Krakencon 2016 Pre-Con Commissions are OPEN!


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!
above sample: Medium Size Commission, color, color paper, with rounded corners: $15
Medium Size, 5″x7″
-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!
above sample: Larger Size, Brown Paper, monochrome, $25

Larger Size, 8.5″x5.5″
-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
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



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


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:


Custom Ruby Nendoroid


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.


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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More info on CONventional

ARTIST HIGHLIGHT______________
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 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



Fanime 2015 Monty Oum Gathering


This is another random blog post I wanted to share about another new experience I encountered at Fanime, as a photographer. I have been to Fanime for almost a decade, but I’ve NEVER gone to a cosplay gathering there. Crazy, yea? Well I have been at artist alley almost every other time, so this was pretty new.
As another note, I have uploaded the photos on my facebook album too if you want to see it there instead.

For the past record, I went to my first convention cosplay gathering at Emerald City Comic Con for Roosterteeth, and it was super duper chill and tiny, and the second gathering was a Marvel/DC one at Big WOW! but I was only there for the very last ‘group shot’ moment. I’ve gone to cosplay gatherings outside of conventions, and it’s waaaaaay different (just imagine cosplayers grilling hotdogs and drinking soda). So I decided to write an article about my experience.

So for those who did not know, Monty Oum passed away a few months ago, and although very mournful, the meet was more about celebrating his work than anything else. Other than these two cosplayers below, everything else was RWBY.

The very beginning
 It wasn’t too hard to find this gathering–look for the hoard of cosplayers with red scythes, big yellow hair, and green guns.

At usual cosplay meets I would warn everyone I’d take candids beforehand to make sure I don’t get in trouble. Cosplay doesn’t equal consent, right? Well it felt REALLY awkward saying it at a convention instead of a cosplay gathering. But it’s better than being blacklisted at a convention for doing something that creepy. I got to do, what I got to do, yea? I had to think quick and figure out a way to just tell everyone all at once. Eventually I found out who the head of the gathering was, and asked permission to use the stage.

The beginning of the actual gathering
 First we had an announcer introduce the meet, and then they let me get on stage to yell on stage ‘HEY I AM GONNA TAKE CANDIDS WHERE YOU AREN’T PAYING ATTENTION. WHO DOES NOT WANT THAT?’ [silence, no hands are raised] ‘OKAY GOOD THANKS EVERYONE’. Problem solved. *whew*

I didn’t feel very comfortable being a complete stranger sitting within this giant crowd of strangers…

But thank goodness I could at least recognize this guy from past cosplay gatherings, and sat next to him.

I want to say I met this guy at the last Sac Anime when I wanted a photo of his Mercury cosplay, but when I saw him cosplay as Robin at another gathering and say hi to me again, I realized I may have met this guy more than just a few times XD

First Call: Characters

Here, the announcer called each character on stage to strike a pose, turn left, turn center, then turn right, to make sure all photographers got a good angle. Unfortunately for me, I was too short to move back to take a good pic, and my camera is too zoomed in to take good pics that cut out the people sitting in front of me. So unfortunately, the only thing I could resort to was luck, and Photoshop cropping.

And so…the characters in solo pop up. I didn’t include every character in this gallery, but I assure you, we went through the WHOLE THING.

Second Call: Groups
Next, we have the groups. Trying to call characters up on stage got some effort, but I think as the gathering progressed, people kind of got the hang of it.

Third Call: Ships
Half an hour has passed, and now everyone gets really excited. REALLY excited >:D
Some people got really ‘in character’ with their cosplays, hehe.

That was the end of the meet, but there were more people lingering around. I can’t believe these two cosplayers missed the fun!

 Conclusion Of the Gathering

Well, after that, everyone dispersed or stayed for the Roosterteeth gathering that was right afterwards. That was one hell of a meet! Sadly I didn’t really get to make any new friends. I passed out some stickers…hmm..that was it. Would I go to another one of these in the future though? Hell yes! <3

Check out this gallery for more photos: Chad Cosplay

If you’re a photographer who also took photos, please send me a link and I’ll add on to this list.



Chun-li X Ryu Fancomic


The Street Fighter series is a oddball fascination for me. The characters are fun and quirky, but I almost never play the game with anyone because I’m REALLY bad at the game. I STILL can’t input a forward, down-back-forward movement on the game stick or figure out how to do anything past a three hit combo. That limits me to only a handful I can really play. Hell, i can’t really go past a three hit combo. Still, the Street Fighter universe fascinates me, especially the comic material. I love drawing this series.

