I sauntered into the store on Saturday at 10:15 and was greeted by probably the most epic FCBD I have ever seen. Running into Eric within a minute of entering the place was a minor miracle!
The truth is, I was on a mission. I had been so moved by the book and inspired by the drawings, that I had to create some fan art of the book. I scanned, printed, cut-up, glued and reassembled many of the pages to display them in pop-up, 3D format. I would say pop-up card, but it's not the kind of thing you would send for a birthday or Hallmark holiday. My focus now for my pop-ups is to make them more of a piece that you can set up and display, but easily fold away.
|Prototype of the mountain scene|
|Yours is the only citation being awarded, son.|
The second piece is a combination of a few pages, but I wanted to capture all the feelings in one place. The father's regret, the horror of the battle scene, and the funeral scene in which it is obvious that his fallen comrades will not be recognized for what they have done. In fact, their deaths will be swept under the rug.
I'm happy to say that I did get to meet Eric that day and share my pop-up cards with him and express my admiration for his work. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my copy of Shooters to be signed! I was also way too early to meet Brandon Jerwa. I'm sure I'll track those guys down again sometime. I'll definitely make another field trip up to Lacey to check out the store. Maybe on a day that's not quite as nutty as Free Comic Book Day.