Art book featuring Dan Brereton's creation, the Nocturnals. 176 pages, full color hard cover, with a four page fold out. Nine by twelve inches.
GUIDELINES for DAN at COMIC CONVENTIONS
This page should help make the experience of visiting Dan at a show more enjoyable and organized. Many times fans have questions or requests and this page will help set everyone straight.
Remembering these simple points keeps Dan sane and happy and even more fun to talk to all weekend long:
1. NO FREE SKETCHES PLEASE.
Sometimes Dan will make an exception, such as in the case of a sketchbook he is selling or hardcover book. For those who purchase a hardcover or sketchbook, a small sketch is something he does anyway.
Other exceptions to this are children with sketchbooks. Dan will usually do something in a kid's book without even being asked.
2. QUICK HEAD SKETCHES ARE 20.
a recorded donation of $20 or more to HERO Initiative will also get you a head sketch. Usually this happens at the HERO table if Dan is signing there. A donation of $50 will get you three head sketches.
3. LARGE COMMISSIONS HAPPEN IN THE STUDIO.
Dan will take your commission at the Con and do it in the studio and mail it to you, this can take up to 3 to 6 months depending, but its always worth the wait and a patron will always get more than their money's worth.
He does not have time to do them at the show as he must get his beauty sleep in the hotel room.
4. THE SKETCH LIST
Best to get on the list early. Sketches will include either a color or monotone version, priced accordingly. Dan may have time to do a sketch at the show, but prefers taking at-home commissions or doing paid head sketches...or selling originals out of his portfolio.
5. SIGNING and SKETCHING DON'T MIX.
A time to laugh, a time to cry, a time to draw, a time to sign your trading cards...If you see Dan DRAWING or EATING, please don't hand him things to sign. Please come back in a little while when he's hands free.
6. ALL THINGS IN MODERATION.
If you are looking for multiple copies of things to be signed, the limit on cards and comics and anything else is 2 OF THE SAME ITEM ONLY ,PLEASE.
If you have 10 different trading cards, or even 20, he will happily sign them all. But don't bring 6 of the same card to be signed and please don't bring more than 25 of anything. It's impolite to other folks who want things signed or drawn, and really, how many signatures do you need? what number will make you happy? a hundred? a thousand? Its obsessive already. Your mother tried to explain this to you when you were nine!(hmm, maybe it was MY mother) Asking for signatures on the same five cards or comic issue is turning an artist into an Autograph Factory.
7. DAN IS NOT AMBIDEXTERIOUS.
His left hand is the only one doing the work. If you see Dan drawing, please don't assume its free sketch time. It means he is working on a paid drawing and doesn't have time at that moment to sign or sketch in your book.
Consider him a taxi cab already carrying a fare. Or get on his list if you still can.
8. PLEASE DON'T PITCH HIM.
Legally, Dan cannot look at your unsolicited written submissions or accept them at shows or via email, etc.
9. PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
Dan's happy to look at your work and offer whatever constructive criticism he can. It helps to come by and set up a time for later, if possible.
Hopefully the above guidelines will help, and not give the impression Dan has gone off the deep end or is some kind of egomaniac. There is no "throne" coming to the next show with him. His head hasn't enlarged to the size of a watermelon (yet). He just needs a break and this guide will help make it all happy and fun for all of us.