Saturday, June 22, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Remember the Neverending Story iPad and Tablet cover I featured a while back? Well, John T. and the other makers over at Geekify Inc. obviously know the way to my geeky little heart, because they've just released a Labyrinth cover:
- Next up, these gender-swapped Doctors are too cool for school:
Peter Davison was my first Doctor, and therefore the nearest and dearest to my heart. I've never been tempted to cosplay him 'til now, though; she is ADORABLE. (They both are!) Think I can pull off Number 5 as a brunette? :D
- Here's my most popular Pinterest find this week:
her blog for a full photo tutorial. (And maybe this is my day job talking, but wouldn't these be perfect for gifting single cupcakes?)
- Not only does Epbot reader Jessica D. make a great gender-swapped Dreamfinder:
She also created some Figment/Doctor Who mash-up art that John has decreed he must - MUST - have on a t-shirt immediately:
Oh, and Jessica's Flickr stream is filled with stunning Disney photography, btw, so check that out for more eye candy!
- If you still have any money left then hang on to your wallets, because there are three new Star Wars backpacks out. The R2D2 and Stormtrooper designs are pretty terrible, but the Rebel Alliance one - ohhhh, the Rebel Alliance one!!
- For my fellow Dizgeeks, have you heard? MICKEY'S BACK! Yep, Disney is planning to release a bunch of new shorts on the Disney channel featuring Mickey and the gang in traditional 2D animation, although the art style is really fresh and fun:
Yodeling clip (sorry I can't embed it!) made me laugh out loud, and I've watched it like four times in a row now. (Why yes, the show IS aimed at 4-10 year-olds. Why do you ask? ;))
Oh, and I like how this one finally points out that Mickey and Donald are only half-dressed:
Then go watch the rest of the episodes, too. There are four total so far, and they're hysterical.
Happy weekend, everyone!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Victoria P. linked me up to Justin Hillgrove's site, and he's got some super fun prints over there:
Here's a few new conventions sketches from Sara Richard that I'd LOVE to see available as prints:
In the meantime, I'll just have to hope to find her at a convention sometime! (Check her site for a few prints that ARE available, though.)
For those of you planning a Star Wars nursery:
Of course, seeing as much fantastic art as I do can be pretty hazardous to your bank account. Here's my most recent splurge: a 3D "Peeking Monster" named Minch:
Lyla Warren has several different styles of monsters to choose from, and they're all made to order. I haven't gotten mine yet, but I can't wait to add this little guy to my office walls! (Just as soon as I find some room. Yeeeeah... Good thing he's small!)
Lyla also sculpts some completely endearing "Tree Spirits"
Kinda reminds me of some of the creatures from Fantasia - like she's watching all the centaurs frolic in a nearby field. Heh.
Oh, and Lyla recently posted this work-in-progress (dubbed "pinecone head") over on her Tumblr. I can't wait to see it painted!
And while we're talking 3D art, Gretchen K. found one of the most epic art dolls I have ever seen: the Labyrinth Cannonball Goblin!
For comparison, here's a screen shot from the movie of the goblins in questions (note the shelf in the background):
Next up, you may have gathered by now that I like robots. [smirk] So naturally I'm crushing on this fella:
Here's something pretty darn cool: Rachel B. (aka Little Girl Spock's mom) recently commissioned a set of portraits of herself and her guy Wade in all their steampunk Star Trek finery - and the results are simply gorgeous:
Phantoms Siren, who specializes in the nouveau style, and she really captured every detail of their costumes. Plus I am in LOVE with the Enterprise silhouette in the background! (Bet you didn't even notice that at first, huh?)
Here's a photo of Rachel and Wade (with me) for comparison:
And finally, just when you think you've seen the Disney princesses drawn in every conceivable art style, someone goes and draws them ala Moulin Rouge:
UPDATE: The give-away has ended, and the winner is Rachel Brown! Congrats, Rachel, and please e-mail me your mailing address!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I thought this would be a good follow-up to my last post: I
get so many convention "success stories" from you readers that I started
compiling a few of my favorites. These are all from people who attended
a convention for the very first time, many of whom struggle with anxiety and/or just didn't know what to expect. Once you've read their stories, I think you'll see why I just HAD to share. Enjoy!
