JordanCon 9 was simply a blast!! Every year I gain more and more friends among the many Robert Jordan fans and the other artists; this year was no different. As you can see from the print at the bottom of the picture above, this year's Wheel of Time™ piece was Prince of the Ravens... depicting Matrim Cauthon surrounded by all the elements that define his character. So the previous clues were (Spoilers this sentence!) the symbol for the Snakes and Foxes, the Andoran Lion which I placed on a dragon to symbolize Mat's dealings with Elayne, and the Seanchan flag as a symbol of Mat's marriage to the Daughter of the Nine Moons.
I know I'm not the only one suffering from post con depression, so as a little tonic to ease the pain, I'm offering $10 off the web price of all prints on my official website http://www.edselarnold.com beginning Sunday, April 30, 2017 and lasting through the month of May. This means that for a limited time you can purchase prints at the same lower prices I charge at the conventions, plus the cost of shipping. Simply type in the promo code JORDANCON to receive the marked down price.
POST CON THOUGHTS:
One of my favorite things about JordanCon is the chance to spend time with the members of Robert Jordan's family, the Wheel of Time™ team, the Special Guest Artist, my fellow ArtShow artists, and the JordanCon staff. This year I had the chance to chat with Harriet McDougal, Mr. Jordan's editor and widow, who took the chance to update me on the announcements concerning the TV series progress after she found out that I missed the Opening Ceremonies due to setting up my dealer space. Harriet is always so kind and supportive of my artwork, and I owe her so much for the opportunity to create my own visions of the characters. Also supportive of my work is Robert Jordan's "cousin as close as a brother," Wilson Grooms. I especially enjoyed discussing travel with Wilson, and he underscored one special travel spot that had long been on my bucket list!! I got to spend time with my friends Alan and Amy Romanczuk... so Amy and I could talk art, and Alan and I could talk choral music and ancestry. I got to sit in on a little of my friend Joe O'Hara's tWotCast event, where I learned a new game called "Sculptionary" and some humorous details about some of Maria Simons early editing jobs. I had a quick bite of dinner at the table of Joe's lovely wife, Lauren, who flaunted her job finding skillz to help out my wife's job search. I received a critique and great advice from one of my very favorite fantasy illustrators, Stephen Hickman, whose style and use of golden light have always been inspiring for me. Such a generous man. And I got to hobknob with my fellow artist pals from the Artshow, including my ever entertaining art neighbor, Paul Bielaczyc. I swear it's worth the price of admission just to watch him "hold court" at his dealer's table!! And who could forget my favorite "bad girls" Tylin (April Moore) and Dark Min (Leslie Annis), who make every Artshow an enjoyable event! Usually I don't attend the costume dance party... but this year's "pajama party" seemed too easy... hence my Midnight Mat getup! Maybe next year I'll actually get on the dance floor! LOL Until then, congratulations to Jennifer and James Liang and the volunteers... once again, all your hard work paid off in a spectacular, intimate convention.