Immersive Panorama: The Comics Convention.


There’s been a bit of a change of plan- or more like a total collapse of plan- since the last time I posted about this project, three paintings in spherical perspective on bowling balls created to be auctioned online by Space Object Gallery. Their curator, Mary Wright, died last weekend. My condolences go out to her family and friends (I myself never met Mary- we corresponded entirely by e-mail).

David Chelsea is reading:
Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee
by Bee Wilson

Comics Convention, Acrylic painting on bowling ball by David Chelsea, 2014.
Comics Convention, Acrylic painting on bowling ball by David Chelsea, 2014.

Since Space Object was pretty much a one-woman operation, this does seem to leave plans for the auction up in the air. Still, I am hopeful that these pieces will find a market- and at this point I welcome offers from potential galleries or buyers.


In the meantime, you can immerse yourself in the first piece, a view of a typical comics convention. Just follow this link to an immersive 360° panoramic version on my Flickr page.


In this spherical painting I closely followed my panoramic drawing of two years ago, which is based on sketches I made at the late lamented Stumptown Comics Fest (in case you haven’t heard, the very indie-oriented Stumptown was recently absorbed by the very fanboyish convention Rose City, which is not expected to take on any kind of Stumptown coloration as a result. What do you get when you cross Rose City Comicon and Stumptown Comics Fest? Rose City Comicon.).


I did make a few changes- I added more cosplayers to the scene, including one dressed as my superhero character Snow Angel, and another wearing my nonsexist redesign of Power Girl’s peekaboo cleavage window. I also added my signature in the form of a convention badge.

Many thanks to Tom Lechner for his panoramic conversion. Watch this space for immersive panoramas of the other paintings in this series, as well as news of any future auction or exhibits.

Comics Convention
Comics Convention