Days Of The Dead 2016

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Well the anticipation is over. This past weekend was mine and Frank’s belated anniversary celebration. We decided to hold off doing something for our anniversary (Halloween) and splurge for Days of The Dead since it was only a few weeks after! It worked out perfectly. We got a hotel room and had a blast.

The hi light of the trip was giving Alice Cooper my Zombie Alice head prop. I prepared like I did for Chandler Riggs and made a special box to put Zombie Alice in. I decided that “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” was the perfect song title to use on the outside. I then just painted the box in the colors that are used on the shirt her wears on stage/on his album cover.

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Due to the fan chaos of him being there we decided to only stand through one long line for the photo op and not do the autograph line. We were smart to do it on Friday because as expected Saturday was absolutely insane. Another reason it was smart to just get the hotel for the whole weekend and not stress. This was me in our hotel room just moments before going to get in line for the photo op. I was stoked!

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We stood in line for quite a while because it was a bit of a cluster at first. The staff working were a little bombarded on what to do with all of us. Once they got the hang of things and Alice arrived things moved a lot more quickly. When Frank and I walked up to him and I handed him Zombie Alice. His first reaction was “Wow! You made this!” and then he shook my hand. Then I told him I made it for HIM he said “It’s gonna be so fun getting this on the plane when I fly home” ha ha. He was making little jokes with everyone that walked up to meet him and was so laid back and easy going. It really was a “nightmare” come true. We have never been able to afford the meet and greets at his concert so even though we only got a brief moment with him it was an incredible experience.

This is a scanned copy of our professional photo op…. EEK!

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The next thing on our list was to play catch up with my dear friend and favorite “clown” Sid Haig. We waited until his line died down for a little bit on Saturday to stop by and shoot the shit with him. Of course I had to get a picture to add to my millions of Sid moment photos. sid-haig-9
It was so nice to see him once again and catch up. He said he really liked my Halloween costume and I of course thanked him for my hot dog shirt. It went by too quickly as the line started to build again from us chit chatting and we didn’t want to hold up all the people looking forward to meeting him (and some for the first time). A girl who was buying something at a vending table later on in the day went on to me about what a class act Sid was and how some others were not so kind. I didn’t bother to tell her how many wonderful memories I have had with him since 2004 and how I now consider him and Suzie friends. Instead I let her ramble and agreed 110% with her. I remember how it felt to meet him for the first time and I remember feeling the exact same way about him. It’s so great to see people getting that same feeling from him all these years later. There are some celebs you meet at these things that just seem to go through the motions and some who you know really care about their fans. Sid cares and always has. He is a rare gem!

While visiting him we had him sign us a mini bucket of Captain Spaulding chicken. He had them for sale at his table and are replicas of the ones used in the Rob Zombie Pin Ball machine. One of the most meaningful things we got all weekend.

Another meaningful piece was this statue we saw that immediately drew our attention because it made us think of our departed Sabbath (Sabby Girl). See she liked to spill things just for fun. This included always trying to knock over my cup of water/brushes when I would paint. She also had a bad habit of knocking her water bowl across the kitchen or spilling cups we left out over night. She would tip them over, watch it spill and literally walk away. She was crazy but we loved her.

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We bought a lot of other really cool things. I won’t bore you by listing them here but if you really want to know leave a comment and I can fill you in. I know some of my fellow horror fanatics might find them amusing! The vendors there had a great variety. We got life like props, t-shirts, limited edition collectibles etc. Here are just a few pics we posted on Instagram during our con venturing showing off a few.

Overall this past weekend at Days of the Dead was the perfect little getaway to celebrate our belated 7 year wedding anniversary. So memorable!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Chicago Comicon

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We went to Chicago Comicon again this year. However man this year it was a mad house. In a good way though. So many people, tons of great cosplay (as expected Deadpool and Harley Quinns everywhere ha ha) and overall just a place filled with our kind of people ha ha. Geeks know how to have a good time 😉

As with any con you have to have a game plan. Our game plan started with getting to see Deborah Ann Woll so I could give her my Invite Me In portrait. So we went to her table but they were not allowing you to even get in line with out an autograph pass for any celeb. Lame. I honestly just wanted to show her the portrait and talk to her about it. They were not allowing photos at the tables either. Something I hate because then you are forced to buy a photo op. I just love the time you get at the tables shooting the shit and getting photos with them in a more laid back un-rushed atmosphere Yah not at this con. So our game plan changed to lets go get a photo op ticket. Go look around and then come back during the photo op time slot.

