Jason Castillo: Illustration + Design


C2E2 2010

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Nerdfest...um I mean C2E2 took place this weekend and I got to spend 8 hours walking through a magical land of nerd-dreams. It was fantastic! If you've never been to one of these conventions there are dozens of comic shops, publishers, artists, writers, podcasters, and geeks of all kinds pimping their wares and schmoozing with each other. As an artist, my main goal is to spend the majority of my time in Artist's Alley - the space for artists of all things geek and at all levels of their career (or hobby in some cases). It's always inspiring and educational to walk the alley.

Most of this was free...

The highlight of Artist's Alley for me was meeting and chatting with Jason Seiler. He is an amazing illustrator who's main focus is caricatures and he's one of the friendliest artists I met. I mentioned that I saw his interview on Chiustream which lead to a 40 minute conversation about being passionate about art, helping young artists and finding your niche. His most valuable words of wisdom were that you should never doubt your ability to create art as a living. If you keep you doing it with passion and honesty, you will succeed.

If you want to be blown away by meticulous line work and cool Pirate stories check out the art of Jeremy Bastian. I picked up an issue of his Cursed Pirate Girl series that has an absolutely amazing and original style. And PIRATES! The artwork is surreal and fun and the attention to detail is out of this world. He also told me that he draws the comics to scale. Which means that the incredible detail you see on the pages is the same as the original artwork. If you can find it, I highly recommend picking up any of the issues of CPG. The book itself is produced on high quality paper and has a hand stamped logo on the cover and the writing is a lot of fun!

Jeremy Bastian's panels are simply beautiful.

Right up there with pirates is rocket ships and dinosaurs. As I browsed through the indie exhibitors my attention was grabbed by row of books that appeared to contain both of those and more. I picked up Two Fisted Science and started flipping through it. Author Jim Ottaviani approached me and said "That book is a collection of true stories about scientists." "Cool!" I said. "Realy?!" He replied as if he'd never heard someone respond favorably to the idea of a book about scientists. Kids, let me tell you, science IS cool. Anyway, Jim chatted with me about how awesome Carl Sagan is and I picked up his book, T Minus: the Race to the Moon. It was a tough choice because I really wanted to get his book about Cowboys and Dinosaurs but had to watch my budget. This is also a lesson to other exhibitors at shows: don't be a pushy salesperson. Just be friendly and I think people are much more likely to buy your stuff.

Another cool find was a sweet boutique publisher called Baby Tattoo.  I picked up a really cool Gris Grimly picture book. Grimly has a great whimsical and slightly twisted style that reminds me of a Tim Burton movie (and my friend Shayne) but is still his own.

Little Jordan Ray's Muddy Spudis about a kid on a journey to sell his potato. He meets lots of crazy characters including a mustachioed clam, that are drawn with a great energy and unique design. Very inspiring stuff if you're interested in picture books.


And of course, there's the Iron Man Props, vintage Batmobile and Back to the Future DeLorean.

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