Welcome to Mars
In honor of Curiosity’s successful landing on Mars last night, I thought I’d share this piece of artwork. This was originally done as a Souvenir Program Guide cover for CONvergence, back in 2006 for the convention theme of “Boldly Go.” It features the CONvergence mascot Connie and a few familiar friends. Can you identify them all?
Congratulations to everyone at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on this fantastic accomplishment!
CVG 2013 Ad
CVG 2013 Ad – Key
If you were at CONvergence last weekend, you probably saw this promotional art for next year’s convention and it’s British Invasion theme. I wanted to post a key to the references it contains for those that might not have gotten all of them.
- Connie as Emma Peel from The Avengers
- Professor Max as John Steed from The Avengers
- Connie Mark 2 as Nathan from Misfits
- That Smiley Planet Guy from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- God from Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- The Liberator from Blake’s 7
- Starbug from Red Dwarf
- Harry Potter from… uh… Harry Potter
- An alien walker from John Christopher’s Tripods
- Thunderbird 1 from Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds
- The TARDIS from Doctor Who
- Graffiti from V for Vendetta
- A Triffid from Day of the Triffids
Not numbered, but visible in the background: The London Eye, Big Ben, and a Double-Decker London bus.
I considered adding a reference to The Prisoner or Sherlock Holmes or James Bond… but I didn’t want to over-clutter it. There’s a whole year ahead to reference the works of H.G. Welles, Sapphire and Steel, 28 Days Later, Quatermass…
I was reminded that I neglected to include the badge art for CONvergence 2011 Guest of Honor Lynne M. Thomas, who along with Tara O’Shea edited the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords from Mad Norwegian Press, a collection of essays offering a female perspective on Doctor Who.
The badge art features CONvergence mascot Connie inserted into the Chicks Dig Time Lords cover art by Katy Shuttleworth.
CVG 2011 GoH Lynne Thomas
Chicks Dig Time Lords
I’ve done a little Doctor Who-related artwork over the years for CONvergence, the SF convention I helped start back in 1998.
Here’s Connie (the CONvergence robot mascot) dressed as all of the first 10 Doctors (yeah, I know I need to add Matt Smith).
Connie as the 10 Doctors
And here’s Connie’s slightly evil sister Connie Mark 2 dressed as the 6 incarnations of The Master.
Connie Mark 2 as the 6 Masters
CONvergence 2003 had the time travel theme of “Time Flies.” The highest on-duty authority at the convention got a badge that said “Exec on Duty,” and every year I tried to find an authoritarian, theme-appropriate image to put on them. This is what I came up with in 2003.
CVG 2003 Badge - Exec on Duty
And finally, this was the badge that year for the convention Directors, who were then also the the Board of Directors of the non-profit parent organization MISFITS.
CVG 2003 Badge - Board of Directors
A few of our Favorite Things
This was a T-shirt design four CONvergence 2007, our Creature Feature year. That’s Connie in front introducing a few of our favorite “Things.” Can you identify them all?
BTW – The art on this T-shirt glows in the dark!