Note: If anything seems a little stilted, it's because I've edited these for brevity. Apologies. :)
From Marsi in Vancouver:
From Ula K. in Poland:
"I know how you appreciate it when readers tell you that you've encouraged them to go to a convention or try cosplaying for the first time, so I'm proud to tell you that this is my story, too. I've always been too shy, especially around crowds, to go to a con. However, reading the 'success stories' on Epbot, and seeing the gorgeous photos that your readers shared, made me gradually build up some courage. Then I saw your amazing Lady Vadore costume, and it set off something in me.
From Carina in Germany:
From Alyssa (also in Vancouver):
From Alice G. in San Diego:
And finally, this one from Melaine in California legitimately made me cry. Dang it all.
Thanks so much to all of these fabulous, brave ladies for letting me share their stories, and to all the rest of you out there who take the time to e-mail me. I firmly believe that the more we share the things we love, the more good we can do in this world, and you are all perfect examples of that. Exemplary, even. ;)
Now I better get out of here before I get all weepy again. Thanks again, everyone, and as always, feel free to share your own photos and links in the comments or over on the Epbot Facebook page!
Monday, June 17, 2013
Jessica D. writes,
I, however, have Asperger's syndrome. And extreme anxiety about large crowds. Are there any hints and tips on what to do while at a con to control anxiety?"
As someone who LOVES sci-fi and comic conventions, and who also struggles with anxiety, I get asked this question a lot. Now, admittedly, I don't suffer from crowd anxiety so much as no-way-out anxiety (technical term) - but the two have a lot of overlaps. So, here are my best tips, based on what works for me:
1) Bring a friend or SO who's willing to stick by you the whole time. Moral support is key!
2) I met a reader at the last MegaCon who told me when things got too much for her in the crowd, she'd just grab on to her husband's backpack and look at the floor, allowing him to lead her through. I do the same thing with John all the time, although for me it's more because I'm lazy and he's bigger. :) See if your convention buddy is willing to do the same - a designated crowd-parter, if you will.
3) Take lots of breaks, so you don't get too over-stimulated. Most convention facilities have smaller halls branching off with lots of empty rooms, so you should be able to find a quiet alcove to chill for a while. (If not, try heading outside.) Remember, it's better to enjoy just a few activities than be miserable with a tight schedule.
4) Bring emergency supplies: anxiety meds (if you have/need them), a full water bottle (so you don't have to hunt for a water fountain), earplugs, & sunglasses if those work for you. I really like earplugs - especially for concerts, but they also help with crowd noise and extra loud sound systems.
5) Often times the convention staff will let you stand in the back of the room for panels and performances, which I always prefer, so don't be afraid to ask. If it's a really large convention, ask at the ticket desk about medical/guest assistance passes, which can streamline the process and save you some stress. (Sometimes I'm afraid to ask because I'm embarrassed, but believe me, it's worth it in the long run. Plus most convention staff are super accommodating if you explain you just need to be near an exit.)
6) And finally, and hardest of all: don't put too much pressure on yourself. Take the day at your own pace, and tell yourself that you'll leave if you have to, because there will always be more conventions. If you force yourself through a miserable experience, then odds are you won't try again - and that would be robbing yourself of some truly amazing adventures! So go at your own pace, and concentrate on sopping up what fun you can. When your Fun Tank is full, take a break and/or get out of there!
Other than that, don't forget the common sense stuff like getting enough sleep and eating right/enough. Oh, and keep in mind that Saturday is always the most crowded day of a multi-day convention, with Sunday being a close second. So if the convention is open on Friday, go Friday.
Along the same lines, try to go to a smaller local convention for your first one, if you can, before jumping in to the really huge events. Little cons are much more relaxed, and are a wonderful way to test the crowd-anxiety waters.
Ok, guys: what'd I miss? Share you own tips for managing anxiety at a convention in the comments!
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