Well, today’s update is the page that I had ALMOST ready to post on Friday, but I had to leave for Baltimore’s OTAKON before I could finish. That was more frustrating than you know. However, the rest of the weekend went amazingly. Thank you to everyone who stopped by my table and said “hi.” It was good to see so many of you. And for those of you who missed me, I’ll be returning to Baltimore shortly for Baltimore Comic Con! And if you can’t make it to Baltimore there’s the extremely exciting Intervention coming up soon too. As much as I love the big cons like Otakon and Comic Con, the cons I’m more involved with (like Intervention) are even more enjoyable. I like running panels and being informative in ADDITION to all the usual meet-and-greet and commerce.
Something I’ve learned over the years going to cons and selling my art and comics: if you’re an artist, don’t be in the dealers room. Be in the artist alley. Despite the differences between dealers rooms and alleys diminishing over the years as more and more artists start doing this kind of thing professionally, the two spaces remain vastly different. And the people who walk through the rooms are very different with very different mindsets even when they’re the same person. I’m not sure exactly how to explain this phenomenon, but suffice it to say there’s a difference.
I think with more and more alley’s cracking down on the rampant proliferation of fanart, people who visit artist alleys expect more unique pieces, more original works, less commercial. Whatever the reason, I’ve found that people look for me in artist alleys. My place is in the alley. It’s where my people are. Thank you for looking for me.