Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Still Bringing Home the Goods

Hi. My name is Kelly and I'm a paper addict. Um. Books. Tape. Rub-ons. Transparencies. Yeah. Stuff like that. At least I know I'm not alone.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bringing Home the Goods

Lots of rubber stamp fun from Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe! Yummy! I love their stamps and the shop!!!

At Art Unraveled and looking forward to my class tonight. Yay!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monument Valley

On the way to Art Unraveled in Phoenix as I post this...

Sunday, July 28, 2013

On the Road Again

To say that I had a good time is an understatement. We're on the road again heading towards Santa Fe. I'll be dreaming of rolling mountains, bunnies, swirling colors and all of the fun I had this weekend. Thank you to Tracey, Lynn and all of my wonderful students. It was very good for the spirit!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Holding on Tight

It's funny how things can change in the blink of an eye. One minute you're chugging along and then something comes full force at you. Memories. Life. It all can hit you so hard so fast. It's nice to be in a place surrounded by stunning visual inspiration. Nature is like a rolling, welcoming carpet here. Breathtaking.

I haven't had my phone the last couple of days during workshops (I've been giving it to Tristan for GPS and navigating through the streets of Masonville, Loveland and Fort Collins) so I haven't been able to share as much as I usually do. I hope to get some pictures tomorrow. It has been a truly wonderful weekend and it will be sad to go tomorrow.

Friday, July 26, 2013

In the Moment

Ahhh. Finished my first day of teaching at Masonville Artist's Studio. What a great day. Good people. A gorgeous environment. A welcoming space. Two amazing hostesses. Lots of art. I loved every moment of it. I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

On the Road

We arrived in Grand Junction, Colorado late last night. Almost ready to get back on the road to Fort Collins. First we have to make two side trips to a couple of promised LEGO stores for a certain boy. He's been looking forward to going for a couple of years now!

I'm looking forward to the view going over the Rockies today. I'll be thinking of my Dad the whole time as he's been the one who went with me on this trip the last few years. He had been counting down last year to the trip. I'm thankful that my Mom is able to be here. All of us miss him terribly.

My car is packed to the brim so anyone taking classes this weekend and next is in for some serious fun!!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

An Open Letter to LEGO

Tristan holding his 2012 and 2 of the 2013 SDCC LEGO exclusive minifigures in front of a small portion of his favorite minifigures from LEGO
San Diego Lego Convention Center built by Tristan He builds one of these every year before Comic Con
Tristan and a small portion of his favorite LEGO minifigures (yes, he has tables, buckets and containers FULL of LEGO)

 To Whom It May Concern,

My son is 16 years old and is a HUGE LEGO fan. He eats, sleeps and breathes LEGO.

We have been attending SDCC for MANY years and this has to be the worst experience EVER with LEGO. I want to preface this by saying that the man in charge of the LEGO booth (whose name, unfortunately, I did not catch) was TOP NOTCH. He was professional and extremely kind. He went out of his way more than once to talk to us, greet us and was just an all around nice guy. I wish I had his name as I really would like to thank him for all of his hard work.

My son's #1 priority was all things LEGO at the convention. He missed several panels and events in an effort to try to obtain the exclusive (and elusive) superhero minifigures from both DC and Marvel.

The first day (Thurs) I took time away from panels that I wanted to attend to try my hand at the raffle for him. Keep in mind, again, that the only thing he wanted the LEGO for was his own personal collection. The booth was overwhelmed with people and the raffle was shut down. In that short time period, we did not move from the line. However, we witnessed folks who had gone through the line numerous times and were able to obtain more than one raffle ticket while my son and I (and many others) weren't even able to obtain ONE.

The next day he was able to enter the raffle and managed to win a figure. The third and fourth days he was unlucky and did not obtain a figure. Both his father and me took time out of our busy schedules to stand in lines both days for the raffles.

During this time, the news had spread that the figures were selling on ebay for hundreds (if not thousands-now-of dollars EACH.) We heard MANY MANY MANY folks saying that they were in line ONLY to win a figure TO SELL IT ON EBAY. It was VERY upsetting. I also heard several of the young LEGO booth workers telling folks how much the figures were going for on ebay WHILE telling us that they wanted to give out the figures only to children to promote LEGO.

