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." 
Bluebear, Rudy and Kiki

We end the first photos with a shot of Bluebear back home, with fellow plushie Rudy, and real cat Kiki. And then we throw in all the rest of the fun.

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.