Monday, July 27, 2009

Blog Posts Restart August 4th

It was great meeting so many fans during the 5-day Comic-Con in San Diego.

Daily blog entries highlighting pictures with fans at Comic-Con will begin Tuesday, August 4th!

Doug's next convention - he's a featured celebrity guest - will be the 15th Annual Fan Expo Canada on August 28-30 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Limited Edition Prints Are A Convention Favorite

Personalized 11" x 17" limited edition prints - 1 of 25 - are a favorite convention purchase so stop and visit with Doug, exhibiting in the Big Wow Art booths during Comic-Con, starting tomorrow, July 22, through Sunday evening, July 26.

In addition to the limited edition prints, Doug will have several Playboy originals for sale as well as copies of his 52-page book Unpublished Sneyd, featuring his favorite gag rough rejects submitted to Playboy since his first full-page color cartoon was published in September 1964.

Doug's personalized 11" x 17" limited edition prints - 1 of 25 - make great gifts. That's what Adam, a Seattle resident who attended the 7th annual Emerald City Comicon this past April, thought when he visited Doug's booth.

He had Doug personalize it - "Hank, I'm sure you read it for the articles! Doug Sneyd."

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Fans Enjoy Personalized Sketches in Unpublished Sneyd; Visit Doug at the Big Wow Art Booths in San Diego July 22-26

In addition to purchasing original Playboy finishes and limited edition prints, fans attending Comic-Con July 22-26 can also get personalized copies of Unpublished Sneyd - featuring 100 of Doug's favorite gag rough rejects submitted to Playboy during his 45 years as a full-page color cartoonist.

Doug will also do individual sketches during the 5-day convention.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Photo Scrapbook: Our Last Day in Vancouver

We visited the HR MacMillan Space Center/Planatarium in Vanier Park.

Doug really enjoyed our stop at the Vancouver Maritime Museum; he got to board the historic St. Roch, Canada's celebrated RCMP schooner.

Downtown Vancouver was even more lovely because of the flowering fruit trees throughout the city.
(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Photo Scrapbook: Dinner with Roy Peterson

Doug and I had a wonderful evening with long-time friend and political cartoon colleague Roy Peterson, who spent 47 years as a political cartoonist with the Vancouver Sun.

We had dinner at the Salmon House on the Hill in West Vancouver. It opened in 1976 and is described as "perched like an eagle overlooking downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park." The view was spectacular and the alder-grilled salmon "delicious."

Roy (left) was the founding president of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists and is also an officer of the Order of Canada.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Photo Scrapbook: Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a 1,000 acre oasis only a mile west of downtown Vancouver. We walked along the Park's 6-mile seawall, popular with joggers and bicyclists.

The Vancouver Aquarium - home to 70,000 creatures, including the beluga whales and bottle-nosed dolphins Doug photographed - is located in Stanley Park.

Visitors to Stanley Park give great reviews to the menu at the The Fish House - we weren't disappointed!
(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Photo Scrapbook: Vancouver's Granville Island

Doug and I had a great day on Granville Island - home to eateries, food and flower stalls at the Public Market, live theater and art galleries. It was a highlight of our 5-day stay in Vancouver along with the Vancouver Art Gallery and Stanley Park.

The deck outside the Public Market gives visitors a spectacular view of downtown Vancouver.

We enjoyed talking with vendor Norman Strim at his booth in the Granville Island Public Market. His balsamic reduction gourmet sauces were delicious!

Decorated cement trucks, like this one we saw on our visit to Granville Island, are a reminder that Vancouver's "hip" area was once an industrial zone - rehabbed in the 1970s to now attract tourists with food and flower stalls, ethnic restaurants, art galleries and boutique shops.
(blog entries by Heidi Hutson

Friday, July 3, 2009

Photo Scrapbook: Our Last Day in Victoria

Touring Craigdarroch Castle - built between 1887-1890 for Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal - was a wonderful way to end our visit to Victoria. Designated a National Historic Site and attracting nearly 140,000 visitors per year, the Castle showcases four floors of exquisite stained glass, intricate woodwork and lavish Victorian-era furnishings.
The Fairmont name is associated with famous historic hotels built to accommodate people traveling across Canada on the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Edwardian, chateau-styled Empress in Victoria, overlooking the Inner Harbour, opened in 1908; on our last evening in Victoria, Doug and I enjoyed the curry buffet in The Bengal Restaurant.

The Bengal Lounge and Restaurant- decorated in Victorian-era, Colonial Indian style - opened in 1954 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Today it features live jazz on the weekends as well as a nightly curry buffet.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)