Since Doug's first comics-cartoon convention in 2007, we've met a number of book sellers who we enjoy visiting with throughout the year. WonderCon 2012 - March 16-18 in Anaheim - gave us an opportunity to say "hello" to:
Although Dark Horse Comics didn't have a booth at WonderCon, president Mike Richardson stopped by Artist Alley to visit with Doug.
Dark Horse publishedThe Art of Doug Sneyd, launched in July 2011 at SDCC and now in its second printing. The 248-page book features over 270 of Doug's Playboy color cartoons and a number of original gag roughs and lead-up pencil and color roughs as well as anecdotes and personal reflections.
The Art of Doug Sneyd is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Dark Horse Comics and independent book sellers.
San Francisco hosted WonderCon for 25 years, but the 2012 convention was forced to relocate because of renovations to the Moscone Center. After considering a number of options, the Anaheim Convention Center was chosen.
This was Doug's first time exhibiting at WonderCon, described in the program as "a slightly smaller, more manageable version of sister show, Comic-Con International."
Many of the major comics publishers exhibited; top movie studios and television networks, however, didn't descend on the Southern California location with the over-the-top booths which have a major presence at SDCC, scheduled July 11-15.
Comic book sellers - as well as Artist Alley participants - enjoyed prominent spacious aisles.
"Martinis and Toons," a ToonSeum fundraising benefit, will be held Thursday, April 19; Pittsburgh's ToonSeum is one of three museums in the U.S. celebrating the art of cartooning and promoting a deeper appreciation of the cartoonists and their work.
The following news release promoting next month's exhibition was recently released:
As every man will tell you, there is really only one reason they read Playboy Magazine - "The Cartoons!"
What better way to view those cartoons than with martini in hand at The ToonSeum.
Break out your smoking jacket and bunny ears! On Thursday, April 19th at 7 p.m. - the night before Pittsburgh Comic Con, The ToonSeum will present an evening with Playboy legend Doug Sneyd in a one-night-only show of masterpieces and rejected ideas!
Since 1964, Doug Sneyd has produced hundreds of cartoons for Playboy Magazine. Join us as we celebrate the remarkable career of this true cartooning master whose whimsical and just a bit naughty works have captivated and titillated audiences for decades.
The evening will begin with an interview with Doug Sneyd and chance to view his beautiful cartoons and sketches, followed by lounge music and martinis from the world's greatest vodka - Boyd and Blair!
Guests will have a chance to purchase one-of-a-kind works from Doug and all attendees will receive a special signed limited edition print valued at $50.00.
There will be prize drawings throughout the evening and one lucky lady will win a chance to be immortalized in a sketch by Doug.
All proceeds benefit The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art.
Sponsored by the 941 Saloon and Boyd and Blair Vodka.
Tickets are $50.00 per person - members are $40.00 - and the event is strictly limited to no more than 75 guests.
A limited number of VIP tickets will include signed copies of Doug's book, The Art of Doug Sneyd, and a bottle of Boyd and Blair Vodka to take home an enjoy!
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.