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Angry Artist Alley: Prepping your health BEFORE the con

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This will be a pretty amusing topic, as recently my topics have been more and more serious about the exact same thing (but cut up in three different articles for clarity)

It occurred to me that I have so many articles about customer relations, sales, and materials that I forgot one of the most important topics to mention: Prepping your body before the convention.

I’ve explained that there are things you need to do DURING the convention to stay healthy, but there’s a little something you can do extra BEFORE the convention to make your life much more relaxing!

Note: this process should be done a few days before the convention, not the night before. It may take more or less days to do it, but trust me, once you get accustomed to this regime you will thank me for a much more stress free experience.

1) Hydrate yourself BEFORE the convention. Make sure that you’re constantly drinking and peeing a few days before the con. The extra hydration will ensure that you won’t go to the convention with a migraine. Also prevents dry throat, for a morew pleasant voice~

2) CHECK AND CONTROL YOUR STOOLS: I got to emphasize that this topic sounds absurdly hilarious, but it’s soooooo useful.
Have you ever gone to a convention constipated? Diarrhea? Or just had the urge to fart all the time? YOU HAVE, RIGHT???? Well, most of you I bet.
These are all problems because you don’t check and control your stools. I’m not going into the nitty gritty details of how to do that, but just look it up on google yourself. Make sure you are pooping regularly, and that you are getting enough dietary fiber. About three days before a convention, I will drink a bottle of Odwalla or other brand fruit-vegetable smoothie. That stuff makes your stools erm…crazy, but once it’s out of your system (literally), your tummy will feel much more relaxed. Then it’s all up to whole grains and the like.
When your stools become normal, the chances of poop problems at a convention are drastically decreased :)

3) Control your diet-If you have food allergies or lactose intolerant, avoid them entirely for the next few days. You don’t want to agitate your tummy in ANY way. Imagine drinking a cup of milk the night before, and the next day you want to puke and you’re farting all the time! NO!

4) Force your sleeping habits to be accustomed to the convention’s hours. Artist alley often begin at 10am and end at 6pm. If you usually wake up at 10am and sleep at 2am, then you need to make sure you can handle the sleep schedule for the convention. This can’t be 100% applied to every person, but try your best on this. Days before the convention, adjust your sleeping schedule as close to the convention schedule as possible. That way, you can wake up and sleep properly at the convention without waking up super groggy in the morning, or dosing out towards the end of the day!

  • Melatonin is a natural way for people to try and get a good night’s rest. It doesn’t work for everyone, so no guarantees. Ask a pharmacist or doctor before taking though, just in case it might coincide with another drug you’re taking.
  • A cup of tea, or a cup of coffee might be enough to get you through the day. If not, you might want to try some sort of energy drink.
  • Now, if you seriously don’t think you can get through the day without passing out and sleeping in the middle of the con, caffeine is a good option. A cup of tea, a cup of coffee is a good start. If that doesn’t work, you can convert to a caffeine pill, or an energy drink. Some energy drinks contain twice as much caffeine as the typical over-the-counter caffeine pill, so you really need to watch out! Before you take a caffeine pill or energy drink though, you may want to talk to your doctor just in case (especially if you’re pregnant/breastfeeding)

5) Practice your art pitch. Aside from your body being healthy, your mind needs to be ready too. Remember that you’re trying to sell your art, so make sure you have a good pitch to entice people to sell your art. Don’t just practice ‘please let me know if you have any questions’. Practice ‘oh this? This comic is about so-and-so doing something-something’. Make sure you know exactly what you are going to say if someone eyeballs one of your art pieces. That way, when you’re at the convention, you’re not trying to fumble over what you should tell your customers.

6) For the Lovely Ladies: check your  menstrual cycle. Did you have it last week? Haven’t had it in 2 weeks? On it? Well, make sure you are AWARE AND PREPARED. I am going to assume you know the regime about this–bring the stuff if you need it.

  • Okay this might be a LOT of TMI (please skip this link if you’re a guy cos this is personal girl stuff) but a few months ago I discovered the wonders of a menstrual cup. You can do the nitty gritty research of how it works on your own, but this thing is amazing for cons (and everything else). You don’t have to think about your period for the entire day, it’s much less stressful than checking the clock all the time. Plus, you save a TON of money because it’s reusable!

aaand there you have it! My secret tips for a slightly easier time at the convention!

Artist Highlight!
Boomslank
(image courtesy of Boomslank, because i was so entranced by their work I forgot to get a photo of them)
I met these two cool dudes at Sakuracon. LOVED their work! One of my favorite tables in the entire con! I initially mistook them as a game studio because their work looked THAT professional. The artist has very vivid, imaginative illustrations, which all have stories behind them. It’s not often I see original art like this put onto graphic tees at conventions, and they’re really well done too.
Currently I own two shirts, and one has been in the washing machine every week since i got it. So far, no fading or color ripping, so ya those are some quality shirts!

 

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Angry Artist Alley: Taking the ‘leap’

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A number of artists talked to me about this topic at previous conventions I’ve attended, so I decided to write this article. It might sound a little biased here, but if you want to argue with me, I hope you’ve actually tried this stuff before stating your opinion about it.

When I mean fanart, it means that you do not own the Intellectual Property/Copyright of the characters in the image. Let’s ignore America’s leniency with with dead copyright holders, historical art, parody, and journalism use for this topic. You are basically taking a preexisting character, and then you make an image with them on it, in your style of art. Some people use quotes or logos from the series. And some would make an obvious innuendo of a character’s design on their work (such as fanart hats, hairties, etc). That’s pretty much how people would determine fanart for artist alley. Simple as that.

Then you have ‘original art’. This means that you are the creator of that intellectual property or own copyrights to the characters in the image. In simple terms, you made it, you named them. Maybe it’s a comic–you made the comic yourself with your own characters. Or maybe they’re crafts and plushies–you designed those characters.

The problem with selling original art for MOST (because i know it doesn’t apply to every single one of you), is that fanart often deters away from your original art. Let’s face it–fanart sells, that’s why we’re at artist alley, and we need cash to survive. Sure, you love when people compliment your work, or cheer you on, but in the end, you can give yourself a huge pat on the back when you check your wallet after the convention. But…if you’re not selling fanart, there’s the deep root of fear that you may be end up loosing a LOT more money than you are gaining at these conventions. It’s a legit fear. “Those tables can cost a lot! What if people don’t like my original art?”

