WFC 2014

Crazy week after returning from the World Fantasy Convention in Washington, D.C. It was a terrific con, highlighted by one of the best art shows (if not the best) I’ve seen at a WFC in the last ten years. Hats off to Mike and Beth Zipser, and the entire art show staff for ringleading it.

To all sf/f conventions who say that paying Art Show artists their sales money upon exit is too hard or impossible to do? Talk to the Zipsers and Elizabeth Klein-Lebbink! They paid all artists immediately upon exit with no hassle whatsoever. Way to go, folks!! πŸ™‚

To Peggy Rae Sapienza, Michael Walsh, Colleen Cahill and the whole WFC staff — take a bow. HUGE applause. This was a dynamite WFC, and you all did a tremendous job!

I conducted a rousing hour of Loteria games on Saturday at the con, and it was a huge success, as it has been all year. It brought literary folk and art folk together, and we had an absolute blast. Thank you to all who came out and played! And THANK YOU to all who bought my Loteria posters at the functions across the weekend. Very appreciated.

I’ve already said on social media how happy I am to see so many of my friends nominated or win World Fantasy Awards this past weekend, but again — congrats to all!! Thank you, Mary Robinette Kowal, for the kindness of the gathering late Saturday night. Best of times. πŸ™‚ And thank you, Jane and Howard Frank, for the kindness of the visit to your house and collection!

As far as the pictures at the top of this post — those are tiny detail shots from my iPhone of seven of my favorite things I experienced during WFC weekend, courtesy of an unnamed offsite visit. They belong to a collection of work that I was privileged to see. Out of respect to the owner, and at his/her request, I will not divulge where I saw these, and would prefer those who know to not share that here. Not top-secret, but it’s the owner’s preference and I’d like to respect that.

Otherwise — feel free to guess or discuss any or all of the artists responsible for painting these! No problem there. They inspired the heck out of me this weekend, and on that note, it’s time to work again. Thank you to all of the friends that shared visits with me at WFC 2014… was a great weekend!


DΓ­a de los Muertos is almost here, and the Calaveras have arrived. 

Calaveras (skulls) are icons featuring Muertos-inspired aesthetics and decoration. They’re everywhere this time of year — as food, as packaging, in our media, on our clothing, in our art, and in our stores. At its roots though, DΓ­a de los Muertos is a quintessentially Mexican religious phenomenon when the living not only remember the dead, but prepare offerings to them — including favorite foods, beverages, gifts, flower arrangements, and other ephemera. 

The great Octavio Paz best summed it up: “To the people of New York, Paris, or London, ‘death’ is a word that is never pronounced because it burns the lips. The Mexican, however, frequents it, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it; it is one of his favorite toys and most steadfast love.”

DΓ­a de los Muertos starts October 31st and ends November 2nd. It’s one of my favorite times of the year, and to celebrate, presented here are thirteen Calaveras, as the holidays approach.

Witness the wonder of 3D printing. These remarkable plastic sculptures are available in three sizes. Even if your living room isn’t rocking a DΓ­a de los Muertos altar, these are so gorgeously cool.

Created by Ariel Rojo and Stephanie Suarez as part of Kikkerland’s Mexico Design Challenge — I love the design here. Sangria-making just became even more fun. 

His popular Calaveras playing cards sold out, but his shop still carries reasonably-priced 22″ x 26.5″ uncut sheets. Check out his Calaveras shirts and woodcut prints too.

Sugar skulls or ‘calaveras de azΓΊcar’ are festive treats made from sugar and icing, offered as gifts to both the living and the dead during DΓ­a de los Muertos. Even if your home decor isn’t a holy shrine for ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, these pillows are pretty fabulous.

Black Milk says they’ve discontinued these, but they’re still available via select vendors. 

These fabulous thermochromic packaging designs feature skeletons that come to life in full-color when chilled to at least 42 degrees. This color reveal designates that the tequila has reached optimal temperature. How great is that? The campaign originated in 2011, so these bottles may be hard to find, but some vendors may still have remaining stock.

