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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

GIVE HIM SOME STRING!!!

And we're back!  Hopefully y'all are having a nice week as Saturday rapidly approaches.  If not, well, maybe this CRAZY cat will help make your hump day a little more tolerable.  Whatever the case may be, enjoy...

Never come between a cat and its string.  The results could be lethal!  I honestly can't recall who came up with the theme, but I believe it was a Daily Doodles entry.  Cats are naturally cartoony, so it's always a pleasure to draw one when the opportunity presents itself.  Especially calico cats!  Don't know why, but they're just so darn cool!

And that's all for today!  Come back next week for some duck art that will hopefully "Quack" you up!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

THE RETURN OF THE ART!!!





After nine long weeks of all-Comic Con pics, we are back to a relatively normal state here at the CRAZYVERSE.  Or about as normal as things can be on a site run by me!  Yeah, I'll miss the bliss that is SDCC, but life must go on!  Besides, I'll have some Long Beach Comic Con pics to post soon, so all will even out eventually!  Anyway, there's been a severe lack of colored art on the blog lately, so why not remedy that with a piece I did for charity recently!  Enjoy...

My good friend, Sean Webster, is one of the UK's premiere illustrators.  He's also a fan of the critters and, along with his mother, started the charity Draw For Animals.  The goal is to raise money for the Chester Zoo and their work with endangered animals.  Being an animal lover myself,  I didn't need convincing to jump on board with this and now, to the best of my knowledge, this Alligator and his swamp pals are up for grabs for anyone looking to add a little bit of CRAZY to their collection.  And best of all, it's for a good cause!  So click the link in this paragraph and help some critters out!

Well, that's all for this week.  It feels good to have some art back up on here.  We'll be back next time with a feisty feline who needs a fix.  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

COMIC CON 2017!!! NO LINES FOR THIS ONE!!!

Well, another Comic Con has come and gone here in San Diego.  This year's show certainly grabbed a few headlines with DC and Marvel pulling out all the stops for their remaining 2017 slates as well their lineups for 2018.  Cosplayers brought their "A" game in an effort to turn some heads.  And line management, or rather mismanagement, became the story of the show as some con goers still wage a furious war of words on social media with SDCC staff over bungled line distribution.  So pretty much your typical Comic Con really!

As for me, the show got off to a rough start but thankfully evened out by Saturday for two of the best days I've ever had at SDCC!  Picked up plenty of swag and nabbed some pretty rare books that I'm itching to dive into!  But first, how about we dive into some Comic Con pics instead?  Comic Con 2017 is/was a go!  Enjoy...

Among the biggest free offsite events was put on by Amazon promoting the second live action series based on The Tick.  I only got to do the first part as the second stage of the experience had too long a line out in the hot sun.  I'd like to say it was a fun activation but, sadly, Amazon's employees weren't up to task and pretty much were the prime reason the lines here were taking so long.  But, I got a pair of Tick antennae out of it, so it wasn't a total loss! 

Hey!  It's Mr. Poopybutthole!  Glad to see he's fully recovered from his Beth-inflicted wounds!

Strawberry Shortcake and Spider-man love them some MST3K!  Seriously now, who doesn't?!?

The Dawn Of Justice/Justice League Batmobile!  The DCEU films have been polarizing to say the least, but I think one of the few things everyone can really agree on is that the latest incarnation of Bruce Wayne's wheels are pretty badass!  It's like a mix of the Burton and Nolan Batmobiles.  I actually saw them drive it out of the building Sunday night during the load out!

Ms. Frizzle!  Not exactly sure why so many Ms. Frizzle cosplays are showing up at cons these days, but I really do love it!  Not-The-Norm cosplay is my favorite kind of cosplay!

After a pretty lackluster offering in 2016, the Petco Park Interactive Zone returned in a BIG way this year!  Pepsi hosted celebrity interviews and gave away free food and sodas, as did Xfinity and Heartstone, and there were plenty of interactive offerings to keep those without badges entertained for hours on end like the IT VR Bus Experience or the Kody Kapow Challenge Course!  Pepsi's food offerings were inspired... LITERALLY!!!  You see, they were serving free food based upon popular fandoms like Game Of Thrones, Deadpool or Naruto.  In the end, the "Wookie Cookie" and "Fire and Ice Float" were all I got to try, but the Ramen Taco certainly raised my eyebrows!

The LED wall at the Lucasfilm booth!  Proud to say I once again built this one!

Two Disneyland classics made the trip south for a change!  I won't lie.  Guardians Of The Galaxy: Mission Breakout is an AWESOME ride and a HUGE upgrade over Tower Of Terror.  Still, I really loved TOT and was so sad to see it go!  At least the Florida version is still up.  Unfortunately, I have no firstborn to barter Disney World tickets with!

