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Comic-Con 2014, July 24-27th

Let's talk Comic-Con in San Diego, California, USA

DeviantART San Diego Comic Con 2014 Poster by Artgerm
(official poster by Artgerm)
(many thanks to makepictures for MOST of the photos in this article)

This year at #SDCC, we brought the Thunder!
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^ Does this guy look like he had a good time??? You will too as we journey through 
DeviantArt's Artists' Alley, and take a look at our Superstars of DeviantArt, We
The Fandom
and Fan Art Law PII panels.  The first appearance of FELLA, the launch
of MILK FOR THE UGLY to riveting success, and 
my girlfriend o-KOUKLA-o inspired,
scared and twisted Comic-Con as The Joker with
her friend Diana as Bane!


The DeviantArt / Madefire Preview Night Party!

Thunder wasn't all we brought, we also brought Madefire to the creator world during this
con, and here's the party that  kicked that off! Wait, is that a line around the block? 

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Fo-ffo-ff-fo-fOR DAYS, Jr.!!! Angry Sheep V1  The Madefire crew, a DevMeet, the SDCC Artists' Alley,
and a heap of industry and press friends lined up for the open bar.

... And the killer company. :) 

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^ fella, Cloud9hoodie, then a rare photo of spyed and the lovely LaurenKitsune!
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^ RARE SUPERSTAR MOMENT! DeviantArt's Stanley ' Artgerm ' Lau
and the MEGA POPULAR Alice X. Zhang, aka alicexz !!!!!!!!!!!!
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^ Check out marioluevanosxraystyle !!!
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^ spyed and CEO/Co-Founder of Madefire, BenWolstenholme reviewing the stunning
work of a deviant who goes by the name of Zirngibl We were riveted. A true highlight of
the evening to meet such a talented woman. Check out her work she is seriously one of
my new absolute +Favorite artists. +Watch, +Love. And you'd be silly if you weren't 
+Watching BenWolstenholme ... surely you realize this. ;) 
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^ Awww... ladies and gentlemen, the lovely Keight123 on the left photo/right side 
with her friends, and madizzlee & bittygirla 
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^ Say hello to our kick ass tattoo stencilers! 
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^ Is that the infamous Uwe Maurer, CEO of ArtRage ?  We love your natural painting
software, Mr. Maurer! Thanks for coming!



DeviantArt Presents ... Milk for the Ugly, on Madefire!

We're very, very proud to Present this motion book on many, many levels. Our first major
hit with MADEFIRE from the community, but that's only the beginning. This is now
the #1 Motion Book on the Madefire platform. Greater viewership than Batman
My Little PonyTransformers and all other titles found right here on DeviantArt right
along side our very own vesner & akreon's Milk for the Ugly

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^ vesner & akreon, authors of the BRILLIANT Milk for the Ugly motion book get 
glomped by our very own damphyr from the upcoming We The Fandom series that's
as of now un-announced. Whoops.

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Stats? As of today with the Book & Article combined:

666,589 Views
16,136 +Faves
3,800 Comments

The world is changing. Creators are directly in charge. And Milk for the Ugly is the
spark on DeviantArt that Madefire.

:angry: 

But don't take it from me, let's ask the media!


"Batman calls for new friends [deviants!] to create 'motion book' comics"

- theguardian




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"DeviantArt Comic Beats Batman in Motion Comic Marketplace."

- The Escapist


"Milk for the Ugly Gets Read 400,000 Times in Four Days, 
Kicks Batman and Pony Butt. Best Motion Comic to Date?"

- Bleeding Cool


"In conjunction [with] DeviantArt, [Madefire] rolled out its
Web-based Creator Tool, letting individual artists and authors
create new stories that can be published on the Web within minutes."

- The Next Web (TNW)



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"Angelo Sotira, founder of DeviantArt, holds up
one of the latest books published on Madefire."

- c|net



"Madefire [is] rolling out the ability for creators
and publishers to produce what it calls "print books" --
straightforward digital comics with conventional
page layouts and no multimedia frills."

- Fast Company






Fella Makes a GRAND Entrance! 

For the first time ever....... Introducing.... FELLA!!! 

Fella 
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FELLA making his first real world appearance other than in plushie form for the first
time in history! Appropriate, we think. In case you are wondering, he's the most
loving soul on Earth and hugging him felt great! 
I love deviantART! 

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^ He's even learned a new instrument since the release of DeviantArt v7 in 2010!
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Did he get his hugs on?? Heck yah! That's how Fella rolls!  

Fella 




DeviantArt Artists' Alley 2014

Photos apparently can't do this thing justice on the whole, but if you put it all 
together in your mind from all the pieces here, you'll appreciate the beauty 
of what is happening in Artists' Alley. Please be sure to read my past journal 
about this alley called: The Love that Binds SDCC's Artists' Alley. A million 
thanks, and all our love to clydene - always!

