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Wednesday, August 17, 2022


Welcome back!  We are smack dab in the middle of everything right now as we rapidly march towards the coming fall!  But enough about that.  It's still summer and things are really heating up, especially in Fairy Tale Land where it looks like a certain expandable wolf MAY have finally found an edge!  What am I talking about?  Scroll down and see for yourself!  Enjoy...

For centuries now, the Big Bad Wolf has tried numerous times to huff and puff and blow down the brick house of the Three Little Pigs, never once coming close to succeeding.  'Course, in all that time, ol' Big Bad was using common, garden variety oxygen, the same type that you and I breathe.  That huge tank of VERY combustible hydrogen, however, might level the playing field a bit for him.  That or blast everyone to kingdom come!  This was another theme from Animal Alphabets a few years back and a Part 2 of sorts as the Big Bad Wolf was the subject of Letter B while the Three Little Pigs were the theme for Letter T.  This piece got a pretty good reaction from the Twitter folks.  What can I say?  People seem to really like inflated cartoon characters!

That's all she wrote for now, but we'll be back next week with some art that subjectively speaking is kinda pretty!  Until next time, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022


Welcome back CRAZIES!!!  After so many weeks of Comic Con pics, it seems really weird getting back into the art part of the blog, but I have quite the backlog to post over the next few... Decades!  So, might as well jump back into it headfirst!  Ready?  I am!  Enjoy...

So THAT'S how they got the title?  If I'm being honest, pretty much all of my knowledge of The Wind In The Willows comes from either the Disney movie or the Disneyland ride, so I didn't even know that there was a character named Otter, or that he has a son named Portly, in the story.  Leave it to Animal Alphabets then to help get an uncouth American like myself up to speed!  I'm sure I made a lot of literary experts very mad by adding a fart joke to a classic piece of literature, but is it really any worse than the guys that added zombies to every Jane Austen novel?  Besides, that wind IN the willows joke is killer!

That's all she wrote today, but be sure to come back next week for some more hand-drawn fun as we continue our trek through fairy tale and literary creatures.  Until next time, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 3, 2022


Well, here we are, two weeks removed from Comic Con 2022.  I'm still trying to process it all.  For a few days after, I wasn't even certain if it had actually happened, like maybe it was all just a dream.  But then I look at the gaping hole in my bank account and the bags full of swag that I got and I realize it all really did happen and I even got photographic evidence to prove it!

So, for one last time this summer, let's roll up our sleeves, slap on some GI Joe stick on tattoos, and take a trip to the VERY recent past and enjoy some Comic Con awesome!  Enjoy...
I don't think you'd want to build a snowman with him!

This year, my nephew Lucas tagged along for the first couple of days of the show and had the time of his life!  His dad, my cousin Chris, had just moved back to the US after two years of working in the Czech Republic.  I figured a trip to SDCC would be a great welcome home present for my ride bud and boy did we do a lot, including the Dungeons & Dragons Tavern offsite in Downtown!  What initially looked impossible to get into turned out to be the best run offsite at the Con this year!  I don't know anybody who DIDN'T get into it!  The atmosphere was incredible, the dragon attack effects were amazing and the Dragon's Brew they gave us really hit the spot!  This offsite gave anything Disney does at their parks a run for their money even!  Only downer, no swag.  But the experience was incredible!

Another offsite I was able to do was the Abbott Elementary Orientation, where I became the new 3rd Grade Teacher!  They had some great swag, but this site took way longer than it should have, especially considering that I was in line hours before it opened.  A walkthrough attraction shouldn't take more than 15 minutes, tops.

Thankfully, this kid didn't initiate AWESOM-O's fart or smell sequences!

Lo-Pan was there and had a keen eye on women with green eyes!

The Dragonball crew came back again for their third straight SDCC and they delivered big!  Lucas didn't want to leave so soon, so I had to set him straight.  These kids today!

Mega Bloks are back yo!  Part of Mattel now, they're making Masters of the Universe sets in honor of He-Man's (GASP!) 40th Anniversary!  How big of a statement were they making?  They built this life-size Skeletor statue out of Mega Bloks and placed it right NEXT to the Lego booth, which was directly adjacent to Mattel!  Talk about firing a shot?!?

Not surprisingly, American Horror Story got the Hilton Honors this year and FX also came back with an offsite that was a bit different than what they've done in the past, but still fun.  Instead of a giant offsite with numerous activations where people could come and go as they pleased, FX had a giant maze built where fans could stop by numerous photo ops and activations as they made their way through.  They certainly upped the creepy factor by throwing dolls all over the place, but there were some funny bits to be found too, like the vampire dance club!  All in all, it was pretty smoothly run and most fans made it in each day!

