I'd be lying if I said I was a little worried about not making it out to Flatstock this year... but I pulled a number of strings during the week to open up my schedule on Saturday to take in the legendary poster show.
I can't shake the feeling that Flatstock seems to be getting a little smaller every year... the floor was set up a little differently so maybe it was the same size as last year but the floor was laid out differently. I can't seem to shake the feeling that maybe poster making is a little saturated right now and its becoming harder and harder to come to these things and becoming acquainted with new and consistent work.
A couple of years ago the median price for posters seemed to go up from $20/25 to $35/50.... it felt like posters came back down to $25 across the board. Actual gig-posters (which is what I gravitate to) has kinda taken a big hit to poster makers making artwork prints in poster or t-shirt wearables.
I kinda hoped to see more screened record mats, but I didn't really see that materialize.
I came pretty close to not picking up any posters this year until I struck up a conversation with one of the vendors at Mercadorama. They had a number of Cafe Tacvba posters that caught my eye that seemed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal album: RE. I learned that Senior Designer at Starbucks - Victor Melendez got tapped to do the poster work so I jumped at snagging a copy for my collection.
So one of the biggest surprises I had over the weekend was getting to spend a few hours at the SXSW Gaming Expo. I have never been to a "gaming convention" of this size or quality before... but I was happy to see that it included - Console, Tabletop, Mobile Device and Computer game development.
Attendance was strong for the event... I believe the graduated to the Austin Convention Center this year and I suspect that this will move to a bigger room next year. I've never been to E3 - but I would liken it to that to anything else I'm familiar with.
Picked up a card game called Gruff while there too.