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Hollywood opened its arms to deviantART on Wednesday, November 20th, with an incredibly successful deviantMEET!  Over 150 deviants, friends, and family came to hear an exclusive storytelling session from deviantART CEO and Co-Founder, Angelo Sotira (spyed), where he shared behind-the-scenes details about deviantART's inception and formative years.  WeWork Labs' Hollywood location played host to our event, and a number of people commented on the warm atmosphere the location provided.   

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IreneAdler76 acted as the deviantMEET's official greeter -- welcoming attendees at the door, and ensuring that everyone signed in and received a username tag!  Each attendee was given a gift bag with official deviantART lanyard and other free swag.

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The night started off with socializing.  Pizza and drinks were at the ready when deviants arrived, and within the first thirty minutes, fifteen pizzas disappeared as deviants dug in and made friends.

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Around 8:00 PM, Angelo began his speech -- starting with details about his history with the Netherworld BBS and how those experiences eventually shaped him and and the beginning of deviantART.  

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After the speech, everyone was invited to hang out, draw, chat, and simply have a good time.  Art supplies were provided -- everything from markers, crayons, and colored pencils -- and devious artists took over every space they could find to engage in being artistic!  As at all deviantMEETs, deviantART staff members were also able to chat with attendees and receive first hand, live feedback about what members do and don't like regarding the site.   

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A group of deviants -- including MidNight-Vixen, ARTist05, and NewportMuse -- set themselves up to get creative at the art supplies table. ARTist05 even drew Heidi a picture of Batman and Bane! 

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While the majority of people in attendance were current deviantART members, Angelo also had the opportunity to meet a few pre-deviants!  The future of art is looking bright with these talented children exploring their artistic expression.

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Thank you to everyone who joined us!  We couldn't have held an event like this without you, and truly appreciate your interest in and love for deviantART.  Your involvement in the deviantART community is what inspires us each day, and we hope to see you all again soon!

For additional deviantMEET prospectives, check out the following journals from those who attended!

Whether you were a deviant, friend, or family member, we thank you again for sharing your time with us.
     

Conundrum2501, kiff57krocker, NewportMuse, JinnyBlue, Ayee-San, CrazyJay007, PlunderPixels, MidNight-Vixen, TwilitAngel, Jepray, WizPandora, ARTist05, WaywardNoDogma, varascus1323, Mendoza4, Art-by-Edum, log111, KnightAR, bladehawk949, mentelor, redhand22, OrlyCoffee, zuckmuck, vincentsdeviantart, iancinerate, SackBeatingsMonthly, ZacharieGoesMiaou, krswanson, Melaamory, pmmontelongo, Chame, REDexclamation, tomasz, davidtrumantracy, ider2001, charleshildreth, thejr7744, Stripesandangelwings, Bobsheaux, RadleyGL, mayorlight, MiraKHall, tails987, RonimusPr1m3, Renner-P, WhatTheCrapola, Lelouchu-san, Eydea, KCMussman, MrsHyde, MaliciousNature, McCaslin, Ashasta, ratchetthecutest, star-yvonne, KITTY-ANARCHY, YULIEWORLD, MsKillerwolf, Ferreson, AlienArtisan, shipain, Mavros-Thanatos, Roiality, JoshuaLam715, 47ness, Rocky-O, JoshuaCamacho, smashems, Unique3DBellaArt, Mallinda, Stone39, BoxedSurprise, CowboyElisa, Freeloader4hire, lag111, and AniRichie-Art



