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Steampunk Empire Symposium 2013

Posted in Other Stuff with tags , , on April 30, 2013 by silveraged

Last weekend we went to the 2nd annual Steampunk Empire Symposium in Cincinnati OH. After enjoying ourselves last October at Pandoracon, arranged by more or less the same folks, we decided to get further involved in Steampunk.

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My wife’s outfit on Friday. Pretty much the same as at Pandoracon, this was before we went shopping in the dealers room.

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Our outfits Saturday, after shopping in the dealers room!

Our outfits Saturday, after shopping in the dealers room!

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Pandoracon 2012

Posted in Other Stuff on October 1, 2012 by silveraged

Last weekend Barbara and I went to Blue Ash, OH (a suburb of Cincinnati, OH) for the first Pandoracon. The theme was Doctor Who and Steampunk.

There was the usual SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) panel.


And there were plenty of Steampunk costumes all over the convention all weekend.




I like the weapons, made from scratch and those altered from things like Nerf guns.



And there were guests. This is Jason Carter who played Ranger Marcus Cole on Babylon 5;


This is Travis Richey, who played Inspector Spacetime on the NBC sitcom Community and is playing a “very” similar character on An Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time.

There was a Doctor Who photo shoot for all those costumed as the Doctor or other Who-related costumes.

And the Tardis was there for other photo ops. Barbara and I did a bit in the way of steampunk costuming. She created her hats from scratch, I pretty much grabbed what I thought might work out of my closet and bought some other items in the dealers room.

The Dealers Room.


And the costume contest.










And while the votes were tallied, they danced.





All in all very enjoyable. It was the first convention we’ve been to as just attendees in a long time. Next I will try and get a table to do caricatures.

Our Eclectic Christmas Tree Ornaments

Posted in Other Stuff on December 13, 2011 by silveraged

Most years I try to photograph the Christmas tree after I get all the ornaments and lights put up and the ornaments never show up well. This year I shot them as they were laid out on a table before sticking them into the obscuring tree.

We have a very eclectic collection of ornaments from both our childhoods and comic book and Star Trek items I’ve been collecting for decades.

I started with these ceramic DC super heroes I found while working at Caveat Emptor in Bloomington, IN during the late 70s.

These are some small plastic gnomes and elves I’ve had since I was a child in the late 50s.

Long after the 70s super hero ornaments became much easier to find.

Since Hallmark started issuing the Star Trek ships we’ve been adding those, if we like the ship, we don’t have them all. Unfortunately I bought new light strings last year and the sockets no longer match the ships so they don’t light up this year.

My wife is a Marvin Martian fan and we got this tree topper when the WB stores were still open in Circle Center Mall.

Kokomo Comic Con 2011

Posted in Other Stuff on October 12, 2011 by silveraged

Saturday, October 8th,  I spent a great day at the Kokomo Comic Convention.

The Kokomo folks provide great space for the artist alley, lots of room behind the tables for banners and other displays. They also treat us very well during the course of the day with volunteers coming by regularly asking if we need anything.

This is Shawn D. Hilton, front man for the Kokomo Con. I got some photos of him off his Facebook page and used them to do this, my first zombie con sketch (actually my first zombie drawing anywhere!). (I don’t “get” zombies and their huge fan base, but other artists at cons have told me I’m missing out not drawing them.) Shawn wasn’t aware I was doing this piece but I asked him before I started how he felt about zombies. His reply was something like, “I’m fine with zombies, I love zombies.” I put the sketch into the charity auction benefiting the Kokomo Humane Society where I heard that Shawn bought it to keep it from other hands.

The guest of honor was “World Famous Cartoonist Art Baltazar.” Artie is an exclusive DC Comics artist responsible, along with Franco, “The Tiny Titans” which is a kid’s comic and wonderfully serves a market section of the comic world that I think is grossly ignored. The comics profession is jumping through all sorts of hoops with events and relaunches trying to get new readers into comics. You get new readers by starting them in comics as soon as they can ask for things! They need comics that parents can read to them. Comics that have entertaining, fun, clear drawings that the kids can enjoy even without a grownup to read to them.

This is a drawing I did as a gift to Artie in appreciation for his highly entertaining AW YEAH podcast he does with Franco and John Siuntres. Within that podcast Artie expounds on his obsession with TV talk show hostess Wendy Williams.

