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Oh man, I haven't updated on dA in a while xD AH ok i just finished updating all the new things I've drawn putting it up on dA since the last (which isn't very much at all, really, lol)
Anyways, I went to Calgary last Friday for Otafest and was in the Artist Alley during Saturday and Sunday. Get ready for a lot of rambling = v =
THE FRIDAY So I went there with my friend on a semi-truck xDDD Was my first time, and I admit I was a bit apprehensive, but it was actually really cool 8D I'm eternally grateful to her and her father for providing me with the ride and also for booking the hotel, and driving us to the motel etc etc. You guys rock~ Traffic was sooo bad in Calgary, took so long to get to our motel after entering the city xD The motel we stayed at was kinda cheap. It wasn't the beeest ever, it had creaky floors, and it seemed a little shady at first, but i think it was ok for the price. Plus it wasn't a bad walk to the LRT, AND there was a McDonald's like right beside us = v = After checking in, we went to visit my soon-to-attend school, ACAD and their gradshow exhibition. It was really cool! But so lonely, there was nooobody there! lol We also went to the neighbour school to drop off my lease at the dorm. Got a gist of the distance and--DAMMIT I JUST SPILLED SOME WATER ON MYSELF the second time in the last few days GAH Anyways, I got really excited while I was there, can't wait til August when I have to move in and start school * V * Went to eat after with Dayna, and other people I'd not met before, will get to that later >w>;; But yeah, that's where I spilled ice water on my jeans around the crotch area OTL
THE SATURDAY Going to the University on Saturday was haaard work, my luggage was so heavy D8 The LRT's convenient and all, but I had to drag my bag up a flight of stairs, at least people walking by offered to help ; v ; When we got there (after trying to figure out where the AA was), I saw a lot of other friends from Edmonton~ Ah I don't think I forgot anyone.. if I did then I'm an awful person OTL I think I did pretty okay despite not having an assistant this time. I only had 2 new posters since ATOA ready for this con, them being my Eureka Seven one, and my Free! one. I also got laminated each of my posters for my display so it looked a lot nicer and was easier to tape together. Setting up took a while to do, but there was loads of time before it opened. OR SO IT SEEMED.. Well this year, the AA had a low curtain barricade around it, and what I didn't realize until way later was that the only way to get into our area was by going through the vendors area first, and ITS exit was AA's entrance :/ Vendors and AA opened at same time too, and apparently the lineup was sooooo long for the vendors area. No wonder it seemed soooo slow at the start. I remember at Animethon last year, the opening of AA was one of the busiest times, so I was a bit confused on Saturday. I understand if they want the AA to be a paid-patrons-only area, unlike last year, but it reeeally sucked that people were only allowed one way in and one way out. Err I think. I'm pretty sure it hurt business because I've had occurrences where people were on the other side of the barrier looking and being interested in my display, but did not want to line up for the vendors again just to get in :/ Hoping it'll be better next year. Other than that, I think business was pretty nice on the Saturday. I ended up selling out of my Free!, Adventure Time, Ouran, and Ciel posters well within the first half or first two-thirds of the Saturday. I would've been happier, but was mostly kicking myself for not printing mooore, I definitely underestimated D: Buttons did well. The only new ones I made were 3 that were of Eren, Mikasa, and Armin from Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan (which everyone should check out btw), and I got reeeeally excited whenever anyone bought them~ Even w/o an assistant, I was able to record almost all my sales and which things were bought o v o After the alley closed, went to eat at a Sushi/BBQ place with a lot of people, and it was pretty good~ I walked to the LRT with my friend and some people I didn't really know, and only later did I find out that they were also in the artist alley, and I even recognized their dA usernames. Suuupah pro famous people * Q * lol, maybe that's a good thing.. I think I might've become a little weird and awkward had I known that beforehand >w>;; Oh yeah, here's a picture of my table: [link]
