
Man with the iron fists panel at Nerd HQ

Seth Green and the Robot Chicken team also did a Nerd HQ panel which I attended.

Robot Chicken at Nerd HQ
Robot Chicken at Nerd HQ

The Buffy 20th anniversary was packed out. There was a lot of girly squealing at James Marsters and Nicholas Brendan dropped an F-bomb!

Buffy 20th Anniversary
Buffy 20th Anniversary

Grrhh Aarrghh
Grrhh Aarrghh

SDCC 2012 – Part 1

SDCC 2012 was as hectic as expected. I return from San Diego motivated with new ideas. I’ll talk about those later but for now here are a few pics from San Diego Comic-Con 2012.


I accidentally hit a pigeon on the road. Sorry pigeon. A couple of years ago it was a rabbit or 2.

Parked up near the airport!
Parked up near the airport!
Waiting for the bus
Waiting for the bus

Raining in Manchester
Unsurprisingly it was raining in Manchester



San Diego convention centre… the calm before the storm but not a raindrop in sight here!
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Near the convention centre a day before the convention began

Bring on the crowds
Bring on the crowds
Stewie gets everywhere
Stewie gets everywhere
Pedicab ride anyone?
Pedicab ride anyone?
Marshmallow man sdcc
Marshmallow man couldn't stop me getting in
View from above at the small press tables
View from above at the small press tables
Weta sdcc
Don't know who let this lot in
A guy demonstating the wacom cintiq
A guy demonstating the wacom cintiq
3D printer
3D printer - Won't be too long before these will appear in many households
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Batmobiles were on display outside the Hilton
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The classic batmobile
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Another one
Knight Industries Two Thousand - sdcc2012
My new car was on display
Total Recall hover car
For the memories of a lifetime...
Industrial Light & Magic
Industrial Light & Magic
Artwork at the ACME stand
Artwork at the ACME stand

Artwork at sdcc2012
A work in progress



More pics to come in part 2

Day 2

Friday was a lot busier than Thursday, the costumes were out in full force. Pictures will follow as I snapped away at many of these weird and wonderful creations. There was one gigantic Darth Vader and a small boy with a lightsaber approached him.

Oi pick on someone your own size


2 vaders vs the boy


Spotted various people today – Star Trek actors William Shatner & Brent Spiner, Ron Glass from Firefly. Stan Lee was ushered past while I was sat in a portfolio review. They had people around them that tried to stop you taking any photos that were “candid” and not posed for.

Rick Edwards
Rick Edwards

There are loads of camera crews recording constantly but I recognised a British presenter Rick Edwards from T4.

He was interviewing a rather large guy dressed as the joker so I watched from the background. When they’d finished I approached Rick and cheekily asked if he fancied promoting a fellow Brit. He explained that he was here on a mission to try and get his own comic book published. He seemed interested in my suggestion to do the artwork and he said he would speak to his producer. So I left my card and contact details with him. Nothing may come of it but at least I gave it a go 🙂

Rick Edwards at San Diego Comic-Con

Portfolio reviews were the afternoon agenda. This year on the day in question you add your name to a ticket for the company you want to speak to. Your name is drawn out randomly and added to a list in the order selected, then it’s a case of waiting to see if they have time to see you. It’s brutal but these are the lengths you have to go to just to see an editor or art director. I was No 41 & 69 on the 2 companies I saw on Friday. Eventually I was called for each review, one prematurely as I’d read Paul Burrows as me which is a common spelling mistake but it was my evil American clone so I got in sooner than expected. One was positive the other not so.

I was shattered by the end of the day so back to the hotel and bed – legs are aching after the miles of walking. Shoulder not so bad today. Come on T4 give me a call!!

 

Travel & 1st day

Comic-con – summary so far.

Travel there – At 4am driving my car down quiet country roads I got swarmed by a herd of rabbits, (Not sure what the correct word for a group of rabbits is – maybe Dave West can answer that?) 🙂 I couldn’t stop in time and felt at least one of the cute fluffy bunnies crunch and pop under my front wheel – yuk – makes me cringe thinking about it.

My engine warning light came on shortly after that so I was worried about actually making it to the airport but all was well in the end. Flights were cramped and long. Had to change planes at Denver due to a technical problem which delayed the flight for a couple of hours, better late than dead I suppose.

At San Diego I shared a minibus/cab with a few others and the crazy driver didn’t seem to know what he was doing – word of advice if you’re ever in the queue for a taxi at SD airport and somebody offers you a “shuttle” instead don’t take it unless you want to be led on a wild goose chase and arrive at your destination slower than you could have walked it. I needed my bed – hotel is cheap and adequate but that’s all I need – oh and free wireless internet of course that allows me to do this at 4am.

Okay whinge over:D – First day of the Con was good.  Collecting my pass went smoothly and I was allowed to pick up My Friday & Saturday passes at the same time – saves me queueing again apart from Sunday. I didn’t find it as overwhelming as last year (My first visit). I wandered around first to take it all in – there is a lot to see and do. Most stands looked the same as last year though I haven’t seen everything yet – still 3 days to go. 

I met up with Chris Reilly who was signing for SLG and we hung out for a while. We’re collaborating on a book entitled Grand Theft Robot so it’s good to discuss this in person rather than emails for a change. I bought some books and my bag got a bit heavy, my shoulder is a bit red raw from carrying the Man Bag all day – Neil any recommendations so solve the bag problem? 🙂

I spotted Jane Goldman in front of me in the food queue, she’s quite easy to spot with her pink hair, then I realised she was with hubby Jonathan Ross. Jonathan is not recognised in the US as much as in England so I think he was a bit surprised to hear a call of “Alright Rossy” in an English accent behind him. He politely acknowledged me though before leaving with his order of pizzas.

In the evening I met up with a few of Chris’s friends for a Mexican. Big burrito I had, followed by the strangest party I have ever been to. First of all it was the first free party with free drinks I’ve ever been to that cost $10 dollars to enter & $6 dollars a bottle – bad advertising there guys. The party was outdoors on a large balcony of the Westgate hotel (Quite posh). There was loud music and video being projected onto an adjacent building showing a lot of monkeys amongst other things. We were surrounded by tall buildings and planes were flying in the near distance as they landed at the airport. On a small podium girls with zombie make up and skimpy outfits took it in turns to pose while several people stood around and sketched them. I have pictures. I’ll upload them when I get a chance.

That’s all for now!

Scifiartist T-Shirts

I’m thinking of whipping up a few T-Shirts to wear at Comic-Con with the scifiartist logo/website on them. Don’t know whether to go a step further and add some artwork but I like these simple easy to read mock ups illustrated below.

Scifiartist T-Shirts

Portfolio Review photos uploaded

Here are a few photos I took while waiting for a portfolio review at Comic-Con 2009.

These are some of the photos I took while waiting for a Portfolio review at Comic-Con 2009. I met some nice people while waiting around for most of the day.

Portfolio Reviews
Portfolio Reviews
A portfolio review in progress
A portfolio review in progress
Musical chairs anyone?
Musical chairs anyone?
Signing up for a review
Signing up for a review
Portfolio Reviews Queues
Portfolio Reviews Queues
It'll be your turn soon
It'll be your turn soon
Artists Nervously Waiting
Artists Nervously Waiting
Lucas Licensing next...
Lucas Licensing next...