And if you can’t find those 2011 edition bottles of Cuervo — check out another tequila’s terrific packaging design. Inspired by legendary artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, Steven Noble’s illustrated labels for Espolon pay tribute to “the Mexican artists who inspired the world with true portrayals of the country’s rich history and complex everyday life.”

Sharpen your scissors — the award for “Coolest Muertos Party Decoration for Low Budgets” goes to Crafty Lady Abby with this ingenious tutorial for how to make your very own Skull Paper Snowflake.

You won’t find this unique cotton fabric anywhere other than The Crafty Tree. Now you know what to gift that Loteria-playing, stamp collector in your life. 

Made by a family near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, these clay candle-holder sculptures are ready for custom decoration. 3″ tall x 3″ wide” x 3-1/2″ deep. (Candle not included.)

I would eat off these year-round, not just for DΓ­a de los Muertos and Halloween.

South Texas artist Cayetano ‘Cat’ Garza is an Ignatz Award winner for his Year of the Rat comics work. I love his ‘Gato de los Muertos’ icon and if your wardrobe closet is full, you can rock his Gato as an iPhone case, tote bag, throw pillow, shower curtain or art print.

Online ordering for this closes Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 8pm CST. Get these while you can, folks. πŸ™‚ No more online orders for them from my shop after that date.

‘La Calavera’ features art from my Loteria series — an 11″ x 18″ signed, limited-run poster on heavy cardstock. My ‘La Luna’ and ‘El Corazon’ posters are also available online until this Wednesday. Stock up while you can!

AetherFest 2014

Good news for all Steampunk fans in the southern USA — AetherFest is coming to San Antonio! The historic (and reportedly haunted?) Menger Hotel is the place and it all happens on November 21-23, 2014. AetherFest is billed as “Texas’ premier Retro-Futurist convention, put together by fans for fans.”

I’ll be Special Guest there, and none other than Michael Moorcock will be the Author Guest of Honor, along with Steve Jackson as the Gaming Guest of Honor, and more!

They’ve just released their programming schedule — and it’s loaded with retro goodness.

I’ll be doing several panels and programming events, highlighted by Loteria! on Saturday from 2p-3p where I’ll be conducting an hour’s worth of this classic Mexican game of chance (think Mexican Bingo) for fabulous prizes. Come on out, have fun learning a new game, and score cool sf/f loot!



3pm: The Worlds of Michael Moorcock


10pm: AetherFest Opening Ceremony
1pm: The Art of John Picacio
4pm: The Picacio-Moorcock Hour
5pm: Guest of Honor Meet and Greet
6pm: VIP Dinner

Additionally — AetherFest will be the last convention of 2014 where fans will be able to purchase my Loteria posters, including the new one, ‘La Calavera’.

Register now and be there for an amazing weekend, SA!


Presenting the final color artwork for ‘La Calavera’ — the latest in my Loteria series! In English, ‘La Calavera’ means ‘The Skull’. Those who own the 2014 John Picacio Calendar will notice that a progress version of this work is featured for the month of October. I retained the concept, but completely started over and overhauled the art from scratch. Here are the new improved pencils, created as the foundation for the revised final.

And for those who are unfamiliar with the game of Loteria, here’s the Don Clemente/Pasatiempos Gallo version for this icon, and as with all of my Loteria work, this is what inspired me.

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos is right around the corner, and a ton of Alamo City Comic Con attendees asked if my ‘La Calavera’ would be available as a poster.

Good news — for ONE WEEK ONLY — it is. πŸ™‚ Previously, neither my ‘La Luna’ or ‘El Corazon’ Loteria posters were available for sale online.

They are now available via my website, and so is the new poster for ‘La Calavera’!

