Sunday, October 26, 2014

SDCC: Commissions

A fan of Doug's work brought in a 40th anniversary SDCC special edition hardcover book to have Doug personalize it.  (FYI:  2014 marked the 45th anniversary of SDCC.)

Jeff (from Houston, Texas) bought a 10 x 14 loose-style watercolor original on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.

Doug did a classic bunny profile sketch for Mike (from Washington, D.C.)

Ed commissioned a 16 x 20 pencil portrait sketch of Miffy.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Halloween Playboy gag rough reject

In the years since Doug's first full-page color cartoon was published in Playboy (September 1964), he's submitted thousands of cartoon roughs.  Of course, not all can be selected for final art and ultimate publication in the magazine.
Here's one of his unpublished holiday favorites - ENJOY!

You can see more gag roughs (both B&W and color) at the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

"Doug Sneyd" Cartoon: HALLOWEEN

For nearly 20 years, starting in the mid-60s, Doug Sneyd and SCOOPS news cartoons appeared daily in newspapers across North America.
I thought you might enjoy seeing one of Doug's Halloween cartoons.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SDCC: Baby Tattoo Books

It's always a pleasure to visit with Bob Self, owner of Baby Tattoo Books.  After a busy day, Doug and I joined Bob and his family for dinner at Fleming's - a great steak house in the historic Gaslamp District.

We get to talk frequently during SDCC because Bob's booth is only two aisles from the Big Wow Art group, where Doug has exhibited since 2007.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Vivid Vivka Visits Doug at Big Wow Art Booth

We enjoyed visits from model/cosplayer Vivid Vivka.

Before stopping by the Big Wow Art booth to show Doug another new costume, the energetic, fun Vivid Vivka stopped to do an interview with an Iron Man cosplayer.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

SDCC: Commissions

Jason (from Las Vegas) picked up his 16 x 20 commission of Ann Margaret at SDCC.  Because Doug works with aniline dyes, color commissions are only done in his studio.

Dan, the owner of a comic book shop in Spartanburg, South Carolina, commissioned a classic bunny pencil sketch in his journal.

Tom (from Chicago) purchased a pencil prelim from Doug's April 1995 Playboy cartoon.

Doug personalized a copy of The Art of Sneyd Sneyd for Suzanne Wilson, widow of Rowland B. Wilson, a fellow Playboy cartoonist whose relationship with the magazine began in 1967.

The 248-page hardcover book, published by Dark Horse, features 270 of Doug's 450+ Playboy cartoons.  It was one of five books nominated in 2012 for an Eisner Award in the Best Humor Publication category.

Doug's been under contract with Playboy since 1964; his first full-page color cartoon was published in the September 1964 issue of the magazine.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Post-Preview Night Dinner With Brian, Eric and Andrea

Brian (left), Eric (center) and wife Andrea (right) joined Doug and me at the Hilton Gaslamp for dinner after Preview Night.
We met Brian at the first comics-cartoon convention Doug attended - San Jose in May 2007.  We met Eric and Andrea last year also during dinner at the Hilton Gaslamp after Preview Night.
Good food; great company!!!

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

SDCC: Visit from Tatiana

The Big Wow Art booth is a GREAT place to meet up with friends!!!

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Artists Kei Acedera and Bobby Chiu Visit Doug

Doug and I appreciated Kei and Bobby - from Imaginism Studios in Toronto - stopping by Big Wow Art for an early a.m. visit.  We always enjoy hearing about their new projects and how Schoolism online courses and workshops have expanded. 
Fifteen Schoolism online courses - including Gesture Drawing, Painting Creatures, Characters for Animated Films, and Environment Design - are currently offered; workshops are also expanding to a number of countries, including the U.K., Germany and Italy.
Doug and I met Bobby and Kei on an Air Canada flight to SDCC in 2007 and always look forward to talking with them at conventions.  It's hard to coordinate our schedules, but sometimes we can even meet up for dinner - always fun! 
After SDCC, we learned that the group's animated comic book app, Niko and the Sword of Light, hit #1 in over 30 countries in the "Kids ages 9-11" category.  With this success, Bobby was approached by a number of major studios to option it for film and TV.  A decision was made to work with Amazon and now Niko and the Sword of Light is one of five TV pilots being developed for Amazon Prime. 
Congrats to everyone at Imaginsim Studios!!!

With doors opening to attendees soon, Kei and Bobby had to head back to the Schoolism booth and get ready for another busy day at SDCC.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

SDCC Exhibits Before Doors Open to the Public

Once the doors open to the public, it's a challenge to check out exhibitor booths because the aisles are packed with slow moving lines throughout the day.  So, the best time to wander is around 9 a.m. 

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Riddle Exhibits with Big Wow Art

Riddle exhibited with the Big Wow Art group this year.  Although she now calls Atlanta home, like Doug, she comes from Canada.

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Interviews at SDCC

Everyone's got a story to share during SDCC!  Some, obviously, are  more colorful than others, depending on the costume.
One of Doug's interviews, focusing on his 50th anniversary as a full-page color cartoonist for Playboy magazine, was conducted by J.J. Koester, producer/editor at iceblockTV.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

SDCC: Exhibits Outside the Convention Center

The fun of Comic-Con keeps expanding beyond the convention center. 
For several years NBC has used the Tin Fish, a restaurant located in the plaza directly across from the convention center, to promote its series.  The Blacklist, starring James Spader, was featured this year.  The series is so popular that NBC announced an episode will air February 1, 2015 in the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot.

Across the street from the Tin Fish, a modified 5-ton Hummer was drawing a lot of attention.  It was outfitted with gaming stations, in-game promo codes, entertainment and everyone's favorite - swag!

Outside the entrance to the Hilton Gaslamp, Assassin's Creed Unity set up an off-site obstacle course event.

The Hilton Gaslamp was branded with Terminus signage and also hosted The Walking Dead BBQ.

Some of the San Diego trolley cars got a makeover with advertising wraps promoting both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the FOX series Gotham.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)