My question is, why is LEGO catering to the scalpers? Last year, LEGO made 1,000 of each figure available. This year it was far, far, far less and a feeding frenzy ensued. I saw folks get into both physical fighting and shouting matches over these little pieces of plastic. I saw adults trying to bribe children to buy their figures from them. I saw tickets taken from people's hands. I also have seen the losing tickets going for a lot of money on ebay as well. I witnessed many things that really upset me during my time at the LEGO booth at SDCC.

My son played by the rules every day until Sunday when after having read multiple times that folks were being given more than one ticket, his desire to obtain a Green Arrow figure got the best of him. He got in line twice on Sunday and was not given a second ticket and *I* was scolded for his actions later on. Now, I am not happy with him having gotten in line twice but at the same time the way this was handled was extremely poorly.

My son wanted the figures for himself and not to resell. As I've stated above, he is a HUGE LEGO fan. All of his money goes towards buying LEGO. He makes LEGO stop motion films (under the name Legogalactus on youtube.) I can send you photos of his room with his collections. I have spent thousands of dollars on LEGO over the years for both my son as well as friends and family. I have always been a huge fan of what LEGO offers for children (as well as adults.)

This whole experience has left an extremely bad taste in my mouth.

Some ideas-

1. If Lego wants to give figures away to children at the convention to promote LEGO, why not give away figures that are not exclusive? Give away superheroes that are already made to children under a certain age. Megabloks and Kreo both do this and there was NO problem at their booths. Children (and parents) will appreciate it and there won't be a greedfest or feeding frenzy by scalpers at the booth.

2. We love exclusive minifigures but instead of doing what LEGO has done the last couple of years, why not package the figures up and sell them? Limit the figures to one set per person and scan or stamp the badges.

3. LEGO has the power to stop the ebay auctions both before and after the show. If you can do this, this kind of thing won't happen.


Mrs. Kelly Kilmer

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


All prepped, packed and ready for my road trip to Colorado and Arizona. I'm teaching at The Masonville Artist's Studio in Loveland THIS weekend. From Colorado we're heading right to Art Unraveled in Arizona. You can find out more information about all of my workshops here. I really do hope to see you there! It's been far too long since I've taught in Colorado and I'm really looking forward to seeing some of my old friends as well as meeting some new faces!

When we were at SDCC last week, I bought a few books but this is the one that I am most excited about. Journal pages, photos and artwork galore of an artist whose name I'd never heard until I saw it sitting at the Last Gasp table. I flipped through and had to pick my jaw up off the floor. It's not for everyone but I am really looking forward to reading it. More on Vali here.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sunday at San Diego Comic-Con

Walt Simonson
Barron Storey
Andy Runton

Wall at the Godzilla Encounter
Ellen Forney
Tom Gauld
Gene Deitch
David Petersen
This was definitely a memorable and great year at SDCC. I had the pleasure of meeting many of my favorite artists and creators as well as seeing several directors and actors in the flesh. Sunday was no exception! 

We started our day with the Godzilla encounter. I. Can't. Wait. For. The. Movie. I loved Pacific Rim (yes, there are flaws but for a giant monster vs giant robot film, it's a lot of fun) and we all know that Godzilla is the King of Kaijus! 

A quick breakfast (our first real breakfast since Tuesday) at Lucky's and we were on our way!

One thing that we noticed was how extremely difficult it was to get exclusives this year. Even after getting in line at Hasbro at 2:30 a.m., we still were unable to obtain a ticket (we wanted Boba Fett!) Many, many, MANY peeps I spoke with stated (quite matter of factly) that they were going to turn around and put everything they obtained from SDCC on ebay. EVERYTHING! It's nothing new with comics and collecting but it was especially frustrating to hear it from so many people. Why does everything have to be for profit and not for the experience aspect? 

