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This Friday at 10am pacific. We will be releasing batches of Sloth n moth and tapir out into the wild in both painted and blanks. Bubble tea or picnic on a blanky?
What is Brodarrfest? And what are the Suns Of Brodarr?
Brodarr is a planet… somewhere in our galaxy. The Suns of Brodarr are the hundreds of brothers and sisters from just one mommy on planet Brodarr.
The Suns of Brodarr are aliens, who heard tale of earth and it’s tasty melty core. So they want to come and eat the Earth, but they can never find their way as they fight, and make love, and play dice, and drink, and get into trouble.
Brodarrfest is a celebration of all this through art.
We held the first one back in 2015 at FOE Gallery. Now the second one over in NYC at Five Points.
Five Points was to be a melting of comics and designer toys, something to give the indie crowd an alternative to NYCC. The first year was pretty amazing, good crowd on Saturday, and most everyone in attendance was a-ok.
Now let’s pick it all apart, so we can make the next one even better.
Brodarrfest. Having this held inside another event was a fine idea.
But I overthought and stressed about display WAY too much. coming from the west coast I had to think… how would I build and display everything. Should just bought some ikea junk and called it a day.
A weird and slightly frustrating thing was Saturday having multiple people AT the event, letting me know they were sorry they weren’t able to make it to my event the night before, or weren’t going to be able to make it that night. So either the display, or the way I was getting out the word, or maybe both were sorta lacking:)
Luckily I had scores more people tell me how much they enjoyed what they were seeing, flipping out on a painting, or a one-off they are looking at.
Preaching to the choir. This has been a big issue at SDCC, and then NYCC. I think the big issue here is exclusivity through cost. Your entry price is just WAY too high. So they only people going are already “all in”, and frankly this is a good way to make things stagnant, or even shrink the pool of people interested in these mediums. I am fully aware that Left Field Media, the promoters, and money behind this event are in it to make a profit. But the cost needs to come down in order to make it work for everyone. Saturday had a fair crowd, but Sunday attendance was pretty dismal.
I even have an idea, rather than just whining about it. If you just slashed Sunday’s price in half, I think the amount of ticket sales would increase tenfold, therefore making LFM more profit. this way more locals who are curious, and maybe only have $100 to dedicate to the day, including parking, and food, ect… might give the event a try, and enjoy what they see.
Toys vs comics. These are two avenues that would seem to make the perfect intersection. At this event, toys for some of us, did quite well. I think comics, maybe not quite so much. Maybe because NYCC already has an entire hall dedicated to indie comics, and rows and rows of long boxes already, comics people didn’t come out for this quite as much. The longbox dealers were visibly, and audibly irritated with their lack of sales, creating some of the only bad vibes i witnessed at the whole event.
Again, I have ideas instead of just whining about it. Still invite and include any comics people. But put more focus on art, and attracting more illustrators. Follow the DCON formula more closely. Five points worked with Kano to do a gigantic beautiful mural in NYC, just bring more of THAT energy inside the convention. I was supposed to do a minigolf course, and fell short. So next year, with the help of Clutter I will make it happen.
Along the same lines as above. There was ONE dealer who had vintage Japanese sofubi, and I think he made a killing. Next year let’s see some more vintage dealers. The vintage sofubi dealer, Rob… made my day.
Both Brodarrfest and Five Points were a success. Please feel free to dialog here, so we can make next time even better.
Big fat thank you to Clutter for everything you do. I’ll most definitely be back next year for year two. Anotehr big thankyou to Jimbo and jumi and jet, my hosts. And double plus seven billion thank you to all the artists that came through, and everyone that rolled through, said hi, and picked up a goody or two. The cost to come from the west coast, and set this thing up was big, and you guys all made it worth while.
Super flipping doopular news this morning. The first small batch of Jungle Boogie Steven are made. This photo is from Japan, as I still don’t have these in hand.
The very first shot of Steven. He’s still not even in the wild yet.
This is the third Steven the Bat sculpt.
Steven the Bat was my very first toy.
Super7 and I got the very first batch of them out at SDCC back in 2005. Crazy to think that was only 12 years ago. Or on the flipside, holy sharts. I have officially been making toys now for 12 years.
That first sculpt took over 2 years to come out into the wild, lots of communication failure with our contact in China, but we worked it all out, and Steven was born. This first sculpt has some occasional standing issues. Too much fig moonshine.
The second Steven sculpt was part of Super7’s Monster Family series, and was sculpted by Gargamel, who I had been working with for quite a bit by the time that second steven came out. Smaller, cuter, and a good stander.
And now this Jungle Boogie Steven. I started sculpting this winter 2015-16 I think. In late fall I sent off the finished sculpt to Japan. I did everything but the fittings on this beast, so don’t expect the clean smooth lines of the Gargamel sculpted Steven. This is more like an ancient artifact found inside a temple cave under the forest floor.
I can’t wait to hold this new Steven in my hands.
We Call him Fishmist, but that’s not really his name. This is the latest Suns Of Brodarr collab project in the works.
I was immediately taken by Andrew’s inkings.
I read ApocalyptiGirl cover to cover one day at Floating World…and then came Head Lopper. Holy hell that’s a good book.
So I gave Andrew a holler, really a shot in the dark, and he was excited to play.
Here’s a good WIP of the sculpt by Beth Graves, which, with his fishsword will use a Lonny type body. Purty flipping stoked!
FINSTACHE is the bastard sibling of the Brodarr brothers. Mama Queen hooked up with a Magma Serpent in secret and the resulting child, FINSTACHE was immediately thrown into the Lava. Unbeknownst to the queen, little FINSTACHE survived the creamy lava flows, gained strength from it and spent his years honing the blade on his left hand... thirsty for revenge.
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