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Vegas: Zappos Fandom Friday 2016-03-25

On Friday, March 25th I was lucky enough to participate in Zappos Fandom Friday event! Zappos, for those not in the know, is an online retailer based in my quaint little home town of Las Vegas, Nevada. On top of being a successful company that ranks as one of the best in country to work for,  Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has taken a very active role in helping to revitalise downtown Las Vegas, leading the way in it’s resurgence as a popular tourist & local hipster destination. And yes, if you read the Wired article I linked there, it’s true; there is a giant praying mantis that shoot fire in Downtown Vegas, located in front of the Downtown Container Park. Thanks, Tony.
As a participating artist/vendor at the event, I got to hang out in their lobby area and partake in all the nerdy goodness afoot! There were many super talented artists, groovy vendors, cosplayers, banging DJs, and even some llamas. 
Yes, llamas.
Gosh they’re cute! 
And really, it was a very cool event to attend. If I’m not mistaken, this was the first ever Fandom Friday thanks in no small part to Rogue Toys! Rogue Toys partnered with Zappos to get the gears rolling on this event and I’m so grateful they did. It’s always great seeing new opportunities and events pop up for the artistic community in this city! And what a fun event this was; there were dancing storm troopers, amazing cosplay, fantastic original art, live performances by Decaying Tigers, arcades games free to play, food trucks, and fun and games for all involved!
I came out with some limited edition Batman Vs. Superman prints in honour of the new movie. Have you seen it? Antho and I had already watched it by the time I went to the event, but I made sure not to give away any spoilers…but I didn’t really get much opportunity as almost everyone I asked about the movie admitted to being less than excited to see it…womp womp. 

Even so, I managed to sell a few of the prints. ^_^ I’m thinking of putting them up on Etsy, but I have a few Superhero events left here in town first so I’ll see how they do. The nice thing about prints is once they’re made you have them, so even if I didn’t sell out of them at the event I’m glad to have gone! 
How often do you get to encounter random llamas or dancing Storm Troopers, after all?
This is going to be an image heavy post, so be forewarned ye of sluggish internet!!

Also, if you see yourself or anyone you know and want me to include their name or remove photos, please contact me ASAP and I’ll be happy to oblige! 

This fella was super friendly and was proud to be releasing the 8th issue of his comic soon! Right on! If you signed up for his mailing list you got a free digital copy, too. 🙂

Hopeless Savage Art had some cool stencil work! I like the Riddler Batman and Daredevils a lot.

Her original paintings were really neat! ^_^ She was pretty friendly, too. I love the Deadpool theme going on, and isn’t this melted crayon painting with pixelated heart super cute? I love the colors! 

I didn’t see the artist here, so I hope they don’t mind too much that I’m sharing their work~ it’s AMAZING! Look at all the detail! How cool. I tried to ask everyone before taking photos but if you’re the creator of these paintings and want me to take them down or include your name, please just let me know!

This lovely lady was so talented! I love her images! Look at that sassy ass Snape. Guuuurl! I ended up taking home a Groot magnet and a Dwight magnet for Antho. I couldn’t resist, I loved the Office and Dwight is one of my favourites. 

“We both know it’s not an airplane.” 
Best. bib. ever!

This trooper was getting DOWN!!!

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The lovely ladies of VAGINA, or Very Awesome Girls Into Nerdy Activites. Naturally. Head’s out of the gutters, folks. 😉

Again, I had a total blast and was really glad to have gone. I met a lot of really cool people and got to see some amazing art and cosplay! I definitely recommend going if you ever get the chance!

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Boulder City: the Coffee Cup & Hemenway Park 2015-10-01

Just hanging with some of the locals, you know? Chilling.
These were taken in Hemenway park, in Boulder City. 
The park has long been known for it’s popularity for grazing among the local Big Horn sheep population. When we initially drove past we didn’t see any of the rams, but after stopping for breakfast at the Coffee Cup diner we were willing to give it another shot. Good thing we did!

First thing first, a girl has got to eat!

If you should ever find yourself passing through Boulder City, the Coffee Cup is a bit of a landmark. It’s been featured on the Food Network show Diners, Dives & Drive-ins featuring Guy Fieri…
While I’m not sure how much I really trust that guy’s reviews, I have spent enough time in Boulder City to vouch for this place.

I’ve always enjoyed the collection of license plates adorning the walls, and the sports equipment is a kitschy but fun touch. 
There is some serious bible thumping going on here, though, with biblical quotes emblazoned in huge letters across a hallway near the bathroom. o_O  huh.
The important thing, though, is the food!
If the food sucked, no amount of cutesy kitch or righteous Godliness could possibly save it for me.