Each measures 11″ x 18″ and is printed on thick cardstock. Only 500 posters of each will be printed, and all are signed. The ‘La Luna’ and ‘El Corazon’ posters are already in reduced supply because of heavy sale during my summer convention appearances.

Heads up — deadline for all orders will be Wednesday, October 22nd at 8pm CST. After that, I’ll close online ordering for these items and process as many orders as I can before Dia de los Muertos.

All posters will be shipped in a protective tube. Prices include shipping. Unfortunately, I can only accept continental US orders at this time. πŸ™ I’m unable to do shipping outside the US because of rising shipping rates, but also because it will take too much time to handle the customs paperwork for orders shipping outside the US. I’ll be doing fulfillment on this by myself, and in order to do it efficiently, I have to make some time-saving choices for this limited campaign.

Thereafter, these posters will also be available at the following 2014 appearances:

Saturday, October 25th: DRAGON’S LAIR, San Antonio (in-store signing from 10am to 2pm)

Friday, November 7th: WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION, Washington DC (at the Mass Autographing)

November 21st to 23rd: AETHERFEST, San Antonio (poster signing details TBA)

So for all that are traveling to WFC from outside the US, that convention is a great opportunity to score posters for yourself, and probably your only chance for the foreseeable. (If you’re not attending WFC, perhaps you might contact an attendee from your country who is, and ask them to acquire the posters for you?)

Thanks to all for the kind words about the Calavera concept featured in my 2014 Calendar. I hope you all enjoy the revised version as much, if not more! πŸ™‚

Alamo City Comic Con 2014: What Next?

Busy days since Alamo City Comic Con happened this past weekend. It was epic, with a reported 100,000 in attendance — in only the con’s second year. WOW.

Thank you to all who scored Loteria posters, calendars, and art goodies at my Artists Boulevard table there. It was a pleasure to visit with every one of you, and yes, there’s more Loteria news coming down the road from me soon. Stay tuned. πŸ™‚

HUGE thank you to all who played Loteria in Ballroom B on Saturday night. We played over ten rounds, and gave away the most prizes yet. SO MUCH fun. That was the largest attendance I’ve yet experienced for a Loteria session, as we had close to 100 people who played or watched. The attendances seem to grow every time I do this. I’ll keep doing it into 2015, on all of my road appearances. πŸ™‚ (Next stop — actually another hometown appearance — Aetherfest.)

Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether conventions are a viable marketplace for artists and independent creators, and I want to address some of that, in terms of what I’m seeing at Alamo City Comic Con.

To Apple, Garrett, Izzy, Fred and the entire ACCC team — take a bow, people. Seriously. I’m so impressed by what you’ve achieved thus far. MAD APPLAUSE for all of you. You’re doing it, people. You’re building an amazing beast, and it’s only going to get better.

I think this con has a chance to do some revolutionary things in the coming years — and perhaps develop models that can influence the future of conventions. I know — you don’t usually think of the word ‘visionary’ and ‘San Antonio’ in the same sentence, but when I look at what’s happening here, times are changing. San Antonio has never experience anything like this event. Granted, like many other comic book conventions, ACCC has headliners led by artists, writers, media celebrities and cosplayers. Nothing revolutionary there. I would say that the majority of the attendees are driven by an expectation that they’re going to rub shoulders with celebs and cosplayers. This is how they’re pre-conditioned, and if you look at the con’s VIP packages, they’re designed to build this expectation.

The good news is that this attracts attendees and families who wouldn’t normally attend if this were solely an event built around comic book vendors and toy merchants. The bad news happens when fans spend big money on VIP packages and then feel unfulfilled because the celebrities don’t fulfill obligations, they have a bad experience with the celeb, or a snafu happens that devalues the VIP from feeling….well, like a VIP. This has been a vexing problem in the first two years of ACCC but I think it’s also part of the growing pains of an event that is aiming for the moon. I think Apple and company realize they need to solve these problems, but I think the fact that this event is only in its SECOND year has to be factored. They’re learning, and they’re growing FAST.