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^ We're missing makepictures in this photo - But without him, and without
techgnotic who is standing next to me here, we couldn't pull off Artists Alley each
year. SO, a great big thank you to both makepictures and techgnotic - Always 
amazing, always a pleasure.
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^ Ahh... There's makepictures on the left! We're just getting warmed up.
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I sincerely want you to see how packed the Alley was this year. But in an epic fail,
we didn't actually capture many long or wide shots this time around. If you were at 
the con and you nabbed some, please link them for us! Yikes!!!! This video I took
is pretty much the only one. Sorry it's not that great! 

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LBP/LINK? AHH!!!MAZING!
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^ LiamSharp - Chief Creative Officer for Madefire.
Truly a gentleman and a scholar. Here he tells us the ways of life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness ... in bed!

Quite seriously, Liam's contributions to the DeviantArt community recently absolutely
astound me. Perhaps one of the most important conversations happening on 
DeviantArt, and easily the most important conversation happening in the entire 
comic book industry is the one that is happening right now on LiamSharp's Journal.
Go to his Journal and start with a post written on June 4th titled, "I Got Angry."
Engage in the dialog. Read what people are saying in response. Why? Because if
you want to be on the bleeding edge of storytelling, LiamSharp is the key to the door
of the future.
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Photo by spyed
^ My kick ass girlfriend o-KOUKLA-o who scared the hell out of everybody with our 
friend Diana Rios as Bane. Aren't they lovely? I think so. 
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^ Ahh, the love of my life.
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Mr. BenWolstenholme drawing the ladies during the Madefire Cosplay sketching 
hour! WAIT A MINUTE, WHO'S THAT OTHER GUY? 
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What up madizzlee & Cloud9hoodie - Srsly hardcore.
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:heart: damphyr 
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techgnotic, merhej and I. bittygirla, LaurenKitsune and a rare recent shot of
Heidi and I!
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madizzlee is a badass Link! While LaurenKitsune Cosplays as Isabela from 
Dragon Age 2!
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Thank you wacom for providing Cintiq's for deviants to use at the 'Con! We also had
 our very favorite autodesk-sketchbook running on all machines with the lovely and
inspiring reneedicherri from Autodesk hanging out in case anyone had questions! 
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^autodesk-sketchbook in action!
BTW the NEW Sketchbook is out, and I'm just insanely in love with it. Worth your
time to check it out or to upgrade your copy! autodesk was with us in Artists Alley
this year and the artists using their software were just raving about it.
It's a new day in the digital arts! Go 
autodesk-sketchbook go!  
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^ Cosplay ALL DAY, EVERYDAY!
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^ This dude was rockin'! 
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^ Well aren't these the cutest kids at the Con! Especially Lily.. errr I mean the 
one in the middle! Errr.. I mean the random kids we took photos of! ;P 
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Our Kick-Ass Comic-Con Panels 

Our 2014 panel line up was fantastic. Excellent turn outs, great panelists, all 
around a wonderful thing that we're very proud to provide for Comic-Con each year!

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WE THE FANDOM
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aunjuli and damphyr brought squeels of joy out of their We The Fandom panel 
audience.  They're so sweet, charming, lovely and full of fandom! And not to mention, 
these wonderful ladies are coming soon to a Today page near you! 

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THE SUPERSTARS OF DEVIANTART
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In order, THE LiamSharp, vesner, akreon, spyed, techgnotic, yuumei 
and Artgerm
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BREAK INTO DIGITAL COMICS USING THE MOTION BOOK TOOL
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^ Wish I had more photos from this one. Great panel with the Madefire team 
BenWolstenholme LiamSharp nunyerbidniss 
along with davegibbons (most notably known for The Watchmen.) 
and vesner / akreon (Milk for the Ugly)


Unfortunately as of this writing I don't have any photos for two of the panels, 
I will be updating once I do. They are the FANS, LOVE, AND THE LAW panel, 
and the MAYA 3D MODELING SOFTWARE ft. FELLA panel. They were great!




 Party!

