Saturday, October 22, 2016

Interview on Fanbase Press website: Art Theft and how to fight it

Fanbase Press was founded by Barbra Dillon and Bryant Dillon. It's a creative conglomerate that is focused on helping artists. The company has published comic books... and produced "The Katniss Chronicles"... the unofficial and unauthorized radio drama based on The Hunger Games.
Here's the Fanbase Press Mission statement from their website:

Founded in 2010, Fanbase Press (formerly Fanboy Comics) is a comic book publisher and an online community supporting other creators and fans through daily reviews, interviews, and podcasts that span the pop culture spectrum. 

Fanbase Press seeks to provide an outlet for up-and-coming artists and writers with a desire to create new works and media. By facilitating in-house collaborations and providing support and empowerment, Fanbase Press hopes to enable the production of professional and marketable creator-owned works. 

The company's graphic novels, Something Animal, Identity Thief, The ArcsFearworms: Selected Poems, and Penguins vs. Possums, are available online at

I first learned about Fanbase Press via an interview on one of my favorite podcasts: The Business of Art.

At the recent Long Beach Comic Con, I attended a panel hosted by publisher Russell Nohelty, where Barbra Dillon was one of the panelists.

After the panel, I met briefly with Barbra. We followed up via email.... which lead to this interview.... "Art Theft and how Indie Creators can protect themselves"  This reinforces some favorite themes here on the blog about protecting your IP ... creating original work... and connecting fans with your art and brand.

Previous posts here on the blog about art theft issues:

Indie Artist Lili Chin Files Lawsuit

Combat Art Theft

Art Theft Editorial on

Copyright Info for Artists

Fan Art -- Playground or Mine Field

Friday, October 21, 2016

Smithsonian Kickstarter to Conserve Ruby Slippers!

Kickstarter isn't just for indie artists. Institutions are using the platform to connect with fans.

Check out this Kickstarter project to raise $300 K and conserve a film icon... Dorothy's Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz!

Best of all... .the Smithsonian's Kickstarter includes epic reward levels.

Yes, some have hefty price tags, but all donations are welcome.

This Kickstarter's home page is a good example of the winning tips shared by Kickstarter experts Madeline Holly-Rosing

and Russell Nohelty

1) excellent video
2) a compelling call to action
3) Story behind the project
4) budget
5) reward tiers
6) risks and challenges/fine print

Kickstarter is a community. Generally, it's recommended that you have some credibility with the community prior to launching your page. You build credibility by backing other Kickstarter projects. The Smithsonian doesn't seem to have done that part... but they make up for it by being the Smithsonian :)
Don't miss out on your chance to donate to this Kickstarter project! Who wouldn't want to say they help conserve a great film icon for future generations.
Website "Mental Floss" article about the Ruby Slippers Kickstarter:

Previous posts here on the blog about Kickstarter:

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Dreamcon 2016

Dreamcon 2016 was the 9th annual incarnation of this special event: an exclusive art show for artists at Dreamworks Animation Studio. Each year's event has a theme. For 2016, the decor and amenities celebrated 1920s Paris...
The Olive Walk pathway on the Dreamworks campus is where all the artists are set up at tables to display their personal art. Wandering the show is glimpse into deep reservoirs of creative talent. How do they manage to do personal work on top of busy professional lives??
Success at this level takes balance.... focus... and inspiration.
Dreamcon director Angela Lepito and her team put so much work and love into all the details of this event. The artists appreciate it. There's themed food and music. And thanks to Angela, an annual invitation for Stuart. His book booth set-up brings some drawing inspiration with his hand-picked selection of titles for this show.

Here are some of the books Stuart selected to bring for this event.

The show last just one afternoon. This year's show had spectacular weather.

The attention to detail is evident. Gift bags for participating artists have the logo for each year's show and theme-inspired goodies.
The Dreamworks fountain was decorated with Monet-inspired lilies...

Live music...
French pastries...

And of course... all sorts of art and artists...
Familiar faces in the crowd included Chris Ayers

Stuart was able to get out and visit with many exhibitors. Thanks to the hard work of SNB crew manning the book booth: Angela, Ivan, and guest crew member (and recent law school grad) Mary.
I was also wandering... and enjoyed finding art to share here on the blog.. and in cards that I send to my pen pals.
Loved the shapes and impact of these images by Monica Ahanonu

Letter press cards!!! by Melinda Farrar.
Was happy to find these since I was not able to attend the annual Printer's Fair at the Intl. Printing Museum.

Resistance is futile when it comes to Sherlock fan art.. this print by Ciera Rose Chamberlin
Artist Mike Hernandez at his easel, painting of the Dreamworks fountain.
Activity booths included fortune telling... photo ops... caricatures.. and flower arranging..

Greeting cards.. art by Connie Jaio Wong...
featured this image of famous cliff and beach area near SNB/Torrance location.

Stuart stopped by many more tables than me... but we happened to be here at the same time.. enjoying the art of Kelsey Eng.

And I always enjoy seeing the dragon art of Nicolas Weis
Best of all.. at this event, he usually has a sketchbook or two on display. Seeing the artists' sketchbooks is a phenomenal privilege. 

Dreamcon from last year is where I discovered one of my favorite plush art finds -- the fabulous Huggable Koi of Bonnie Robinson Stewart.

Bonnie's quilted plush are epic examples of color and craftsmanship. Her new "black cat" plush were a hit too.

Art and adventure awaited plush art pals Koi #10 and Koi # 22..
First stop, the paper moon photo op...

With the Monet-like lilies in the fountain...
No one can resist a visit to the Dreamworks animation campus koi pond...

Koi #22 (below) is a Star Wars saga inspired piece, created for a film-themed gallery show. He was exhibited there with a Godzilla quilted plush and a koi inspired by the film Grand Budapest Hotel.

Koi #10 has toured for the blog before...In France.. at CTNX.. and at Long Beach Comic Con

Dreamcon lasts just one afternoon... wrapping up around golden hour.
Thanks to Angela and the artists for making this show a real highlight of the SNB calendar.
Previous Dreamcon posts on the blog: