Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 – Larry Elmore

Among the plethora of phenomenal artists at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 was one of my personal favorites, Larry Elmore. Larry has done several key pieces over the years, such as the covers for the Dragonlance novels, much of the cover artwork for EverQuest, and so many additional pieces of fantasy art that they are impossible to mention or number. He is also quite a friendly gentleman.

 

My family and I cornered Larry at the booth he shared with Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, and Laura Hickman. My wife and I had been huge fans of Larry for years (too many to count). We had shown our 13 year old some of his work, specifically the Dragonlance art, and she was very interested. While my wife and I looked through the prints that Larry had brought with him, my daughter proceeded to interrogate him about his work.

 

Larry was happy to talk to my daughter. They discussed his work at length. My wife and I continued looking through his prints and saw one of his book. I remembered that Larry had put together a Kickstarter campaign for one of his books earlier in the year. Specifically, SnarfQuest was funded in January.

If you enjoy fantasy art, you have probably seen the work of Larry Elmore. Many of his prints will have his name on them, but a lot of his commissioned art does not. Check on the credits page of your favorite works of fantasy fiction, he will be listed if he is the artist. Also, check out his website at www.larryelmore.com and look through some of his beautiful artwork.

 

Here is my 13 year old’s summary of her conversation with Larry:

 

“One of the few people we were able to interview at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 was Larry Elmore.  Larry Elmore is known for doing a lot of art work for Dungeons and Dragons and the cover art for DragonLance. He also did the basic art work for Everquest, and then the Everquest group made his art work computerized for the game. He has several books that contain his art work like, Reflections of Myth, Masters of Dragonlance Artand The Complete Elmore.

Do you prefer drawing dragons or humans?

I do not really do a lot of dragons, so I do not really have the chance of drawing dragons.

Do you prefer an item to draw?

No, not really.

Did you like doing the art work for Dragonlance?

I actually made a few rough drafts for Tracy (Hickman), to help them sell to the board. So I was on there from the start.

(End of Questions)

If you want to find more about Larry go to his website at, (linked above)”


Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 – Margaret Weis

I have been a big fan of Margaret Weis since I first read “Dragons of Autumn Twilight”. I cannot remember clearly if I picked up the book when it was first printed in November of 1984 (before I turned 11), but I do know I read it within the first few years of its release. Continue reading Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 – Margaret Weis


Another Purchase of Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures – Icons of the Realms – Tyranny of Dragons

If you haven’t yet taken a look at the Dungeons & Dragons 5E Miniatures, you should.  Not expensive quality, but definitely worth bringing to your gaming table.  Here is what we picked up at our local gaming store last week.

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Stoutheart Halfling Female Bard 2/45 Icons of the Realms

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Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures – Icons of the Realms – Tyranny of Dragons

With the release of 5th edition, the worlds oldest fantasy RPG entered a new era. Along with this era, a new series of miniatures have arrived. These new miniatures are made by WizKids/Neca and come prepainted in booster packs of 4 figures (including one large figure) for about $16. The quality of some of the previous miniature series had me originally hesitant to purchase this set, but I caved and purchased a pair of boosters. I am glad I did. Continue reading Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures – Icons of the Realms – Tyranny of Dragons


Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 – Preparing for Comic Con – Local Food

Update: We’ve added hours and some website links. 9/1/2014

Attending Comic Con is hard work. Gamers, Cosplayers, Geeks, and Nerds all need food to keep running. There are food courts in the Salt Palace, as well as nearby malls (Gateway and Gallivan), but these are our among our favorite places to visit for breaks at Comic Con. All are within a couple blocks of the Salt Palace and offer some wonderful food.

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Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 – Preparing for Comic Con – Local Vendors to See

Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 is coming up, fast! We are less than one month away from the event. It is time to prepare. Grab your calendar, get a pen, plan which celebrities to see, but what do you do between awesome panels? The vendor’s hall has always been amazing, but here are a few of our favorite local vendors Continue reading Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 – Preparing for Comic Con – Local Vendors to See


Salt Lake ComicCon July 2014 Press Conference

Be sure to go to http://saltlakecomiccon.com to buy your tickets now!
Be sure to go to http://saltlakecomiccon.com to buy your tickets now!

Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg again held a press conference. This time, they were escorted by the armed guards of the Umbrella Corporation. Dan and Bryan shared some wonderful statistics, some details of plans, and a whole new set of guests for this coming September.

Numbers and Plans

  • Salt Lake Comic Con is the 3rd largest in America
  • September 2014 will be larger than Fan X (April) and September 2013, in every way.

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Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 Fan Xperience – Gaming Room

With the expanded space of Comic Con, the gaming area has increased in size substantially. In September, a few tables were set aside in the vendor’s hall, but in April, an entire conference room encompasses the gaming area. Continue reading Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 Fan Xperience – Gaming Room


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