Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hotel Promotes The Muppets During SDCC

The Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, where Doug and I have stayed the past few years, was promoting The Muppets, a new Disney series coming to ABC on Tuesdays this fall.

(log entries by Heidi Hutson)

Gaslamp District: Deserted Before SDCC Opens

SDCC - the largest comics-cartoon/pop culture event in North America - annually draws close to a 130,000 attendees, who, in turn, spend millions of dollars at hotels and restaurants in San Diego during the 5-day convention.  

However, the day before SDCC officially opens, the downtown core looks deserted.  

Traffic is light at the Gaslamp Quarter entrance gate. 

The popular outdoor patio at Gaslamp favorite Lou & Mickey's isn't crowded.

During SDCC, this intersection across from the convention center is IMPOSSIBLE to cross!!!  (The Omni, with 511 guest rooms and suites, is on the left.)

(Gaslamp Quarter entrance gate/center, Omni/right)

(installing SDCC promotions outside of Nobu at the Hard Rock Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter)

Within a few hours, the sidewalk at the entrance to the Omni - connected to PETCO Park and across from the convention center - will be crowded with attendees.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

San Diego: 24 Hours Before Preview Night at SDCC

Doug and I checked into the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401 K Street) Tuesday, July 7th around 5 p.m.  The 12-story hotel is a prime location within the Gaslamp District across the street from the convention center.

Photos - taken from our corner room with a French balcony - show, surprisingly, "light" traffic at the convention center the day before North America's largest comics-cartoon/pop culture convention officially opens to the public with Preview Night from 6-9 p.m.

There's no foot traffic or people sitting outside the entrance to the hotel.  This will also change drastically within 24 hours as Assassin's Creed Experience 2015 will be set up in the small park across from the hotel entrance.

Fleming's at 380 K Street at 4th also looks deserted.  The popular steakhouse, even with a reservation, can be packed during SDCC.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

July 1966 Playboy Cover

Readers didn't have to look too hard for the Rabbit on the cover of the July 1966 issue.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Doug Meets Mermaid at SDCC

This mermaid cosplayer got Doug's attention at SDCC last year.  During a visit at the Big Wow Art booth, she loaned her trident to Doug and posed with one of his 10 x 14 mermaid watercolor originals - all rendered on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper using aniline dyes.

Doug has exhibited in San Diego with Steve Morger's art group since 2007; if attending SDCC today, stop by booth #4903 and say hello.  If you bring in a Playboy magazine, he'll be happy to sign it at no charge.

(He's had over 500 full-page color cartoons published in Playboy; his first cartoon appeared in the September 1964, p. 205 issue.)

His new 24-page sketchbook debuted at Preview Night - Wednesday, July 8th.

In addition to seeing sequential photos of Doug rendering a mermaid watercolor original, the sketchbook includes preliminary pencil and color roughs for his August 1999, p. 85 Playboy cartoon:

caption:  "Those Greenpeace types are all alike.  One minute they're all over you
 and the next they dump you for some beached whale."

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

New Sketchbooks at SDCC

Doug's new 24-page sketchbooks - Mermaids and Vampirella - will be available at Big Wow Art (booth #4903) during SDCC, the largest comics-cartoon convention in North America.

Other popular titles are Superheroines and Preliminaries.

Doug is happy to sign sketchbooks - at no charge.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

More Photos: Gallery Opening Reception June 18th in Toronto

Doug enjoyed talking with fans and collectors attending the Thursday evening, June 18th gallery opening reception in Toronto.  His first Playboy full-page color cartoon was published in the September 1964 issue.

The 3-month exhibition - June 18 through September 18 - is curated by (left) Christopher Boswell Fine Arts LLC.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Loose-Style Watercolor Originals Available at SDCC July 8-12

Visit the Big Wow Art group at SDCC to see Doug's collection of 10 x 14 loose-style originals, rendered on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.

Also, check out the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Mermaids: New SDCC Sketchbook Available at Big Wow Art

Doug's new 24-page sketchbook, Mermaids, is lots of fun as it focuses on his renderings of these alluring mythical beauties for both newspaper and magazine cartoons, commissioned artwork and a collectible statue based on a Sneyd mermaid cartoon gag rough reject.

Big Wow Art is at booth  #4903; Doug has exhibited with Steve Morger's art group since 2007.

Besides his April 1993, p. 161 and August 1999, p. 85 full-page color cartoons in Playboy, two Doug Sneyd single-panel cartoons are reproduced in Mermaids.

For nearly 20 years, starting in the mid-60s, Doug Sneyd and SCOOPS news cartoons appeared daily in newspapers across North America.

After meeting at C2E2 in 2010, sculptor Clay Moore and Doug collaborated to produce a 1/8 statue based on a Sneyd cartoon gag rough reject.  Preliminary development roughs for the collectible statue are also reproduced in Mermaids.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Photos: Gallery Opening Reception June 18th in Toronto

A three-month exhibition of Doug's artwork, curated by Christopher Boswell Fine Arts LLC, opened in Toronto Thursday evening, June 18th.

Christopher and Doug were happy to talk with fans and collectors of his work; his first full-page color Playboy cartoon was published in the September 1964 issue.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)