UPDATE: We are turning off the application form for now as we have several promising candidates to join our staff. Thank you for your interest and keep watching for future announcements.
For the first time in a very long time, we are opening up the doors of Convention Scene and are looking to add some Assistant Editors to our staff. The primary responsibility of these positions will be to post press releases to the site.
We are looking for staff members that can hit the ground running, preferably with past WordPress experience.
These are unpaid positions (at least for now), but staff members often receive press passes and free admission to conventions. (Note: If you do attend a convention in your position as a Convention Scene staff member, you will be expected to file a con report with photos about your experience.)
Our response time to the applications might be slow (we are doing this because we need the extra help after all), but everyone will get a response.
Convention Scene will be making our next vendor appearance at the Orlando Toy and Comic Con this Sunday. This is the last show we have lined up for the time being so be sure to come out and take some stuff off our hands. We’ll have comic books, art prints, movie press kits, trading cards, DVDs, and whatever else I can scrounge up.
Guests for the show include Ethan Van Sciver, Billy Tucci, Clay Mann, and Alex Saviuk.
The show will take place at the Radisson, 1724 N. Alafaya Trail, right down the street from UCF. Show hours are from 10 to 5. Over 75 tables of toys, comics, and more.
Having recently made my return to the convention circuit as a dealer at the Daytona Beach Comic and Toy Show, I have my 2nd show lined up for this coming Sunday: The CBC Comic Book and Toy Show. Put on my Joe Peace from The Comic Book Connection, this show will feature comics from the Golden Age to the present plus high and low end toys. According to Joe, “we’ll have over 50 thousands comics at this show plus toys.”
The show will take place from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Holiday Inn & Suites at 5905 Kirkman Road, across from the entrance to Universal Studios Florida. Admission is $3 (and one child under 12 can get in free with each paid adult admission). The first 100 paid attendees get a free comic with thousands to choose from, and there will be door prizes and giveaways throughout the day.
Come out and see us!
On November 18th, I stepped behind the table as a dealer for the first time in over 4 years. The site of my return was the Daytona Beach Comic and Toy Show.
The show took place at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Daytona Beach, Florida. The dealers were all located in one small ballroom with a second room set aside for creators from AC Comics, a local publisher known for their Femforce title, who were celebrating their 30th Anniversary in comics.
It was a very comic-centric show with plenty of collectibles as well. According to a post to their Facebook page, attendance was a scant 160 people, down from 250 for a previous show. They suggest the weather may have been a factor and that is definitely a possibility (it was a cold and windy day), but it is worth noting that a celebration at Coliseum of Comics featuring George Perez in Sanford the day before might have supplied some people with their comic fix for the weekend, plus a new convention, Geek Fest Florida, was also taking place in Boca Raton the same day.
It was an enjoyable show for me and my family who attended with me. Another dealer bought the entire box of action figures I brought with me within the first 5 minutes of the show, and another guy purchased a bunch of trading card sets as well. After that, it was a slow climb the rest of the day with $1 to $3 comics. I made my last sale around 2:20, however, and the show was dead after that. We packed up and left around 4:30.
I did not take any photos at the show; instead, I focused on putting together my first ever Convention Scene video. Check it out below; at least watch the first 10 seconds to catch the snazzy video intro.
If you have ever thought about advertising your comic book, store, website, etc. on Convention Scene (anything other than a convention), now is the time! From now until the end of this year, December 31, 2012, sidebar ads for non-convention ads (the ads that appear on the right side under the “Advertisers” header) are 50% off. Ads must be ordered from this page; ads can be uploaded on this page.
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With all the hoopla about DC’s New 52 launching today with the release of Justice League #1, I thought it might be interesting to see what the staff of Convention Scene plan to pick up. Well, the answers range from all to none.
Richard says, “I’m intrigued of the major changes enough that I’ll probably read each of the first issues and whittle it down from there.”
Joe, in his ever blunt way, says, “Not at all; looks like crap.”
Colin says, “I wasn’t reading DC before (aside from Vertigo) and these changes don’t encourage me to jump on.”
As for myself, I’m a long-time DC reader, having started reading comics in the 1970s after watching the Super Friends cartoon. For me this is exciting and depressing at the same time. Change is always exciting, but at the same time, I’m not sure if I will left out. When Superman was changed for Man of Steel, I stopped reading Superman. When they changed Jason Todd’s origin in Batman (along with other changes), I stopped reading Batman. Will I still feel a connection to the new DC Universe? We’ll see. While I toyed with buying all 52 new issues, I knew some of them I wouldn’t buy after the first issue so I decided to pare it down to what I might actually buy, with the jury still out on a few of these. Here goes:
Birds of Prey
Green Lantern Corps
Green Lantern: New Guardians
Justice League International
The Fury of Firestorm
Justice League Dark
Legion of Super-Heroes
So that’s it for us. What do you plan on picking up?
