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In which Ursula cannot get her ego through the door for a week...

I got a very nice note this morning from one of the GoH's at Anthrocon--Michel Gagne, of insanely twisted rabbit fame, who bought my lurking sock puppet painting and had wanted to say that he liked my art, and that he'd mentioned it in his con report if I wanted to read it.

Needless to say, picking my jaw off the keyboard and giggling hysterically took most of breakfast. And since according to said Con report, he gave his GoH choice award to the very deserving TK Labus--and I got one anyway--that means--I think--that it was Stan Sakai of Usagi Yojimbo fame who liked my warthog painting.

At that point, my ego hit critical mass and all higher brain functions went into total shut down to try to save what shreds of humility were still clinging to the inside of my skull. Big metal rolls slamming down over the windows, klaxons blaring, a pleasant female voice saying "System meltdown in...five...four...three..." thousands of tiny pink lizards in hard hats fleeing screaming through my brain--well, you know, the usual.

Fortunately, my friend Dave immediately pointed out that however I might be as an artist, I was still petrified of the common garden millipede.

"But they're a gram of pure evil!" I said.
"They're small and crunchy," he said.
"Evil can be crunchy."

And fortunately, by the time this was over, meltdown had been averted. So now I feel all warm and fuzzy and terrified of millipedes, and life is good.


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"Evil Can be Crunchy"

There's a hidden nugget of wisdom in that... somewhere. :)

Wait, I figured it out, why that conversation stands out so much. I've had that same conversation when discussing chocolate with my mother. :)

Aww...I wanted to buy it. Not fair!

Congrats! You deserve it.

Heh...Centipedes. Ick.

Glad for this post because:

1) Now I know who bought the sock puppet piece, and,
2) I didn't know which of the two had given the award when I saw it there, so you have provided me with the answer. Thank you!

Also, I agree. Evil can be crunchy.

CONGRATULATIONS!

We were happy to see your artwork there, and happier still to see it get a GoH award.

Well it was just a furry con... but that doesn't work does it, when folks the calliber of Stan Sakai and Micheal Gagne like your work. I've met them both, knowing Michael Gagne a little from animationnation.com, and he's a class act. I've bought his "latest book" every comic-con I have gone to.

Congratulations, just keep at it, and you will go far.

Scott

Congrats, woman!!

Millipedes are fun. It's camel spiders you should fear. Oiy.

Um, you know that camel spiders are an urban legend, right? I mean, at least the kind you're fearing.

"Camel spiders" are actually related to the scorpion, not spiders at all, are not at all venomous, and only grow to about five inches across. Yeah, that's a big bug, but it's not all that fearsome. They call them 'camel' because they live in the desert (gotta love those great minds, right?) and they capture prey by jumping on it, like tarantulas, wolf spiders, and so on. None of those, by the way, are particularly venomous.

Um, you know that camel spiders are an urban legend, right? I mean, at least the kind you're fearing.

Behold the legendary Camel Spider:

http://www.arabianwildlife.com/nature/insect/ins09.html

And the doc that (if misread) might lead one to believe camel spiders are an urban legend:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/bugs/camelspider.asp

If the idea of having a chunk taken out of you by a crawly thing doesn't give you gooseflesh, you are a mighty soul, and I salute you. I've been dealing with wolf spiders for two decades and have yet to find one five inches across. Two inches is big enough, man. Damn.


You read my post, right? I didn't say the creature doesn't exist, but they don't eat/bite humans and they're not venomous, both of which are part of the story that's been going around.

I specifically said that they DO in fact exist. But they shouldn't be feared. They're harmless.

I mean, unless you consider 'harm' to be giving you a bad case of the heebiejeebies. I'm sure one of those would be plenty to get Mrs. Vernon's skin climbing into the chandelier!

I assumed, when you said "It's camel spiders you should fear", that you were referring to the urban-legend variety, which have anethstetic venom and chew people's faces off, among other things.

