Time to Change Your 1975/2014 Marvel Wallpaper

Happy July!

Just a reminder that if you’re using my 1975/2014 Marvel calendar for your desktop wallpaper, it’s time to update.

Click on the image below for July’s 2560 x 1200 image:

1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - July

Wanna grab the other months? Here’s all 12 for you!

Enjoy!

San Diego Vacation 2014

The family and I just returned from an amazing week-long vacation in beautiful San Diego so I thought I’d share a few (OK, a lot) of pictures. Enjoy:

LEGOLand

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Loved these guys, and even the cacti behind them enjoyed the music.

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Um, wow.

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The animal sculptures in the Adventurer’s Club were amazing!

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This polar bear comes right at you! Look out!

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This wolf in Fairy Tale Brook is determined to get some bacon.

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Loved him checking his iPhone!

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Part of the Las Vegas section of Miniland, probably our favorite part of the park.

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A Miniland New Orleans jazz funeral.

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Love the stilt walkers in this parade!

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The architecture stuff in Miniland is pretty amazing. Even my wife was checking out some of the techniques used.

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This is part of the new Star Wars section of Miniland, although it looks like it could be from the movie.

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Unbelievable, right?!

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Love the little mini-Luke!

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Laugh it up, fuzz-brick.

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Aren’t these great?!

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Part of the Enchanted Walk we found after gorging on Granny’s apple fries. (OMG!)

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Loved the LEGO details on the walls while waiting to get into Pharaoh’s Revenge!

Cabrillo

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The scenery here was just amazing. I took so many pictures!

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Lighthouses are an Anderson family vacation fave.

Birch Aquarium

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Not too many pics here (mostly fishtanks inside), but this statue outside was incredible.

Botanic Garden

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We went here on Father’s Day figuring LEGOLand, the Midway and the zoo would be crowded, and we largely had the place to ourselves.

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I don’t know what these are, but wow!

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So pretty!

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Here’s me relaxing. Ahhh….

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What a great way to spend the morning!

Museum of Making Music

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This place was such a little gem! We adored everything about it. I mean, you start out with a piano desk! PIANO DESK!

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The brass player in me was soooo happy.

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Trombones! WOO!

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Did you know Steinway made a special piano during the war? Neat huh?

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OMG, I had that exact Fender Rhodes.

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For whatever reason, my 8-year-old daughter is really into the banjo, and they actually had a special banjo exhibition going.

San Diego Zoo

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And of course we went to the zoo! That’s a red panda being uncooperative.

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We went right to the panda section as soon as it opened and spent loads of time there before it got crowded. So nice!

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Dust bath!

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The capybara is one of my daughter’s favorite animals, and the zoo had tons of them!

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Koala!

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Loved this sun bear just hanging out.

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These were super loud. Every time they made a noise I jumped.

Petco Park

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Another little gem. The 90 minute tour was fascinating! We ate a picnic lunch next to the wiffle ball field outside.

Children’s Pool Beach

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This was the last thing we saw and it was an amazing way to end the trip. Look at all the seals! Wild seals! Right there!

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This guy seemed to love having his picture taken.

Well, that’s it. That’s not even everything we saw and I took hundreds more pictures, but I hope you enjoyed this little peek into our trip.

Time to Change Your 1975/2014 Marvel Wallpaper

Happy June!

Just a reminder that if you’re using my 1975/2014 Marvel calendar for your desktop wallpaper, it’s time to update.

Click on the image below for June’s 2560 x 1200 image:

1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - June

Wanna grab the other months? Here’s all 12 for you!

Enjoy!

Time to Change Your 1975/2014 Marvel Wallpaper

Happy May!

Just a reminder that if you’re using my 1975/2014 Marvel calendar for your desktop wallpaper, it’s time to update.

Click on the image below for May’s 2560 x 1200 image:

1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - May

Wanna grab the other months? Here’s all 12 for you!

Enjoy!

C2E2 2014

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This past weekend was C2E2 again here in the Chicago area, my fourth time attending (2010, 2012, & 2013), and I believe my third time attending as press. This was, however, the first year I took my son along on what I believe was the first Kid’s Day for a very reasonable additional $5. It was fun to experience something familiar through his eyes and we had a terrific father/son day together. So, let’s get down to it!

There were, of course, plenty of comics to peruse:

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Plenty of toys, clothing, and, well, other stuff:

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But our favorite section was Artist’s Alley where the boy and I browsed and shopped and gabbed with both new and favorite artists.

We stood in Art Baltazar‘s line to get some new Action Cat comics for my daughter, and a cute Deathstroke drawing for my son. He’s always terrific:

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And I got to see fellow Success in Comics presenter and Mad artist Tom Richmond as well. We chatted a bit and I finally got a copy of his book, The Mad Art of Caricature. Judging by the people lining up later, he looked to be having a good show:

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We discovered Yale Stewart this year and just adored his art. I picked up this poster for my wife’s classroom and she was thrilled with it:

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I tried to get in to see both Adam Hughes and Amanda Conner this year, but with the boy in tow, so much to see, and long lines for both, we had to skip them this time. We did, however, get to see Super Dinosaur’s Jason Howard again this year and he chatted with my son (his biggest fan) for a good five minutes while signing a poster and taking some pics. He’s always so nice and we just adore his art. (Note – all the good pics with Jason included my son, so I chose not include them here on the blog for privacy.)

There were a few things this year I’d not seen before, like this giant whiteboard (largely free of anatomic scribblings)…

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… and the giant snakes via the Friends of Scales Reptile Rescue:

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And, of course, there were tons of people in costume!

My son pointed out this Boy Scout-Trooper in line and we snagged a pic of him a bit later:

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I loved these folks. The family that Avenges together, stays together! (And doesn’t the little girl look about ready to Hulk out?)

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This Mom and son has uncannily good costumes:

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This, I don’t what what it is;

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Or this:

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I talked with this couple for a minute and they told me they’d attended all three days and it took an average of four hours each day to get made up. Great costumes, and extra points for patience and persistence:

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Loved these two Boba Fetts:

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And these two were obviously up to no good:

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Wrapping up the cosplayers are these lovely ladies who also took an adorable picture with my red-faced son. They were so cute with him!

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So, all in all another great C2E2. We loaded up on comics, toys, shirts, hats, pizza, and father/son time. The boy has already told me we’re definitely going again next year.

My only quibble had to do with a minor inconvenience concerning my press pass. Thanks so much to C2E2 for the free admission, but in previous years I was able to skip the line and get in a bit earlier to get unencumbered pics and chat with artists and vendors sans crowd. It’s a small inconvenience, but please consider giving press arriving early a head start.

See you in 2015!