See my review of J-1 Con after the jump!
J-1 Con was Amazing! It is an Anime-centric convention that featured vendors, gaming, cosplay contests, and Vic Mignogna! I added a short list of everything that went down at the convention:
The Staff at J-1 Con
Awesome, helpful, and great people to be around. The con was created by J-1 Studios’ Jason Richardson, who recently won Geekadelphia’s ‘Geek of the Year’. The location was very accessible and drew a great crowd.
The Fans & Con-Goers
The fans really liked my Doctor Who prints. It was a mini-Whovian Central! I also met some great people who also signed up for my mailing list. 🙂
I thought the Sailor Moon series that I worked on would do well, but unfortunately it didn’t go over well with the fans. One fan bought a print and joked about stealing another one. I received lots of compliments on my work but not many of the anime fans seemed into it. ::shrug:: It happens to every vendor at most conventions. We just try again at the next convention or just use our online stores —> mkt.com/regenerated-art-studios
What happens at every con, and what I thought was weird was the lack of response from some visitors. Maybe I didn’t connect with some of them very well. If you’ve ever met me before, I’m very friendly and I enjoy talking with the fans. Some people just ignored me or were sarcastic about my work (the worst) & I just thought, “Maybe they don’t like my face. :P” so I got my friend Captain Kyle to watch my table, haha. Kidding, I had to grab a soda and Captain Kyle was nice enough to watch my table for a few minutes. When I got back, someone bought a Matt Smith print. It kind of shocked me that it was the quickest purchase I made considering that I wasn’t at my table, haha! Now I owe Captain Kyle a Jayne print. 😀
There’s always a creep at conventions. (It’s never the convention staff. They’re all awesome)
I won’t name any names, but I’ll say this: Flirting never paid my bills.
Once again this happens at every con, and I honestly get uneasy when people photograph and videotape my work without permission. I know lots of people who find it rude. It really is. People like to film and document their experiences and share them online. I get it. I used to do that as a guest until a vendor said “No photos, please.” and I never took another photo without permission again. I missed an opportunity to tell someone to stop videotaping my work so now I have to search for where it ended up online. Lots of artists have issues with bootlegging by photographers who do this.
…is the best! That’s all. Kidding, there’s more! I have heard lots of great things about Vic and I didn’t expect him to make a bee-line to my table. He said, “I saw ‘Uhura’ and wanted to see what this was all about! Great Work!” I thanked him before he left. That was one of the many highlights of the day. 🙂