Thank you for the lovely feedback on the first ever Steampunk RAPS. I think it is well-established now that the theme and the style is very much favoured by many readers here. I have noted it and will make more. In fact, I have already started brainstorming scenarios and chaRActers and screenshots and what-have-you. Watch this space.
Talking of ‘thank you’ – a thank you was due to one of my fellow fans. Kate already mentioned it in her final instalment of the RDC5 reports: It’s a long way off but we already have *one* item for my traditional RA birthday auction in August. And this is how it happened: In the run-up to RDC, fellow fan Michaela had contacted me to request some fan badges. When I told her that I was going to be at RDC, too, she spontaneously offered me a copy of the Castlevania DVD for the auctions. She had bought a duplicate by accident, and rather than have it sit around, Michaela thought it might be nice for an auction. I immediately said yes, and we arranged to meet at the con for a hand-over. In return for the generous donation, many weeks later I decided to make a little shrine for Michaela in return. And this is it.
One of those tiny square tins. They are probably not more than 4 x 4 cm. With a spy theme on the lid…
… I had to put a spook inside. There he is, leaning against the tin.
And an incongruous RA himself in the bottom of the mint tin. No candles – mainly because the tin’s design is too nice to destroy it with holes hammered into the lid. (And luckily Michaela confirmed she is not really into putting RA on a pedestal anyway, so no candles needed 😁).
These tiny tins are really too small to create elaborate scenes. They are pretty fiddly to work with, but they make extra-stealthy pocket shrines and will be much less conspicuous than any of the more ornate, larger tins. In any case, they are the perfect thank-you size. So thank you once again to Michaela for donating that copy of Castlevania.
And a thank you also to Kate. If she hadn’t worked as a volunteer in the autograph sessions at RDC5, we wouldn’t have gotten a signature on the cover of this DVD: Every con attendant had the opportunity to get a maximum of 5 items signed by the stars. One autograph (per star) was included in the ticket price, but the other 4 extra autographs had to be paid for. Yours truly had not used her full allocation (see my account HERE) but my autograph session had been on Saturday – before I actually got hold of the Castlevania DVD. Thank heavens for Kate then, who sacrificed one of her 5 autograph items to be the DVD, and whose own autograph session with Mr A and Jill(‘s Gymkhana) was on Sunday afternoon. So between Michaela’s donation of the DVD, me paying for the autograph, and Kate getting it done, we managed to get a truly cool item ready for auction in the summer. Perfect collaboration, right?
And the perfect opportunity to finish up with the latest image from Starfury’s IG page. Mr A signing, signing, signing. He really looks a little tired already, doesn’t he:
Ha! And he didn’t know he still had something else coming for him… A last encounter with a fan. And boy, that was two reluctant photo models in one shoot… I’ll tell you soon.