Monday, September 22, 2014
Before I get to the art, a quick recap. Feel free to skip!
I rave about Dragon Con's artist alley all year, but I gotta say, this year's DC artist alley selections were kind of lackluster. DC turns away dozens of mega-talented artists each year, so it's not for lack of options; I think they just tried to put more of an emphasis on original indie comics this year, since technically it IS called the "Comic & Pop Artist Alley."
As a result, more than half of the artists in AA were pitching their own indie comic books, and another 30% were the typical "T&A" comic artists we lady geeks have come to know & loathe. (Think the new Spider-Woman cover, but more explicit.)
I actually like a lot of pin-up art, don't get me wrong; there's just a line most older comic artists tend to cross, to the point even John was pointing them out in horror. ("I thought Supergirl was a superhero, not a porn star?")
That left about 20% of artist alley with stuff I actually wanted to shop, which made it easy on my bank account, but still disappointing.
Fortunately, DC has *two* art areas; next to Artist Alley is the Art Show, which features more fine art styles and paintings, no indie comics, and an enormous art auction display area, set up in aisles. That's where I found most of today's picks, and I'm excited for you guys to see!
So let's get to it!
More dragons, this time by Stanley Morrison:
Head over to RedBubble for all of Morrison's big prints, starting around $22.
I've featured my friend Jasmine Becket-Griffith before, but I have to show this off: it was actually selected as the art Dragon Con used on all the room keys at the Hyatt!
(Hit the link for all the different print options, starting at $14)
Jasmine & Matt gifted me with a canvas print of this - STUNNING - so then I immediately turned around and bought the canvas companion piece:
These two are possibly my favorites of anything Jasmine's EVER done, and that's saying something; I've been following her work for over 10 years! Can't wait to get them on the wall in the dining room... just as soon as I find space. Heh.
Oh, and Wind Swept is limited to just 25 canvas prints, so if you want one, act fast! The canvas is $100, or you can get an open edition print for $14.
That's all I have for you guys from Dragon Con, amazingly enough, so lemme plug in one more find:
While searching Etsy for Soul Eater art I stumbled across Sarah Ellen Cheney's adorable Chibis, and, ah! IN LOVE.
And here's a super sweet Corpse Bride:
Sarah's Etsy shop (aka Star In My Pocket) is surprisingly cheap: lots of button sets & key chains in the $5 range, or jewelry for around $15. GO NUTS.
any 3 of her 4X6 prints for $12.
The prints are gorgeous in person, and come individually packaged on sturdy foam boards. Color me impressed!
There's lots more where those came from, too, so go see!
K, that's it for now, so... GIVE-AWAY TIME!!
This month I'd like to clear out some of the older pieces on the give-away board, SO, if there's something you've been pining over for ages, tell me which one in your comment!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
I'm coming up for air from work and cosplay photos to remember there IS a world outside my office.
A world... soon to be filled with Ghostbuster Krispy Kreme donuts:
I do love it when my two blogs collide, but my Cake Wrecks experience can assure you: they will never look this good in-store. [evil chuckle] Poor StayPuft.
Hey, just realized I'm wearing a StayPuft shirt right now! But then, I have at least half a dozen different StayPuft shirts, so... (It's a sickness. A wonderful, wonderful sickness.)
I'm mostly posting those to assure you guys I *have* seen them, since I'm being bombarded - albeit in a good way - from all social media sides. Heh.
Similarly, yes, I'm SUPER psyched about Hullaballoo, the 2D animated feature being put together by Disney animators (but not for Disney):
Speaking of Disney-related stuff, Cori S. reminded me that Dapper Day at WDW is coming up again on the 27th, so for you locals or well-timed vacationers:
I like how they call it the "Fall" Soirée, when it's still 91 degrees over here. If last year was any indication, there are going to be some sweaty fur stoles and wool suits over at DHS that day. :( We really should stick to Winter Dapper Days in Florida, don't you think?
That said, I looooove seeing all the fabulous clothes and Disney-Bounding, so I'll try to make it out for the 6PM meetup for photos, at least. (Here are my photos from last year, if you're looking for fashion inspiration!)
Also on the Epbot Facebook page, Teresa M. found me the perfect t-shirt:
On average I think I leave the house once a week, and the only times I enjoy leaving the house are for conventions or dates with friends and/or readers. So, yep, gonna need this shirt. (Aha! Finally found it on Look Human for $20.)
And finally, 'fess up, you commenters: John Strangeway paid you all to convince me to watch Tucker & Dave Vs Evil, didn't he? DIDN'T HE? Because he's been pestering me for ages, but it took all your comments on my last post to finally get me to watch it. (That, and John wanted to. ;)
And my verdict?
Absolutely hilarious (I thought John was going to sprain something,) and screamingly gory. (Two words: wood chipper). Fortunately the gore wasn't too psychologically disturbing, if that makes sense, so I just hid behind a couch pillow and yelled my way through it. And you guys are right: Alan Tudyk is a genius. Both guys are, but some of his lines...
It also helps that you can usually tell when the bloody stuff is coming; no surprise decapitations or anything. Still: SO GORY. o.0
John and I are already hard at work (him actually working, me "consulting") on another big geeky project, but no pics yet, for fear of the Epbot Project Jinx. Maybe soon, though?
'Til then, Happy Thursday, everyone!
UPDATE: Jamie asked over on Facebook how my cat Lily is doing with her over-grooming, and since that's a FAQ: Lily's doing grrrrr-REAT! Granted, she's still on steroids, which aren't ideal, but we're still testing new foods in the hopes we can wean her off the pills some day. For now, though, she's a playful purr-box constantly demanding hugs. So, you know, perfect. ( <-- opinion="" unbiased="">-->
And since I'll take any excuse to post Lily Glamor Shots, here's one I just took on my phone:
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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