When I heard about this project, I was intrigued. Not to mention I watched Assassin’s Fist AND read a bunch of street fighter comics a week before I found out about this project. I really wanted to do a comic, but I know if I drew some romance out, it would resemble something too similar to a bishoujo manga. Besides, I’m sure someone already did it in this anthology (and after i read the anthology, point proven). So I decided to make mines about their childhood. I was also given a page limit, so had to squish what would have been five pages into three pages and a cover. Still…
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I don’t know if anyone noticed or if my art skills were great enough to depict it, but I took some shots from Assassin’s Fist to depict the same place Ryu and Ken were living in.

It was called ‘The Waterfall’ based on a scene where Ryu was training on one. There’s a glimpse at 0:36
Ryu’s character design was also based on the character in the movie. I made him look like one of those kids begging to be picked on for this comic, yet at the end he was just holding back on everyone.

In addition to making this comic, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to COLOR it in markers too! Actually, one reason is that I’m really slow on the computer, and the other is that I wanted to promote the use of traditional coloring for mainstream comics. It was also a good piece of work to show in my portfolio.

I went to Emerald City Comic Con, and showed it to Copic Marker and the Udon table, hoping I’d be able to network. I think I did alright with both(?), so I will wait the rest of my life to see if they ever would. I enjoyed how Long Vo, Edwin Hyang, and Joe Ng saw it and the reaction was ‘omg this is cute’ XD Well, I wasn’t aiming for that, but it was a nice compliment coming from them.

You can purchase Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist here. It’s a live action adaptation done right :D
Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist – Live Action (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

or just rent it here: Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist

You can also read the rest of the anthology where my comic was drawn here:
The Ryu  x Chun-li Project Facebook Page


Angry Artist Alley: Partnering at a table


**I’d like to thank Ashly Tahilan: [Tumblr] and Terri Litz: [Deviantart] [Livejournal] for their excellent input on this topic. Thanks you two!

One of the best ways to reduce your convention costs is to have a table partner. Usually sharing a table allows you to share transportation, housing, and tabling costs. It’s amazing, but the downside is that you’re cutting your selling space by half (and sometimes thirds).

Still, depending on what you sell, these are great outcomes and sharing tables can lead you to buying more costly tables at bigger conventions, knowing you’re likely to be sharing hotel/housing with your tablemate.

But just having someone else at a table isn’t the ONLY thing you need to be concerned about. This part flies through peoples’ heads very easily, and you really won’t get it unless it’s happened to you–you walk out of your table, and suddenly people are walking at your table. Can you handle it? Can THEY handle it? WILL they handle it?

I’m egging at the fact that SOME TABLE PARTNERS ARE NOT GOOD TO PARTNER UP WITH. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean bad as in their drawing art skill, I mean bad as in they’re not interested in helping you out. By bad, I don’t mean they won’t do your money transactions either–that’s easy peasy. I mean bad as in they are trying to sell their work and their work only at your table. Or take it a step further, and sometimes just not enthusiastic about selling anything whatsoever. And well, standing at a distance, you can tell if they’re doing it or not.

First off, choose your partner carefully. Please consider these questions:

1) Can you get in contact with them? If they can answer your emails every two days or earlier, than it’s okay. And make sure you get their number.

2)What’s their work look like?

Be honest. If your work isn’t amazing, and you’re sitting next to an insanely talented person, where do you think all the business will go to? You want to have an artist who is struggling as hard as you trying to get better. Or at least, a balance of skill between both artists. Or you both mutually understand the situation and accept it.

3) Is your work going to COMPLIMENT theirs, or CLASH with theirs?

One thing you want to avoid is selling the exact same stuff the same series. If you’re selling stickers and pins from one series, and your partner did the exact same thing, it’s going to CLASH. It’ll feel like a shitty competition of whose will sell better.

“OH YA. if anything avoid selling the same things as well. It’d be total butts if both of you were selling charms of pokemon.. THE SAME POKEMON. DOING THE SAME CUTE THING. AS CELL CHARMS.”-Ashly Tahilan

One trick/tip when doing tables is to sit next to someone who isn’t selling your stuff. For example, if you’re selling prints, try and get next to someone selling crafts.

Also, I sound like an ass, but if the convention gives you the option and asks for your seating preference and you know there are some artists that kind of bang on your style or you don’t like them, just leave a note saying ‘I don’t want to be seated near [insert artist’s name]’ Better safe than sorry. On the contrary, if you don’t have a table partner but trust another artist who also has a table, consider asking the convention to seat your table next to theirs so when you leave you can entrust your money to someone you know.

It’s all on judgement of the artist’s style whether or not it compliments your work. If you have something that’s very vivid and colorful, maybe you should consider tabling next to someone with very dark moody artwork. If you’re selling headbands, maybe you should table with someone selling hair clips.

