Tuesday, July 27, 2010

In a room with 100,000 people...

That was us all last week at The San Diego Comic Con.



Here we are with Naomi at our booth!



Each morning we strolled past this looming Lord Voldemort (it doesn't look it but he was huge!), and wiggled our way to our spot in the back end of the Convention Hall. On Friday, I took a break from our booth and spent some time drawing at the Cartoon Art Museum's booth. They were really friendly and if you're ever up in San Francisco, the museum is well worth a visit!



The Ugly Doll booth was right nearby....




My daughters love these things!



Phoebe's also a fan of Domo of course.




Here are the girls with Lego Harry Potter and Hagrid...



...And here is the real Hagrid (He said he dresses this way all the time!).



This fox was really friendly.



I like how this guy is the exact same color as the recycle bin!



We ran into Captain America, who it turns out is a nice guy.




The Ghost Busters parked their car right in the middle of the convention hall. (Good for them...Parking in downtown San Diego was madness!)




This is Naomi with Oogey Boogey... Who definitely was not as scary as in the movie.



And last but not least, this guy is some kind of Swamp Monster.

There were of course all kinds of crazy things going on. Mike ran into Seth Green again, some guy was stabbed with a pen upstairs, and a thousand zombies wandered through the streets.

In other news, this week our downloadable comics were picked up to be distributed by Wowio.com
This is great news as it means they are available for free to the customers, but we still get paid by our sponsor, Image Logic!
Take a look! Cheers!

The People That Melt in The Rain

The Horribles, Book 2

Las Personas Que Se Derretin En La Lluvia

The Horribles, Book 1

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Last Day.... First Day

Today was Naomi and Phoebe's last day of school . Like some schools here in California, they follow a year-round schedule.  So there was a play in the kindergarten, and a party in the second grade and my oldest daughter ,Chloe (who's been out of school for weeks), wandered around grabbing cupcakes and pizza.  Naomi entered her name into the raffle for the class pet, so, of course SHE WON! So now "Bubbles #2" is swimming around in a bowl on our mantle (click here to read about Bubbles #1).

Today is also the first day of Comic Con International, where thousands upon thousands of people will descend upon the convention center downtown, and wander about in crazy getups!  Unfortunately they will share in the head cold I woke up with this morning as well.... Ugh!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How not to be bored in San Diego...

So many people from all over the country and the world are flying in for the San Diego Comic Con in a just over a week, and several have asked me what they can do here in town with their extra time. So I made a list of some *cheap and free things to do in San Diego area. The links are to photos on my blog from earlier visits. I hope this is helpful!

Seaport Village is a great area to walk around, and is close to the Convention Center. It has shops, Street performers and the like.

Balboa Park has the zoo of course, but also the international cottages are open and a different country has a festival/lawn program each Sunday. Different museums there have a free day each Tuesday... These include Museum of Man, International Art Museum, The Science Center, The Museum of Natural History... etc...

Queen Califia's Magical Circle in Escondido is great for a picnic and an amazing outing with sculptures you just have to see!

La Jolla Cove is a great visit. There is a seal beach with viewing area, pelicans you can walk up to, and amazing vistas. The Sea Cave has an admission... like 2 or 3 dollars.

There's Old Town... Shops like the old Blacksmith, etc in a wild west theme. They also have the Whaley House, which is a famous haunted site that has tours. This area does ghost tours thru the whole "town". Ghost tours have some fees attached.

The Anza Borrego Desert is a huge state park east of us. Very inexpensive. There's a viewing tower and amazing hikes. Keep in mind though that it's summer in this hemisphere and HOT in the desert right now.

Also if you have a car...
LaBrea Tar Pits is in LA (2 hours driving)...bubbling tar.... dinosaurs. Free admission on the first of each month.


"The Power of Night Fire" is a free pyrotechnic, and water effects show, that's every Thursday thru Sunday night at the Viejas Outlet Center next to the Indian Casino (20 minutes East). This is a link to our visit to their Christmas Show.

Lastly but definitely not least is Tijuana,Mexico. We go down often and it's full of things to do. You can take the trolley to the border and walk across. Getting into Mexico is easy for non citizen, they don't even check your passport or talk to you... Just wander through the gate. Getting back into the States is the usual though, with customs and bag checks. The Cultural Center and The Wax Museum are both great, there. The Cultural Center has an Imax theater, but shows will be in Spanish.The Cultural Center and The Wax Museum are both great visits. The Cultural Center has an Imax theater, but shows will be in Spanish. You must have your passport to enter the United States.

If you're around August 8th come to Imperial Beach for The US Open SandCastle Competition (and festival), and see my husband Mike and I lead our ten person masters team to victory!!!


Hope to see you at the con. We're at booth 2648, be sure to stop by!

*In case you have money to burn there are, of course things like SeaWorld, Disneyland, Legoland, and the zoo. If you have skin resistant to burns there's an abundance of beaches!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Making Plans in The Sand

Sand
by Helen Moore
Sand in my swimsuit,
Sand in my hair.
When I go to the beach,
sand gets everywhere!
I wonder, I wonder
Oh how can there be,
Sand left at the beach
When there's so much on me?


Ah, yes something to look forward to! This week I submitted our team's entry into the U.S Open Sandcastle Competition. Our team's name is "The Sand Witches" and we're going to create a sculpture called "Menace from The Deep". It's a creature emerging from the depths of the ocean... Sort of a statement on the Gulf Spill. We have a team of ten and we're entering in the masters category. We're starting to get excited for it!

Our webcomic, The People That Melt in The Rain has been nominated for "Best Fantasy Comic" on the SmackJeeves website. For any of you who miss voting for us you can go here!This time it's a one time vote, so you just join the site and vote.... no daily pestering! This week I also created this video montage for "The People That Melt in The Rain". Like the one for "The Horribles" it will be included in WOWIO's live video stream of the San Diego Comic Con...



Yesterday we had another sizable earthquake. Since the big one at Easter these are becoming more frequent. Today I heard a 6 year old at Naomi and Phoebe's school explaining the significance of the 5.4 quake we had yesterday. Everyone here's an expert these days.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Horrible Movie...

I made this for the San Diego Comic Con. It will be part of the live stream from Wowio about the con...

"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut

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