Yes, a quarter through the year and I’m updating. Mind, I’m not usually big on posting actual news and information on here. I usually just add new characters to all of the necessary pages/lists and leave it at that. But I figured some events that have already happened this year are worth talking about… If nothing else, so I can go back and remember in the future.
This year started out with a few conventions, each with their reasons to be noted…. Actually, I should go back to the last of last years first: Dec 3, 2011 – One gloriously busy day at Towson University’s (Towson, MD) Tigercon. I’d already enjoyed this college’s convention two years prior. (They didn’t have one in 2010.) And this (past) year’s was even better, giving me the chance to meet many new new people and challenge myself to plenty of new commissioned characters. (This started the run of Homestuck requests. I should have learned from that. They will be added soon.)
But most notably, for the future of TSCB (“That’s So Cute” Buttons, for those keeping track), this was the first convention with my new official table mate and assistant Classicista. And I have to say I am VERY thankful for her help. She’s not only skilled on helping to organize the table and my button drawer references, but she can be a much needed taskmaster, helping to keep my mind on her nicely organized list of commissions. She also doesn’t mind doing an occasional food run. I definitely appreciate her presence and her help!
Turning to this year, I had a good two months of (poorly used) free time before Katsucon on February 18-20th. I still managed to add to my stock, including finally starting to bring prints again. (I’m slowly adding to that, selling them in postcard size.) The convention was definitely a lot of fun, and once again came with some fantastic commission challenges (for which I really need to start a gallery up!). But it was also the convention of friends. Aside from my now regular table company of the wonderful Classicista, I also got to sit my table next to my friends in Crimson Chimera. Phantom Blush wasn’t too far away. And I was surprised by just how many people I’d met at previous cons who remembered me. Definitely a lot of fun!
The next convention was just a few weeks following: March 3, Nipponcon at McDaniel College (West Minster, MD). This was a first time event for this college and while things hadn’t gone as smoothly as they’d hoped, over all, it wasn’t a bad experience. Those that did attend were quite enthusiastic. This included even some of the vendors. I will be hoping for a chance to see how they grow in the next few years.
And then this brings us to T-MODE, April 20-22 in Rockville, MD. Another smaller convention, but at 5 years, they’ve gotten themselves a decent reputation and a great future ahead of them. It helps that the staff has been fantastic all around. And personally also that quite a few friends attend as fell table dwellers. This includes: the fabulous Phantom Blush, the amazing and talented Geeks Next Door, the amazing cosplay ladies at Destiny’s Designs (who I met at this con last year), and the lovely people of Interrobang Studios.
Also, did I mention my daughter seems to have become something of a minor celebrity there? At least in the Matsuri game room where she has official be noted as their best customer.
This convention also featured a few new experiences this year, neither of which I am going to complain about. First, was the actual thrill of getting requests for characters to add to stock (Avatar: Legend of Korra: Korra, Mako and Bolin) and being able to draw them at the table, run home to resize and print, and come back within about two hours with these characters stocked and ready to sell. It was so exciting that I tried it again overnight, adding Big Macintosh to the My Little Pony stock. (Though I still need to add these 4 new characters to the actual button list. It’s been a busy weekend and follow up. )
The other experience was purely entertainment. We were packing up on the later end of things Saturday night when my table was approached by four attendees of the wedding reception that was going on in a room adjacent to the con’s section of the hotel. They were clearly drunk, some more than others. Mostly one pair (a man and a woman) were insistent on knowing what was going on at these things. So I’d explained what an Anime Con was.
They were fairly well fascinated, particularly by my sign saying I do anime-style portraits. Well, they insisted the man be drawn. Initially it was going to be my usual head/shoulders button, but they started asking for far more details and options and changing it. Eventually they’d settled instead on a full body sketch which included him displaying a show of manliness and holding a vodka glass (that had to be present.) They were even challenging me to complete the commission with my projected time frame: 10 minutes. (There was a promise of chocolate and the sketch free if I didn’t make it.) In the end, with 4 minutes to spare, I had a sketch of him grinning widely, pulling his button down open with one hand with the other flourished the aforementioned glass of alcohol, complete with lime. They were pleased. We were amused (especially since they’d been asking all kinds of questions about the nature of Japanese entertainment during this time, particularly the frequent presence of gay themes.)
Well, this has been long and babbly. Probably why I don’t make these posts very often. But to wrap this up, I will list what’s planned for the rest of this year:
Zenkaikon: May 11-12, Philadelphia Convention center
AnimeNext (waiting list) June, New Brunswick, NJ
Intervention: Sept. 22-23 Rockville, MD
AWA: Sept 28-30 Atlanta, GA
Tigercon: Dec 1 Towson, MD