Emerald City Comicon 2011

So this past weekend I went to the Washington State Convention Center to attend Emerald City Comicon.

To sum the entire experience up, it was AMAZING.

I got to meet Wil Wheaton again and have him sign my Brass Tome Journal. I had a little bit of a squee moment when he remembered me from when he signed the Metronome Lever Journal at PAX last year.  That was awesome with a side of so much epicness. He drew a picture of a dragon. I also bought Sunken Treasure and The Day After and Other Stories from him, which he graciously signed as well.

Wheaton's Dragon

Wil Wheaton's Dragon; Now dubbed "The Wheaton Dragon"

I picked up an awesome Baffler from Chris Yates. Its name is Dragon Breath Fountain. Its simply beautiful. I got it for Trista as a surprise, because a) she let me go to the con and b) loves loves loves her puzzles. She was very happy when I gave it to her; and she proceeded to dump it out and solve it in about 5 min. She still loves it and agrees with me that its gorgeous.

Dragon Breath Fountain

The Dragon Breath Fountain Baffler by Chris Yates

I also picked up a book from Joel Watson at Hijinks Ensue, God Speed You Fancy Bastard, a book from Angela Melick at Wasted Talent, We Are The Engineers, and the Boilerplate Unpublished Graphic Novel by Paul Guinan. In addition I bought a beautiful Cthulhu tea cup by Erin Middendorf.

Cthulhu Tea Cup

Cthulhu Tea Cup by Erin Middendorf

I also got to meet a lot of people who loved the Brass Tome. I happened to be carrying it around with me for most of the con because I needed space in my backpack for all of the awesome stuff that I bought. After that I have a renewed vigor to get the Gearskull Studios Etsy store up and running. Which is seriously the next thing that I am doing. I was awed and humbled by everyone’s compliments. I just like making the journals but knowing that other people dig my work was just the best thing ever.

I also got a lot of sketches in my journals from some artists that I really admire.

Scott Kurtz of PvP drew Skull the Troll for me looking totally bad-ass and maybe a little sketchy (get it sketchy… ha..yeah that was lame…..)

Skull the Troll

Skull the Troll by Scott Kurtz

David Malki of Wondermark drew an amazing Rhinoceros Gentleman making a rather discomfiting statement. Which is awesome.

The Gentleman Rhinoceros

The Gentleman Rhinoceros by David Malki

Aaron Diaz of Dresden Codak drew me a Mecha Lincoln. It reminded me of one of my favorite short stories “American Cheetah” by Robert Reed and made me really happy when he came up with it.

Mecha Lincoln

Mecha Lincoln by Aaron Diaz

And finally last, but certainly not least, Jeph Jacques from Questionable Content drew me a really nice sketch of Marigold. Ive been a fan of QC for many years and getting to meet Jeph was really really cool.


Marigold by Jeph Jacques

So yeah Emerald City Comicon was a huge success for me and I had a great time. It was just a blast. I got to meet so many cool and interesting people that I’ll definitely be going back next year.


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  1. #1 by Tracy on March 7, 2011 - 10:51 am

    Awesome sketches! Great post. Wish I could have gone with you…but I guess there is always next year. Really fun reading about your adventures though ;)

  2. #2 by Travis Tell on March 10, 2011 - 9:21 am

    Hey there Dave, really nice blog. I was one of those people who approached you at the Emerald City ComiCon on Saturday intrigued in the Brass Tome and am still very much interested. Thanks for directing me here. I will definitely make use of your store in the future. Love the journals, keep it up!

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