Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dragon Con

-By Dan dos Santos

AUGUST 31 -  SEPTEMBER 3,  2012

Dragon Con starts this Friday, and I am super honored to be this year's Artist Guest of Honor.

Some of the AGoH's responsibilities include creating a custom piece of art for the program guide (which I will share with you all in a few days), giving various lectures and demos, and putting on an exhibit in the art show.

Normally when I exhibit for a convention like Spectrum Live or IlluXcon, I rarely bring more than 5 or 6 large paintings. You really can't fit much more than that in a 10' x 10' booth. But being the Guest of Honor at Dragon Con means I have to fill the space of 3 regular booths. That's a LOT of wall to cover!

For those of you who have never exhibited at a large convention, you may not realize how much work goes into actually prepping for just a few days of exhibition. From business cards to lighting... there are a LOT of things to do. I have spent the past week touching up more than a dozen paintings, varnishing, matting, framing, printing, crating, and finally... shipping!

A week's worth of work quite literally came down to me driving 2 crates down the highway at 75 miles per hour, and making the Fed-Ex cut off today with no more than 4 minutes to spare! A feat, I should acknowledge, which would have been impossible without the help of my stellar assistant, Lindsey.

So what was in all those crates? Quite a lot, actually! In addition to the typical prints, books, and DVDs, I will also have with me more than a dozen original works. Here is a sampling of just some of the pieces I will be bringing:





I will also have with me 2, as of yet, unseen paintings... and a limited edition print.

Dragon Con is a pretty large show, and as such, a lot of really talented actors, writers, and artists show up for it. This year's artist list includes:

Justin Gerard
Todd Lockwood
Bill Sienkiewicz
David Mack
Tim Sale
Neal Adams
Larry Elmore
Bernie Wrightson
William Stout
Mark Zug
and....
Stan Lee

But why else is Dragon Con worth visiting? One word... COSPLAY. Dragon Con has one of the most active cosplay communities of any convention, even San Diego Comic Con doesn't compare. It's so big, they literally have a parade. These aren't just your average Halloween costumes. Some of these things are movie quality works of art! Don't believe me? Just watch the video below, it'll blow you away.


I hope to see some of our readers there! If you think you're going to make it, let us know in the comments section.

13 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the guest of honor spot! Wish I could make it!

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  2. Wow, Dragon Con looks like a really great place to be! Congratulations!

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  3. I'll be there, marching with the members of Cobra! You won't be able to miss my hot pink hair.

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  4. I can hardly wait! I missed last year due to a family situation so I have two years to make up for. It's a whole family trip for me. My wife comes along (with a good deal of eye rolling) and we've been taking our son since he was one (and he's twelve now). I'm looking forward to seeing your art in the show - I love your W.T. Zombie covers.

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  5. Dragon*Con (also Dragon Con or DragonCon) is a North America multigenre convention, founded in 1987, which takes place once each year in Atlanta, Georgia. As of 2011, the convention draws attendance of 46,000, features hundreds of guests, encompasses five hotels in downtown Atlanta near Centennial Olympic Park, and runs thousands of hours of programming for fans of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and other elements of fan culture.

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    1. Did DragonCon grow out of the old Atlanta Fantasy Fair? Was it a name change or was DragonCon something new? I'm trying to find some information on one the AFFs, but it's very sparse online...

      Also, congratulations, Dan, on the Guest of Honor accolade!

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  6. I'm looking forward to seeing your originals in person! Have a safe trip down.

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  7. What are you dressing up as, Dan? :-)

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    1. Lex Luthor... in street clothes.

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  8. SAM FLEGAL:
    I'll be there, and I will have a table in the Comic & Pop Artist Alley. See you there Dan!

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  9. Congrats! Can't wait to see the painting

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  10. See you there - anxious to see the print!
    Bryan W

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  11. I'M IN THAT VIDEO!! ( 1:35, rocking my Plasma pistols) Sadly, this will be my first D*Con that I'm missing since my first time going. boo.
    Hope you and Justin enjoy it as much as we do! I've never been to SDCC but I know for a FACT that the party levels at D*Con blow the West Coast con out of the water!

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