The Adult Swim On The Green Carnival!  Once again, all I could really do was stare from the outside.  Had my nephew and niece with me and since neither are 18, we couldn't go in.  Even on the weekend, when I was on my own, the crowds swarmed all the free events, squashing my efforts to get in.  Guess there's always next year...

Does me heart good to see the original TMNT movie get some pop culture love!  That first film in 1990 is very underrated and among the most faithful (and best) comic book adaptations ever!  Not to mention thosee turtle suits, some the Jim Henson Creature Shop's best efforts ever!

If it weren't for all the tattoos, this would be a pretty spot-on Bulma cosplay!

Say his name not once, not twice, but THREE times, and the ghost with the most will appear!

Dr. Hammond is still out and about looking for some willing archeologist testimonials!

In honor of Spaceballs' 30th Anniversary, Barf showed up with quite a few other Mawgs to represent one of the best space epics ever!

The Average Joes took a break from The Ocho to take on any challengers Comic Con may offer up!

The Wild Thornberries closely examine Comic Con's own varied wildlife population!

 Mary and Bert get ready for a ride in the Batmobile thanks to a helpful Mattel attendant!

Penelope Pitstop got through her perils and made it to SDCC just in time to save the Anthill Gang from getting mowed down by Dick Dastardly and Muttley!

Check it out!  It's Tiny Joel!  With his own homemade Tom Servo!  This kid clearly has cool parents and a great future ahead!

By Grothbar's Hammer!  Dr. Lazarus and Rick are chilling at Comic Con!

And that was Comic Con 2017!  I tell ya, I was there practically from start to finish, setting it up, attending it and taking it down.  The last part is never easy.  Besides just being worn out by con's end, taking it all down is like putting away the Christmas decorations times 1,000!  You know it has to be done, but it's just such bummer!  Other than that, it was really business as usual.  Was bummed to see a few more longtime con booths disappear, like Adult Swim and Legendary Films.  Also bummed that for the second straight year, there was no Star Wars programming or Xbox Lounge.  These were SDCC staples that seriously need to come back!  Crowds and lines, which are to be expected at this point, got a lot of attention from media outlets.  I hate saying it, but at this juncture, it might simply be time to make Hall H a premium that costs extra if folks wanna go in that badly.  Saturday especially would be the day they could probably test it out on, because those are the gold ticket panels.  As far as crowds go, if SDCC is gonna continue to include pop culture elements that aren't really relevant to the show, it's gonna keep bringing in extra crowds that no amount of convention center expansion is going to fix.  Ultimately, the simplest solution is to just cut out crap that shouldn't be there.  Come what may, we are now 50 weeks away from Comic Con 2018!  Who's excited?!?

And that's all she wrote for the 2017 CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN!  I hope you all enjoyed the last nine weeks of past SDCC glory!  And don't be so sad that it's over.  Comic Con may be 50 weeks away, but that just means we're 41 weeks out from the next countdown!  Not to mention other con pics will be posted in between, so stay tuned!  Next week, we return to normal with some CRAZY Charitable art!  So be sure to come back and check it out!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

COMIC CON SUBSTITUTION!!!

 And we're back!  I think.  Comic Con 2017 was last week but as of this writing hasn't actually happened yet.  So this is Past Jon writing as Future Jon while Present Jon still eagerly waits for the show!  Except, if this is actually today, Past Jon IS Present Jon and now Future Jon eagerly awaits Long Beach Con!  Christ is this getting confusing!  Let's just jump into the pics and agree that these posts were all written in advance, sound good?

Time to dive into Comic Con 2016!  Enjoy...

Lot's of old school Nickelodeon nostalgia was going on at the 2016 con!  Double Dare was every kid's dream once upon a time.  Not sure why being covered in pies and slime is so appealing to us as kids.  I guess the idea of being messy just has its own merit somehow!

If there's one thing I love, it's MST3K cosplay!

 Ms. Frizzle!  The world's most dangerous teacher!

If a bum pees in the street, it's lewd conduct.  When Santa Claus does it, it's "Magical."  No one is above the law dammit!  Santa's on the Naughty List now!

The Nerdist Camp Conival at Petco Park was an awesome free event!  It had games, swag and panels for ALL to enjoy!

It was one and done for Entertainment Weekly's ConX in 2016.  It was a pretty fun set up, but sadly was just too far away from all the other con happenings to entice people to make the trip.  Still, for one glorious year, it happened!

Escalators at SDCC can be a pretty interesting ride!

Anastasia cosplay!  This may be a first!

San Diego is ALWAYS classy!
 
