Circus Posterus, Chris Ryniak and Travis Louie at Comic-Con

Circus Posterus at SDCC 2011

Sort of like Disneyland, San Diego Comic-Con has a series of elaborate underground passageways that spring up into lively marketplaces…if you know the password. This is where I ran into Kathie Olivas, Chris Ryniak and Brandt Peters on Saturday morning. All manner of merchandise is available. It’s kind of like the floating market in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere (definitely the novel, not the video).

Joining the Circus

Here I am running away with the Circus (Posterus). I look cheerful and smell fresh, as I have yet to enter the Exhibition Center.

Circus Posterus pieces by Travis Louie, Kathie Olivas & Brandt Peters and Chris Ryniak

As you’ll see if you scroll, like most Circuses (Posteruses), the trio traveled nomadically throughout SDCC. I was most excited about the signing at Super7 for Travis Louie‘s Stan Skelve, Kathie and Brandt’s Boo Skelve and Chris Ryniak’s Unripe Bubblegut.

Circus Posterus signing at Super7

Here they are, setting up for two hours of signing and sketching.

Kathie Olivas customized Munny

I wish I had the power to institute a ban on Munnyworld at certain signings. This is just me sharing my personal opinion, but I almost have to look away when an artist is put in the awkward situation of being asked to customize a children’s toy. If it’s called “Raffy,” I’m merely suggesting you think twice. If you absolutely have to do this, stick with Trikky. It’s the least offensive. Because artists who paint toys also like cats.

The sideshow continues…

Brandt Peters and Chris Ryniak

Brandt Peters and Chris Ryniak

Chris Ryniak is sketchy.

Chris Ryniak is sketchy.

Super Cooper and Circus Posterus

Super Cooper and Circus Posterus

Travis Louie's tiny sketch

Someone handed Travis Louie a truly tiny sketchbook.

Travis Louie's tiny sketch

Is Travis huge or is the sketchbook small? Ponder…

Sketch by Travis Louie

A little sketch by Travis Louie

Circus Posterus Figures

A (terrific) fraction of my SDCC 2011 haul…

People who make a living writing words don’t usually get to own little sculptures by artists who sell out solo shows in LA and NY galleries. This is why ‘art toys’ are still so vital.

Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters and Kirby Kerr of Rotofugi

Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters and Kirby Kerr of Rotofugi

Brandt Peters & Kathie Olivas at Dragatomi

Brandt Peters & Kathie Olivas at Dragatomi

Circus Posterus Sketch

Circus Posterus Sketch

Circus Posterus Skelves at Dragatomi

Circus Posterus Skelves at Dragatomi

 

Circus Posterus at Dragatomi

Circus Posterus Figures at Dragatomi

Circus Posterus' Red Masao Mini Skelve

Circus Posterus’ Red Masao Mini Skelve

Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas

Nice pic of Brandt and Kathie in the Cultyard

Jeremy, Super Cooper and Johnny

Bonus pic of me w/ my friends Cooper and Johnny