Comicpalooza Houston Fancy Painting Comic: “Robodolphincop”


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At the end of the second day of Comicpalooza there was a live art event and silent auction with the proceeds benefitting the Comicbook Legal Defense Fund. I asked the Fancy Tweetstards for something to draw and mashed up a few ideas (namely “draw Robocop” and “draw a dolphin”) to get the above bastardpiece. After drawing the whole thing with pen and marker, Wondermalki! (who also made a painting) encouraged me to try my shaky hand at watercolors. I essentially painted over the entire finished piece with surprisingly positive results. Someday when future historians are restoring this painting they will realize there is an earlier version underneath Watson’s “Mamalia Aquatus Robocopus” and squeem with art-historianish glee.

I found out afterward that the guy who won the auction for my painting was buying it for a Fancy Bastard that couldn’t make it to the show, so I was really pleased than some reader out there now owns the first painting I ever did. I would like to do more. It was oddly soothing and organic. It was like gardening… on paper… with paint… and no plants.

A highlight of the show for me was meeting Dichen Lachman and getting a chance to give her a Sci-Five shirt. I have no idea if she really liked it or if she was just being gracious, but she was extremely friendly and quite beautiful (as if you didn’t know).

I also got to see Ray Park do an impromptu lightsaber dual with a Revenge era Anakin cosplayer. They did a little “vwomm shhhhrommm clang clang” then Ray launched into a flying sideways windmill kick that was astonishing to see in person (especially from 6 feet away from him). I managed to get a video of the aerobatics on my iPhone. Maybe I’ll share it in some capacity.

Anyway, I had fun in Houston and look forward to going back. Thanks to all the FB’s that made it out to the show and treated me so kindly. Very special thanks to Uncle Randy for sharing his table with me after I was unfortunately placed in a booth extremely close to live ren-fair minstrels. They emitted a sonic force field that kept all con-goers at least 50 ft. away from me for the first day. It was terrifying.

I also want to give a quick mention to the creators of the webcomic Complex Actions for being excellent con neighbors, rib eaters, booth watchers and car loaders. Thanks!

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  1. Sounds like an awesome weekend! I love the painting – he's the robo-equivalent of Sharkey and George. Add in the super intelligence attributed to dolphins by The Simpsons, and sea-crime will be a thing of the past – until dolphins decide to take back the land! :oO

  2. I am proud to say that I am that Fancy Bastard who is now in possession of your first painting. (I promise to be gentle with it since it was your first time.) Sorry I missed you at Comicpalooza. Maybe next year…

  3. Thanks so much for taking part in the Comicpalooza 2010 Live Art show! We certainly enjoyed having you, and it's great that it resulted in your first-ever painting. Glad it found a good home. 🙂 Your participation allowed us to raise over $3400 for the charity, so thanks again for making time for us. We hope to see you at next year's event!

    Belinda Fernandez
    Comicpalooza Live Art Coordinator

  4. Got to see you at your booth! 😀 im really glad that you were able to make it to Houston, my boyfriend was really happy to see you and get you to sign in his book (again) lol. watched you draw/paint the dolphin, that was cool glad you had a great time and can't wait to see you again in Houston!


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