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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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Candy Warpop & 710 Visuals performance 11/2015

Candy Warpop recently put on a righteous show at 11th Street Records in Downtown Vegas and invited us to throw light at them. We happily obliged, and here’s some of the results!
Josh, their guitarist, was a bit under the weather but still managed to do an excellent job of it. He even threw in a pretty rad solo later on!
“Exterminating Angel”


“Mecca 888”

“Sunday in Hell”

Josh’s solo, as promised!

“Pigs” by Candy Warpop.

“Wild Boy”

“White Rabbit”, cover of the song by Jefferson Airplane.

“March of the Pigs”, NIN cover.

All around great night an an excellent show!
Hope you enjoyed the photos & videos, thanks for stopping by!

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Las Vegas: Candy Warpop & 710 Visuals at the Beauty Bar 2015-10-18

Antho and I went out to the lovely Beauty Bar in Downtown Las Vegas recently to do visuals with the badass band Candy Warpop. Jonas on bass, Amy on vocals, Josh on guitar and Anisa on drums, these guys always put on a great show and we’re always happy to throw some extra-sensory fun into the mix!
They’re all multitalented and ambitious individuals, so it’s incredibly inspiring to work with them. 

It was an excellent evening as always! The show was well received and we had a lot of fun!

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Downtown Oakland

Downtown Oakland. 
Since we were here on a weekend the city center was eerily quiet as we ambled through.

I like the skybridge connecting the building in the distance!

Nice clock tower, too.

Makes me think of Superheroes… 😛

Better view of the sky bridge connecting the buildings.
Empty aside from us…

Probably much busier on a Monday, right…?

I like the reflection of the building in the building. 

Goofy little mural we encountered. 

Back at our lodging we made friends with some of the local wildlife. Here’s Antho scratching Colonel Mustard.

And I believe this pretty kitty’s name was Henry.

It’s always nice to have some unexpected kitty time. 🙂
From here we debated going out again and exploring but we were pretty tired, so we opted to get a 6 pack of local brew and ordered a pizza and spent the evening resting and catching up on the internet. It was a nice reprieve from all the walking, but by the next morning we were recharged and ready for more!

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San Francisco Exploratorium

We finally made it to the Exploratorium! Nyee!!
Lots of photos of fun stuff ahead.

Look how excited he is! I know the feeling, babe.

Fun fact: when we bought our tickets, the girl at the counter was so impressed by our enthusiasm that she gave us a local’s discount! That was a really kind gesture on her part as we were trying to keep to something of a budget. That little extra kindness just added to the overall wonderfulness that is the Exploratorium!  

Playing with sound waves, which become evident in the salt as they travel through the metal plate.

He’s floating!

Like magic…

Do you see pillars or people?

A mirror room!

Warped reflections.

A rainbow!

The rainbow is still in full color, but this room turned everything and everyone inside a sepia tone. 

We found a series of projectors to play with, so Antho made pretty lights for me to pose in. 🙂

Playing with colored shadows.

Making a giant soap film bubble. Pretty!

We took glamorous slow motion videos…

Made entirely out of toothpicks…

No need for X-ray specs!

This chair is way too big, silly boy!

But this one? Way too small…humph…


Sketch screen?

The face of surprise…

We found a shadow capture room! Fun!

Back outside with a lovely view of the city. 

From here we headed to our lodging for the evening to check in and drop off our bags.
Check back tomorrow for a new post!