Earlier this year we were introduced to the work of Eric “Pepperink” Maruscak when we saw the time lapse video of the chalk drawing he did of Ivan Reis’s Green Lantern art for C2E2. Now we are thrilled to be able to show you the custom art and video Eric has made for Convention Scene.
Want to see more of Eric’s work? Check out the interview below for details on where you can find him at Comic-Con International: San Diego, and here are some links to some of his other pieces:
Green Lantern | C2E2 2011:
Yu-Gi-Oh! | New York Comic Con/New York Anime Festival 2010:
Lucasfilm | Star Wars Celebration V:
You can learn more about him at this link or by reading our exclusive interview below: http://www.pepperink.com/about-me/
Convention Scene: How did you get started doing chalk drawings?
Eric: It started around 2004. I had always been know as an illustrator and artist in my home town, so the local Little Italy Community asked me to take part in a street painting festival they were trying to organize. The original street painters got started in Italy and were called “Madonnari”. They would perform in front of churches in the hopes that they would be hired to come inside and work as mural artists, or would recreate murals they had already painted inside the building to get more money from passers-by as a street performer. This history is why many Little Italy Communities have such festivals.
It was a hot weekend, painful to work on the pavement, and I loved every minute of it. It took me a while to realize that it was the performance aspect that I enjoyed so much. Artists are solitary people for the most part, toiling away at our art tables, canvases, or computers with most people never seeing the work in progress, only the finished piece. Talking with people while I worked, answering questions and watching them return over and over again to check on the progress of the art was amazingly fun for me as an artist.
I did more festivals after that, and made the choice to start focusing my work on my love of comic book art. I feel that comic book illustrators get a bad wrap and are really some of the most talented artists working today, but I was worried that people coming to the festival would think of it as “kids stuff.” I was totally wrong, and the art was a hit, in part because the characters were iconic and immediately recognizable. So I continued making comic murals as outdoor chalk art while I worked on my traditional and digital art separately.
Then, in the Spring of 2006 I was at Wizard World Philadelphia wandering the floor showing my portfolio. I was talking to a wonderful artist named Franchesco who is a regular at shows, and he was critiquing my stuff when he came across a photo of one of the chalk murals that I’d just happened to tuck in there. He stopped, turned the portfolio to someone standing next to me and said “He should do this stuff at shows.” Turns out the random person next to me was the Director of the Wizard World shows at the time. He handed me his card and said “Let’s make it happen.” It took several months of e-mails and calls, but my first convention appearance was that summer at the 10th Anniversary Wizard World Chicago Show. It taught me a valuable lesson, be nice to EVERYONE you meet at a convention, you never know who might be standing next to you.
Since then I’ve worked at building publicity and have amassed a large collection of appearances including 11 Wizard World stops, multiple New York Comic Cons and New York Anime Festivals, several appearances at the Penny Arcade Expo, stops at the Otakon in Baltimore, Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, and finally this summer an appearance at the San Diego Comic Con!
Convention Scene: Which chalk drawing has been my most challenging to do?
Eric: That is a difficult question as many have had unexpected difficulties that I’ve had to work around. The Watchmen piece I did for DC Comics/Warner Brothers at the New York Comic Con in 2009 was my largest so the sheer scale was hard, a Marc Silvestri X-Men: Messiah Complex cover recreation I did for Wizard World Texas was really difficult because I had to recreate the look of Mr. Silvestri’s sketchy pen-and-ink style and crazy cross-hatching in black and white chalk! There was a “Summer Blockbuster” piece I made at Wizard World LA featuring Ironman, Batman and Indiana Jones that was my most beat-up piece with it getting torn, walking on it, a baby throwing their juice cup across it and one man spilling a whole coffee onto the upper portion. But probably my most difficult was my first convention piece ever, Wizard World Chicago in 2006. Not only because it was new in every way, but because I wasn’t sure I was even getting permission to make the piece until I was 5 hours into my 13 hour drive to Chicago (that was a leap of faith). Also the city had just come off a killer heat wave (literally 8 or 9 people died in the days before), and I made the piece outside in 90+ degree heat for three days, the sheer physicality of it was tough to pull off. The crowd response was amazing though, and I knew many more shows were ahead of me.
Convention Scene: Which one was the most fun to do?
