I’m going to be at Anime Boston in two weeks! Come see me at Artist Alley table R24! :D
This Saturday, I’ll be a guest at Cleveland Comic Con! Hope to see you there! :D
My retractable banner came today! IT IS ENORMOUS. I won’t have to worry about anyone not seeing it if it’s behind my table.
But it all breaks down into a teeny tiny case that’s just 26 inches long, and will supposedly fit inside an airplane carryon! :)
I got it from imPhotoGraphics, and it’s the 24” model on this page.
I’m going to be in the Craft Alley at Independents’ Day this Saturday in Columbus, OH!
I’ll be in booth #61 on Pearl Alley, near the corner of Pearl and Lynn. I’ll be right next to my fellow Columbus comickers Nix Comics and the all-women comic meetup group Sketch & Kvetch, so I hope you guys can come check out our great local talent.
I’ll have my usual selection of prints, buttons, The Hues ashcans, and I’ll be doing sketch card commissions all day! Hope to see you there!
This really applies to everyone you pass by when doing this, but really. Filming my artwork or taking pictures up close as you browse or walk by WITHOUT ASKING FIRST is a really shitty thing to do and it happened repeatedly over the weekend. I started speaking up after like the second person. Ask permission before you film or take pictures of things on an artist’s table. (And respect their wishes if they say no or tell you to stop.) We work really fucking hard and it’s incredibly rude.
Some pictures of Madame Le Flour! We went to two stores looking for party hats at 8:30 AM this morning so the look would be complete. Chris wore the costume for awhile this morning, but it was kind of hard to breathe on account of his costume being a pillowcase. So we had the brilliant idea to put the costume on the Big Ear of Corn instead! The Corn’s first cosplay was pretty brilliant.
Some photos of my TrotCon table! We’ve rearranged since these were taken, since both our neighbors decided to leave early, so we’re going to expand into the empty space a bit for the last day tomorrow. XD
Phew. Everything for TrotCon is ready, short of getting myself and Chris TO the convention tomorrow morning.
Who’s ready to hang out with bronies for three days? :D
This is very VERY important for congoers to know this kind of stuff. I’ve worked for a couple different anime cons over the years, and oh the stories I have.
One year when I was running Con Ops overnight, there had been a few kids running around with WET RED PAINT (seriously what the fuck) on their costumes all day, and it had smeared in a ton of different places all over the hotel. The convention was facing potentially tens of thousands of dollars worth of wallpaper replacement and painting if we didn’t find some way to clean up the mess before the weekend was over.
Do you understand? For a small, regional anime convention, $10,000 in property damage would have killed the con. Killed it dead. All because three cosplayers didn’t let the paint dry on their costumes.
When attendees cause that kind of property damage, if the hotel can’t locate the people who did it, the convention staff has to take the flack for that. The red paint incident was me sending out our registration programmer to the 24-hour grocery store at 2AM Sunday morning to buy a bunch of different cleaning supplies to see what, if anything would work.
BE RESPONSIBLE WHEN YOU’RE IN A HOTEL OR CONVENTION CENTER. Cons are fun, staying in a hotel is fun, but that does not equal a free pass to do whatever you want!
In other words, I don’t come to your house and stain YOUR pool with body paint runoff, so DON’T DO IT AT A CONVENTION.
I never post on Tumblr, so I’m hoping my few followers can help me get this word out by reblogging…
I work for a hotel that hosts a major US con every year. I love anime and I go to cons myself, but I am going to be blunt about some of the problems we have and how we deal with them. I don’t know why people lose common sense when attending cons. I realize that most con-goers are young, and probably haven’t traveled alone before. They’re also really excited to go to a con and to see people they’ve only chatted with on line.
But…things have gotten out of hand.
So, please…read this list of Bad Behaviors that I’ve seen over the past three years and please…don’t do them!
1. Completely Trashing Rooms. I have part of the team that has to take pictures of the damages left behind after a con. We will bill you. Sometimes, we won’t even tell you. We’ll just charge it on your credit or debit card. Again, the tiny print in the contract allows us to do this. We take pictures in case you try and dispute the charge with the credit card.
2. Being a Homeless Congoer. These are the people who don’t have a room but figure they can sleep in the lobby, stairwell, hallways, whatever. We’re on to you. We will remove you from the premises. If you are underage, we will still call the police.
3. Being Unable to Pay for Your Room or Food. These are the people who usually make arrangements for rooms with online friends. One friend books the room on a credit card, but when it comes time to settle the bill and the so-called friends are asked to pay their share in cash or come up their own credit card to split…there’s suddenly no money. I feel bad for the person who booked the room, and I’m sorry that you’re not going to make rent, or that your mom is sick, or that you’re a poor college student or whatever. Please don’t stand in the lobby and cry or try to offer me “free art commissions” or the horns off your Homestuck costume. My hotel does not accept those as payment.
4. Having Noise Complaints Lodged Against You. So, that little gathering you decided to have in your room is getting pretty loud and despite two phone calls from the desk asking you to quiet down, you refuse to do so. Guess what, the hotel management is throwing you out. We’ll have our security guards tell you and then the police will escort you from the premises. No, you will not get a refund. No, we don’t care you have nowhere to go. Maybe those two phone calls should’ve clued you into the problems you were causing.
