Curse that glare! Our booth looked awesome! This is a shot of our Day 3 set up. So proud of this! We learned fast after the 1st and 2nd day and adjusted the set up each day to show off more prints and plushies - though, as you can see, I didn't have many plushies left by day 3. Maya - who I hadn't even had a chance to post here before the convention - went home with a Doctor Who #11 cosplayer (how cool is that?) and Janky was adopted by this adorable lady in a cute little black hat who's going to teach him to crochet. I love it! I've still got a few little plush friends who need homes but maybe they will find them at NijiCon next month..
I handed out tons on tons of rack cards and business cards so, with luck, maybe I'll be drowning in commissions soon. lol
Everyone was so much fun and seeing all the cosplayers was a blast. Some of my favorites characters and I was really impressed by the quality. Loved talking to all the people as they stopped at the booth and chatting with our other neighbors in Artist Alley as well. We were lucky enough to be in some really fun company! The two ladies next door to us especially were great. They're called "Toon Twins" because they are in fact twins who draw adorable little fanarts for badges and keychains and such. So cute! (I went home with and Undertaker badge - from Kuroshitsuji - that said "Got jokes?" and the besties got matching "Got yaoi?" badges for Junjou Romantica.) I also bought a couple of necklaces from the booth across the aisle - they were fun too - but sadly they don't have a website for their killer steampunk jewelry...
We worked our butts off this weekend but I think we can all agree that this is definitely the life that we want - going to conventions, sharing our work, meeting people. Building our brands has become a much more serious focus. It was kind of surreal getting up and going back to work on Monday. It felt like we had an amazing adventure and then had to somehow just go back to our normal every day life.
I couldn't have been happier with how my Cuddle Buddies were received. And it was nice to finally have my work appreciated and not hear people saying that I was charging too much - actually had a few who thought I wasn't charging enough! Unfortunately my brain just never stops taking in inspiration and churning out new ideas so I have so many things going on in my head right now. If I get even half of what I'm thinking of in the works I will definitely need my own table when we start conventions again next year. BUT we've still got our table at NijiCon next month before I start gearing up with new ideas for future merch and conventions that we haven't even applied to yet.