heidiblack:

Did everyone have an amazing weekend?  I certainly did, MTAC was awesome!   I met so many awesome people and had a great time!  Its been a very long time since I enjoyed an anime con so much.
But it left me with a big problem!  I sold out of some prints, and I have extras of some others!  So I’m having a post-con poster sale!  You can now get any poster for the at-con prices of $15 each or two for $25, shipping included for US orders ($5 extra for international orders, sorry).  All posters range in size from 11x15 to 13x19 and are printed on professional-quality thick stock for extra durability.  Prints are also signed.
If you are interested in purchasing prints, I currently accept only paypal for online orders.  You can email me at electricabyss@gmail.com to order or for further details!
Thanks everyone!  You are all awesome!

This is important and needs reblogging.  Mostly because my car just hit 60K.
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heidiblack:

Did everyone have an amazing weekend?  I certainly did, MTAC was awesome!   I met so many awesome people and had a great time!  Its been a very long time since I enjoyed an anime con so much.
But it left me with a big problem!  I sold out of some prints, and I have extras of some others!  So I’m having a post-con poster sale!  You can now get any poster for the at-con prices of $15 each or two for $25, shipping included for US orders ($5 extra for international orders, sorry).  All posters range in size from 11x15 to 13x19 and are printed on professional-quality thick stock for extra durability.  Prints are also signed.
If you are interested in purchasing prints, I currently accept only paypal for online orders.  You can email me at electricabyss@gmail.com to order or for further details!
Thanks everyone!  You are all awesome!

This is important and needs reblogging.  Mostly because my car just hit 60K.
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heidiblack:

Did everyone have an amazing weekend?  I certainly did, MTAC was awesome!   I met so many awesome people and had a great time!  Its been a very long time since I enjoyed an anime con so much.
But it left me with a big problem!  I sold out of some prints, and I have extras of some others!  So I’m having a post-con poster sale!  You can now get any poster for the at-con prices of $15 each or two for $25, shipping included for US orders ($5 extra for international orders, sorry).  All posters range in size from 11x15 to 13x19 and are printed on professional-quality thick stock for extra durability.  Prints are also signed.
If you are interested in purchasing prints, I currently accept only paypal for online orders.  You can email me at electricabyss@gmail.com to order or for further details!
Thanks everyone!  You are all awesome!

This is important and needs reblogging.  Mostly because my car just hit 60K.
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heidiblack:

Did everyone have an amazing weekend?  I certainly did, MTAC was awesome!   I met so many awesome people and had a great time!  Its been a very long time since I enjoyed an anime con so much.
But it left me with a big problem!  I sold out of some prints, and I have extras of some others!  So I’m having a post-con poster sale!  You can now get any poster for the at-con prices of $15 each or two for $25, shipping included for US orders ($5 extra for international orders, sorry).  All posters range in size from 11x15 to 13x19 and are printed on professional-quality thick stock for extra durability.  Prints are also signed.
If you are interested in purchasing prints, I currently accept only paypal for online orders.  You can email me at electricabyss@gmail.com to order or for further details!
Thanks everyone!  You are all awesome!

This is important and needs reblogging.  Mostly because my car just hit 60K.
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heidiblack:

Did everyone have an amazing weekend?  I certainly did, MTAC was awesome!   I met so many awesome people and had a great time!  Its been a very long time since I enjoyed an anime con so much.

But it left me with a big problem!  I sold out of some prints, and I have extras of some others!  So I’m having a post-con poster sale!  You can now get any poster for the at-con prices of $15 each or two for $25, shipping included for US orders ($5 extra for international orders, sorry).  All posters range in size from 11x15 to 13x19 and are printed on professional-quality thick stock for extra durability.  Prints are also signed.

If you are interested in purchasing prints, I currently accept only paypal for online orders.  You can email me at electricabyss@gmail.com to order or for further details!

Thanks everyone!  You are all awesome!

This is important and needs reblogging.  Mostly because my car just hit 60K.

Again, these table setups are a little older, but these are some that my cohorts and I have done (Becca Hillburn and Sarah Benkin).  The tables were at Mechacon 2012, Interventioncon 2012, FLUKE (2012 or 2011, I don’t remember), MoCCA 2013, MTAC 2014, nekocon 2013, and Ohayocon 2014. 

Lessons learned from these setups:  Its hard for Becca and I to share a table sometimes because we have SO MUCH stuff, but we also work well together and can sell for each other, so if we need a table partner we are each other’s go to.  We do have a problem with our table setup looking so cohesive that people can’t tell our stuff apart (we do have very different work, but I understand) so take that into consideration if you plan on sharing a table with a partner: some way to designate who’s is who’s (and who the money goes to) is important.

PVC is an easy/cheap/lightweight way to hang a banner, BUT its not very stable.  We had to clamp the ends to the tables, but it still sagged in teh middle.  We finally gave up and bought the mesh cubes everyone uses (you can get them at target for about $20) and while they are heavier and take up more room, they are way easier to use.  They are also metal and so you can use magnets to hang your work.  Buckyballs, small round magnents that you can get about 200 of for $20-30 are a great investment for this, as they will hold your work up very well.

