Saturday, February 28, 2009

Wondercon: Day 2 aka the day that Darth Maul hugged me.

Star Trek Convention In Las Vegas - Day 2

YES people that's right. If you're a friend of mine you probably have an inkling that I like star wars. If you've ever talked to me about star wars you'd prolly know that my favorite character of all time is Darth Maul (put your knives down, kids).

Let me list out what happened quickly before I forget and digress into full darth love.

The list.

1. Woke up too late to go to the Watchmen panel. Heard that it was really crowded anyway.

2. Tried to get into the Star Trek Panel, but I did not. It filled up too quickly (this was NOT a problem at the last one...they had it in a smaller room this time for some ungodly reason)

3. Got to meet Ray Park. (Darth Maul, more detail later)

4. Discovered that David Mack was there. He's my favorite comic artist. He does some crazy shit. What happened was last year he was a featured artist & I had no idea he was there. I found him, talked to him, pretty much acted like a fangirl around him and bought 3 of his prints. He then proceeded to give me his entire collection of comics and signed everything for free. This time around, I bought more of his artwork & he's going to sign the other comic i bought at a comic book shop too. As you can tell from the length of this paragraph, I'm pretty nuts about the guy.

5. Found the clown's booth. The one from yesterday. He remembered my name. They're actually not creepy, but their job was to get killed periodically by a ninja in their booth.
Apparently from their sign:
Clowns: 0, Ninjas 15.

6. Went to this workshop on managing your time & organizing your life to create art.
Unfortunately, this workshop was neither organized or managed well and I walked out early and disappointed.

7. Went to the Masquerade. It was much different then I had anticipated. I thought it was going to be a ball..noooo it was more of a "let's watch people who handmade their own costumes act out a small skit". That was a pleasant surprise. I didn't stay to see who won, but there was this badass skit of guys dressed in Cobra suits. Essentially, Snake Eyes came in & started kicking their asses (they referred to him as a "Merchandising Whore"). The main Cobra guy ended up morphing power rangers style (pretty amazing shit) was just freaking awesomely funny that it was put on by amateurs.

8. Met my friends at a bar after, but I ended up not drinking. I don't know, I had such a cool day that I ended up getting bored at the bar.

Okay, on to the thing that made me hella giddy.

First of all, if you don't know who I' m talking about, check out this awesome vid:

(this wasn't at wondercon, I probably would have fainted if I saw this)

The guy's a badass, okay? He actually was going to just be the stunt double but then they had know what I'm gonna digress too much. The fact is, I got to meet the guy.

You know how some celebrities, when you meet them you're a little disappointed 'cause they're not as hot or as nice as you would like?

NOT DARTH MAUL. He's fucking hot. And not just that, he has this accent. and not just that, he takes the time and actually talks to each fan for a while. Like he talked to me for a while about things, I told him he was my favorite character, and he told me his was Han Solo (heartstrings..tugged), and further went on to theorize about whether or not he would have chosen his character had he been younger. I actually felt like a dumbass, here I was talking to darth maul and all i could do was laugh & smile. In fact, I think I could have talked for longer with him had i not been so starstruck. like. SRS starstruck. It was amazing.

He even let me take a picture with him. As I was leaving, I asked, Can i have a hug?

After that, I also ran into david mack (detailed above).

I turned to my friend Jennifer and said "okay, you know what? I could miss every panel they have after this point and I am Totally fine. That is exactly what I wanted to do."

I am so happy right now. It's insane. I'm surprised you read to all the way down here.

Also: Wired Magazine's Faces of Wondercon 2009

Wondercon: Day 1.

So! Update. I found someone who is just as gung ho about this as me and I convinced her to buy a 3 day pass (score)

Day 1 was kinda a half day, but let me number things that happened:
1. Wore a cape, dress, chains, & fishnets today. yep. all together.
2. Got hit on by a clown. Seriously. A guy dressed as a homicidal clown hit on me. I couldn't tell if he was cute but I didn't pick up on the fact that he was hitting me because i was FREAKED OUT. By the fact that he was dressed as a clown. All in all a good guy, but I digress. Didn't notice that you asked me to be your city tour guide BECAUSE YOU HAD A RED FOAM NOSE ON. Clowns scare me. His name was 'buddy', which sounds like a horror film. "Buddy the Clown"
3. Went to a cover artist's workshop on making my digital paintings more painterly. Was definitely inspired to go home and draw.
4. Didn't go home & draw 'cause I checked out the amazing Star Wars Fan Film Last Film Standing or whatever. It was pretty cool 'cause we got to narrow down our favorite one. I have to say there was some awesome shit in there but this one is the one that won & it got my vote (via yelling and screaming)

5. They gave us goodies just for showing up! And get this, I got an original promotional glossy (actually 2) of Lando! I FUCKING LOVE LANDO. Prolly my fave human in the series (except for Han, well he's just so cool).
Just in case you're not as geeky as me (prolly not), here's THE man himself:
(not the actual glossy i got but hey)

Awesome. Plus I also scored some Bounty Hunter stickers, a comic, & a Indiana Jones glossy too. Fuckin A awesome.

