Joe Pekar’s Blog

Calgary and back

by on Apr.29, 2008, under General

Got in late last night from my trip to Calgary. Man, what a show. Love going out there (even if I didn’t get to stay longer like I did last year). Big thanks to Kandrix Foong and co. who really put on one of, if not *the* best convention around. And the volunteers go above and beyond to make sure everyone’s taken care of (even li’l ol’ me). They treat everyone like a superstar :) .

It took a while to get out there…5 and half hours from Orlando to San Francisco, then 3+ hours to get to Calgary. ugh. but it was well worth the trip because Friday night before the show all the guests were treated to a great dinner at Coco Brooks. (A terrific pizza chain out there…lots of different kinds of pizzas!)
The show started on Saturday and I got started early. Here’s a couple pics of the setup we had. (folks that receive email updates about the blog won’t see the pics, so you’ll have to click the link at the bottom of the email :) )

(Here’s my setup right before the show opened….slightly out of focus…gotta figure this camera out ;) )

(Here’s our whole booth setup befor the show started. That’s Andrew Wilson on the left side who’s also an art director at Rockstar games, and not pictured is Wade Schin who works for Valve. and every time we meet I always geek out because I’m such a nut for the Half Life games he gets to work on :) . They both did a book together thru BrandStudio…if you don’t have it, go to and order one…it’s a fantastic book.

(Fellow artists and also with books thru BrandStudio Robin Mitchell in the foreground and Matt Stewart behind him. and BrandStudio head honcho Alberto Ruiz in the rear.)

Not sure what these girls were up to, but I figured since they weren’t wearing much clothes a picture was in order ;)

did a few paintings on Saturday. Here’s pics of the ones I remembered to take pictures of :) .

Got to draw lots of tattooed girlies at the show. that’s always fun, so thanks to everyone that asked for those :) .

Saturday night was dinner at a steakhouse with ILM artist John Giang, San Fran artist/DJ Dale Berry and Calgary artist Jason….crud, I don’t think I ever got his last name, doh! but a great dinner with great food (and terribly attractive waitresses). then spent the rest of the night in the hotel room working on sketches :) .

Sunday of the show was just as much fun. sold out of everything again like last year. but I got *a lot * of people asking why I didn’t have a new book :) . A lot were expecting the Zombie Girls pinup book that I put on the back burner. might be time to get that one started up again.

After the show on Sunday some of us were treated to *another* dinner by Kandrix and co. A restraunt called ‘Joey Tomatoes’. Terrific food. I had the Lobster Ravioli…sigh, i’m still hungry for more of that. and more attractive waitresses. Not sure what’s going on with the hiring policies at restraunts in Calgary, but they’re doing a fine job. :)

Then spent the whole day Monday travelling back to Orlando…thanks to Jim Demonakos for the ride to the airport (who’s busy getting ready for his show the Emerald city comicon in Seattle…which I unfortunately won’t be at…gotta remember to plan ahead for shows. doh! next year for sure tho!)
Got to the airport around 10am. Got home at 11pm. ugh…long day.

so to everyone I met in Calgary, thanks a million for making it a weekend to remember.

now back to all the commissions people are waiting for… :)

Also on Saturday May 3rd (Free Comic book day) I’ll be at ‘A Comic Shop’ ( again from noon til 4pm. so if you’re in Orlando, stop by. I’m sure i’ll be doing some free sketches or something.


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