HEY HEY!!!  IT'S UNCLE MURPH FROM THE FOX KIDS CLUB!!!  If you weren't a kid in San Diego between 1990 and 1998, then this cosplay is totally gonna be over your head!  Uncle Murph was the mascot for the Fox Kids lineup on local station XETV.  In those days it was our original Fox affiliate, but these days the CW seems to air on it.  Uncle Murph introduced cartoons, held contests and promoted events all over Southern California!  I even saw him host an Irish Jig contest at a San Diego Gulls game on St. Patrick's Day in 1996!  It really is a pity kids today will never get to experience these simple joys.  Was fun while it lasted though!

The Petco Park Interactive Zone was back, though greatly diminished.  Hard to say if this was out of COVID fears or companies just not wanting to go all-in anymore.  Probably a mix of both really.  I wound up only doing the Black Adam activation but I'm sure the others were fun too.

Audible had an interesting offsite.  No swag or anything, but there were some very impressive sand castles as well as charging stations that people could use while listening to samples of books on tape!

The Road Warriors were in the house!


The House of the Dragon offsite.  This thing ruined more childhoods than divorce that weekend.  Poorly run and executed, many waited entire days without ever getting in.  Sorry, but I can't justify wasting a day at SDCC just see a tent with a few props and actors in costumes in it.  Immersive offsites can be awesome, no doubt about it.  But it shouldn't take THAT long to do!  One of these days, somebody's gonna figure out a steady middle ground.

She's looking for the Queen!

Artie!  Strongest man, in the world!  He kept watch over all the little vikings in the exhibit hall!

The Gaslamp Quarter wasn't quite as busy during SDCC this year, but crowds would eventually show up by the weekend.  We all really missed the SyFy Street Team this year and are hoping they'll be back in 2023.  Fingers crossed!

Would you look at that!  It's Weird Al Yankovic!  Or rather his stunt double!  The real Weird Al always moves in the shadows while his doubles draw away the crowds!

Lastly, we'll end things on the massive Blizzard Entertainment booth, one of the few I've never set up!  These guys had nothing on the booth that Funko set up at the opposite end of the exhibit hall, but it was kinda nice to bookend things with two monstrous booths at SDCC.

And that was Comic Con 2023!  It was a very long three years in between 2019 and 2022, but honestly, it felt like yesterday when I arrived to start loading it in the Friday before it started, like no time had passed at all.  There were a lot of changes though.  Some booths didn't come back, be it for COVID fears or, like in the case of DC/WB, budget cuts.  Others that did come back took a less is more approach, Hasbro being the most obvious example.  On the flip side, a few booths really blew things up, like Funko taking up half of Hall G!  Offsites were a mixed bag, as they usually are.  It's been a common complaint from me for years now, but others seem to be catching on too: Most offsite activations are NOT run very well.  I won't start naming names, especially since I already tagged a couple of them earlier, but there are ways to make it work so that everyone gets to see.  Twelve years ago when the offsites started, crowding issues hardly ever happened.  Maybe it's time to revisit those past experiences and see WHY they worked?  Over all though, I had a wonderful time.  Saw a lot of old pals that I hadn't seen in a good long while and discovered some awesome new books and comics too!  Taking my nephew Lucas with me was awesome.  He's getting older now, so the window of him thinking I'm cool is starting to shrink!  Glad I could show him the ropes a little.  I think more than anything, Comic Con this year, much like last fall's Special Edition, was a test.  Companies and fans are still wary of things, and rightfully so.  As of this writing, numbers have been very low in regards to COVID, which is good.  The overwhelming number of attendees and exhibitors were good about masking up, so hopefully it's a positive sign in terms of next year.  We'll just have to keep are fingers crossed and keep taking proper precautions.

And that is a wrap on the CRAZY Comic Con Countdown!  I can't even believe how fast it went by.  It's gonna be a long ten months before the countdown returns, but with any luck, Long Beach Comic Con and WonderCon will be wetting our appetites soon enough!  Next week, the art returns with a look at characters of the fantasy realm, so be sure to come back if you missed all that!  Until then, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, July 27, 2022



Here I sit all broken hearted.  Paid my dime and only... Wait a tic, that was something I read on the wall of a men's room once!  Yes, yes, I am sitting here sad and going through con withdrawals as SDCC ended three days ago.  Well, I'll likely be anyway as I'm actually sitting here weeks before the show typing these things out well in advance because that's how blogs work!  And if I'm REALLY being honest, I'll probably be past my breaking point with exhaustion by the time Comic Con ends to even be sad about it at first!

