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Comic Con 2015

Comic Con 2015 wrapped up yesterday, and I’m both exhausted from it and feeling geek withdrawal at the same time. But as much as I’m a bit relieved to have this over with for the time being, and only a little bit of christmas shows to do, as my life keeps getting fuller and fuller, sometimes I wish I could make my living from selling jewelry in a setting full of film/game/television references and cosplay.
This year was much more profitable than last – I sold almost exactly twice as much jewelry! I can only attribute this to having a much better booth location, and perhaps the fact that I tailored my jewelry to be a little more geek this year. Speaking of which, there was a rather unexpected trend in my sales this year. 24% of the items I sold were Hogwarts jewelry, either owls or bracelets in the house colours. And almost more shocking than that was the evenness in house distribution. Griffindor sold one more item than the rest of the houses, which were tied. The entire weekend I was trying to keep up with my Hogwarts sales, and needless to say, I’ll need to do a lot more work on stocking it back up before my next show. IMG_1827
Some of my highlights (besides running my booth and talking to con attendees) were as follows:
1. The Wandering Minstrels. I saw them last year already – a group of about a dozen people wandering around singing songs ranging from Lord of the Rings to Men in Tights to the Pokemon theme song. When they broke into Still Alive from Portal not to far from my booth I was so tempted to run in there and join them. Turns out they’re from a ministry called Geekdom House, and I’m excited to see what else they all do.
2. The one con attendee who was in character all weekend. Wearing costumes is popular, but not many people wear the character as well. This Joker was hilarious – telling us to have a bad day, and outsourcing some of his murderous schemes to other Jokers, as ‘there are far to many Robins here for me to kill myself’. I may have to finally watch some Batman films after this.
3. Actually knowing people at the Con. From chatting with artists I’d met previously to having friends (and friends of friends) stop by the booth, it just makes it all better to know some of these people beforehand.
4. Meeting Sylvester McCoy – the Seventh Doctor and Radagast the Brown from The Hobbit. While I haven’t seen any Classic Who yet, it’s only a matter of time till I do, and this was the perfect chance to meet The Doctor. One down, eleven (plus the War Doctor) to go. And Mr. McCoy was exactly the way I imagined he would be.
5. Being surrounded by art. Same as last year, I made it my goal to pick up as much art as I could through trades, and really enjoyed it. Last year none of my trades were particularly geeky – only two referenced something, and one was very subtle. This year however, I went in an entirely different direction.

Normally I don’t go for close-ups of characters – usually something is a bit off, and I don’t particularly like to have faces staring at me in my room, but there was something about this Ninth Doctor that really caught my eye. Unfortunately, I didn’t get her card, and google images search didn’t turn up any results.IMG_1823It was love at first sight with this Dalek print. I love the art style and the colours. I hadn’t seen Gillian Newland‘s art before, but I definetly hope she’s back next year.  IMG_1821I also love her take on Spirited Away, turning it from Anime to a more realistic style, and the more I look at her T.Rex print, the funnier I find it.IMG_1820Blacks Side Show was at Comic Con last year, has adorable Chibi art of pretty much every fandom. They’re super cute, and I particularly like the Fire & Death print, as my brother and I mocked the dramaticness of that line mercilessly when we first saw the film. IMG_1818Christopher Jones‘ ‘Most Heinous’ print went viral a while ago, and I was so surprised to see the original at Comic Con. It doesn’t really fit with the style of the rest of my art, but I’m going to have to find a place for it somewhere. IMG_1822

All in all, it was a great show, and I’m excited for next year, as well as the Pop Culture Convention C4 is putting on this April.

what makes Comic Con special… part 2

I’ve been a big fan of trades between artists/vendors ever since a women selling scroll-work goods made the suggestion to me. It’s a way for artists to get something new using their skills, which seems so much cooler than paying for it in the conventional way. And I picked up a lot of pieces at Comic Con.
The reason you aren’t getting picture of my art wall is because I’ve only found frames for half the pieces so far.
This Portal print was sitting exactly where I could see it an aisle across. And it was calling to me. Never mind that I’ve never played Portal (although I do listen to the soundtrack). But now I am going to have to.IMG_0649Another piece from the same artist. Unfortunately I did a really bad job of keeping track of who I got each picture from, so I can’t even link to half the artists.  IMG_0657 This steampunk picture is made from old photographs, most of which come from Winnipeg. You can find more of Kevin Fawley’s work here IMG_0651 I love the colour on this one. I didn’t see the child hiding in this woman’s skirt until the third or fourth time I looked at the picture.IMG_0652  The glass makes this one look a lot softer than it actually is – the colours are far less muted in real life.IMG_0656  I was specifically looking for art that wasn’t comic-booky, and I though I succeeded with pretty much every piece I bought, this one is the furthest from a comic book that I found.  More of Sam Secter here.IMG_0648As well as my plethora of prints, I also picked up a mocking-jay pin. While I’m not the most die-hard Hunger Games Fan, I do love things that come straight from a movie, as opposed to inspired by items.  IMG_0655As much as I love trades, and wish I could do more of them, I can’t imagine what life would be like if we went back to the barter system.

what makes Comic Con special…

I’m not sure exactly what caused me to fall off the grid after Comic Con… I guess when you’ve been focusing all your efforts on one event, it creates a black hole after it is over. Because I still have such a huge stock left over from the Con, I’m not exactly sure what to be focusing on (more on that in my next post). Hopefully I’m back now.
But for now, I want to talk about what makes Comic Con special and so different from all my normal craft shows.
The biggest thing is the people. A good chunk of them are in costume, so there’s the fun of trying to figure out who everyone is. Not to mention a good chunk of them have built their own costumes – which is amazing to see. The lighting wasn’t great in Artist Alley, which is where my booth was, and where I took most of my pictures. Here are a few of the vast collection of amazing costumes I saw over the weekend:
Bender, from Futurama. I’m amazed at the construction – it’s brilliant! And the teeth is a screen!IMG_0611    Astrid, from How to Train your Dragon. There were a surprising number of kids at the con.IMG_0605This Loki crocheted her own horns! (and the rest of her suit for that matter)IMG_0602    This steampunk chick built her own wings! Her whole family was steampunked to the nines and were all as amazing as this girl.IMG_0600    Madam Vastra and Jenny from Doctor Who. My sister and I had this thing going where whenever one of us would leave the table, an awesome Doctor Who Cosplay would go on. IMG_0597    I don’t even know what to say about this guy.  IMG_0590    My sister as the Eleventh Doctor with the Third Doctor.IMG_0589     A Healer and Wizard from Clash of Clans.IMG_0617 One of the few chain maille pieces I saw during the convention. Although there were a few knights wandering around in 30+ pounds of maille.IMG_0616 This lovely lady had to be my favorite of all the cosplayers. She’s Moist Von Lipwig from Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal. Not only is it a character from a book (albeit one that was made into a rather good movie), she knows how to pose in her character and made her costume herself. Makes me wish I could connect with her somehow – that is a person worth knowing. IMG_0612-001People in costume are so much fun to talk to – they’re very open and willing to talk, and often you have that connection of both being into the same games or shows or whatever. And I think at least one person’s costume was the source of a sale over the weekend.
And I think that since this post is so long already, it will have to turn into a two-parter.