Speaking as an artist vending in Artist Boulevard, the celebrities, the cosplayers, the VIP packages are all good for the ecosystem of the convention. If an artist or independent creator isn’t making money at a show like ACCC, it’s not the fault of those parties. Me — I did really well this year. As always, I want to do better the next time, meet more people, make even more money, and see more of my artist compadres make more money too.

The best news is that I see an untapped solution staring ACCC in the face that can improve matters for many parties at once — especially the Artist Boulevard folks — and it could be a potential gamechanger and value-added experience for not only this event, but other similar comic-centric events.

This year, ACCC presented “Preview Night” to its VIPs and all-weekend pass holders. Much like San Diego Comic Con’s Preview Night, this special 4-hour window from 5pm to 9pm on Thursday night allows those special passholders to glimpse the vendors and attractions before the rest of the weekend’s human tsunami crashes through the doors on Friday through Sunday. Basically, people who attend Preview Night are people who are paying extra for the privilege of a VIP experience.

What I saw on ACCC’s Preview Night was that my town doesn’t quite grasp the concept as there was light traffic and very light sales throughout throughout Artist Boulevard. It felt pretty empty, and it didn’t help that many vendors didn’t even open up for this window of time. During this time, most cosplayers and celebrities were also absent.

Hold on to that thought.

So basically, we have a wave of eager attendees paying a premium for an exclusive experience during the first four hours of the show, and we have a roomful of artist vendors who are eagerly trying to connect their products and projects with these attendees. We have a growing convention building its financial ledger on VIP passes.

For many of the VIP packages, being a VIP means standing in a long line for the privilege of paying a small fortune to celebs for a hasty signature, and maybe getting photographed with said individual. Even if that’s not my definition of being a VIP, I’m not gonna bash anyone who thinks it is. What I would suggest is that consumers spending quality time with creators, and getting memorable experiences with people who might remember them back is perhaps a little more ‘VIP’ than the aforementioned.

So let’s look at Preview Night and imagine if all of the Artists in Artist Boulevard showed up at 5pm and had pre-arranged with ACCC to offer something special to those VIPs… something exclusive and tangible for Preview Night attendees only. Maybe it’s a 20% discount on certain merchandise at their table for that night only…. maybe it’s a free exclusive promo not available any other time during the con…. maybe it’s a special buy-1-get-1-free deal only for Preview Night.

It’s up to the artist. Not every artist HAS to do it. But for the ones that do embrace the concept, Alamo City Comic Con could print a special listing in its Program Book that would celebrate Preview Night and list each artist’s booth number along with their special deals so that VIPs could seek out these exclusives like a rocking treasure hunt. ACCC could promote this info on their website two weeks in advance so that shoppers could make their lists.

It would take advance initiative from the artists, and coordination between them and ACCC. But look at the rewards that happen as a result — a booming, energetic crowd for Preview Night; a potential rocket boost to sales for artists in Artist Boulevard; new fans for those Artists; more Preview Night VIP passes sold for ACCC; AND maybe most importantly — attendees who feel like they got treated like VIPs because frankly, I don’t think the artists are going to be charging $80 for their autograph and photo (or at least, most of the sensible ones), and the VIPs get access to special deals that the rest of the con doesn’t.

It’s even more effective because Preview Night really is the time when artists and vendors have more visibility as cosplayers and celebs don’t arrive until later in the weekend.

I think it’s a major opportunity for ACCC, and could be a way to elevate even higher in their third year, while cleaning up some of the VIP PR hiccups of the first two years.

That’s my two cents for now.

I see HUGE things for this show, and I’m grateful for Apple and the entire team who are making San Antonio into a rising force amongst the Geek Kingdoms.

Cheers, all. See you next year!

Alamo City Comic Con!

