Posts Tagged ‘balticon’

Photo Phriday 24

Friday, May 1st, 2009

So I’m back on schedule with Photo Phriday, and you get your picture on time this week. Thanks to Amu, I also had a really fun idea to work with for today’s image.

Later this month Amu’s World will be making its first convention appearance at Balticon. Amu’s been working frantically crocheting ninjas and Katamari Princes to sell. When she decided she needed help we turned to the only other person with sufficient knowledge of amigurumi ninja anatomy.

Re: Won’t You Take Me To…

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

We meet another new character, and our second female character in today’s strip. I also don’t mind telling you that new characters are to come, most of which Amu should have the chance to make this weekend. We’ll have plenty of time to work on things.

Yep. We’ll be at Balticon as webcomics guests. I’m very nervous and excited to be representing myself and the comic for the first time at a con. I’ll be doing my first official panels and I’m ready to go and meet people and try to get folks reading the comic. If you’re going, stop by and say hello. If not, don’t worry. We’ll have photos and stories and other things to share.

In addition to that, once we’re back from the con we should have some things up for sale somewhere in case you want some Amu’s World merch or just want to support the comic. Thanks again for reading!

Photo Phriday 27 – Lineup

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Today’s photo isn’t exactly inspired, but we’ve been really busy trying to put the finishing touches on things we’re bringing to our first convention appearance representing the comic. Excitement is through the roof. These guys can’t even face it.

OK, very bad pun at 1:30am. These Katamari Prince amigurumi are show awaiting faces, but let it be known we will have some at Balticon. If you’re a fan of either the comic or Amu’s amigurumi, or if you’ve missed out on one of Amu’s amigurumi princes in the past, stop on by to pick one up.

This may be our first con, but we’ve got 3 more appearances lined up through the end of this year. We hope to see you at one of them.

Back From Balticon – Part 1

Monday, May 25th, 2009

We’d like to say THANK YOU to everyone at Balticon who stopped by the table to pick up one of Amu’s amigurumi or some Amu’s World postcards, or even just to say howdy and talk for a bit. We had a blast and hope next year to book a room at the hotel so we can stay a bit later.

Tomorrow I’ll have a lot more to say about our first convention representing the comic, but while I spend some time today catching up on things I wanted to make sure we thanked everyone we ran into and talked to at the convention. Thanks again, and we hope you had a tremendous time.

NOTE TO FOLKS WHO BOUGHT AMIGURUMI: If at Balticon you purchased an amigurumi Prince or Ninja (Or Juan), we would absolutely love to see what they get up to. If you get a chance to take photos of what their day is like with you please send them in. We’d be tickled goofy to see these guys up to hijinks while in your care. Just grab our e-mail addresses from the CONTACT page and send us anything crazy these guys do.

Re: Quite Utilitarian

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

It all started with a tweet (WARNING: my tweets tend to highlight my anxiety. Follow me at your own risk.) It was then I knew what today’s comic would be about. I’d seen the trend in astounding numbers at Balticon also, but that was a Sci-Fi/Fantasy literature convention full of SCA geeks and gamer nerds. I’d have been beside myself if I DIDN’T see a bunch of Utilikilts there. At Nekocon however, I did not expect them to show up in such abundance. But without further delay, here’s Part I of my con report.

NEKOCON REPORT PART I – OBSERVATIONS AND OPINIONS

Prelude

Before getting to the convention part I want to talk about travel, expense, and word of mouth. Typically when Amu and I do conventions we’ve got a posse with us. Really it’s just our friends and family we go to cons with, who for some reason are awesome enough to help us out with keeping us company and watching the table if we have to step away. Our posse couldn’t be with us this time. We were going to be alone at a con where we didn’t know anybody.

This seemed fine with us as we were told by several people that Nekocon was a great con and that since Amu’s shifted her focus to selling her doll knits this con would be a good test due to the number of doll collectors that show up. While the focus was on the doll clothes, we brought along promo cards and postcard sets for Amu’s World and the normal amigurumi we sell at con tables.