We wanted to meet Bruce Campbell and have him sign Frank’s shot gun and get a photo with him. But when we got there he was done doing autographs was already at his VIP photo op and Q & A panels and wouldn’t be back again until later in the day. We decided we would wait it out for Bruce and try to catch him at a horror con that is less commercialized and more laid back.

We were first in line for the GA photo op line for Deborah and the VIP line went rather quickly. So before we knew it we were in the photo op area with the beautiful Deborah which made it all worth while. Despite the fact that they were rushing everyone she took the time to really look at the portrait and we didn’t end up getting as rushed as everyone else. She herself kept talking to us and made it an actual experience.  She was in awe that it was so detailed that I even captured all her “beauty marks” and told me she could not wait to share it with other fans on social media. She was an absolute doll and kept telling me how talented I was. She was even grateful that I had a gift bag for her to put it in so it was easier for her to take with her. She thanked me again before we left the area and was all smiles. So was I!

This is a scanned version of the photo op pic…

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After all the excitement was over we were able to relax a bit more (not worrying about what time we had to be where) we were able to really take the whole show in. We walked all the exhibit halls and I think our favorite area was the artist alley. So many talented people. Took a lot of business cards home.

We usually only buy stuff at cons if they are pretty unique cause of the costs of things. I left with a Killer Klowns From Outer Space shirt and a  LeeLoo 5th Element shirt. Frank got a shirt with  Bigfoot riding on the back of the Lochness Monster and a Jimmie (Quentin Taratino) Pulp Fiction talking doll. Money well spent ha ha.

Overall we have a great time despite it being so structured but with a crowd that big I guess that is their answer to keeping things under control. I just think it takes away from the fan experience but it is what it is and every con is different. Deborah made it well worth the trip as well as all the wonderful people there keeping it entertaining. Bruce we will see you next time!! Bucket list promise! Maybe now I will have more time to make him a little something when he comes back to town as well.

Now that Deborah owns the original of  “Invite Me In” it is definitely not available for purchase. However, I do still have prints available in my Etsy Shop! So now you can own a piece of artwork that Deborah owns as well!

See more photos of celebs I have given my art work to on the Spitting Image, Adopt The Undead and Freaky Fanatic pages of my official portfolio website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Walker Stalker Con 2016

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Yesterday was so memorable I don’t even know where to begin, but I know this post will be long because there is sooo much to share! When we first got to Walker Stalker Con I had so much to carry because I had so much to give. This was the first con where I had multiple pieces of art to give because there were so many of my favorites at one single show. Since Katharine Isabelle was the original reason I purchased tickets I decided to represent amongst all the Walking Dead peeps by rocking my American Mary shirt and bird skull necklace (which I bought at Strange and Unusual when we were in Philly because it reminds me of Ginger Snaps). Plus it was Memorial Day weekend and my American Mary shirt is quite “patriotic” ha ha

When we first got there we took everything in and right away headed towards the celeb areas. I wanted to meet everyone first so I knew after all that money was gone how much I had left to splurge on. I also was just so damn giddy to meet the people I had my mind set on meeting and didn’t want to carry all the artwork around with me all day. A word of advice to anyone that has never been to a con. Go with a plan.. budget for that plan and then bring extra splurge money. It works way better then winging it. Trust me! Been doing it for 12 + years!

Katharine was doing photo ops but lucky me Denis O’Hare was directly across from her and he was at his table. We stood in line for a little while because Denis is absolutely amazing and takes time with each fan to shoot the shit with them and give them a memorable experience. When it was our turn to meet him, I pulled my “We All Have Our Flaws Kitten” portrait out and handed it to him and his jaw dropped and he said “I’ve seen this before!!! I specifically remember it because I was amazed by it!” {insert my giddy smile, heart drop moment here} He then asked me how I had it and I laughed and said “I drew it! This is the original and it’s all yours!”

