Matt Harding writes;
To start off part two of my story covering the ECCC’s Artists Alley, I’d like to share with you the comic “Martin Monsterman” by Manny Trembly. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Manny is working full speed on his comic featuring a comedic look at a poor sap cursed to spend every day of his life as a different monster. At ECCC “Martin Monsterman” was offered as a limited edition black and white preview for the upcoming full color comic. Manny Trembly, the artist and writer, is a local to Emerald City Comic-con, coming from Spokane with previous works such as the “PX!” dual volumes published through Image comics, as well as six issues of “Sam Noir”, also published through Image Comics. “Martin Monsterman” is a very funny comic inspiring me to laugh out loud on more than one occasion, once being on the plane ride back to SF, followed by some suspicious looks from my neighbors. The black and white artwork alone is a lively guide as the panels gain momentum throughout the story until you’ve reached the end, desperate to see which monster he becomes next, and the humorous situation that it will entail. To find out more about Manny’s book, go here.
The pastime of papercraft modeling has started to sweep through these conventions like wildfire, and I can’t get enough of it. At the Alternative Press Expo last October I was introduced to Gabe from Paperboss-G, a truly impressive and prolific San Francisco artist. Ever since then I’ve been on the hunt for papercraft like a fiddler to a square dance. At ECCC I found I.T.P. Studios and immediately dropped my life savings on paper models. Their take on popular characters is fun and engaging, the skill level needed to build the toys is minimal, and featuring a very generous price. They have every character from the full Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cast to my personal favorite series they call the “Indy Legends,” which features characters Spawn, Usagi Yojimbo, The Maxx, Judge Dredd, Savage Dragon, Hellboy, Vampirella, and the Tick. For more info on these guys go here.
Crayon Monster is a 20-card set of unique monsters created by a local-to-Seattle video game artist. For a measly five bucks you can buy a pack of five random 4×6” double-sided heavy paper monster cards. I was lucky enough to get my favorite monster, the Bacon Drake, a crazy bat-like creature that happily abducts unsuspecting pigs and flies them away to god-knows-where. Crayon Monsters contributed a piece to this years “Monsters and Dames” ECCC book. Find out more about Crayon Monsters here.
“American Fighting Dinosaur” is easily one of the most interesting booths that I came across this weekend. This short mocumentary film follows the life of Pvt. “Little” Sammy Vogel as he combats the Nazis alongside the Allied Forces in Europe during WW2. Sammy Vogel is a Tyrannosaurus Rex. From the preview being shown at their booth, this is a very well done documentary that really captures the feel of 1940’s era filmography and expertly introduces a very well done dinosaur into the mix. To accompany the movie there are endless amounts of blueprints for dino-equipped weaponry, war charts, and interviews with veterans. Needless to say I was captivated. Written and directed by Steve Snoey, produced by Lavey Leavitt, with Nathan M. Miller as director of photograpy, and composed by Eric Nielsen, this is yet again another Kickstarter success story of which I will be keeping tabs on in the future. You can learn more about this project at here.
Finally, what kind of starving artist would I be if I didn’t shamelessly promote my own artist group, P5 Creative. We’re a group of people working in various artistic fields, from production at Image Comics to work in video games (check out Giants Realm and Outlaw on any mobile device) that have come together to promote our artwork and comics at conventions and through our blog. Check us out here.
Well, that’s it for my coverage on the Artists Alley ECCC. I’ll be back soon to tell you all about Wondercon later in the month.