I was at Colossus Con in Pleasanton today. I got a couple of Super Holly art commissions and met an author and a nice actress. Scroll to see it all.
From artist Robin Holstein, here is what Super Holly does when her e-bracelet can’t get a signal, and thus her Google Maps fails, and thus she can’t find the Colossus Con where she was gonna be at a table signing her graphic novel.
Here is actress Cathy Garver (my big fat head hides a little of her name). She was Cissy on the TV show Family Affair, and the voice of Firestar on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and a bunch of other acting and voice-over roles (I should have talked to her about doing voices, darn it). I bought her autobiography, which she will mail to me (she ran out of copies at the con). I respect actors. That is a tough way to make a living; the work is usually not steady.
And Kathy had at her table the SCARIEST DOLLY FACE OF ALL TIME, MRS. BEASLY! AAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
I talked to a couple other artists about doing a couple little commissions later. It will take a while, but I will post when I get them.
At a Red Rock Coffee open mic some time ago, I read a Super Holly story that went over well. When I sat back down in the audience, a cute little girl ran up to me and gave me some artwork that she drew. (You can say it: “Aw!”) That made me feel good.
I then proceeded to lose the artwork for a few months. It turned up when I recently did some home cleaning. I felt good when I found it, cuz I’d felt bad when I lost it. Here’s the artwork (color edited to make yellow show up better, I had to have those stars).
Last Saturday at Alternative Press Expo, I met Bob Scott: animator, cartoonist, and creator of Molly and the Bear webcomics (click here to read them at GoComics). His artwork reminded me of Dennis the Menace with a touch of Pogo. I told him I’d had artists draw my Super Holly character. He said he’d consider that. I bought his comic book, took it home, and read it.
And loved it. Witty, playful, retro family humor. Expressive faces and body language. Clean, sharp, deceptively simple art. And a big, lovable, scaredy cat of a bear. Joe Pesci said of Herman Munster, “It’s not simple to play the goof.” To paraphrase movie critic Leonard Maltin’s line about Goldfinger and Oddjob, Bob Scott’s Bear is a goof in the classic sense of the word.
On Sunday, I told Bob how I loved that comic book, and how Bear might tell Super Holly Hansson that he could be a superhero. And I again asked about a sketch. Consider this: Bob Scott has worked on Pixar’s Toy Story 3, WALL-E, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. He is what I would call an ARTIST.
Holly meets Angry Batman, by Chloe Dalquist. (Check theangrybatman.tumblr.com. Great humor for grown up geeks!) I read issue 1 of Angry Batman, and I smiled and bought it. Chloe said she’d draw something in it. I told her that Super Holly has a crush on Batman, and I asked her to draw that. This is what Holly would do on meeting Batman. I love Holly’s crushing and Angry Batman’s tude!
Next, I bought Super Stupor issue 4, and R.K. Mulholland did a drawing for me. (Check his webcomic at somethingpositive.net.) I like how this makes Holly look so happy! He asked about Holly’s cape clasp, and I said it is grail-shaped.
And lastly, something silly! From Chuck Whelon, from whom I bought Pewfell in: Drain of Chaos. (Check his art and game website at whelon.com and his Patreon for Pewfell: The Epic Fantasy Sitcom at www.patreon.com/pewfell.) He drew Holly as an Urf. Hmm, is that a little Urf cleavage in the costume? No wonder Urf Holly looks so angry!
I went to the Bay Area Comic Con in San Leandro today. It was small and cozy. Dealers selling comic book back issues and various toys, um, excuse me, action figures. But no comic book writers, and I really missed that. But I did meet artist Robert (BigRob) Beltran who was selling and making art, and he drew some nice Super Holly art for me for a reasonable price. I asked for a boxer pose, a catchphrase, and a beaky nose. I like how Rob added a blue glow to Super Holly Hansson: that fits Holly’s telekinetic power.
I had a nice talk with him. He liked what I told him about Super Holly, or maybe he was being nice to a geeky writer babbling a little about his pet project. Anyhow, here is his careful, three step process.
Step one: sketch.
Step two: color.
Step three: show off a masterpiece.
This little comic con also had a costume contest. I voted for the lady dressed as Galactus. (The REAL version, not the stupid cloud version in the movie!) She won. In the photo below, she is holding a planet in her hand. A mere snack!
My interior text for Createspace went okay. I used a 6×9 Word template from Createspace. But my cover? Not so much.
I tried using my cover from my Kindle book. The cover came out printable, but it had a white border, and the back cover was blank (except for the ISBN).
So I generated (depends on page count) and downloaded the 6×9 book cover template from Createspace. Then I used Gimp. Fortunately, Batton Lash also gave me the Photoshop version of the Kindle cover, so I imported it into Gimp and resized it to 6×9, 300 dpi. Then I figured out how to import the Kindle cover into the book cover template, moved it to the front cover, and wrote text on the back cover (along with Holly’s “eyes up here” art). At 66 pages, this book will not have a printable spine (130 pages minimum).
I used this from YouTube to get a general idea of how to start. I did have to look up how to import and then how to move the Kindle cover art.
And I used this to figure out the bugs for adding text (the text was coming out too tiny until I watched this).
I had to figure out a few other things, like whiting out the background and moving stuff around (the move tool, dummy!) and the like. So in 24 hours, I will see how it looks. I hope it looks better.