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wondercon was so much fun... it was a great con for me. i made a lil'… - a thousand little green monsters can't be wrong!
wondercon was so much fun... it was a great con for me. i made a lil' money, made lots of friends and met lots of fans! good times people, good times...

one of the highlights of the trip (or, should i say "big freakin' highlights" was a tour of lucasfilm!

first off...
this is the fountain in front of one of the entrances...
have you ever seen ryan happier? i haven't:

see? happy, happy man... love 'im.

personally, i was taken by all the R2-D2s, beeple-do-beep!

there was all this great stuff in a waiting area... it was awesome!

the picture of me in front of the glowing ILM logo made me look like an overfed hobo. so no, you can't see it. *pbbbt*
but here's ryan and with the R2 on the ILM floor:

and ryan in front of jar jar in carbonite:

?!?! upon getting to work, i don't have me with the han in carbonite uploaded! i love that picture! ryan? a little help?
if anything, i'll post it tomorrow :-)

we turned a corner and BAM!
the model for the lemony snicket movie! it was beyond awesome:

also, a model for davey jones:

i always kind of wondered where the heck this painting went to, it still scares the crap outta' me... more so now that i've seen it in person:

oh... my... frickin'...
i love E,T.
love it, his lil' heart is rigged to light up, i just wanted to squish him...
this puppet is the real deal folks, and he's just there on a little stand!
i still think he would have fit in my messenger bag...
(photo stolen from bonnie's flickr page)

the R2-Mr.T is outside of Steve Sansweet's office, i pity the foo' who mess with R2!

and here's a group of us stealing everything of steve's desk and touching all this things while he was out:

and the week only got better, sweet!

on saturday, i got to teach the "how to draw star wars" panel with bonnie burton and tom hodges. matt busch, the other illustrator on the book, wasn't at the show, so i go to play the part of him :-P
it was a pretty packed crowd!
tom threatened a small child for making him draw darth maul:
i got a verbal groan from parent's as i suggested that they practice drawing darth maul by getting a sharpie and drawing tattoos all over their own faces.
apparently, not a good idea.
katie can draw banthas:

elvis trooper came and sat in on our panel towards the end, it's like having a celebrity watching you:

and then i taught everyone how to draw elvis trooper.
i have no pictures to recap this great moment in history.

the 501st was wonderful... the invited me out for a big dinner with some of the nerdiest people in all of san francisco!
and look! peter mayhew was there! awesome!

all the 501st guys and gals i met, in and out of costume, were great:

i did a LOT of sketches, here are just a sampling of them... as i never remembered to take any pictures:

i stole this picture from brian's myspace... mostly because my hair looks FANTASTIC in it. and also because brian is a big fan who was really great to meet. hi brian!
this picture also proves that people who want pictures of me should show up bright an early in the morning while my hair still looks great and i don't look tired, messy and starving... like i start to look around 3 in the afternoon at cons.

and lastly, for those in the know, you know that comic geek speak is not only my favorite podcast, it's the best one out there for comic news, reviews n' more!
bryan deemer, of said podcast, stopped by my table and had me do a drawing on his jam piece:
i stole this picture from someone on the CGS forum
bryan was such a nice guy and i was, admittedly, a little star struck (by a podcaster... ha!) he joined us for dinner that night (which was awesome!) and then disappeared into the night for nerdy ventures in the heart of san francisco.

people have also been sending me pictures of drawings i'd done for them and more pictures from the con... as i sort through them. i'll post more!

i also need to give a shout out to jawastew, unteins and braja for coming out to meet me! you guys are all awesome... on lj AND in real life!
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sepulchrave From: sepulchrave Date: February 27th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
that vigo painting is AWESOME.

the whole event looks reall fun!
jellibean From: jellibean Date: February 27th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome pictures! A bunch of guys in my Garrison made the Jar Jar in Carbonite... I always have such a geek spaz when I see pictures of it. ^_^
tania From: tania Date: February 27th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
That Viggo painting!! I have never wanted anything more IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. O_O
sudrin From: sudrin Date: February 27th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome pics, thanks for sharing
wednes From: wednes Date: February 27th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha! You saw the Viggo painting. How awesome.
Looks like you guys had a good time, which is great.

Why is there a JarJar in carbonite?
madush69 From: madush69 Date: February 27th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Probably because no other character more deserves to be placed in carbonite.
mom_o_cass From: mom_o_cass Date: February 27th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
VIGGO!!!!! agggh!
thank you for sharing these - what a GREAT trip!

i hope you come to New York or Boston one day, my little family are big fans, especially my 2 year old daughter.

katie_can_draw From: katie_can_draw Date: February 27th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
i know this year i will be doing a small show in reading, PA and the pittsburg comicon... i think that's the only northeast shows i'm up for in 08.
i'm sure eventually i'll start doing the NYC show though!
commonname From: commonname Date: February 27th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those pictures (and your drawings) are INCREDIBLE.
From: aclben Date: February 27th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Nice meeting you!

Hi Katie,

Thanks for sharing your pics - that C3PO you did for Henry is great!!!

It was so fun meeting you and many of the other scoundrel artists. I also left you a pm on Scoundrel!

Thanks again!

nekokaiju From: nekokaiju Date: February 27th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow! Love the Lemony Snickett house!
I'm going to have to make Wondercon next year.
robbi_kenobi From: robbi_kenobi Date: February 27th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's some cool stuff!
From: spazda Date: February 27th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to say, it was a ton of fun hanging out last weekend. If you guys are ever back at LucasArts give me a holler. I really hope you like the IG-88 I drew for you as much as I enjoyed drawing it. You and Tom really got me stoked to draw again which is awesome.

Thanks Katie
katie_can_draw From: katie_can_draw Date: February 27th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's my second favorite ryan ever!
it was great meeting you, next time i'm out there i'd love to hang out with you more.
and i love my drawing, it's now up in my studio... where all the hep cats have art hangin' ;-)

you'll have to let me do a not-drawn-in-crayon piece for you... just let me know what!
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piratecore From: piratecore Date: February 27th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow it all looks amazing! You are so awesome!
madush69 From: madush69 Date: February 27th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
A trip to Lucasfilm!! Yet another reason why I wish I was Ryan N. Wilcox! That's OUTSTANDING!!!!
jawastew From: jawastew Date: February 27th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!! I got a shout-out! :)

Fabulous photos. I love all the cheese, you guys look really excited, it's great. Ya'll were such sweeties and so friendly at WonderCon, thank you. :)
clockworkmonkey From: clockworkmonkey Date: February 27th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Hi, Stormtrooper Elvis! My friend has a website that makes fun of you!"
katie_can_draw From: katie_can_draw Date: February 27th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
ken is hilarious... he has an Elvis-Indy costume too!
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