Between the rush for preparations and my anxiety, I totally forgot to post an announcement here but I was at Komiket a few weekends ago!
Shared a table with the totally rad ICEBOX, Nagi, and Corn. Komiket was my first time peddling my wares at a con. Super tiring, but a lot of fun. Shoutout to friends who dropped by our booth and bought my prints. I’m super touched, guys. ❤
“We are the granddaughters of the witches you weren’t able to burn.”
I still haven’t quite gotten the knack of brush pens, but they sure make a world of difference in making line art look finished haha!
Pistol Packin’ Mamas:
I’ve been working on my water colour game for a few months now, and it wasn’t til recently that I realised what I missing in terms of depth. I think I’ve gotten the basics of it down in my most recent pieces of my favourite retro gals, Peggy and Phryne. I’m excited to see where I can go from here.
“Peggy”, 7″x9″, Watercolour and graphite, 2017
Phryne, 7″x9″, Watercolour and graphite, 2017
This has been a really disjointed update, I’m sorry, but my brain just doesn’t seem to want to words today.
a.k.a in which I forget how to human when faced with comic book artists.
Rotch and Rael have been going to STGCC every year. Every year they invite me to come with, every year I don’t, every year I regret it. (Gail Simone in 2010, I cry.) So this year, this year, I said, I wasn’t going to miss it. BEST. DECISION. EVER.
Cla and I were running late. We got on a couple of wrong trains, and got down at the wrong stop, so when we finally got to the convention centre, we went straight to Adam Hughes’ booth. Bought a couple of sketchbooks to get signed, chatted with Adam’s wife, Allison, who was super nice, and found out that that was not where the signing was. It was, literally, at the other end of the con hall. By the time we got there it was halfway through his one-hour signing.
There was end of queue sign up, which meant they could only guarantee accommodating people up to that point. Some of the staff told me I was free to queue up and take my chances, so I did.
At the 50-minute mark, I’d given up hope that I wasn’t going to make it. I asked Cla to hold my place in line so I could take a quick photo of Adam signing from sidelines. He saw me just as he was about to sit back down and pouted for the camera when I told him why I was being Ms. Mcsneaky Photographerpants.
Not only did he extend his signing session, he also asked of he could get a photo of us on his phone too! Because it turns out, he’s a huge Cap fan. At that point I was ready to just die because omgassjkdfhasfkljhsdf.
Also lined up for Adi Granov’s signing!
Since we were already at the signing area, I was able to line up early for Adi’s session. Thankfully too, because his queue filled up pretty quickly. Why are these signings only an hour long!?!
Sunday was a lot more chill since I wasn’t going to be in costume, and I’d gotten half of the signings out of the way. Because we took things so easy all morning, we got to MBS late and did not make the cut-off for Simone Legno’s signing. Boo. Which meant I was first in line for Jim Cheung’s.
STGCC has ruined local cons for me forever. It was so well organised, Marina Bay Sands is such a great con venue, and as an out-of-towner, I wasn’t privy to the clique-iness that’s I usually see in local cons. I was going to say there wasn’t any clique-iness, but I don’t know any of these people so what do I know, right? But the people I was able to chat with were really friendly.
Now, how many kidneys do I have to sell, so I can afford to go every year?
I missed CB Cebulski’s signing because it was at the same time as Adam’s and Simone Legno’s because we woke up late haha. Thankfully, they were both in Manila for APCC the weekend after!
Like I said on Instagram, we found an awesome accomplice in our shennanigans in CB. We held up the line a little because he was just making us laugh so much.
Skipped the queue at the tokidoki merch booth so I could queue up early for Simone. I was finally able to get the Skeletrina I bought at STGCC signed, and he also offered me a sketch! I thought you only got either a signature or a sketch so that was pretty cool of him. 🙂
So in the end, I still got meet everyone I wanted to in the STGCC line-up mwehehehe. 😛
If you’re like me, you spent all SDCC weekend glued to the internet for streams of Agent Carter interviews and the Marvel TV panel. (Ugly sobbing may or may not have occurred.) There are also only so many times a person can watch Captain America: The First Avenger and the Agent Carter short and still be considered sane, so what’s an overly excited Peggy fan to do?
To help tide you over until the mini-series premiers in January 2015, here are a couple of shows I love that highlight the women of World War II.
Bomb Girls starts out in 1941, featuring four women who work in a munitions factory in Canada: Gladys, the rebellious society girl; Kate, the preacher’s daughter; Lorna, the shift matron; and Betty, the tough-as-balls tomboy.
It’s a great look into the lives of the people away from the front lines. It explores the misogyny, racism, and society’s views on homosexuality at that time, as well as touches on the PTSD of the soldiers who survived the Great War. There’s a little espionage near the end that I felt wasn’t fleshed out as well, but I suppose we can blame that on the series’ cancellation.
Bomb Girls ran for two seasons before it was cancelled. A TV movie, “Bomb Girls – Facing the Enemy”, was aired a year later to serve as the show’s finale.
The Bletchley Circle
Set in 1952, The Bletchley Circle centres on the post-war lives of a group of women who worked as code breakers during World War II. When they find a pattern in a series of murders that Scotland Yard has missed, they start investigating it themselves, in the hopes of stopping the killer before he strikes again.
While I love a good detective drama, my favourite parts were the flashbacks of what these women did during the war. Bletchley Park was the actual central site for the Government Code and Cypher School in the UK, intercepting and deciphering Axis communications. It reportedly had over 12,000 personnel, 80% of which, were women!
The series ran for just two seasons. Season 1 had three episodes, Season two had four.
If you have any other women-getting-shit-done-during-and-post-WWII recommendations, let me know! I need distraction until January too!