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Phew...end of con. Didn't do too badly. Got to be on some panels with T Campbell, had a lot of fun, pimped Graphic Smash a bit. Sales not great, but overhead was low. Moved a coupla pieces in the art show, saw some nice work up, met a lot of people. (I'd list names, but then I'd seem like I was name dropping. But I might do it anyway.) Was on a lot of panels with Jael, who was the guest of honor and a terribly sweet woman. Had a lot of panels, overall. Panels, panels, panels. Getting into webcomics was something I have no regrets at all over, but shit, it made me eligible for a lot of panels...

My friend Leonor took third place in the costume contest, as a dead sexy gypsy undead hunter (and would have taken first, but Boba and Jango Fett had some damn nice costumes, and...sci-fi convention...y'know.)

Speaking of which...if I put up all the art I did in the last two weeks, it'd be one gross artsplosian, and people would glaze over, and *I* would glaze over. So I'll do a few at a time, starting with the ones that sold already.

These are the Organ-Grinder's Slug, which was the most popular piece I did, and got a lot of people coming up and saying "I love the organ-grinder with the slug!" (Twigjack there, Unicorn and Cardinal there, a neverbeforeseen Weird Fruit, the first Gearworld original EVER, the Lurking Turnip...and it was the 5 x 7 under-an-hour watercolor. I am delighted that people liked it, but I can't help a certain amused chagrin at the way these things work out...)

Annnd his little buddy, the Slug Charmer!

The Slug Charmer was largely James's idea. Then he tried to convince me to do a lizard overclocking his slug, or perhaps modding his slug, but time was limited.

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I don't get the organ-grinder either. Don't get me wrong, it's about as good a representation of a gastropodic street performance as anyone could create in under an hour, but I wouldn't have taken it for a showstopper -- especially not in one of your shows. I don't know, maybe it's the two eyestalk-fezes.

Wait-- eyestalk-fezes! And it's a slug! Performing! It took a while for the whole concept to sink in. Sorry, I'm hooked too now.

Wow! The organ-grinder slug made me laugh. For some reason it takes a lot for a picture alone to set me giggling. Good job with it! I can see why it was so popular.

The dubble fes does the trick


Outta curiosity, about how long did it take you to start going to cons to sell stuff? And also, how do you find out about all the different conventions everywhere?

Congrats on the awards! That's awesome. :)

Years. People were telling me I should do cons for years before I actually did one. In a way, that was a good thing--I jumped right to the "profit" stage without stopping at the "breaking even" stage.

Cons tend to sort of cross-pollinate. You go to one, finally, and there are flyers for a dozen more, people are saying "Are you gonna be at RandomCon?" and so forth. I just picked the ones in my area and went for it.

Preparing for my first Con, I went on some forums and posted, asked here, and so forth asking for basic advice--what do I need in a table display, etc, and people came out of the woodwork to offer advice and help, so it worked out very well.

Awesomeness. I keep meaning to just -go- to a couple local cons and check out how things are run, but I never have the money. Did you go to any just as a visitor before you started selling at them, or did you have enough of a fanbase at the time to just hop right into the booth?

Sorry for all the questions, I'm just curious about ways to get my own little "career" started, being a soon-to-graduate-from-college-type. x.x

Thanks for your replies. :D

Nah, I just went straight for a booth. Not sure if that was a good idea or not, but I figured if I was driving all that way, I might as well try to make money. *grin*

It was a lot of fun to get to meet you, and do the really fun / surreal dinner thing. Really bad puns, horrific panting ideas and "Foodies" - hopefully we'll do it again soon.

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