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Laura "Tegan" Gjovaag

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Sketchbook - Paul Whitehead

Another sketch from the Emerald City Comicon 2005. Paul was in artist's alley, and did a very small sketch for me. Enjoy!

by Paul Whitehead
6 February 2005
(permission to post given 6 February 2005 in person)

As a reminder: Almost every sketch in my sketchbook was non-commissioned and done on the floor of a con. These are not the best works of the artists. These are only representative of what the artist can do under pressure in a loud, crowded, and often stressed-out environment. Most of them were done as quickly as possible, to prevent huge lines from forming. Don't judge any of these artists negatively by the artwork you see, instead be as impressed as I am by what they accomplished in far-from-ideal conditions.

To see all the sketches I have permission to post so far, check out my Sketchbook Page. If you have any contact information for any of the other artists I'm trying to contact, please e-mail me. Click for a random Aquaman sketch. I only have four more sketches, including this one, to post. This feature may go on hiatus fairly soon...

The Saturday Sketch ™ is brought to you by the letters "P", "W" and the number "97", and also courtesy the fine artists who pour their lives into producing wonderful comic books, then come to conventions only to get asked by geeky fangirls for a sketch of Aquaman. Support an artist, buy a comic book.

by Tegan at 9:48 PM Seattle time - Permalink  

Friday, May 13, 2005

Happy Friday The Thirteenth!

Have a lucky and prosperous day.

by Tegan at 10:27 AM Seattle time - Permalink  

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Breast Cancer...

Modern treatments boost breast cancer survival rates. According to the BBC, "Scientists found drug and hormonal therapies effectively cure many women - rather than simply delaying the recurrence of disease." While surgery can remove the main disease, it is the follow-up treatment that wipes out the seeds that can cause a recurrance.

But it's not the end of the fight by a longshot: "But if this trend is to continue and women are to benefit in the future, it's vital that there is greater investment in research." Note: I'd add "men" in there too, as men also get breast cancer.

Help me fight breast cancer. Donate to the breast cancer 3-Day walk.

Please Donate

by Tegan at 7:12 PM Seattle time - Permalink  

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

A Couple of Unrelated Thoughts

I haven't read Aquaman yet, but Absorbascon has, and regards it as... Gibberish!

Unrelated to that, hubby-Eric and I watched Mythbusters' attempt to bust a myth about Buddy Ebsen's Tin Woodman makeup on The Wizard of Oz. As hubby-Eric's page says: "After two weeks filming, however, Ebsen found that he suddenly couldn't breathe one night, and was rushed to a hospital and put in an iron lung. He had developed a reaction to the aluminum dust used to tint his face silver. (At the time, aluminum dust was erroneously thought to be safe to breathe.)"

Mythbuster's chose to bust this myth using a completely different method of applying the aluminum dust. Namely, they made it into a paste and painted their volunteer. This is how the aluminum dust was successfully applied to Jack Haley (who took over the part after Ebsen got sick). The way they applied it to Buddy Ebsen was as a powder, without any liquid. They powdered his face with it. Repeatedly. And Ebsen got VERY sick from breathing the dust. In the Mythbusters episode, the volunteer never breathed it in the quantities that Ebsen did as his face was being powdered, because they carefully never got any powder into the air. In other words, Mythbusters completely and utterly failed to bust this one, because they didn't bother to properly do their research.

And besides, as hubby-Eric pointed out, this isn't the big Wizard of Oz myth. The big one is the stupid rumor about a hanging man (it's not a person, it's a BIRD flapping its wings). They could've done much better busting that one than poorly attempting to bust something that no one disputes.

by Tegan at 9:50 PM Seattle time - Permalink  

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Random Thoughts

Shane is getting me to link to him by posting Things You Just Don't See In Aquaman Comics Anymore. Heh. Good observations there. I will note that however great the cover of Aquaman #42 (with Black Manta holding up Aquaman) is, the BM still wasn't that awesome inside the book.

Great article about continuity obsession in fandom. Via Hit and Run.

Coin Stacking Links.

Augie reports on Revenge of the Sith reviews. Apparently, most of the reviews have been positive so far. I intend to see the movie, but I'm not excited about it. I got burned on the first two.

DC Comics has a new logo.

A strange little Metafilter post has directions to various voice synthesizers on-line. Type in your phrase and listen to your choice of voices say it.

Satellite Map Oddity at Area 51. Lots of "good" uses for Google Maps including looking at places like Area 51...

Heh. Nice Ask Yahoo! question. Of minor interest to superhero fans.

Learn geography on the web. Highly recommended to everyone who can't remember where the states are located. I'm really good with everything West of the Mississippi River, but I have a lot of trouble with the East Coast.

Smoking Gun Memo, proof that Shrubya lied us into war, is ignored by US media (warning: over-sensitive conservatives with an ongoing persecution complex probably don't want to follow this link).

And as long as I'm on politics, look at Wil Wheaton's latest political rant. Again, over-sensitive conservatives with an ongoing persecution complex probably don't want to follow this link.

