August 5, 2012

#BlogHer12 TOON swag - part 2

Continued from Part 1.

Besides the masochistic desire to not sleep at all for three days, one of the reasons we attend conferences like BlogHer is to learn. I was curious as to how other women deal with blogging about their children, so I dropped in on @redneckmommy, @Ooph and @marymac's panel session called "Mom! Stop blogging about me!".

Tanis Miller Attack of the Redneck Mommy - Stephanie Mullen Ooph.com - Mary McCarthy  pajamasandcoffee.com
Parenting is a sensitive and deeply personal subject and so is blogging about your children; different women have different philosophies. For me personally, it's about respect, same as anyone (except when lampooning a public figure, in which case you're on your own). Anyhow, I thought the panel was much too short, as we'd only skimmed the surface before it was over. This topic deserves it's own conference.*

*Wanna see how closely the drawing resembles the real deal? Check it.

Time for lunch! While stuffing my face the ebullient @missversatile showed up and posed for me.

NoniShanay Cavaliere
And then there was @MarthaStewart... while I'm not exactly a Martha fangirl, I do admire her strength and well, balls. For example, when BlogHer co-founder Elisa Camahort Page asked her during the interview, if there was anything she wasn't good at, Martha replied, "something I haven't tried yet". Haw haw!

MarthaStewart.com
This is what she looked like on stage (to me). Happy Birthday Martha!

One of my fave bloggers is @LadyEstrogen. She's funny, she's smart and she 's very provocative. We sat down and had a drink together and she showed me the present she got from Trojan. Yes, people, apparently they were giving these vibes away at the booth and Lady E scored one. At least I think it was one; she may have had others hidden from my view. Tee hee.

LadyE.me
The Voices of the Year event was amazing. I was impressed by the caliber of writing and performance. It was world class. And I was humbled to be included in presentation of Honorees in the Visual category. Needless to say I was so busy, laughing/crying/feeling that I didn't actually draw anything. Sorry.

However, at the Open Mic session right after the VOTY reception, I was pleasantly surprised to see the oh-so-dry reading by the elegant @PHDinParenting. She had me in giggles. So I drew her.

PhD in Parenting
There was apparently a double Unicorn cake that caused a fuss at last year's BlogHer Sparklecorn party. Ever curious, I went down to check out this year's Unicorn cake, which looked pretty nice; but nothing really magical happened until I started to draw it. Lo and behold! Pickle Weasel materialized and took that silver ponycorn for a ride.


By this time, the music was starting to make me a little nauseous, with its unrelenting thrum-thrum-thrum. It dawned on me that I was completely exhausted. On my way to the elevators I passed a group of women sprawled on the Hilton hallway floor, mid-powow. Reclining with her friends was @cecilyK who I've admired for the past year for the strength of her personality. She appeals to me as a woman who endeavours to live life on her own terms.

As I walked past I really hoped to catch her eye, but she didn't look up. I kicked myself for my shyness, turned back and just asked if she'd let me draw her. She said yes!

Uppercase Woman
And so my day was complete...or so I thought. I went to my room and fell into a deeeeep slumber. For about half an hour. Whereupon my roomates @Faiqa and @msmegan came bouncing in, jumped on my bed and tried to get me to go out to Karaoke with them. But that's another story.

Wanna see my toon swag of Katie Couric?



29 comments:

  1. This is one of the best posts I've read, er seen, about BlogHer... there are a lot of people complaining about greedy bitches. I think they were hanging out with the WRONG people - they should have been hanging out with YOU!!

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    1. I didn't see any of the greedy bitchings, but then again I've been knee deep in dishes and work. I hope it wasn't too awful...

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  2. The karaoke was fully awesome! Wait, did I meet you and not know it?

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    1. I don't think we met...see you in Chicago?

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  3. Haha. They're all fabulous! I had such a great time chatting/posing for you. Thanks for the drink!! xx

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    1. It was so good to finally meet you. Don't forget; objects in mirrors are larger than they appear ;)

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    2. I was fascinated with your tablet too. I want, I want!

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  4. MissVersatile is awesome~! I was lucky enough to room with her this year. Sad to have missed connecting with you though. I'm a huge fan!

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    1. Aww....we'll have to plan for the next one.

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    2. You both are SUPER AWESOME yourselves ladies!

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  5. I love this so much...these are great! It was great to meet you, but I was a little awestruck and didn't say much! I regret it now, sadly.

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  6. How can it be ... I spent five days in NYC and yet - not one minute with you.
    Just wrong.
    So very wrong.

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    1. Oh gawd the Universe just turned inside out. Where shall we meet - Blissdom Canada?

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  7. Your toon is far and away the best damn swag I have ever received at a conference. I bow deeply to you. And thanks so much for helping my panel session be awesome. You were right. We did only scratch the surface and I was thrilled the audience was as engaged as it was.

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    1. One plus about toon swag is that it fits in your luggage.

      The audience were just getting going - they were so into it! Great response.

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  8. I'm with Tanis. BEST. SWAG. EVER.
    Thank you so much for your unique/amazing and thoughtful feedback and for attending.
    ALL of your cartoons are awesome. You are very talented!
    Thanks again!
    xoxo
    mary

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    1. You're very welcome, thank-you for the excellent panel!

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  9. How have I not known about your blog before? You are one talented chickadee! I wish I had met you at BlogHer just so I could watch you draw!

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    1. Well darnit, that would have been cool. See you at BlogHer13!

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  10. Martha! That was my favorite line from her whole interview. I missed the unicorn cake but now I feel like I was right there. Thanks!

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    1. OOh I had to draw Martha being interviewed by Elisa Camahort over here HERE, go see!

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  11. Awesome post. I adore LadyE, too, & your drawing is priceless!

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    1. Drinks at the Hilton NY: $35.
      Sharing them with LadyE: Priceless.

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  12. LOVE!!!! I just found your blog from Redneck Mommy - she had your drawing on her post I read. I adore your drawings from BlogHer! PS - get a flight with wifi available next time so you CAN tweet from the sky!!!! It rocks!

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you found me. That Redneck Mommy is pretty hilarious.

      If only Air Canada would offer wifi, kind of a fail that they don't right?

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  13. Hi! This is AWESOME. Lady Estrogen was one of the favorite encounters I had at BlogHer too. She is so genuine and fun! Your toon of her is PERFECT. And Cecily was one of the people I didn't get to meet. Every time I saw her her she was doing her thing and looking so happy...I didn't have the balls to interrupt her and introduce myself. Chickenshit. Looking forward to meeting you at the Non-Conference in October! :)

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Cuz You Rocketh.