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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!!!

DECAYING TIGERS!!
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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!
XOXO
Nau

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Critical Care Comics Hospital Visit 2015/12/12

On a cold and gloomy December day, an unlikely team of heroes quietly gathered in front of UMC Children’s Hospital in the Las Vegas valley to battle the forces of sadness and evil!
Taking on a couple of side-kicks in the form of FatBeard & your’s truly, our mission was to bring some fun to the hospital-bound kiddos’ day. 
I’ve discussed my work with Critical Care Comics before, but this was the first time I was invited to tag along on a hospital visit. It was a great honour and privilege to take part in their work and seeing the excitement the heroes and comic books inspired was wonderful! Wonder Woman was a surprise hit, with multiple fans proclaiming her as their favourite, much to Batsy & Spidey’s chagrin. 😉 

Spider-Man keeping a watchful eye as I work on this drawing of a young Star Wars fan. 

We made sure he got lots of Star Wars comics! He was even watching Return of the Jedi when we popped in. ^_^ Everyone bonded over our excitement for the new movie while I drew. Not only did he get a nice big stack of comics donated by many lovely individuals, the lucky guy got to go home later that same day! Right on! Now he can catch all 3 showings of Star Wars that he had tickets for!

This sweetie was so shy! Her mom told us she had eagerly awaited the heroes visit and she was especially thrilled to have Wonder Woman visit her personally! 
The heroes were familiar with this giraffe, named Dina, and always stop for a photo. Glad I got to join the tradition! Ancho always jokes that I’m his giraffe. ^_^
This little fella was a bit intimidated with everyone in his room, but opened up when it was just us and his mum. He loved Spidey and it was my privilege to give him the web-slinger’s powers in caricature!

Drawing away while Batman supervises. 

FatBeard was in charge of handing out the comic books, ensuring the fun didn’t end when the heroes left the building!

Happy fella! It was his first time ever getting his caricature done. ^_^
Another successful mission completed!
I’ll be joining the crew on future visits as my performance was well received. Not many people can say they’ve gotten a seal of approval from Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and Batman! My inner child is quite happy to know that I’m lucky enough to team up with some of my favourite heroes growing up. Everything Critical Care Comics does is meant to bring smiles to the faces of kids who need them the most, which is the epitome of heroism in my eyes. Thank you so much for letting me participate, guys. It’s my honour. 
XOXO Nau

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Vegas: Las Vegas Valley Comic Book Fest 2015

Did you know that Vegas has the 2nd most video game stores per capita?
Atlanta beats us, but we also rank high up there in number of comic book stores, 2nd only to Seattle if my source was correct. Either way, we’ve got quite a robust and healthy nerd population!
Between the Consumer Electronic Show in spring and all the other conventions throughout the year, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. While the Star Trek experience has sadly gone dark, there’s still plenty of good geeky fun to be had.
Once a year, on the first Saturday of November, Clark County library opens it’s doors to the arts community and hosts the festival. All ages are welcome and the event is free to attend!  
This year I was posted up with Critical Care Comics, a brilliant non-profit organization that has Superheroes deliver comics to children in hospitals. It’s always a great honor to work with them and I had a blast attending the event! They’re so cool, in fact, that Kevin Smith gave them a shout out recently during his show in Vegas. Right on, good sir!

A couple of food trucks posted up in front, with Zombie Dogs, Curbside Cafe & Grouchy John’s offering up their treats to hungry fest-goers. 

I’m loving the Luchador Batman & Joker!

There were all sorts of talented vendors and artists showing their wares!

A friendly reminder at the front door that Coplay does not equal consent. Just in case anyone needed to be reminded. 😉

Lovely lass with her amazing prints!

Fat Beard & Crab Man manning the artist alley booth!
Harley & Batwoman rocking it while Deadpool creeps in the background. 

Festive family! 
Drew this Mista Jay for fun, someone liked it so much they ended up buying it! 

Grumpy Bat and an adorable Dalek!
Las Vegas Batman made an appearance and was well-recieved! Little Harley even forgave their long-running feud and gave him a friendly high-five!
Seeing Double? Me too. 😉

Spidey had an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction…

Do a silly dance and get a FREE comic! How fun!

Double the Deadpool, double the fun.
A Batman commission I knocked out.

When it was time for lunch, I opted for the Baja Burger from Curbside Cafe. It was pretty tasty! Reminded me of In-n-Out, but spicier. The fries were nice, too. With a soda the whole thing came out to $11, which is reasonable enough for the average cost of food truck food here. I’m glad I tried it, and as hungry as I was it was really satisfying, though if I had other options I’d be inclined to try those. Variety is the spice of life, after all. 😉

Towards the end of the event I was commissioned to draw the Green Lantern. One of my favorite things that I see at these events are the sketchbook collections- where someone picks a theme and has different artists render it in one book. One girl had a sketchbook full of Venom praying mantises! Fantastic. Her idea was so fun it even got discussed during a panel at San Diego Comic Con! Right on. The Green Lantern series is one I’m not terribly familiar with, so I went with a Magical Girl rendition. XD He was ok with it. 


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Vegas: 2015 Halloween Comic Fest w/CriticalCare Comics@ Cheeseboy Comics

Did you know that Batman is quite the capable skateboarder?
Well, now you know.
For Halloween I was lucky enough to be invited to Cheeseboy Comics to join Critical Care Comics & FatBeard in the 2015 Halloween Comic Fest! 
Critical Care Comics is a non-profit organization that collects donated comics and delivers them to sick children in the hospital, along with visits from their favorite superheroes! 
Not only is their mission ridiculously awesome, they’re a pretty cool group of heroes, too!
In the Halloween spirit, costumes were greatly encouraged!

This little Charizard was the cutest thing! 
“I’m a dwagon!”
Then she lifts her tail to show the fluffy flames sewn on, “Look at my tail!”

Gentlemanly Cthulhu as requested by this dapper gent!

Spidey broke up this gang of Batman villains before world domination could be had.
Thanks, Spidey!
Leave it to your friendly neighborhood webslinger. 
Kids’ costume contest contestants! Aren’t they cute? 

Breakdancing Catwoman and a Khaleesi!

Riddler and the Penquin, up to no good 😉

the 9th Doctor (!!!) and Starlord!
So excited to see an Eccleston cosplayer, the 9th Doctor really doesn’t get enough fan love IMHO.

A charming fashionable take on the Riddler and creepy Joker from the Death of the Family comic! 

Spiderman and Bob Ross!

Wonderwoman flexing her guns!
The Toy Story couple showed up after the official costume contest was well over, but their couples’ costume was too well done to leave out.
There was even cake!!

All in all it was a great event and I had a lot of fun!
I got to draw a lot of fun people in great costumes (including Bob Ross and another couple drawings I didn’t get to photograph).
These events are always great, bringing out the whole family and giving big kids an excuse to dress up too! Everyday should be Halloween, as far as I’m concerned. 
Hope you enjoyed the photos, thanks for stopping by!