Why you don't want to use Google accelerator. Basically, it will delete your accounts for you. Lovely.

Warren Ellis has found a great name for a band. Not to mention yet another place in which people have "seen" an image of Jesus, a man that lived two thousand years ago and therefore nobody knows what he really looked like. *sigh*

Way cool murals. Yes, this is yet another link from the Museum of Hoaxes. It's been a good site lately.

OpenOffice is better than Microsoft. I switched over to OO some time ago and haven't regretted it since. I can still read annoying Microsoft files, but my private files are saved in a much smaller form. I prefer it to Word, and I no longer have to worry about paying for an upgrade or getting rid of the annoying dancing paperclip.

How to build your own TIVO. I think my brother is itching to try something like this. I hope he can scramble up all the needed parts.

New Bigfoot footage is fairly lame.

by Tegan at 8:22 PM Seattle time - Permalink  

Monday, May 09, 2005

The BBBB Breast Cancer 3-Day Benefit Drawing

Oh come on... one entry so far? I feel like a complete moron. Can't somebody else at least enter?

  • This will be a basic drawing. I will put the names in a hat and get a friend or somebody to draw them out.
  • For every $15 that you donate to the Seattle Breast Cancer 3-Day for me I'll give you one entry.
  • Mailed-in donations must be postmarked by June 14th, Online donations must be made by July 7th.
  • In addition to your donation, you must E-Mail me ( with a subject line of "3-Day Drawing" and indicate that you want to be included in the drawing.
  • There will be multiple prize packages, which haven't been set in stone yet.
  • You can win multiple times (up to three times per person).
  • I will be paying for all shipping charges within the United States. If you do not live in the US, please contact me before entering.
  • The drawing will be held AFTER the 3-Day walk, probably on July 31st, to give me time to recover from The Walk.

Prizes so far (may be combined into prize packages):

  • Street Angel 1-5, including an autographed copy of the mini-comic
  • Egg Story
  • Ninety Candles (thank you Erin!)
  • Abadazad 1-3 Set
  • Bricktop A1 Special
  • The Dave Johnson Sketchbook
  • Codeflesh
  • Last of the Independents
  • The Couriers 02: Dirtbike Manifesto
  • Channel Zero: Jennie One
  • The Annotated Mantooth
  • Filler
  • Brath 7-13
  • Doctor Who #1 (Oct-84) and some other Doctor Who goodies
  • Some Superman books
  • A variety of Heroclix

The goal of this project is to get enough donations that I can participate in the Seattle Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. I will still do the drawing even if I do not get enough contributions, but I'll certainly be happier about it if I do make my goal.

Please feel free to promote this drawing elsewhere, on blogs or message boards (as long as it's on-topic, darnit. No spamming!). The more donations I get, obviously the more happy I'll be.

by Tegan at 11:59 AM Seattle time - Permalink  

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Sunday Audioblog

this is an audio post - click to play

Transcript: "This is your Sunday Training Walk Audioblog. That's right, I'm on my training walk... I'm actually at mile seven, well, a little bit past, I'm at Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville and I have walked from Marymoor Park in Redmond. It's raining, pretty hard now. Lots of people on the trail today, though... I mean, I saw everything... I saw canoes and kayaks, I saw bicyclists: recumbent, tandem, even a three-wheeler, I saw runners, joggers, and walkers like myself. I saw skaters... I even saw roller skates, you know the old fashioned roller skates, not the rollerblades. I've seen a couple of rabbits and a snake... I didn't get a picture of the snake but I did get a picture of one of the rabbits. Um, ducks... geese... seagulls... and just people. Tons and tons of people are out here. And um, that's about it. Still doing my training walk, I've got three miles to go. It'll be a total of ten miles when I'm done. Not a big deal, I did twelve last week so this isn't a hard one at all. And, uh, I guess that's all I've got to say! Thanks! *beep*"

* It started raining about the 6th milepost, and started to really come down once I hit the 6 1/2 milepost.

* These were not on the trail, they were in the Sammamish River, which run next to the trail for the entire distance I walked. When I got to Wilmot Gateway, one of the groups had just arrived there and were pulling their boats out of the water. While I audioblogged I watched them strap the boats onto their cars, and they drove off just before I left the park.

* I saw the first rabbit somewhere between the first and second mileposts. It crossed the path in front of me, and was unmistakably a rabbit. I didn't expect to get a picture because I thought it went into the heavy undergrowth next to the trail (between the trail and the river at that point). But it was there, munching on some grass, so I snapped a picture.

The second rabbit I spotted at the five and a half milepost, and a couple of kids saw it too and chased it into the bushes. The snake was closer to the fourth milepost, and it looked like your standard garden snake. I briefly thought of trying to catch it but a) I didn't want to go into the brambles after it and b) I wouldn't have had anything to do with it if I did catch it. It moved too fast for me to get my camera out and take a picture.

by Tegan at 5:03 PM Seattle time - Permalink