He was thrilled. He asked me if I had ever drawn something like it before because it was so unique. I told him that it was my first attempt at mashing up 4 characters into one portrait and the first time I attempted doing black and white with selective color. I also told him he probably saw it online because a lot of his fan pages have reached out to me asking if they could share the piece with fellow fans.

We took a photo with the portrait and he immediately set it up on his table right next to him and thanked me again for it. The greatest honor was seeing it sitting on his table all day long. Every time we passed his booth there it was right next to him on full display!

He was just as amazing as I had anticipated him to be. I also got to see first glimpse photos of him as Poe at his table! I can not wait to see what he brings to that role. I am sure it will be just as incredible as everything else he does. The man is pure talent and absolutely amazing to his fans.

He also had a note on his table’s dry erase board asking people to tell the networks that Liz Taylor deserves an Emmy. I could not agree more! In my opinion he was the star of AHS Hotel. I know many felt it was Lady GaGa as the Countess (who did a great job) but Liz Taylor was such a memorable character.. and that was all because of Denis! I have been a fan of his since his True Blood role as Russel and have always been excited to see him in new roles. But if you were never a follower of his work before and then you take in his character as Liz Taylor you will be hooked! He is just incredible.

I could’ve literally skipped away like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz after my experience with Denis. I was on cloud 10 (because cloud 9 is just not high enough).

While we were meeting Denis our friends went over by Chandler Riggs’ table in hopes to hold a spot in line for us. Go to find out they were passing out these blue tickets with numbers on them for specific line times. Pure genius! It was like getting a Line Hopper pass at Disney or Great America. More cons need to jump on this idea! I have stood in lines that have wrapped around buildings and it sucks. You miss out on so much going on at a con because of lines. This eliminates this issue! They had already grabbed me a ticket so we were all set.

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The only downfall was that meant walking around all day holding Zombie Carl who is as heavy and then some as a real human head ha ha. Not to mention trying not to get him spilled on or bumped into in the crowds. However the plus side is I got stopped all day long with compliments and people asking me for my card! I also networked with a few people who I may do work with in the future! My arms hate me today but it was all well worth it.

By this time Katharine Isabelle (eeeek) was back at her table and I could not be more thrilled. Frank was teasing me in line saying “Baby.. that’s Katharine Isabelle and your about to meet her” ha ha. She too was taking time to talk with fans and was a complete doll to everyone.

When it was my turn to talk to her I was super cheesey happy. She told me how much she loved my hair and I told her how she has been one of my favorite actresses for like ever and how much I admire her work. I pulled out my “Out By 16 Or Dead On This Scene” portrait  and told her I drew it years ago and have been holding on to it hoping she would come back to Chicago. I told her about how each time she was here turned into a missed opportunity for me because of our wedding and my multiple surgeries etc.  She loved it and was thinking I wanted her to sign it and didn’t want to ruin it she said “you don’t want me to sign on this do you?” Frank and I both at the same time said “oh no it’s for you!” She was happy and told us about the room her boyfriend has turned in to a gallery of the best fan art work she has received. How she will have to fight her mother not to take it so she can add it. She said the room freaks out her friends since it’s all of her face ha ha. I told her the great Elvira has the same type of room and calls it her “wall of shame” because it’s all of herself ha ha. She loved that.

We also talked about Ginger Snaps in general and she told us how she recently made her boyfriend watch it and he had no idea how amazing it really was and was brought to tears. I told her it is a horror movie classic and she was the reason it was so incredible. Her brother took multiple photos of us but this one is by far my fave. Not only cause I look SOOOO happy to be standing next to my woman crush/favorite actress but because the look on her face shows how much she dug my work. It’s priceless and worth all the years I held on to this piece to give it to her!

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Last but not least it was finally our time slot to meet Chandler Riggs. Frank and I got a complete kick out all the young girls in line in complete awe of him. They were pointing at him “there he is…. oh my god we are getting closer”. It was so cute I was actually excited for them ha ha. I wish these types of events were around when I was their age. Many of them asked about my Zombie Carl and couldn’t believe I had made it.