Well, I’m here to tell you my experience. I’m not going to happily say ‘yes it’s the best thing ever and you can do it’ but I’m also not going to go ‘no don’t try it at all’. These thoughts and decisions are for YOU to decide. I can’t tell you if you are going to like it or not. But what I can tell you is that if you don’t TRY it for a while, you won’t experience it.

So, I’ve grouped my experience with artists into three groups. I’ll tell you honestly that I have gone through phases of all three of these groups, back and forth. Yes, humans change their mind, and so I’ve changed my mind all the time on this issue. It’s a very fine line between these ideas, and there are exceptions to all of them, but I’m grouping these artists up in three categories to make my explanation easier. You will find that you may be jumping in and out of your work, your decisions on selling what kind of work, and even regretting your decisions. THAT IS OKAY. IT HAPPENS. No one is perfect, and there was never a set of rules about what’s right or wrong in these situations. I’d like to emphasize that if you have not been in all three of these categories, you should not be judging other people who are a part of the other categories; everyone goes to artist alley for different reasons, and yours might be different from theirs.

Category A: I stand firmly by the belief that fanart is pretty much the only way I can earn money at the convention or promote. People in this category are here to boldly make the dough, and they know that fanart does the trick. Maybe they like a niche and love to celebrate it with their other fellow niche lovers who don’t see much fanart of it. There’s plenty of reasons to be in this category. But in the end, it’s mostly for financial success.

Category B: I mostly do fanart, but I’m kind of scared to sell original art! You’re probably doing a great job selling fanart already. You might sell a few original pieces of art on their table, but it’s almost entirely made up of fanart. Maybe your original art isn’t selling very well, so you eventually take it off the display. But in the end, the fear of an empty wallet or strong criticism is keeping you from doing much more than those few pieces of art, or making more space for it at your table.

Category C: I’m here to promote; here’s my original work! If you’re in this category, it’s likely that you are there to promote MORE than you are there to profit. Maybe you accepted the fact that you don’t earn that much at artist alley anyways, or have a second means of income that keeps your project going. Your table is mostly or entirely made up of your original work. Maybe just earning enough to keep that table in artist alley will suffice, as long as people are buying your art and checking out your sites.

Tip: Get a second job. You’ll have to work harder, but you’ll have funding for your projects.

Talking to various artists about conventions, the main problem I think about trying to promote original art is that the investment is often high, and the fear of never being able to make back that money holds people back. Unfortunately, that’s just the gamble you’re going to need to take if you want to promote your work. But if you’re really serious about showing your original content, then NO ONE will be able to see it if you don’t make it!

Make the sacrifice, and make the majority of your table (if not all) your own personal work. I’ve read various articles of professional artists who stop selling fanart at conventions so that they can promote their personal work. Always make sure your priority is the work you want to create for yourself, not others. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF DAMMIT. What’s the harm in doing that?

You will likely do poorly the first time in sales, but that does not constitute as a failure. I know I earned significantly less money after I stopped selling fanart at my table. But I REALLY wanted to promote my horror comics and CONventional. I’ve never sold so many of my comics before until I put the fanart away from my table. All eyes on the prize, I suppose. But that still didn’t mean much profit for me. The conversations I have about horror manga artists, convention etiquette, and etc. are SO FUN! I manage, and I am very proud of what has become of CONventional, when people walk up to me and talk to me about the comic even though we’ve never met before.

What can you do to make your big leap to selling original art easier?
Get rid of the fanart: Make room for your personal work, so people can see it on your table clearly. This is the biggest sacrifice, but when people come to your table, it will be all eyes on your work, and your work only. If you’re super duper scared, you can leave one or two pieces of fanart there. There’s no rule to how this works, and I haven’t experimented enough to give anyone a solid answer on how to do this ^_^;

Share tables: I am very sure that if you are Category B and want to transition to Category C, you won’t have much to sell on your first few times. THAT IS OKAY! That’s what table sharing is for! I shared tables on my first time trying it out, but the next convention half a year later, I had enough time to fill up the other half of the table!

Indie Artist Tables: Some conventions have a specific space for artists that aren’t selling fanart to promote. They often cost extra, but tables are larger (which are perfect for sharing), and often put in a more comfortable spot at conventions, next to other artists who are selling original work. When the artist to the left and right of you aren’t selling fanart, nothing deters the attendees from walking away from your table; there’s no competition of art whatsoever. From personal experience, the feeling of competition is almost non-existent compared to being sandwiched between tables with walls of fanart prints.

Have Confidence: You won’t hit it big the first time. Or second. Or third. Treat your first time like it was the very very first time you tabled at a convention. No one has seen your art before, but that doesn’t stop you from being at that table to show them what you got!

What did I lose and gain from selling only original art at my table?
The main thing is that I lost was a lot of money. It’s thanks to a day job and a patreon that keep me going right now. I am not sure what the right word to describe the feeling I gained from the experience, but it’s a mixture of ‘confidence’ and ‘dignity’. CONventional is a free comic, but it has become my most successful work, as they are freebie comics in all the Krakencon swag bags, as well as the one time at Kumoricon where they were giant signs for the Black and White ball. I always leave a tip jar to fund the printing of the comics, and it has always helped keep the project going. One of the happiest things that have happened to me recently was a fan of my original horror comic actively looked for my table at Krakencon so that he could check out the second comic in the series! These are feelings I have never felt just selling fanart at conventions. So I lost something, but I gained something else from these experiences.

Some Misconceptions:

Just because you sell original art at artist alley, that should NOT keep you from drawing fanart anywhere else. In fact, most of the stuff I post on the internet is all fanart! It’s only at conventions where you see the majority my original works. I’ve gotten confused behavior at conventions when they find out I’m not selling fanart, but it is often followed by curiosity of the other stuff I make!

You don’t have to make every single convention a convention where you only sell original art. I only put an effort to do this at two specific conventions, since the audience is the broadest. The other conventions are for-profit for myself (since they’re local and most people know me in that area), and I will put up my fanart at those conventions (i still promote my original work though). But I emphasize that you need to be brave if you want to promote your work. I traveled all the way to Austin and Seattle just to promote my comic! It was so worth it….and so was the food….yummy :3

Just because it’s original art, it doesn’t mean everyone will like it. This applies to fanart as well. Some people will like it, some will not. It’s not like everyone will love my horror comics (nor should any kid under 13 be reading them). Nor will they like my weird sculptures. Don’t assume your audience. But know that if you are making what you personally enjoy, then you will attract the right kind of fans who want to see your work.

