Friday, March 22, 2013
It's time for our monthly art attack! And thanks to MegaCon, I have a bunch of new artists to introduce to you guys.
I managed to restrain myself pretty well this year, so I only bought, um, six pieces of art. o.0 First up, these Star Wars prints by Joe Martin:
C'mon. LOOK AT THEM. Kind of a fun, graffiti-like style, right? The prints were only $15 for three, and then Joe threw in a fourth for free when he saw I couldn't make up my mind. WOOT!
Right now you can only buy these from Joe in person, although he has a few prints of other pieces available on deviantART. However, I actually bought Leia specifically to add to my give-away board, so if you like her, be sure to comment! She's an 8.5X11 print and signed by Joe on the bottom in metallic ink.
Next I commissioned Kate Carleton to draw me a Doodlez sketch of the worm from Labyrinth, because for only $15 WHY WOULD YOU NOT, amirite? This is her Doodlez style:
The stickers are each about 3 inches tall, so I plan to frame them all together. They're not signed anywhere, so it actually took me a good 20 minutes to track Mike down through the MegaCon website. As far as I can tell he doesn't have any kind of online store, which is a shame; his dragon art is also supah cute.
Though we didn't buy it, John and I were sorely tempted by the original of this creepy cute Vader:
She has a bunch of great Harry Potter art like this, some stunning watercolor fairies, and adorable retro pinups like this one:
Teresa G. found this bit of nostalgia-laced sweetness:
Here's my other favorite:
And finally, Mary B. found the most powerful Harry Potter fan-fiction(?) art I've ever seen. It's called "In Another Life: Wake Up," but I think I agree with Mary's title: "Snape's Heaven." I should warn you, though: it only confused John, who is an ÜBER Potter geek, and then he argued with me about eye color, and then I accused him of over-thinking it, and, well, just see what you think:
[The give-away has ended, and the winner is Tracy W.! Congrats, Tracy, and please e-mail me your mailing address and choice of art!]
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Just wanted to share a quick grin with you guys, since I've had to keep mum about this online for months now:
John and I have been plotting with my father since January to surprise my mom, and yesterday, it all paid off! I couldn't mention it here since Mom reads Epbot - something I tend to forget. Heh.
The surprise was for both my parents' 40th wedding anniversary - which was yesterday - and my mom's sixtieth birthday, which is coming up in a few weeks. My dad wanted to do something big to celebrate, so after kicking around a few ideas we - naturally - suggested an all-out, bells-and-whistles Disney vacation. My mom's just like me, meaning she's a big kid at heart, and she's mentioned many times how she's always wanted to stay at a resort and really have the whole big Disney experience. So that's what we planned, from the Magical Express bus picking them up at the airport right down to their dinner reservations at each of the parks each night.
To break the news, we shipped her a package. On top inside was a card that read, "You've been married for 40 years! What are you going to do now?!" Then under a layer of packing peanuts was all their travel documentation and these ears:
I added the numbers so they'd look a little more anniversary-like, but really it'd be cute if folks assume my parents are on their honeymoon. :) (The ears also have my parents' names embroidered on the back.)
One of my most vivid childhood memories is of the morning my dad woke my brother and I up by banging on our bedroom doors and calling out that we were all going to Disney World. I don't remember a single other thing from that day, but I remember that moment - that perfect, exhilarating, joy-filled moment.
So, yeah. Getting that phone call last night from my parents pretty much made my whole week.
My dad recorded the big reveal, so I can't wait to see that - but in the mean time, he sent along these photos:
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
I hope you're not sick of amazing costumes and fun convention stories yet, you guys - but if you are, maybe you should skip this post. :) On the plus side, this is my final MegaCon recap, so I'll be back to crafts and art and laundry room makeovers next.
But 'til then, BAM!
I have even more photos from Sunday than Saturday, so I'll see how many of my favorites I can cram in here. Since I was free from my "Vadorable" trappings (and thank you for that adjective, Marigold), I was sprinting through the crowd like a gleeful child on Sunday, snapping pics left and right. The crowd levels were perfect, too: fairly packed, but still manageable. There was even enough room in the vendor area to get a little shopping done. [eyebrow waggle]
I saw more kids in costume on Sunday, too - although it's possible they were just easier to SEE, what with the lesser crowds.