When we finally got up to Chandler I set the box down on his table and said “Well I made you a Zombie Carl ha ha and I am so relieved to finally give it to you because I have been carrying it all day long waiting to meet you!” ha ha ha. He was like “Whoa! This is awesome! Oh my god. You made this? What is it made out of ?” He was holding it and checking it out as we talked.

We told him a general idea of the stuff I use to make them and told him I was really happy how much he liked it. I could tell he really appreciated all the hard work that went into it because he kept saying “Wow” and “this is so awesome”! Despite the kid being adorable and so talented he was a absolute sweetheart.

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I also showed him a photo of my nephew Michael dressed up like Carl this past Halloween. He was really impressed and said he looked really awesome. When all was said and done I made sure to text my nephew and my brother and tell them about it all.

To make things even better I check my Instagram this morning and see this post by Walker Stalker Con that said Chandler had the Zombie up on display at his table today! So cool of him and so cool of them to share it with everyone!

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So after all the amazing meet and greet time we had we decided to really appreciate and take in all the vendors and drop off our box of Bisquick to Michael Cudlitz for his food drive #bisquickchallenge. His line was constantly busy so we ended up giving our box to a volunteer. We did get to splurge on some really cool new duds….

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Frank got a OG Zombie Jesus Shirt, Resident Evil Contacts (no pic since they are in bottles) and a Mr. Rodgers Bad Ass art print. I got a I Love Horror shirt and a We Are The Weirdos/The Craft tank top. We then saw this Frankenstein and Bride figurine at a table on our way leaving the con and had to buy it. It reminded us way too much of our wedding 🙂 We now have it displayed next to our wedding photo in our living room.

Now we are broke, tired and sore but it was sooooooooooooo worth it!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

R.I.P. Geoffrey Lewis

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R.I.P Geoffrey Lewis is was an honor to have met you!

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LDG Nicole

Pam De Beaufort AKA Kristin Bauer in the flesh!

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You may have gotten the hint from Friday’s post that I was preparing for a big day on Saturday!

I felt like a giddy fang banger in line at Wizard World Fan Fest yesterday. I had my hot pink and white zebra print gift bag all ready (thanks to my sister in law for the killer bag she wrapped my birthday present in last month). Inside was my original “Bite Me” portrait of Pam ready to hand over to the amazingly talented Kristin Bauer. As many of you know she is one of my favorite actresses and her portrayal of one of my favorite book characters has impressed me over and over again. First Pam and now my favorite fairy tale villain Maleficent. I just can’t get enough of her.

Everyone knows how beautiful Kristin Bauer is on the big screen but in person WOW! Seriously WOW! Then to top it off she was just incredibly sweet and grateful for the drawing I gave her. She thanked me and asked if I would like it in the photo op we were about to take. She then thanked me again before I walked away and gave me a hug. First Rose McGowan in November and now another girl crush hug from Kristin Bauer! All unexpected and as a thank yous for my art gifts. WIN!

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Living Dead Girl Nicole and her husband Frank with Kristin Bauer and the “Bite Me” portrait she gave to her. Living Dead Girl Nicole designed her “Pam” shirt on Customized Girl to wear to this event.

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“Bite Me” – Kristin Bauer/Pam portrait by Living Dead Girl Nicole

Since I knew I wouldn’t get a lot of time to talk to her during the photo op and couldn’t afford another ticket for the autograph line I decided to put a card in the bag telling her that the drawing was a token of my admiration and a thank you for inspiring me to use my talent to help others.

As you may already know from my past posts that I reached out to Kristin’s team a while back and a portion of the proceeds received from selling any of my Pam inspired creations in my Etsy shop (including prints of this portrait I just gifted to her) will go to The Amanda Foundation. One of Kristin’s favorite foundations to help. You can read more about it in my past post here.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Spitting Image: Getting Prepared For Tomorrow

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Can you say STOKED!?!

Bite Me Portrait of Kristin Bauer By Living Dead Girl Nicole

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LDG Nicole