Maybe DC should've had these guys play the Suicide Squad.  They were WAY more believable!

Hello there children!

An areal view of the FX Zone at Hilton Park!  Always a lotta fun to be had there!

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew was frantically looking for all the pieces that make up Beaker! Apparently, there was an accident at Muppet Labs!

And now, since it's Spaceballs' 30th anniversary, here's desert Dark Helmet!  He had people combing the exhibit hall!

And that was Comic Con 2016.  It was a tough show for me.  I got a blister on my foot the first day that only got worse as the days went on.  Still, I marched on and made the most of it.  Saw almost everything and walked away with some awesome books!  I'll call that a win!

And that's all for July!  Hope you enjoyed all the Comic Con madness!  We got one week left, and what better way to close things out than with a look at THIS year's show?  So be sure to come back next time!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Monday, July 17, 2017

COMIC CON 2017 IS HERE!!!

IT'S HERE!!! COMIC CON 2017 IS A GO!!!  So make like Bubble Fox and Pepper and get down with your nerdy self!  So much to discuss today!  So much so, we're posting two days early even!  Figured any tips and info I have will be a lot more helpful prior to SDCC than the first day of it when most of you are gonna be too busy being at it to look at my silly little blog!  So right off the bat, the Web Comic Meet-Up!

As of this writing, still no word on a location, day or time.  Every year we've done it, it has been in the early evening hours of Thursday, so it'll likely continue this year as well.  Your best bet is to keep an eye out on my and Jimmy Purcell's Twitter handles (@JonsCrazyTweets and @beenbettercomic) for up-to-date info as we update there frequently!  Fear not though, we WILL have something this week!

And now, as we have the past six weeks, we delve into Comic Con's not too distant past for a fun look back at SDCC 2015!  I've also tried to throw in some helpful hints and tips (Highlighted with a bold TIP for convenience) for those of you going that will hopefully make the con a bit more fun and pleasant for you all!  There are a LOT of pics today since it's con week, so sit back, slip on a clean pair of Batman Underoos and put a coaster under your Code Red Mountain Dew!  It's time to go to the Con!  Enjoy...

I think it's a rule by this point that if you go to Comic Con, you have to get a pic of the iconic Con logo through the concrete support circles!

Tin Fish Square in the Gaslamp Quarter getting it's annual makeover for the NBC promotional blitz!

TIP: This is a FREE event!  No SDCC badges are necessary to enjoy this or even most of the events held in the Gaslamp Quarter during SDCC!  So go nuts!  Or as nuts as the law allows!

The Sharknado crew keepin' it real in the Gaslamp Quarter!  For four years now, they've turned Downtown San Diego into a feeding frenzy as swag hunters swarm all over them for free stuff, and this year looks no different!  If memory serves, this was the year they gave out foam hats!

TIP: PLEASE be courteous when collecting free swag at outdoor events.  Yes, it's free and yes, some of it is limited.  But is it really worth trampling a little girl or knocking a man in a wheelchair over just to get something you're likely gonna throw away as soon as you go home?

Kuzco is living large by the fan tables!

TIP: Many con goers tend to overlook the Mezzanine area on the old (North) side of the convention center.  If you're into table top gaming or even wanna learn more about local fan groups in Southern California, you might wanna take a stroll up the stairs out of the back of Hall B and take a gander!  The Star Wars fan groups in particular are always a lot of fun!

Jurassic Park cosplay was pretty big that year!  I love the movie, but it's an odd choice for cosplay!

Snoopy's Dog House at the Petco Park Interactive Zone, where I learned the hard way that denim does not glide down an inflatable, vinyl slide very smoothly.

TIP: This one's another freebie that DOESN'T require SDCC badges!  Lots of cool stuff goes on in this zone and it's super easy to get to!  Just cross the bridge across the street from Hall H over Harbor Drive and you're there!  Easy, no?  This is also a spot where plenty of food trucks happen to set up shop, so if you're looking for affordable food, you're in luck!

Plenty of awesome events happen at the Interactive Zone, like this impromptu cosplay contest!  I've long admired the skill and detail these kids put into their costumes.  Simply amazing!

TIP: If you're going to dress up at Comic Con, remember that it gets VERY hot in San Diego in July!  Water and lightweight materials are a must!

FLASH!!!  AAAAAAAAAAAH!!!  SAVIOR OF THE UNIVERSE!!!  It sounds much better when Queen sings it!

Here we see Jem exploring the IDW booth.  This kid was more faithful to the character than the actual movie was!

The always awesome Nerd HQ at the Children's Museum!  This truly was an awesome thing for people without badges to still have some con fun!  It was free for all, but for an extra $20, you could see exclusive panels!  Best of all, the proceeds went to Operation Smile, a most worthy cause!

