Thursday, November 12, 2009

Quarter Con Numero Uno

Well as many of you die-hard Comic con fans know, waiting for Comic Con to roll around every July is difficult at best. Paul Martinez, local entrepreneur, came up with the idea of a Quarterly Con to help us fanatics survive the long, hard year.
Quarter Con number one occurred in November at the Scottish Rite Temple in Mission Valley. Dan Bois Graphics had a table there, as well as my long-time art associate and bud, Billy Martinez.
I was happy to be part of this exciting project and was selected to design the promo flyers for this event. Attendees who brought their promo flyer were given a discount on getting in to this exciting event.
Plans for the future include inviting comic legend Stan Lee to attend. Stay tuned... same bat channel, same bat time.
Next Quarter Con is scheduled for Sunday, March 7, 2010.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

La Mesa Oktoberfest 2009

Well, I raise my beer stein to one and all! Another La Mesa Oktoberfest has come and gone. Thanks to all the DBG fans who stopped by the booth to say Hi to Billy and I at our 3 day camp out on La Mesa Boulevard. We were directly across from Edible Arrangements and therefore consumed massive quantities of chocolate-dipped fruit on a stick over the course of the Oktoberfest. Delicious (and cheap) if you were around as they closed up shop each night!
Our 3 day tour was eventful to say the least. Opening night found our booth surrounded by the LMPD as they wrangled up some gang members who had stopped outside Edible Arrangements to pursue gang-like activities. We kept one eye on our wares and one eye on the shake down to see if we needed to dive under our tables.
Saturday night proved interesting as one of our neighboring booth mates became unruly and created some trouble for Billy. I think there might have been a full moon.
I don't remember what happened Sunday and I think there was some rain involved some where over the 3 days. But a good time was had by all eating way too expensive bratwurst, and gorging on corn of the kettle! Until next year, stalwart La Mesans!

Friday, September 18, 2009

La Mesa's 2009 Oktoberfest Oct 2-4!

Oktoberfest is right around the corner! I will be at La Mesa's 2009 Oktoberfest Oct 2-4!
My friend Billy Martinez and I will have our booth in the same spot so come on by and visit us. I will have this Print of "Gypsy" flying on her broom and a lot of other art available for sale too!
We look forward to seeing everybody again this year. Here is a link to La Mesa's 2009 Oktoberfest for times and Directions.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

"Take a bite out of Cancer!"

Dan's print "Sydney & Seamore", that debuted this year at the exhibit in Cosmo's in the first quarter of 2009, featuring a mermaid and great white shark; supported a good cause this weekend.
Dan was approached by the American Cancer Society to see if he would like to donate a piece of art to their "Relay for Life" that took place this weekend. He was happy to donate a framed version of this well-loved print. Monies raised at this event support cancer research.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Comic Con 2009: What a ride!

Phaser's where set to FUN!

Those pesky Klingons are always following me! They can be a lot of Tribble!

Comic Con has come and gone and it was a blast! As usual, DBG (Dan Bois Graphics) had a table at the end of aisle 900, G-5, and two panels up in the art show.Wednesday was set up day so Dan and family were busy setting up the table and the art show panels. Everything went smooth and we had a great preview night, catching up with old table buddies and new. A tired (you arrive at 7am to get a good spot in the parking structure and leave after 9:30PM when preview night ends) but excited family headed back to La Mesa that night.

Thursday was probably the best day of the Con for Dan. He finally realized a life-long dream and dressed up as a star fleet officer from the original Star Trek series. Close friends, Scott and Vickie Sebring always dress up each day of the Con and are well known for their '66 Batman, Starfleet, and various other costumes. Vickie was kind enough to make Dan his own custom "red shirt" (yes-he was the sacrificial lamb on this tour) and he gathered the other required paraphernalia-tricorder, communicator, phaser, etc., and, in a shocking show of commitment to the role, shaved his beard and mustache! I know many of you didn't recognize him sans glasses and furry face and he got a real kick out of that. After dressing up in full regalia, he walked over to the Marriot to meet the other members of the crew. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of dressing up at the Con, knows it is a tiring commitment since you can only walk a few feet without someone stopping you for a photo op. The Marriot had several great photo ops (cave rocks, poolside) that the gang took advantage of and Dan participated in several shots where he "took a hit" and needed immediate medical attention! The capper of the day was a photo of the group descending an escalator that actually made it's way into a London newspaper!

Dan made a new friend, "Batty Ben". Ben Bentley, aka Batty Ben, as he is known on the 66 Bat Board, flew all the way from England to join up with Sebring's gang of merry men/women. He dressed as Batman while at the Con. And on Thursday, he was the official photographer of the Star Trek group.

While Officer Dan was being "phasered and repaired", Elizabeth (aka ClickChick) bravely manned (or womaned) the table solo until Calvin and I arrived from his orientation at SDSU. Sal, a close family friend, (here being monitored by Starfleet personnel) kept her company and helped her out in any way possible. Thanks Sal!

Friday was bring your boyfriend/girlfriend to work day at DBG's. Elizabeth and Matt and Calvin and Christa all had a great time at the Con. I think Friday was DBG's best day. Fans really enjoyed all of this year's new products. The 2009 Tiki art was a success (the Pit Cairn tiki was a quick sale in the art show upstairs), the new matted prints of our infamous "Rokbot", in a variety of colors were going like crazy and the new rocket print/bookmarks eventually sold out. Dan had two new mermaids he unveiled at the Con (Tia and Sydney & Seamore), that had previously been on display at his art exhibit earlier in the year at Cosmo's in La Mesa. This year DBG held a prize drawing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday's winner of a Rokbot t-shirt was Lester Rossi (pictured below).

was a fun and exciting day and night. DBG's table sales were hectic. Iona Maas was the lucky winner of the Batmobile prize package that included an original DBG batmobile print, bookmark and button (she is also pictured below).