Posters/big objects are good sellers for me.  They are large and attract attention from far away  They do take up a lot of table room, but little objects (buttons and so forth) don’t tend to move well for me.

Becca uses small and cute stuff a lot, and so her setup reflects this.  She has also found commissions and sketches are her big seller, so she advertises these prominently

Learn how to set up quickly and efficiently.  if your setup is so involved it takes away from your wares, consider rethinking it.  While a nice tablescape is more appealing than a black tablecloth with some books or art on it, your work HAS to be the centerpiece.  Get it vertical.  Make it pop.  Make it obvious what things are, what the prices are (make all price signs the same if possible, and put them ON the product)

Remember, all of these posts are being reposted on How to be a con artist, the blog Becca and I run with all kinds of good tips by many many artists on all kinds of things related to making art and comics and selling them at conventions.  If you have any desire at ALL to display at a convention, check the blog out!

heidiblack:

Chris, Becca and I are listening to this video on copyright laws (and fanart).  Its a VERY good listen/watch for people who do fanart, and especially if you sell fanart at conventions.

I talked about this to some people at MTAC, and its worth reposting.  COPYRIGHT LAW AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU/ARTIST ALLEY.

Did everyone have an amazing weekend?  I certainly did, MTAC was awesome!   I met so many awesome people and had a great time!  Its been a very long time since I enjoyed an anime con so much.
But it left me with a big problem!  I sold out of some prints, and I have extras of some others!  So I’m having a post-con poster sale!  You can now get any poster for the at-con prices of $15 each or two for $25, shipping included for US orders ($5 extra for international orders, sorry).  All posters range in size from 11x15 to 13x19 and are printed on professional-quality thick stock for extra durability.  Prints are also signed.

If you are interested in purchasing prints, I currently accept only paypal for online orders.  You can email me at electricabyss@gmail.com to order or for further details!
Thanks everyone!  You are all awesome!
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Did everyone have an amazing weekend?  I certainly did, MTAC was awesome!   I met so many awesome people and had a great time!  Its been a very long time since I enjoyed an anime con so much.
But it left me with a big problem!  I sold out of some prints, and I have extras of some others!  So I’m having a post-con poster sale!  You can now get any poster for the at-con prices of $15 each or two for $25, shipping included for US orders ($5 extra for international orders, sorry).  All posters range in size from 11x15 to 13x19 and are printed on professional-quality thick stock for extra durability.  Prints are also signed.

If you are interested in purchasing prints, I currently accept only paypal for online orders.  You can email me at electricabyss@gmail.com to order or for further details!
Thanks everyone!  You are all awesome!
Zoom Info
Did everyone have an amazing weekend?  I certainly did, MTAC was awesome!   I met so many awesome people and had a great time!  Its been a very long time since I enjoyed an anime con so much.
But it left me with a big problem!  I sold out of some prints, and I have extras of some others!  So I’m having a post-con poster sale!  You can now get any poster for the at-con prices of $15 each or two for $25, shipping included for US orders ($5 extra for international orders, sorry).  All posters range in size from 11x15 to 13x19 and are printed on professional-quality thick stock for extra durability.  Prints are also signed.

If you are interested in purchasing prints, I currently accept only paypal for online orders.  You can email me at electricabyss@gmail.com to order or for further details!
Thanks everyone!  You are all awesome!
Zoom Info
Did everyone have an amazing weekend?  I certainly did, MTAC was awesome!   I met so many awesome people and had a great time!  Its been a very long time since I enjoyed an anime con so much.
But it left me with a big problem!  I sold out of some prints, and I have extras of some others!  So I’m having a post-con poster sale!  You can now get any poster for the at-con prices of $15 each or two for $25, shipping included for US orders ($5 extra for international orders, sorry).  All posters range in size from 11x15 to 13x19 and are printed on professional-quality thick stock for extra durability.  Prints are also signed.

If you are interested in purchasing prints, I currently accept only paypal for online orders.  You can email me at electricabyss@gmail.com to order or for further details!
Thanks everyone!  You are all awesome!
Zoom Info

Did everyone have an amazing weekend?  I certainly did, MTAC was awesome!   I met so many awesome people and had a great time!  Its been a very long time since I enjoyed an anime con so much.

But it left me with a big problem!  I sold out of some prints, and I have extras of some others!  So I’m having a post-con poster sale!  You can now get any poster for the at-con prices of $15 each or two for $25, shipping included for US orders ($5 extra for international orders, sorry).  All posters range in size from 11x15 to 13x19 and are printed on professional-quality thick stock for extra durability.  Prints are also signed.

If you are interested in purchasing prints, I currently accept only paypal for online orders.  You can email me at electricabyss@gmail.com to order or for further details!

