Saturday, May 13, 2006

More Canadian Goodness

Banff


Banff

The Fooking Castle


Banff

Lake Louise Panorama. Scroll from winter to spring.


Banff

Sunset at the Lac

Banff

Eagle's View


Banff

Translation: "Pushing People To Their Bloody Deaths Is Not Recommended"


Banff




Banff

On Top of The world


Banff





Banff

Sexy Mama!


Banff

Oh, well!


Banff

Peek-a-boo


Banff

Repent, sinner!

Banff

Liquor In The Front

Friday, May 12, 2006

Canada Rocks!

I'm back in the USA from an extended trip to our neighbours to the north, the trip was god-sent as I've been dealing with respiratory system issues for a couple of weeks leading to Calgary, the left coast was the medicine I needed to recover from my ills, it was a one-day convention but I stayed up there for nearly a week.

The Calgary Show

I didn't have high expectations but I was proven wrong once again, (and I'm glad i was wrong) all I wanted was just to be there to support my friends Kandrix & Laurie B. but I had no clue whatsoever that the show was going to turn into a gigantic and unprecedented success for everyone involved (that includes the audience and of course the participants) this is due in no small part to the titanic work of the organizers, efforts in advertising and promoting the show and more importantly, in providing great entertainment to an eager audience. The line outside was ridiculous! Financially, this has been my best show so far, second only to the San Diego ComiCon International.

Calgary Tee Shirt Queens


Calgary Tee Shirt Queens


Calgary Tee Shirt Queens


Calgary Tee Shirt Queens


The Diversity Factor

The event had everything anyone would want in a show of this nature, the convention hall was accessible via mass transit, spacious and clean, hight celings and ample aisles. The diversity and stature of the invited guests was a fan's dream come true, this is the type of line-up I'd want to see at other shows; tons of prominent mainstream comic book creators such as Humberto Ramos David Finch and the guys from Udon . . . . Wait a second! I almost forgot, David Finch didn't make it to the show, in fact, he din't even call to say he wasn't going to make it, what a fucked up, irresponsible thing to do. Oh well, his loss! I'm sure he has a good excuse. There were also TV & film animation show producers and story editors like the award-winners Alan Burnett & Paul Dini, independent artists like Michel Gagne, Josh Howard, character designers like Stephen Silver & Patrick Morgan, famous voice over actors, cool celebrities like 'Chewbacca" (Peter Mayhew), local heroes and retailers. Not bad at all for a first year show.

The Red (and white) Carpet

The guests of the show were treated to that wonderful canadian hospitality famous the world over, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to emphasize yet again the amazing work done by the organizers and each and every person connected to the event in making sure the guests had everything they needed, the staff was corteous and incredibly helpful; my first time visiting Canadian soil was an experience I will not soon forget, that's for sure!, thanks to John C., Cody Baker, and everyone who helped make it so memorable.

If you're a creator working in the entertainment industry, you better get your booth for 2007 reserved quickly, this show will be even bigger next year, the turnout was phenomenal, in fact, it was so good they're making it a 2-day show. A personal note to all my artist friends: Come to Calgary, I promise you, it will be something you'll enjoy to no end.


Patrick Morgan, Stephen Silver and this humble narrator shared a hotel room but we were each assigned individual booths at the con. While I can't possibly speak for all the guests exhibiting at the show, I have to say that in my opinion and based on my personal experience and that of those who I came into contact with, I can't think of anyone in the 'convention industry' that takes better care of its guests than the Calgary Expo people; case in point: Banff

Banff

When the show ended, those of us remaining in Calgary were driven by Kandrix and Laurie B. to a world-class ski town in the Canadian Rockies called Banff. This place is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery you can imagine, thermal springs spas, mile-high gondolas, castles, lakes, waterfalls and a slew of japanese tourists. I am not going to describe it, see for yourselves. Click on the pics to enlarge.


Banff

You must click on this pic!!

Banff

Downtown Banff

Banff

Candyman making candy.

Banff

Bison ribs, buffalo burgers and antelope soup . . .Yummy!!

Banff

'The Three Sisters'

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Banff Avenue

Banff

From the left: John G., John C., Y. Truly, Dale, Kandrix, Cody & Laurie B.

Banff

Boardwalk to Heaven.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Back From The Dead

Thank you all for your concern, and your good wishes. Didn't mean to ignore you but before my trip to Calgary, my eyes were so irritated and full of cheese, I couldn't stare at the computer monitor so I avoided the computer to get some relief, a few minutes ago I arrived from the airport and stepped into the basement to let you all know that I'm alive and well and to thank you for the support, the trip to Canada did me much good, both, in terms of health and also spiritually, more on that a bit later, I'm uploading pictures from the event and I'll give you all a full report in due time.

-Abrazos,
Alberto