Another amazing person to finally meet is local artist and Brand Studio Press publisher Alberto Ruiz. He appreciated the fact that I help keep him in business, as I am constantly stopping by Forbidden Planet to see which new volumes he's got out - and leaving with many purchased copies each time! ;) Alberto maintains a very active blog that is an entertaining read, so check it out when you can. Though, before you do, feast your eyes on Alberto's killer skateboard laser etchings at the bottom of this post.
His booth neighbor was none other than Stephen Silver, a very talented and prolific character designer. I first became aware of Stephen's work at Siggraph a few years ago, where I first obtained a volume of his sketches. He's also got a very thorough blog that is inspiring to visit on a regular basis.
I also met Joe Spada, who was selling his limited edition TOBOR character, which can be found here.
Final NYCC pics now up on Flickr.