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Phoenix Comicon 2014 RECAP: a Geeky Desert Oasis - Guest Blog by Susan Richmond

This Silver Surfer said it took under an hour to apply all that body paint.  Maybe I should have asked how long it takes to remove it all, because that sounds super daunting!
I try to cover as many conventions as I can in the Chicago area.  When I leave the state, I consider it vacation time and do no work for the blog.  My best friend Susan, however, lives in Arizona.  She was planning a trip to Phoenix Comicon, 6/5-6/8, 2014 in the Phoenix Convention Center.  She offered... Read more »

How to Make a Pixelated Video Game Quilt - Guest Blog by Susan Richmond

When it comes to laying out the design, this may not be the most efficent method, but it gets the job done:  find a sprite of your chosen character (mine came from videogamesprites.net), zoom way in on it, then transpose each pixel into a cell of a spreadsheet.  This allows for counting of squares, manipulation of finished dimensions, etc.   It makes sense to assemble the quilt in rows, so think of each row in terms of its constituent colors (e.g., the top row of his head would be “6 light blue, 7 black, 6 light blue”).  Tallying how many instances of each grouping of color are needed (e.g. how many times were there 5 red squares together, how many times were there 4 red squares together, so on) really helps in planning/organization in the long run, though it may seem daunting up front.
Several people this week have told me that “Christmas starts this weekend.”  Oh, jeez, really?!  Ugh.  Halloween isn’t even over yet!  I swear, I’m not even gonna take my Christmas tree down this year… Well, if you’re already thinking about holiday gifts, consider giving the hand-made present my best friend gave me.  She built a... Read more »