Well, Amber and I are back from Chicago and C2E2. While we enjoyed our trip, this year’s C2E2 was more of a mixed bag of experiences than any other. However, I got to meet, talk with, and shake the hand of Felicia Day – so that sort of automatically makes the trip a roaring success.

When it comes to having found some sexy new graphic novels and sketch books, that was also a success. While big names like J. Scott Campbell were in Artist Alley, I decided to concentrate on finding talent I would not normally know to look for or buy online, and perhaps could only get at the convention.

First up was the ashcan edition of Jeffrey Moy’s Video Game Gals. The black-and-white interior features a Felicia-from-Darkstalkers style catgirl waitress named Amber, who kicks the crud out of a challenger. It’s a preview for a larger project, beautifully drawn, and better yet – it was free!

The cover to my copy of Jeffrey Moy's Video Game Gals Ashcan.

The cover to my copy of Jeffrey Moy’s Video Game Gals Ashcan.

Next up, to tread slightly mainstream, is the trade paperback edition of Irresistible, published by Zenoscope. I’d actually heard about this and intended to pick up the individual issues, but the trade makes it easy to enjoy whenever I want. The story is about a guy who wishes to be irresistible to women, so Mind Control fans may want to check it out. It is beautifully illustrated, and – unlike many Zenoscope books – it features some actually bare-breasted beauties.

The cover to my copy of Irresistable

The cover to my copy of Irresistible

Swinging back around to the self-publish side of things, Amber and I came across artist Danielle Gransaull. Amber was immediately struck by her art books (which I will get to in a second), while I picked up her Life with Death #1, which is a compilation of her web comic. It features plenty of sexy demon ladies, a couple dancing fire women, and a teensy bit of Mind Control spell casting (on a dude). It is quite enjoyable.

The cover of my copy of Life with Death #1

The cover of my copy of Life with Death #1

Regarding Ms. Gransaull’s art books, having She-Hulk on the cover of one meant Amber was immediately on board. We picked up Volumes 1, 2, and 3 of VaVaBoom!, each of which is filled with color pin-ups. Highlights from each include;

Volume 1: She-Hulk, some fun Black Cat/Catwoman rivalries.

Volume 2: more Black Cat/Catwoman rivalries, some great renderings of Futurama‘s Leela, Emma Frost as a sexy librarian, a pixie in a teacup, Little Mermaid cheesecake, Tigra, and a variety of fun lady/lady pair ups.

Volume 3: two topless renderings of Daenerys Targaryen from Game Of Thrones, a very nice Poison Ivy, and a myriad of rough sketches of nudes, catgirls, and a gynoid.

The cover to my copy of VaVaBoom! Volume 1

The cover to my copy of VaVaBoom! Volume 1

 

The cover to my copy of VaVaBoom! Volume 2

The cover to my copy of VaVaBoom! Volume 2

 

The cover to my copy of VaVaBoom! Volume 3

The cover to my copy of VaVaBoom! Volume 3

And last, but certainly not least, is another art book; Bald Guy’s Big Book of Beautiful Babes. Tigra (represented three times), Element Woman, topless Daenerys Targaryen (twice again), Catwoman, and many other (sometimes topless) very sexy women can be found within what I consider one of the gems of my C2E2 trips.

The cover to my copy of Bald Guy's Big Book of Beautiful Babes

The cover to my copy of Bald Guy’s Big Book of Beautiful Babes

Well, that’s all I have to report. One thing I have learned is that, even though I don’t watch the show, we should all be thanking Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen, and of course the very beautiful Emilia Clarke, for suddenly making it okay for every sketchbook to feature a topless woman surrounded by dragons. If there’s any theme I noticed this year, it is that.

There are worse themes.

Be on the look-out next week for a new story! ~dS