Tearracotta Army at the VMFA

Took in the Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China exhibit this weekend and it was damn impressive. I’d read about the Terracotta Army before, but to see these 2000-year-old figures in person was humbling. It was shocking to see the level of detail that still exists in this clay. The horse and chariot, above, is a recreation based on the originals from the tomb network.

The below figures are the real-deal statues. You can see the detail in the hair and moustahces. It’s bonkers.

The exhibit runs through March of 2018, so check it out if you can.

Drawn 2005-2013

I feel bad that I only just noticed that Drawn is gone, since posts stopped back in May.

It wasn’t on my daily list of stops but the animation and illustration that was posted there was always worth checking out.

San Diego, Day Two.

I’ve been home from SD for 2 days and I’m just feeling up to recapping. It was an excellent, exhausting time.

Friday at the con was first about getting in on a Monster Worship sale for these dudes:

I’ve admired Jeff Lamm’s work for a long time but it always sells out (and gets expensive on eBay). This was a chance to get a Greasebat and some of his pals at an easy price. I also impulse bought Johnny Ryan’s “Cannibal Fuckface” (in a different colorway than that link). It’s pretty cool but it’s the only thing I got this weekend that I wasn’t 100% on.

The other big Friday thing was watching David Choe and Asa Akira (don’t google her from work) do a live DVDASA podcast from the floor. It’s sweary and NSFW so take care with clicks.

It was weird and kind of gross with a hint of nudity. Later, they all did a signing at a yogurt shop in Poway, about half an hour outside of San Diego. We went out there thinking that it might be lightly attended since it was so far from the Con and he’s isn’t someone I’d immediately associate with comics in general. We were wrong.

We waited in this line for almost an hour. When we got up front they were giving away three posters that they were all signing *and* David Choe bought yogurt for everyone. It was nice to end the night with a sweet treat.

San Diego night one

This was my first time going to after-show parties at ComiCon. We started the night at the CBLDF party with some guys from J!nx at a rooftop party a couple of blocks from the convention center. I had trouble computing the fact that I was standing outside in July and there were patio heaters running *and* they were necessary. It’s a classic tourist move to be amazed by weather but I couldn’t get over the fact that it was chilly outside in July.
From there we went to the Munky King party at a bar that was a dozen blocks away. We needed the healthy walk before piling in more of the drinks. We missed the live drawing art show from some of the graffiti artists but the finished pieces were cool. The crowd had thinned out (we heard later that there was an hour wait to get in at one point, glad we missed that) but it was still a decent crowd while we were there until last call. There was one Wonder Woman who kept her costume on into the night. She was identified as a disaster well before she hopped up on top of the pool table to dance.

Luckily for me California closes their bars so we had to split around 2am. I haven’t been a night owl in a long time so I was pretty well cooked by then. It was a theme I’d follow through on all weekend.

San Diego, day 1.

I’m on my bi-annual trip to San Diego to hang with my buddy Chris. We schedule it around ComiCon so we get a couple of days there and a couple dorking around town. ComiCon runs from Wednesday night to Sunday afternoon and the crowds start large and get progressively more bonkers. The plan was to go Con it up today and Friday and then dodge the weekend madness so today was the big shopping day.

The handmade crochet Totoro is a gift for my youngest. I think she will be stoked. The porcelain Beatnik Owl was on my radar going in and moved onto my get List when I saw it in person. It’s excellent. The Coarse owl friend is another one I wasn’t sure about until I saw it in person. It’s good.

Tomorrow will be about seeing everything. I’ve got one or two small things on the shopping list but nothing major (or heavy). We’re off to some Con-related parties down around the convention center now. This will be new for me. I’ll let you know how it goes.