If you’re looking for some great artists and creators to fulfill all your geeky purchasing needs, head into the Wizard World vendor hall and check out these amazing items!
First up I found Lauren with Boonzy Arts who is based out of L.A. She has all kinds of incredible candles that smell delicious. Her candles are inspired by her love of pop-culture which grew from her immense love of reading as a child. Her “Wheel of Flame” candles are a unique idea she came up with and Kickstarted. Each scent can be used to
enhance your table-top gaming experience and comes with a random metal die. For instance, if your party is about to head into a cave to fight a dragon, you can light the “Lair of the Dragon” candle to take the experience to a whole new level. She also has pop-culture candles like “It Rubs the Lotion on It’s Skin” which smells like lotion , “Marshmallow Man” which is modeled after the Stay-Puffed Marshmallow Man, and “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.” which comes in a teacup! You can buy directly from her site also so make sure to check it out of you’re not in the Las Vegas area this weekend.
The next booth that caught my eye was Sara with My Faerietale because she has these absolutely adorable pot people. She is Las Vegas based and you can only find her at conventions so make sure to come out! She also has a love of pop-culture and a great motto of “I make what I like and I hope you like it too.” In addition to her pot people she also has an assortment of pins, magnets, clocks and jewelry. All the artwork is original from her daughter. Sara started at the Las Vegas Comic Expo in 2013 and now is doing between 12 and 15 conventions a year. I highly recommend stopping by her table and taking home your very own pot person.
I ran into Shakespeare’s Workshop (almost literally) with owner Summer Shakespeare who was absolutely delightful. She is also based out of Las Vegas and has all sorts of 3-D prints, custom costumes and hoodies, wigs, and the most incredible pet costumes. She can be found on Etsy as well as on Periscope, where you can actually watch her as she creates your custom item.
If you’re like me and can’t leave a con without picking up a new print (or 10) to adorn your walls, make sure to check out Lisa Hall with Hallustration. She was always into Star Wars growing up and has expanded her geeky interests into anime and now comic characters. It was through attending other conventions that she learned she could put her artistic talents to work reimagening her favorite characters in her own style. Most of the prints are in digital media, although she very much enjoys traditional art as well. If you can check her out here at Wizard World, but if you can’t you can check out her Etsy or next weekend she will be at Salt Lake Comic Con.
If you’re looking for a new series, I highly recommend checking out Katie Salidas. She is from Las Vegas and currently has two full, 6 book series and a third series that is just starting out. Chronicles of the Uprising is a Hunger Games meets Interview with the Vampire meets Gladiator. She says that although it has vampires in it, they’re not what you would normally think of vampires. She also has her Immortals series which is a paranormal romance. Both of those series you can read without having to wait for the next installment! Her newest series is Pretty Little Werewolf. The synopses for the first book begins: “All Giselle ever wanted was a family… who can accept her for what she is, a werewolf. In a world where supernatural creatures are not out and proud, this has been a problem for 16 year old Giselle. A child of the system, she’s been bounced from home to home for as long as she can remember. As soon as the moon calls out her inner wolf, it’s back into the system she goes….” you can read the rest on her website if you aren’t able to visit her this weekend.
Let us know what you think of these great artists and creators in the comments below!