Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dark Horse Comics Schedules Doug for A Signing Event at Emerald City Comicon March 1st

Dark Horse Comics has scheduled a number of artists/authors for signings at the company's retail booth (# 1102) during the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle March 1-3, 2013.

Convention hours are:

Friday, March 1st - 2-8 p.m.
Saturday, March 2nd - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 3rd - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Doug, exhibiting at Table: W-01 during the 3-day convention, will be at the Dark Horse booth opening day - Friday, March 1st at 3:30 p.m.
Copies of The Art of Doug Sneyd, featuring 270 of Doug's 450+ Playboy cartoons, will be available for sale; the 248-page hardcover book was a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.
(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Original Artwork: Blond in Striped Bikini

Original artwork, like this 11 x 17 blond looking forward to spring break, is available on Doug's CAF Premium Gallery or at comics-cartoon conventions - check out Upcoming Events. 
Several 11 x17 limited edition prints (numbered 1-25) will debut at Emerald City Comicon, March 1-3 in Seattle.

Artwork is rendered on Arches of France acid-free, 100% cotton art board using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Doug Will Sign Copies of The Art of Doug Sneyd at Emerald City Comicon

Want to have Doug personalize your copy of The Art of Doug Sneyd?
He's exhibiting in Seattle at the Emerald City Comicon Friday through Sunday, March 1-3 and will be happy to sign books during the 3-day convention.
Don't have a book?  It's available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Dark Horse Comics or can be ordered through your local bookseller.
The 248-page book, nominated for a 2012 Eisner Award in the Best Humor Publication category, features 270 of Doug's 450+ Playboy cartoons.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sightseeing: Quebec City

Doug and I spent our first afternoon in Quebec City walking through the Quartier Petit-Champlain, considered the oldest merchant district in North America.  The 17th century renovated properties today offer several blocks of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. 
A bust of Louis XIV (the Sun King) was installed in the public square in 1686; it later became known as Place Royale.

Notre-Dame des Victoires Church was erected in 1688 upon the site called "Arbitation" built by Samuel de Champlain in 1608.

In the heart of the historic district, you'll see the Mural of Quebecers, a fresco in trompe-l'oeil style depicting 15 historical figures and 400 years of Quebec City history.

Adjacent to the historic Chateau Frontenac, walk theTerrasse-Dufferin, a boardwalk clinging to the rock escarpment and giving tourists wonderful views of the St. Lawrence River.

Battlefields Park was created in 1908.  Once the site of clashes between the British and French armies of Wolfe and Montcalm (1759) and then Murray and Levis (1750), the Plains of Abraham are recognized as one of the largest urban parks in the world.  It overlooks the St. Lawrence River.

This plaque at Battlefields Park tells the story of the historic area that was originally grazing land for livestock owned by Abraham Martin, a fisherman and river pilot. 

Today, the urban park is frequently compared to New York's Central Park or London's Hyde Park; in September 2012, a sold-out crowd of 70,000 people attended Madonna's MDNA Tour in the Plains of Abraham.

The Chateau Frontenac, the most photographed landmark in Quebec City, overlooks the shops and restaurants located along the St. Lawrence River.  It was built (opening in 1893) by railroad tycoon Cornelius Van Horne and was the first hotel to belong to the Canadian Pacific railroad empire.

We took the funicular (a sort of incline elevator) from Upper to Lower Town.  It has been operating since 1879 and is one of the only funiculars on the continent.

The Royal Battery, built in 1691, still displays 10 of its original 11 cannons; the fortification saw most of its action during the siege of Quebec in 1759.

The Musee de la Civilisation (looking from the second floor balcony over an interior courtyard) is a popular, unique museum illustrating life in the city during its 400-year history.

Before leaving the Musee de la Civilisation, we decided to see the special exhibition of Samurai armour and Japanese art objects from the collection of Richard Beliveau.  It was wonderful; Doug and I were glad we didn't miss seeing it.

