by Leslie Combemale
hi from whatever that thingie is that Luke floats in after almost dying in Hoth, (i.e I’m recuperating from Celebration) ok, don’t send me a mountain of e-mail about what it’s called, i’m a girl geek but do i really need to know that?
I had an amazing time there, John sold the lion’s share of his limited edition, and Starwars.com bought out the rest of the edition, which is great news, and he also signed hundreds and hundreds of his official posters for the show, kindly and very sweetly i must say. Lots of fans coming by and either thanking him for all the beautiful posters in his career or learning about some of the ones they didn’t know about, which was cool to see!
Artists from the artists alley came by, some just gave them a piece of their work as a thanks for inspiring them, and some bought his limited edition!
I spent a lot of time with Tsuneo Sanda, and i’m sure lots of you don’t know his work because George buys most of what he does, so check out his website. Sweet man but he doesn’t speak English (only Japanese) so we spoke for at least an hour through his translator!
I also spent some time watching Lawrence Noble creating an original sculpture of Obi-Wan. He has an original outside at Skywalker Ranch, and just did 2 cool images of the Warner Brothers characters Wile E. and Roadrunner. I walked away for a while and i’d come back and the same folks were still watching him sculpt!
There was a room filled with interpretive art of Darth Vader heads i took some pics of and there are a few examples on the Events page. They are all done by different artists, and John dug them, we all had different favorites.
Andrea (John’s amazing artist wife!) and the girls of Chuck Jones Gallery (i was just there to promote the website, hang out with John and meet like minded movie art fans) helped John at the booth and check out the pic on the events page with John and Andrea and i in his booth getting excited about the Celebration. And there were lots of fans getting their art and posters signed and meeting John, and as Webmaster Jon said, do send us pics of you with John and we’ll put them up!
There were all sorts of costumed characters around, i didn’t take lots of pics of them, but as always there was Elvis Stormtrooper, who i love but even more so now because he got together with Gentle Giant and created a sculpture of himself where all the money goes to charity. We love that. Also i saw what looked like Nicole Kidman dressed as Leia (not really her, but hey, look at her!) and some amazing Queen Amadalas. (all the pics are on the Events page!)
All in all had a great time. We are still working on the site, (as well as mine which is about to be upgraded! www.artinsights.com) and if you have any comments or questions you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Especially if you are one of the people i begged to scan images of stuff they had of John’s we don’t have on the site!
Thanks to Acme Animation for the badge, (i was “snidely whiplash” all week, and me without my mustache..) Congrats to all the artists i met for their hard work and success with their fans both new and loyal, and i hope i hear from those of you i met about linking to this site or contacting me! And please remember we are just getting the site up and running so we’ll eventually have an interview from John for the site and i’m still inputting images and writing about them so keep checking back!