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Master at work

I’ve had this up on my various folios for awhile now and I’m still really pleased with it. For once, the depth of field and the lighting are spot on and your eye is drawn to the centre of the photo as it should be. Lightroom helps with the post-production but I know it’s a good photo without it.

It’s a reminder of all the things I love: comic books, my American peeps, illustration, the joy that’s in creating a piece of art and that on occasion I’ve got it in me to take a great photo.

I’ve turned into one of those people!

I went to see Burn After Reading with a friend and as the credits rolled I turned to him and said “That park that Linda meets her guys? I’ve been there! I’ve walked on that very path. It’s the one you walk through to get from the Washington Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial”. Heh. I’m one of those people, relating everything they see back to their travels.

But I was super-excited. It was the first time I’ve ever had that experience.

Two things I’m loving right now

I finally got sick of wading through spam comments so I thought it’d give it a whirl. It’s a plugin that’s suggested by WordPress and it’s free so I figured why not? At first I thought it wasn’t working because a few spam comments slipped through but now it’s working brilliantly. Just deleted 25 spam comments in one go. And I’m not getting the emails that come along with bastards trawling my blog. Hoorah!

Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
I’m not a huge Dresden Dolls fan but I’m totally infatuated with Amanda Palmer’s first solo album. I read Neil Gaiman’s blog and he mentioned Ms Palmer several times, enough that I got interested. He’s writing the text for a book of photos she’s putting out that ties in with the album and I think I may just have to get it. Words can’t express how much I love this album. She’s a brilliant piano player and her voice is wonderful. Plus I recently discovered there’s a video for my favourite song, Ampersand (it’s the third one down).


I have an itinerary!!

How exciting is that? The planning has already commenced. Guess I’m getting no xmas presents this year. But I’m fine with that – money is all good (preferably American). The funny thing is that the flights are the same as the ones I was on for Baltimore. Heh.

I can’t wait. It’s going to come around so quickly this time. I’m putting in my leave request tomorrow.

*shakes head* I can’t believe I’m doing this but it’s going to be awesome!

Me? Bitten by the travel bug? Never!

I told myself I wasn’t going to do this but I’ve decided to go to Seattle next year for the Emerald City ComicCon. It’s the location for next year’s forum meet and it was killing me to think I wouldn’t be there. So I decided I should be there. Got enough money on my credit card to buy flights to Los Angeles and I’ve found flights that are on sale so why the hell not?

I’ve decided I’d rather have the debt and the brilliant experience I know it’ll be than to stay here and regret not going. Debts can be repaid, experiences can’t be lived once the time passed.

It’s felt like something has been missing since I got back. I’ve had nothing to look forward to and plan for. I didn’t realise how much I was looking forward to it and how much I did think about it. Now I know. The whole traveling experience is so fantastic I wish I could do it more often. I thought I’d be all blase and flippant about it but it really has changed my perception of… everything really.

So yeah, once more I’m off. It’s going to be brilliant. I can’t wait to see Seattle and all my friends.

Atlas shrugged

Never read the book but it makes for a great title.

More comic book art goodies

The Armageddon pop culture expo was on this weekend and the only reason I went was because Jim Lee was going to be there. After Baltimore, the idea of heading to an pop culture expo really didn’t seem that appealing, especially when it features live wrestling. Bleugh!

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on some exhibitors passes so I didn’t have to pay to get in which was great. This’ll be harsh but it wasn’t anywhere near as good as last year and I found myself able to walk around the entire thing in about 10 minutes flat. A good con should take at least half an hour to navigate around, even if you don’t stop to look at anything. I suppose what I want from this sort of thing is different from other people because I want a proper artists’ alley. There were only a handful of local artists so my idea of getting a stack of Doctor Who sketches went out the window. Maybe next year at Supanova.

As I had an exhibitors’ pass, I decided to check it out on Saturday, even though I was on my own. I took my camera along, hoping to get some shots of artists at work but the light was so crap I couldn’t get decent shot without a tripod. I was most disappointed because I really wanted to see if I could get a photo of Jim Lee in a similar vein to the ones I’ve got of Barry Kitson. I really didn’t want to resort to using a flash, especially as I don’t have proper one and it would’ve been the one in the camera. At least I got to find this out before today. It would’ve killed me to have taken my camera only to discover I couldn’t use it in my normal fashion (ie: without a flash).

Anyhoo… I did get me some goodies…
Chris Bones – Batman.
Chris was great. I had a giggle talking to him and he loves Matt Wagner and Tim Sale so I got to excessively name-drop while I was talking to him. He also had a busted knee and a sign that said Will draw for food (or beer) which I found highly amusing. Great guy and a super artist. Good way to spend $20.

Sarah Milne – zombie Batman.
Sarah was fabulous. She was so funny and her sketches were brilliant. She was doing portraits of people but as zombies. But I didn’t want one of me, I wanted one of Batman. It makes me chuckle every time I look at it.

Joel Gomez – Green Arrow.
Joel was so lovely. He has a real enthusiasm for his work and I really loved talking with him. While queuing for Jim Lee, I saw him with Green Arrow sketch that looked extremely cool. I approached him and asked if he still had it but it turns out it was someone. Then he offered to do one for me. Very cool and I like the fact that Ollie has narrowed eyes. Bargain for $45.

Jim Lee – Batgirl.
I think I would’ve lost it if I’d queued for six hours and not come away with something from Jim Lee. I got this at about 5pm and he’s started timing himself in an effort to get to everyone in the line. He knocked out my Barb Gordon Batgirl in about four minutes. It was amazing watching him work. Best of all, the sketch was free.

For all my complaining at the start of this post, the day was pretty good really. I had good company in the Jim Lee queue and I got something that I wanted. Plus I managed to score a few other really nice pieces so I’d rate today as a success.