Saturday, July 16, 2005


This morning I took the trolley to the San Diego Convention Center to go and spend the day at the International Comic Book Convention. When I got there, around 11AM... there was already a huge line to get in - at least three or four thousand people, if not more, and the streets were just packed.

So instead I decided to take some fun snaps (I hate waiting for anything; especially waiting in line).

Scissorhands in San Diego

This young kid made this entire outfit himself and it's a pretty good Edward Scissorhands... down to the the plastic kid-safe scissors

And then these Manga-costumed kids see me taking Edward's picture and yell out: "Take our picture too!" And so I do...
Manga kids at Comic Book Convention

The girl on the left seems to be saying to the one putting her sunglasses and bags away: "C'mon! Hurry Uuuuup!"
Manga Lives!
Stormtrooper with glasses
Did you guys know that Imperial Storm Troopers could wear glasses under that white helmet?

Robocop in San Diego
Storm Trooper in Japanese Flip Flops
Then I spotted this Imperial Stormtrooper (short guy) and his blue-haired wife (or partner). He was wearing those cool, Japanese Samurai wooden sandals that add [like] four inches to your height.

Dark Sith Lord in San Diego
And a dark Sith Lord posed for me...

Robocop works the crowdAnd Robocop is still attracting attention...

and so I spot security
And then I spot Security...

Troopers at ComicCon
And so I asked them to pose for me

Green Lantern and The Hawkman
And then I spot The Green Lantern and The Hawkman

Mrs. Hawk coming out of the bathroom
And then I catch Mrs. Hawkman coming out of the little girls' room

Justice LeagueThe Justice League poses for me... including a sullen-looking, knock-kneed Batman

two girls at comic con
Two hotties posing...

clark kent forgot to take off his watch
Clark Kent obviously forgot to take his watch off while changing into Superman inside the phone booth. And by the way... now we all know where Clark Kent's clothes go once Superman rips them off: in a duffel bag!

Jedi with troopers
Two color-coordinated Storm Troopers with a vision-corrected Jedi Knight

the girls
And the girls say goodbye...

Opportunity for Artists

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is putting out a call for artists interested in exhibiting their work as part of a curated exhibition that will take place in MAP’s galleries during the final weeks of 2005. Artists are being asked to submit a maximum of ten images of recent or new works on a CD or in slide form, including a one page image index outlining details of each submitted artwork, listing title, date, medium, dimensions and any other pertinent information. (No original works or master slides should be submitted for review.) Artists are given free reign to create works: inspired by; limited to; or resistant of; sensibilities normally related to kitsch.

If selected to participate in this exhibition, the artist’s chosen work will be exhibited along with their brief statement and bio. Many works for this exhibition will be selected during a studio visit by MAP’s Director of Programs, Lisa Lewenz or a guest curator. Artists are encouraged to consider submitting work ranging from small objects to large room-sized installations. This exhibition will celebrate irony, style and a full array of responses to kitsch as an important genre.

This call for entry requires that artists desiring consideration must complete an application form (found online at and submit a CD with proposed images as a maximum of ten 300dpi 5x7” medium sized jpg copies (or a sheet of ten slides) with a corresponding image index, and a recent copy of your resume. After review, unless previously arranged, application materials will be forwarded to the Maryland State Arts Council Visual Artist Registry—a free resource housed and maintained by MAP that promotes Maryland artists. Artists without a Visual Artist Registry file will be asked to open one if it has not been previously created. Thus, please do not submit a self-addressed stamped envelope, as application materials will not be returned. IF a self-addressed envelope is enclosed, please use stamps only (not dated postal strip.)

Artists will be responsible to coordinate delivery, installation, and removal of their work. Please send all application materials in one envelope to:

8 Market Place
Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

There is no entry fee or cost to participate. Questions? Call 410-962-8565 or email (put KITSCH in the subject line.)

Art-O-Matic 2006

There will be an Art-O-Matic next year. Stay tuned for news.