Local artists amped for Wizard World Comic Con
Fantastic get-ups, the biggest names in fandom and the promise of fun lure Portlanders to the Wizard World Comic Con every year — but for the city's hardworking creators, it's showtime.
This year's Comic Con starts Friday, Feb. 22 and runs through Sunday at the Oregon Convention Center. It promises loads of celebrity guests, artists, cosplay opportunities, fan groups, gaming, workshops and even wrestling on the docket.
The Tribune talked with two digital illustrators with an eye for animated characters in order to spotlight their talent — and get excited for Comic Con!
At age 16, Lizzy Ingalls may be the youngest artist from the Portland area to hang a shingle along Artists Alley, where local exhibitors traditionally set up tables to hawk their wares. Though the Hillsboro resident has never taken an art class at Liberty High School, she's still found her passion as a digital illustrator.
"It brings out my happy feelings," she said. "If I'm having a hard time, I can always just turn to drawing and it will make me feel better."
Ingalls says she first attended a convention as a "love-struck" middle schooler trying to impress a boy. She outgrew the crush, but the infatuation with art stuck.
"I looked around the Artists Alley and I was like, 'Wow, people can make a living off this.' Maybe I can too," she said.
Ingalls will be selling her work at Wizard World Comic Con, but you can also check it out online at www.candyarmy.com
Sarah Pollak is a shipper. For those not in the know, that means the Portland artist demands romance between two fictional characters whose stars never crossed.
For instance, Pollak thinks Katara and Zuko, two characters from "Avatar: The Last Airbender," should have developed a relationship, even though the writers missed the memo.
"I just feel like they're building up towards each other, even though they don't get together canonically," Pollak explained. "The people who made the show… just kind of dropped the ball right at the end, so I had the urge to fix that in my head-canon."
Her interest in Japanese manga and anime has influenced her artwork, which includes digital illustrations of preexisting fictional universes as well as original creations.
"I tend to go for emotion rather than action (in my art)," she said. "I want my audience to feel something while looking at it."
Pollak will also sell prints of her work at Comic Con. Her art is available online at www.spollak.com.