CONduit, Day Two

A full report will have to wait for later, but Day Two can be summed up as follows:

“My hand hurts.”

Here’s a LITTLE more detail.

11:00-12:00: Howard stakes a claim to a table, posts some flyers, and warms up his drawing hand.
12:00-1:00: A webcomics panel replete with “I know none of these people.” It’s still fun.
1:00-2:00: Lunch at Carl’s Jr.
2:00-8:00: Howard draws until his hand is fit to fall off.
8:00-9:00: Dinner at McDonalds, complete with the stereotypical crazy muttering man.
9:00-10:00: Masquerade, during the half-time of which I led the audience in a two-artist game of “SF Pictionary.” Somebody needs to talk to somebody about what “SF” is, because even though I communicated “The Wizard of Oz” in just under 18 seconds, I’m a little bitter about having to draw the Emerald City and the Yellow Brick Road at this event.

For most of the day I hung out with Dan Willis, one of WOTC’s Dragonlance authors.

I’ll post pictures of the commissions I drew once we download them from the camera. The good news: I made enough on commissions yesterday that all the gas, parking, and meal expenses associated with this event are covered. The bad news: I was making about $13 an hour in a non-sustainable activity. My hand is killing me. Today I either raise prices, or get sloppy.

If you’re reading this and planning to be at CONduit today, I’m at the Gaming Registration table across from the Art Show starting at 11:00am, and I’ll be there through about 4:00. Then I have a panel on Inking, and then I go home!


9 thoughts on “CONduit, Day Two”

  1. *sigh* That whole “Sci Fi = Fantasy” thing really gets on my nerves sometimes. They’re more complimentary opposites than the same genre in my opinion. And The Wizard of Oz is in a class a little on its own, as well. Y’think they’d know better at a con…

    1. “SF”, however, does not necessarily equal “science fiction” either. These days, I’ve seen it far more commonly used to mean “speculative fiction”, which is a catchall term covering science fiction, fantasy, and horror (though nobody really pays much attention to the horror part).

      Certainly the rec.arts.sf.* newsgroup hierarchy uses it to mean that, as (I suspect) do most cons that self-describe as “sf cons”.

      It’s a useful catchall term, because even though the “most common” genres of science fiction and fantasy tend to be complimentary opposites, there’s a lot of stuff that tends to inhabit the fuzzy boundaries where it’s clearly some of both and can’t be cleanly divided into either.

  2. The Emerald City and the Yellow Brick Road such that they are distinguishable as such in under 18 seconds.

    I would LOVE to see that.

      1. Monochrome. Yes, it was a green marker, but because I’d been drawing EVERYTHING in green, the audience was no longer capable of recieving color information from me.


  3. I still occasionally get a hankering to get hold of the Oz books. I blame Heinlein for doing such a fan boy impression in Number of the Beast. It may not be SF but I think it probably feels more at home there than with more modern fantasy.

    1. Could be worse, I guess.

      There was always Philip Jose Farmer’s A Barnstormer In Oz. Which actually was quite interesting, I thought. A bit adult oriented, too, but not disturbingly so.

      At least I wasn’t any more disturbed by it. But that’s just me.

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