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I was a guest at the Staple convention in Austin, TX this past… - usagiguy
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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:

http://rannigan.livejournal.com/
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chickrockguitar From: chickrockguitar Date: March 11th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oo! Stan, I love that Usagi/Leo one!
pmbq From: pmbq Date: March 11th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's amazing to find these pockets of creativity around the country. The Live Art event sounds like a lot of fun! I guess next time you should pack your earplugs :)
gothamajp From: gothamajp Date: March 11th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi Stan -

Thanks for the mention of the James Bond book. It was great to meet up with you again. Glad to read that you enjoyed STAPLE!

See in you in Seattle in a few weeks.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 11th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much Mr. Sakai. It was a great pleasure and honor to meet you. I shall see you "out there".
rannigan From: rannigan Date: March 11th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was me by the way. :)
cynlee From: cynlee Date: March 11th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
OOOOOO!!!!! Usagi and ... a Ninja Turtle!!

*squints*

Did you sell it? CAn I buy it?
deadsquirrelgrl From: deadsquirrelgrl Date: March 11th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! You have a way better picture of us than mine (I look totally crazy in the one taken on my camera).

It was fantastic to meet you! I'm looking forward to reading "Travels with Jotaro" and getting to know Usagi again.

I agree the music was way too loud. But I'm glad you had a good time!

Thanks again! -- Kristin
chris_ycrtft From: chris_ycrtft Date: March 12th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi Stan! Uncle Staple here. I just saw this - thanks for mentioning us. I'm very gratified that you enjoyed the show. It was our honor to have you.

That Usagi on the cliff is gorgeous, btw. I know both of the guys that bought your pieces so I will get to see them again. :)

Sorry about the volume and the restaraunt. Both these things are chronic problems I have not yet been able to logisitically unknot.
chrisschweizer From: chrisschweizer Date: March 12th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been told that Staple is great, but this convinced me that I should try and make it next year.
chris_ycrtft From: chris_ycrtft Date: March 12th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
hmm - i see that you teach the funny books. might you be interested in possibly doing a presentation?
artemna From: artemna Date: March 16th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi Stan! Again, terrific meeting you and I'm so sorry you were robbed of your sushi! :)

Monica
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