That night Dan was one of the featured artists at Mark Allen's store, FeeLiT (909 E St, SD), a few blocks from the Con. The whole family (and cousin Marissa) cruised up to Mark's after we shut down the table. We enjoyed a yummy burrito a few doors up from FeeLiT and then went back and watched several local artists, including pal Billy Martinez, do live art. We could barely keep our eyes open as we walked back down to the Con to retrieve our cars and head home so we could wake up and do it all over again. What a great end to a day at the Con. Thanks for your continued support, Mark! It is so nice to have a local venue where DBG fans can locate Dan's art after the Con.
Sunday, the final day of the Con, mucho sadness. The Comic Con is Dan's "Christmas", Elizabeth likes to say. He looks forward to it all year long, and it is truly sad when it all comes to an end. Not only does he look forward to selling his art, he enjoys meeting new fans and visiting with repeat fans/friends. He always manages to talk to someone about aviation history and they share a story with him about a family member flying in WWII. Dan just eats this stuff up. And these shared stories usually figure into the next airplane he decides to draw. And lastly, he loves going around and buying up all of his friend's art from The Drawing Board. Sunday's prize package winner was Donald Wygal who won the Rokbot package which included a matted Rokbot print and button.
Last, but not least, Dan supported our 3-Day team, 4 the Girlz, in our goal to raise $16,100 (the cost of all 7 of us walking) by letting me sell our beaded lanyards at his table. Thanks my dear-you are the best! We sold 16 lanyards, 5 bracelets and one pin. Thank you to all the DBG fans who supported our fight against breast cancer.
So, if any of you are feeling melancholy about the Con being over, you are not alone. Post your favorite moment of the Con right here. It won't be long until October is here and you can find DBG's at the La Mesa Oktoberfest with Billy Martinez of Neko Press.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hey all, here is a quick update! I'll be at San Diego Comic-Con again this year at table G-05 at the end of row 900 in the Exhibitor area in Hall B! Whew that's a mouthful! I have a lot of new prints and art for this year. I'll try to post something before the show if I can! C' ya there. Ill also be in an art show at my friend Marks store FeeliT on Saturday night July 25th (909 E Street San Diego CA 92101, 619.865.7048) you can check out the info here

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mainlander's Annual Luau: Tiki town fun for all!

Crazy story.... so this year we decided to remodel our family room with a tiki theme. We found out that the coolest tiki store of all time was within 5 minutes of our little abode; Mainlander's: San Diego's Mega Tiki Store.
The cool store keeps, Michelle & Scott, helped us find exactly what we needed for our room, and as it turns out, they needed some work done by a graphic artist. I happily helped them out with some projects and they kindly invited me to sell my art at their annual Luau in May.
My daughter and I attended and we had a great time. Not only did we debut my new tiki prints, we were treated to a delicious luau with all the fixin's and musical entertainment, as well as live tiki-carving by "Tiki Dan". Do not miss this annual, invitation-only event. Visit Mainlander's (6195 University Ave., SD) to find out more.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Dan Bois Graphics Debuts at The Candle Factory

In April this year, Cheri, owner of The Candle Factory in Liberty Station, Point Loma, invited me to sell my artwork in her candle store. She is hoping to attract a wider audience with the addition of local artwork.
My friend, Chris Paluso, is also a featured artist in at the Candle Factory, etc.
So while checking out the world's largest Trader Joe's on this planet down at Liberty Station, take time to pop in the candle factory and check out Cheri's goodies: Candles, jewelry, incense, art...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Rolando Street Fair in the Spring time...

This was our second year at the Rolando Street Fair. Billy and I shared a spot again which works out well for both of us. You really can't beat the street fair. It's in our own backyard, I could literally walk there if I didn't have 10 tons of artist stuff.
This year was cloudy and cold with just a few sprinkles. We saw many of our "regulars" that we
see at our other local, crafty event, the Oktoberfest.
This is a very fun, family event that features local bands, artisans, food vendors, rides and animal adoptions, of all things.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Are You "Feeling It?!"

I can't believe what a busy, successful year this has been so far! Mark Alan, proprietor extraordinaire of FeeLit (909 E Street, SD) was kind enough to let me exhibit some of my artwork in his cool downtown store. I'm pictured standing in front of my mermaid, SciFi and WWII aviation art on display at Mark's.
You have to check out this store. It has something for everyone in the artistic, original frame of mind. Art, clothing, jewelry, music, you name it, Mark can find it. My good buddy, Sal, finds something to buy every single time we go down there.
Thanks Mark for exhibiting my artwork! (Mark is in the blue t-shirt. Also photo'd that day was
Sean Dietrich, a local artist.)

Friday, January 02, 2009

Coming to you Live from Cosmos!

Jan-Mar 2009

A Big thanks to proprietors Patrick & Meg Hoz, Paul Johnson & Marilyn Miller of Cosmos Coffee Cafe (8278 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa) for hosting my Mermaid Art Exhibit in the first quarter of 2009.
And a big thank you to all my family and friends who came out to support me in such a warm and friendly atmosphere (yummy food and coffee didn't hurt either!) I enjoyed selling my mermaids and even got a request for an original commissioned mermaid.
It would be great to make this an annual event.