Had a great time this year at IlluxCon 4. For those of you who don’t know, it is the only illustration show of it’s kind, celebrating the works of fantastic art by bringing together artists, art directors and collectors from all over the world. Its mission is to promote fantastic art as simply “art” in itself, regardless of how it was published or the lack thereof. For a very long time, illustration has suffered from the stigma of being viewed as less important than fine art. Then divide the different genres of illustration, and you’ll probably find fantasy at the bottom of the barrel (I noticed the subtle snickers and eye rolling in art school at the mention of it). So as you could imagine, it was very awesome to see so many people so excited about the work in one place. People buying art, creating art, trading art…it’s a wonderful sight to see.

IlluxCon has been getting a lot of buzz through word of mouth recently. So much so, that the Allentown Art Museum approached Pat and Jeannie Wilshire (creators of IlluxCon) to help put together a major art exhibit of fantastic art from 1850 to the present. It is a big step forward in the movement to recognize this art as being just as important as any other art form. It’s very exciting and MS and I are glad to be part of it. Sounds like one of his paintings will definitely be included in the exhibition too! Not too shabby to hang in a museum show with pieces by N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and Arthur Rackham, eh? So proud of him!…and of course, a bit jealous. 😉

We had a lot of fun hanging out with the other artists and show goers this year. It was nice to see familiar faces and meet new ones. But, as usual, I was guilty of not taking enough pictures. I’d be the worst parent ever in that respect. Hey–give me props for taking ANY! Here are some of my favorites, though:

Mark Poole's Booth

Raoul Vitale's Booth

Gary Lippincott's Booth (But that's not Gary on the left)

Dave Palumbo's Booth

Steve Prescott's Booth

Part of Tom Kuebler's Booth

Close up of Snipe

If you want to see more pictures of the show, log on Facebook and friend the IlluxCon page. Fortunately, everyone else took tons of pix. I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures of MS’s booth. Ah well. Maybe next year.

To see more of the works of these artists represented above, follow these links: Raoul VitaleSteve PrescottDavid PalumboMark PooleTom KueblerGary Lippincott

Next week I’ll show you our purchases and trades. Very excited about those!