|Some great finds at conventions: comics and art you didn't know existed.|
|The bargain boxes, always worth checking for affordable treasures.|
|Teeny tiny superheroes.|
|Look closely--Doctor Who is shopping for comics.|
|R2D2 making its first appearance of the day, with its builder and operator, |
Daniel Rodriguez, standing discretely behind. Kids came running to see the droid.
Two participants are given a subject to draw. They have two minutes to complete the image, then the spectators vote by applause for their favorite rendition.
|The first battle begins, pitting brother against brother.|
|The spectators, watching the dueling artists at work.|
|The final drawings. There were numerous art fights throughout the day.|
There were so many creative people present, they had to open up a second floor to fit them all in. Here's a sampling of who was there (apologies to everyone I missed).
|Dan Moser, writer for Chaotic Soldiers and FUBAR, originally from Waterbury.|
|Jack Purcell, currently an inker at DC comics.|
|Connecticut artist Frank McLaughlin has been in the comic book industry since the Silver Age. |
I can't even begin to list everything he's done--Wikipedia has a decent overview of his career.
|Cesar Feliciano, Tyler James, and David Meikis. |
Feliciano and James are currently collaborating on The Red Ten.
|Cesar Feliciano, working on a commissioned artwork. |
The final piece can be seen on Instagram.
|Dave Meikis, working on a sketch of Spider-Man. Meikis grew up in Waterbury. He started out as a fan of Star Wars. When he spotted a Star Wars comic book on the spinner rack at Rite-Aid, he became hooked on comics, making regular visits to the spinner racks Rite-Aid and the Bunker Hill Pharmacy. Now he has a career in comic books, working for Marvel and DC.|
|The finished sketch of Spider-Man by Dave Meikis.|
|Matthew J. Fletcher, a New Haven artist.|
|Bronx native Emilio Velez, Jr., creator of The Dodgeball Teens.|
|Nick Palazzo, another Connecticut artist (so much talent in this small state).|
|Alex Simmons, creator of BlackJack.|
Seated to his right is Ric Meyers, who's done so much stuff there's a Wikipedia entry about him.
|T.C. Ford, artist and publisher of United Comics, kept busy with caricatures.|
|Batgirl poses for T.C. Ford while her little sister supervises.|
|Kids love comics--and comic conventions!|
If you want to stay up-to-date with comic conventions in Connecticut, stop by Legends of Superheros on Straits Turnpike. It's a great comic book store, and they have their finger on the pulse of region's comic book world.