Thursday, July 24, 2008

SDCC - Sketchbot On Display @ ToyQube Booth #4837

Just back at the hotel and am already overwhelmed. San Diego Comic Con is HUGE! It's like 3 times the size of NYCC. (Incidentally, I was here a year ago for Siggraph, and that's a huge convention in itself) The big news (for me) is that Keith Poon from ToyQube had some extra space available and allowed me to put Sketchbot in his display case. I share a shelf with Hans "APW Gallery" Yim. Be sure to swing by booth #4837 to check out all the amazing work on view.

I got to talk extensively with Brian Flynn from Super-7, Matt Doughty from Onell Design, Shawn (Shawnimals) Smith, Kirby and Whitney from Rotofugi (I learned that my Sketchbot custom Plushform sold the other day!), and George, Ayleen and Matt from Toy Break. Sketchbot is being well received thus far.

Be sure to check out my exclusive SDCC Flickr set throughout the run of the convention for as many pictures that I can comfortably post each night before crashing. ;)

I'd also like to give a shout out to the following blogs that posted Sketchbot news items yesterday:

Jeremy Brautman from ToyCyte had nice things to say about my first design, as well as Brian Szabelski from Tomopop and a nice mini-interview I did with Andy from ToysREvil. I'll be meeting up with Jack from on Thursday.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

SDCC - Preview Day

Arrived in San Diego last night. Refreshing to be out of the current heat-wave the East Coast was experiencing. Though, I am WIPED OUT! The past 5 days have been jam-packed finishing the prototypes and all the other ancillary material that I needed to bring out with me. Here's a picture of the four new SDCC Edition buttons, along with three faves from the NYCC run.

Spent the morning inserting the pins in 300+ buttons, then assembling 165 goodie packets for free swag giveaways. I know that's a paltry number for the amount of people expected at the convention, however, I've got an extra 200 buttons left and another 1,000 stickers on their way, so if you see me on the convention floor, hit me up for some Sketchbot stuff.

I'm heading over to the convention center in a few hours to pick up my badge and attend "Preview Night." I'll post anything interesting either later tonight or first thing in the morning.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sketchbot Prototype Sculpt, COMPLETED!

*whew* What a weekend. In the midst of a 5-day heat wave here in NYC, not ideal conditions for spray painting up on the roof. Spraying out the window with fans on high, then letting the pieces dry in the air conditioned interior. (This stuff won't cure in high humidity) There was simply no way I was going to be able to hand paint the eye and logo to my satisfaction, so I came up with the idea to print out to scale on inkjet sticker labels. The diameter of my button hole punch matched perfectly with the pupil of the eye. I ended up cutting out by hand the circle of the logo and the "SB" designation for the pencil. I still have to finish painting the second sculpt, but here's what I'm bringing out to San Diego! I'm currently trying to locate some display space - if anyone has a small amount available in their booth, drop me a line.

A few additional views up on Flickr.