I was a guest at the Staple convention in Austin, TX this past weekend. It is a one day indie show. Picture two convention rooms of just Artist Alleys. Yes, the dealers are creators selling their wares, with the exception of Chris Staros (I had last seen him in Stockholm) who was at a Top Shelf booth. It had a very exciting energy to it. The talent of many of these up-and-coming creators is extraordinary.
There was a LIve Art event post con Saturday night at a night club. Artists would do drawings below a stage with a live band or DJ, and the art would be sold to benefit a local charity. The music was a bit loud for me, as I could feel my chest compressing and depressing with the beat as I drew.
It was a great convention, and the Austin airport is a breeze to get through. I arrived about 90 minutes before my direct flight to LA, got ticketed, went through security, and waited at my gate for about 80 minutes. It takes the better part of an hour to get through security at LAX--and that's a slow day. I had a great sushi dinner with Alan Porter whose book, James Bond-the Illustrated History of 007, has recently been published, and a not so great non-sushi dinner. I also met quite a few very talented artists such as: