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Introducing: The Convention Collective’s SANDBOX SPOTLIGHT

Starting today, and with the aim of posting every Monday, we’re incredibly proud to launch a new feature to the site – a chance for us to shine a light on some of the best and brightest creative talents out there (and, with a bit of luck, help raise their income with a bit of a signal boost to the selling of their wares): SANDBOX SPOTLIGHT.

SANDBOX SPOTLIGHT will be a collection of interviews profiling comic artists, writers and colourists, illustrators, cosplayers, fanfic writers, independent toy and collectable manufacturers, filmmakers, gamers… basically, anybody that you would usually find in the Artist Alley and on the exhibition floor of your favourite Comic Con – anybody that, right now in this current climate, cannot put their face in the frame and talk to you about themselves or their work, in person.

This new feature is the brainchild of the Sandbox Senior Editor, Dan Berry, and he’s already got a couple of posts ready to go – later today, you’ll find out more about North Carolina artist Rob Retiano, a creator who has published work under his belt but is eager to spread the word about his work; Dan also has profiles of artists Troy Little and Chris Oz Fulton in the pipeline.

Obviously, being US-based and a firm comics fan, Dan has drawn on a number of American talent from that field for these first posts but we will be on the lookout to post about anyone from any creative sphere, from any country, of any nationality, gender and experience level – so long as we can share examples of your work and as many links to online profiles and stores as we can, we’ll do it.

One aspect on online comic cons that have let the side down a bit, when it comes to what fans can experience at conventions, is the joy of discovering new talent, possibly your new favourite obsession, and taking home with you something that has been crafted and created out of passion and joy. We personally can’t wait to share with you some of our picks of the best around!

If you’re a creative and want to be profiled in SANDBOX SPOTLIGHT, we would love to get you involved – the interviews are text-based and can be completed entirely on your own schedule and terms, no pressure from us… we just want to get the word out about your work.

Reach out to us by getting in contact at admin@theconventioncollective.com, giving us an idea of the work that you do, we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We look forward to hearing from you!

Leonard Sultana
Leonard Sultana
Leonard Sultana is a full-time DJ / part-time nerd and is doing his damnedest to swap those around. He is the creator of An Englishman In San Diego, The Convention Collective and a rather nice cocktail involving Dandelion & Burdock.

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