D-Street Florida Artist Signing 4/15/11

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As part of D-Street’s 1st Birthday, Artists Maria Clapsis, Eric Caszatt, Casey Jones, and Doug Strayer were on hand to sign Vinylmation. Right off the bat we’d like to thank them for the time they took out of their weekend to come to D-Street to celebrate it’s birthday. It means a lot to your fans that you are willing to come out to sign stuff and talk to us. Thanks!

Maria Clapsis

Maria has designed A LOT of Vinylmation recently and has plenty on the horizon. Most recently, she designed Cutesters Too. But my favorite is Sonny Eclipse. This was instantly my favorite 3″ Vinylmation ever made. She said she just HAD to design this one and get it into a series.
Eric Caszatt

Eric signed my Urban 6 Side Mickey. He says “this is the weirdest figure I ever designed.” Eric says Tron ranks among his personal favorite designs. Saying the art was very intricate and he is happy with the final outcome. He remarked that the art had to go back for a few redesigns to get it just right on the 3D figure.

Casey Jones

Casey says his favorite still has to be Jack from the Nightmare Before Christmas set (Casey designed the entire set). Today, he signed my Park 6 Norway Troll. Casey says a lot of great Vinylmation are coming up and he is excited about his Haunted Mansion series (release date TBA).
Doug Strayer

Doug recently designed Green Thumb and Sumo from Urban 6. He is also the artist behind the popular Nerds Rock! series. I asked him about the glasses. He says they were always intended to be accessories. In fact the glasses were meant for a different series (unnamed) but then Doug and lead designer Thomas Scott decided Nerds Rock! was the perfect fit. When asked why Stitch was not in the set, Doug told us some magnificent news… read all about it here.

Did anyone else talk to the artists at D-Street Florida this morning? Tell us about your experiences!

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Nick LoCicero

Nick LoCicero has almost 20 years experience in the media industry. He has worked on numerous Disney related media projects, most know at WDWNT for WDW News Tonight. He has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1982. After moving to Orlando in the late 90's he became a passholder, developed a fascination with the history of the vacation kingdom and has spent way too much money on park merchandise.

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I talked to all of the artists, and they were ALL super nice. I had a blank 9 inch vinyl, and they all signed it (with doodles/drawings). I talked to them about how much I love the Animation 1 series, and how I would like to see more Disney Classics on vinylmations. One artist wanted to tell me more about future animation series, but I think it is all “hush-hush (perhaps something new in animation is in the near future).

Overall, I had an awesome day, and enjoyed chatting with the artists.