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Phew, our whole group has been working hard to stay on top of the orders, custom requests, and convention stock! As usual, our online presence has suffered because of it. Please forgive us! D; We're trying! We might have to hire someone whose solitary job is to update our online stores and such, but until then, you'll just have to bear with us. Know that you can ALWAYS email us at LillyInverse@gmail.com and ask for a custom request or to purchase something you saw at a convention that hasn't been uploaded to our site yet!

OHAYOCON REVIEW:


Ohayocon treated us wonderfully this year - not that THAT'S a surprise! We were in the very back of the artist alley on the right side, yet we were STILL up over 50% from last year! We got to see some friends we hadn't seen in a while and, of course, made new friends and tons of art trades. The pic above was the view from our area of the artist alley. The dealer room looked CRAZY all weekend! Maybe we'll try switching to there next year, but we're not really sure. We enjoyed the staff of the artist alley so much, we'd hate to give that up!

WASHICON REVIEW:



Washi Con was wonderful! It was a first year con, which always means that there are some kinks to work out, but they were super receptive to suggestions from everyone and VERY on top of fixing any issues as soon as possible! The con is at Eastern Michigan University, which means it was literally 5 minutes away from us! We even had some fans find us there, like the gentleman pictured above who bought one of our shirts at Ohayocon :D

ANIME CROSSROADS REVIEW:

Anime Crossroads was our most recent con as of this post. We don't have any pictures, unfortunately, but we did enjoy it! Our income was up over 30% from last year, which is always a plus, but we also just love the way this con is run. Yes, we were in a closed room that was connected to the main events room so there were sound/lighting issues, but the staff here is ON POINT when it comes to getting stuff fixed for their artists! The alley is small, which means everyone gets the recognition that they deserve from each attendee that comes into the room. And, one of my favorite new policies, we were able to purchase next year's table on the spot. So of COURSE we did! Be seeing you next year, A-Cross!

NEW PRODUCTS:

CHIBI-THULHU ETCHED GLASS

Chibithulhu Etched Glass by LillyInverse

A cute, snuggly Old One from beyond the edge of time and space, just for you! Evil cuteness in cup form can now adorn your kitchen or display cabinet for just the low-low price of your soul (plus a $29.99 handling fee…)

CREEPY KANZASHI

Custom Tentacle Creepy Kanzashi Hair Ornament by LillyInverse

You asked for them, so here they are! Our new “Creepy Kanzashi” hair clips were such a hit in our Facebook sneak peek update that we got 2 custom orders that day! You guys always have a way of making us feel like our work is appreciated, and we love you all for it! <3

FAUN EARS

Custom Cosplay / LARPing Faun Ears by LillyInverse

Our latest products, and the coolest thing you'll see around your local convention and renaissance festival, are these cosplay ears. They come in many different styles, but this listing is for these pictured faun/deer style.

NEW CONS:

As always, it's our goal to add more and more cons to our list each year in order to get our geeky goods into the hands of as many of our fans as possible! Unfortunately, we had to eliminate one this year. Due to management issues, we will not be attending Shutocon again. However, our Lansing fans love us so much that we couldn't just neglect them outright! You can still get our geeky glassware and handmade cosplay products on Shutocon weekend, just over at the Lansing City Market instead! The market has tons of exhibitors and it's only a minute or so's walk from the Lansing Center. It's like having a whole extra dealer room! Here's a map of the easiest way to get to us and all of the other geeky vendors at the Lansing City Market, March 20-22:



But that's not all! We've also been accepted for:
Animinneapolis May 6-8 at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, MN
Animazement May 27-27 at the Raleigh Convention Center Raleigh, NC
Anime Midwest -July 8-10 at Hyatt Regency O'Hare and Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL
Otakon - August 12-15 at Baltimore Convention Center Baltimore, MD
Ramencon September 23-26 at Radisson Holiday Star Plaza Merillville, IN
Youmacon October 29 - November 1 at Cobo Center & Renaissance Center Detroit, MI
We will update our list on our main DA page as well as our website as more conventions send us their acceptance letters :3

STILL TO DO:

*Finish Several Commissions (look for the list and status in this post!)