4) Do you know the person?

At least talk to them a few times before immediately trusting.  Also, it MIGHT NOT be a good idea to partner with someone you know who is very attached to you as a friend without considering it very hard. This is because if for some reason you don’t want to partner with them (either because they just ruin your business, art is bad, or attitude), and you tell them you don’t want to partner with them anymore, it can feel very very bad. So you want to have a mutual understanding with your partner that neither of you are obliged to share ever again if you ever do it in some other convention. A good table partner won’t feel butthurt if you tell them you want the table for yourselfor are sharing tables with someone else.


So, what constitutes as a good table partner?

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(left, Louie Hidalgo ( and right is me, Jackie Lo (  Photo taken by BlizzardTerrak. While his work is amazingly well rendered from the computer, my work is almost entirely drawn by hand. It’s hard to compare completely different styles of art. 

-You inform each other what you’re going to sell/prepare AHEAD of time. Not at the convention. If you’re going to have a stand or prop, you tell your partner that or you’re going to have some conflict the day it happens. If you brought a red tablecloth and they brought a black, you better be able to settle for either splitting the color in half or fighting over one.

-You know your limits to your space. Don’t just shove as much as you can on your side to the point where people can’t see your face, and you’re going to be squishing yourself sitting next to them on their side because of that. If that’s the case, it’s likely that table sharing may NOT be the best option for you. If you don’t have a lot of stuff then let your table partner put some of their stuff over the other half of your side.

Don’t be annoying. They bug you? Tell them politely. You bug them? You better stop it.

Don’t ignore them. Dude, you are standing next to them for eight hours. But don’t bother them too much if they’re drawing or you see that your talking is distracting their commissions.

You guys know how to deal with food. Seriously, if only one of you just get food for yourself that’s selfish and too much work. Get food for both of you at the same time, and know where you’re getting it. Also be aware of your friend’s food preferences and allergies. For tips on food, check out my article ‘how to do the food’

-if you think there’s something they can fix up, like helping you sell your work, or something like that, feel free to tell them. They may or may not do it, but at least telling them will inform them of your concern. If you get butthurt because they told you something, it’s probably not a good idea to table with them if you couldn’t handle the criticism.

They don’t jack your money. Stealing your partner’s cash is a no-no. If you’re anxious, take some of your money with you.
In some instances, they might not have change, and you will have to give out the change. It’s your judgement whether or not you want to do the money transaction and tell your partner later.

And here’s one of the biggest flaws in table partners….

-If you or your partner walk out the table, that does NOT mean you lose half the work on the table. That means you work hard and help them with their side of the table while they’re gone! I don’t mean go commando and only sell their work, I just mean that if someone looks at their work you keep their attention at the table and if they want to buy something then you should know how to exchange money. That may sound ridiculous to some, but imagine if someone walks at your table but only looks at your partner’s work but not yours. I bet you that if you just made light conversation with them, they’d at least take a glance. If you just sit on your butt and ignore the crowd, no one is coming to look at EITHER you or your partner’s stuff. So there should always be someone actively trying to engage with customers. Engaging customers is a very important key to good business! Even if it’s their work people want to look at, sharing tables is a team effort. Also, ignoring their sales with customers is not cool.

Here’s an instance of why you need a table partner that will help sell your work when you’re gone. Imagine you leave to go to dealer’s hall for half an hour. Your table mate says ‘okay’ and sits there. Then, when you’re done, you come back and your table mate tells you, “oh yea, three people wanted to buy some of your work but I didn’t know what to do, so I told them to come back.” What if they forgot and don’t come back? You just lost some business there because your partner didn’t know what to do. Having a partner you can trust with handling money and knows all the prices of your work will help you out a LOT.


Tips about sharing tables:

-At least one person is trying to engage customers. That usually means one person always standing and waving their hands at the art. The other person can be drawing a commission or out shopping. But always one person is getting people to the table. If your partners leave, don’t just sit lazily on your butt; that rarely attracts customers. Stand up and engage.

-You both know exactly how/when to get to the convention, and you know exactly how you’re getting food. No conflicts or problems. If you both take the train, it’s a good idea to meet at the exact time so if you plan to take the taxi, you can share the fare getting there.

-If someone buys your partner’s stuff, you know where to get the change from, and write down what you sell to inform them. Forgetting to do so or being unable to handle money is not a good idea when sharing tables.

-Don’t take your sweet sweet time outside the table. Don’t leave all the work to your partner. That’s not cool. For me, one hour is tops. However, at bigger conventions it could be longer. But don’t leave for half the day and not tell your partner.