I had a fun visit to Quebec City!!!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Original Artwork: Classic Sneyd Blond

Doug will debut several 11 x17 limited edition prints (numbered 1-25), including this classic Sneyd blond, at the upcoming Emerald City ComiCon in Seattle March 1-3.

Original artwork, rendered on Arches of France acid-free art board using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes, is available on Doug's CAF Premium Gallery or at comics-cartoon conventions.  

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sightseeing: Montreal

After the 3-day comics-cartoon convention, Doug and I extended our stay in Montreal to do some sightseeing since I'd never visited the city.
We started our 3-day "exploration" with a 3-hour bus tour of the city.  The Biosphere was created for Expo '67; the dome now acts as an Ecowatch Centre and a museum dedicated to the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes.

Although it was mid-September, the gardens at the Oratoire St-Joseph, located to the west of the Parc du Mont-Royal, were still lovely.

Montreal's Oratoire St-Joseph began with the construction of a tiny chapel in 1904; decades later the basilica welcomes two million visitors a year.

There are several monuments in Square Dorchester; one is Place du Canada, established to commemorate the nation's war dead from both World Wars.

On our way to the Basilique Notre-Dame, we stopped at the headquarters of the Bank of Montreal, which is the oldest bank in Canada (1817).  It houses a small, but interesting, currency museum.

One of several displays in the Bank of Montreal currency museum.

The square/fountain facing the Basilique Notre-Dame, built between 1824-1829.

One of many lovely, quiet parks in downtown Montreal.

We spent one day at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the oldest and largest Quebec museum containing works dating from antiquity to contemporary masters.  We especially enjoyed "Pop Art of Tom Wesselmann."  (I took this photo from the second floor balcony overlooking the main lobby.)

Museum restaurants typically offer good value, interesting menus and an inviting decor; the on-site Cafe des Beaux-Arts featured delicious French bistro cuisine in a sunny, yet cozy venue on the second floor.

Instead of visiting the Basilique Notre-Dame during the day, Doug and I decided to attend an evening sound and light show; the  Gothic Revival interior with walnut wood carvings, stained glass windows and 24-carat gold stars in a vaulted blue ceiling was truly magnificent.

In the early 1950s Doug was a boarder at Psi Upsilon, a fraternity house at McGill University.  Before we left Montreal to visit Quebec City, we drove back to 3429 Peel Street at Sherbrooke to see what the property looks like now.  It houses diplomatic offices.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Big Wow Art Represents Doug in Selling Playboy Cartoon Originals

Big Wow Art is now representing Doug with the sale of his Playboy cartoons; please check the Doug Sneyd Gallery at Big Wow Art for currently available cartoons.

Board size of Doug's Playboy cartoons is generally 14 1/5" x 19 1/2" - because of the board size of the Tarzan original, p. 178 of The Art of Doug Sneyd/2011 Dark Horse Books, Inc. was scanned.

All of Doug's Playboy cartoons and original artwork sold at comics-cartoon conventions and through his CAF Premium Gallery are rendered using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes on Arches of France 100% cotton, acid-free art board.

Artists Joseph Linsner, David Williams and Brandon Peterson also recently joined the Big Wow family.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Convention Attendees Buy Original Artwork and Personalized Books

Quentin (from France) commissioned a 10 x 16 original of a classic Sneyd gorgeous gal. 

Dalia commissioned a classic Sneyd profile bunny sketch.

Tony (from Montreal) commissioned Doug to sketch Marilyn Monroe.

Andre had Doug personalize The Art of Doug Sneyd with a sketch of Marilyn Monroe.

Doug's self-published book, Unpublished Sneyd, features his 100 favorite Playboy gag rough rejects;  it sells for $25.00 and includes a B & W profile sketch of a bunny.  Sorya and Alvaro (from Montreal) said it would be a great convention souvenir.

Doug ended the 3-day convention doing a bunny sketch for Sarah (from Montreal).

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Montreal ComicCon: Attendees Visit With Doug in Artist Alley

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)