Long overdue update! Things were super crazy through the end of last year and I didn't get a chance to post updates on the shows I attended and the projects I completed. I need to be better about setting aside time to chronicle the shows we attend.
Halloween Anime Fest at Collector's Marketplace took place on October 26th in their parking lot. On the way to the show, the canvases migrated in the back of the car and Snowball ended up torn pretty badly. Lesson learned to pack the canvases more safely.
They squared off the covered parking into vendor spots and placed tables and chairs underneath. It was my first outdoor show and I was a little wary of what to expect. We started placing up the grid wall, canvases, and prints. About halfway through, a gust of wind tried to blow the wall away, and knocked down a bunch of canvases. One was damaged beyond repair :( Tokoyami didn't make it. After that, we made the call not to place any canvases on the wall and spread the prints out dramatically to keep from turning it into a sail. We only placed a few of the more popular ones on display. We learned quickly to cover the stickers up with a clear tote lid so they didn't get blown away. But, we were still setting up when the doors opened. Needless to say, the start was rough.
Despite all of that, we immediately sold 3 large prints as soon as the door opened. We stayed so busy! We sold the Genos canvas, and while I was sad to part with him, I was happy he went to a good home. All and all, the show was 10-4, and we ended up doing pretty great!
With as hectic as it was, I completely forgot to snap any pictures, which tbh, the display didn't look that great anyway.
Tuscon Comic-Con was Ah-mazing. My sister-in-law and I booked a room and stayed for the whole show. Setup was a breeze and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We ended up second from the end in the very middle row of the show. We were right next to coffee and super close to the food trucks. While there was a bit of fan art at the show, we weren't next to hardly any of it. Our booth was swarmed all weekend. The show seemed to consist of a mostly younger crowd all cosplaying My Hero Characters, ie, my demographic. We ended up selling the Luffy canvas to a father who bought it as a surprise for his son! I honestly don't have a play-by-play because the show went SO smooth. It was our first time using our new PVC display, and it worked really well, even disregarding that the prints were slightly crooked. We sold SO many stickers. Our average sale was under $9. Toga, Todoroki, and Dabi were by far the most popular of the stickers. Of the prints, Aizawa, Bakugo and Todoroki stole the show. We ended up doing nearly 6x booth costs and covered the hotel, food, and booth with more to spare. It was an excellent show for us and I would absolutely do it again! My SIL and I had a blast and we've already started planning the trip for next year. :D
One giant highlight of the show was that I sat next to a comic named The Pale! They were amazing and super nice and you should go read their comic. They're award-winning! :D
Seriously though, the owners were so kind and encouraging, and their art was top-notch.
Check them out at the link below!