Tuesday, April 23, 2019

"Hold My Bear." Norwescon 2019

Guest of Honor Nancy Pearl and Bluebear
Bluebear was found in the mouth of the Clallam River, torn and dirty and stuffed with chopped Chinese newspapers. One look at that little face, and we couldn't treat him as mere beach garbage. We could do better than that.

I skinned him out on the spot, dumping his guts into the beach garbage, and washing him as best I could in the river. He went home with us as a blue bear pelt.

Roo meets Bluebear.
Once at the house, he was washed and re-stuffed, and dubbed Bluebear, as a holding name until we could think of something better. But it turned out to be like Brad Bird's turn as Edna Mode - it stuck because it was right.

Bluebear has since traveled with me to Emerald City, and now - Norwescon. At Emerald City, he only came out for the fun stuff, the travel and parties. Norwescon is more of a fan convention, so I got shots of him with just about everybody.

Everybody was delighted to pose with him, when I asked them to "Hold my bear." I'll post more photos soon!
Bluebear joins the musketeers.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Stolen Artwork - "You Shouldn't Have."

"You Shouldn't Have!"
I did this colored pencil drawing for a series of Christmas cards for Piers Anthony, featuring his characters. I had an especially fun time doing this one.

He kindly bought only the publishing rights to the artwork, and allowed me to sell the originals.

The drawing was displayed in a small art gallery in Bremerton. When the gallery closed, the artwork was not returned to me, despite my repeated attempts to have the owner do so. Nor did the owner ever contact me about the artwork.

If you were sold it, you bought stolen artwork.

This is not your fault, and I'm not going to ask for it back. But this was bad business, for both of us. Sci-fi fantasy is better than this.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Norwescon 2019 Author Readings

This flyer says it all. Roberta Gregory, Bruce Taylor and I are giving a room party, reading session and costume giveaway. 

It's Friday night, only three hours, so stop by our little relaxicon before the convention's heavy lifting starts! 

Not only are we great fun to listen to read and talk to, you might need something extra sparkly to wear around the parties and dances. 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Norwescon Jacket Giveaway

This will probably be my last Norwescon (other obligations!), so I hope to be bringing some fancy costume pieces to give away.

Look for these at a room gathering - probably Friday - that will include readings. Look for my name on the flyers. First come, first served. They're yours if you want them. I won't save any - you have to be there to pick them up and wear them.

Sunday I'll have a cool beaded gown I'll be wearing Saturday, carrying it over my arm Sunday AM. First one wants it, gets it.

AND a nice black coat with a twirly snake braid all across the shoulders, front and back.. 


Bronze flower embroidery.

Plastic rhinestones.

Velvet jacket beaded by me across the shoulders.

Emerald City Comicon 2019

College roommates.

I thought tabling a comicon was hard. Try promoting a comicon on the whole floor for four days! In this case, the second annual RainCon, also known as "The Sequel."

Thursday, I talked individuals into each taking one of an inch and a half of RainCon flyers. I thought I was done, but the promotion went on and on. Sunday afternoon, I was still hooking up people in the beer garden. I am now completely out of business cards. I think the show will be getting a wheelchair and "disabled" cosplay group (although I hesitate to use the word about any cosplayers, who are about as able as they come).

I'm afraid I put most of the photos for this show up on Facebook, but I retained some IMPORTANT ONEs. Like the college roommates in "Wicked."

Here's Roberta Gregory, on the first day of the show, at our organization-and-coffee table, where we figure out where we'll be all day, just before we split up to go running around the hamster maze that is the Seattle Convention Center. Every year I have to relearn that thing.

I are beer.
Next year, I'm planning on using this time space for San Diego Comics Fest. A lot of my old friends and colleagues are in San Diego - of course - and I need to drop in and see them once in awhile, as well as take care of my substantial and loyal fan base.

Of course I'd think a picture of me in the beer superhero photo frame is important. Or funny. 