-If you can’t do a commission or something, why not tell them your buddy can? That’s a plus!

In the end, if they’re friends, strangers, lovers, or family members, if you think they’re not helping your table when you’re sharing tables, just tell them no; no hard feelings, not everyone is good at it, but it really does suck when you feel obliged to share because you did it once. Do you have a story about a positive or negative experience sharing tables at a convention? Please share by leaving a comment below!


Featured Artist(s):

Rachael Ann Miller

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At Fanime, I was standing in front of her table staring at a picture because it seemed familliar. I asked her if it was on tumblr at some point, and she said she posted it a while ago. I told her it looked amazing and recognized it and she gave me a postcard print (it’s the black on on the table), and on the back she wrote ‘thaks for tumblr creepin’ LOL. No, she meant it in a good way, because she was really happy to see a follower recognize her art. I feel the same way when people come to my table too :3







Mailing Out My Small Commissions


Have you ever gone to a convention, and the artist said they have to charge you extra for mailing your product? Have you wondered why it would be around five extra dollars? I mean a package stamp is about fifty cents, so what’s the deal?

The answer is simple. IT COSTS. A rigid envelope costs about $1.50, and in my state of California, shipping a piece of work in a rigid envelope usually costs between $2-$4. Oh, and don’t forget transportation too! The reason is because these pieces need to be protected, and enter the post office and leave unharmed to your house. If you found a beautiful drawing crinkled on the side, that feeling is awful. And when you tell the artist, they feel awful too. That’s why commissions cost extra when mailing out.

Well, I’ve devised my own method to tackle this problem. Of course, I doubt many would follow my own curriculum, but I thought I’d share it anyways in case anyone wants to try it out and tell me if it works for them or not.

Introducing: The Jackie Packing Method!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I do a lot of online shopping (you can say I might be similar to a shut-in), and I keep all my envelopes. I have been collecting for years, and I don’t really get many mail commissions anymore (unfortunately).
With this personal method, it reduces the cost of my packages to about $1.16-$2.30, no need to shop for envelopes, I’m biking distance from the post office, and I do not charge extra when selling these things at conventions. So basically, you get the entire happy package for $20 mailed to you (in the U.S.)

So here’s an easy step-by-step guide:

note: I use this method for all my commissions that are 8.5″x11″.

1.Bag the artwork in a clear bag, and insert a good backing board. A good backing board is either a very rigid sturdy one or one that is slightly flexible but bends back to shape very quickly.

Mailing package1

2.Tape the piece to center the inside of the envelope. The envelope should be padded and exceed at least an inch around the piece. You want the piece to lay in the center.

Mailing package2

3. Draw a cute picture that says ‘DO NOT BEND’ on it. Cross your fingers that the postman/postwoman reads it and follows it.

4. Seal the envelope, and you’re done!Mailing package3

This method cushions all the corners while keeping the actual piece in the center intact. It bends, but the backing board will bend back to normal. My backing boards are pretty rigid, so unless your forcefully bend it like an iphone6, it won’t break. The tape is very easily removed and won’t damage the art because the art is in a plastic mylar bag. So voila! My own personal technique.

So any of you guys have cool techniques? Share them here!


Angry Artist Alley: Printable ‘Do Not Photograph’ Signs


Okay I admit I did this in a jiffy, but I mean I REALLY need to do it for Fanime this year. Oh, did I mention?

Back to subject, in this post, I’ve attached a few files that ANYONE, including you and your cat sitting next to you (if you have one). Just print it out and put it on your table.2014-05-16 10.45.53

This is a tiny promotion piece, as the character that is drawn on that sign is actually one of the main characters to my comic ‘The Dark Side of Conventions’. I’m drawing a comic about proper behavior at convention, misconceptions about conventions, and more. PLEASE READ THIS AND SUPPORT MY PROJECT IF YOU CAN. It’s my Patreon site, and even though this comic will be free to read when completed, I need a lot of funding for me to get enough time to work on it efficiently (PLUS the perk is that you get to see every page when it’s done instead of waiting for each chapter to be completed).

So here are the directions:

  1. Download the file.
  2. Print it.
  3. On your convention table, just tape it to the front.
  4. If you’re nice enough, take a photo of your table and tag #angryartistalley and possibly my tumblr ( Not mandatory, but I’d LOVE to check out the photos when tagged to see people actually using it. Or feel free to message me with a photo of your table :3


  • Printing on colored paper makes it stand out more20140516_105012
  • Laminating or covering it in a plastic mylar bag helps make it last longer and waterproof. Also prevents people from straight out ripping it in half. 20140516_113646
  • Don’t like my picture on the side? That’s okay, I made one of the templates empty on that corner so you can draw your own doodle there :)
  • Feel free to shrink it to whatever size you want
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Anything Else?