If you want to only sell fanart, go ahead.
I really don’t know why you read all the way to the end if you weren’t interested in this topic in the first place :P
Like I said, I only ENTIRELY get rid of fanart on my table for just a select few conventions. I might have something lingering here or there, but the main highlight on my table are all my comics.

Anyways, whether or not you want to try my advice is up to you. It’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to ‘take the leap’

Artist Highlight: Avelino!
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where is he? :P

I met this guy at Sakuracon a few weeks ago. He was so shy, that when i asked for a photo of his table, he didn’t want to be in the picture! Actually, a lot of artists are like that, and I emphasize that this is one of many reasons you should ASK before taking photos at artist alley.
Okay, moving on, we met properly at the end of Sakuracon’s ‘Artist Meet and Greet’ event, and had a semi-intellectual conversation with another artist who was at the event, Eva about this topic. Will he pursue his dreams? I don’t know, but I’ll root for him if he does. I wrote this article about four months ago, but have been really hesitant about posting it, in fear of how harsh and biased it might sound to other artists, but these two really showed me that I’m not the only one who’s been in that boat for so long. Also, I’m very inclined to go to Sakuracon next year just to meet up with them again :D

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Krakencon 2016 Pre-Con Commissions are OPEN!

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It’s been a while, but I’m still alive!
Actually, my computer broke, and the image files I want to attach with those blog articles are in that computer ||orz

Anyhow, I’ll be at the Fall Krakencon, 2016!
I’ll be at the indie artist alley section, table N7, next to the very awesome Mewblood, whom I met in person for about 5 minutes in Seattle two years ago. Check out their super duper cute comic!

To make things less stressful for myself, I’m opening up commissions today for EVERYONE reading this, and will be closing Krakencon requests next Wednesday, and online commissions on the 20th.

For those who are going to the convention, you do NOT need to pay shipping; just come to my table, pay, and pick it up. For those that don’t know, I do not do most of my commissions at conventions anymore–they’re mailed out, because I don’t like to be rushed by pulling all-nighters or distracted by attendees, and would rather put my best effort into my work. By preordering, you don’t need to wait for me to mail it to you.

For anyone on the internet, I am opening up commissions as well for you too! The only catch is that you need to pay additional shipping. Online commissions close on November 20, at the end of Krakencon.

Here’s some stuff to think about for these commissions:
These are ALL TRADITIONAL ART commissions. I will provide a scanned image if you want, but the thing HAS to be mailed you you.
You can also order anything in my online shop too, which will be cheaper because you would not have to pay additional fees for the item, and combined shipping would be cheaper (but you would still need to pay the necessary shipping). I will consider discounts, depending on what you want to purchase.
-I can write or paint something in blacklight ink for no additional cost. Blacklight ink is invisible in normal light, but bright blue when under a blacklight–I refuse to write anything bigoted, racist, or offensive in that matter.
-I’m okay with some nsfw, but no heavy R-18 stuff. Don’t be shy to ask, I’m not going to disclose your name and your fetish to the whole world.
-I’m not drawing anything that involves politics and presidential candidates. That’s for someone else to do.
-I’m okay with drawing someone covered in gore and blood, but I am not okay with drawing someone in the act of killing someone else.

Okay, now for a few samples.
Because the commissions vary so much and can be customized, here are some samples, what they represent, and the approximate price range. a2016-10-30-23-38-57
above sample: Card sized commission,monochrome with a hint of color, color paper, no round corners, and chibi: $8

Card Sized Commissions, 3.5″x5″-great for Christmas  and birthday cards…or cards for any occasion. I can make it folded, or cut it to a small rectangle.
$8 each, and if you go to Krakencon to pick it up, there is a $1 discount off anything on the table when you pick it up!
-Will be drawn as chibis on default. If you want it to look more realistic, you will need to indicate that, and no additional cost for that.
-Order more than one card sized commission, and each one will be $7.50
-Default color is Monochrome, with a hint of color. I can add more color, or keep it monochrome on request.
-Additional character or two for no additional cost
Shipping within US: $0.60
Shipping outside of US: $1.60
Pickup at Krakencon: Free!
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above sample: Medium Size Commission, color, color paper, with rounded corners: $15
Medium Size, 5″x7″
$15+
-Optional Rounded Corners, no additional cost
-Color or Monochrome, no additional cost
-Random Color paper, or you can choose brown paper or parchment/cream paper, or white, for no additional cost
Shipping within US: $1.50
Shipping outside of US: $2.50
Pickup at Krakencon: Free!
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above sample: Larger Size, Brown Paper, monochrome, $25

Larger Size, 8.5″x5.5″
$25+
-Brown Cardstock (but you can request color/parchment cream/white paper for no additional cost)
-Optional Rounded Corners, no additional cost
-Color or Monochrome, no additional cost
Shipping within US: $2
Shipping outside of US: $3
Pickup at Krakencon: Free!

To order, please email pennydox@gmail.com
Commissions will be completed 1-2 weeks after the convention
Please include:
1) If you are picking up at Krakencon or if you live inside or outside the United States
2) Size of the commission
3) Color or monochrome (or monochrome with a hint of color), and rounded corners or straight corners
4) If you follow a fandom I draw/follow–I might leave something extra…if I feel like it.
6) I post these online, but if you want to keep it a secret, please indicate that, or if you don’t want me to post it until a certain date (such as christmas). If you want me to tag the image when I post it via instagram/twitter/tumblr, please indicate the screenname.


Thank you, and I hope you will enjoy your commission! :3

 

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Angry Artist Alley: Does Fanart really help? (opinionated RTX2016 experience)

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I need to stress that this entire article is based off of my one trip to Texas in Roosterteeth Expo. Therefore, there is no scientific whatever evidence if this happens to everyone at any con, or if it was coincidence and is entirely my own opinion. I just want to share my own, PERSONAL experience, and I want those who have tried this technique or similar to tell me how their experience was as well. Am I the only one who has experienced this? I don’t know, but if you have a story to tell, feel free to leave a comment! This article may or may not apply to you, because you are one artist and I am another, and we both likely live in two very different situations. But I’d love to hear if these situations are similar with other people or not.

So one day I decided ‘Hey i’m not gonna sell fanart, i’m going to sell my original art’ with the mindset that I’ve learned ‘no one really buys fanart’. Because let’s face it–most people go to conventions to make bank, and the majority of people making big bank is just drawing and selling fanart prints of the most popular intellectual property they can figure. Or some sort of niche. I mean…it works, that’s why you see it everywhere.

