Woo! The two weeks of back-to-back conventions are over! (also, aww, no more conventions until June)Swancon (2-6 April)
Swancon's the first convention I ever went to - it's a small (200-400 people) convention of all things geeky that takes place in a hotel. Kinda feels like home and it's drastically different to the big conventions. This year the guests were John Scalzi, Kylie Chan and Anthony Peacey. I think the highlight for me was hopping onto the world building panel with the writers, to assist by drawing a world they made up on the spot on the whiteboard! We ended up with a mountainous, low density, three mooned world of flying marsupial Octogoats. The second photo is me looking super evil at the ball, with the fan-made GoT throne.
My other highlight was actually the last day, as I got to hang out with old friends (and new ones!), play silly card games and attend some great panels. Finally, I was super honoured to win both the audience's choice and judges choice in the art show! Thanks so much! Also, thank you to everyone who bought my prints in the art show!Oz Comic-con
Here's my little booth on set up day! Unfortunately I didn't take any photos during the convention itself. I keep expecting conventions like Oz Comic-con and Supanova to hit their peak, but they just still seem to be growing in size. I think I lucked out this year with the corner booth, even though it would have been nice to be closer to the main artist alley. Many, many thanks to Doug for helping out!
Fortunately, there were a few quieter times of day where I was able to get guest's autographs! I really wanted Billie Piper's autograph, and finally had time on Sunday afternoon! I brought along the print I'd had autographed by John Barrowman last year. I'm always pretty anxious when I have a print that I've painted of the actor/ess, particularly if it's one they might have been seeing throughout the convention! But Billie was SO SWEET! She seemed genuinely excited that I'd come to see her and brought her one of the prints and said I'd made everyone's eyes seem so kind. DaaaaaAAAAAAAHHH~~~!!! *fangirls*
Although, she seems to have written "Beautiful werks!!" XD
Also, I thought I'd give a shout out to a few of the amazing artists who were there this year! You should check out the works of Angelina Lim
, Austen Mengler
, Miki Price
and Ink and Pixel