We're back from an awesomely amazing trip to Calgary Alberta and the Excellent Expo.
Unfortunately, all we got to see of Calgary was from the drive to and from the airport, the hotel window and the walk to and from the Expo (it was a half hour shuttle ride or a 15 minute walk).
Fortunately there was a very tall, noticeable landmark right across from the hotel making navigation very easy.
There were 102,000 attendees through the door over the four days and we got to sit at our table and watch the show go by.
Meeting, greeting and handing over commissions with Dean and Mark; always feels good getting those delivered safe and sound. It was a real pleasure finally getting to see Dean in person, we've been emailing for quite a while and he is the one who initiated contact with the show. Many thanks to Dean! ...and there we are at my table.
I was on a panel, 'Paint and Canvas vs Tablet and Stylus' with Bobby, Vic, Scott, Chris and moderated by Keith. It was a hoot. There may or may not be a podcast somewhere. Later, I'm catching up on my sketching back in the room.
I forgot to get a picture of my one and only superhero sketch; I did a Thor pencil sketch as a Kirby tribute.
Here are the sketches I did for Ruben:
Our neighbours, that helped make this such a great show: Bob Layton, Dexter Vines and Tom Cook. Also, me and Greg, one of the many legions of staff and volunteers that made this The Most Awesomazingest Show Ever.
A special thanks to Blaine Tufts for having us at the show and to his wife, Marina, who organized the art auction and raised a record amount for the Make A Wish Foundation.
Here's the ice sphere that I had in my after-show shot of single malt...
and on the flight home, while Shel napped, I amused myself with...
...drawing a barf-bag hand puppet!