I was helping Jason Shiga with printing his comic Demon for a while, and through many lunchtime conversations, he convinced me to be brave and just make my own thing. I mean, what’s the worst that can happen? Money defecit. But hell, it’s a risk I will take if I want people to see MY work, if I want to share my OWN personal stories. But where would I do this with lower risk?

Roosterteeth Expo. Bam. That’s what I thought. I was very, very, VERY far from being right. But at the same time, far from being wrong too.

In the ‘agreements’ section, it mentioned that you weren’t allowed to sell ANY Intellectual Property that you do not have written permission to sell. I was totally stoked! A convention where you can’t sell fanart with official permission? So everyone’s selling original art? I bought a table, packed my bags, and took a trip to Texas. RTX2016 was my first gaming convention, my first out-of-state artist alley, and omg my first convention where everyone just sold original art.

BUT I WAS WRONG. Far from it! Like totally fucked, as every table except two (mines and Tanya Burr had some amount of fanart on it. Some entirely of fanart. Apparently, they meant ‘Intellectual Property of their own work’. So wow I was very, very screwed. But then, this is the big moment–will people REALLY buy my work even if it’s not fanart?

In Roosterteeth Expo, you could technically show fanart of their stuff or give out free art of their stuff, which I took advantage of. I had a fanart display on half my table to draw in customers, while the other half was my actual artwork.

I had an entire display of tiny custom RWBY nendoroids! Not for sale, of course. Just display. Here’s a small sample of what was on the table:

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Custom Ruby Nendoroid

Wait a minute…scenery looks a little…different today ;) Come visit booth 925 at RTX2016!

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And even freebies like this:

I WAS BASICALLY SELLING ONLY ORIGINAL ART, SURROUNDED BY TABLES FULL OF FANART. I totally screwed myself over. And of all conventions, this was the most expensive, ever.

Friday and Saturday:

This is what I saw: That display REALLY drew in a crowd of customers. I encouraged photographers to take photos and tag my name and table. It was a HUGE success! Even some voice actors/actresses and animators from RWBY came to check it out! People were wondering if it was official merchandise, and it was so overwhelming. It was working! Well, until they turn their heads a little to the right, and see a print artist who decided to tape their fanart prints on the other side of the display and walk away. By the way, don’t ‘double-side’ your massive wall of prints, because you’re taking advantage of your display and it’s a real dick move to the people sitting next to you (your display should be pointed towards YOUR table, not someone else’s. It absolutely does not help bring attention to the other person’s table, if that’s what you’re thinking. At conventions, you can’t tell any artist to fix anything because then you’re just considered a dick on social media (at least i can write these blogs, right?).

This is what I also saw: The fanart that was drawing the hoard of crowds to my table did almost NOTHING to benefit the art I was actually trying to sell at my table. I really mean it–nothing. They didn’t bat an eye in that direction. Even when I was giving my free minicomic, CONventional, in the direction of my art. They really didn’t care. Like somehow a piece of my dignity was ripped out because people only cared about the display but not the work I was making. Hope was really downhill. I couldn’t even pay back for half the table from the profits of Friday and Saturday combined. And I’d like to emphasize that artist alley was less than 20 artists with a 44,000+ crowd.

Sunday. The last day.

Now this one, I did something different. I realized it was the display that’s making it difficult to grab any attention, so I dumbed down the display so that it looked much ‘less’ interesting. It was a bit more bland. Minimal props, and the table was brown instead of moss-green. None of the characters popped out as much because they weren’t shown with their weapons or normal outfits. So……what happened?

What happened:
The eyes trailed towards my work and less on the display. People started picking up the comic on display. I’d say the majority of those who picked it up ended up asking for the price, and many of those actually bought the comic. I got a lot of great comments like ‘wow I don’t see people making stuff like this much these days’ (i think they were mentioning more like non-vampire/werewolf horror comics, not original art shtick). In fact, I didn’t notice this until I went home, but half the comics I brought to RTX were all sold–the most I’ve EVER SOLD EVER. Seriously, just on Sunday. I also got a number of commissions on the last day too! To be honest, I didn’t think the majority of my profits would just come from selling the one comic I had on my table, not commissions. My other work didn’t fare well, which is an incredible disappointment, but in the future, Ihave plans for this unsold cute merchandise, so it’s okay.
COVER PAGE_previewAbove: The cover of ‘Eerie’, my horror comic, was the item that sold the most on my table. This is the second time it’s ever happened to me. The first time was at Krakencon, coincidentally in a row of tables that didn’t allow fanart as well. 

Of course, the table next to mine was still the bummer to some of my business. Many people who turned their head to the right often just continued to walk to the right. The table to the left was courteous enough to only put their display pointing at their table, so I was really damn relieved, considering the dilemma I was in. Again, I gotta stress-if I said anything like ‘please take down your prints facing my table’ that day I’d be such an ass, and thanks to the internet and social media, I’d just be flamed about it. But now I can fume a little, as it’s mostly anonymous now. I ain’t gonna say who it is, but I mean…just don’t do it in the future, I guess. All of you. It gives your business an advantage, but it’s a bigger disadvantage and a bit insulting to those around you.

Conclusion:

Fanart is amazing, it really brings a lot of attention to my table, BUT it doesn’t help people see my original work at all.
Fanart really does take away from my work. It grabs attention, but not quite the business I wanted. In the future, I know I’ll definitely NOT have a kickass fanart display. But I *may* sell some fanart, but only at a VERY minimal amount. And make sure it’s spread out smack in the middle of my original work, instead of the other way around. What really drew the customers was the ‘mystery’ of what the heck my table was about. Something any comic artist should do is learn to pitch their comic in less than two sentences. Mines was literally ‘oh it’s a comic with some short horror stories. About a barber, a tongue fetish, and loose teeth’ Simple, yet effective.

From this experience, and my past experience at Krakencon’s Indie Artist Alley (a set of tables that aren’t allowed to sell fanart), I can confidently say that if you are really serious about advertising your personal work, make the sacrifice of tossing the mass amount of fanart at your table. You will probably lose a lot of business, but your sacrifice will allow people to keep their eyes on your prize–your personal work that you really want to share. If your followers love your work enough, they’ll commission you anyways.

In the end, I could not earn enough profit to pay for the table, trip, and food, BUT, because I was distributing my CONventional comic to all sorts of people at the con, I have definitely successfully grabbed the attention of east bay convention-attendees, some texas cons, and now it’s really going somewhere. This was the main intent, and because I was able to give it to various press/media/even staff from Roosterteeth, I’d say it was a successful con!

