New York Comic Con 2018, held October 4-7 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan attracted approximately 250,000 visitors interested in comic books, graphic novels , fantasy art, superheroes, science fiction and other pop culture. It was packed and visitors were excited to meet their favorite actors, superheroes and artists and purchase goods from the vendor booths.
NRPR had the pleasure of being there with client, Camilla d’Erricco, pop surrealist painter, comic artist, and author. LUCKY for us, she was commissioned by TOKYOPOP to design the limited-edition variant cover for Disney Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey for FYE (For Your Entertainment). The first graphic novel celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original film’s release. She was also showcasing her new “Pop Manga Mermaids and Other Sea Creatures: A Coloring Book,” published by Watson-Guptill/Penguin Random House. Following on the success of her first coloring book, “Pop Manga Coloring Book,” with over 32,800+ copies sold to date since its 2016 publication, the new coloring book contains 70 black-and-white images of beloved characters from undersea fairy tales and including beautiful and haunting images of mermaids, krakens, giant seahorses, narwhals, and more. Camilla is also the author of the artbook “Femina And Fauna: The Art of Camilla d’Errico” published by Dark Horse Comics, The Beehive, a collection featuring more than 70 pages of full-color artwork of Camilla’s fuzzy rainbow bee characters, which have taken her social media and live events by storm. Camilla also displayed her prints and artwork plus limited edition pins, postcards, purses and clothing items.
Her style is a combination of pop, manga and western styles with surrealist elements. Her characters are painted in bright pastels have large, expressive eyes, much like the artist herself. Each image seems to be both calming and troubling when viewed with their dreamlike quality. Painting is a process of discovery for Camilla. As she explained to Katie Cardwell of Nerdophiles at Comic Con, “It has been really amazing to discover that part of myself because I never meant to be a painter. But that’s what life is, I think it is amazing because sometimes it takes you in a direction you never expected. So that’s how I developed my style and I feel like every year I’m learning who I am through my paintings. Each show I do is like an entry to a diary. I can see how angsty I was in the beginning. I was super single and I had a lot of girls crying because that was a break-up phase. Now I’m married and I’m actually trying to say a lot about myself in the paintings in a more direct way.”
It was particularly rewarding to see the great connection between Camilla and her fans. The booth, signings and panel were packed with fans who wanted to meet and hug her and tell her how beautiful her artwork is, and how it spoke to them. You could see how much Camilla also appreciates her fans and the love they bring her. She explains that she tries to build the concept of unity and diversity into her artwork because “love is love, and underneath the skin, we are all the same.”
We look forward to continuing to work with Camilla and to bring her artwork, books and other work to a broader audience. Camilla will be attending Design Con in Anaheim, CA November 16-18, 2018.