This was my most frustrating experience this year especially between LEGO, Hasbro and Mattel. All Tristan wanted was the damn Lego superhero minifigures and it was a feeding frenzy with scalpers. It was very upsetting and quite disgusting. Lego needs to figure out a better way to do this. Last year it was 4,000 free figures given out via a lottery. This year it was four figures, Spiderwoman and Spiderman (limited to 300 of each figure) from Marvel and Black Suit Superman and Green Arrow from DC (limited to 225 of each figure) given out via a ticket system that wasn't truly fixed until Sunday. I don't blame the people at the booth. They worked their asses off (especially the higher up folks we spoke with) and were pretty patient BUT once the word got out as to how much the stupid pieces of plastic were being sold for on ebay, EVERYONE was a scalper. Even the young kids working the booths started telling people how much the figures are selling for (at the moment) on ebay. It was ridiculous and frustrating. Grown adults were trying to buy figures from children. Tickets were snatched out of hands. Fights and verbal screaming matches erupted and all I can think of is my kid wanted the figures simply because he loves Lego. He lives, sleeps, eats and breathes them. Even after telling him not to get in line twice on Sunday (the only day he did that because he so desperately wanted the Green Arrow figure), he got back in line and was not given a second ticket and *I* was the one scolded about it. It just left a really bad taste in my mouth and I've always encouraged my son to be creative and passionate about what he loves (collecting Lego and making Lego stop motion films.) It's just upsetting to see it become such a greedfest.

Another interesting aspect was in recent years, SDCC has expanded tremendously in terms of the number of attendees. This year it seemed like more people than ever. People came from all over the world to attend. We spoke with folks from Australia, Russia and Asia! Lots of newbies were present. At times, it was so packed that you didn't have to even move, the crowd moved YOU. I came very close to losing my shit after being pushed, poked and prodded one too many times. Now I know how a cow feels. That said, it was fascinating to have peeps from all over the world represented. 

I really, really enjoyed meeting so many of my favorite artists and creators. We ran around meeting and getting sketches from folks like Andy Runton, Ellen Forney, Boey, David Petersen, Barron Storey, Walt Simonson, Tom Gauld and Gene Deitch. Gene Deitch?! I was over the moon to get a Tom Terrific sketch from the man responsible for Flebus and Munro. I loved every minute.

We found some great deals on some books that were on our wishlist. We bought books from our favorite publishers like Drawn and Quarterly, Topshelf, Fantagraphics and Last Gasp. I saw a beautiful new book from Sunday Press that I will have to add to my wish list. There's always lots to see and do at Con, it's just a case of having limited funds and space issues. Eye candy is everywhere!

The running joke was that folks are already camping out now for a seat in Hall H in 2015. After seeing some of the things I saw this year, I wouldn't be surprised. Folks getting in line at 5 p.m. the night before for a panel that didn't happen until the next day. In the last few years, that's become popular but never to the extent that we witnessed this weekend. It truly has become a venue of pop culture phenomenon.

I'm writing this on little sleep and with an extremely sore body. It's always sad to say goodbye to something that you love. Every year, the last day of Comic-Con always feels like Christmas night when everything is over and the excitement has faded. Now it's the day after Con and we're all going through withdrawal. It's like it's own unique community and truly unlike anything I've ever experienced. I'm already counting down to 2014! After I get some sleep.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

How I Spent My Saturday

Up and in line by 2:30. One of the last groups let into the hall. We were in all day until we finally hit the wall.

For one day, Hell Hall became Heaven.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Favorite Moments from Yesterday

Yesterday was a great day! We didn't have any luck getting into World's End (I really wanted to see Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright but, alas, it didn't happen. It's insane how early peeps have to get here now to get in line.)

We ran around each getting a ticket to Lego's minifigure raffle (Tristan won! Yay! My Lego Maniac was VERY, VERY happy!)

One of my big highlights of Comic-Con is always meeting and seeing the creators. I was ecstatic to find James O'Barr on the floor. We weren't sure if he was definitely there as he didn't have a booth but we were wandering around looking for Jack Katz and there was O'Barr! He was extremely kind and went out of his way to do a sketch for us. He was talking to me the whole time he was drawing. I totally dug watching George Perez drawing Wonder Woman.

Today is Day Four and we're in line again for Hall H. Yet today looks promising! As I write this we're under a tent waiting for the doors to open. Looking forward to a good day!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

My Favorite Part of Yesterday

was seeing the big smile on my son's face.

Really enjoyed the Sherlock and X-Files panels. They showed us clips of season three of Sherlock. It looks delicious. Moffat had us rolling. The X-Files panel was playfully (naughty) fresh and quite fun. I always enjoy seeing the creators and hearing their stories.