This entire stack was gone before the second half of Sunday (and i had to hold back on Friday and Saturday too). I am really happy that all the people, press, media, and even staff from Roosterteeth got them. Hello New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Singapore, UK, and everywhere else! Welcome to CONventional:

My fat stack of FREE minicomics. I hope they're all gone before the end of RTX!

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Okay, this is a bit different. This time, it’s a KICKSTARTER! Woot woot!
Ben Seto’s ‘Skullbunnies’ was one of the darn cutest comics I’ve ever read, and one of the first comics that brought tears to my eyes (no seriously, I’m not kidding). It was mostly tears of joy though..it was so damn cute. Ben has done some real amazing watercolor work, and is compiling all of them in a book! If you look at the info, it says ‘192 pages’. And yes, he’s made a LOT of illustrations!
So just check it out, and back the project. If you’ve never read Skullbunnies before, one tier comes with the comic itself :D

 

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RWBY Photoshoot (part 2): Nuts and Dolts (with spoilers)

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[See Part 1 of the blog here]

I’m VERY sure by now you guys have realized what kind of nut I am for RWBY.
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……oh wait. hold on a sec here.
If you haven’t seen all the way until Volume 3, don’t read this blog article. It’s just a bunch of huge spoilers, my afterthoughts on it, and my biased opinion on the staff of Roosterteeth.
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….you still reading? I assume you saw the end of Volume 3 then. Okay good.

*deep breath*
…here we go.

So towards the end of Volume 3, a bunch of really sad things happen. The harder they fall, the more epic they are when they come back up. So just because my favorite character, Penny, is dead, that doesn’t mean her death will end JUST like that. I’m definitely sure the deaths of Penny and Pyrrha will not be in vain. Assuming this is a ten volume series, they were just characters that drove the plot forward, and it’s just the beginning of some crazy epic journey. Who knows, maybe they’ll come back. Maybe Penny will come back as Freckles (from RvB) :P
I sound a bit shallow on this, but studying scriptwriting, I know this is just the beginning of the ‘journey’ part of the story. And that was the last few minutes of the very last episode. So trust me when I say this is the tip of the iceberg, and something way worse is going to happen later. When team RWBY rendezvous, it’sgoing to be epic.

But I still feel sad for Penny. She was so cool. I’m very grateful for meeting these two lovely cosplayers who agreed with me to do this shoot. It’s not supposed to be a rude thing, but it’s just something I want to remember them by.

I’d like to thank Valkyrjur Cosplay (her sister is the one cosplaying Penny), and Rikuko Cosplay (dressed as Ruby) for the shoot.

Oh, and this cute one:

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(cosplayers unknown atm)

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I am very sure you all know Monty left us, and the staff had to continue the series without his guidance. Assuming the series was animated mostly-chronologically, I can see the flaws of the first episode, but major change towards the last few episodes. I had my doubts, but knowing that they had such a great ability to adapt and improve, that has mostly disappeared. I’m not an animation expert, but if the Roosterteeth animation crew is reading this, I think you need to listen to the opinions of the fans who watch this, and also recruit a very talented storyboard artist whose job is to choreograph fight scenes with way better timing and angles for the sequences.

I don’t feel like explaining myself a lot, but Roosterteeth needs to get someone who knows how to design fun awesome swag. In America. I don’t want to get in a heated argument or anything, but I wish we had more artists in America doing this stuff. Japan is WAY ahead of this game and only Volume 1 is there. If you’re a Roosterteeth staff member, there’s a fat pool of artists in America who are dedicated to RWBY and you could try contacting us nobodies for a commission for awesome art. And make some RWBY headphones. Shit, that would be so awesome.
And if you think you’re qualified to help Roosterteeth out as an artist, I highly encourage you to submit your portfolio to them ^_^

Anyways, Penny’s dead, but I’m not that sad about it anymore. It’s what made this story finally have a definite plot for the main character, and now Ruby has a purpose for her life. Congrats, I better see some awesome shit in Volume 4.

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RWBY Photoshoot: Kimono Edition! (part 1)

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This will be a two part blog article with two different topics. Part 2 of this article is here. This one is a lot darker, so bear with me, and I hope you read through the entire thing. I am sure some of you will disagree with me on this, and if you do, I urge you NOT to send your hate to me or any of the cosplayers here. Just stop reading, close the window, and move on with your life. Stating your opinion is alright though. Everyone’s got a different opinion, and I’m open to changing mines if I’m convinced enough.

Let’s start with something more lighthearted though, shall we?

I went to the Spring Norcal Cosplay Gathering and as usual now, I met up with the posterboy and postergirls of the RWBY cosplays in the Bay Area–Stormflower Cosplay, Valkyrjur Cosplay, and Kiba Cosplay, as well as others.

Every time I meet up with them, there’s always a ‘theme’ to their outfits. One thing I love about their cosplays is that they don’t just stick to the norm of the outfits in the series. There was ‘swimsuit edition’, ‘christmas edition’, and now we have ‘kimono edition’
If Roosterteeth is ever looking for fashion alternatives for these characters, they need not look any further. Valkyjur is a master of fashion design.

I guess this round, they got a group to cosplay.  Quite a treat!

Cosplayers:
Ruby- Rikuko Cosplay
Yang- N/A
Blake- Kkibsong
Penny- Valkyrjur Cosplay (in affiliation with)
Nora- Valkyrjur Cosplay
Lie Ren- Stormflower Cosplay
Coco Adel-Rebecca F.

(sadly, no Weiss or Velvet, and the Yang cosplayer came very late that day)

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The rest here is personal ranting, but if you don’t want to go into drama and stuff unrelated to RWBY, just skip to the next blog article.
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Cultural Appropriation.

If you’re not japanese and you wear a kimono, it’s not offensive. You’re being too sensitive about the term ‘cultural appropriation’. Cultural Appropriation and the misunderstanding, misuse, and ignorance of it. Get your head out of a rock. Now let me enjoy my sushi burrito I got from Berkeley.

I was going to write a long ass rant about how people are oversensitive about the term, but let me clarify a few things. We’re living in the twenty first century, where language, religion, fashion, food, and daily necessities have all mixed together into a happy ass chunk of cheese fondue. Our world and culture is rapidly changing. Racism is very real, but the way we’re treating the term ‘cultural appropriation’ almost always as a negative thing online, it may as well just be reinforcing it for some. There are some bright sides to it. Be open for many things!

And going back to the photoshoot above, we can see a bunch of happy people with fashionable kimono-yukata-kickass ninja hybrids COSPLAYING. I do not see anything wrong with this at all. Do you? Hopefully not. If you were a fan of RWBY, these are amazing, but if you didn’t know the series, what would you think?

