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Friday, Day 2 of Comic-Con

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 1:31 AM
Comic-Con Veterans know there's an ebb and flow of patrons as the week progresses. While Preview Night can be frenzied with excitement for the con to come, there's also a notable saving of energy, knowing that the scant few hours of the first day will be nothing compared to the full-day smorgasbord for the remaining 4 days of the week. Thursday seems even more crazed by comparison, but of course, not all con-goers can get a weekday off. By Friday, electricity is buzzing in the air as cosplayers bust out their second outfit, comic-lovers bust out their second wallets, and area convenience stores are running dangerously low on comfy insoles and 5-Hour Energy Drinks.

DeviantART's second Comic-Con panel began at noon, and the topic was How-To: The Business of Fan Art. After last year's hugely successful Fan Art Law panel, Josh Wattles, makepictures, hoped to reprise the topic, but delve a bit deeper with a panel of professionals. Panelists included BrianKesinger, story artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Artgerm, Co-founder / Creative Director of Imaginary Friends Studios, Tomasz Opasinski, opasinski, movie and television artist extraordinaire, Bob Self, MrBabyTattoo, president of Baby Tattoo Books, Christyjoy Rivera from welovefine, and Kay Purcell, damphyr, deviantART staffer and fandom expert.

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Just like yesterday, there were a ton of great sound bites we're happy to transcribe and pass along to you all if you couldn't make it to the panel!

"As a kid, I traced a lot. I know that's a four-letter word, but I was able to see the decisions the artists were making."
--Brian Kesinger, BrianKesinger

On why fan artists make great works of art: "If you're passionate about the canon, you might have approaches they couldn't hire someone to create."
--Josh Wattles, makepictures

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"Fan art is a celebration showing appreciation for a property you love." 
--Stanley Lau, Artgerm

"The world has gotten into a mash-up mode. It's just as much a part of professionals' lives as it is of fans' lives."
--Bob Self, MrBabyTattoo

During audience Q&A, the artists were asked how much money they made.
"I make enough to keep myself happy and keep my family happy so I can keep doing art. If you're in it for the money only, unfortunately that shows in your art."
--Stanley Lau, Artgerm

"Money will come if the passion is there. No one will be excited about your work if you're not excited."
--Brian Kesinger, BrianKesinger

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An audience member asked how the panelists get exposure on deviantART.
Brian Kesinger, BrianKesinger: "I like to find Groups relevant to the subject matter. Be thoughtful with your keywords. I spend half my time posting coming up with keywords. Mail other deviant artists. When I was just starting out, I would find other artists and ask, 'Would you mind featuring me in your Journal?' If you're polite and your work is good, it goes a long way."
Kay Purcell, damphyr: "Or draw fan art of that artist's work!"

And now, please enjoy some pictures from the convention room floor!

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A "Croods" cosplayer with creator Chris Sanders, alohalilo.

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In the center of this Madefire/deviantART sandwich is ConceptsByMiller, the gentleman who recommended last year that spyed swing by the Madefire booth and spark up a conversation.

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A young pre-deviant named Sophie drawing Mike from "Monsters Inc."

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DeevElliott chatting up a fan.

Lauren Croft by LaurenKitsune
Um, that's me (LaurenKitsune) cosplaying as Lara Croft from Tomb Raider 2013.

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Art brings people together.

And that wraps up our coverage of Friday's Comic-Con! Tomorrow, deviantART will be holding a panel in Room 2 upstairs talking about: "How-To: Creators + Audience."

If you've missed our other recaps, you can read all about Wednesday's Preview Night here and Thursday's Festivities here.


Follow along with Comic-Con as if you were actually here, as we recap each day's festivities!
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:iconclaton36:
claton36 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Those two at the end were sooo CUTEEEEEEEEEEE!! I ship it.
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:iconcharchar222:
charchar222 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I was here! Is there any way to get my photos added???
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:icondreamerwstcoast:
Dreamerwstcoast Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
what would be great? record the panel and broadcast it on a youtube channel.
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:iconal-abbasi:
Al-Abbasi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
AWESOME Clap 
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:iconfluffydragonpuppy:
Fluffydragonpuppy Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
dA should do something at the NYC Comic Con.
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:iconasklikeasirkawaii:
AskLikeASirKawaii Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student
oh lovely!!
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:iconrainbowroyal:
RainbowRoyal Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Photographer
HOLY!!!
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:icondarijka:
Darijka Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice ;p 
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:iconyamixhikari:
yamixhikari Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
well who doesn't want to visit comic-con :D
but t sounds kind of impossible for me ... all the money that I'll never have
plus I need a visa and buying tickets is just so complicated ... I wish I was born somewhere else... (USA or Japan to be exact XD)
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:iconlonewolfkyle:
LoneWolfKyle Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:'< i wish i lived in america just to have the opportunity to go to a comic-con
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:iconlegacyhunter:
Legacyhunter Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Maaann.. If only you guys come here in the Philippines, totally would go cuz America=TOO FAR AWAY XD
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:iconskylorxx30:
SkylorXX30 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Artist

WWWWWHHHHHHYYYYY!!!!!!

