Phoenix Comicon 2015 has vanished as quickly as it crept up on all the creators, vendors & attendees who were a part of it… As always it was a crazy, exhausting, fun-filled experience… & I have to say, I had the most wonderful time! Despite all the dramatics that occurred while loading in. (Ahem, 4 hour wait to gain entry to the load-in dock – I’m looking at you!) The small turmoil passed & the excitement inside grew as I began laying out my fresh-off-the-presses new prints…
I debuted a personal record number of new pieces for the con. SIX, to be exact. Elebouffant – a piece based on the myth that elephants embody hidden strengths. A morning inspiration turned into the birth of a brand new collection (The Ladies Who Brunch collection) – Lady Marmalade. A variant of my Jane Voorhees Fashion Villain (soon I will have variants of all my Villains/Valors/Victims, so keep your eyes open!). My newest Fashion Villains, Jessica Doom & a fun commission turned into something I really adored- Mary Zombbins.
And last, but certainly not least, my lovely Viviana! She is the newest femme fatale of my Domestic Bliss collection. For inquiring minds, that collection dabbles in tales of forced happiness through separation, a dark & quirky take on the “can’t live with him can’t live without him” predicament, if you will. Viviana’s story is unlike all of the other ladies of the collection so far, as it is loosely based on reality. A long time ago, at a previous job of mine, some police came in inquiring about a customer; Who they claimed had apparently murdered & dismembered her husband, putting him into tupperware, before going on a shopping spree with his cards! It’s a story that has really stuck with me for a long time. Needless to say, I always wanted to create a piece semi-depicting it, but in a less macabre & more darkly humored way (well, as least macabre someone stuffing a body in tupperware could be!) So I present Viviana, with her eye-ball loving feline, Cleo!
New artwork aside, I just want to close out letting everyone know how grateful & humbled I am by all of my “regulars” & friends who came to Phoenix Comicon to support me & my art – the thing that keeps me going. I can’t express how much you all mean to me. I hope to see all of you again soon!
<3 Meghan, the Dirty Teacup girl.
My two most recent pieces. The first, “Apt Pupils”, a tale of Lea, a girl who has lost her vision. In longing for what she’s lost, she sees everything as elaborate, exaggerated caricatures of what they truly are.
“Bird Nest Bouffant” is based on the myth that the appearance of a bird nest close to where you reside will bring you good luck and prosperity. By stuffing nests into the tresses of her hair, Bridget hopes for this effect to no avail. These peculiar, undead birds hatching from the eggs nestled inside her voluminous hair bring about nothing but bad luck.
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The 4th and newest installment of the “Domestic Bliss” series is now complete! “A Domestic Bliss Hallows’ Eve” depicts all 3 ladies all decked out in their elegant Halloween costumes. Each lady has elements indicative of their style throughout the “Domestic Bliss” series. Claudia, dressed as a seductive bunny, carving a pumpkin with her lustrous ax; Katia as the Bride of Frankenstein, teasing her beloved dog, Andre (wearing a pint sized monster costume!), with the arm of her long gone significant other, Ivan. And of course, Mathilda, dressed as a sorceress, boning up on her body disposal knowledge, as she brews up a deadly, bubbly brew – with the severed head of her husband by her side.
Being an avid fan of everything Halloween, (So much so my Halloween decor completely flooded my living room promptly at the end of September) I felt like a piece such as this was a must. Out of all the pieces I’ve made, the very first collection I created – Domestic Bliss – is the one that is closest to my heart, as is this time of year.
I wanted all of the Domestic Bliss gals to have elements that everyone is familiar with from the originals, keeping the personalities I envision them having intact, I wanted to put myself in their mindset and figure out what they, as characters, would want to wear on Halloween…
Claudia, I’ve always seen as the seductress. A Playboy-esque, masked ensemble seemed like it would be right up her ally. Her penchant for storing body parts in large trunks in her boudoir, gave me the idea to let her carve a Jack-O-Lantern fit for storing those pesky body parts that all the Domestic Bliss girls have lying around.
Katia is the most playful of the bunch, almost child-like, despite her age. The kind of girl that would see a fence & wouldn’t bother with something as mundane as opening the latch & walking out, but rather by daintily swinging it open. Her love of old monster movies was the deciding factor of her costume, the Bride of Frankenstein, especially since this would give her the opportunity to dress up her dog, Andre, as the Frankenstein monster! As a Halloween doggy treat, she dug a piece of Ivan out to dangle in front him.
