Over Memorial Day weekend I went over to the Phoenix Comicon. It was the first time I'd ever attended one of these events -- haven't ever made it over to the San Diego Comic-Con either. It was interesting to say the least! The people watching alone was entertaining enough. But the real reason I went was to check out a few of my friends who had set up shop there to sell their wares -- plush toys, prints, original art, and to look at what other artists I didn't know were up to as well. I'll introduce 3 of my friends here and one booth that caught my eye.
First up is Sydney Edmunds of Squidnoodle Plush Toys. That's Sydney on the left. She's an awesome painter, but she also makes some amazing original plush creatures. Most of her toys are on the dark, edgy side, but she can do cute too. Below is a custom piece she did for me.
Of course it's pink -- I'm just that kinda girl.
Ramona Art. Maritza does anime-inspired drawings and paintings, traditional and digital. At the con, she also did sketches on request. Cats seemed to be a popular theme.
Here's a sampling of her work.
Finally, we have Jason Jarava. Previously, I was mostly familiar with his lush, detailed landscapes, but his real passion is in fantasy/sci-fi illustration. Jason was selling prints and originals of his work.
Some pages from his portfolio.
Aside from my friends, there was one other booth that caught my eye at the con, and this probably says more about my personal taste than anything. There were some amazing comic book artists there, but I gravitated to this booth because it was colorful and whimsical.
Giddy Girlie is run by Mia (sorry I don't know her last name!). She paints wooden peg people and does dot paintings and hand embroidery. I bought one of her peg people, one painted like Kermit the Frog! (Okay, so I kinda have a frog fetish...)
This year's con was bigger than in previous years, and I'm sure it'll just keep growing. Check it out next year if you have the chance!