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Tidbits & after thoughts for Phoenix Comicon 2015

PCC 2015 SetupPhoenix 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…

How Dirty girls get into conventions

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!

Viviana's Domestic Bliss by Dirty Teacup Designs

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.


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A Domestic Bliss Hallows' Eve
A Domestic Bliss Hallows’ Eve

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.

Prints are available exclusively here in the shop. I’ll also be debuting them in person on First Friday at Revolver Records tomorrow! Happy October, guys & ghouls!

Happy Halloween from Arnold

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