Saturday was awesome! SPECIAL THANKS to everybody involved in putting the whole show on..
.. on mostly to all of YOU for stopping by!
I managed to grab a few pics before the museum opened early morning,
This was the first time I'd seen all the art framed too. Everyone was super patient with the line, which I tried to keep moving to make sure everyone got something signed at least.
Here's one of the magic boxes, moss and all. This, and other Trout matters will be explained in "The Big Book of Trout" coming out from IDW next year. ( ..shameless plug much? )
I wish I'd taken more of the folks in line, but once i sat down it was all a blur and i was too busy signing or sketching. Couldn't really absorb it all on Saturday. Think I should come back on my own when it's there's less people for a second look? Not in an ego way. Just to... digest it a little?
You'll recognize this guy. These first sandman sketches, and the cover to Maxx 1 never made it into the Museum book, but nearly everything else in the show did.
This plaque below it pretty much explains it, in case you didn't see it in the Absolute Sandman.
Here's the page where Neil picked out the helmet they liked best. Notice I hadn't yet learned Karen's name yet - on the left. Collectors are always after me to sell these two, probably because they were the first two 'approved sketches' of him. But I'd prefer to keep them.
It's interesting, I wonder if my later mixed media paintings sticks out from the old stuff?
Or does it kinda blend right in with the older art? I suppose anything an artist does shows some 'fingerprint' doesn't it? Be it drawn, built, modified, scrawled, screwed glued or tattooed.
Guess It'll always be unmistakably 'Sam-like' to my fans.
Here's a case containing a few more 'Trout Antiques'... plus the original art to the Museum book cover.
Here's what you see as you round the corner, explaining things a little. Weird to see your name so big on a wall... in person. Unsettling. Sorry this pic didn't catch the whole thing, but you get the idea..
Now if you turn to your left, here's the first thing you see, a wall of art, and that weird old box. Kinda a warning of the weirdness your in for.
Finally, yup, my name again up top. For some reason ... in this pic, it looks almost black here, doesn't it?
Weirdly (in the photo below) you can see my name clearly IS colored green against the same wall. This was taken just before they opened the doors and everyone came flooding in.
I arrived a couple hours early to do those 25 sketches for people who paid.
I know, some people got sketches for free, but that why i wanted to do a extra nice job for those who paid for a book in advance.
You never know in advance with a sketch do you? Hit and miss. It's just whatever ... happens to comes out of the pen/pencil in that moment.
Here's my buddy Josh Hagler, a painter in his own right who's standing in front of a few more Maxx covers. I should have taken some of these... maybe next time.
So much for the budget virtual tour, and again thanks for coming and all those who donated to the Museum, it's for a good cause!