In line for Hall H now hoping to get into see Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. This line is far larger than it was last year at this time. After that panel, it'll be comics all day! Woo hoo!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bringing Home the Goods

I was a bit of a bad girl last night. Just a bit. I found book goodies at Stuart Ng and Last Gasp. I saw lots of comics that are on my wishlist, too, from Drawn and Quarterly, Top Shelf and Fantagraphics. I focused on the (somewhat unusual stuff) last night and was a very happy camper.

We're up very early and in line to get into the convention center. Ballroom 20 for X-Files is our goal today. Tristan will be off in search of all things LEGO and DC. Those damn minifigures are #1 on his list and LEGO made less of them this year than they have in previous years. Please wish my boy good luck! ;)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My Sanity Saver

Small scissors, glue sticks (with two extra packed in my suitcase), favorite pens, stickers, a small amount of collage ephemera and my journal all stuck in a ziploc bag and I'm good to go. Along the way I'll pick up a couple of napkins to use as gluing surfaces and burnishing tools. I can't wait to finish the above page!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

18 May 2013 Journal Page

For the next three weeks, I'll be posting from my phone. I'll be posting daily and I may even post more than once in a day if I can! 

A quick reminder that my classes in Colorado and Arizona are quickly approaching. I always have extra materials for any last minute sign-ups but don't wait too long or else the classes may fill up and you could be shut out (which I don't like to do but some venues only have so much room.) I want to emphasize that if you're interested and you can do it, take a class while you can! Sometimes folks think that because I travel repeatedly to some of the same spots that they can always catch me next time. The way things are going venue wise, you never know and if you're interested in what I'm offering, please jump on it! As always, thanks for the interest and support! It really does mean the world to me.

My updated list of classes for this year is here. Where it's marked TBA, I'll have more class info soon. If you are interested in any specific class or classes, I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

The rest of this week is going to be spent getting my geek on. I'll be posting daily here on the blog and if you check out my instagram, who knows what you'll see!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Why Do We Share?

This page was created on May 17th and has NOTHING to do with what I'm writing about here

Art is extremely subjective but art journaling especially so, in my humble opinion.

Art becomes especially more subjective and even more interesting when you bring the internet into the picture. So many of us are sharing and trying to reach out with our artwork. Sometimes we get frustrated because we don't get comments, feedback or enough "likes" or "retweets". We have to stop and think: is this really what it's all about? It's natural to want a response and be liked yet at the same time does it really matter what someone else says about your personal artwork? 

I know there are artists who teach, sell, etc... and it matters to them but in all honesty, I make art for me. Even with my classes. I have to love and want to teach what I am offering or else it shows in my teaching, just like it shows in my artwork. I make art because I have to and I make it for ME. 

I know what I do doesn't appeal to everyone (I've had my work called a gamut of different things and some of it is far from positive.) Yet, I post my work not for likes or comments but to encourage others. I also post my work because I like having a record of it. I like to be able to see how my work changes overtime with the click of a button. I'm not fishing for compliments or likes though they are always appreciated but in the end, whether or not you like something I created isn't what's most important to me. I know that each of us is very different but perhaps, this is something to think about.

Sunday, July 14, 2013


“We must dream our way.” ― Pablo Neruda

Saturday, July 13, 2013

In the Moment

Sitting in front of Banana Rose as I type this. I've got twenty minutes before I head inside to set up for class. Relishing the now with the cool breeze, birds chirping and lake in front of me. Going to catch a bit of journal time. Hope your day is a good one.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Guillermo del Toro and Pacific Rim

I apologize for the craptastic photo taken on my craptastic phone but he moves so much as he talks that it's hard to capture a good still shot of the man with my crappy camera phone

 It's no secret that my family and I are huge Guillermo del Toro fans. We look forward to seeing him (with what seems like lately to be every year except this one) at San Diego Comic Con (and WonderCon.) We've seen all of his movies. We've hunted down films that he's recommended (eg Arcane Sorcerer). I absolutely adore the man and love listening to him talk. He appreciates his fans as he's extremely passionate about what he does and his love of fantasy, horror, sci-fi and the surreal shows. 

