It’s Nikki here, and I’m here to share about the trip Sarah and I took to Bellingham Comicon earlier this year! For those of you who aren’t familiar, Bellingham Comicon is our local Comicon hosted annually at the Ferndale City Event Center. 2019 is our 2nd year going together, but Sarah’s third year in attendance (she’s kind of a veteran).
Bellingham Comicon is also a day I look forward to every year, because it’s only a short drive to attend something I love to see; and it now means fun “geeky” outfits (hello Pink Pleather Jacket and Baseball Rogue Tee!), an excess of coffee, a few hours of browsing indie artwork and meeting new (and old) creatives.
So let’s get started.
2019 celebrated the 10th year of Bellingham Comicon going strong, each year attracting more guests and attendees. Both Sarah and I noticed the large increase in traffic from 2018, and found ourselves shuffling between booths to avoid the eager customer to Artist’s Alley. We both suspect (and are excited) that they may need a larger venue in the coming years. But that’s just our speculation 🙂
It should come with little surprise that the life of our haul this year existed in Artist Alley. Because where else do you race to at a con? Sarah browsed some of the booths for a few issues from Marvel, but ended up collecting her own prints and cards (not featured here (because Christmas Gifts!)) from Artist Alley as well.
Artist Alley: Erika Rae Heins
One of our first stops (after circling the con for our selection of booths) led us to Erika Rae Heins. She was wonderful enough to chat with us for a while, and shared that she had recently become a full time content creator and artist. Way to go Erika!
Erika specializes in ink illustration, and showcased a mixture of different artwork from calendar to cards. Her work was inspired by Tolkein, Harry Potter, Cats and Classic Goth themes. You can find out more about her on her instagram.
Artist Alley: Art of Pri
Our next stop was a visit to Art of Pri! Priscilla Firstenberg is a 2D/3D game artist. Priscilla sells game cards for different pop culture characters in her fan-art game card series “Sugar + Spice”. She is also the creator of the adorable sushi roll magnets featured below. You can check out more about her at her website.
Artist Alley: Frog & Cog
Last, but not least was our stop to Frog & Croc Creations. Created by Christina Rubenstein and Robyn Burdick, Frog & Croc is home to some of the cutest stickers I have ever seen. Their booth was a repeat stop from the year prior where I had picked up a small cockatiel sticker (not featured here) and Sarah had selected an IT sticker. These artists appear to be constantly cranking out new designs from Animal Crossing to Avatar: The Last Airbender to Stranger Things, so it would be worth it to check them out!