Posts Tagged ‘Conventions’

Cool Convention Swag: “Watchmen” Condoms

2014/08/04

You read that right. These were being handed out at a booth at Fan Expo Canada several years ago as a promotional gimmick for the upcoming release of Watchmen on DVD and Blu-Ray. And in case you’re wondering, yes, they’re as blue as Dr. Manhattan is.

Kind of gives the term "blue balls" a whole new meaning, doesn't it? :)

Kind of gives the term “blue balls” a whole new meaning, doesn’t it? 🙂

The Lunar Archivist’s Sketchbook – Part 7

2012/10/04

I don’t make a habit of promoting erotic art on this blog – and today won’t be the day that changes 😉 – but here’s an interesting piece I recently acquired that’s definitely worth mentioning:

Artwork by Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri

This sketch – which came free with the purchase of any (admittedly pricey) artbook or hardcover graphic novel by a few dozen lucky people – is by the Italian artist Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, best known to Western audiences as the writer and illustrator of the Druuna series, which was (re)published over the course of many years in Heavy Metal magazine.

The Lunar Archivist’s Sketchbook – Part 6

2012/09/30

Today’s page from my sketchbook comes with a story.

While attending Montreal Comiccon 2012 two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to not only meet the legendary George Pérez, but also to have him sketch something for me. (Not for free, of course, but for a pretty reasonable amount given a comic book artist of his stature.) But who to choose, with both the DC and Marvel Universes at my fingertips? Well, given my rather vocal objection on this blog to Scott Lobdell‘s interpretation of a certain alien princess combined with the fact that the character was co-created by Marv Wolfman and Mr. Pérez himself, my decision turned out to be a no-brainer.

Me: “I’d like a sketch of Starfire, because I don’t like what they’ve done with her in the New 52.”

To which he responded:

George Pérez: “I don’t, either.”

I think my little raging fanboy heart skipped a beat when he said that.

This led to a brief exchange between the two of us which pretty much confirmed what all of Starfire’s fans already knew. Mr. Pérez didn’t, for a single moment, deny that she was eye candy. But her sexiness was never sleazy. What made her so endearing was that she was naïve and oblivious to the effect she had on men; she was “a wide-eyed innocent”, to use his exact words, and it’s in that form that he chose to immortalize her for me in my sketchbook:


So, here’s the tl;dr version:

1. Fan vindication by a character’s creator on creative mismanagement can be sweet enough to induce a diabetic coma.

2. Suck on that, Lobdell.

UPDATE (2013.05.27.): Despite the relative obscurity of this website in the blogosphere as a whole, I pride myself on having some sense of journalistic integrity. So when a deviantART Internet troll questioned the reliability of my claim that Mr. Pérez had ever referred to Starfire as a “wide-eyed innocent” in this comment thread, I decided to go straight to the source and ask the big man himself via his Facebook fan page, which he himself runs. Even though I thought it was a long shot, George Pérez surprised me by answering less than three hours later and confirmed my original statement. And here’s my proof:

Suck on THIS, Matthew Lane. :P

Suck on THIS, Matthew Lane. 😛

That is all. 🙂

Tales From the Convention Floor – Part 2: Christopher Lloyd

2012/08/29

During the Fan Expo Canada 2012 convention in Toronto, Ontario last week, I was presented with an opportunity that I never imagined would come my way: the chance to meet the incomparable Christopher Lloyd, who had major roles in two of my all-time favorite movies, Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

While he’s built his career on playing energetic, intense, and eccentric characters, Mr. Lloyd proved to be pretty low-key and calm in person, was very friendly and sociable, and gave off a distinctly soothing, grandfatherly vibe. When I mentioned that I’d heard he rarely makes public appearances – something his entry on Wikipedia makes a point of mentioning – he responded with a simple “I do make a few of them.”, all while maintaining the subtle-but-perpetual warm smile he seemed to have reserved for everyone in attendance.

Two additional things worth mentioning about Christopher Lloyd: first, he has one of the most legible celebrity signatures that I’ve encountered in the 14 or so years I’ve been actively collecting them. (And the guy’s almost 74 years old!)

I’m hoping to get Michael J. Fox to sign the other half someday.

Second, he has the uncanny ability to make pictures that even I appear in look incredibly awesome. (The DeLorean time machine is just icing on the cake.)

There definitely isn’t enough room to get up to 88 in the convention hallway.

Cool Convention Swag: “Neigh and Proud” Print

2011/09/12

In the words of the artist herself: “I just wanted to make something cute which applies to the show in a joking way, and supports a cause I respect greatly.” Mission accomplished, I’d say. 🙂

“Neigh and Proud” by Elizabeth Lee

Check out more of Liz Lee‘s great artwork at her deviantART account, Liz Lee Illustration, or Nimbus the Dragon.

Cool Convention Swag: “Death Note Chronicale” Poster

2010/08/19

While shirtless bishounen really aren’t my cup of tea, I made an exception for the following poster I stumbled upon at Otakuthon 2010 due to its sheer compositional and artistic excellence:

“Death Note Chronicale” by Sakimichan (2009)

This marvelous piece of Death Note fanart comes to you courtesy of Canadian artist (and fellow Montreal, Quebec resident) Yue .W., a.k.a. Sakimichan. Purchase your own watermark-free version from her deviantART website at  http://sakimichan.deviantart.com today!

Cool Convention Swag: Starman Plushie

2010/08/16

Now this is an interesting item I picked up at Otakuthon 2010: a handmade, hand-painted Starman plushie complete with a little set of blue overalls to prevent him from flashing (at least in the non-invulnerability-granting sense).

He protects you from harm...but who protects his dignity?

Unfortunately, due to this particular anime convention’s penchant for keeping a tight lid on the personal information of participating amateur artists, I literally can’t give credit where credit is due. All I can say is thanks to the anonymous ladies of Artists’ Area Booth 469 for this cute little guy!



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