Luckily, the food is good enough. 
I don’t know if it’s really “the BOMB” as Guy Fieri put it (I’m telling you, that guy reminds me way too much of the singer of Smash Mouth and late 90’s college party boys for me to trust the legitimacy of his culinary critiques) but when you’re hungry after a long drive or a night sleeping among the coyotes, it will most certainly fill that void and do it sufficiently well. 
Antho got the chicken fingers, a standard dish for him, and he enjoyed them.
Their bloody mary is pretty damn good, too. Look at that bacon!
Made just for me with a big ol’ J. D’aw. 😉
The olive and celery were on the dry side, but the drink rehydrates them so it’s not a buzzkill.

Louie’s healthy breakfast hash full of veggies~ 

I got the huevos rancheros, smothered in their famous green chile sauce. I’m prone to enjoy green chile anything, though I wasn’t particularly fond of the hash browns as an accouterment. Personally I think I would’ve been happier with rice and beans…so it goes. 
After refueling and doing a bit of thrift shopping where we found some pretty groovy stuff (a new tie-dye shirt for Antho! Cecil B. Demented on VHS! A sailor blouse for me!), we decided to try our luck with the sheep again. Initially it looked like we had struck out, but we waited anyway, enjoying the slight breeze… 
after a few minutes, the sheep began to migrate from a nearby neighbor’s yard and make their way into the grassy lawns of Hemenway park! Hurrah!

One by one they made their way over…

There are signs in the park explaining the purpose of the collars, which are used to monitor the migration patterns and habits of the sheep. Researchers have been using the sheep population from the nearby mountains here to repopulate other areas where the populations have become endangered. Doing so has allowed the sheep to thrive and brought them back from a perilously low population!

Living it up in the lap of luxury. Just look at that view!

Louie actually managed to crawl pretty close to the sheep in order to snap these photos. With two males in attendance we had to be extremely cautious- those horns aren’t just for show! If incited to attack, those big horns can do some serious damage. Luckily he managed to stay far enough away to keep the peace while getting these great photos! Louie’s a boss. 
After getting our fill of staring at sheep, we headed back into the city.

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Arizona: Willow Beach night 2015-09-30

Long exposure photos and glowsticks were a match made in heaven.
Throw in a quartet of silly 20-somethings sitting on a dock in the middle of the desert and here we are.
Photos after the cut!

Once we had expended the entertainment value of flailing glowsticks about, it was time for Mason to head out. We decided to follow suit, but rather than head back into the city we migrated to Lake Mead to camp out. Check back tomorrow for the details!

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Arizona: Willow Beach Day 2015-09-30

Only a short drive from Las Vegas lies the Lake Mead National Park & recreation area. 
I’ve been making trips out to the lake ever since I can remember, riding in my dad’s old van that reminded me of the Mystery Machine. (If she doesn’t get that reference she’s too young for you, bro)
It’s a beautiful area, really. A man made water reservoir fed by the Colorado river and dammed by the marvel of engineering that is the Hoover Dam. If you bypass Lake Mead you can head down to the river, which is where Willow Beach comes in. This beautiful beach and boating area is tucked away a short distance from the state line. 
On a bit of a whim, our pal Louie invited us to join him on an expedition. 
We happily agreed!

When we stopped for supplies, Antho found these inflatable light sabers! 
The force is strong with this one.

It was a bright and sunny early summer evening when we arrived so there was still a good bit of daylight.
The gift shop was already closed for the day, so we were unable to rent canoes or kayaks or anything, but we found plenty of enjoyment to be had without such things. 

Lead the way, boys! Louie’s friend Mason also joined us for our adventure, though he came in his own vehicle as he had to leave early.

The boys scoping out the guest dock.

Brr! The water was surprisingly chilly! 
The water in the Colorado river can be up to 20 degrees (F) colder than Lake Mead!
I suppose that makes perfect sense since the river has fresh water flow while the lake is sitting there, allowing the absorbed heat to remain rather than dissipating. 

Ah, that explains the temperature difference!

Rendezvous at the cars before heading on a hike!

We came into this little valley area and found a large tree standing alone.
The tree itself had a lot of character, but we noticed something…

Hidden among the branches were turkey vultures!

Then this happened… ^^;
Silly boy!
We explored the area a bit longer but it was rapidly growing dark. 
We spent much of the evening on the public dock, star-gazing and enjoying each other’s company.
More posts about our adventure coming soon!