The tagline for Mandy Stobo's Twitter account sums up her work: "I am an art project of Bad Portraits. You send me a pic and I make a very poor watercolor of it that kind of resembles you, but not really."
Stobo, a single mom, began her project when she was living in Canmore with her son.
She is vain. She is vindictive. She is vogue; or so Visha Loo – a Calgary-based contortionist, artist, and fetish event planner – describes herself.
A familiar face in Calgary's alternative scene, Visha Loo is a stage character created by Janice Adshade, who sews all her own lace and latex costumes, sports outlandish makeup and is the creative director behind her shocking – and usually adult-only – performances in Calgary for the past six years.
Two figures stand side-by-side, but they are two parts that form a whole. One white, one brown: seamlessly blending in together. The brown rabbit is almost caressing the white ceramic drum.
Kelly Dowd has always been into comics; a hobby that grew into a collection. That collection has become much, much more. It became a job.
Dowd, who has served as the owner and operator of Redd Skull Comics for the past 18 years, got his start in the comic book store after a move from Saskatchewan to the bright lights of Calgary.