What else happened??
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Is that the legendary Kim Jung Gi
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Artgerm says that he just can't stand this guy because there is simply nothing 
to learn from him. he explains; how can you learn when Kim Jung Gi simply 
walks up to a blank canvas, and draws an entire world without any process at all!
he sees his drawing in his mind, and he puts it to paper directly. there is no 
process! you can't learn when there is just genius, and no process! - great point. 
And I hear he may be joining DeviantArt soon, so you can be marveled and learn 
nothing from him other than f34r of true, raw, hardcore deviousness. muahaha;) 

It was an honor to meet you, sir! we hope you will join our community and offer 
whatever you are willing, to our humble and loving home of DeviantArt!
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Speaking of Artgerm - Check out the key-art for the Comic-Con campaign that he 
made for us. A few weeks back, it topped the Popular 24 hour charts when 
he posted this:
DeviantART San Diego Comic Con 2014 Poster by Artgerm
^ Feel free to download, print and use however you like (for personal use).
Thank you Artgerm!!!!! :iconartgerm:
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Chunli Style by ArtgermPepper Robot II by ArtgermPepper Delivery by ArtgermBatgirl 12 by ArtgermMother of Dragons by Artgerm
^ A few pieces from Artgerm's gallery!
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^ Is that CliffyB? Mr. Cliff Bleszinski? THE Design Director of UNREAL TOURNAMENT
and the entire UNREAL franchise? And if that isn't enough, the GEARS OF WAR
franchise? Check out our visit to Epic Games  from a few years ago with the now
super famous rebel princess Meg Turney! techgnotic notic and I kinda spaz out over GOW.
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^ ARTofANT in the house!!</u>
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^ FREE DeviantArt Messenger Bags! WAHHHH I WANTED ONE!
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^ ZevGordoni on the left, left. The delightful pinguino on the right!
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^ Iron Man checks out and heads to Malibu.
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^ It has been an EPIC Comic-Con.
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^ Fella is off to sleep.
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Thanks for reading. ;)

Deviousness for life,

:spyed:

- spyed 










 

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spyed
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Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
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I have the privilege of making the ultimate day-to-day decisions on deviantART in my acting position as Chief Executive Officer. I Co-Founded deviantART in April of 2000 with jark along with a founding team of individuals including matteo most of whom joined around launch in August. Honorary founding team members include: mccann, chris and spot.

PERSON

I've had a passion for building online communities since my addiction to game BBS's (doom, doom 2, heretic, hexen, etc.) when I was 12. I co-sysop'd the Netherworld BBS in Northern Virginia at that time (till I was 15) and fell in love with the possibilities; especially as they applied to a global community. deviantART mirrors many aspects of BBS's and as time progresses you will find even closer comparisons to the quality of community MajorBBS and other platforms were able to support. Of course, most of you have no idea what I'm talking about when I say BBS's. Ugh.

I've now spent more than half my life building online communities. Seeking to deliver a mainstream application that captures the depth and passion that I felt for BBS's in my youth youth, rather than my now youth. :D

I'm very proud of the success of deviantART. Especially the fact that we took the road less traveled and arrived a little later, but on our own pure and untainted terms. We're doing it our way.

And that ladies and gentlemen ... feels like a milli-millillion dollars.

FUTURE

Before you read about the future, read about the past. And I think with a past like that and a team like this, it is a bright future indeed.

It is our intention to create the most powerful outlet in the world for known and unknown artists alike.

Most importantly we intend to take our time to do it right. For the first time in history there is connection and communication between artists and fans on a massive scale. deviantART represents a breakthrough for the promotion and exposure of otherwise stranded artists in all corners of the globe. Our job is to make sense of the possibility, and craft it in a responsible manner.

And that's what I'm here to do along with the strong team we've assembled here at deviantART; until the job is done.

(If you have something real and tangible to propose that may help deviantART in one way or another; Feel free to send me a note. I read every note even if I don't respond. Forgive me on the responses, there are thousands of notes!)

Current Residence: Hollywood, CA
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Print preference: Fine Art
Favourite photographer: coxi
Favourite style of art: street
Operating System: OSX
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disneyfan056 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow....14 years on DA.... That's amazing.... :D
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FOTOMASTER03 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
DeviantArt-дарит художникам свободу самовыражения! Спасибо! Ваша работа очень важна для будущего всего Человечества!
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PokeDamos Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You and the rest of the team are awesome, thank you very much. DA helped me become more social with people, and if I had not joined, I would not have been inspired so many time with my work. Vielen Dank.
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katdreamz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for making deviantart, you gave me a place to express myself, and I've learned so much since joining. Thank you agian sir, you are a great person. Huggle! 
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llDark Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!! Icon Pikachu 

cute puppy bite 
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wiledog Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
happy birthday DA!! thanks for giving us artists a platform to expose our work!! Keep it up!! Long Live DA!!!
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saeru-bleuts Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Happy Birthday !
Today is my birthday too...
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GakiAkuma Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2014  Student General Artist

~~\(^.^)/~~
P.S. ops...i did mistake ^^"
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Mallowfur Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Happy Birthday!
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AquaAradia Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
Happy Mooger Fluffin Birthday!

Lots of cake Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D 
from me!


oh and have a present! How to Freak Out a LaLLama  
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