Saturday, October 30, 2010

holy American Gods party, Batman!

it's Halloween over here...


in which our hero gets an idea of what is in store for him as costume contest judge, i did really feel for him.

oh Fame & Fortune, you were among my favorites...

is that the fake Alan Moore?

the oh-so-accurate god of Walmart consumerism...

Quiche Me Deadly & Joan of Dark, our roller derby queens...

the Mistress & Mister of Mouse:

the Mikado...

outstanding effort of excellence, "the what-librarians-do-when-off-the-clock" duo, with get-ups made of books...
truly winners on my scorecard...I whistled them 'til I was hoarse.

oh Islington, you angel you...

(one of) Neil's HUgo Award(s)----delightful!

this aligator moved in a way that was truly frightening to this kitty cat.

was also fairly frightened by this window...

going back to hotel on the school bus...with the buffalo people...

enchantment in Wisconsin

I haven't the words to describe the day yet. Quiche told me the pictures will speak for themselves.
so i'll post a few photos of the spot I first heard of while reading Neil's AMERICAN GODS novel.
Tonight, he read aloud from the book, giving us just a slice of that book, and it came alive for me after being in the House on the Rock. I fell into a spell in the Red Room. They left me behind at The Carousel. I couldn't leave. I still can't think straight.
A true site of power.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

And so the convergence begins...

Hans picked up a very tired me up at the airport this afternoon, after a 4:30 am wake-up call.
I worked the Gorillaz LA tour stop yesterday and so i was a very busy kitten...

(remind me someday to tell you of my Paul Simonen encounter that still has me seated on the moon)

Jouni from Finland was here at the house with Lorraine and Neil when we arrived. Here for the Low Key Gathering event at the House on the Rock, Jouni is the artist behind the sold-out print of Neil's poem SAUCERS.

He had a loooong journey over the Baltic Sea and spent his time drawing...

He also brought over his last remaining 8 Saucers prints, which he and Neil signed, to sell at the HOUSE ON THE ROCK event.
This will be the last/ONLY place to get this edition of the print.

here Neil reviews the Jouni sketches...

We had lovely Lorraine-made soup and milled around the plans until DanGuy showed is our WebGoblin at work:

meanwhile MistressMousey is over at House on the Rock getting things organized...
tomorrow we make the journey out to Spring Green to get a tour of the Attraction, I am so looking forward to seeing the Carousel!
many photos to follow, to be certain---

Jouni and I will be at a table during Neil's signings with many goodies, come say hello to us.

post script:
It was hard to leave this furball at home this morning, so for the sign-off, a photo of our miss Selina Kyle:

Saturday, October 16, 2010

at last...

it has been far too long in between journal entries---

Quiche has always told me, just go little, don't have to tell the whole story,but did i listen...hmm......

spent the whole summer out on the Lady Gaga tour, a truly dazzling tour.
ran the gauntlet with crew that i now consider friends for life.
we signed bullet-proof non-disclosure forms, so I didn't blog at all,
but i will say it was an amazing run.
someone in Minneapolis made these gorgeous cupcakes for our Lady...

here's my Dad in his Gaga crew tee...


during the tour, on the days off, we were planning our wedding, from hotel room after hotel room...
city to city. Drew is out with the Roger Waters tour, so it was a mash-up of coordinating time zones...

While in town for the Los Angeles Gaga shows, miss Pam, the ComicCon queen, brought me a present from the amazing artist Michael Zulli, wrapped in a little cube of a box, a gift for Drew, to be given to him when i thought right...(months later Drew opened it to find a stunning opal & sterling ring, thank you MZ!)

While I was on the road, my friends, Nancye & Cyn & Janice and my sister Pauli banded together as a major design team, spinning my glitter dreams into a solid reality..
My best maiden, Anne found the perfect venue, a boathouse on the water not a mile from where I spent all my college years in Baltimore...the city lights would be our backdrop. Anne and her ever-so-patient husband Mike let us all stay in their home.
Mike soon dubbed us the Glitterati, since there were clouds of the stuff everywhere...I am still waiting for some photos of the glitter birdcages, even the cupcakes had edible glitter--mmmm.

we ate crabs the night before the wedding, as Baltimore gives us the finest... loads of old bay, baby! Cyn, who makes the dream necklaces, knew best how to take apart a crab...



the boathouse lit up:


Nicola and Ida, my glam squad, came early to turn me into a blushing bride—
Nico pinned into my hair the nest made of crystal and twigs (thank you to Perry, Gaga’s amazing wardrobe man)
Drew wore his father's kilt, and we walked in to bagpipe music.


Neil showed up in his “posh clobber” from Kambriel to read one of my favorite-of-his poems,
INSTRUCTONS by candlelight.

(click here for a video clip of him reading it, however, this is not at the wedding)

we were married by Drew's Mom, Peggy, she did such a lovely job incorporating many different rituals into our simple ceremony....

(panorama by Andras)


(photo by Letty)
i love this one i snapped of Drew & his Dad:

My brother and nephews, Bill, John and Michael set off beautiful big fireworks on the dock, until the police arrived via helicopter! Red set the mood by queing up Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir, the perfect fireworks soundtrack...


(photo by Letty)

the mysterious glow stick trick by Nicole was captured by Cory on "film":


roadies converged:


my Delaware old school crew cleans up nice:


Andras did a fun time lapse of us leaving the after party at Nick's seafood house,


Karin & Bud gifted us with a honeymoon night at a beautiful hotel with water views, the photo i don't have is me sitting in the sand & rock-filled parking lot peeling off my knee high boots, while my new husband drags all our gear into the building.
When we got inside, the room was filled with loot from Lizzie & Matt & Wes & Nae Nae, champagne and glorious food:


we are so grateful for all the good friends and family we have---everyone pitched it to help and I am still waiting for photos of all the out of town family that arrived from all corners of the earth...

The next day, after a Fells Point breakfast with Neil, Red, Annie, Willie & Nancye, we spent the night in Rehoboth, did a midnight beach walk, and the next morning, we drove to New York from Rehoboth, taking the Cape May/Lewes ferry, to get Drew back to his tour...



the show was everything i could have imagined and more-
THE WALL has always been one of my most favorite albums,
an album in the truest sense of the word, songs not to be taken out of order,
but a whole tapestry of story and music. I will only put up a photo to show the scale and magnificence of the productions:

you can see the actual wall stretches from concourse to concourse...

Go see it in your city if you can and say hello to my new husband...

the Scream awards taping was Saturday, (on my birthday!) no photos except that I can say they turned the Greek Theater into the set of Inception, I saw Mickey Rourke, who never fails to disappoint...& the frosting on my birthday cake was running into that adorable Jim Lee, who i still get fan-girl dopey around.

am working the Gorillaz show next week, Jouni from Finland is coming out toThe House on the Rock event
and I am spending a power-packed two whole weeks with Quiche at Spooky House, practicing roller skating moves for the Derby dolls aka Naptown Roller Girls...see my jersey they made for me? I'm Pretty Vicious & Lorraine is QuicheMeDeadly..

see why it is hard to get a blog up, life is a non-stop train.
and finally, look at this terrific sticker that Jouni drew, substituting runes for the stars, Boss did a little self-protrait here, and I will post these up on the website--also
I will be at House on the Rock selling them & my comic book magnets over Halloween weekend, come and see us---



(ok Quiche, i am done, i promise....)