Thanks everyone!  You are all awesome!

afrofabulous asked:

Do you think that 28 is too old to try to pursue a career in art on your own terms? I wanted to be a 3D animator for as long as I can remember, but when I got to college I realized that going to college for it wasn't for me. The school and the environment was horrible and I was completely uninspired to continue animation. I went to school for fashion illustration after that and I although my teachers thought my art was truly beautiful, I didn't get to finish because I started a family.

bigbigtruck:

(cont.) I became inspired again recently and I have been drawing and sketching everyday (for the past two years) as well as learning animation on my own. I am heavily influenced by your webcomic, but I just wanted to know if it was too late to pursue my dream without school and by myself at 28?

I started TJ and Amal at 31, with a weak art education and zero experience in comics, so you can probably guess where I stand on the matter!

I wish our culture didn’t place such heavy emphasis on “making it” in your teens and twenties; that the (justifiable!) attention paid to prodigies wouldn’t set “prodigy” as the norm.  This kind of BS does everyone a disservice.

If you have a dream and the ability to pursue it, there’s no reason to sit it out just because “everyone makes it by 25.” Because everyone DOESN’T make it by 25. Some do, some don’t, whatever.

Sometimes when I get discouraged about this, it helps to remember an anecdote I read a few years ago—
A retiree mentions to her friend that she’s considering going back to college and finishing her degree.
"What, at 65?" says her friend, "You’ll be at least 40 years older than everyone else in class!"
To which the lady replies, “oh, so you think I should wait till I’m 70?”

There’s no going backwards. Good luck in whatever path you choose!

This is an amazing post from an amazing artist who has, after many years of sticking with it and being a “nobody,” made it big.  She deserves all the fame and love that she has and more, and this is great advice from her.

Mtac

Wow mtac was intense. But I met a ton of awesome artists and all kinds of sweet anime fans! You guys are the best! And a big hello to new followers! Keep watching for art, comics, and sketches (sometimes relating to night vale, the avengers, video games, and anime), contention reports and tips for setting up at your own, and also depressed whining and pinning over Tom Hiddleston. It’s a fun ride.

Anime cons!

I’ve had a lot of people ask me at MTAC this weekend about settiing up, so here’s a very quick anime con post before we run back to the floor for today.  

Assume everyone at an anime con is ADD and won’t stop to look so you have to grab their attention.  Bright flashy colors, displays with popular fanarts, big posters, glitter, cute themes, and DIFFERENT stands out and makes people look.  

And now back to the grind!  And remember, don’t be like me and run out of business cards

ps: this will be reposted on how to be a con artist

All right!  Continuing from last time, table setups!  Here are two different types of cons with two different con setups, and what each kind generally has.  Remember, each type of con is going to have a different audience and a different art crowd, so the same setup may not work at each one.

Many of these people unfortunately don’t know that I’m using their photo in this, as this was originally for a SCAD presentation, so I apologize ahead of time and if anyone wants me to take theirs down I will.  But here’s some input on some of these..

The big vertical banners are all over at superhero cons.  These  cons are the ones I have been the least successful at though so I can’t make a definite “what sells” at these cons, but I do see a lot of people walking around with interesting fanarts.  However, there is a definite problem with copyright there, which has been addressed other places and other times.  I do see some original content and a lot of small press comics there as well, which is always good, but I think makes less money.  Small one-off items like artist trading cards and commission sketches are a huge seller. 

Indy cons:  These cons are all about the little comics!  But nice full-color comics and good print quality are a huge draw for other artists.  Having a perfect or hardbound book can attract the attention of parents and people looking for something nice.  Staplebound minis, while attractive if you want something small or cheap, can pile up quickly in a house or on a bookshelf and aren’t quite as attractive.  A nice print or two can be something different from other artists and a nice way for someone to just buy a little art.

As for table setups, having a theme is usually a great way to draw attention.  Becca and I have done several themes throughout indy cons, and they do attract a ton of attention.  The first table setup is a great way of showing off a theme, and the guys are dressed up to match (even if they left their table people would be able to associate them with their product.)  Cuddles and rage has a beautiful table setup, with a lot of beautifully displayed vertical books and enough open space between items to let things breathe (sometimes a difficult thing at indy cons where you are hurting for space because the table was so expensive you had to split it 2 or 3 ways.)  I do find that if your table is too precise, people can be afraid to touch things, and putting an item in someone’s hand is half the battle of getting them to buy it.

Pig fish, though his setup looks very time intensive, is almost a bad example: his setup becomes so flashy (and he did have a strobe light) and intense it can scare people away.  

At some point it does become personal preference: who your audience is will dictate your setup (i.e. I get a lot of teenagers so I use a lot of bright colors and items easily recognizable from a distance.  Becca attracts kids, moms, and hipsters, so she uses a more muted palette with lots of cute and crafty items)

Again, if you guys have questions about these things, feel free to message me.  I’ve had so many years of doing cons this is somewhat second nature, so if I don’t explain something well, just let me know.