Comic Con 2013 Part II

So, I just left you with the visions of what Comic Con looks, feels and smells like.

Now, let’s move along to its heart.

The merchandise.

Shopping. My favorite.


First, my son bought himself some new Minecraft souvenirs. My daughter purchased t-shirts and art books. My husband purchased his comics and graphic novels.


We got so many awesome books for free. This is always my favorite part. Is there a more beautiful word in the English language, other than, “free”?


I also got to meet one of my favorite authors, Daniel Abraham.

Lines are long. Long. We wanted to make sure we got to the book signing by Daniel Abraham. We got there twenty minutes early. Just a bit later, he showed up. He is actually pretty good looking.

Since we were first in line and they were not starting yet, we were able to speak to him for a bit. He was so cool! They gave us the first book free. I have read his other series. I have not read this one. Yet. I just started it.

My husband, of course, has read them all.

He was saying to someone that his old assistant went to George R.R. Martin and if you needed to speak to her, she is the one who answers the phone.

So, I quipped, “and what would that number be?”

He chuckled and then told me that George R.R. Martin’s number used to be listed in the white pages. Can you believe it? I need to be a better stalker. It was a very cool experience.

After that, I went back to stalking:




We stopped by one of my favorite artist’s booths. Rhode Montijo. It is always a pleasure to see him and his lovely wife. For the past two years, I have purchased his original drawings (future post to come). This year, he did not bring any. He was focusing on his book The Halloween Kid. I was sad, but very happy for him that his book is doing so very well.




My husband found the neatest artist during one of my “time-outs.” His name is Martin Hsu. He purchased this really cool snake painting. My daughter purchased his art book. I later got to meet him. He was the sweetest. Lovely man. And I love the painting we purchased from him.





We stopped by Becky and Frank’s booth. They are the creator’s of a Comic, called Tiny Kitten Teeth. We purchased a little llama painted to look like a tree creature. Oh my gosh! I love it so much! I will do a post about some of their art in my home in the future.

They are the sweetest couple that has ever walked this Earth. I am not kidding. To meet them, is to smile.



I also stopped by Patara Vuduberi booth. She sell prints of her work on Etsy. I purchased two more originals from her. She was also so nice. I am so bummed I did not get a picture with her. Next time! I am very happy to have her art in our home. I love the fantasy pictures she creates.



I also picked up this cute mushroom from Wool Buddy. I just adore his felt creations.

It was so much fun. I am glad all of our artwork we purchased was small. I am running out of wall space here!

Tomorrow I will post about my best experience at Comic Con. Until then, have a great day!

You may view Part I here.

And what I wore to Comic Con here.


We had a busy week last week. We came home with some magnificent memories and some cool items from our trip to Maui and our WonderCon adventure.


In Maui, I purchased these coral earrings. I would normally never buy coral, but the seller promised me she purchased these over ten years ago and that she no longer purchases coral. I believed her. They are 14K gold. I chose to believe that, too. Did I ever tell you I got voted “Most Gullible” in high school? No…okay, forget that. I cannot resist their round little shape. I figured they were not doing anyone any good just sitting in a dusty case. I will appreciate them much more in a hole in my ear.




I had promised my daughter a new bathing suit while we were in Maui. If you have ever gone swimsuit shopping with a teenage girl, hold my hand. We are now sisters in an experience no one else will ever understand. Take a deep breath and know that you are not alone. Of course, I was really the one having the meltdown. Does anyone like swimsuit shopping?

In the midst of that good time, we stumbled upon a gem of a store in the shops in Wailea. It is called Maui Quilt Co. They have beautiful displays of rich vibrant patterns quilted onto a plain cream background. The bright colors against the off-white background reminded me of my Otomi fabric I cannot get enough of. I adore handmade fabric. I splurged and took home the biggest pillowcase they make. I could not afford a whole quilt. I chose the pretty magenta/lilac color, because it was the same color as the quilt I fell in love with.


And just because they were the cheapest things at the hotel. And just because they hint of Alice in Wonderland, I bought these rabbit salt and pepper shakers. Adorable and reasonably priced at $6.50. Of course, they were meant as holiday decor, but I will keep them out all year round. They will remind me of my close bond with, my friend, the Easter Bunny.


My husband had to buy a hula dancer for his Volkswagon Bus. I think he chose very well. She is adorable!



I am an art junky. A groupie. An addict. My grandmother and mom would take us to every museum imaginable as a child. Our walls growing up were always full of art. Now, my own walls are covered with bright colorful paintings and sketches. I only buy originals. I have collected art for the last thirteen years.

My children have painted half of the paintings on our walls. They each take art lessons and it has been the best gift I have ever given myself and them. They are always learning new skills. I have so many memories they have created that will remain behind long after they have left home.

This year, at WonderCon, I met a beautiful young lady named Patara Vuduberi. She creates fantasy art. I purchased the owl painting, because who could resist? It is adorable and decked out in Griffindor colors.


The snake painting called to me. I tried to imagine a story with it. Was she once a snake and this was her lover or vice versa? Was she the Queen of the Snakes who could take a human form? Either way, I loved it. I later learned she painted it to represent the Chinese Year of the Snake we are currently in. Oddly enough, I am born under the Chinese Snake sign. This painting became more special to me.

My daughter purchased a t-shirt from her. She loves it. She has worn it twice since WonderCon. I will see Patara again in a few months at Comic-Con. I cannot wait to check out more of her delightful pieces of art.

She sell prints of her work on Etsy. I think she is amazing. Check her out on tumblr.

I cannot wait to get these framed! I primarily frame art in gold and silver. I am thinking a chunky silver frame for the snake painting and gold for the owl.

What has been your favorite souvenir you have purchased?