The expense was going to be painful. Since neither of us drive we had to take the train, which really paired down what we could bring with us. We only brought things we could easily cram into our luggage and between the train tickets and the hotel stay we were investing a lot of money on word of mouth. Since we had nobody to help split up the hotel bill we’d have to sell most of what we brought to break even.

Arrival

A late night of packing, 1 hour of sleep and a 6 hour train ride meant that when we got to the hotel we were practically dead. Amu’s better at sleeping on planes, trains, and automobiles (I totally went there) than I am and I was a bit worse off. Our hotel room wasn’t ready when we arrived so we went out to eat, get some shopping in, and back to the hotel to check in, get settled, and finish up some things that needed finishing before Friday morning.

Checking in was relatively painless, but left me confused that the Artist’s Alley badge was a different, replacement badge for the regular con badge. I’m typically used to getting a ribbon or sticker on a regular badge to denote Artist status. It just seemed odd is all, but with the exception of one minor problem that was corrected immediately checking in went without a hitch. We were ready for the con.

The Con

My first thought was “SO SMALL!” My first convention was Origins in 2000. It was pretty big. Next were Otakon in 2001 and Katsucon in 2002. Since then Katsu’s exploded and Otakon’s the biggest anime con on the East Coast. I’ve gotten used to big cons. Neko seemed tiny in comparison, chiefly due to our experience in the Artist’s Alley.

There was so much unnecessary empty room in the Alley area. They’d crammed the Art Show, Artist’s Alley, Fiber Artists, R/C Racing, Autographs, Photo Suite, and Lunch Area in the same hall of the convention center. All of these things were put in the same hall with a GIGANTIC 20-25 foot aisle running down the center. There was so much wasted room that it always felt empty, and in part it kind of was.

The hall where this hodge podge assembly of stuff was located seemed like the LAST room, out of the way, with little traffic. You’d never know the convention tiny center was full of people by looking in the Bazaar (the name given to the room full of random things that didn’t go together.) At times it felt like a ghost town, the tired and bored artists sleepy spectres looking for life of any kind. It made for long days.

Some word of mouth turned out to be true…kind of. There were a lot of doll collectors at this small convention. The problem we ran into was that while there were a lot of collectors, very few were spending money on doll items. There’s always a risk switching focus, and doing this at a con you’ve never been to is double risky. We knew this going into it and could only be a little disappointed and not totally surprised by it. We’ve worked it out that it was still a great con for us, but for different reasons than profitability.

Amu made a lot of friends and connections. This is a commodity far more valuable than the money we’d hoped to make. We lost a good bit of money working Nekocon. We made a good bit of friends though. We sat near and talked to a lot of really great, awesome people and I can’t wait to talk about them. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until Part II of the report that will go up tomorrow.

In the end I can’t entirely write off Nekocon. There’s a lot of negative I could get into from a event programming standpoint, but I’ll hold off on that. I didn’t go to any events or panels so it didn’t effect me at all. I think if we can cut down on our cost to attend the con we’ll gladly go again as Artist Alley folk. We’ll have to either find a ride and/or share a room with more people, but meeting up again with some of the folks we met would be nice.

Tune in tomorrow when I discuss AWESOME FOLKS!

Photo Phriday 57 – Puppet Master

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Alright, so I admit it’s technically not Friday anymore. At least not on the East Coast it isn’t. I managed to get my camera out of commission and forgot to take a photo for today before getting it back up and running and onto time lapse project. So here’s an old one that’s slightly different than the rest.

puppetmaster

Back when I did Balticon I was asked to provide a photo to put in their program. I’d decided on a “Puppet Master” theme, and while these guys aren’t puppets, I thought it was fun. So here’s one of me with Ninja and the Katamari Prince, looking far too unshaven for my own good. Hehe. As a side note, I hate shaving. HATE IT!

Late Comic & Other News

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

The comic will be late today, as this cold is kicking my butt harder than I want it to considering the timing. What’s with the timing? Well you see this weekend is Balticon, and I will be there as a webcomics guest. Believe me when I tell you that it’s frustrating to no end that I typically always, and I mean almost ALWAYS get a cold before a con. So I both am and am not looking forward to this weekend. I love cons, but I hate colds.

So if you’re attending Balticon, look out for Amu and I. The comic should be up later this evening.