Sometime sooner or later I'll post the drawings I made at the Expo on this blog. But for now I just wanted to put up a different Expo-related thing.
I can't resist confessing that I was pretty thrilled to catch a glimpse of Sam J. Jones, the one and one Flash Gordon from the iconic 1980 movie.
The movie, which I vividly remember seeing at the age of about eight, in a downtown Calgary theatre with my dad and brothers, had a giant impact on me for some reason. I think it was the campy dialogue (which seems to have stayed in my head for all these years - and is often something I seem to have referenced in my old drawing books. Here are three pictures I just dug up from the archives).
I had a blast attending the 2014 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and drawing sketchy little comic strips about what was going on there. Unfortunately, I won't be able to come for the last day, because I have another drawing project coming up (watch this space!). But, my table will still be there, with a friend of mine to look after things, in case you'd still like to come by (and buy one of the original tweeted pictures, if you feel like it!).
Of course, it may also have been the powerful presence of Max von Sydow's Ming (whom I painted, nearly life-sized, on the wall of my bedroom as a teenager. I'm not making this up. But I'm too sleepy to go and hunt down a photograph of that just now).
"Gordon's alive!??!!" "Get your toothbrush and whatever! He's at the Expo!!!"
"Long live Flash. Have a nice day!"
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Some nice things people said about my work:
“If Breitkreuz and Foong [founders of the Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo] represent the Type-A side of Calgary's self-publishing community, Hester may be the community's right brain.” – Tom Babin, FFWD Magazine
“…A strong graphic style similar to other autobiographically-inclined Canadian cartoonists like Chester Brown and Julie Doucet.” – Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal
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