It took awhile for the attendees to decide they wanted my caricatures so I only had time to do these, but that allowed me time to do the drawings shown above so that’s okay.

This young man wanted to be an original X-Man with water powers.

This young lady initially wanted to be drawn as Amy Pond from Dr. Who but I told her to convey that I’d have to straighten her lovely curly hair and put her in a mini-skirt. She liked the mini-skirt idea but not the hair change so she opted for River Song, in a mini-skirt. Which I was happy to do.

This was another first, doing zombie drawings of another artist’s characters. I was positioned across the side aisle from Rodney Fyke, who has a comic book he writes and draws, “Peanut, Puddin’ n’ Jelly” which are the name of these three characters. For reasons that escape me (see zombie comment above) he wanted to see his guys as zombies and after seeing my Shawn drawing he asked me to do it. It was fun! Thanks Rodney!

The last subject was a young girl who wanted to be drawn as a cheerleader in her school colors.

Great convention Shawn & Co. I look forward to next year!

More Summit City Toy Nonsense

Posted in Action Figures, Other Stuff on June 24, 2011 by silveraged


There was an artists table at Summit City Comic Con last weekend (see previous post), and I’m sorry that I can’t recall who they were, that had one of these on their table. Their rationale was that they wanted a “roaming gnome” to take with them to cons and place on their table but when they found this toy Cap they decided he would be even better than the average roaming gnome. I agreed and decided I had to have one being a fairly avid collector of Captain America stuff. No toy dealer in the hall had one that I could see so as soon as I returned to the studio I found it on Amazon.com and ordered it. I won’t be carting it around to the local cons I’ll be at this summer (next one is Derby City in Louisville, KY in July) so I won’t be stealing their star-spangled thunder but once I free him from his box I’ll find a place for him near my work station.

I find it interesting that the box graphics show a “Super-Hero Squad” version of the movie Cap rather than the classic Kirby Cap. So far I’ve resisted getting any of the movie design tie-in figures or toys.

Thinking about Galactus

Posted in Action Figures, Other Stuff on June 23, 2011 by silveraged

Last weekend I was at Summit City Comic Con

My table was situated across the aisle from the comic and toy vendors and the toy dealer directly in front of me started to discount things in the last hours (as they will) and I had no resistance to the MARVEL Universe talking Galactus (with, to scale, Silver Surfer) which was originally priced at $80 but I got one for $20. Here it is on  the shelf above my studio cutting table.

Unpacking him and putting him up to start collecting dust got me thinking about reviewing the first appearance of the big G because I was sure I recalled some oddness.

This is one of those photos montages Kirby liked to experiment with back in the sixties, cutting edge stuff at the time, ne can only imagine what they would look like on some decent paper! Mainly I show this because the front of the space ship looking thing next to the word balloon is a photo of a hassock style floor fan! I know because I used to have one in my room at the time I was reading that issue!

Anyway, this is what Galactus looked like when he first stepped out of his ship.

Red and green motif top, sort of Christmasy, then red and brown pants.

Then, next issue, he looked like this!

An overall purple and brown color theme. And he’s switched to a short pants look. I have yet to go back and research it but I’m wondering when they settled on his blue and purple color scheme?

Also in this 3 issue arc I noticed in the letters page some missives from then-fans-soon-to-be-pros.
In issue #48 a letter from Don MacGregor, destined to become one of the wordiest comic scribes I can recall.
Then in #49 a letter from Dave Cockrum, then in the Navy.

And finally, in #50, one from future comic writer/editor/MARVEL EIC Gerry Conway who wnet Hollywood at some point.

Inconjunction XXVIII

Posted in Other Stuff on July 9, 2008 by silveraged

My wife and I spent last weekend at Inconjunction XXVIII. We had a couple of dealers table where she sold “SF Fan Garage Sale” stuff and I offered digital caricatures.

This is my digital set up. The crowd can watch me work on the external monitor slaved to the laptop screen.
(That’s not a bandage on my hand. I wear a white cotton cut away glove so that my hand glides across the surface of the Wacom tablet.) The printer that prints the 8.5″ x 11″ images on 80lb. paper is on a small table behind the screen.

You can go to my other blog to see more photos of the caricatures and the room.

Here’s some comic costumes that came within camera range of our tables.

Captain America, dead but not yet withered!

U.S. Agent, who was just glad I knew his name!