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Video interview! [Oct. 1st, 2012|03:22 pm]
Ming Doyle

My pal/tablemate/fellow artist Erica Henderson and I sat down for this run and rambling video interview at SPX '12. It was our first time at the show, and after hours we even got to hang out with spillingvelvet at P.F. Chang's! :D
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Star Trek uniform (TOS)! [Oct. 22nd, 2010|03:13 am]
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This year's Halloween costume is something I've been wanting to dress as since I was nine years old. Something so amazing, so neat, so fearsomely cool that only now, 17 years later, have I mustered sufficient courage and steely reserve to attempt the look. What could be so screamingly, scarily superb?

A Star Trek: The Original Series female officer, of course.

Lieutenant Doyle, reporting for duty!Collapse )

The dress was pre-made and purchased online (outrageously on sale!), but I think it does a fairly good job for what it is. I picked up the insignia patch, phaser, and earrings in stores as well, but I gave them all their own custom paint jobs to amp up the authenticity.

Here's a before/after shot, for those interested.

Customized phaser closeups.Collapse )

The boots were a full price splurge, but since I found them in the little girls' section of Target for $20, I can't feel that bad. A US women's size 6 1/2 is about a girl's size 5, by the way! Neat discovery.

I'm going to wear this costume to Youmacon, an anime convention in Detroit that takes place Halloween weekend. The Lemon Demon/Potter Puppet Pals crew goes every year. This'll be their fourth year as guests, I believe, and my third time around. It's always a fun time, and I'm looking forward to seeing trapezzoid as a Starfleet science officer. :)

Neil and I bought the official uniform patterns from Roddenberry.com, so hopefully someday I'll have an even better looking spacefaring red dress. For now, happy Halloween, friends! Hope you all dress up and have fun. :)
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Fiery finales. [Jul. 5th, 2010|12:22 am]
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Happy Independence Day, my fellow Americans (and happy belated Canada Day, my fellow Canadians!). I was lucky enough to catch two awesome fireworks displays this weekend. The first was yesterday, when trapezzoid and I headed down to the suburbs to spend the 3rd on my dad's boat, the Celtic Sea. My parents treated us to a lovely aquatic cookout, and one of my dad's friends and his family rafted up next to us, so we had a nice little group. The fireworks went up around 9:45 from a barge moored in the middle of the harbor, not more than a couple hundred yards away from us.

Then about an hour and a half ago back in our Bostonian apartment, Neil and I heard a few huge, thunderous booms and remembered that the city's fireworks were happening tonight! Imagine that, on the Fourth proper. We put on our shoes, ran outside, and were able find a good vantage point to catch most of the show from on Beacon Street. Everyone was lined up along the Charles and the party atmosphere was both laid back (at least on our particular block) and electric. Nice way to end a night!

I COULDN'T ENJOY FIREWORKS MORE. Kahblooie, pals! Hope you're all doing well. :)
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Min(g)utiae [May. 20th, 2010|01:48 am]
Ming Doyle

In lieu of ever participating in an "Anonymeme," I've created a Formspring account. So if you're at all inclined, ask me somethin'! I've already explained my life philosophy and revealed my favorite dessert. SO RIVETING.
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Being a hamster is the hardest thing in the world. [Jan. 2nd, 2010|01:49 pm]
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I hope you guys are up for a bit of cuteness today! trapezzoid shot and edited this little look into the life of our new hamster, Baozi (包子, AKA Baobao!).

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Sleep No More, Lost and Found, and comics talk. [Dec. 10th, 2009|01:39 am]
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Got back from seeing a rather intriguing live theater event with faerykore and trapezzoid a few hours ago. It was a mashup of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hitchcock's Rebecca called 'Sleep No More'.Collapse )

Okay, now how about some COMIC BOOK ART? Some noir, gritty, pulp comic book art which I drew for a story called "Lost and Found" written by the exceedingly talented and kind Eric Skillman?

Lost and FoundCollapse )

Eric also handled the colors for this story, and he made my line art look so good I nearly cried! I love the textures and flat tones so, so much.

