Comic Oasis, a lovely comic shop here in Vegas, held a promotional event on Thursday before the Avengers opening at the UA Theater behind the Hard Rock Cafe. They gave out comics, promoted Kick Ass the comic, and assisted with the Stars of Hope donation drive.
I volunteered sketches on blank cover Avengers books for the drive, and by now they’ve probably been raffled off to the folks that donated for a star.
It was suuuper fun. Joe and Derrick from CO are super nice, and made me feel like a rock star. I was allowed to see the movie complimentary afterwards.
It had been a long time since I’ve seen a movie opening night, I usually avoid it since I’m not a fan of crowds, and I dislike folks thinking they can heckle the movie just because there’s hella people. This was a LOVELY crowd, and everything a midnight movie should be: cheering for the right times, laughing together, and just really there to appreciate the movie we were all there to see. And it was a fan. tastic. movie. It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to see a movie again THAT NEXT WEEKEND. I dragged my fiance over Red Rock, and he loved it too!!!
Photo taken by Derrick of Comic Oasis.
Saturday, free comic book day, I was invited to come back to the theater and the Hard Rock Cafe, where John Romita Jr was doing a 50 hour marathon of signing and drawing to raise money for Heroes for Jordan, benefiting Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. It was a crazy awesome event!!!
It was an amazing time! JR Jr said some very nice things about my art and gave me some feedback and critique. He was super nice despite being super tired for being up for almost 48 hours at the time. I got some books signed and a KICKASS 2 with a spiderman sketch on it. He signed my volunteer badge too, lol.
Heroes for Jordan is a project by JR jr that once benefited his niece Jordan, who was diagnosed with cancer after her 2nd birthday. She is now a survivor, and the project benefits children like her with childhood cancer. The About Us page on the Heroes for Jordan website has much more information about the event, Jordan, John and Candlelighters and I encourage anyone reading to check them out.
That night, I talked a LOT with Jordan’s parents while I was drawing (the guy in the phot that I’m looking at is her dad). They were SO cool, such amazing people and a beautiful family. I would love to hang out with them again if they happened to be around Vegas for any other events.
All Together Now:
It’s been a long time since something made me THIS excited about art and art events. Friday morning I got two hours of sleep, but I was vibrating with the energy and excitement of the night before ALL DAY. I couldn’t WAIT for Saturday night when I was able to get over there again. I’m so happy I was able to be a part, even just a little one, of such an inspiring event.