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Working under Shiga

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For an entire year, once a week, I would go over to Jason’s place to help him print his comics for his Patreon for his comic ‘Demon’. The 720 page webcomic has been completed, the last of the Patreon orders mailed out, the limited print run chapters all done, and now my job has been retired. It was a great ride while it lasted.

Every day I worked there, we always had a nice chat during lunch break. And I always learned something new. For the entire year I was there, I always asked questions, and many times, I was surprised about the answers he gave me.  I feel it is because I’m in a different generation of artists in artist alley, while he is in a generation of artists who haven’t really relied on artist alley. Well…sorta?

Here are some highlights I learned from working there.

A comic artist’s life may not be for every person who dreams to be a comic artist-this one might be a bit hard to explain, and is in no way offensive. For some people, crouching over and making comics 8 hours a day is the best thing ever…..if you want to do that for years and years. For some, that might be too much work, and having a part time job to split the work (although that also means more working), is actually a better way to both get stuff done, have a breather, and still get paid for something else. I think the best decision for my future was to take a step back, study pharmacy tech, and get a job. I recently got a job, and although the sacrifice is energy and time, I now have an income and a way to fund my projects.
I don’t know if I’ll be a pharmacy technician for the rest of my life, but one day, if I get a constant stream on income for my artwork, I might become a full time comic artist. But for now, I’m quite contempt being a hard worker.

Artist alley should be a way to promote. Earning money at artist alley is a plus, but don’t think you can live solely off of this when selling comics–I know there is the 1% who can, but for most people, it’s more like a fairy tale. I really thought this was possible, but there was one week where Jason went all the way to Canada just to sell his comics. I asked him about how he’d ever profit from that, and his answer was that promoting it is more important than just selling it (that and I think he wanted to go on vacation). He doesn’t go to a lot of conventions because there’s not much profit in the work, but promoting it online and carefully choosing which conventions to go to display your work is more important. For me, cutting back on conventions was also one of the best choices I’ve done for myself. Instead of stressing over what kind of ‘fanart’ I should make, I was able to utilize that stress-free time to create my own comics–I was published in three anthologies, and working on two anthologies right now. And now that I think about it, the people I often see who really DO live off selling at conventions are often the people who have massive walls of fanart prints, not self published comics.
I don’t make as much money at artist alley now, but I definitely feel a lot prouder of the work that’s come out of having extra time to do the work. At the same time, my hard work has been paying off, as my internet shop has had a few more frequent sales through the months.

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Draw what you want to draw.–If you’ve ever read Jason Shiga’s Demon, then you know exactly where I learned this from.
It may have been one of my most ‘crude’ looking comics, but I definitely wanted to make a comic about proper convention behavior. I gave these out for free at Yumecon and Anime on Display, and got some great reactions.
previewMy fear of people judging me for my work was one of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome when I made that comic. I’ve made comics where I spent months perfecting, while this comic was drawn in a span of two days (albeit it took several hours of interviews over a span of several weeks to get the right info). I look back at that piece of paper folded in half, and I think to myself ‘what the heck was I so scared of? I’m giving the comic out for free o_O’
What’s important is that you make a piece of work you’re proud of.

You don’t have all the time in the world-I’m not sure how to word this correctly, but I hope my explanation makes sense.
Sometimes you will get one chance to do something, and whether you take that opportunity or not, if you miss it, you may never get that exact same chance again. I could always drive down to San Jose for Fanime in fourty five minutes. But a plane ticket to Austin Texas? I’m not sure if I’ll ever make time next year. Or there might be a steak restaurant there that might go out of business. Or maybe that plane ticket will be more expensive the next year. I mean yea, going to RTX will cost at least three times as much as Fanime, but having the opportunity to do something may never come back in a long, long time.

I went on my first plane ride last year to Seattle to go to Emerald City Comic Con, met artists I’ve only dreamed of shaking hands with, discovered new amazing artists, made connections with companies I thought was impossible, had some amazing food, and somewhere in the far, far back, I saw a mountain with snow for the first time in my life! I may have spent a shit ton of money to do that, but I regret nothing from this experience.

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above: While most people were closing the shades in the airplane and trying to take a nap out of boredom on the plane to Seattle, I could not help but stare out the window for the entire time. It was the first time I’ve seen a sunset from an airplane, and it was so beautiful. I saw rivers, creeks, some mountains with snow, and while the sun was setting, I could see the building lights slowly turn on in the cities.

Everyone starts from nothing-Everyone who is a comic artist has all started from a single thing–making a comic. So if you want to be a comic artist, and improve your comics, and get recognized for comics, you need to make them to climb your way up a crazy mountain of other creators. And unlike other professions, there’s no end to this chain. You can keep climbing higher and higher–make more comics, create new works, branch into movies, games, and other things. But everyone starts from nothing.

You won’t know unless you try; don’t be scared to try things few have ventured out to do. This is my very first custom nendoroid. And also, my first time with my professional camera, shooting figurines. I started from nothing, and now this is my new hobby :3

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Kids are a lot of work–He’s got a kid. Sounds like a lot of hard work. Be prepared.

Well, I’ve changed a lot in the past year. Maybe these tips will help you, maybe they won’t. But for me, I think I’m finally walking on the right path to my future, thanks to Jason. I hope you look forward to my future blog articles ;)

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Sweet Meats! Kickstarter Campaign :D

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I haven’t posted in a while, because I’ve been working on…..
SWEET MEATS!

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*applause*

..okay. Anyways, what the heck is ‘Sweet Meats’?

Well, the predecessor was a full color zine called ‘Sweet Treats’, published by Dapshow. I was one of the artists who contributed a short comic in there, and then our second anthoogy, ‘Sweet Meats’ is the next in line–another full color anthology, all about meat!

I’m contributing a full color 5 page comic about HOW TO COOK A CRAB. No seriously. It’s a cookbook comic. With a crabgirl :D
prev2_Jackie_LoIf you look down the list of artists, there are some real crazy awesome talent, like Doug Harvey and Brendon Tapper!

