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posted by Aeire

Comicon 2007 was fantastic in many ways - one of which was the spur of the moment decision to draw flatulent mermaids in the sketchbooks of everyone that requested the dreaded 'draw whatever you want' from me.

Let me just pause for a moment here to try and lay out the situation for you, to give you a picture of what is going on in in the artist's head when you present them with that request. Most artists at conventions have been there for awhile, have drawn several pictures, and are mostly brain-dead due to being asked question after question and running all over the place and the overall excitement of being at Con in general. Seriously, there is very little brain activity going on there guys - when we're at cons, regardless of the con, it's all about you guys, meeting the fans, chatting with you, selling merchandise, answering questions, doing and/or going to panels, etc. We aren't really thinking. So when a person walks up to us and hands us a sketchbook (which, by the way, you should check beforehand to see if said artist charges for sketches - I never do personally, but I do know some artists that do so, and the sketch quality is well worth it - but make sure you know before you hand your sketchbook over, it just saves unhappiness, okay? Okay.) and then says, when asked what they'd like, the dreaded 'draw whatever you want', most of us short-circuit.

There are some individuals that have been doing cons for so long that they can just whip out an automatic con sketch - but you'll be getting what a million other people are getting. I understand that most people think that giving us artistic freedom to do whatever's on our minds is being nice, but in all honesty, it's just putting us on the spot. Suddenly we have to think. Thinking takes time, and while I'd love to spend forever on your sketch, the three people behind you are wanting sketches too. So be considerate, and decide on a character or a something that you want drawn before you approach the artists - and uh, try not to make it too complicated, again, most artists haven't got all day (or if they do, that's called a commission and you are expected to pay for it!). Okay?

Okay. SO - mermaids. I drew so many horribly surprised looking mermaids with bubbles trailing from their...er...tails over the course of those four days, due to a booth across the way from us from Penny Farthing Press advertising The Loch, which looked very pretty and had mermaids in it. I like mermaids, I like drawing mermaids, and drawing surprised mermaids was way fun. I've been drawing mermaids ever since...er...well, since The Little Mermaid came out, because I absolutely adored that film when I was a kid. I think I memorized the whole thing frame by frame.

This is why I thought this video right here was one of the most hysterical things I saw at the convention this year. Partially because it was funny as hell, and mostly because, as most of you already know, I am a huge fan of spoofing obvious Disney references right down to drawing panels based off of paused frames of the animated sequence I'm spoofing. Seriously. Go watch the video. And read the comic from the beginning while you're at it.

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