Fanaticon Anyone?

Fanaticon is this Saturday, May 15, 2010 at the Asheville Art Museum/Pack Place in downtown Asheville, NC from 10 am – 5 pm, and I’ll be there.

As I understand it I will be directly across from the panel discussion room on the lower level (table 62)–a mighty good place to be. I don’t have any scheduled events in this year’s show, so I should be at my table pretty much all day–except I’d like to be part of the audience for a couple of events.

One event I’d like to be able to see is the return of Butch Guice to Asheville.  Not to drop names, but Butch and I go way back, having met during our teens.  Even back then Butch was the “total artist” and we all knew he’d go far.  So it’s nice that Butch worked so hard to prove us all correct.  That event is set for the Diana Wortham Theater from 2:00 – 3:00.

The other event is “The Digital Canvas” with Kaysha Siemens, another good friend from the Asheville area.  It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Kaysha’s art, and honored to be a mentor of sorts to this talented lady (not that she needs a mentor, another “total artist” by the time I met her).  Kaysha and I are collaborating on The PLUS story “Mars Needs Manga“, as well as several other projects that will hopefully see the light of day in the next couple of years.

While these two friends are making presentations at the show, there are several other Asheville area artists who’ll also be at the show.  Michael Cole, who draws “Dragin” (the story of a boy named Dragin and his Dragon, George) is scheduled to be there, along with his buddy Phil Juliano who draws “Best in Show” running in various independent newspapers and magazines all over the place.

I’m hoping that a number of other friends will be along to brighten the day as well.

Anyone reading this who can make the show, please do come by the table to visit a while, and maybe get a sketch or page of original art–I’ll be happy to oblige.

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  1. James E. Lyle

    Just got word that I’m going to be joined by my buddy (and former Butch Guice assistant) Mike “Miko” Mikolajczyk at the show. He’ll be joining me at table #62. Miko is the artist of the web-comic “The Marsh God” that ran as an adjunct to Flashing Swords online magazine in the last couple of years. So it’s going to be an opportunity to spend times with old friends and new! Come on by.


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