Sometimes, everything just goes right. Marla Meringue is hands down one of the best models that poses for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore. Yes, she’s pretty. We all know that. If you didn’t, you’re either blind or you’ve been the victim of some horrible reverse-aesthetic electroshock conditioning or some such nonsense. That’s not what I’m talking about though.
She knows how to pose for artists. That, in of itself, is a rare skill. But she goes beyond that, purposefully seeking out unusual, PAINFUL poses that make my muscles quake in abject fear. Look at some of those poses. You know that hurt. Not only did she go that far, but she even repeated poses for the camera when my dumb-ass happened to have it pointed the wrong direction because I tripped over something or accidentally turned the fool thing off.
Watch the video. Not only were Marla’s poses amazing, but her performance was amazing. Usually when that happens, something else goes wrong. The lighting is off. I forget to charge the camera. I run out of memory. The cops raid. Something always fouls up.
Not this time. Marla was dead on. You artists got some great sketches. The lighting was great. Jeff got stunning photos. The video camera didn’t have gremlins in it. I don’t think I even misplaced my beer ONCE that night. It was snake-eyes all night.
See what I’m talking about?
On a side note, I probably just jinxed everything. We are mere days from our anniversary session and I’ve probably guaranteed a Tyrannosaurus Rex attack, a machine revolt led by Cybermen, or Nicolette Le Faye (our next model) getting waylaid on her way to the Windup by Omar or some shit.
We gave away some great prizes – Soft Candy: The Girls of Danni Shinya Luo from Atomic Books and a pair of stockings from What Katie Did, not to mention specials on Flying Dog beer.
Humongous thanks to Marla Meringue of Sticky Buns Burlesque; thanks to sponsors Atomic Books, Flying Dog Brewery, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging tunes and booze; thanks to Jeff for some of the best photos he’s ever done; thanks to Styger for help running the door, shoving around all that damn furniture, and beating the stage into shape; thanks to Alexis for wrassling the mic; thanks to anyone who helped shove a chair around or clean up at the end; and thanks to all of you who came out and twirled a pencil.
Thanks to Christian Tribastone, Fred Oakes, Jennifer Stark, John Schloman, Tim Kelly, and Matt Craft for sending in the sketches below.
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