*TRY to keep up on inventory/prep for all the upcoming cons (I'm looking at you, Anime Milwaukee & Lansing City Market @ Shutocon Weekend...)

*Bring some wares to a local game shop to see if they'd like to sell them for us

*Get cracking on new product ideas we've been discussing

*Train some of our members to do things they are still shaky on

*Upload more fun stuff to the DA!

*Apply for MORE cons! :D (Big Grin)

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Working hard today... No really! I'm updating the website while these lazy furballs take a nap on the other couch -,- Working Hard by LillyInverse
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For the love of all that is soft and fuzzy we can BREATHE AGAIN! Q.Q We've been sooooo busy up through the holidays that we only just now have a chance to update everyone! Please forgive our negligence on the online front, but we are still alive and kicking, working on customs, and traveling around the Midwest selling our wares! So what are we up to in the new year? Tons of stuff! New products, new conventions, new members of our group, and much more! Since we did about a billion (totally not exaggerating) conventions in the last half of 2015, we'll only be posting reviews for the ones which stood out to us. So on that note, here we go!

TROTCON REVIEW:

Our first pony con went wonderfully! We stayed with friends, made new friends, and of course had a great time showing off our new product line of My Little Pony etched glass! Here's a small view of our MLP FiM work from Trotcon:



We were even lucky enough to have Steffan Andrews (composer, musician, and orchestrator for many of the FiM songs, including the main theme!) purchase one of our Octavia cups. Here's a picture of him holding his purchase:



We hope to do many more pony conventions and are working with the Traveling Pony Museum in order to get our MLP etched glass in the hands of pony fans across the country!

OTAKON REVIEW:

Otakon! Wow! Otakon was a first for us in many ways. Our first Otakon, for one. But on top of that, it was our first visit to Baltimore, our first 13 hour convention day, and our first time setting up our new glass display and lights! What do you guys think?



All 4 of us were working the con that weekend, and we were ALL needed and all completely exhausted by the end. But it was a good exhaustion, and we will definitely be applying for next year!

MATSURICON REVIEW:

Matsuricon has been one of our favorite cons for a few years now, but they really upped their game in 2015! They had a closed alley this year, and past security issues were not to be heard from. And, SPOILERS, we just got our acceptance letter for 2016 and are super happy about it!

RAMENCON REVIEW:

Chris is awesome. Ramencon is awesome. The Taakure Mandalorian clan is awesome. What else can be said about Ramencon? They have great guests, who they cycle every year, and they have the option to have either a table in the open or the closed alley. And, as always, our profits went up. So yeah, Ramencon rocks. Is it time for 2016 yet?

YOUMACON REVIEW:

Youmacon! Youmacon is always fun because we get to STAY HOME! We are always traveling, sometimes up to 4 weekends each month, and so staying home is actually like a vacation to us lol. This year, though, Youmacon was extra fun! We saw old friends, made new friends, and had no problems with the way things were run in the alley. I even got to run my favorite panel, Romancing Pigeons by Consensus: A Hatoful Boyfriend Panel and it was wonderful! Everyone had a good time, even non-pigeon fans who I dragged along lol. Oh, also I'm a dragon sometimes now.



NEW PRODUCTS:

Dragonball Z (DBZ) Goku Etched Glass by LillyInverse

Ok, so if you've seen us at conventions you know that this isn't technically a 'new' product, but we're trying to get our HUGE list of available products online, so cut us some slack here xP To favorite this awesome DBZ glass, or to order one for yourself, click on the image :D

NEW CONS:

Out with the old, in with the new! We've gone through and applied to some new cons, some old, and are awaiting responses and for applications to open for many more. As of right now, we are accepted for Anime Zap Embassy Suites, Peoria, IL; Ohayocon - Hyatt Regency Columbus Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH; Anime Crossroads - Wyndham Indianapolis West, Indianapolis, IN; Anime Milwaukee - Hyatt Regency Milwaukee / Delta Center, Milwaukee, WI; Animarathon XIII - BGSU, Bowling Green, OH; Indy Pop Con -Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN; Glass City Comic Con - SeaGate Convention Centre, Toledo, OH; and Matsuricon - Hyatt Regency Columbus – Columbus, OH. We will update our list on our main DA page as well as our website as more conventions send us their acceptance letters :3

STILL TO DO:

*Finish Several Commissions (look for the list and status in this post!)