As always, if you want to see the rest head on over to my Flickr album; I can't fit all the geeky goodness in just one post!
Fitting it to the cane was quite a challenge; we had to buy the reducing coupler from a specialty plumbing store across town, and then John had to cut and flange it slightly to fit the angle of the stopper. To hold it in place, he bent the tips of each flap just slightly - allowing the stopper to click into place with an audible "thonk", and then for extra security we doused it with E-6000 adhesive.
And check this out:
My original mask tusks were made with thin copper foil folded into cones. They were so flimsy I kept accidentally smashing them, though, 'til they looked like this:
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Day two of MegaCon was the most overwhelming day of the con, since the crowds were, quite simply, NUTS. I'd hoped to arrive early enough to see Wil Wheaton's panel, but traffic was at a standstill miles out from the convention center, so by the time we made the long trek in from the parking lot and had my alter ego fully assembled, the panel had already begun. (Fooey.)
Happily, the rest of the day more than made up for it:
We have John to thank for all of today's photos, with me occasionally pointing him towards a costume that looked interesting through the colorful blur of my goggles. Heh. Oh, and thanks to a new addition to my costume - a microphone and speaker box - I could actually be heard most of the day. That was a HUGE benefit, since we met and chatted with so many of you readers!
In fact, do you guys remember last June when I mentioned the story of an autistic boy named Ben who loved Snow White's Scary Adventures at Disney? (If you don't remember, go see this.) Well, BEN WAS THERE! Here we are together with his dad, Ron:
3500: An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with Snow White. I haven't read it all yet, but Cory over at BoingBoing gave the book a glowing review, so you should definitely check it out!
Here's my friend Christie again, together with her sister Robyn and their friend Dana as - are you ready for this? - the My Little Ponies of the Apocalypse:
After we chatted for a bit John suggested I get a photo with them, and even through my goggles I could tell most everyone around started to laugh once I got in position. I think you can see why:
Props to Death for not cracking a smile while even War and Famine were succumbing to the giggles. Ha! (Oh, and Robyn & Christie have just started a new FB page with all of their cosplay pics, if you want to see more of their work!)
K, time for some eye candy:
I just finished watching all of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and OMIGOSH THAT SHOW IS AWESOME. So, of course, I had a whole new appreciation for the Avatar cosplay groups:
I'm not generally a fan of zombies, but I guess John is right: this Leeloo version is pretty rad:
Veering back into more mainstream geekery, you'll never guess who this gal (yes, GAL) reminds me of:
Bumblebee here upgraded his/her outfit on Sunday to include a green top hat and a "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" smock for St. Patrick's day. It was pretty hilarious:
Here's me again with a couple of dapper steampunk gents:
The chap on the right had an amazing backpack filled with spinning gears, lights, potions, and contraptions.
(I also just realized this is the only photo I have from the con where I'm not the shortest person in it. HA.)
Ok, mini soap box moment over.
Granted, navigating the crowds was a nightmare, I'm sure I bumped into a million people thanks to my lack of peripheral vision, and my face was swollen and bruised from my mask by the end of the day, but the interactions John and I had with fans and random fellow con-goers alike were just fantastic. I met readers who were at their first con ever, readers who were overcoming their anxiety just to be there, readers who were wearing the goggles they'd made using my tutorial (!!), and readers who spanned all ages and backgrounds and interests, from parents with teenagers in tow to young pre-teens who dragged their extremely supportive parents all over the con hunting us down.
As usual, you guys made us feel like rock stars, so thank you.
Next up, stay tuned for my third and final installment from MegaCon!
PS - Like my last post, these are just a few of my favorite photos from Saturday, so head over to my Flickr account to see the rest!
PPS - Wil Wheaton has been blogging his thoughts and photos of MegaCon over at his blog, and today's post includes a story of a fan interaction that will leave you in tears - but in a good way. Grab a tissue and go read it!
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