Back from Dragon*Con

Just got back from Dragon*Con 2012. I posted a fairly long thing on Tumblr about everything I did there.

Everything I did

Some pictures

I’m feeling so artistic right now that I’m like “I want to write. No wait- Draw! noooo costumes! must make costumes before I procrastinate and don’t have any done for next year!”

Instead. I’m writing this.


100MPH Chatter

I went to Hamacon 2: Hama Harder this past weekend. Though, I went as a staff member, since I don’t have book 2 ready yet. I’m aiming to have it done by the Hama’Mini 2, which is Nov 12th, 2011. I ended up working at the raffle ticket table. Raised $200 with my boobs for the Tornado and Tsunami/Earthquake Relief fundraiser the American Red Cross was doing. In total, we got over $1000 raised! (got blisters on my feet for my efforts, but I think it was worth it.) Also worked at the Maid and Butler Cafe as one of the servers. It was fun. I’ll be working it again next year, and I’ve got a few ideas of how to streamline some stuff…

I had a whole bunch of cons I’d planned on selling my book at this year, but some of it fell through due to Derping on my part, and some due to infeasible time-schedule requirements. Such as… me _actually_ getting SoH done in 2 months before Hamacon 2…. (hahahahaaa…ha…oh funny). So I suppose this is another lesson in the pitfalls of self publishing and being your own master when it comes to deadlines. (YAH! Call me queen! *cracks whip*)

Anyway. So here’s the rundown of what happened, for those who’re interested.

* Hamacon 2 – too early to get book done and in print. (since it was this past weekend, and I actually found out about when it was going to be in Feb.)

* Persacon – supposedly sold out of artist tables like… in January?? (I am surprised that the con is this popular with artists?)

* AWA – artist tables were gone the moment the artist alley opened for applications. I should probably wait until I’ve got book 3 on the way and SoH has been out for a bit before I try AWA.

* Dragon*con – hahahaaa. Maybe when I’ve got like… 3 or 4 books. Though I will be going just for funs.

* Hamacon Mini 2 – This is reasonable for me to achieve my goal of getting book 2 done in time.

* Crisis Con – …what is this? Does it exist still? I do not know. :(

I’m sure there are other cons in the area. Like Momocon, I think that’s nearby. But… uh. Not sure what the Tornados have done to it… Besides. I think I’d like to go for fun once before I go and get stuck behind an artist table the whole time. So I at least know what I’m missing.

On the bright side, I’ve got a solid outline for SoH. I guess becoming single again was good for my writing career. Lots more time to myself and lots less inclination to rely on someone else to tell me what to write (and then not give me time to write… but I probably shouldn’t talk about that here.)

(I like parenthetical comments.)

(No. My books don’t read like this. I edit this kind of crap out.) :)

I was thinking of getting a lamination machine to take to cons for when I do commissions. There are some pros and cons to the idea.

I don’t do many commissions.
I rarely sell my originals.
Cost of the machine to begin with.
Then there is the choice between heated and unheated.
I would have to get a paper cutter to clip the laminate in the case of smaller pictures.

When I DO sell my originals/commissions, I can have them laminated all pretty and they’d be more durable and, since I work primarily in pencil, the graphite won’t get everywhere/smear/degrade over time.
I’d be able to laminate the artwork I buy so it’s easier to hang on my wall without damaging the pictures.
The difference mainly in the 2 machines I found were whether they were heated or not (and priced, accordingly).

I really like the quality that a heated machine produces, and the laminate comes in 8″x11″ sheets already, so no waste if that’s the size of pictures I’m doing. These sheets are fairly economical to buy in bulk, at 150 sheets for $50. Heated also means powered and I can’t always count on there being a plug in spot nearby, and can’t exactly carry around a little generator to plug my stuff into.

However, the unheated machine has a long roll of laminate that is I don’t know how long… This would mean that I could laminate longer pictures, or shorter, and not waste lamination sheets. The quality is not as good – in my opinion. The laminate is kind of thin, so the pictures/papers laminated tend to be a bit floppy and there’s the possibility of the lamination coming undone at the edges.
I also wanted to get one of those little scanner machines that are just the scanner bar and the machine rolls the picture through it to scan. But, again, there is cost, as well as power requirements, and I would have to have my computer there, which also requires power. And the only reason why I would use this is because of my pack-rat tendencies about my artwork. It makes me uncomfortable to give away pictures I haven’t saved somehow. Even stupid little scribbles on the back of a notebook or folder. I have to scan them before I can throw them away. …because I’m totally going to do something with them later. /sarcasm.

Moar Dragon*Con

Back from Dragon*con!

Some things were great.  Some things weren’t so great.


Great things:

OMG OMG OMG OMG! MERCEDES LACKEY WAS THERE!!!!!!!!! She signed my book! OMG!


…….. (10 mins later)


Not so great things:

A little disappointed about the whole experience.

WTH was with the Pre-reg line? WHY were people who bought badges THAT DAY in and out of line in 20 mins? or less. Whereas the pre-reg line was up to 5hrs long.

The crowd. Had. No. Energy.

I’ve been to a couple AWA’s and the crowd at AWA has an energy all of its own. It’s easy to be excited and stay excited despite the fact that your feet hurt, you only got 3hrs of sleep, you’ve been in line for hours, and your costume itches like frak – but you’re still excited to be there. I got bored at D*con.

And with the boredom came the realization of how tired I was. And how much my feet and back hurt. I didn’t have nearly as much fun as I was expecting to. I mean… By Sunday I was ready to leave. ;.; I actually fell asleep in 2 panels on Sunday. Even though they were interesting, I just… Passed Out.

There were only like… a third of the people there in costumes. Sure the ones who showed up were good, but it was… disappointing that there were so few people in costume. I was _excited_ when I saw someone in an armature costume, or someone who couldn’t quite pull it off but was trying – because they TRIED.

I saw a few obscure things – like Cheerleader Suzaku (Code Geass) and a Guild Wars girl.

And then there were lots of super heroes and steam punk stuff. Some of the steam punk things were cool, but they were just kinda… I dunno. They weren’t dressed as Anyone in Specific. and that was kind of disappointing a little.

And the super heroes… I got the feeling that a lot of people would have dressed up if the general vibe of the con hadn’t been “if you don’t do it perfectly, go put on some real clothes.”

I dressed up a bit on Saturday and… It was kinda upsetting that I got the feeling that it wasn’t acceptable. I busted my ass on my fiancé’s costume and sure, mine was a last minute thrown together thing, but… at AWA it would have gotten a lot of attention. Even if I would have been mistaken for a Loli’, but it still would have gotten attention. But here, people were like… taking pictures of my Fiancé and kinda gesturing for me to get out of the picture.

Then there were the people without badges. They were rude, inconsiderate, and generally annoying. They were only there to gawk at the “Freaks.” Which really made the atmosphere of the con that much worse.