Friday, January 13, 2012

Recap: Huck Gee Book Signing in Houston

The Art of Huck Gee Book Tour - Huck Gee's Book Signing at Domy Books on January 13, 2012

Last night the biggest event in Houston’s fledgling designer art toy scene took place…a signing with Huck Gee! Huck is currently on tour supporting his new book, The Art of Huck Gee, and yesterday he could be found signing copies at Houston’s Domy Books. Over the past year Domy has hosted Houston’s first custom toy show, Cast in Plastic, and now a signing with one of the biggest artists in the industry. To say The Blot was looking forward to last night would be an understatement, and let me just tell you The Blot totally geeked out over meeting Huck (what can I say I’m a fanboy)!

The Art of Huck Gee Book Tour - Huck Gee's Book Signing at Domy Books on January 13, 2012

I’d like to think I bring a really unique perspective as a toy blogger living in Texas. While most US based bloggers are based on the east or west coast and are able to get to conventions, shows and signings on a regular basis, The Blot’s stuck here in the Lone Star State away from the action. Don’t get me wrong, over the years I’ve been lucky enough to meet and talk with so many talented creators via the internet, but I’ve only gotten to meet a select handful in person. Because of that, a signing like this caries even greater significance. I know that sounds like a lot of pressure to put on a books signing, but in my opinion the event lived up to the hype!

It was a thrill meeting Huck and seeing the long line of people eager to have their books signed and Munnys doodled. The highlight was definitely talking with Huck afterwards with a few fellow collectors and picking his brain on a variety of different topics, including the creation of his amazing customs. Huck was so gracious with all of his fans and I for one could have not have had a better time. Hopefully Houston’s small but dedicated designer toy community can build upon this event to grow our little corner of the art world.

Huck Gee’s “The Art of Huck Gee” Book Tour Schedule

So what’s the moral of this story!?! If you live in Mesa, LA, Sacramento or San Francisco make sure you attend Huck’s last four book signings over the next few days! You’ll be really glad you did and you’ll have an opportunity to purchase the tour exclusive white covered The Art of Huck Gee book (if you can’t make it to a tour stop don’t worry, the red covered standard edition will be in stores soon). I haven’t had a chance to read it cover to cover yet, but just from a quick flip through this is one slick book! The embossed cover is awesome and I loved getting a look at some of Huck’s unused Dunny designs. This pictorial of Huck’s career serves as a great walk down memory lane for any long time fan and an excellent way for new collectors to find out more about Huck’s work.

Thanks again to Domy Books and Huck Gee for a killer time!
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