There are many artists selling all sorts of pop culture wares at O Comic Con this weekend, and Jaime Coker is there showing off his talents as an illustrator.
Coker, owner of Jaime Coker Creations in St. Cloud, Minn., and his wife, Trisha, drove seven hours overnight to Council Bluffs yesterday to set up shop for this year’s O Comic Con, a three-day convention celebrating comic book culture and pop culture at the Mid-America Center.
Coker has been drawing ever since he was a kid, and got his first unofficial commissioned gigs from his classmates when he was younger, taking lunch money in exchange for custom sketches. He’s been doing it professionally for almost two years now, and he has been traveling to conventions across the country for about the same amount of time. He said that he loves conventions because pop culture brings all walks of life together for a common goal.
“It’s always great because you get to meet so many different types of people and talk about the things that make them excited,” he said. “Even the quietest person, if you get to talking about something they’re really into, they just open up.”
Coker and his wife’s booth can be found inside the outer walls of the arena, and they’re selling artist prints of various pop culture characters, as well as smaller items like buttons and keychains. From “Rick and Morty” to Bob Ross and everything in between, Coker’s style and range of subjects should catch the eyes of fans.
O Comic Con continues today from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the Mid-America Center box office.