Yesterday for David's birthday and we got tickets to see a free L.A. Times Hero Complex screening of Pacific Rim, my number one must see movie this year. I've been waiting for it to come out since it was announced. The thought of seeing giant robots (jaegers) battle giant monsters (kaiju) made the kid in me come out. We arrived in Long Beach a little after three and made our way to the theatre. They wouldn't let us line up until five so we went off in search of dinner within a few steps from the venue. We snarfed down our food and headed back out to an already formed line of fifty people. We usually see their screenings in Burbank and I appreciated how the Long Beach venue handled it by coming out and repeatedly telling folks what was going on. Classy.

When we were told we could keep our cell phones as soon as we got our bands and vouchers for popcorn and soda, I squealed! Photos! Yay! I was also able to take videos when I realized that my craptastic phone camera wasn't the best thing, I quickly switched to video. I hope to post the videos soon.

7:30 couldn't come fast enough. Seeing Pacific Rim was the equivalent of being an 8 year old with her nose pressed against the TV screen watching "Creature Double Feature" on Channel 56. I loved every frigging minute of it (even when the camera moved too fast. My one big complaint about the movie: slow down and let us relish the world you invited us into.) Del Toro told us afterwards that every frame, every shot was approved by him and that he spent a helluva lot of time and money on each shot. I wish that chaos cinema wasn't the norm these days. While I really enjoyed the film  and tried hard to relish the moment, it was often hard to do when everything is moving so goddamn fast that you can't see what's even happening (thanks Michael Bay for fucking up film!) I still would recommend the movie. How can you not love giant robots battling giant monsters?! The kid in me still gets excited just thinking about it! Any film dedicated to Ray Harryhausen and Ishiro Honda will be worth watching! (Stay through the credits!)

The Q and A was fun (I love that Del Toro appreciates his fans as he is a nerd boy himself.) I'll try to get the videos I took uploaded when I can. I love what he says about his films that he wants strong female characters because he wants his daughters to realize that they "don't have to fall in love with every fucker they see." The women in his films hold their own against the men and I love him for that. He also spoke about how there are no borders in his films. As a Mexican his passport is always scrutinized when he crosses back into the States. He spoke about how "when you look down from space, there are no borders. You only see Earth. Every line we see on a map is manmade." Del Toro told the moderator that instead of five questions, he'd "take ten and then because I'm an asshole, I have to get the hell out of there and get some sleep." Hardly the words of an asshole. He looked every fan who asked him a question in the eye even as they were walking away from the microphone back to their seat.

The kicker? He scooted out of there but so did we. All my days of being a fan girl and stalking musicians paid off. As we exited the theater, I was looking left and right. I saw a small group of people and a big black SUV. I ran like hell seeing del Toro in the passenger seat about to close the door. A bodyguard put his arm out to block me. I had the Crimson Typhoon action figure in my hand (we had just received all three figures in the mail just before we left for the screening and just in time for David's birthday.) I yelled, "Guillermo! It's my husband's birthday will you please sign this?" He said, "Sure, sweetheart." and beckoned me over. I asked if his Bleak House book was coming out and he said October (been waiting three damn years for it. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a tour of bleak house (especially since I never made it to the Ackermansion always having to work the day it was open to the public) if any of my friends have connections.... ;) )  Del Toro looked at the action figure and said, "This is really cool. Isn't it?" I thanked him immensely and walked over to David with a big grin on my face. Guillermo Del Toro was just as he appears to be onstage and in interviews: a true gentleman. It was a helluva night! 

Thanks to LA Times Hero Complex for another great evening!

David has two photo quotes from Del Toro here and here

If you haven't seen it, there's a GREAT book out called Pacific Rim: Man, Machines and Monsters. There's a lot of pre-production stuff in there including Del Toro's sketches (YUM. I would love, love, love a book of his journals.)

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

An Artist's Manifesto

Here's the cover of a new journal which I'll be sharing here for a bit, An Artist's Manifesto. It's large (off the top of my head, I think it's 9 x 12".) I like to vary the size of each of my journals and after working small (4 x 5") in the triptych book, a larger page was calling out to me. It's made from a gutted hardcover book and new sewn in cardstock pages. 

Off to start prepping for classes. I just realized that within the next couple of weeks I'll be teaching 11 classes (So CA, CO and AZ!) Time to start getting everything ready for them!