by Arnie Fenner
I'm still in something of a recovery mode from the third Spectrum Fantastic Art Live convention: still going over information and still sorting out the invoices to see what we need to write a check for. I'll be back to my pithy self with my next post, so…look out.
In the meantime Spectrum's Director and event co-sponsor John Fleskes wiled away his long drive back to California after the show being interviewed by Mark Schultz and Jim Reid. A sample? Sure.
B) We improved our panels and workshops by adding more of an educational focus. We had artist panels by top industry professionals and art directors. For instance, Iain McCaig, Mark Schultz and Steve Rude all conducted artwork demonstrations. Justin Sweet and Vance Kovacs talked about working in film. Art Directors Irene Gallo, Lauren Pinepento, Marc Scheff and Jon Schindenhette did portfolio reviews. Comics professionals Terry Dodson, Frank Cho and Mark Chiarello offered advice on working within the industry. There was a live sculpting event happening all weekend on the show room floor. We covered quite a bit of core industry essentials that were geared toward professionals in the field, for those just breaking, for students, and even for fans who want to see how things are run. I also want there to be opportunities for young artists rub elbows with the established pros.
That's just a taste: you can read the rest of John's interview at his blog.
Cathy and I—and our entire committee—want to thank everyone who came to SFAL3 as exhibitors or attendees. And our special thanks to all the presenters, panelists, workshop organizers (Lauren, Marc, Iain, Irene: you're the best), art directors, and program participants who worked selflessly to make the show so memorable for so many. Spectrum Live could only happen because of all of you. We are a community, we are a family, and we appreciate your allowing us to be a part of it.
There will be a new website in the near future and announcements as soon as we're able to make them. We have a few new ideas and some changes up our sleeve: stay tuned. It's going to be fun.