Mathilda is the most “domestic” of the bunch. She loves cooking, whether it be bacon & eggs or sautéed severed fingers & decapitated head smoothies. How fitting would it be for her to be a sorceress & to have a bubbling cauldron at her disposal? After her attempts of getting rid of her dead fellas head, perhaps a potion in her new favorite book would have some clues for her. Not only is the cauldron a nod to Mathilda’s love of cooking, but also to one of the Dirty Teacup Designs mascots, Arnold. He’s usually found in an abnormally large teacup whenever I am selling my art in person. Those who have seen my display in person know Arnold quite well!
So take a stroll through a ghastly, gated pumpkin patch to get a glimpse of the lovely murderesses of the “Domestic Bliss” series: Claudia, Katia & Mathilda on Halloween night! This is probably my most favorite piece to date, & I truly hope you guys enjoy it. Whether Halloween holds a special place in your heart, or if you’re a fan of the series.
After an itsy bitsy summer hiatus (by hiatus I mean the irrational fear I have of getting sunburned the moment I stand outside – perhaps I’ll add this to my Phobias Collection?), Dirty Teacup Designs rambunctiously returned to First Fridays outside of Revolver Records & Second Friday Night Out in Mesa! I honestly felt right back at home, where I belong.
Leaping aboard my train of art prints for the very first time were Heather S. Thompson, Alice Hill In Silent Wonderland & lastly, my mascot & and first concept I ever created for Dirty Teacup Designs, The Dirty Teacup Girl. She was designed to evoke mischief blended with delicate femininity. Her mind is poisoned with ominous ideas (in this case, a poisoned tea bag!). If you couldn’t make your way to either of these events, you can get your hands on them here.
It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces & meeting some new ones as well. Next month I’ll be back with a smorgasbord of Halloween themed art tricks & treats that I’m currently working up as your eyes read this…
Til next time, ladies & germs,
I debuted a plethora of new things, starting with an entirely new setup! It took a lengthy amount of time to get it just right – but in the end I thought it turned out beautifully. My brand new “Katia’s Domestic Bliss” banner with my handy dandy Ivan skeleton (Fun fact: he is the fella in the ground underneath Katia, complete with a handmade bowtie by yours truly).
The newest installment of the “Phobia” collection, “Bdellophobia“, made its first appearance as well. I’m fairly certain she has taken “Mathilda’s Domestic Bliss'” crown as ruler of the raised eyebrows & terrified glances given by passers-by. So congratulations to Bdellophobia, she made me proud. Those cringing looks couldn’t bring a larger smile to my face.
I introduced the first lady of my “Fashion Valors” collection:
Ashlee Williams complete with the Necronomicon, and a mounted deer head with a serious case of the giggles. The Valors collection will feature all the “heroic” characters from my favorite horror films & videogames. I’m so happy with how she came out & I can’t wait to show you which Valor is next!
My “Snow White & the Seven Plastic Surgeons” comic also came to fruition for Phoenix Comicon. It’s a tale I have had tucked away for a handful of years & I thought this would be the perfect time to bring it to life. “Snow White & the Seven Plastic Surgeons” is one of my earliest pieces from when I began to dive into sequential art. The satirical nature of beauty in society is one that resonates a lot with me & with a great many others it seems. The comic also contains two additional stories of mine, including the misadventures of a goat go-go dancer & a space ninja venturing off to a planet made of candy.
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be a part of Bianca Thompson’s Dead Divas/Unstoppable Cards sketch card set! I thought making some mini prints of a few of the cards I made from the set would fit nicely at PCC. Although all the characters were so fun to recreate, Lady of the Death was one of my favorite to illustrate.
The best thing about enormous show like this that are filled to the brim with 77k+ people, is being able to share my art with so many people. Their reactions, praise, critiques & stories of what they see when looking at my art, make all the long, yet enjoyable hours I put into creating meaningful pieces so worth bringing them to the public. I spent so many years keeping my art to myself, and its wonderful having people that love my work as much as I love bringing all of them to life.
Next stop will be Amazing Las Vegas Comicon, June 20th-22nd! See you soon, creeps!