Anyways, There’s less than two weeks left, and we’re in dire need of support! Please support the kickstarter, or share the kickstarter with “http://sweets.dapshow.com”

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A Look Back at 2015

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2016 marks a new year for all sorts of shit. So here’s my reflection. I only chose a few images for every month, but I definitely made more. Anyhow…

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January: furiously doing conventions to earn enough money to satisfy me for
Emerald City Comic Con
February: Reminiscing over Monty’s legacy, I drew a comic about it. And then finished my Street Fighter comic. Then started another comic.
March: Finishing up some pages and heading off to Emerald City Comic Con. I learned a lot of things there, and my perspective of my future drastically changed.
April: Internet harassers changed my life. I could barely draw. From this point, I stopped tabling, and felt ashamed to go to a lot of conventions.
May: Since I wasn’t tabling, I stopped stressing over which fanart I should make for the next convention, and draw fanart of series I personally liked, no matter how obscure. Oh, and practicing coloring technique.2015 artB
June: More practice. If you take out the color, the drawings look the same as the ones in January btw. So it was just color experimentation and methods here.
July: I remade some old drawings, and I used to love drawing chibis. Of course, because I wasn’t selling at artist alley, I didn’t really have incentive to post many. I guess I changed my mind. Then I went bonkers and made a crap ton after that.
August: Preorders for two anthologies and keychains came up around this time. Really crunching that stuff. I can’t really post the anthology stuff because that’d screw up the whole point of buying the thing in the first place =_=’
September: WORLD TRIGGER AHHHHH!!!!
This was when my twitter was flooded about World Trigger. I’m so sorry you guys…it’s just that the series is so great. This was also the time when I decided to try Crunchyroll’s ‘Fanart Friday’ series, and draw a weekly fanart of the theme (and trying to do obscure series/characters). You’ll notice from this month, the fanart is a bit harder to recognize. 2015 artC
October: I started experimenting different stuff. The Sio Ogura anthology came out, along with my keychains. Bob Ross streams on Twitch.tv are amazing.
November: I got a watercolor set and I really wanted to do more Sumi-e like artwork. Suddenly my art looked a lot simpler. Indivisible had a kickstarter and I tried my best to advertise it. I made a TON of chibis this month.
December: I finally got the parts to make custom nendoroids for my own enjoyment (yay another hobby!). I was incredibly generous this month, with a ton of handmade gifts, christmas cards, and other stuff.

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2015 marks the year that I was harassed on the internet by strangers and anonymous, and I saw others get harassed as well. I also learned that although Artist Alley is very fun and friendly in real life, it’s incredibly hostile on the internet. I feel like tabling outside the state now.

Regarding the universe outside of mine, I am very disappointed in many people who have decided to make extra time to harass other artists and their work. You can’t draw some girls because their breasts don’t fit your standards of ‘normal’? Or the fanart isn’t representing the character’s original design enough? Even saw a petition to keep one artist from selling certain goods because it’s against their personal beliefs.

I’d like to defend a lot of these people, but I learned this year that anyone who decides to be a prominent speaker and defend someone (even themselves) will get shot down so badly on the internet. People on the internet are incredibly oversensitive these days, I’m probably offending someone reading this about being offended right now.

If it’s one thing I can pick up from 2015 that will guide me through 2016, it’s that blocking people and facebook groups that have way too much drama, arguments, trolling, and hate really helped me a lot.

Anyways, do you think I improved? Got any tips for me for this year? Critique? Anything you want to see me draw? Feel free to leave a comment.

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Angry Artist Alley: The Origin

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Okay, so you might have wondered: Why is this blog called Angry Artist Alley?

Well, today you finally get to hear a history lesson ^_^

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Actually, I’m writing this because of some shenanigans that people think this is some sort of negative blog about artist alley or whatever….like, 9 months ago? I’m sure I’m the only one who cares about it now, but I knew one day someone would start a riot about it, as all bloggers get some sort of shit for speaking their opinion online. In the end, it was just a bunch of oversensitive people, haters, and someone whom I assume didn’t like my response to them so they started a riot on 4chan about me with false information. But *anyhow*…

Hopefully this clears up a lot of complications or future complications, or whatever:

Why is the title of this blog series ‘Angry Artist Alley’?
The title of this blog, ‘Angry Artist Alley’, was a joke my friends and I made many, many, MANY years ago in my younger years of tabling. I would be very eager and excited at the beginning of conventions, and by the time the convention ended, I would end up flipping tables (metaphorically, of course). It didn’t matter if business was good or bad, I always felt angry at the end. So my friends described the situation ‘Angry Artist Alley’. I don’t think I really feel this way anymore…I’m used tabling now. So no, Angry Artist Alley is not a hate blog about why I hate artist alley, it was a joke about how people saw me at the end of conventions. If you ever met me in real life, I’d highly doubt you’ll ever see me angry. Oh yea, and ‘Angry’ started with the letter ‘A’, and if I used the word ‘awesome’, I felt it would have given a more false representation of artist alley if it was your first time tabling. Not that my first time was bad, but I’ve seen people on the verge of tears before.

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Why did I write this blog?
When I was in college, my website teacher made us create a blog and write articles. He convinced us that by writing weekly blog articles, more traffic would come to our art websites. One week, I ran out of ideas of people i could interview or document for a blog article. Whelps, guess I’ had to write about something else…
Back when I was doing research on artist alley, I was really shocked to find little to nothing about artist alley (I know, crazy, right?). Like, maybe two decent articles? Tumblr was very underground at that time. It struck me that I had tabled for more than half a decade, and there was a recent frustration I had at the latest tabling incident–someone claimed my tape as theirs! OH NO THE AGONY! (sarcasm) So I wrote an article about how I solved the problem. I guess people liked it, and wanted me to write more. Then people started voicing their own problems or asked me about how to solve some, and so on. Knowing that I was practically invisible and unknown on the internet, it wouldn’t really do much harm if a nobody talked about these issues. About a few articles in, I decided to name all the articles ‘Angry Artist Alley’, thus, the series began. But seriously, this blog isn’t about hating artist alley.
Tl:DR: It started out as a weekly homework assignment from my website teacher.

Is all the information based on your own experience?
IT IS NOT. Actually, I’ve been tabling long enough to be a ‘regular’ artist at Bay Area Conventions. I’ve made many friends behind artist alley, and we’re comfortable talking about our problems in artist alley and how we fixed them. Some artists I’ve only met once or twice in person but keep in touch online. Some are in San Diego, some in Seattle, some in New York, etc etc. I understand many artists don’t want to tarnish their name with opinions, so I just take the burden and I usually write the information under my own name (so if you have any concerns with artist alley, don’t worry it’ll be a secret between me and you).  Although the majority of experience is my own, a chunk of it is based on many other artist’s experiences.

