Hello everyone! Well, I've had a busy month (it didn't help that I was actually sick for about a week) and I have a lot to share with you all. I recently attended two conventions: Gamer Grace and Madison Mighty Con.
Gamer Grace is another convention that was making its first year debut in Saint Charles, IL in the lovely Pheasant Inn. The building itself was nice and it also hosted a cool golfing club in the back of it. Unfortunately, it was hard to find parking whether you were a vendor/artist or a con-goer.
Despite that, I was very surprised that an inn let Gamer Grace borrow some of its space for the weekend--the staff was allowed to use one of the inn's hallways for the artist alley and they were also allowed to use three exhibit/meeting rooms for the gaming area, a few panels and a dealer's room.
Unfortunately, the dealer's room and artist alley was pretty small but the gaming room was a decent size. However, I know that they were dealing with a limited amount of space and they had to work with what they were given--they managed quite nicely in my opinion. The staff was also very attentive and helped me when I needed to lock up my art display for a night (also it did take a little while for me to get my art OUT of the secured room, but the problem was solved nonetheless).
Another thing that I want to bring up is that the traffic was a bit slow despite having the golfing club next door. The convention did need to be advertised a little bit more but, like I said, this is a very new convention and they are planning on making it an annual event.
While I was there, I did see some amazing cosplay that were from one of my favorite video games at the moment aka Overwatch and it was a delight to see despite there being a low amount of traffic. I also got to draw a cute little Yu-Gi-Oh! commission of the character Marik so that was a plus.
(Some more pictures that I liked of me and the gaaang and Greg. :D)
I didn't make that many sales that weekend (the table itself was ALSO pretty pricey)but I did have a memorable experience nonetheless. With more advertisement (aka word of mouth and Facebook), I believe that Gamer Grace could really grow into something big...and possibly snag a different venue so that the artist alley and the dealer room can thrive.
But one step at a time, right?
ONTO MIGHTY CON! This convention was actually one of the first ones I applied to...well, I guess there wasn't really an application process. All I had to do was pay for the space and Mighty Con. Now this particular convention has multiple locations, one being in Chicago. Unfortunately, I was not prepared for that one at the time so I snagged one in Madison, Wisconsin.
But yeah! Those two cons are last ones that I've decided to do for 2017. I will update you guys on the cons that I have next year and some stuff in between. My main focuses now are Inktober 2017 and the release of Project: HANASU! If you guys have any convention recommendations aka know of any applications that are live right now, please let me know!
Until next time!
Illustrator. Concept Artist. Co-creator of project: HANASU.