  • Did you make your OWN design? Feel free to post it here, I would like to share it on my blog, rip off your awesome idea, and implement it into a better sign for everyone in the future.
  • If you have any tips to improve my poor graphic design skills, feel free to help me out on that.
  • I will have more designs in the future, and they will all be available on another page on this site (have not made link yet)



….or look below and choose which one you like.

Below: Black and White



Below: With Color



Below: Black and White version with empty areas so you can decorate the sign on top and draw in your own character on the bottom right area.





Angry Artist Alley: Set it up, Break it down


Personally this is one of the more frustrating topics to deal with. And you have to realize, I’ve been doing this for over a decade, and I’m STILL not that great at it. It’s most likely that I keep changing my table to fit what I sell, but it gets worse every time. Still, a good topic to know since doing it well gives you brownie points. So what’s the topic?

Setting up your table, and breaking it down.

Composition wise, that’s up to you. Usually whatever you stick vertical on your table is what catches the viewer’s eyes, and what’s flat down on the table is what they see when they walk up to your table. It’s good to have a higher balance of vertical things than horizontal. People have pipes, people have wire racks, people have photo backdrops, just get creative.

note: There might be height restrictions because stuff do occasionally fall down. 

another note: Don’t laugh at someone if their stand falls down. It happens a lot more often than you think it does, and setting up any stand that tall is very tedious.

One VERY important skill you need to know is how to set up your table and break it down efficiently, TIME WISE. If you’re late to a convention or you only have five minutes to set up, you better make the best of your time. I take public transit, so I am often set at the very last ten minutes before the convention opens, sometimes I’m even late to the convention entirely so I need to speed it up. When you take public transit to practically every convention you go to, many buses don’t begin really early in the morning, and it can take over an hour just to arrive.

note: There are conventions where you will lose your table if you don’t sign up twenty minutes, sometimes an hour prior. When that is considered, it’s called ‘forfeiting your table’ and you usually don’t get a refund on it. YOU BETTER MAKE SURE YOU CAN MAKE IT.

What’s so great about setting it up fast and breaking it down fast?

Artists and artist helpers get the special priority of walking in that room at least an hour before any convention people come in. That means there’s no crowding, you get the very first peek at everyone’s work, AND you can talk to some artists before you know they’re going to get busy. If you break down quickly, you can do the same (but those artists might have left by then or are about to leave so you can’t hang too much). Artist alley in the same room as dealer’s hall? SCORE.

By speeding the process, it gives you a few more minutes of brownie time with the other artists. Of course, if they’re late then it’s not good either. You can also scan the entire vicinity to see where the ‘good artists’ are to check competition or navigate certain customers to your other friends who may have tables elsewhere. Another important thing is trying to figure out where the bathroom is early so later you don’t get lost finding it and wasting time (trust me, this is VERY helpful). And when you pack up early, it really helps the people who are locking up the room and stuff, because they’re pretty much standing there waiting for you to finish.

 Practice doing it somewhere else

  1. Find a 6″x2″ area (that’s usually the norm for the tables, although some cons have bigger ones).  It’s good if it’s a table area, but you can always just use the floor. Conventions often say 6″x4″ but that usually means about two feet of that room is actually where your chair will be sitting. Don’t be deceived!
  2. Time yourself on how long you take setting up. DON’T RUSH THIS PART. Just do it like you’d normally do. This will gauge how long/short your setup time should be as well as how you might set up certain things on your table as well as not cluttering stuff all over the place. It may also determine what things you should set up first, in case customers are already walking in.
  3. Time yourself on how long you take BREAKING IT DOWN. Most cons give you an hour at most to break down. It’s wise to take less than half an hour so you can leave earlier and do you last-minute talking to the artists you most likely did not talk much to because you were at your own table. If it’s taking too long, you might consider doing it the night before (many conventions offer a late-night setup time to make it easier for the next day)
  4. Repeat after you figure it out. Depending on what you sell, it will take longer. Just try and keep it under thirty minutes if you can. Over, and over. In the middle of the day, at night. It’s not a thing you do one time and assume you are awesome at it.

If they can stacked, fold them: If you plan to have prints standing side by side from each other and they’re the same size, you can put them in plastic mylar bags and fold them in a zig-zag accordion. When you just take it out to hang, unfold the accordion–no need to individually tape them all down!

Pre-make it before you make it: If you have a stand-alone sign, or the objects on your table are most definitely not going to move anywhere, you can pre-make the stand so you don’t have to constantly tape stuff on it. This is especially true for buttons: just pin them all on a piece of cloth or tape them on a board and never have to touch that thing again. It saves a LOT of time and effort.

