: GenCon 06 story 2
I'm running a Mechaton demo, whee! I've got three guys smashing mechs into each other, I'm just reffing. Someone comes up to me and introduces herself as Anna - "I made that Dogs in the Vineyard Flash animation?"
And I'm like, oh YEAH, awesome! I get up and shake her hand, I think I gush a bit. You all remember the Dogs Flash animation, right? It's here (or here for Internet Explorer) if you need a refresher.
She says she has a gift for me. I'm like, "a gift? Anna you already gave me the coolest thing ever." But no, she has a gift for me, and it's even cooler.
It doesn't fit in my scanner whole, so here are some excerpts.
It's awesome how much they look like little kids. Perfect.
His face is totally a Dogs face: "I'll shoot you, but please, please don't make me..."
And hers: "...and I won't miss."
I'm really touched. I'm standing there looking at this beautiful piece of art and ignoring my Mechaton players (it's okay, they've got the rules down, they finish the demo without me and trundle off to the cash register to buy the game). After a speechless little while I'm like, "so Anna, are you in the market for jobs that don't pay well?"
"I can't get enough of them," she says.
My only bummer is that one of you mugs is going to hire her before I do. I have a project with her name on it, but no way I can get to it before this time next year.
Ink isn't what I'd reach for first if I was doing black and white work for myself (I'm terminally addicted to Prismacolor pencils), but it makes for a fun challenge. Although when using ink, I tend to use teeny tiny brushes because I have never successfully gotten pens not to hate me.
Chalk me up as proud, too! Not that Vincent's (and Ben's for Polaris) wonderful games wern't to blame for our many hours of wonderful play, but actually having someone that was sketching up stuff from the game was like very cool icing on a very kick ass cake.
Much of her art work has influenced how I think about certain games in my mind forever more. I simply cannot think about Dogs, Otherkind, or Polaris now without thinking of some of the things Anna drew.
Hey, Nick, Aaron, were you there with Anna? If so, I have to admit I've been thinking of you as "Anna and her people." I guess somehow I didn't get to really meet you, even though I saw you all over the place.
I was there. Nick unfortunatly couldn't make GenCon this year. We had 4 of our group at GenCon this year and much fun was had by all. Travis and I got a demo of Mechaton in and the 4 of us descended upon Tim Koppang for a demo of Hero's Banner. I think we suprised him a bit when we took what was supposed to be a demo and embraced it like a full on game session by cranking the enjoyment up to 11.
S'ok. Anna deserves the praise for her artwork. She's talented so we're all about talking her up. Speaking of, if anyone ever needs elves or elf-like creatures in artwork, she's the one you go to. ;P
Yeah, finances reared their ugly head once more and kept me from attending yet again. Hopefully next year will be different and I can meet you in person (again), but this time having actually played your games and all.
Anna, I don't think I've ever gotten to see so much of your drawing stuff before, and I'm even more impressed than I was. The Polaris arts is badass and makes me sad I moved before I got to play it. And your dragon officially Rawks the Casbah!