As some of you may already know, this past weekend was the Puerto Rico Comic Con 2015. I assisted last year for the first time and it was more fun than I expected. Actually, it was WAY MORE FUN then I expected. I’ve been designing shirts for a few years now, and I wanted to share my work in some other form. I was toying with the idea by the time last year’s PRCC arrived. I went to the event in hopes of learning what other artists were doing with their work, and to see if this was the right medium to expose my art to a different public, the local public. I’ve always wanted to join the local community of artists and be part of that network on my “backyard”. Sure, people already know me very well (and my work) on the internet based shirt communities, but that has never been enough for me. I’ve been invited to join multiple shirt designers communities, I’ve been invited to design licensed shirts for big companies, I’ve been featured in many sites and blogs, but for some reason, I’ve always wanted my work to be appreciated by my own people. I’ve tried multiple times to contact some people who I thought we could work together in some activities they were already producing. I’ve even tried to contact other local artists that I’ve seen around. But I never succeeded. For some reason, I never received a reply from them. This made me frustrated. Of course I thought it was because of ME. This gave me fuel to want to exhibit for the first time at the Puerto Rico Comic Con.
I prepared for months but when the time came, I was so nervous. I though it was a mistake. I was so scared to be rejected by the visitors as I was ignored by the people I contacted. Oh boy was I wrong. It happens I was trying to connect with the wrong people. As soon as I arrived to organize my stuff, other artists were coming by my booth to look at my work. Seeing such talented artists praise my work was so exciting. And that was even before the doors opened. By the time the public entered the event and they started passing by the exhibitors, I was immediately received with what was going to be the rest of the weekend. People stopped at by booth, they smiled, they laughed, they awed, they called their friends to come and see what they were looking at, some were walking by and as soon as they looked closely they immediately turned 90º and came to my table. The expressions on their faces were contagious. I was so thrilled to see their excitement. People were intrigued by my designs, they asked questions, they told be how much they liked them. It was truly a marvelous experience. I’ve learned a lot in the past few days and I’ve made a lot of friends in the business. But most important, I’ve put my work out there. I’m so excited to see where this takes Primitive Tool in the near future. Special thanks to the amazing artists Paul Mounts and Juan Fernandez who were my booth neighbors and made the experience more memorable. To Dave Dwonch from Action Lab Entertainment, who treated me as friend, We even talked about a little something that I hope happens in the near future (I’ll tell you more later, don’t want to jinx it). To the talented and awesome Bamboota, who was really sweet and even traded stickers with me 🙂 And of course, a Big Thank You to my best friend and my girlfriend. Without you two, this would’ve been impossible. Now, some pictures from the activity. Hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed the event.