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:iconartist05:
ARTist05 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I cannot wait until the next one!!!
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014   General Artist
Me too!
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krswanson Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student General Artist
That was such an awesome experience! It was my first one, and I will definitely be attending as many more deviantMEETs as I can!
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Stripesandangelwings Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay!! I see my crazy red hair and mint striped shirt! :D Was fun.
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CassMutt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I saw me in the background of one of the pictures! Thank you so much for posting this <3 And thanks everyone for making my first deviantMEET such a BLAST <3
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:iconunarii:
unarii Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Can this happen iin SG?Pretty please?
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:iconashleyinspirations:
AshleyInspirations Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wish I could have been there 
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:iconwolf4821:
Wolf4821 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
ISeeThatZacharieMask
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:icontigabelle:
tigabelle Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
WOah looks like great fun! :D
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:iconsjrockz:
SJRockz Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like a whole lotta fun. Too bad couldn't go. Business invades meh!! =]
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:icondanny1210:
Danny1210 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I WISH I COULDA GONE, BUT I WAS BUSY :( Go to Hollywood again!
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:iconhyllia14:
Hyllia14 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness these are so cool and i wish i could've been there ;v;
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:iconkcmussman:
KCMussman Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Artist
This was so much fun, Met so many cool local artists! -  (unfortunately I couldn't make the Vegas one. ) Waiting for the next Hollywood Dev Meet
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:iconmoe562:
moe562 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
if I would have know u guy where in Hollywood,. I would have love to go see n be port of it. Thanks guys! =)
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:iconoedalis:
oedalis Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm a lot of people are making wistful comments on how far away they are from the location of this devMEET but guys----you can do your own meet up. Network with deviants local to you. Pick a time and place. Get together and have fun. You don't need a fancy location or swag to have a rockin meetup.
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013   General Artist
True!! Clap 
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:iconartist05:
ARTist05 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This event was just awesome! I love this community! I hope to be a part of it for many, many years to come! Long live deviantART!!!
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ToonLinkYoshi Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dat zacharie mask... ye
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:iconwolf4821:
Wolf4821 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
:iconhighfive-plz:
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:iconredvelvet-cupcake:
redvelvet-cupcake Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg i wish i could go!! and that da tshirt... :D
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:iconkirasel:
Kirasel Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
It looks great.  Still didn't go, which is a shame, since I wasn't actually that far away...
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LovelyLolipoptart Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student General Artist
next time it should be around the central part of the U.S. lol because I live in oklahoma and cant travel very far- for certain reasons. ah! but I really wish I could have went to this.
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:iconoedalis:
oedalis Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Host your own. Lots of people have done that. I've been to one in Indianapolis myself.
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LovelyLolipoptart Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Student General Artist
haha I'll think about it.
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:iconwaraclese:
waraclese Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Sounded fun, wish i was there:(
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:iconitaftrs:
ITAFTRS Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would be lovely to attend to one of these someday. But the US is such a faraway place, I'm telling you.
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:iconpikajane:
pikajane Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Looks awesome wish I coulda been there!

Maybe someday a deviantmeet in Chicago?
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:iconkyokiiii:
Kyokiiii Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to go to one of these so badly AAAAGGGH
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:iconwerewolfprincess2013:
WerewolfPrincess2013 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I want to go next time! Hopefully I'll have enough money though.
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:iconjustin1029:
Justin1029 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Writer
Can you locate next year at Toronto? I'm pretty sure it's not that far from there...
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RonimusPr1m3 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Thanks for the mention =) much appreciated and definitely a good time at the meet.
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:iconledroach:
ledroach Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
do it again
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:iconuchuubranko:
uchuubranko Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student General Artist
looks like it was soo much funnnnn! :la: :heart:
I wish I could go to such awesomeness :grump:

all the pizza! :nuu:
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:iconsanu-chan:
SANU-CHAN Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh wish I could go! It looks amazingly fun! Waaaah! 
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Silver-Tao111 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Godam... wish I went there. xD;;

Eh, maybe next time...when I get the money to travel.

All well!
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:iconforeveralone08:
ForeverAlone08 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
That looks so awesome!

I wish I could attend one someday. :/


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:iconfighter7901:
fighter7901 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
didn't go but that looks cool 
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:iconashpony:
Ashpony Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist
I wish I went but there are many more to come when is the next one
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:icondazeddaisieso-o:
DazedDaisiesO-o Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope I'll be able to to attend one someday! :D
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JinnyBlue Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had so much fun! Cant wait till next time. :D
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RealmeNevertobeseen Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could'v gone, but it was in California, and I'm broke.....
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:iconclover103:
Clover103 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wish I could go...
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:iconroiality:
Roiality Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
That was the best day ever! La la la la
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:iconlelouchu-san:
Lelouchu-san Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha, I forgot to put in my journal entry. Spyed called me cute. ;w;
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gammel-sjel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sounded so~ cool! :D Wish I could've made it. STUPID SCHOOL AND TIME ZONES!!!!! :iconfaceeverythingplz:
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DragonLight2141 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome wish I was there 
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:iconkrisgarrard:
KrisGarrard Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist
People meeting people from DeviantART. Sound very fun to me. Wish I could go.
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:iconstrawberrysweet-san:
strawberrysweet-san Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
I bet it was so fun
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:icondandandanao:
dandandanao Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student Artist
OH mY!! :la: That's really look interesting~ :heart: 
I wish I can visit too one day and meet other DA members :tears: 
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bet it was awesome, I wish I could have gone :iconcryforeverplz:
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