Scott Alan and his wife Guinn are coming down from Seattle this week, and that will pretty much sum up my vacation this year. That said, I’ll be posting about what we did, so you’re not getting off that easy. Scott has a side business as a professional clown, was the president of Cartoonists Northwest for most of the years I was involved in it, and is the kind of life-long friend that makes me occasionally question my decision to move to Florida. Moving here meant leaving a lot of very special people behind and that never gets easier. But I am proud to host his stay and show off the city of Orlando, which I have come to love.
Myself and Scott the Clown on a Seattle ferry. Bitcy Bitch author Roberta Gregory is on the right.
Scott the Clown out of costume, performing his magic act at the annual CNW Mad Hatter party. That’s Last Kiss/Donal Duck author John Lustig’s wife Shelogh wearing the nose.
Scott shows off his classic profile at the first CNW camping event.
We’re picking them up at the airport today and there is a full week planned. Is it really a vacation if you’re not leaving town? It counts if you’re not at work.
Time for a photo tour! We went to the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party last Sunday. If you recall my post about Project Flamingo, you will remember that my office is not having their usual affair, and that left me with a costume and a paper flamingo that needed a place to go. That place was the park, and here is a tour of the evening.
Lots of mist and flashy blue lights. Which way to the soul plane?
There was something especially amusing about the appearance of non-Disney characters. When else would Popeye be on Main Street?
An oddly touching composition of a Cruella waif and her brawny henchman.
Here I am with a random guy who happened to have a pretty spiffy complimentary costume.
Supergirl leads the charge.
A detail from Main Street while waiting for the parade.
Pooh and his friends jazzercise down the way.
Atypical Lost Boys costumes.
The Boo to You Parade has some particularly elaborate floats.
While waiting for the fireworks, I caught this sad little Ninja Turtle.
It was a natural decision to get a portrait by the teacups.
My favorite part of this picture? The villiain in the middle.
What mends a broken heart? Probably not what I spent today doing, but I wanted to get this project finished. Every year my company holds a massive Halloween extravaganza that nearly everyone participates in. Last year, the IT department put up curtains and blacked out half of a wing into a dark house. They covered cubicles, filled it with black lights and brought to life the Nightmare Before Christmas. This year my department was going to host a Disney parade and I was going to be Alice. In honor of the occasion, I did something I’ve always wanted to do and bought the most authentic dress money could buy from a Japanese cosplay supplier. But I wanted to go one step beyond, and to do that I needed a flamingo. Then we had layoffs right before the big party. No longer having any stomach for the event, I am bowing out that day and staying on vacation. However, I still have the dress, and I was halfway through the flamingo. I’ve got a couple of places planned to use it instead and they’re going to be a lot more fun than being at the office holding a paper flamingo.
The flamingo understructure
I started with styrofoam attached to floral arrangement wires. I choose the kind of hard foam florists use and did some carving to make the top and lower half of the beak.
Plaster wrapped second layer
With the pieces attached to each other with stakes underneath, I covered the neck in molding wire, and then wrapped the whole thing with plaster wrap.
Neck attached to the body and painted
I blew up a balloon for the body and formed the wings out of molding wire. I plaster wrapped the body by itself, and then plaster wrapped the neck attachment. That took several layers to strengthen the neck enough to support the head without detaching from the body.
Added paint detailing
Final touches: the paint job and some added feathers. I admit, it doesn’t look incredible in the daylight. Plaster wrap makes a rough surface that sanding didn’t really solve for. But it’s going to look spiffy in the dark.