I will post a Donn Kinney Steve soon for sale. He was in kit form, and fully sanded, assembled, painted and strung by myself and displayed in the DragonCon Artshow. He’ll come with the two typical default faceplates. I haven’t decided yet if I want to sell his ‘Gamer Steve’ clothes and accessories along with him, but if you are interested in either the full set or the nekkid doll, let me know to my e-mail address, and I’ll post pictures soon.
The story of the Winter Soldier plate.
So, Dragoncon does a charity auction each year where the artists are to create something and there is a theme, and they are all given Identical objects. In the case of 2014, the theme was Feed Me Seymour, and the object was a plate.
I offered to participate a long time ago, and received my plate at the start of Dragoncon when I checked into the show. A day passed and I had no ideas and promptly forgot that there was even a theme. Then another day passed and I needed some serious inspiration to create anything at all to get the plate done on time.
It fell then to my love of Winter Soldier and a general familiarity with pastels, to create the artwork you see above. So, I turned it in, figuring maybe it would get $10, and resolved myself to do better next year.
Monday morning came and the time to auction the plates for charity had arrived. I lingered with my folks, who were with me this con, as long as I could, then took off to run a couple of panels, leaving them behind to bid on stuff and to let me know what the plate went for out of curiosity.
The next part is as it was related to me from my folks. The auctioneer, Marc, lifted the plate and said that he was confused by the subject, since it did not fit the theme. Then my dad raised his hand and told him and the whole audience, that I had forgotten there was a theme at all. Then he asked what the plate was made with, and he answered again that he had watched me stay up til midnight doing it with pastels.
The bidding rose to $45. Here is where it should have drifted to an end, but the non-winning bidder at that point asked “if the parents will sign the back, I will go $50!” My parents agreed to also sign the back of the plate, and the bidding rose again up and up. At $75 the non-winning bidder in a pair having a bid war for my theme-breaking fan plate, said, “if the parents will draw a stick figure on the back, I will go $80.”
They agreed and that’s how my sad little theme-breaking plate got $80 for charity.
Let me tell you about one incredibly amazing day. Yesterday, I had a wonderful day, but it ended with my realizing that I had left my laptop cord in the panel room, which meant a moderate amount of stress as the day began. I had ALSO forgotten to bring sealant, which I needed for sealing my pastel artwork for the charity auction. The trip to Home Depot was flawless and I was out the door in two minutes with sealant in the morning. My folks and I scooted to downtown Atlanta then, and JUST beat them closing off all the roads for the parade, sneaking through to the Hyatt in the nick. Down to the panel room, I walked in and my laptop cord was still there!
Then I headed off to try and find the two people I wanted autographs from, Cary Elwes and Adam Baldwin. I had previously warned my mom and dad that there was the possibility that I could be starstruck by Cary Elwes, because that goes way way back to /childhood/, being a fan of The Princess Bride. I /still/ watch it. My mom and I headed over to the room he was in, and it was bright and early, so the line was not long. When I got into the room, he was just amazing. I can’t express fully how absolutely NICE and attentive he was. He asked about my costume and my doll, and about the artshow, and gave hugs and signed the picture with ‘As you wish’ and then posed for a picture with me. It was 100% the best experience I have ever had with a celebrity. I also managed to stay articulate while I was in the room and didn’t do anything embarrassing! When I got out of the room, though, I took a few steps and then started to get surprisingly choked up. I started crying and I never ever do that for something like this, but it was just /such a pleasant/ interaction, and so unexpected, and it just added up to, apparently, crying. BUT, after composing myself with my laughing mom, we went into the main room to see if Adam Baldwin was about.
Adam Baldwin is very tall. He is also extremely nice and friendly as well. I shook his hand and handed him the photograph I had picked out from ‘Chuck’ and then asked if he could somehow personalize it with a ‘grunt’. He thought for a second, squinting his eyes, then wrote the personalization as ‘Ugh…stay in the car’, and I couldn’t have been happier. /At this point/, the day was ALREADY pretty freakin’ awesome.
