High on my list was checking out the various artists' booths. And top of the artists I encountered at GenCon had to be Steve Thomas.
You know, at a fantasy-themed event, you pretty much know the kinds of paintings you're going to get. Dragons, chicks with heaving bosoms, stern lads with swords and bulging muscles. These days you get a lot more samurai than you used, but it's pretty much all the same stuff.
Mr Thomas, though, brought something very fresh and new: check this out:
I just love the Art Deco travel poster look combined with the Gernsback-style sci-fi details. They're evocative without being sentimental or corny. Some of Mr. Thomas' work might have been criticized for lacking crucial details, but here his clean style really shows off those recognizable forms in their new context.
One of the great surprises of the con that DIDN'T involve gaming insanity.