Fans revel in the pop culture of Stockton-Con


Jessica Machado

Alexis Villaneuva, a local artist commonly known nas House of Doodle, puts the finishing touches on her most recent drawing of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Jessica Machado, Staff Writer

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Super… No, it’s just another cosplayer.

On the weekend of August 9 and 10, Stockton held its third annual Stockton-Con at the Stockton arena with over 13,500 fans attending, almost twice as many as the previous year.

At this pop culture event, fans of comics, anime, movies and videogames came to revel in their love of the arts. Many attendees were dressed as their favorite characters, which included Link from Legend of Zelda, Edward Kenway from Assassin’s Creed IV, and Son Goku and Gohan from Dragonball Z.

Stockton-Con not only featured a variety of vendors and artists, but celebrities, including Lorenzo Lamas and Linda Blair, were spotted at booths on the second floor of the arena where people could talk to and get to know them.

Even though the venue changed to accommodate more people, it felt cramped due to the thousands in attendance. The arena was filled with eager comic book, anime, movie and videogame enthusiasts who wanted to check out the local artists and buy from all the vendors they could get to.

Although there were over 100 artists set up in the venue, one artist stood out among the rest: House of Doodle (HOD).

Created by Alexis Villanueva, House of Doodle, as she says, is herself, her business, and a definition of what she’s always loved to do. Drawing has been her passion since she was three years old, when she began drawing on whatever she could get her hands on, whether it be placemats at five star restaurants or her bedpost in her bedroom at home.

Villanueva said that she knew she wanted to be an artist ever since she was five years old. Lucky to have a family that supported her dream, she went on to graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Art and in Illustration.

Today, HOD can be found still drawing non-stop at her studio in Stockton. Recently, she has been working on a graphic novel called Anonymouse. This graphic novel is a post-apocalyptic story of a mouse named Anon that survives a solar flare that wipes every living thing off the face of the Earth. That is, everything that lived above ground. The novel then goes on to follow the events of the underground and the survivors there.

Anonymouse is set to be released in May of 2015.

Although the graphic novel may seem like her main focus, HOD can draw anything she sets her mind to in a variety of different styles, from comic book characters to classical art. Among the items for sale at her tables were drawings and paintings of Wonder Woman, Groot and Rocket from The Guardians of the Galaxy, and her personal favorite, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Villanueva also created small sketches called “Dollar Doodles” that were customised for each individual customer, in which she would draw anything the customer pleased.

All the proceeds from tickets and other Stockton-Con merchandise went to Saint Mary’s Dining Room and the United Way. In the last two years, Stockton-Con has raised over $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of clothes for Saint Mary’s Dining Room and the United Way of Stockton.