Doug is always busy with commissions at conventions; Anthony, an exhibitor at Pensacon, talked with Doug about an hour before the 3-day convention opened to the public because he had to be at his booth throughout the day.
He returned at the close of the first day and was . . . pleased with the commission!
Pensacon organized a busy weekend event schedule for convention attendees, artists and exhibitors: movie screenings, gallery night specials, an improv show, live bands, nerd karaoke, costume and dance parties, etc.
Seville Quarter in downtown Pensacola, Florida hosted the Welcome to Pensacon 80-90's Party Friday evening, February 21 and a Bunny Party Saturday evening, February 22. Doug talked with attendees throughout the evening and also signed 11 x 17 limited edition prints - with all proceeds from sales donated to the Manna Food Bank, which operates 6 pantries in Escambia and Santa Rosa (Florida) counties.
Cocktail waitresses at Seville Quarter joined in the fun at the Bunny Party!
Pensacon reproduced Doug's Blond in Green Bikini original for the convention's fundraising effort assisting the Manna Food Bank.
During the Bunny Party, Doug talked with attendees, personalized his 11 x 17 prints and posed for photos.
Doug donated a watercolor original of a winking bunny with a Usagi tattoo to the CAPS (Comic Art Professional Society) ongoing series of eBay auctions to benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai.
The 11 x 17 original, rendered on Arches of France cold press art board using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes, is one of 35 items on the second week of the eBay benefit auctions. Nearly 400 pieces of original art, signed prints/books and limited edition statues have been donated; CAPS auctions began Thursday, March 6, with a new set of auctions every following Thursday. Each auction, sold under the seller name of "CAPSauction" will be 10 days in length with 20-40 items in each set of auction.
Doug's donation is one of 35 items available for bidding; the auction closes Sunday, March 23 at 7 p.m.
100% of the proceeds of these auctions will go directly to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help pay their ongoing medical expenses.
In addition to original artwork, Playboy preliminary pencil and color roughs, limited edition prints and sketchbooks, personalized copies of Unpublished Sneyd are popular with attendees at comics-cartoon conventions.
Since Doug's first full-page color cartoon was published in Playboy - September 1964, he's submitted thousands of cartoon gag roughs to the magazine. Of course, not all can be selected for final art and ultimate publication.
Doug selected his 100 favorite gag rough rejects for Unpublished Sneyd; each copy is personalized with a B & W profile sketch of a classic Sneyd girl-next-door (see Doug drawing a sketch for Artur's copy).
Copies of both Unpublished Sneyd and The Art of Doug Sneyd, a 248-page hardcover book published by Dark Horse and a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category, will be available at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention March 14-16.
Most of Doug's commissions at comics-cartoon conventions are in copies of The Art of Doug Sneyd or Unpublished Sneyd, fans' sketchbooks or on Arches of France watercolor paper and art board that we have with us.
However, at the Dallas Comic Con a few years ago, a collector asked Doug to do a profile sketch of a classic Sneyd girl-next-door on a baseball - unique, but not a problem!
Thursday, March 6: Southern California's CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society, launched an ongoing series of eBay auctions of original comic art to benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai. Stan's the creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO.
The CAPS auctions, conducted through eBay, started Thursday, March 6, with a new set of auctions every following Thursday. Each auction, sold under the seller name of "CAPSauction," will be 10 days in length with 20-40 items in each set of auctions.
The opening auction features 28 items, including donations by: Bill Holbrook, Bob Bolling, Chris Tirri, Dan Brereton, Dan Spiegle, Dean Yeagle, Eric Muller, Jeff Smith, Mike Allred, Mike Mignola, Roger Langridge and Andy Hirsh.
The fundraising auctions will be promoted through www.comicartfans.com and the CAPS - Comic Art Professional Society - Facebook page, where collectors will be able to see updated information such as when certain pieces will be auctioned.
Many of the pieces featuring Usagi Yojimbo will also appear in a new oversized hardcover book from Dark Horse. The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo will be released July 23, 2014 and available at San Diego Comic-Con International.
Do you really want to buy another tie, pajamas, after shave or . . . for a birthday, Father's Day, or Christmas gift?
A Sneyd watercolor original could make your gift special this year so visit Doug's website - www.dougsneyd.com - and email us if you'd like info on having Doug personalize your one-of-a-kind gift, done on Arches of France art board using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes --- just like his 450+ full-page color cartoons for Playboy.
Tony, our favorite waiter at Global Grill in Pensacola, Florida had a birthday on February 22; Doug and I dined with friends the week before and gave Tony a personalized classic Sneyd winking bunny as a "thank you" for years of wonderful service.
Earlier, to celebrate a good friend's birthday, Doug did a personalized watercolor as a gift.
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.