Comicbook Signings and sketching at Fic Santiago
If you count the Fic Awards, and “La Ruta…” première, and the signing, Fic Santiago was my busiest event ever and I doubt if I would have another as busiest as this last one in the near future. Well.. I hope next year to be even busier to me. That would mean that things are still doing great.
This has probably been my first experience on being in different tables at the same con. I was part of the Beyond Reality Media official stand, alongside masters such as Alan Robinson (The Warden), Gonzalo Martinez (Time Travelling Tourist et al), Diego Toro (One Must Break) and the series creator, publisher and big boss William Gerardts.
I stood on and off with my pal Diego Toro. While he sketched I promoted the books. and prepared and gave free stuff. Having such a roaster of artists made the whole weekend great and Bill almost sold all the books he brought. And remember, those books are in english and in Chile not many people read comics in english. For that, this has been a huge success.
In the end Bill requested a collective piece penciled by all of his three talents. While Alan drew The Warden, and Gonzalo made the same with his characters, Diego penciled one of the One Must Break characters while I ink it. Being part of that piece was one of my proudest accomplishments! I managed to take a lo-res picture of it.
The same on and off way I was at the El Viudo table. Being part of the Best Chilean Comic of 2014 is something you must be promoting and screaming out loud to make new readers! So, I picked up a spare table. Grabbed the El Viudo roller and a bunch of books, asked for making some announcement at the Con and started sketching. That drew many people and I thought that the best way of promoting the best book of 2014, was to engage more people, so I proposed to give away one original piece from LA CUECA DEL MANCO to one of the purchasers of the book.
That turned well and we almost sold out what I grabbed from my publisher’s table. That helped to gain interest, grew some in audience and make something for the new readers as a thank you for picking up the book. I was almost two hours non stop making fun, sketching, promoting and help Oscar, the publisher sell the book. It was awesome.
I hope to all attendees had the same good time as me. It was really a blast.
Pics: Fic Santiago Production staff, Oscar Salas and myself