I'm told that this poster is part of a web campaign to build hype for the upcoming event, and maybe entice a few people to drop by the Komikon as well. This is, of course, not to say that I'm much of an artist... but some of the people who pass by this blog might be interested to join.
This is not to say that I'm much of a comics man, either. (Darn it, Jim, I'm a writer, not a komikero.) I own a few trade paperbacks, know quite a few bits of trivia and make the occasional doodle on a restaurant placemat, but I'm hardly a comics man at the moment.
My superficial engagement in comics does cover two basic areas, though: First of all, I find myself constantly analyzing the differences between a text-and-art-based medium and a text-only approach. One of the things about writing speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, and all that jazz) lies in the fact that you're bringing the products of your imagination to life. If you're not describing the contents of your deranged mind to people, then odds are that you're probably drawing them instead. There are plenty of differences to explore between the two crafts, particularly in the areas of presentation, pacing and visual stimuli.
The second point lies in the fact that I like to look at art. I don't look at the old-school, impressionist/cubist/pointilist/whatever stuff that the museums hold, however. I look at straightforward contemporary art instead -- what we call comic art, fantasy art, manga, and so forth -- and I tend to lose myself in its dynamic folds.
As you might expect, I look in on a lot of artists' blogs.
As you might expect, I keep quite a number of DeviantArt web sites on my Favorites list.
As you might expect, I hold about as much respect for skilled artists as the next person. Where'd they learn how to draw so well, anyway?
Despite the fact that I indulge in few web campaigns nowadays, you can already see why this contest announcement has picked up a bit of interest from me. A few competitions on comic book art have floated around over the past couple of years, but nothing has really taken place close to home apart from the one sponsored by Fully Booked. I'm aware that there are probably a lot of talented artists out there, but I figure that few of them have enough faith or dedication to come up with a full-blown publication. And even then, around half of those who do so are probably in need of complementary writers. Good complementary writers.
Yes, I'm of the belief that writing skills and drawing skills are mutually exclusive. Just because you know how to draw well doesn't necessarily mean that you can write well, too, and vice-versa. But I digress.
I'll most likely be around during the Komikon, although it won't just be for the Lead-Slinger Challenge. I'll be walking around looking at all the pretty pictures. I'll be keeping my eyes open for little keepsakes that look as though they're worth a few hard-earned bucks from my wallet. I'll be greeting a few people. I'll be cursing a few people. But inevitably, I'll be watching developments.
That's not to say that I might not enter the Challenge myself. I have to warn people, however, that my drawing skills are a little rusty:
Don't say I didn't warn you. :)