Eric: I have to say that the Star Wars piece I made at Celebration V last summer was the most fun I’ve had, and there were a number of reasons behind this. First, I was making a STAR WARS piece… for LUCASFILM… c’mon, that was a dream come true. Then there was the fact that I was the person who was to introduce Savage Oppress (Darth Maul’s brother) to the crowds at the show, and be the first artist to ever draw him in a public venue. Sure, George Lucas made the announcement first during his interview with John Stewart, but less than a third of the convention was able to see that or watch it on close-circut TVs in the center, so for the rest of the convention goers my drawing would be their first glimpse. But I think the biggest reason is simply because everyone there was so damn happy, all the time. It was the most positive and upbeat convention I have ever been to. Everyone was there because they love Star Wars, and they were getting so much out of it. I was proud to be a part of that experience and for people to see the creation of that mural (which took 33 hours over 4 days.)
Convention Scene: Anything else I want to add?
Eric: I’ll be appearing at San Diego Comic Con for the Nintendo event directly across the street in the Marriott hotel. Nintendo is always great, and this is the second piece I’ve made for them. Last year I created a Metroid: Other M mural at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle. I will be drawing a beautiful piece of artwork they have provided, and again recording a time lapse of the entire process. If you are coming to the show, be sure to stop by because it is going to be amazing! I am really honored to be appearing there as I’ve always wanted to create one of these at San Diego Comic Con. Sure, I am not right on the main floor… yet…. but as I have found each appearance opens doors to other shows and people who have never seen my work, so hopefully next year I can get right on the show floor for an amazing piece of art.
I’ve done a lot of work in the Comic Book, Anime and Video Game arenas… so now I am also reaching out to Horror Conventions. Yep, that’s right. I am a big fan of horror, and would love to create something at many of the horror cons out there. The artistic possibilities of the imagery (something horrific and awful and amazing) blown up to 15 feet tall gets me excited each time I think about it, so I am hoping to make some contacts with Horror Shows soon and see what we can create!
And lastly, even though I am mostly known as a chalk artist… I do a lot of illustration work, concept art and sequential drawing too (when I get the time between appearances) and I am hoping to make that a much bigger part of my daily work in the very near future. When I do get the time I like to share images on my Facebook fan page Pepperink: The Home of artist Eric Maruscak, and on my blog at www.pepperink.com.
And if you ever see me at a show, don’t hesitate to say hi…. I love talking to people while I work, and that is all part of the performance aspect of the art I create.
Check out Florida SuperCon’s Full Panel Schedule! Easy to use interactive schedule for the 4 day show is up and running. Panels range from Comics, to Anime to Video Games. Naming just a small few.
Check out such panels as Charlie Adlard’s Q & A, Geek Dating Game, Jeopardy, Walking Dead TV Q&A, Ghost Hunting and so many more.
Convention Scene News Editor Joe Fauvel, who self publishes his own creator owned series, CRY, will be attending the convention as well as participating in the two panels.
Friday July 1, 6:00PM-7:00PM INDEPENDENT COMICS: OUTSIDE OF THE MAINSTREAM -ROOM 200 (PANEL ROOM B)
Saturday July 2, 11:00AM-12PM MAKE YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK-ROOM 200 (PANEL ROOM B)
See videos of last year’s panels Joe was participating in HERE!
For all information on Florida SuperCon check out their website!
All Business Cards and Convention Scene have joined together to offer free business cards to our visitors. There are 3 different ways to win, and each winner will receive 500 free business cards. The cards can be single or double sided, printed on thick 16pt card stock, and have a Glossy UV finish, a Matte Finish, or can come uncoated. Shipping (UPS ground) is included so the cost to winners is absolutely nothing. The contest is open only to US and Canadian entrants. We will accept entries for all 3 methods through April 3rd.
1) First way to win: Just leave a comment on this post!
2) Second way to win: Enter on our Convention Scene Facebook page. Just look for the “Sweepstakes” link on the left under our logo.
3) Third way to win: Follow us on Twitter and post about the giveaway. Your Twitter message needs to include both @conventionscene and @allbusinesscard in it. For your convenience, I have included a special Tweet button below which includes a message with that info in it.
I am happy to report that all submitted shows for 2010 are up on our Events Calendar (so if you know of a show that is not listed, it means no one ever submitted it).
We already have a lot of 2011 shows listed and will be adding more in the weeks to come, but if you want to make sure sure your 2011 shows are up on the calendar before the end of this year, we encourage you to purchase a Premium Promoter membership. Normally $50 per year, until the end of November, you can purchase one for just $40 (if you already have a membership and would like to add on another year by renewing at this rate, that’s fine, too).
Any questions, post them below or contact us here.