Northwest Press's Zan Christiansen is always good for a laugh. Here he is trying hard not to cover fellow booth babe Steve's face. We agreed that "LGBTQ" can be replaced with "BLT" in conversation, because we are tasty, greasy and salty.

Hearing that RainCon is featuring the LGBTQ community this year, Zan made sure I had plenty of wonderful books for the RainCon comic shop dollar box. 

Before you think that's just being nice, we've discovered that the people in Forks - who have only ever known superheroes - will not only load up from the dollar box on authors they've never heard of, they'll show up at RainCon as a brand-new fandom for those authors. I'd very much advise contacting Evan Sveum at the Raincon website or on the Facebook Friends of RainCon pages about sending him some copies. Even dinged ones are welcome - and it's a great way to use slightly damaged product. At a $1 a pop, the fans will grab them.
Roberta Gregory, Pequinoes, Seattle


Roberta Gregory and I had some good rest times when we could have something to eat and a beer. Like at Pequinoes, a nice Mexican place in Seattle. I don't think I've ever had better nachos. The IPA and Ale went down nice, too. A good break after running around ECCC all day.

Roberta Gregory, The WildRose mural, Seattle


We even got around to the WildRose, Seattle's wonderful lesbian bar - and one of its oldest drinking-and-eating buildings of any sort. And look at the brand-new mural!
It's so pretty, I have to use mine, too. With others posing before it.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

CNW Speaker - and paper jam.

I'll be at Cartoonists Northwest during the 2019 Emerald City Comicon. Saturday, March 16, 5:30 pm, at Artists and Craftsmen Store, 4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, in the U-District (right around the Petco on 45th Ave. NE.

We plan to lay down a big piece of butcher paper of such, and have me draw all over it. 

Why lay it down?

SO YOU CAN JOIN IN. Once I get it started, you'll have an opportunity to draw your characters interacting with my Bethlehem folk. Will it be the end papers of the comic? We shall see.

There will be markers....

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Clallam Bay Comicon Now RainCon Afterparty

The Clallam Bay Comicon is morphing into what will be even more like a party. Here comes the Clallam Bay RainCon Afterparty! 

RainCon 2 is coming! In June, 2019 - Bigger and better than ever 

Right now the website needs updating, but you can join in at the Facebook page, Fans of RainCon. If you don't use Facebook, contact me at donnabarr01 at gmail dot com, and I'll hook you up with Evan Sveum, in Forks, who runs RainCon.

Unlike the Clallam Bay Comicon - which I never tried to promote as anything but an attempt to get what I love about comics onto the Olympic Peninsula - RainCon is a fully-expandable professional comics/entertainment convention. I've always promoted comicons as job fairs, and the locals are getting it. And yes, we can thank Twilight for turning around their ideas of what entertainment and city folk are all about. They want MORE.

The Clallam Bay Comicon will continue as the RainCon Afterparty. Those who usually come to Clallam Bay should know you are very welcome by this community, in all ways, and if you want to show up July 13, 2019, to enjoy Fun Days, followed by an evening party and fireworks, please do join us. 

The party will be Fun Days itself, The Fish-and-Chips bash at the Clallam Bay Inn Saturday night, and the fireworks to follow. Basically, drive up here Saturday, stay the night, and head home Sunday. The place you want to stay is the Winter-Summer Inn; it's still the place to stay. Owner Sandy Tsiang says she's happy if we want to use the Inn as party and hang-out central. She knows and likes the comics folks. The Inn is a beautiful place to entertain. 

BUT - if you need to make a choice, and you want to have a table for what promises to be a more accessible convention with the chance to build a growing sales potential, then choose RainCon. I'd love to see you at both, but travel money and time is tight in this biz. 

RainCon will be supporting rooms for a limited number of professional guests! So if you want to see a special guest on the Olympic Peninsula, contact them, and assist. Shoot as high as you want - you never know what entertainment star would love to see this beautiful part of the world. I've already contacted many of my colleagues. Fingers crossed!