THE SUNDAY On Sunday, was nice going to the con w/o my luggage since we got to leave it for the night in the vendors to be guarded. We arrived early which gave me time to look at all the other displays people had * V * I freaked out later after I went to fix someone's display that had kinda toppled a bit before we got there and I apparently left my Artist Alley badge at that table and thank god it was returned to me later @ A @ Anyways, Sunday was a little bit slow, but still ok. Like I said, I sold out some of my posters the day before, and I woulda maybe made more on Sunday because people were pointing out all my sold out posters xP Oh, something I noticed, was that there were so many homophobic comments I could hear by my table :/ I specifically mean my Kagami x Kuroko poster which I also had displayed for Animethon last year. But back then, I was surprised that people were actually buying it. At Otafest though, while I understand people who were weirded out by it, there were those who voiced their disgust really rudely and it made me so uncomfortable v.v Like there was a girl who, while not to my face, but was directly in front of me said after someone pointed it out to her, "UGH What the heck, man?! Disgusting." Well, she said the disgusting part in tagalog, which I could understand, and man it sounds even more disdainful with that certain word and how she said it :/ I'm probably not going to put that poster up for display at Otafest again, but I shall for Animethon. I'd rather avoid having myself or anyone else feeling uncomfortable at my table. Mm, sooo I saw this poster at the table of these two people I briefly met on the Friday, and I thought that this Mikasa poster looked suuuper familiar, and turns out, I'm preeeetty sure I had seen it briefly on the front page of pixiv several days prior. I was like, NOW I NEED TO BUY THAAAT. So yeah, got that from , postcards from I also bought an original (i think) poster and a Kotetsu fan from 's table. OH something exciting was that I art traded with and got his epic Mass Effect poster *q* At the end of the Sunday lotsa ppl were doing art trades, but maaaan I was too shy to go around initiating any ; x ; I'm just so awkward and easily intimidated, which is pretty ridiculoussss. Will need to work on that for next time (hopefully, lol) Here's a picture of the stuff I collected: [link] After everything was closing, me and Dayna went looking for places to eat downtown, and after getting disappointed in finding out the place we wanted to go to was closed, we just settled for Moxie's and MAN I am now craving so hot crispy sweet potato fries * q * There were a lotta LRT fails because of maintenance causing us to catch trains going in wrong directions, lol xD I'll hafta get used to it one day, considering I'll be living there haha.
Ah, on a side note, I developed a mini crush on some dude there who was kinda cute >w> And noooo it wasn't like that guy last, last ATOA who I tried to take a picture of (but failed LOL) Don't want to add too many details, what if someone figures it out GASP. lol but no, don't think anyone would know >w> I'm back home anyways xD He was willing to talk to meee, though he was prolly just being a friendly nice guy, I couldn't help but feel kinda happy about it lol. PLUS my mind works in weird ways where I can't help but draw conclusions or become too hopeful D: I'm so awkward, and cannot multitask so I was half-thinking to myself what I should talk about, and the other half was WHAT ARE U DOING FINISH THAT COMMISSION YOU'RE WORKING ON. Didn't really see him before we left, but that's probably a good thiiiing, such a fleeting matter lol Ahhh OH WELL, it makes for a sweet lil memory I guess about this year's Otafest then ohohohoho.
THE END HAAA So YES. I was 50 bucks off my goal for Otafest which i guess is still pretty gooood considering I might've made more had I printed more posters. This was my best convention so far probably, in terms of sales (not profit, since had to pay for a lot of stuff this time T A T) And it was also really fun, being able to go around Calgary with friends and eat food downtown, not having to tag along my family, visiting my school, and just being at another place entirely. It felt like a trip~~ My goals will definitely grow higher and I plan to expand into other places into the future! Maybe BC, or Manitoba one day. Then Seattle, and THEN dum dum DUM Californiaaaaa GASP. Will definitely need to work hard then xD
Anyways, the pictures of my table, collection, plus some of the commissions I worked on can be found at my tumblr post here: [link]
EDIT: I couldn't find this earlier, but I also got this poster from a friend who art traded with the artistttt, thank youuuuuu: [link] by this person: [link] AH so amazing * 3 * EDIT 2: AHHH I JUST REALIZED I coulda used the above situation as an opportunity to initiate an art trade with the artist, ; A ; why do i think of these things too laaaate OTL