Left, right, up, down: It’s good to know exactly where you want stuff to be BEFORE you stare at that blank table. Prints go on left, buttons go on right, etc. Sometimes just putting separate objects/prints in different bags/binders to distinguish groups will help. I have a separate binder for the prints I hang up so it doesn’t get mixed with the other things

Peek A Boo!: Even if you have a LOT of stuff at your table, make sure to leave a nice space so people can see where you are! You can’t buy a print if you can’t talk to anyone, right? If you’re hiding in the back, that’s no good. Remember, the more stuff you’re going to sell, the bigger the table setup will be. This is when people start stacking vertically with pvc pipes  or photo backdrops.

People walking in already? Show them something: This happens to me a lot lately because public transit can only bring me so far. When customers are walking in the room and you’re just starting to set up, find something you have that can easily be put out that they can see. So if you’re in the middle of setting it up at least people can see what you do.

Staying more than a day? Leave it there: I used to be really cautious about this, but it really saves time for the next day. Also, nowadays they have a setup time where you can go and set it up the day before the convention actually begins to save time. Just remember, ALWAYS bring your cash box and your prized belongings when you leave. Prints can be left untouched, and always leave some business cards on the table. If you’re selling stickers or buttons, only leave the minimum number on the table top, and if you’re nervous about someone stealing it, position the stuff flat on the table and pull your tablecloth over the artwork so it covers everything. Another reason why there’s a designated time for breakdown is that when everyone is done breaking down at that time, they lock the room up.

If you’re late, consider putting up certain items before another: If you’re late, but know some of your setup can be put up very quickly, go for that first. For example, your portfolio binder can be put on the table, or your sticker/button stand, while you are setting up your prints in the back. At least people walking by can see *something*.

Rules that should be followed

There are rules set by conventions, and although some sound absurd a number of times it’s actually not the convention’s policy but the hotel or building policies. Sometimes there are zero tolerance policies that are strictly enforced. If you have questions about the rules, then ask the person in charge. Don’t just start flaming on your facebook about how strict the rules are if you 1) paid money for the table, and 2) signed the contract for artist alley saying you already agree to the policy and rules.

Size, width, and height: Yes, everyone gets a designated spot. Yes sometimes there are height requirements. That is because when you have a super high stand, and it falls over a kid, you want to minimize damage and you don’t want to start any problems with the roof top. And no one hates table hoggers that take up other people’s’ spots or put a bunch of stuff forward from the table. That includes a musician sitting in front of the table.

No wall, table, or chair climbing: Doing so has a chance of falling down and getting an injury. If possible, ask staff people or some artists next to you for help. Make sure not to bother them if they’re in the middle of setup, but if they’re sitting there and need help or ask you if you need any help, might as well get some extra hands. The proper way to set up is to prepare everything that needs to be hung on top, and then with the help of a partner or nearby artist, both of you prop it up and secure it in one shot. The wrong way is to set up the vertical stand, get on a chair, and tape each piece one by one.

Pinning stuff or tape on the wall: Conventions borrow a public space. So it is not their property, thus, you cannot screw with it in any way. Tape might leave residue or even damage the walls in some way. Poking holes through the wall is no good either.

Set Up and Break Down: The convention only rents out rooms at certain times. Lagging the time by taking forever to break down is really un-cool. Staff people are waiting for you to finish packing so they can finish their job and eat.

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My table layout around me from Kraken Con 2014.
Left: Magical Mangaka, Right: me


OPEN CALL: Comic/Anime Convention Resources Needed


Are you head of a department in comic/anime conventions or you’ve been to cons for over five years?

I am doing a personal comic project that will bring awareness to what proper convention conduct is.

What am I doing?


I am creating a comic that will be open for the public to read online that talks about proper conduct at conventions. What is OKAY to do vs. what is NOT OKAY to do and why it affects the rest of the con and their reputation. My hope is that conventions/forums can link to this comic, and people will read it. Few read the ‘proper conduct’ section or take it seriously at cons unless strictly enforced. How about we already know it’s bad and shouldn’t do it in the first place? I hope to make a comic that can do that. When the majority of con go-ers agree with the same ideas, that is when people begin to understand that what they’re doing is not acceptable. In a comic format, it will be fun and easy to read and understand with visuals.

What will the comic look like?

  • Black and white, about 30-40 pages (I don’t know the odds of it ending up being longer than that, but it’s possible. Probably not shorter though)
  • With enough funding I can spend my time making it into a full color
  • I haven’t determined a specific ‘style’ to draw my comic in, but check out my art portfolio page if you’re curious of what I’ve done.