By the way, that photo looks (if it isn't manipulated) like two camel spiders clinging to eachother. Mating, fighting, or otherwise, I don't have any idea.

You read my post, right? I didn't say the creature doesn't exist, but they don't eat/bite humans and they're not venomous, both of which are part of the story that's been going around.

Yes I did, which is why I posted the response I did.

I assumed, when you said "It's camel spiders you should fear", that you were referring to the urban-legend variety, which have anethstetic venom and chew people's faces off, among other things.

Assumptions usually screw up communication. I know you're just trying to be informative, and that's cool. I appreciate it! Sometimes it's a good idea to ask questions first before assuming things, is all. I knew when I mentioned 'em that the business about anesthetic venom/25 mph ground speed stuff is bogus. (Which is why I posted the Snopes page URL on the subject.) All I was trying to do was to toss another feasome creature into the mix. We can debate whether or not they are capable of hurting a person, but there's no denying the lil' buggers look pretty creepy.


At the risk of collapsing your ego into a singularity...

Your "African Wildflower" picture won "GOH's Choice" by Stan Sakai, the other guest of honor. I dunno who bought it, though.

Re: At the risk of collapsing your ego into a singularity...

Holy crap, someone bought it, too?

Jesus, my brain...

Re: At the risk of collapsing your ego into a singularity...

Yep, that was me, and I love it. Mr. Sakai has excellent taste. I just sent you an email about it.

Congrats!

Evil can also be squishy.

Hehe, congrats! You certainly are deserving.

[Alopex] You certainly deserved the attention and praise! It was great to see your work there, and a bummer that you couldn't attend yourself. Brer and I wandered into the art show a couple of times, and each time there was a small group standing around discussing your work in tones of awe and bemusement. One time it was the entire Sakai family. Whereas in the art show in general you have small groups of people who wander around and whisper amongst themselves about the art on display, your corner was a place that seemed to invite people to actually strike up conversations with complete strangers. I didn't listen too intently myself, but I think people were taken by your creativity - trying to figure out just what sort of mental processes led to the images you create and the stories behind them. There were certainly other artists in the show that were talented with their craft, but you add to that the ability to go beyond pinups and portraits to tell little stories. Puzzling stories, albeit, but still stories worth stopping to muse over.

I noted a small bidding war over the mouse and the grape, and that a few other pieces had bids, but I never heard if any went to auction. Congratulations on the great showing! Looking forward to seeing you at Midwest Furfest.

Vampire watermelons

Congratulations, and be careful not to bump your head on the doorframe. ;)

For some reason, when I saw this I immediately thought of you...

Re: Vampire watermelons

That is awesome.

Everything is better crunchy... does that make evil less evil?

Aww! That's cute! And at the risk of setting off a faint warning blip on some half-hidden diode on an unimportant console, you deserve recognition for your brilliant art, and the even better quirkiness that fuels it.

I was intrigued to see that your mouse and grape did seem to get more attention than your lurking sock puppet when I last checked on them. jinzi and I were glad to see you get a GoH choice and we certainly hope to see more of your works next year (oh, and we'd certainly not complain if you escorted them yourself).

Wuzzah! I think I've actually met Stan Sakai, he seemed like a really nice guy. Didn't talk to him for long, but he emits, well, 'average nice Chinese guy' vibes, if you understand what I mean. Nothing pretentious.

A courtesy comment to say I've added you to my friends list after following a metaquate (I shouldn't be surprised if this happens to you all the damn time) and since 'I love your art' is probably a redundancy by now, I'm gonna go with 'I love the way you write' & I hope you don't mind me tagging on to the end of that mutant friends list of yours ;)

PS - Unicorn & Cardinal absolutely ROCKS. There, I did the art fan thing. I will never trouble you with it again. Honest.

Congratulations! If your ego won't fit thru the door that means you'll just have to stay inside and do more art. Works for me!

I can't help but see a packaging-label for Evil™ brand millipedes.

Anyway, congratulations on the Guest of Honours' choice award. You deserve it.

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