ACCC is coming, San Antonio. ‘You ready? πŸ™‚

I’ll be there, starting on Preview Night, at Artist Blvd. / Table B42. This is your chance to get your exclusive limited-run Loteria posters featuring my ‘El Corazon’ and ‘La Luna’ artwork. These are not available online, or through any retail outlet.

So if you live in SA or the surrounding area, and have been watching as San Diego, Detroit, Atlanta, and London grabbed their share on my road appearances in those towns — now’s your chance, San Antonio. Each poster measures 11″ x 18″ and is printed on thick cardstock. Special price for SA too — only $15 each — OR score both for only $25!!

How many of you out there grew up playing Loteria, or grew up hearing about it? Well — Saturday night is your chance at Alamo City Comic Con. We’re going to play Loteria together, as I’m hosting an hour’s worth of games, and I’m bringing the tablas, the cards, the pinto beans, and the prizes for you, including 2015 A Game of Thrones desktop calendars!

Saturday, 6pm, in Ballroom B — bring family and friends because everyone who plays Loteria that night gets a free Loteria promo card, featuring my art, as a thank-you for being there!

See you soon, SA.

Dragon Con 2014 Schedule!

Holy cats — Loncon3 is barely done and it’s already time to lift off for Dragon Con!

I’m a guest there this year, but I’m especially stoked to experience the full weekend because Worldcon and DC do not overlap for the first time in a few years. Awesome. πŸ™‚

Let’s do this, Atlanta. Here’s where you can find me — AND where you can score your limited-run Loteria posters. 

I’ve printed 500 posters each of my ‘La Luna’ and ‘El Corazon’ Loteria artwork, and supplies are dwindling, thanks to Detroit, San Diego, and London where I’ve appeared so far this summer. These posters are 11″ x 18″ and are printed on thick cardstock. They’re $20 each and are not available online or via mail order. They’re only available at my summer / fall road appearances.

So if you’re coming to Dragon Con (or know someone who is), check out my schedule below for where and when to get ’em on Saturday, Sunday and Monday).


5:30pm β€’ Hanover A-B (Hyatt)
A panel of pro artists debate the nitty-gritty of the business of art, with real-world advice given on how to make it as an artist.


11am to 12noon β€’ The Missing Volume (Booth 328, 329, 330 / Level 2 / AmericasMart Yellow section)
* See map below for location (the red star marks the spot for The Missing Volume’s booth)!


1pm β€’ Vinings (Hyatt)
Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio will host several rounds of this fun, easy-to-learn, and fast-moving game of Mexican Bingo. Cool prizes awarded to the winners! (Limited number of Loteria posters will be available for sale here.)

All attendees who play Loteria on Sunday will receive a FREE giant Mexican Tarot card featuring art by me!

7pm β€’ Hanover A-B (Hyatt)
A team of professional artists provides answers to questions about filling portfolios, finding art directors, and submitting work.


1pm to 2pm β€’ The Missing Volume (Booth 328, 329, 330 / Level 2 / AmericasMart Yellow section)
* See map for location (the red star marks the spot for The Missing Volume’s booth)!

Loncon Schedule + Loteria Posters In London

Here’s where you can find me at the World Science Fiction Convention in London.

Also — for all in attendance that are trying to score Loteria posters for yourselves, here’s what you need to know:

1) I’ll have a limited number of ‘La Luna’ and ‘El Corazon’ posters available directly from me, at selected signing appearances at this event. See below for those times (i.e., the events denoted, “LOTERIA POSTER SIGNING”). Posters will be first come, first serve.

2) Each poster’s edition is limited to 500 and they’re printed on thick cardstock.