WHY IS IT THAT I ALWAYS MISS OUT ON THE BEST EVENTS EVERRRR!!!!????!!!! :tears:

All well, maybe next time.

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:iconqueen-saturn:
Queen-Saturn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I want to go to comic con!! ;~;
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:iconindieanju:
Indieanju Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Y'all are so dang lucky!

:boogie:
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:iconteki-shinichi:
Teki-Shinichi Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist
nice
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:iconlizardlaser:
lizardlaser Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O_O
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:iconyamcha-wolf:
Yamcha-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This Comic-Con is pretty extravagant in comparison to the last couple in my opinion. Being present at SDCC for the 4th year in a row now, I don't know, maybe it's just me but I've felt that there's been more at my disposal, for for me to enjoy this time.
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:icondaagy123:
daagy123 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
man i wish i was there =(
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:iconprocerdecrepusculum:
ProcerDeCrepusculum Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional General Artist

:iconlaexplodeplz:

 

-PDC

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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013   General Artist
:la:
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:iconask-dean-winchester:
Ask-Dean-Winchester Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Stop reminding me that I don't live in the US...
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:iconashleymedley20112017:
:( im in Alabama I wanna go because im a great drawer
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:icontrampire:
Trampire Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
"As a kid, I traced a lot. I know that's a four-letter word, but I was able to see the decisions the artists were making."

 What's the four letter word??? :confused::confused:
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:icontheevilpeanut:
TheEvilPeanut Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I live in Australia.
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:iconturtlechap:
Turtlechap Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whyyy, it sounds like so much fun...
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:iconculv3:
CULV3 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh...
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:iconcolor-clouds:
Color-Clouds Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I was just in San Diego last week...I sooo wish I could go to a con, always the one who has bad luck in her life. :(
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:iconjackiesan17:
jackiesan17 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wanted to go as well, But i have no money to go. :( 
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:iconcolor-clouds:
Color-Clouds Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Same. Plus it's a big ol chance my parents won't let me.
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:iconjackiesan17:
jackiesan17 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah..... 
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:iconflowerlet:
Flowerlet Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I want to go too, where is it any way :-(
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:iconjackiesan17:
jackiesan17 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
San Diego. Its too far for me. :(
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:iconflowerlet:
Flowerlet Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I never heard of it :-(
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:iconjackiesan17:
jackiesan17 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its in California USA
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:iconflowerlet:
Flowerlet Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So far away :(
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:iconjackiesan17:
jackiesan17 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where do you live? I'm in the US ^^;
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:iconbanette-at-heart:
Banette-at-Heart Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to go to one.. that sounds like so much fun... 
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:iconcatarsisadiez:
CatarsisADiez Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
I live in Spain :(
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:iconuymaageek2012:
UYMAAGEEK2012 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
why don't you go to the one in Spain?
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:iconcatarsisadiez:
CatarsisADiez Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Cause I live in south and it's make me lost a couple of days of work :(
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:iconacenraegraver:
AcenRaeGraver Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i wish i could go.... :( oh well. i hope the people that do go to it have fun there. :D
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:iconopasinski:
opasinski Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Awesome!!! :)
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:iconrealityendshere:
Realityendshere Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Thanks for continuing to post junk in my feed for me to delete. I like how I can't unwatch these.
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:iconaprilmcguire:
AprilMcGuire Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013   Digital Artist
Man, life sucks when you have to click a little 'x' on a box to delete it....

(JK, don't kill me)
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:iconkweo:
Kweo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am putting "Go to Comic Con" on my bucket list!
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:iconnightmarerex109:
NightmareRex109 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Where is it located?...I want to know...on second thought imma look it up o3o
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:iconyamcha-wolf:
Yamcha-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Depends. There's SDCC in San Diego, California or NYCC in New York. But you already know that now probably. :)
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:iconnightmarerex109:
NightmareRex109 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for tellin me....*sniffle*....I really want to go....if I went it would've been meh first time there....*sniffle* :( (Sad) 
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:iconyamcha-wolf:
Yamcha-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awe, well...there's always next year, then the year after, and after that too! Time flies and before you know it, you'll have a chance to buy a ticket for the next one! :)
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:iconnightmarerex109:
NightmareRex109 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Your right, I feel much better now :)
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