October 25, 2012

#BlissDomCA TOON swag!

I'd been wanting to reach out to more Canadian bloggers...I mean, I'm Canadian, but for some reason the bulk of my Internet friends are in the US. I dunno why...it just feels like they get me.

So I went to BlissDom Canada in Toronto ...and it turns out there's a bunch of Canadian bloggers that I already know!

I attended the whirlwind Microsessions (too short, too rushed) one of which was led by award-winning author (six books!!), public speaker, and TV personality Kathy Buckworth. Here she is, speaking publicly about public speaking, as it were.

She's quite animated so tooning her was easy! And @KathyBuckworth is just as animated on on Twitter - smart and funny.

Do you know Evelyn Hannon, AKA the @Journeywoman? Evelyn is CEO of Journeywoman, the largest online travel resource for women on the planet. We worked together on her short film Journeywoman Around the World, but never met in person until she popped in to have lunch with me at BlissDom. She said, "I'll be wearing a red cape." But I would have recognized her trademark bangs and glasses anywhere.



We spoke of our children, balancing family, work and life; we marveled at how meeting people in real life after developing a virtual friendship, can be quite the kick.

I was at BlissDom blocking hotel toilets ...drinking um... hanging out with my friend The Robin. She's new to blogging and wants to get started on the right foot.



Actually it was The Robin's wedding anniversary while we were at BlissDom. Pretty nice of her husband to let get her bliss on with me! (Happy Anniversary to both of you, btw, I know you're reading this you crazy stalkers. Muah!)

I met Schmutzie!

Yes, I was a little starstruck cuz of this Ted Talk I saw her do one time. But we all have hurdles to overcome, and mine was getting up the gumption to say hi for realz. This is actually a big deal for people going to conferences - we all experience the rabbit-in-the-headlights freeze when confronted with meeting those we admire. AKA Elan Morgan, she was at BlissDom with her huz, the Palinode. Both were Community Leaders doing sessions there.

ANYWAYS I plonked myself down on the floor in front of her and boom. When Schmutzie smiles, the room lights up.




I drew her as she iPhonographed me drawing her iPhonographing me.



I seem to be sitting on a magic circle there...I love this picture of me because she's caught me doing what I love. Also because I look hawt, but mostly cuz she got me. She's talented.

Quite a bit of toon swagging has been flowing from me lately. Where shall I go next? Any conferences you think I should attend? If I draw you will you draw me too?


25 comments:

  1. I spy some sassy little boots on your feet! So glad you had a great time and met Schmutzie! She rocks!

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    1. I love my boots. And I would wear them in a car, and I would wear them in a bar, and on a train and in the rain. Fox, box, and other rhyming stuff. Country Outfitter win!

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  2. I would draw you. I'm more of an abstract artist though.

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    1. I can't wait to see that...do pointalism!! I love that sh*t!

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  3. Amiyrah, I was just clicking through to comment on the fact that she's wearing her NonCon boots. Hawt.

    For some reason, your "would you draw me" question suddenly reminded me of the fact that I used to draw quite a bit in high school. Somewhere in this house is an old sketchbook. I haven't drawn in years....

    Well, aside from drawing you and the minor things I do in the classroom.

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    1. People think they can't draw but they actually can draw fairly well. It's just a matter of getting in shape, just a little bit. I'm gonna do some drawing exercises at the next noncon or WHEREVER the heck I end up next.

      I love that you drew me. I love you!

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    2. I love drawing. I don't do it ever though. I feel like with a couple of tutorials and some practice I'd be on my way to... Mediocrity.

      You really do look hot in that pic.

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    3. Drawing is good for your brain!

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  4. Oh,duh. I said all that and forgot the point I intended to get to. When I drew you, it was in your style. Maybe I'll draw you in my style next time.

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  5. So freaking amazing. Love these.....I think this needs to be an official *thing* at Blissdom Canada next year. You would have people lining up for days. For real.

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    1. Agree! I usually shy away from photos/drawings/caricatures of my face, but these are so lovely and charming - they radiate individuality and positivity.

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    2. This is so true! Your drawings are awesome!

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    3. That is a fabulous idea Sarah!! I'm getting my tent and lawnchair ready now! Amazing work!

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    4. Hee hee. Okay - who's organizing that? Be sure to get me a booth with a sofa!

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  6. Double treat meeting you for lunch. Juicy conversation over our meal and then... this Toon Swag arrives in my INBOX. I love it! I hope that's how others see me, too. Thx, JC!

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    1. Judging from the response from your FB circle, it might be safe to conclude so. But it is an artist's interpretation!

      I loved meeting you and look forward to future synergies.

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  7. I love your toons and I'm completely floored that I finally got to meet you! I'm so proud that my right bewb is in that bottom picture. It's my bewb! With The Animated Woman! One more thing I can cross of my life list ;) HUZZAH!

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    1. You're not even touching me with that bewb. Next time get a lil closer, k?

      And speaking of sneaking into the pic...who's stripey-clad-converse are those? Palinode?

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  8. I wish I'd met you there! Love your toons. There's no denying who they represent!

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  9. OH! I know why I like them - NO NOSES!

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    1. Noses are only good for a couple of things...and one of them is here.

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  10. How exactly is it that our paths did not cross :(

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  11. LOVE your toons & think they would TOTALLY be a hit in a booth next year!? A great keepsake as you seem to capture the essence of everyone perfectly! Can I reserve you for next year? ;-) Alas, my drawing skills are non-existent myself. You must be kicking ass at "Draw Something"!

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Cuz You Rocketh.