3) Posters will be Β£12 for one, and Β£20 for both. Cash only, please. US Currency accepted too.
4) And this might be the most important note: these are not available via mail order. They’re exclusive to my road appearances. So basically, London — this is the only event where these will be available in Europe. If you’re not attending Dragon Con or Alamo City Comic Con later this year in the US, then Loncon3 is your lone opportunity because these posters may be sold out once those two cons are done. Good luck, all!
On to the schedule!
The Art of John Picacio
Capital Suite 4
12pm to 1:30pm
Artist in Residence Table (LOTERIA POSTER SIGNING)
Art Show (see programme for exact table location)
3pm to 4:30pm
London Suite 5
5pm to 6pm
Chesley Awards + Reception
Capital Suite 9
7pm to 9:30pm
Artist in Residence Table (LOTERIA POSTER SIGNING)
Art Show (see programme for exact table location)
10am to 12noon
An Interview with Chris Foss
Second Stage
1:30pm to 3pm
Autographing Space
4:30pm to 6pm
The Art of Westeros
Capital Suite 7 + 12
6pm to 7pm
Art Demo Space
10am to 11:30am
Book Covers: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
w/ Joe Abercrombie, Irene Gallo, Gregory Manchess, Maurizio Manzieri & John Picacio
Capital Suite 4
4:30pm to 5:15pm
(FYI: This item is being shortened to 45 minutes at the suggestion of the moderator, so that panelists and audience may have time to prep for the pre-Hugo Ceremony festivities, as needed)
Pre-Hugo Gathering and Photo Call
Quayside Bar and Cafe
6pm to 8pm
The Hugo Awards
8pm to 11pm

San Diego Comic Con 2014

It’s been a week since Comic Con and my schedule still hasn’t recovered yet. Still cranking on deadlines here, but I promised some words and pics from the event — here you go.

Thank you, SDCC International — this was my first time as a Special Guest, and I’m not sure if I’ve ever worked harder at a Comic Con. It was tremendous fun, and an honor to do so. My thanks to everyone who made it possible — Fae Desmond, Janet Goggins, Maryelizabeth Hart, Steve Lord, Katherine Morrison, Val Ontell, Tommy Goldbach, Robie Elrod, my con PA Olivia, and many more that I’m sure I’m forgetting.

Spent a ton of time in the Special Guest area, visiting with fans and signing stacks of stuff. It was fun watching people get excited about what I’m doing with Loteria, and that was a theme throughout the weekend. I did an amazing Kickstarter panel brilliantly hosted by Craig Engler, and shared with Jane Espenson, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Brad ‘Cheeks’ Bell. I even won an Inkpot Award. πŸ™‚

So many inspiring, insightful people, chats both driveby and extended — Pierce Watters, Todd & Rita Lockwood, Cosmo Eisele, Dave Stevenson, Jason Felix, Donato Giancola, Stephen Martiniere, Chris Roberson, Allison Baker, Jennifer Heddle, Allen Spiegel, Charles Kochman, Ed Schlesinger, Colleen Lindsay, Diana Gill, Anne Groell, Anne Sowards, David Moench, Leigh Bardugo, Seanan Mcguire, Raya Golden, Joe Hill, Dave McKean, Dave Palumbo, Travis Lewis, Allen Williams, Carl Potts, Jimmy Palmiotti, Lee Whiteside, Sam Park, and again so many more that I’m sure I’m forgetting.

It was a joyous time, and even though it’s been 22 years since my first Comic Con, and I’ve been a part of countless cons so far as a pro, there’s still nothing quite like this event anywhere in the world.

SDCC 2014 Exclusives + Schedule!

Alright, San Diego: let’s do this! I’m an SDCC Special Guest this weekend, and I’ve got exclusive goodies for you.

I’ll have two limited-run, special edition Loteria posters — ‘El Corazon’ and ‘La Luna’. Print run was limited to 500, and they’re 11″ x 18″ on heavy cardstock. Only $20 each. These will not be available online! To score yours before they’re gone — stop by my table in Artists Alley (HH-09) during the hours posted below.

Bonus Note #1! The first 100 people that arrive at my table get to roll the dice and win a free Loteria Grande prototype card, featuring my color art on the front and pencil art on the back.

