Tuesday, April 29, 2008

New York Comic-Con

Greetings from the Beach:

This is our first entry since leaving New York April 23 to return to Heidi's condo on the Alabama Gulf Coast - yes, that's right, Alabama has nearly 18 miles of beautiful white sand beaches.

We were in New York April 15-23 to exhibit at Comic-Con and sightsee in the "Big Apple." Naturally we visited museums: seeing collections at the Frick and Neue Galerie, which opened in 2001 to showcase German and Austrian art and design. In fact, the Gustav Klimt exhibit was No. 1 on our "To-Do List." We weren't disappointed either; Klimt's 1907 "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" was spectacular.

This was Doug's first appearance at New York Comic-Con, and during the 3 days there, he met hundreds of fans. We displayed 9 of his Playboy cartoon originals and also sold personalized copies of his 52-page book - Unpublished Sneyd, a collection of favorite Playboy gag rough rejects since 1963 - to first, second and even third generation Playboy readers. A lot of $25.00 books were also purchased for June 15th. Father's Day gifts!

Besides talking to fans, Doug got to meet fellow Playboy cartoonists V.G. Myers and Mike Ewers; Ron Motta, Playboy senior research editor; Joe Pepitone, Art Director/Archie Comic Publications; Jim Demonakos, Organizer for Emerald City Comicon; and Joe Wos, Executive Director of Toonseum in Pittsburgh. Joe also introduced Doug to Ashley, a stikingly beautiful Bettie Page look-alike. Jeff Peters, Executive Producer/Host of comicology.tv, also stopped by the booth to schedule an interview with Doug. Jennifer Thiele, Editorial Coordinator at Playboy/New York, stopped by the booth Saturday for a blog interview; thanks again, Jennifer, for a tour of the Playboy offices and a delicious lunch at a popular French restaurant on Wednesday, April 16! It was a busy 3 days with talented booth-mate Celia Calle and booth-neighbors Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera from Imaginism Studios in Toronto.


Rod McKie said...

Fantastic. Rex May pointed out that you were blogging.

I had a little cartoon in a recent Playboy and it looked so puny in compirison to your work. It was happy, and honoured, to be there though.

Looking forward to seeing more of those marvelous drawings.

Scooter Pietsch said...

Congratulations and welcome to the world of blogging! I hope this won't take too much time away from your drawing. Thanks for putting me on mailing list - I eagerly look forward to more.