6. Acting Like You Own the Hotel. These are the people who think that since they paid X dollars for their con badge and Y dollars for the room they are entitled to do whatever and whenever they want. Here are some of the most ridiculous (and this is by far not an inclusive list):
a. Taking their clothes off and running down the hall
b. Wearing full Homestuck body paint and jumping in the pool and hot tubs.
c. Screaming “KAWAII!” at random people
d. Camping out in the hotel restaurant and not ordering anything
e. Running through a wedding reception in different a ballroom while shouting “HETALIA!!!”
f. Smashing a brand new TV in one of the rooms
g. Sex in the lobby. While in cosplay.
h. Setting up an “art table” in the middle of the lobby. (She didn’t get an artist alley table and was mad about it…
i. Pulling the fire alarm at 3AM and forcing an evacuation (This person was prosecuted. We caught them on tape)
k. A cosplay-photo shoot that went out of control with photographers physically fighting with each other…in the lobby.
One more note: Our manager is really upset about the amount of clean-up required after the Homestuck cosplayers we had last year. Bathrooms and bathtubs were covered in gray body paint, and the pool and hot tubs had to be drained and cleaned because some of them thought that would be a quick way to get it off. Manager is thinking of putting in the contract with the con that they have to ban Homestuck cosplay to prevent this in the future.
So, as a Homestuck, I beg you! Please, please, don’t do this! Clean up after yourself!
Making ashcans for the convention this weekend. :)
So, a fan brought This Comic to my attention today, it’s a year old, but it got me thinking. I’ve known about Gutters for a while, but I’m not a regular reader. I find its humor to be hit or miss depending on who’s working on it and plenty of times it devolves into frat boy antics that don’t interest me in the slightest when it comes to the medium.
Now some could say there’s no need to be outraged about a comic strip from over a year ago, but it bugs me because this kind of attitude is still being displayed about cosplayers - need we remind you of the Tony Harris debacle or fake nerd girls or the various other problems that come up? Or hell, even just tumblr posts from people saying “FAT PPLE SUDNT COSPLAY SAYLOR MOON!!111”
Body-shaming, slut-shaming (hell, what exactly is so “slutty” about the girl in that bingo card?), and various other wonderfully hateful things are said in it and it pisses me the hell off, not only as someone who frequents conventions as a guest and gets to see all these amazing people wearing outfits, be they storebought or handmade, and just having fun like a convention SHOULD be.
At the same time, though, the more I thought about it… the more a “Cosplay Bingo” sounds absolutely ingenious. Not in the way Gutters did it, of course, but when you go to a big convention with several thousand people walking around, you’re going to see a wide variety of costumes. Hell, at Youmacon last November there was a guy in a Megazord costume that actually had a little bridge set in the chest with the MMPR toys inside of it. It was ingenious and awesome. In fact, this is such an awesome idea I’d be shocked if no one had ever thought of it before.
As such, here’s what I’d love to see people start having at conventions - Customized Cosplay Bingo Cards. The idea is that you either have one printed out on cardboard/postersheet/etc. with drawings of various characters and their name/anime/TV show/movie/etc. written on them so you can mark them off at whatever convention you go to, with the drawings there to help identify it if it’s a franchise you’re not familiar with.
What’s more, I’d love a digital version that could be put on phones and tablets and etc. - the digital ones with the added bonus that you can take a picture of the cosplayer (if they’re willing) and put it over that space in the bingo card as the proof that you got it.
Mind you, I’m not saying there should be prizes for doing it (unless you were a convention and you were actually wanting to encourage your attendees to do it to win prizes - looking at you, Youmacon/Otakon/Various Comic Cons), but it seems like the kind of thing that would be simple to set up. Hell, I’d play it just as a convention guest and getting to see so many awesome cosplayers out there.
And the reason I’m bringing this up to more people is because I don’t think it should be just screenshots of the characters, but fanart done of them. After all, cosplaying is already a thing based on fandom (not to say you HAVE to be a fan of it to cosplay it, but you get what I mean), so why not encourage other aspects of the fandom to take on a challenge and draw headshots or full-body shots of those various characters, possibly with stuff they’re not necessarily familiar with.
And the customizeable idea is that the cards would be randomized or swapped out so that you would HAVE to get some that you aren’t necessarily familiar with. Does this sound like a cool idea or am I just talking out of my ass since someone’s already done it?
[Image: A photo collage of six different pony illustrations drawn in marker and pen in the style of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.]
6 of the 7 color pony commissions I did at Intervention 2012. I sadly forgot to take a picture of the last one, as it was right before the artist alley was about to close and I had to start packing up my table.
[Image: Camera phone photo of Alex’s Ba-Con badge, which has her name printed on it. On the right, there is a comic self-portrait drawn on it.]
So I guess drawing on my badge (when there’s room) is my thing now.
and I have been so stressed that I have done NO prep. But I had been stressing over paying for my membership and that of the friend I was gonna bring, and I am pretty sure now that we registered last year and already paid since the site says I has a membership.
I have things to critique for the writing workshop and outfits to plan and Makeup Makeup Party Party to promote and… *flop* It’s going to be so great whether there is prep work or not.
MARIANNNNNNNE I am making tattoo-art-style fat pride buttons to sell. <3 <3
I’M SO EXCITED.