Bonus Note #2! I want to see as many of you as possible at my “Spotlight” panel on Saturday. Everyone who attends receives a free Loteria Grande card. Sign up via the SDCC app and the more of you that schedule my event on your “MySched”, the better I can get a count on how many cards I need to bring for you. πŸ™‚

My complete public schedule:
Loteria Poster Signing
Table HH-09 in Artists Alley
9:30am to 12noon
Loteria Poster Signing
Table HH-09 in Artists Alley
2pm to 4pm
“How To Kickstart Your Dream Like A Pro”
(with Craig Engler, Jane Espenson, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brad “Cheeks” Bell, John Picacio)
Room 25ABC
5pm to 6pm
Loteria Poster Signing
Table HH-09 in Artists Alley
9:30am to 12noon
Loteria Poster Signing
Table HH-09 in Artists Alley
2pm to 6pm
Loteria Poster Signing
Table HH-09 in Artists Alley
9:30am to 12noon
“Spotlight on John Picacio”
Hugo Award-winning book cover artist and Comic-Con special guest John Picacio (A Song of Ice and Fire, Elric of Melnibone) is one of science fiction/fantasy’s most acclaimed American cover artists. Join him for this lively slideshow and Q&A, where he unveils the process behind his art, including A Song of Ice and Fire, Loteria, Elric, and sneak peeks at his latest works. If you’re a fan of the art of Westeros, Mexican Tarot, book covers, comics, and/or the future of sci-fi/fantasy art, this is the place to be. Bonus: Everyone who attends will receive a free giant Loteria prototype card featuring art by Picacio!
Room 4
1pm to 2pm
Special Guest Autographing
Sails Pavilion / AA19
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Loteria Poster Signing
Table HH-09 in Artists Alley
9:30am to 12noon

Detcon Rock City

Way to go, Detcon — you rocked. Congrats to Tammy Coxen, Helen Montgomery, Kim Kofmel, Anne Gray, Dave Gallaher, Murray Moore, Tim Miller, Don Wenzel, Evelyn Baker, Deb Geisler, Ben Yalow, Lisa Hertel, Steven Silver, Jesi Pershing, and all who worked so hard to make this a great weekend. Tricia Noble and team ran a smooth-running Art Show, and pictured here are two of my favorite guest liaisons ever — Lisa Leutheuser and Joe Saul.

Lisa and Joe co-hosted a rolling Pirate Party that roamed the halls of the con hotel on Saturday night, and they even tied for a show prize for ‘Best Party’. πŸ™‚

Thanks to all who attended my programming items and bid for my artwork in the Art Show. A special shoutout goes to everyone who played Loteria on Friday and scored my new limited-run Loteria posters!

For many, many months in advance, hard-working people pour their hearts and souls into making a successful con like this one. It amazes me how much work it takes — and then how fast it’s all over.

It was an honor to be Artist Guest of Honor at this NASFiC, and Detroit — with everything you’ve been through in recent years, and continue to endure — you can be especially proud of how great and resurgent this NASFiC was.

Convention Exclusives Debuting at Detcon!

They’re HERE — and they’re heading your way, Detcon!

I’m debuting two limited-run, special edition Loteria posters — ‘El Corazon’ and ‘La Luna’, and they’ll be convention exclusives at my appearances this summer. There are only 500 of each and they won’t be available for purchase online.

Detcon — you’re getting first crack at these two posters, featuring art from my Loteria series. They measure 11″ x 18″, and are printed on thick cardstock — only $20 each!

Where and when you can get them this weekend:


* 2pm / Loteria! with John Picacio
(Nicolet B)

Multiple rounds of the traditional game of chance, Loteria, hosted by John Picacio, featuring cool book and art prizes for the winners.

Loteria posters will be first available for sale after this event ends, most likely outside of Nicolet B until approximately 3:10pm.