What will you do?

I just want to strike a ten minute conversation on Skype/facebook/meet in real life. It could go longer if you have more to say. That is all.

Who can help out?

I would like people from every department: maid cafes and food vendors, panels, game room, head staff, finances, artist alley, photography, cosplay, event planners, etc. –you must have at least five years of experience or you’ve been the head of the department/staff for at least two years. That’s because that’s a good time gap to compare what used to be a convention experience to what the experience is nowadays. I am looking for people from themed conventions like comic, indie, anime, furries, bronies, steam punk, scifi, toy, etc. I want the staff’s perspective a lot because they TRY to enforce a ‘please behave’ thing to conventions, yet not everyone really understands that it’s their own responsibility to just act in a good manner instead of doing it and just wait for some other staff member or police to stop them.

Added note: I’ve been getting requests from friends, and I’m going to clarify-If you’re an attendee I’m looking for someone who has devoted many, many years doing one thing. I’m pretty sure everyone can give me their two cents about what the hell is wrong with a convention, but if you’ve stayed devoting only to one or two things and have been super serious about it, you know better than just complaining. I’m not talking about if you were in a ‘crowd’ or ‘met people’, I’m looking for someone who understands that rules have changed yet trying to enforce them is difficult. You know the tiny details and reasons that newer convention people had no idea.

Why can’t I find the info online?

Articles online are too biased, and I want to talk to a number of different people (around the country/world) so that certain opinions aren’t just specific for certain places. I’ve noticed a clash of ideas about the attitude of ‘homestuck cosplayers’ from my side of the country to the opposite side of the country, thoughts on photographing cosplayers, tolerance in rowdiness, etc. Everyone’s perspective is different, especially if they’re only going to specific conventions or only go to them at a specific area. You could say this comic might be biased as well, but I want my own personal research from more than one person before i make an assumption.

Everything will be anonymous unless you say it’s okay to write out. 

If you have something sour to say about it, don’t worry I won’t write your name out.  I’ll take responsibility for what I say and draw for this project unless you say you want credit for it. If you do, your name and site (if you have one) will be credited. Also please don’t tell me information that can get me a lawsuit, that’s a no no.

Do I get paid?

You get a thank you postcard print.  No cash, the cash is donation funding so I can actually go to conventions and college and other things that require money. Yes I like drawing and it makes me happy, but I still got to eat and stuff too you know? If you want to help me though, I’m starting a Patreon to support myself. Just ten cents will let you read my research on this project.

How do I get in?

Please email me at jackie[at] with the subject ‘LET’S TALK ABOUT CONVENTIONS’ in it. Please tell me how long you’ve been at cons, and approximately how many conventions you’ve gone to and where they’re located, and what departments you are representing as a professional representative (in the email). I will get picky if there’s too many people and I’ll be lenient if there aren’t enough. I hope to get at least five different opinions in each department. You don’t need to only go to the big cons to talk about your experience.


apparently a bunch of people found their emails in the trash can, and so I had a hard time catching up with a lot of interviewees and some ignored my response :(

(interviews will be conducted during and after this period, no rush)

  1. Send an email to with the title “LET’S TALK ABOUT CONVENTIONS” stating your name, how long you’ve been at cons, and what your ‘expertise’ is that you’d like to discuss. If approved, I will send you a followup email which link to a survey to schedule a future time in which we can chat online
  2.  NOTE: If you have a con during that time it is OKAY. The scheduling is just to know when I can talk with you for the following few weeks, so no rush. 
  3. Once the schedule has been set, I’ll email you a time/confirmation as well as a list of questions I’ll ask. You can type the answers to as many or as few as you want. all answers will be considered during the interview so conversation can go faster. 
  4. After the interview, I’ll have another survey out to make sure I know if you want what you say to be open to the public of completely private and just for me. 


Can I help draw the comic too?

No. I recently worked on a group project as leader and failed to keep the team, so I am not going to risk something this big to fall apart on me. In addition, having a personal conversation is easier to understand than interpreting others’ comics and opinions if mines aren’t the same and I have no idea why. I want to keep all connections anonymous so to make conversation with a single person (me) will be the safest and most convenient way.

I’m not qualified, but is there any way I can help too?

Yes, you can spread the word :P

My Goals

  • Digial Copy up before Fanime (realistically speaking, will probably take another month longer but I will try my best)
  • Less harassment, drug abuse, and inappropriate behavior in the future cons, cosplay meetups, and game tournaments (or make it more aware)
  • Set up a Patreon and get enough cash to pay for Fanime, Anime California, and Sac Anime hotel rent, transportation, food, and make up for ticket cost (it’s over two hundred dollars!). Also pay for a college course in which I could not afford last time.
  • Representation of voice from other people who feel the same way.
  • Show my comic work to the public ;)




Angry Artist Alley: Can you draw me a…..?