How ‘experienced’ am I?
Okay, so I’m just adding this in because some people believe i just fart all sorts of shit about artist alley. Every single ‘personal story’ in this blog are absolutely real stories from my life. I started in early highschool. The very first experiences I had was sharing tables with BAAU (Bay Area Artists Unite) selling small pinback buttons…somewhere around 2005? The bay area had more closer conventions, so at some point, I’d be going to nine conventions a year (and back then you didn’t have to fight for the whole first-come-first-serve thing like we do now in the Bay Area). Other than tabling at the BAAU table for about a year, I didn’t really have any mentors or whatever, and went through a LOT of bad experiences. You learn from your mistakes, I guess. Nowadays, we have internet tutorials and guides for practically everything. Back then we just ranted about it to our tablemates and hope we learn something from it.

However, I didn’t really table for a year around 2013. I went through some serious depression issues. Two artists got me out of it: Tone Rodriguez and Toshio Maeda (yes, THE godfather of tentacle porn). Then I tabled all of 2014 because I needed the extra cash boost to get to Emerald City Comic Con. Soon after, someone on Tumblr said I should stop tabling at artist alley until I improve, so I decided to stop tabling until 2016.

Your blog has a lot of topics.
That’s because I’ve been tabling for about a decade. And I’ve never been an expert at tabling–I went through a LOT of things. I mean, if I didn’t go through so much trial and error, I wouldn’t have so much to say about it. If you just popped in with god-like skills, then you probably wouldn’t have as many problems to deal with.

Some of the topics are very harsh. 
Back when I wrote it, it really wouldn’t matter if people bashed on me because I was non-existent online. I had about two thousand views on my deviantart and I had nothing to protect. My older articles are a lot harsher than my newer articles.

There was some shennanigan where people were complaining my articles ‘scared’ them and other newcomers from tabling, and ironically, they ended up having a great time. Seriously though, I never guaranteed anyone that their first time tabling was going to be good or bad. My first time was freakin amazing, but I’ve seen some people on the verge of tears when they table their first time.

So to prevent that drama again, I have to write disclaimers on my articles *sigh*

Is there anything you won’t write about?
Yes. I will never write an article that concentrates on fanart vs. original art. It’s too controversial. If I take one side, I’ll get bashed by the other side. If I take both sides, I get bashed by BOTH sides.
Another one is mentioning if you think your art sucks. I once posted this phrase and the artist alley facebook group blew up. The irony is that for a whole week, a number of people were just describing how my art was terrible and that I shouldn’t be selling at artist alley (PLUS some were on that same facebook group too). So like, I guess my art sucks, but I can’t say that? =_=’

Do you do well at conventions?
I’d say I’m just average. I’m pretty good with holding conversations with people, but when it comes to sales, it’s average. Nowadays, I have more fun talking to people who visit my table than actually buying my work (since it’s likely they already have something because I’ve tabled for so long at Bay Area conventions)
You probably won’t believe me on this, but I used to earn at least twice as much in my earliest days of selling at conventions compared to today’s conventions. Now that I have a more sustainable amount of income, I will be taking advantage of conventions more for pursuing personal projects instead of trying to make profits from it.

Have you ever had an actual good artist alley experience?
Yes.

Are you actually angry?
I was told I used to have anger issues in highschool, but it completely subsided after college.

Will you write future Angry Artist Alley articles?
Yes, but much, MUCH more infrequently. I already promised myself that articles will subside the moment someone sends a hate mail to me about it, and that has already happened.

Seeing as there’s like…over 30 articles, I am PRETTY sure I’ve covered the most important topics. If you ever have questions, feel free to ask. If you have a concern or problem, I’ll listen. Like I said, I do keep artist alley problems anonymous and write it under my own name. I completely understand what kind of problem it may cause for an artist to say something stupid on the internet. For me, unfortunately, it’s too late, so meh :T

Are you a good role model for Artist Alley?
According to the people who don’t like my blog articles, no I’m a shitty role model.

I hate your art, you shouldn’t be selling it for that price.
Thanks. Enlighten me and tell me why.
If you feel no one should buy my work at all, that’s totally fine! Let me share half your artist alley table (I’ll pay for the entire table too!), and I’ll give out free drawings and free sketch requests for the whole day! I’ll even advertise that the table will be giving out the free art too! It’s not like people should pay for the art at artist alley, right?

What’s wrong with Angry Artist Alley?
This blog is supposed to be about troubleshooting, which is why there are so many ‘problems’ indicated in this blog. Obviously, people walk in the blog, not prepared for that, and then they become very sensitive about it, and feel that I am too negative about artist alley. I mean, the title of the blog series should have indicated *something*.

What are your future plans for Artist Alley?
I feel like shit right now. I mean, I feel better after not tabling for a while (suddenly all the drama disappeared), and I’ve got a lot of things I plan to do. Yesterday I had my first episode of carpal tunnel syndrome in the middle of the night. But here’s some insight for the following year:

I bet you didn’t know I was in 12 anthologies, since 2005. Only two of them were fan art. And for all the anthologies, I mean comic submissions. I bet you didn’t know that either. That’s because my work is flooded with fanart (that, and posting the comics online defeats the point of having the incentive to buy the thing). I hope to change this in the upcoming year. I may have a shitton of fanart in my online store, but there will be some conventions where I won’t sell a speck of it. I hope my original art will be a bit more prominent in the future.

I’m going to be tabling a LOT less than before (maybe about 3 times a year), but try and earn money to travel to further conventions (as advised by some anonymous person on tumblr). I’ll probably be updating my online shop with an average of 3 new fan art miniprints a month, and shipping will be cheap, for anyone who is still looking for that stuff. But for some conventions, I may not be selling any of that at all, and just my original art.
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random illustration print to break up all the text :P

What did you learn from writing this blog?
I learned there was a huge influx of artists from the beginning of writing this blog to what it is now (like I mentioned before, there wasn’t much info about AA when I started making this). I learned that artist alley changes within time, that the perspective of what artist alley should be changes over time. It has evolved into a battle of fanart and getting pissy over not getting a table (well, in the Bay Area it is). I wonder what generation of artists are the ones who began scorning others over sites like Tumblr and 4chan. From this experience, I learned that the worst people in artist alley aren’t crazy customers, but the artists who scorn you for your work, for any action they deem inconsiderate, or for just being there. I am very sure it was not like this when I began tabling, but the atmosphere has definitely changed over the years. Or maybe the internet is bringing light to all this for me. I don’t know. I’m sure if I tabled where no one knew me, I’d feel a lot safer.

What will future blog articles be about?
Well, it won’t be Angry Artist Alley, that’s for sure. Art, sculptures, interviews, panels, photography, preorders, whatever.

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