Oh, and one last neat thing. A young photojournalist from BU named Andrew Bisdale interviewed Kevin Church and me while we were sitting at our table during the Boston Comic-Con this past October. Check out the video below for some neat sound bites from several personalities at this cool, local show!

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The Loneliest Astronauts guest strips! [Dec. 4th, 2009|08:52 pm]
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Hello! I've been moving this whole week and it's been a stressful, hectic mess. But I'm finally set up in a huge old gorgeous apartment with trapezzoid and we're working our respective crafts. He's noodling away on an electric keyboard and I should be storyboarding a comic ooooooops.

So to be brief! During my displaced and busy stint, Kevin Church kindly got a whole bunch of really talented artists to fill in on The Loneliest Astronauts for me with what are some truly wonderful strips. Check 'em out!
"Daydreaming" by Katie Cook

"The Idiot Box" by Brandon Dawley and Kevin Church

"Suddenly!" by Evan "Doc" Shaner

"A Tribute To Darnell 'The Ding-a-Ling Man' Wilson" by Max Riffner
Thanks, all you wonderful creators! Steve and Dan have never looked so good so many times.

Oh yeah, I guess I also drew some strips since my last post, so here's "I feel it in my head, I feel it in my toes" and "The Lower Depths"!
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Beautiful Portraits & Vulgar Renditions [Aug. 27th, 2009|02:16 pm]
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[Current Music |The Builders and the Butchers - Red Hands]

This year was my first time attending Flim Fest, a local film festival organized by Neil's pal and fellow director Kevin James. It was a bonafide blast. Established Flim Caricaturist Julie Becker let me share an art-strewn table with her, and together we cranked out some quick, cheap, fun portraits.

Here are a couple selections for your perusal. You can find the rest over at my Facebook album!

Photographer Kevin Forti

Artist Emmy Cicierega

Edit: On-the-spot drawing is tough and I'm not the best at capturing precise likenesses, but I had a lot of fun with this. I'm considering doing cheap portraits at conventions on better paper if I ever get my own table, maybe in the $3-5 range. It's an awesome way to get to know a stranger in 10 minutes or less!
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SDCC '09, by Ming. MOVING PICTURE VERSION. [Aug. 6th, 2009|01:20 pm]
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A quick visual recap of my experience at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con! I met a lot of good people, saw a lot of good art and had a total blast. Features super brief appearances by Brandon Bird, dryponder, oxboxer and newjason, among others!

You can check out my last post for more pictures and stories if you missed it the first time around. :)

Featured music is "Flutune" by Flu du Mundo and "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Vlog (7/23 - 7/26/09): San Diego Comic-Con!

Also and unrelatedly, get a load of this cute automatic tweet generator trapezzoid came up with! Minutes and minutes of precious online time fun.
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SDCC '09, by Ming. [Aug. 1st, 2009|01:00 pm]
Ming Doyle

As seems to be the case with the rest of the Con-going Internet, the unequivocal highpoint of SDCC for me was the concentrated abundance of old pals, online friends and new acquaintances. I didn't go to people watch, I went to see people!

The last time I went to Comic-Con five years ago in 2003 I was nineteen, wide-eyed, and had absolutely no resumé to speak of. In fact, I spent the majority of my time sitting hopefully in the somewhat downtrodden and furry/stick figure/hentai-ridden portfolio review center. I did have the good fortune of meeting gifted artist Donny Sparrow and a few very encouraging editors who gave me cards and told me to call again in a year or two, and of course it was wonderful to hang out with some of my fellow geek girls from LJ. But despite the positive experience, I resolved not to come back to San Diego until I had something to show for myself.

I didn’t think this would be the year, and I’m still not sure I’ve achieved the lofty accomplishments my teenage self was hoping for, but about a month ago I managed to score a professional pass, and I had the joie de everything of Project: Rooftop mastermind and all-around superhero Dean Trippe behind me to tip the scales in 2009s favor. My resistance was so futile!

Warning: Image heavy to the extreme!




To see even more pictures from the convention and Los Angeles, check out my Facebook album!
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