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Life and things

I haven’t had a lot of time to talk about things because I was at Special Edition NYC on June 6 and 7, I had my nephew and his wife visit from the old country and I was at AnimeNEXT this past weekend on June 12-14. It’s been crazy. Here are my thoughts about what’s been going down.

Special Edition NYC
I know last year I said I wasn’t sure if I was going to try to have a table this year but I gave it a shot and it turned out to be quite profitable! There were way more attendees this year, since last year was a total ghost town. I saw people who commissioned me last year and they ended up commissioning me this year, which totally made me feel special.

I shared a table with the funny and talented Carlos Abdu and we had a blast, chilling out, talking nonsense and drawing stuff.

I wasn’t too crazy about the new venue. It’s a good idea to not have an event that involves lots of paper in really humid conditions. We were at a pier, which means we were by the Hudson River and the humidity wrinkled a lot of people’s prints and comics. We also got that authentic Hudson River smell which kinda smelled like urine. Gross.

If Special Edition would have me next year, I’d gladly go back, though. It was small, but fun and it will only get bigger from here.

AnimeNEXT
I always love going to AnimeNEXT. Hands down, it’s my favorite convention to AA at. I’m super sad that my table partner couldn’t make it. I miss her and I hope she’s doing well.

On the lighter note, AA is always packed and sales are always amazing. I did lots of commissions this time around and I got lots of compliments on my art style. I was pleasantly surprised at how well my original prints sold this time around, as it’s been a running gag that they never sell. Believe me, it’s not a self-confidence issue of “ohmagad my prints suck” it’s just that I’m a realist and I know it’s harder to sell original prints when most people are clearly looking for fan art prints at conventions.

I also saw a lot of repeat customers and old friends that I haven’t seen in a while. I can’t quite describe it but this AnimeNEXT made me feel quite special and I’m still on a high from that.

Other than that, I took my nephew and his wife to Lower Manhattan and we went up into the observation deck(s) of the new World Trade Center and did touristy things. It was fun and quite visually stimulating.

That’s it for now. Artwork posts coming soon, as well as major updates to my portfolio stuff. Also, more jewelry coming soon :D

Boston Comic Con was Amazing <3

I have to admit, after being screwed over by Special Edition NYC, a street fair thing and then KawaiiLand, I was feeling very apprehensive about going to another convention. My apprehension grew exponentially with the untimely death of one of my beloved guinea pigs and the fact that the past 3 events left my bank account severely depleted (I didn’t even make ONE sale at the street fair and it cost me $100).

Why didn’t sales go well? It’s not because I make shoddy merchandise (because I don’t!). It was because the events were poorly advertised so I would literally go for hours without talking to a customer. Boston Comic Con scared me because it was competing with Otakon, which is one of the largest conventions on the east coast.

I grit my teeth and headed off to Boston with my partner in crime, Luca, who is in charge of the awesome Simply Comical Network. Friday started off slowly and remained pretty slow. I was afraid that Friday would set the bar for slowness. It was so slow, some of the artists didn’t even show up yet. The table next to me was half empty, because I’m a pessimist. Ramon Gil, the gentleman who occupied the other half of the table said his friend whom he was sharing the table with would show up on Saturday.

On Saturday, I could not believe my eyes when I saw Dominic Sparano, the EIC of Pronto Comics sitting at that other half of the table, right next to me. What a small world! In addition, other Pronto members had a table 2 tables away so it was kinda like a super awesome reunion. For those who don’t know, I’ve done some work for Pronto back in the day, mostly coloring stuff. They’re a great bunch with a lot of heart and creativity.

Sales went pretty well on both Saturday and Sunday (not as well as sayyy AnimeNEXT) but the convention itself was so much goddamn fun, I didn’t even mind. Between having an artist alley table near awesome people and reuniting with an old friend that lived around the area, the trip was definitely worth it.

The convention center itself was so packed, you’d need a machete to cut through the crowd. The downside was, our table was stuck in a bit of an alcove and didn’t see as much traffic as tables in the main area. I suspect this is because we were wait-listed and our tables were thrown in as an afterthought. We still saw sufficient traffic, but I did feel we were at a bit of a disadvantage – not enough of a disadvantage for me to cry and leave negative reviews of the con or anything of the sort, though.

I ended up buying a lot of stuff – Including comics! I’m thinking of doing reviews of the comics that I got because I’m the kind of asshole that wants to make my opinions known. We shall see!