I exhibited at The Big Wow Comic-Fest on May 21-22. The event had been called Super-Con in the past. Besides the name change the show itself had a facelift. The move into the main hall of the San Jose Convention Center is the most notable. More space and an improved ambiance gave it a fresh look.
Mark Schultz was a guest of the show. I had a great time getting to spend some time with him as well as Jim Silke. We ended up having three dinner three nights in a row with pleasant company. Downtown San Jose is a terrific place to find great food.
We had a steady flow of people stopping by to visit the Flesk booth. Our two new books, Mark Schultz Various Drawings Volume 5 and Al Williamson Archives Volume 2, did very well. I shared a corner booth with Stuart Ng of Stuart Ng Books. It’s always a pleasure to spend time with him.
The Big Wow ComicFest had an all-star line-up of artists. They make a point to focus heavily on the guest artists. Sergio Aragones, Daniel Brereton, Frank Cho, Adam Hughes, Alex Nino, Sanjulian, Dean Yeagle, and Thomas Yeates were a few of the stellar individuals who were able to make it.
I highly recommend making the Big Wow ComicFest in 2012. You can’t beat the intimacy and lack of crowds. At some point the attendance will increase. It’s best to take advantage of being able to talk to the artists without a long wait and to actually be able to get sketches while the event is still building momentum.
We’ll be there again next year!
Text and photographs © 2011 John Fleskes
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