24TH NOVEMBER 2018
ARTIST CARD SELECTION OBTAINED AT THE EVENT
There was a large artist stand area at this event and although not all of them had cards available there were a nice selection to choose from. The cards came in a range of different postcard sized formats:
1 – POSTCARD BACKED. These are clearly the best ones to seek out, although they do not always have the best of the artwork on them, its just that proper postcard backs are not as common as the other formats.
2 – PLAIN BACKED CARD. Some of these are on good quality card, and it is only the lack of any reverse side printing that prevents them being a proper postcard, although you can add your own postcard back design and use them as postcards. These are advertised by the artists as postcards on their stands.
3 – TEXT & OR IMAGE BACKED. Here the reverse side has either a logo of some information text which is often placed in the centre.
4. THIN PAPER PRINTED. This is exactly that, the design printed on thin paper. These are rare but do appear.
5. PHOTOGRAPH PAPER. These are images which are on photographic paper/card. These are exactly like a photograph and many of the artists do sell these. They are not as collectible as many of the above options, but if the design(s) are nice enough I think they are worth including in a collection.
There are two other things which I think are worth mentioning. Firstly, I think it is always a good idea to ask the artist to sign the card(s) you buy from them. This has a couple of benefits. The first being that it often opens-up a line of conversation, especially if you are asking them to sign a large selection of cards. Talking to the artists is nearly always interesting and can supply you with some details about the depicted designs. Secondly, I think a signed card is far more interesting than a plain item. It also shows that you met the artist.
The other thing worth mentioning is ‘stickers’, especially as this year a much wider selection of artists seemed to have produced stickers of their artwork. If the cards being sold are plain backed then it can be interesting to buy a sticker, especially one which directly relates to the card image, and apply this to the back. This ‘definitely’ adds interest to the card and if the artist signs on this side as well it can look attractive, although it should be stated that some signatures appear lie squiggles, but that is the case with many signatures.
Lastly, the name of the artist, try and get this as it helps to know who the artist is, but be aware that some only go under their nickname or company artist name, as an example one signs as ‘FROGGY WITH FRIES’ and I still do not know his correct name. The best way of getting this is often by asking for a business card (I have depicted these as well where I managed to get one – there is often the bonus of another piece of artwork depicted on one side of the card). By-all-means contact any of the artists if you want copies of any of these cards as I am sure they will happily supply them postally with payment.
So, here is my gallery of cards obtained on this trip.
ARTIST: SOPHIE EVES
PLAIN BACKED CARD
ARTIST: NATE BEAUMONT (COSMICMIND COMICS)
PLAIN BACKED PHOTOGRAPH PAPER
STAR TREK GUINEA PIGS
Signed on front by artist – bottom right corner
I don’t buy too many of the cards which are photograph paper issues as I prefer proper card, but this illustration appealed to me so much that I knew I had to have it for my television collection.
ARTIST: RUTH KEATTCH (RK DESIGN SOLUTIONS)
POSTCARD-LIKE REVERSE SIDE
ANIME STYLED GIRL IMAGE
Signed on the reverse side by the artist
I do like Ruth’s work, so I ended up buying one each of all her designs. I really liked the fact that the reverse sides all have images and look like proper postcards and that the images used are all different.