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Interview: Matt Busch at Star Wars Fan Days III

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
And this is an attention getter!

And this is an attention getter!

I met Matt Busch at Star Wars Fan Days in late October. Fan Days is great for the Star Wars fan. There are celebrities to meet, collectables to buy, and artwork to get from Star Wars sanctioned artists. One such artist was Matt Busch who impressed us with his “Learn to Draw Star Wars DVDs” and Zombie themed SW prints. Matt took some time from his schedule to hang and chat with us… here’s the result of that.

BG: So how’s Fan Days going for you so far?
MB: Fan Days is rocking. I’m having a blast, last year was my first year I had fun then and I’m having even more fun this year. I love Texas, love the show, I’m having a blast.

BG: So this is your second year?
MB: It is. The show is great the folks that run the show, Ben Stevens in particular who runs the show, Mark Walters, they really treat the artists like royalty. I like the program they do with the sketch cards I think it’s really neat. It’s a neat way for fans to be able to afford an original piece of official art. It’s really kick ass that people can take advantage of that. Collectables are great I think it’s awesome. I’m a collector myself I think it’s cool to have a show like this.

BG: You know I talk to a lot of artists at things like this. Some artists say sometimes the prints are the bigger sellers, sometimes the original art. What do you think is your biggest seller?
MB: Gosh. I think for me, kinda what’s been my blessing is that I’ve been a jack of all trades, master of none. Honestly it’s been a sampling of art, sketch cards, DVDs, books of my work, it’s been a pretty random sampling this year.

Matt Busch and BG's Timothy Danger at Star Wars Fan Days III

Matt Busch and BG's Timothy Danger at Star Wars Fan Days III

BG: Let’s talk about the “You can draw Star Wars” DVD you have here… can you tell me about it?
MB: Sure. It started as a book that was written by Bonnie Burton, I did some of the artwork, Tom Hodges who is also here did some of the artwork…and there was an opportunity to make video episodes for star and their website and it really kind of started from that. Then I had 7 episodes for the 1st season for a limited edition DVD, I did another season that was collected on DVD, I’m about to start the 3rd season I’m starting work on that right now, it’s been blast. They are a pretty big hit online. I love it. They are real educational for people who want to learn how to draw I mean what cooler thing than drawing Star Wars for learning how to draw. I mean they are the books and DVDs I didn’t have as a kid. Well I didn’t have any DVDs as a kid because they didn’t exist yet… but you know it’s all the stuff I wish I had when I was a kid. The ability to make some of that stuff and inspire children of all ages from ages 4 to 81 it’s a dream come true it’s been a lot of fun.

BG: I have to ask… who’s your favorite to draw?
MB: Well the easiest to draw is stromtroopers there isn’t a lot you know they are all white. The hardest to draw is either C3PO or Darth Vader. Darth Vader is easy to paint but he’s hard to draw.

BG: That’s interesting… You mentioned painting what’s your favorite type of medium to use?
MB: Normally most of my painted work is acrylics with a little bit of color pencil on top for details. Here at the show I have some color markers to touch up sketch cards. Otherwise I like all the mediums really I think it keeps me from getting bored to pull out a different medium you know pull out charcoal pencils or pen and ink to keep from getting in a rut and have everything look the same.

Every TV boy's fantasy!

Every TV boy's fantasy!

BG: Things like your drumsticks here… is that something you thought on your own?
MB: No I was actually contacted by a company called pinup sticks that wanted me to illustrate some hot ladies and make some sexy drumsticks. I Had a lot of fun doing that. So far the three that are available are METAL MISTRISS, BUILT FOR POUNDING (my personal favorite), and SOUTHERN BELLE, and the other one coming out is PERCUSSION CONCUSSION.

BG: So the work you do is it mostly freelance?
MB: Yea it’s mostly freelance I think I prefer that to having a full time job where I’m working on the same kind of stuff all the time. You know for years and years paid my dues where I basically said yes to every job. Even if it was things like Kibbles and Bits storyboards. Now I’m at the point where I can pick and choose. I’m been blessed and really lucky I can do the stuff I love I get paid to draw stuff that I got in trouble for in grade school It’s pretty wild.

BG: Do you have any tips for aspiring artists trying to break in?
MB: The biggest tip I can give is to stay with it. I believe there is enough work for everyone. I think if you stay with it, don’t give up I truly believe there is enough work for everyone I think you need to find your niche and find where that is. But as soon as you give up obviously you’ll never get any work. Everytime you send out your work to another company you just increased your chances by 100 percent. Stay with it practice makes perfect. In addition to sending your work out there always refine your skills try to see what you can do to get better. You know I’m a student for life I don’t know it all I am continually learning and evolving and enjoying the process I think that kind of attitude will help me grow.

BG: so Matt Busch dot com?
MB: Yeah I mean I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace but the easiest is, Busch is spelled like the beer not like the shrub.

BG: nice.. and do you have anything we should be looking out for?
MB: Well right now the most recent thing is the SW zombie posters I am showing here, they seem to be a big hit. I’m working on Planet of the Apes stuff. I’m all over the place.

