Bob Self says:
Baby Tattoo Books is thrilled to be co-presenting a first of its kind art convention built around the Spectrum Fantastic Art community. For nearly two decades, the Spectrum juried competition and resulting art annual have promoted and elevated fantasy, science fiction and other genre art to new levels of respectability in the commercial and fine art worlds. Fantastic art is not only visually stunning, it is as professionally viable and significant as any other art form. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live will be a physical, geographically centered gathering of creators and fans of amazing creativity.
From the event web site:
'Featuring 200 art exhibitors, panel discussions, lectures, live painting demonstrations, and portfolio reviews by renowned art directors from the world's leading creative companies, this is the art event for everyone - artists, students, collectors, and fans - who love fantastic art in all its incarnations. Join us in celebrating the people responsible for adding color to our sense of wonder!
'It’s time for the creators of fantastic art to have an event they can call their own. It’s time to step away from the periphery of the comics, SF and media-focused “pop-culture”, conventions; it’s time to reinforce the excitement, influence, and value of fantastic art to the public via a first-class venue; it’s time to gather for educational opportunities, for networking opportunities, for social opportunities, and for sales opportunities in a centrally situated, cost-effective location. It’s time we try to grow the market, not shrink it. It’s time for a fantastic art convergence.'
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.