Salt Lake Comic Con is coming up soon. Unfortunately I won't be there this time. I do still have a few of last years sketchbooks if anyone is interesting, just email me.
But what I'm getting at is, I love going to Comic-Con. Not for the merch or celeb spotting, but for the fans! That is what makes the whole thing possible. (*Yes, the fans could have their very own convention sans artists, writers, etc. As much as it pains me to confess.)
It's the endless parade of fanaticism that makes the Con great! The infinite variety of creation, appropriation, and interpretation is astounding. Every brand is richer for it. It never ceases to amaze me. I have loved every minute I get to sit behind a table and watch and watch. I sit in awe with respect, and a good laugh, but with respect, for anyone who steps into the shoes of their heroes to any degree.
So I've started this ongoing series that I'm calling the "Heroes of Comic Con." Fan art is a staple of Artist Alley, homages to our favorite characters. But this is my fan art of the fans. These aren't specific individuals, any likeness to anyone living or dead is pure coincidence. Let's just call them 'archetypes,' or amalgamations of an experience at large.