BG: Well hey Matt, thanks for talking with us, we appreciate it…
MB: Sure… No problem thanks for sharing the love.

See artwork for sale, galleries and blog info for Matt at Matt appeared at Star Wars Fan Days III in Plano, Texas courtesy of Lucas Arts where this interview was conducted.

Star Wars Fan Days III

Friday, October 30th, 2009
SW Fan Days : Custom built R2 Unit

SW Fan Days : Custom built R2 Unit

What’s the perfect way to end a weekend excursion of Star Wars In Concert? This weekend, The Busy Gamer Reckon Crew attended Star Wars Fan Days 3. Which was pretty much just what it sounded like. (If you think that it sounds like a bunch of fans getting together and reveling in the magic of the house that Lucas built.)

Fan Days was a great collection of Star Wars fans, clubs, merchants, exhibits, celebrities, and many other great things in the name of the Great trilogy (and the prequels and cartoon series too) So where to start? How about a quick walk through of what we saw?

When we arrived, the first thing we noticed were the guys and gals of the 501st. For those that don’t know, the 501st is the Star Wars replica costume club (for the dark side). They specialize in making appearances at events and charity functions in awesome movie quality costume all over the world. The Texas branch was in full force and even came out in pink (yes pink storm troopers) in support of the pink ribbon breast cancer campaign. This was a noble cause and many kudos to the 501st for showing great support.

Dallas Tx 501st : Pink Ribbon Trooper

Dallas Tx 501st : Pink Ribbon Trooper

There was also an awesome replica room in which the DENTED HELMET fanclub (they make Mandalorian armor and the Astromech builders club (R2, R4, and various other droid makers) showed off their latest creations.

A walk around the convention center showed more costumed people than you can shake a stick at, and also take pictures with, a walk in the exhibitor area also displayed many cool things to buy like Tshirts, posters, buttons, art from Lucas approved artists, and of course toys. A boy could go broke here. (and one did!)

The special guests were also really cool. We saw Ray Park (Darth Maul, Snake Eyes, Toad) give a really cool panel where he talked about his future roles and the fun of playing a sith. The autograph room boasted tons of talent… From Ray Park, Peter Mayhew (Chewie), Jeremy Bullock (Boba Fett), Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) and many more people from the movies and cartoon show. And of course we can’t forget to mention guest of honor Anthony Daniels.

We ended the day with an auction. Where several old collectables were available to be bidded on, and all the proceeds went to cancer research. There were some great finds here, but alas, we were pretty much broke by the time the bidding war started. (shouldn’t have bought that Jar Jar bank) .

Check out some more of our photos from Star Wars Fan Days III in Plano, Texas!

-Timothy Danger

Star Wars Fan Days III

Friday, October 23rd, 2009



Star Wars Fan Days III Promo Artwork

Star Wars Fan Days III Promo Artwork

The Busy Gamer Reckon Crew is headed for Dallas and the Star Wars Fan Days this weekend. That’s right, for one weekend the Reckon Crew will be able to revel in its geekdom and go to a place where Star Wars quotes will not only be pervasive but most likely mandatory.

Held at the Plano Centre in Plano, TX, Star Wars Fan Days will be one of the largest collections of talent from the movies, artists, authors, and a whole gaggle of cosplaying fan bois and grrls to make them feel uncomfortable.

This will be the third Fan Days to be held in Plano and the list of attendees is impressive. Fans will be able to meet the likes of Dave Prowse and Peter Mayhew, arguably two of the most famous men of the Star Wars sage to have never actually shown their faces as Darth Vader and Chewbacca respectively. The infamous Ray Park of Darth Maul fame will be in attendance as well as Anthony Daniels, the actor who played C3PO.

Stephen Sansweet, director of content management and fan relations will be on hand for a presentation about the future of Star Wars on Saturday, October 24th. He’ll also be promoting his new book, “Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles” and will also be available for autograph signings throughout the weekend. Go ahead, compare your Star Wars collection to his, I dare you.

Among the artists who will be attending are Adam Hughes, Steve Anderson, and Tony Harris. If you haven’t seen their work before, you may not actually be able to claim to be a true Star Wars fan. It’s okay if you didn’t know who they were, we won’t tell anyone. We’ll just mock you silently when you don’t recognize them. And point you out to the rabid fans. But we won’t say anything.

And if you’re more interested in some “lewt”, there will be a charity auction at 4:00PM on Saturday. There will be artwork, autograph cards, toys, action figures… Pretty much all the stuff from the Star Wars universe you ever wanted as a kid but didn’t have the cash to buy. Now you can get that feeling of being broke again except this time, you’ll have all the goods!

 All in all, it’s shaping up to be a geek-irific weekend. If you want to say hi to us, we’ll be the Star Wars geeks wandering around the Convention Center… You know, the ones who are just a little cooler than the rest of them.

Gritskrieg – End of Line

Star Wars Fan Days III, taking place October 24th and 25th, will be hosted at the Plano Convention Centre located at 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX, 75074. Tickets for the event go on sale at 9am on Saturday October 24th.  For more information about the event, you can visit the Fan Days website here.