The Stuart Ng booth - across the aisle from Big Wow Art - is always busy with SDCC attendees looking for rare and out-of-print books on illustration, animation and comic art as well as artists' sketchbooks.
Doug's Preliminaries booklets offer insight into the development process of designing Playboy cartoons - Doug's first Playboy cartoon appeared in the August 1964 issue - and his signature limited edition 11 x 17 prints. Both pencil and color roughs are featured in the 24-page booklets.
The Christmas in Toronto 16-page booklet reprints 12 commissioned holiday cards Doug painted in the 1960s and 1970s for the Toronto Star, Canada's largest newspaper. The annual Christmas cards were sent to corporate clients.
Hours for the final day of Fan Expo Canada are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check the convention program for Doug's location in Artist Alley; his final convention appearance is October 8-10 at the New York Comic-Con.
When I visited the Imaginism Studios' booth to say "hello," I learned that Bobby Chiu was demonstrating digital painting techniques at the Schoolism exhibit, a few aisles away. Bobby, an award winning artist and digital painter from Toronto, is the creative director at Schoolism.
Other instructors for the online art classes are: Character Design with Stephen Silver, The Art of Caricature with Jason Seiler, Storyboarding with Kris Pearn and Comicbook Portfolio with Alvin Lee.
If attending Fan Expo Canada this weekend, August 27-29, check the program for Imaginism Studios and Schoolism.
Kei Acedera, art director for Imaginism Studios, is always ready to meet and talk with fans of her work - whether at SDCC or this weekend's Fan Expo Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Center/North Hall. Imaginism Studios, as well as Doug, will exhibit in Artist Alley.
She's a children's book illustrator, character designer and concept artist for films for Disney, Sony and more.
Doug and I met Kei and Bobby Chiu, president of Imaginism Studios in Toronto, on the flight from Toronto to SDCC in July 2007 - our first time at SDCC exhibiting with Big Wow Art.
Peter helps man the busy Imaginism Studios' booth.
Doug wanted to see the statues at the CS Moore Studio exhibit, especially this life-size Fathom faux bronze statue, which had been sold during the convention. Clayburn would deliver it later to the buyer from San Juan Capistrano, California.
When Doug (center) finished sketching Natasha, Tony Swatton (in red), master blacksmith and owner of Sword and the Stone, stopped by Big Wow Art with actors from Pirates of the Carribean I. Tony's company has provided custom-designed, handcrafted props for the Pirates' movies and other Hollywood productions.
While Doug sketched Natasha, he found out she works at Sword and the Stone in Burbank, California; does modeling; and competes in roller derby competition. Fans who follow the LA Derby Dolls know Natasha as Cannon Doll-X.
The annual fundraiser for CAPS (Comic Art Professional Society) will host a benefit auction on August 25 in Burbank, California to support veteran comics artists Russ Heath and Ralph Reese.
Contributors to the benefit auction include Jack Davis, Ernie Chan, Al Jaffee, Nick Park, Jeff Smith, Doug Sneyd, Dan Spiegle, William Stout, Mick Gray, Angelo Torres, Stan Lee, Dean Yeagle, Sergio Aragones and Russ Heath himself.
Sergio Aragones, one of CAPS' founders and MAD Magazine cartoonist, will be the auctioneer for the event; proceeds are used for CAPS' activities and assisting individuals from the comic art community who are experiencing serious financial difficulties.
You can bid on Doug's 8 1/2 x 11 watercolor gag rough and other pieces of donated art by visiting the CAPS website or contacting Pat McGreal, CAPS president, (cell) 310-365-8457, about the bidding process.
Doug and I enjoyed talking with Las Vegas dancers Kim and Nick, who were visiting Comic-Con for the first time. They decided a personalized copy of Unpublished Sneyd would be a great convention souvenir.
Kim is the dance captain of Bite, currently at the Stratosphere; Nick is a dancer in Triumph at the Las Vegas Hilton.
This was also Fernanda's first visit to SDCC; she lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil and works as a reporter for da Ilustrada.
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.