 TIP: Barring a miracle, there will be no Nerd HQ this year.

Conan looms high above Comic Con at the Marriott Hotel as the FX Zone brings out the masses in the foreground!

TIP: This is another FREE event that requires no badges!  It is outdoors though and, as any local can tell you, it gets very hot here in San Diego.  So water and sunblock are a must as are good walking shoes.  Seriously!  Don't where sandals to Comic Con!  Your toes will appreciate it!

In the not to distant future, this lady made my day with some Mystery Science Theater 3000 cosplay!

Wow.  Jessica Rabbit needs to lay off the 'roids!

The notorious Battletoads!  One of the greatest, and hardest, video games ever!  It remains one of the true standouts of the NES era with many a gamer still doing battle with these toads to this very day!  This wound up being the final year of the Xbox Lounge at the Hyatt Hotel.  In 2016, they opted to sponsor the free Nerd HQ instead.

TIP: As of this writing, there is still no word on whether or not the Xbox Lounge will return in 2017 now that Nerd HQ is on hiatus.  With a new console coming out this Fall, and Nintendo already having a huge head start on them with the popular Switch console, I can't see Microsoft sitting still at one of the last big public forums to show off at before the holidays approach.  Stay tuned to social media for updates folks.  This one could get interesting!

 The Monster and the Bride!  What better place for these two lovebirds to honeymoon at than Comic Con?  Am I right?

The always great Nintendo Lounge!  Some of the coolest swag I've collected over the years has been at this place!  It was also a Pokemon hotbed last year!

TIP: The Nintendo Lounge HAS been confirmed for SDCC 2017 and, as always, is FREE to ANYONE, badge or not!  It can be found in the San Diego Ballroom on the second floor in the north tower of the Marriott Hotel, right next door to the Convention Center!  As such, with the Switch lighting up store shelves and the recent SNES Mini announcement, expect some pretty big crowds.

 Adam and Barbara were trying to scare everyone out of the exhibit hall, but they wound just becoming party favors!

This must be what happens when you feed them before midnight!

The Steven Universe crew!  Someone needs to be Greg!

And finally, what better way to end this week's post than with my niece Kristen petting some Hero Corgis?  Is there any dog better suited for such outfits?

And that was Comic Con 2015!  Lots of great moments that year!  Star Wars had the big concert at the Pops Site behind the Convention Center, Disney pissed off EVERYBODY by withholding Marvel film content and I learned that bees are jerks!  That's another long story that's better told than written though!  It was special for me though because I built the Lucasfilm booth, which for many local stagehands is a right of passage of sorts.  It was just an awesome thing!

And now, before I sign off, I offer you a few more tips and tricks for a wonderful time at SDCC:

TIP: Bring LOTS of water!  It gets very hot and staying hydrated really can save your life at the show!  Also, use sunblock!  You WILL be outdoors quite a bit!

TIP: Bring cash!  Although most booths can take credit cards now, it's not always very secure and you're likely safer using actual money!  Also, bring it in increments.  Set a daily budget!

TIP: Research early what big ticket purchases you'll want.  If it's con exclusive, limited edition or something that's wide release but never gonna come down in price, you're better off getting it that first day.  Conversely, many booths do offer great deals on Sunday, especially as closing time nears, because it's simply cheaper for them to get rid of stock as opposed to shipping it back.  Point is, keep an eye out!

TIP: Bring deodorant and/or body powder!  We are all in this together and smelling nice never hurts!  Further more, taking an hour out of your day to bathe every night isn't gonna kill you!  Hand sanitizer is also a must!  It's cheap and makes a HUGE difference.  Con Crud is one of the nastiest airborne illnesses out there.  Keeping clean goes a long ways to keeping from getting sick!

TIP: Speaking of airborne illnesses, stock up on vitamins and super foods!  Good hygiene + strong immune system = not getting sick at cons!

TIP: Many Downtown restaurants have deals for con goers, so be sure to have your badge with you when you eat out!

TIP: If you're gonna go to panels, you're gonna be in very close quarters with total strangers.  It can't be helped.  The sooner you accept the fact that you're gonna be sacrificing personal comfort for a chance to see an early peek at a movie, the easier your viewing will be!  And if someone's causing trouble, get a security guard!  No jerk's worth going to jail over!

TIP: Finally, take advantage of the trolley and hotel shuttles.  They all drop you off right in front of the Convention Center or close to it!

And that's all she wrote!  I do hope you enjoyed the pics and found my tips to be somewhat helpful.  We'll be back next time for a look at Comic Con 2016!  Until then, take care and have a fun, happy and SAFE time at Comic Con and I'll catch y'all later!