Then we went to the Charity Art Show auction, where my Dad, in the name of my sister, won a ‘tuckerization’ which is where an author uses your full name as a character in one of their contracted books. I get to be a Mediterranean Lady Pirate in a Supernatural Romance book by Alison Sky Richards. Laura Buff the pirate. Its happening. I hope my heaving breasts are mentioned. This was, at this point, a /giddy/ day. Also, thanks, Sara, for the great Christmas Present!!
Got a good seat for the Cary Elwes panel, which was hilarious. Awesome dinner with Mom and Dad, then I headed back over to the Artshow to the awards night. If you are at DragonCon, then you know it is an incredible year. The amount of amazing artists has made me feel lucky to have even /passed the jury/. After looking around at everyone’s stuff, I was really confident that I wasn’t winning a damn thing, but the opportunity to hang out with artists is always great, and I went anyway.
I wish someone had filmed my surprised face when they called my name for a juried award. I just started saying ‘oh my god’ over and over in surprise, and then jumped up and shakingly made my way to the front to shake the hands of the jurors. Michael Hayes shook my hand and said, “I know its not the category you would think, but we liked your stuff so much we had to.” They explained later that they narrowed the winning piece down, though the choice was affected by the entire body of work presented, and how to-scale all the articles of clothing were. The doll that won was Captain Figere. The Hunter doll isn’t even jealous.
I am crashing to go to sleep now, but it has been such a wonderful day, full of such nice people, and I am beyond shocked by actually winning an award among such incredible artists. Good night, DragonCon, see you tomorrow!
Headbacks to adapt Unoa faceplates to most Mini 43-45cm bjd bodies. Will fit Chibi faceplates and the boys and girls in MSD.
I have sincerely appreciated the support from those who have reblogged to spread the word, and those who have made pledges.
At this time, with 6 days left, it doesn’t look like there is much chance of making it to the end. A reminder, though, that you can get a face-up from me, including shipping, for $50, instead of the usual $65. Though you are funding the headbacks, that is one of the rewards.
This will be the last posting. For those people who have supported the kickstarter, I will eventually re-order the headbacks, but it will be a while, as the interest just doesn’t seem to be there yet.
Today, I depart for Dragoncon! You may see me about dressed as Loki from Dark World, or Claude from Snowpiercer, with my folks as Wilford and Mason! You may see me dressed normally, but carrying Deadpool BJD, or at any of the panels that I am scheduled to run.
I am completely friendly, so feel free to say ‘hi’!
I will also have some of those famous knit dolls by Knitpool.tumblr.com :)
And of course, drop by the DragonCon Artshow and see all the dolls I have been posting, on display. There will be business cards with my contact information if you would like to meet in person to discuss any of them.
<.< And sometimes I lurk around the display to hear what people say.
Two custom Monster Highs are available as well, one will be in the Charity Auction and the other will be raffled off near the end of the face-up panel.
So Marvel Universe Live was the best thing ever
Just bought tickets ~ !
After spending a good half hour at least staring at a seating chart. >.>
I will be there too with Johanna and Brian! Can’t wait!
Hujoo has just released a combination ABS/rubber doll that looks stunning. I have held the ABS MSD Hujoo and their ABS animals in my hands, and though the doll feels a bit lighter, there is almost no difference in the feel of the surface of the ABS, and the joints work smoothly. The shine can be…
I will be ordering an Amie with default face up :D I have been out of the hobby since 2009 and only recenly got back into bjd.
Amie reminds me of Beatrix Potter;s style of anthro with a dash of Sherlock hound thrown in XD
Congrats!! This totally fills my doll-enabler quota for the week. hehehe
whats that word for that phenomena in which preteen girls become really wild just before adolescence??
theres a post about it somewhere
Rumspringa is the Amish term for a similar phase, though its not pre-teen. Its usually mid-teen.
Being a nice person is so fun
Waiter messes something up? You can see the relief on their faces when you don’t scream and swear at them about it
Extra tickets at an arcade/prize place? Watch a little kid’s face light up when you give them a bunch of tickets
There are too many assholes in this world. Be a nice person.
My hubby, Brian, paid for someone’s groceries in line in front of him when their card got declined, yesterday. <3