* 8pm to 10pm / Mass Autographing
(Ambassador Salons 1 and 2, 3rd Floor)

Your second chance to score Loteria posters, available at my signing table


12pm to 2pm / Autographing
(Ontario Exhibit Hall (Exact table location TBD))

2pm / Kaffeeklatsch with John Picacio
(Kaffeeklatsch 1)

Last chances to score Loteria posters at Detcon!

After that — San Diego Comic Con — I’ll have some coming to you. More details later on that.

Here’s my full Detcon programming schedule! Can’t wait. πŸ™‚


* 4pm / Richard Powers, SF’s Master Surrealist
(Makinac East)

* 8pm / Opening Ceremonies
(Ambassador Salon 1)


* 10am / Art of A Song of Ice and Fire
(Ambassador Salon 1)

* 12pm / Future of Art and Artists in SF/F
(Ambassador Salon 1)

* 2pm / Loteria! with John Picacio
(Nicolet B)

* 6pm / Who Is That Artist?
(Nicolet B)

* 8pm / Mass Autographing
(Ambassador Salons 1 and 2)


* 11am / The Art of John Picacio
(Ambassador Salon 1)

* 2pm / Kaffeeklatsch with John Picacio
(Kaffeeklatsch 1)

* 4pm / Good, Bad, Ugly — SF/F Cover Art and Design
(Makinac East)


* 11am / Artique Roadshow
(Nicolet A)

* 2pm / Closing Ceremonies
(Ambassador Salon 1)

Loteria Grande Drawing Sale! (AKA “How to Score a Picacio Original for a Low Price”)

My Loteria final pencil drawings have received a lot of buyer interest, which is great to see and very appreciated. That said, those drawings won’t be for sale until well after all 54 Loteria works have been completed.

Here’s good news though — for one week only, starting today — I’m offering Grande card-sized Loteria drawings for a bargain price. These are pencil drawings on Strathmore Bristol, and they measure 4.5 inches wide by 7.5 inches tall. Each is signed.

I’ll be doing drawings of ‘La Luna’, ‘La Rosa’, and ‘La Sirena’, and they’ll be first come, first serve. The sale will run from today until Wednesday, March 26 at 11:59pm CST. Here’s an example of each.



Price is $105 per drawing for orders shipping within the continental US, and $115 each for orders shipping outside of the continental US. (Shipping costs included in price.)

If you’ve ever wanted to add a work of mine to your art collection, this is an excellent way to do so. Order yours here.


Will there be more than one drawing produced for each of these three icons?

A: Yes. If you order one of these drawings before March 26th, then you’re guaranteed to get one of your very own, regardless of who orders before you.

Do people who order today receive their drawing before someone who orders later?

A: Yes. I’ll fill the orders in the order of when they are received.

Will orders be allowed after March 26th, after 11:59pm CST?

A: No. Once this ordering period is done, then I’ll focus on fulfilling the orders for all who reserved their drawing during the order period. If you’re tight for cash between now and March 26th, let me know before the deadline, and I can try to reserve one for you, but I can’t guarantee that I can do that in all cases.

Will I be the one doing all of these drawings, or is someone else drawing some of them?

A: I will be the one drawing all of these. These are not remarqued prints. Each original drawing will be created from scratch for each buyer. (My name’s John Picacio, not Thomas Kinkade.)

Is ‘La Sirena’ going to be drawn in brown pencil?

A: No. That one will be drawn with the same tone as the other two, but for some reason, Blogger keeps imaging that with a brown tone, even though it’s a Gray jpg, not RGB. Weird. Ignore the brown. It’ll be shades of grey just like the others.

When will the drawings be shipped?

A: I expect to ship these out after Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 in May. So all buyers should be receiving theirs within the month of May. International orders tend to take a bit longer to arrive. Those who order early (especially those on the Lone Boy List) will likely receive theirs much sooner, but overall, expect yours in May.

Jump aboard. March 26th will be here before you know it! πŸ™‚