I think it'll help us all if we just get straight to the post, am I right?  So let's don our favorite anime shirts and bust out some Doritos as it's time to go back to 2019 and Comic Con!  Enjoy...

2019 marked the 80th anniversary of the classic MGM version of The Wizard of Oz!  In addition to an amazing theme at the San Diego County Fair the previous month, there was plenty of Oz cosplay happening at cons that year too!

Without question, Amazon Prime had the best offsite at SDCC that year.  With truly immersive activations and a massive multi-level video wall display that could be seen for blocks, there were more people trying to get into Amazon's offsite than the con itself!  Just to give you an idea of how big it was, they started building it on June 28th, nearly three weeks before it opened!

Come on everybody!  It's time to do the Mario!
Swing your hips
From side to side...

Remember kids, a mechanical hot dog is NOT easier to ride than a mechanical bull, as this poor lady found out the hard way!

The SyFy Karaoke Bus!  One of the more popular things to do outside of the con, I've often thought about hopping on, but I'm not legally allowed to sing!


The Meeseeks were a very popular part of the Adult Swim Cosplay Contest!  They performed their hearts out, but ultimately didn't win, all the while having to put up with the constant chants of "Camel Toe" being hurled upon them by the enthralled crowd!

The super cool Chill-adelphia offsite that promoted SHAZAM!  And yes I got one of those foam lightning bolts!  The games were surprisingly challenging! 

Unlike the supposedly-not-promoting-Mr. Robot-but-totally-was-promoting-it-Ferris-wheel from the Petco Park Interactive Zone in 2016, the Ferris wheel at the Fox Carnival in 2019 was FREE!!!

Discovery Channel was back in full force in 2019 promoting their legendary Shark Week block!  Much like the year before, Sharzilla was a huge hit!


Not often you see a Gundam being transported!

The FX Zone definitely didn't disappoint!  The American Horror Story activation in particular had people running for their lives!

Because I can be a bit of a ham at times, we'll end this week's post with a special pic I got at the What We Do In The Shadows activation!  It was a pretty cool deal they did.  They built the vampires' lair and had all sorts of swag and photo ops!

And that was Comic Con 2019!  Of all the years I've been going, this year is easily in my Top 5.  Such a great year for swag and offsites, not to mention I finally got to meet a few longtime Twitter pals in person for the first time!  As I went home after loading it out, I remember thinking to myself "How're they ever gonna top this year?"  Hopefully next week's post will prove me wrong!

And that's a wrap on the month of July.  But fear not!  We got ONE last SDCC post to go as we kick off August the proper way by ending the CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN on a high note with a look at THIS YEAR'S show!  So be sure to come back and give it a look!  Until then, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Monday, July 18, 2022



We have made it my CRAZIES!!!  We have FINALLY made it to Comic Con 2022!  It's been a very long time coming and I can't even begin to convey how excited I am!  Which seems like a good time to transition into the post, don't you think?  As we look back, helpful tips and tricks will be peppered throughout as well as at the end of the post, denoted by the TIP tag!

The year is 2018.  The place is the San Diego Convention Center.  The event, of course, is Comic Con!  Hold on to your Batman underoos and crack open a Code Red Mountain Dew, because the CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN is a go!  Enjoy...

First off, the obligatory shot of the SDCC logo throughout the circular support!

TIP: This is a very popular photo op for many con goers and their are plenty of safe ways to get it, namely on the very slow moving escalators. Please don't hang over a railing just to get a picture.  It seriously ain't worth the risk!


Deadpool meets Sandia, The Watermelon Warrior!  My niece Kristen had long wanted to cosplay and finally got the opportunity in 2018! Her watermelon armor was quite the challenge to build, but it looked so cool when it was done!  Everybody wanted their picture taken with her and as an added bonus, weeks later, a clip of her wearing the armor was on the Jim Jeffries Show!

TIP: For those of you new to cosplaying, bear in mind you'll have to hit the restroom at some point, so try to keep things simple in your costume design so that the costume is easy to get in and out of.  Having a pal tag along as a handler isn't a bad idea either!

The Council Ricks don't approve!

As always, ad space is at a premium at SDCC!  These buildings make a fortune off of having these giant posters plastered all over them!

Whatever you do, do NOT give this guy cocaine!

You never know WHERE the Rick Mobile will show up?!?  Actually, it typically winds up behind the Convention Center at the Adult Swim Block Party, after making the rounds!