This is an article is to point out what might or might not be a sensitive topic for artists and consumers, hope to bring empathy to both sides of a nonexistent argument.

One thing I want to tell everyone is that as an artist, we have the freedom to draw what we want. Whether or not you like it, we’ll do it for ourselves. Sometimes we draw it for you too. And you have the freedom of liking what you like too. Everyone has their own little fetish. That’s the wonders of internet. Just don’t get caught with child pornography videos on your computer though.

And another thing is that yes, people have their likes and dislikes, but you shouldn’t hate someone just because you don’t like something they like.
This happened twice recently, and I am concerned about this kind of….behavior.

In my most recent two conventions, someone asked me ‘H…hi….d…do you d-d-draw f-f-furries?’ I’ve never been approached with that thing, but I said ‘Sure, although it’s my first time I don’t mind’  Well, I didn’t get to, probably because I said it was my first time, but yea. Here’s my point:

We’ve got people who like furries, people who love moe, people who love yaoi, people who love BOOOOOBs, you get it. I’ll be honest here: I like blood and guts. It’s pretty obvious from my table stand. I’m not embarrassed (okay maybe when little kids get nervous, but that’s what their mommies are for). I’ve got a number of nicely built women on the pics. Yes they have four packs, what about it? But don’t be too shy. We all like something not everyone else does, it just gets REALLY extreme that’s all. The internet is full of wonders, yes?

I mean, I think it’s great you walked up to my table and even decided to ask me if I could draw something. But don’t be too shy (it makes me uncomfortable too!), what’s the worst someone can do to a complete stranger they don’t know in that situation? They’d just say no (well there could be worse but don’t argue with this). And if they joke about it with their friends, it’s not like they know who you are and if you’re scarred forever. Hell if that’s the issue, this blog would be flooded by some seriously ridiculous requests.

In my comic drawing group, I used to think people who did the kind of art where girls had quadruple FFF cup sizes and people who drew women with unworldly amount of muscles were really freaky people I should never associate with. But you know, they’re pretty much as normal as anyone else. Like sure, they’re not ashamed of liking it, but do I hate them because of that? Nope, and I think they’re really cool people! We draw on google hangout, and of course, one person is courteous enough to turn off his screenshare when he is doing NSFW stuff. What a gentleman!


So I’m talking as an artist behind artist alley: You don’t hate someone because they asked you to draw something specific. Sure I can see how you might think they’ve got a few loose screws in their head, but if you don’t want to draw what they like, don’t do it! And if you want to challenge yourself, then be my guest. You set up an artist alley table at a comic convention, what do you expect? But here’s the thing–don’t hate your customer because they like a certain kind of art (i.e’ i hate that person coz they like sasuke, or I hate that person because they’re a brony). That is, unless they’re pushin your buttons and trying to make you very uncomfortable, and communication sucks. Then you have my permission.

And I’m going to talk to the consumer here: Have some confidence in what you want. Just ask ‘do you draw yaoi?’ or ‘do you draw furries?’. Don’t be too hesitant, some of us get it. Some of us might not look like we’re into that stuff yet turn out to do it secretly and then secretly get excited they got a chance to do a commission of it for someone. Here’s another thing: you just walked into a COMIC CONVENTION, and you don’t think some of us understand you?  What’s the worst that can happen? They don’t know you.

Last convention there was a boy who made a slight argument about one true pairings and how he doesn’t get how people would be interested in Yaoi pairings. I just answered ‘boy, you have no idea’ and giggled. Too cute. 

Be confident.

For anyone who is interested, I have never drawn furries in my life because no one has commissioned me, and if you do, yes i can do it. Hell, if  it’s yuri, yaoi, loli, shota, guro, any of that stuff I’m completely fine with drawing it, as long as it’s not extreme NSFW stuff. One thing I do NOT draw are dead turtles, or kids shooting other people. Many artists have things they’re okay with drawing, and some have things they don’t feel comfortable drawing. If you’re curious as to what the artist might like drawing, LOOK AT THE ART ON THEIR TABLE. And if the artist you’re commissioning isn’t comfortable with drawing what you want, don’t push it. Peer pressure is horrible at a con. Please request responsibly :)

WAIT. Whatever you do, avoid drawing highly religious figures: I don’t want to get into the specifics, but there have been instances involving shootings. So be careful, don’t push it THAT far.