I was perusing through my guide and just realized that Ray Park is going to be there tomorrow. I'm genuinely going to freak out 10x.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wondercon is causing some self reflection

I'm kinda depressed right now. Well, to be fair, nowhere near as depressed as I once was, but still a little bummed. Walk with me, this one's going to be personal.

So there's this event called Wondercon.

I've always wanted to go to a con ever since i was in high school. Last year I got to go. I went by myself and enjoyed it. A few of my friends ran into me and we got to hang out and stuff but for the most part i'm pretty independent.

This year for some reason i'm kinda bummed out that noone is as gung ho about this as I am. Even my roommate who works for an anime company is probably not as gung ho about this as I am.

And so after a long time thinking about it, I think i figured out that the reason why is that me wanting to go much more than other people means that

my geek friends.

and as much as I love that fact, I also think it's a harsh pill to swallow.

whoa, holy shit..luke & leia are going to be there. omfg.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

50 Jobs, 50 States

I just saw an online clip of some news coverage of this guy!

I think it's such a great idea. He couldn't find a job out of college so he's traveling across the country and working a different job in each state for 2 weeks/1 week at a time.

It's pretty brilliant, and I like how he's going to end it in hawai'i.

Living The Map

He's been getting a lot of press coverage. Pretty brilliant!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Snapshot Isolation

I can't sleep. One of those stupid Facebook Memes was on a friend's page.

I decided to do it:
1 - Go to "wikipedia." Hit “random”
or click
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to "Random quotations"
or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop (or similar) to put it all together.

5 - Post it to Facebook as a note and tag the friends you want to join in.

So I did it, and to my surprise, my band's name randomly from Wikipedia is "Snapshot Isolation".

I REALLY like this name. Like REALLY like it. Dibs. It's like so geeky (I had never heard of the term, but reading about it on wikipedia) but it sounds alterna.

I really think my next band is gonna be named that.

This was my quote: "Each Painting has its own way of evolving...When the painting is finished, the subject reveals itself"

So far, holy shit, the title is "The Subject Reveals Itself"...not a bad debut album.

This was the third picture. Okay, so it can't all be perfect.

However, this was the FIRST picture on the page, and I think that's more fitting.

So there you have it. My next band's name is "Snapshot Isolation" & I'm srsly going to write a song named "The Subject Reveals Itself" very soon.

I'll just draw our album cover.

Those obama wannabe posters just got transformed

Okay, so admittedly, I'm pretty sick of all those fake obama posters. I mean, it's great 'cause it shows how iconic that work was, and I have one of those posters, but really, do i need to see everyone and their mother have their own version?

Then Keane showed me this.

I actually LOL'd.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Stevie Wonder: For Once in my life, and some thoughts

First of all, enjoy:

Wikipedia Link for song
Ron Miller, who was one of the writers of this song, wrote it about his baby daughter. He married a filipina, which means this awesome song is about a half filipino. I just thought that fact was cool.

On the flipside, after googling for the video, I came across the one i've posted at the top. Here's how I imagined it went down:

Assistant to Mr. Wonder: "The lights are designed pretty well, we're using state of the art recording as well."

Mr. Wonder: "Great! How are the dancers?"

Asst: "oh um, they're fantastic. Choreography's top yeah"

Mr. Wonder: "you don't sound so sure"

Other Asst: "Oh don't worry, these are some fine a$$ b*tches up in this joint. They know how to wiggle."

Mr. Wonder: "Okay, i trust you"

SRSLY? Do you SEE that dancing? I mean i know it was decades ago but that had to be bad back then too!?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Summmarrrry of my day. Valentine's day.

1. went w/ bernadette to her audition.
2. Went to walgreens and random clement street store for valentine's decorations.
3. Defaced all valentine's decorations really violently.
4. Went to Justin Herman Plaza to hit thousands of people with a pillow.
5. Got drunk at The Boardroom, where the anti-valentine's day shit was hanging up.

Still hate valentine's day.

Monday, February 9, 2009

"to do you"

me: so
me: i'm still up here
me: be right down
Kristin: haha
Kristin: don't worry, I wasn't sitting here just waiting for you
Kristin: ....i got stuff to do you
Kristin: to do
me: to do you?!
me: WHOA
Kristin Ely: you was not supposed to be in there!
me: WHOA
me: WHOA
Kristin: hahahaha
me: WHOA