TIP: As of this writing, there's yet to be any confirmation that Adult Swim is returning to their usual spot, but the best bet is that they will.  It's also literally adults only, so no kids!

Thankfully, the Infinity Nuggets aren't as powerful as the Infinity Stones!

The Marchin' Marges were out on patrol outside the building and around Downtown!

TIP: The best place to get cosplay pics isn't always inside the Convention Center.  Outside the lobby doors and really all around Downtown and at the offsites are some of the best places you'll find to have chances at getting some truly great shots!

Remember that thing I said about ad spaces being at a premium during the show?  Well, the trolleys get in on it too!  Conan O'Brien's show always took full advantage of this!

TIP: As of this writing, it's not looking very likely that Conan's returning to SDCC.  With his show ending and Warner more or less killing all original programming on their cable networks, despite promising specials, the future's looking kind of bleak.

Comedy Central did their booth up rather interesting in 2018 with a South Park trivia contest where contestants had to avoid getting vomited on by Randy Marsh.  Needless to say, the line was pretty long. 

Lord Zedd is here and not too happy with the lack of Power Rangers media on TV!

The Good Place had LONG lines! Never  got to experience this one!

TIP: Despite the Tin Fish recently being sold, there WILL be an event hosted by NBC before the new operators start changing things over.  The lines tend to be very long with some waiting as long as five hours WITH a reservation for the 2019 edition.  Point is weigh the risks and the rewards before hopping in any lines!

Me and my brother's kids really wanted that surfboard, but Sharzilla had other plans!

TIP: The Petco Park Interactive Zone IS back and, as always, IS free!  Not much has been revealed as of this writing, other than Nintendo has a rather large activation planned for it.  Does this mean the Nintendo Lounge at the Marriott is dead?  Hard to say.  Given the demand, they very well could be doing two different spots.  Guess we'll see come Thursday! 

For those of you who needed to cross Sexy Inspector Gadget off of your cosplay bucket list, here you go.

Demogorgon photo bomb!

You can always count on the SyFy Street team to unearth some true gems, like these guys that look an awful lot like Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner!

TIP: As of this writing, no word yet on whether or not the SyFy Channel will be doing their cool block party deal again.  I'd certainly like to think they will, but the pandemic's changed a lot of stuff.  Hopefully they'll be back.

Damn out of town drivers!

The Dragonball Experience held behind the Marriott was a lot of fun and had some great swag!  The DB team is REALLY blowing things up this year!  Bigger than Cell even!

Had to end things with some color folks!

And that was Comic Con 2018!  A fun year over all with an impossible amount of things to see and do!  It's hard to top the proud feeling I had seeing my niece walk around in the watermelon armor I built for her and all the people going nuts over it!  As a creator, it's always a big deal to see such a positive reaction.  Hopefully someday I'll get to build some more cosplay armor!

And now for some final tips and tricks...

TIP: Bring water bottles and drink LOTS of it during the show.  The Convention Center has a new policy about not providing water unless a client pays for it, so refilling at water coolers in rooms may not be an option this year, so heads up.

TIP: Wear sunblock and re-block regularly, especially if you're doing the outdoor activities.  San Diego's a tourist spot for a reason.

TIP: Wear PROPER shoes!  No sandals or crocs. Feet are gonna be stepped on, it's the nature of the beast, so dress accordingly!

TIP: With so many people in one spot, cell service ain't gonna be the greatest, so don't expect to get too many calls or messages out.  Also, you probably won't be doing too many social media updates either, so be prepared.

TIP: Bring cash!  While many booths do take credit and debit now, WiFi at the Convention Center is far from reliable.  Most vendors prefer cash for that very reason, so keep that in mind!

TIP: Be wary of scammers!  Plenty of people out on the streets of Downtown are looking to score some quick cash from unsuspecting victims.  In particular, be aware of the guys selling CD's.  They're blank.

TIP: Masks ARE a requirement, vaccinated or not!  COVID is still a thing folks so be wary of the people you're around and follow the con's rules.  If cosplayers can wear masks, then so can we!

TIP: Be courteous!  SDCC is a massive undertaking with LOTS of people, both attendees and workers, being involved.  Yes, there's always gonna be a few bad eggs that slip between the cracks, but it's much easier to ignore a pest than engage them.  And if someone's being a problem, report them!  Plenty of overzealous security guards are on patrol and happy to oblige!

And that's all for this week!  As I mentioned above, cell service is shady at SDCC, so I'll update when I can!  For those going, have a safe and fun experience and be courteous to your fellow con goers.  There's no reason we can't all have fun at the greatest show on Earth!  And if you see me, say hi!  Until next time, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!