December 15, 2014

In Which I Catch You All Up On the Last Month

...whoops. I got so busy with things, I COMPLETELY forgot to update the blog. I'm blaming holiday busy-ness, that's my story and I'm STICKING TO IT.

Convention Babble

What else would I talk about? It's all I seem to do! But I wanted to update everybody on some changes and additions to the convention schedule (which i'll have to update that page).

As you may be aware, my Convention Schedule is currently officially COMPLETE for the year of 2014. I'm kinda glad about this, because jeeeeeeez did I get tired! I've learned the hard way you really shouldn't do two shows back to back, unless you're REALLY prepared stamina wise (which I'm working on!). There maaaaay be a back to back show next year, but I'm still negotiating in my head if I want to do it.

Currently, my schedule is thus:

Ohayocon - Jan 30 - Feb 1
Katsucon - Feb 13 - 15
Shuto Con - Mar 20 - 22

Demoted Conventions

There's a couple of shows bumped off my list, and I'm just putting them here because then that way hopefully people won't ask me if I'm going to be at them anytime soon!

Youmacon - See Previous Post Regarding This Year's Show. I honestly would rather not go back into that whole mess, but until there's major changes (in both department and show workings), I think I'll sit this one out. I'm still going to visit and probably do masquerade stuff now that I won't be vending, but I'm not doing the table thing for a while, methinks.

Midwest Media Expo - I haven't talked about this one a lot, because mainly, last year was it's first year, and while slow, my table did pretty well. I was looking forward to vending there again since it's local, but their sign up registration process really... rubbed me the wrong way. I'm okay with having to send a signed contract via snail mail (seems fair), but what I didn't like is that I also had to send the check in the same envelope at the same time without knowing if I was in or not. MMX, your staff may be trustworthy, but at least confirm if we're in before we send you money. I'll pay the extra $0.52 stamp to send it, I promise! 

It's all really a money paranoia on my part, so if you're going to vend at either of these yourself, MORE POWER TO YOU! In fact, if I'm around, I might even stop by your shop!

I just won't be attending until other changes are made.

Added/Pending Conventions

For those who are paying attention, and have been long-time readers, you probably know that Anime Central (ACen) artist alley sign ups happen around Mid-December. In fact, they were just the other day! BUT WAIT THERE'S A TWIST.

The week before, ACen's Facebook page was having a "12 Days of ACen" promotional thing where they'd be giving away swag packs or a badge based on the topic they provided each day. Well on the third day, they had an Art Contest - Drawing the Mascots according to the Theme provided, which this year was "ACen Academy Yearbook". The prize? A free table in the artist alley.

So I entered.

11x14, Copic, took me a FULL 8+ hours in one day to do

There were two parts for the contest, the first was a "Likes" contest where everybody got to go and "like" the picture in their galleries they liked the best. The top 5 would then be considered by the judges on media, composition, etc, and then a winner would be chosen.

Then, the day before the sign ups... I found out I was the winner.

And for that, I am eternally grateful for this year. I don't know how much more I can explain that it really meant a lot to me. I've vended at this show for the better part of 8 years in a row (with one year I took off in 2010), so getting that as a prize was really nice. (I didn't have to battle sign ups for the first time in 8 years!) But that's all I have to say on that. I'm just really really happy they liked my work.

I also wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to anybody who was on Facebook who helped advertise the contest. I'm not really on fFacebook all that well and most of the people on my lists are ones I know in real life and can still talk to (so it's very small). So thank you, Facebook peeps.

BUT ENOUGH ABOUT THAT, onto the next one!

I had recently heard about this show called Tekko (formerly Tekkosho Con I believe?).

It's located in Pittsburgh, PA and after doing a quick mapping, I found out it's only 4.5 hours away from where I'm at. That's closer than Anime Central! Their sign ups were the day after ACen's, and their show takes place on April 16 - 19. I have yet to hear back, but I'll keep you posted!

The sign ups were pretty crazy, but nothing I haven't weathered before. :)

Other Convention Information

ANIME PARK - It's a little one-day show put on by my old High School Campus, and it looks like their still gearing up, but I got contacted by them so hopefully I'll hear what the date is and see if it fits into my schedule!

Anime World Expos - I haven't talked about the Anime World show in a long time, basically since I helped out in 2012? Welp, IT'S ON IT'S WAY BACK! It's been repolished, and made all shiny and new, and is on it's way to make itself it's own convention! I will have a little more information on this in a bit, once a few things get handled behind the scenes. :)

Meanwhile, I'm off to do some more comics and get things prepared for the next year. I CAN'T TELL YOU ALL MY WORK IN ONE POST NOW, CAN I?

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