SDCC - the largest comics-cartoon/pop culture event in North America - annually draws close to a 130,000 attendees, who, in turn, spend millions of dollars at hotels and restaurants in San Diego during the 5-day convention.
However, the day before SDCC officially opens, the downtown core looks deserted.
Traffic is light at the Gaslamp Quarter entrance gate.
The popular outdoor patio at Gaslamp favorite Lou & Mickey's isn't crowded.
During SDCC, this intersection across from the convention center is IMPOSSIBLE to cross!!! (The Omni, with 511 guest rooms and suites, is on the left.)
Doug and I checked into the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401 K Street) Tuesday, July 7th around 5 p.m. The 12-story hotel is a prime location within the Gaslamp District across the street from the convention center.
Photos - taken from our corner room with a French balcony - show, surprisingly, "light" traffic at the convention center the day before North America's largest comics-cartoon/pop culture convention officially opens to the public with Preview Night from 6-9 p.m.
There's no foot traffic or people sitting outside the entrance to the hotel. This will also change drastically within 24 hours as Assassin's Creed Experience 2015 will be set up in the small park across from the hotel entrance.
Fleming's at 380 K Street at 4th also looks deserted. The popular steakhouse, even with a reservation, can be packed during SDCC.
This mermaid cosplayer got Doug's attention at SDCC last year. During a visit at the Big Wow Art booth, she loaned her trident to Doug and posed with one of his 10 x 14 mermaid watercolor originals - all rendered on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper using aniline dyes.
Doug has exhibited in San Diego with Steve Morger's art group since 2007; if attending SDCC today, stop by booth #4903 and say hello. If you bring in a Playboy magazine, he'll be happy to sign it at no charge.
(He's had over 500 full-page color cartoons published in Playboy; his first cartoon appeared in the September 1964, p. 205 issue.)
His new 24-page sketchbook debuted at Preview Night - Wednesday, July 8th.
In addition to seeing sequential photos of Doug rendering a mermaid watercolor original, the sketchbook includes preliminary pencil and color roughs for his August 1999, p. 85 Playboy cartoon:
caption: "Those Greenpeace types are all alike. One minute they're all over you
and the next they dump you for some beached whale."
Doug enjoyed talking with fans and collectors attending the Thursday evening, June 18th gallery opening reception in Toronto. His first Playboy full-page color cartoon was published in the September 1964 issue.
The 3-month exhibition - June 18 through September 18 - is curated by (left) Christopher Boswell Fine Arts LLC.
Doug has been a cartoonist for Playboy magazine since 1964.
For nearly 20 years, starting in the mid-60's, his "Doug Sneyd" and "Scoops" news cartoons appeared daily in newspapers across North America. Sneyd's talent has also led him into cinema: in 1993, he wrote, produced and directed "Black-eyed Susan," an educational movie-drama about spousal abuse, for the Ontario government. He was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Book Illustrators and has been a member of the National Cartoonists' Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Thirty of his full-page color Playboy cartoons are among the 235 Sneyd works included in the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa.
Sneyd was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, but spent much of his professional career in Toronto. In 1969 he moved his family north to Orillia made famous as the mythical "Mariposa" by humorist Stephen Leacock. He works on the third floor of his home-studio overlooking beautiful Lake Couchiching and spends his winters on the Gulf Coast in Orange Beach, Alabama.