This year Dirty Teacup Designs will be in Artist Alley table 703 at Phoenix Comicon all weekend long. As part of the show, I’ll be debuting BRAND NEW prints – and they all just so happen to be my most requested characters by you guys! In addition, I’ll be posting teasers of my new pieces as it gets closer & closer to the event. So stayed tuned to Dirty Teacup Designs on Facebook & Instagram <3
PCC is an annual comic convention held June 2nd-5th, 2016 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Looking for more information about the show? Visit their website for more info!
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!
Quite a lot going on this coming month… such an exciting & frenetic time. I’ve been a busy little bee working on an enormous amount of new pieces that will be debuting this month at Phoenix Comicon May 28th-31st! I will be at tables 14126 & 14128.
Dirty Teacup Designs will also be at these events this month, if you can’t make it out to Phoenix Comicon, starting with an entire jam packed weekend filled with live concerts, free comics & weird art:
Phoenix Comicon has an excellent map on their website to make it easier to find all the different artists, exhibitors, guests & all the fun debaucheries happening at the show. Just click on the various spaces to find who you’re looking for. For example, when you hover over table 14126 & 14128 you can see my bio:
The whirlwind that is Phoenix Comicon has come to pass and, although by the end I fell a tad bit ill, it just so happened to be the personal best show Dirty Teacup Designs has been a part of EVER!
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.