*TRY to keep up on inventory/prep for all the upcoming cons.

*Bring some wares to a local game shop to see if they'd like to sell them for us

*Get cracking on new product ideas we've been discussing

*Train some of our members to do things they are still shaky on

*Upload more fun stuff to the DA!

*Apply for MORE cons! :D (Big Grin)

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So we're right in the middle of con season guys. How's everyone else doing? I hope you're enjoying it as much as we are, but I also hope you're MUCH less stressed! If we get time during con season, we're going to be training one of our team members to update the website, Lilly Inverse Designs, along with the Deviantart, Facebook, Tumblr, and maybe even adding an instagram or something. This will mean that I can finally realize my personal goal of having all of our hundreds and hundreds of products available to be viewed and ordered online! It's a crazy goal, but I have faith that we can get it done! Our team is full of wonderfully dedicated and hardworking friends and family. There's nothing we can't do if we put our minds to it! :D

INDY POP REVIEW:

We've been with Indy Pop since their first year and they just keep getting better! This year, we were shocked to see how many people there were! Last year was their first year, but they still surprised us with about 5,000 attendees. Because this was a con on the smaller end, I thought it would be a good 'training con' for our newest helper. However, much to our surprise, this year they blew that number WAY out of the water with 23,000 people! It was absolutely insane! They cut down the size of the dealer room as well, and our profits definitely reflected that. And to our helper's credit, he kept up pretty well! While this is all GREAT NEWS for the con and for us, it was rather unfortunate for the people in charge and the guests as they were completely unprepared for such a turn out! We were hoping to give Markiplier a birthday gift, but we just didn't have enough time to leave our booth to stand in a 4 hour line to see him. Oh well, maybe next year, because we will DEFINITELY be going back if we can!


ANIME MIDWEST REVIEW:

Oh boy... Just.... Just wow guys @_@ I am still reeling from this con! This year's Anime Midwest was our best con ever! Literally, in the 4 years we've been selling at cons, we have never made more profit than we did at this year's Anime Midwest.  For only having 11,000 people, this con was INSANE! We were in the artist alley at the very back of the room behind all of the dealers, and we STILL destroyed last year's profits on Saturday afternoon, meaning that everything we made Saturday evening and all of Sunday was just overkill. You guys are simply amazing! We also got to talk with the group who wanted to partner up with us and get some of their merch etched by us, so we are super excited to finalize all the details of working with them! When everything is all finalized and official, we'll be sure to make a big announcement here ;3 We also ordered a new camera and cup display as well, and I think it looks great! What do you guys think?



NEW CONS:

We've added a couple of new cons to our list again! We'll be heading back to Nyancon fort our 4th year in a row. It's one of our favorite one-day cons in Kirkland Ohio, on November 5th. We'll also be going to our first Gilded Gear Festival  in Rochester, Mi, and we've made a couple steampunk-themed items for it that we can't wait to debut! We're still working hard on applying to shows in the Midwest, so keep an eye on our con schedule widget for dates and locations of our latest cons!



STILL TO DO:

*Finish Several Commissions (look for the list and status in this post!)

*TRY to keep up on inventory/prep for all the upcoming cons. We've only got about 2 weeks off at any given time, so it's going to be a challenge!

*Bring some wares to a local game shop to see if they'd like to sell them for us

*Upload more fun stuff to the DA!

*Apply for MORE cons! :D (Big Grin)

COMMISSION STATUSES:

1. Etched bottles for partners - 0% (Will need to check in on them after Midwest, just awaiting for the 24 bottles themselves!)
2. White Arm Warmers for Anthony - 10%  (Still waiting on my machine to get fixed, but I found my materials so that's a plus :D)
3. Red & black arm & leg warmers for Jessica - 10%  (Still waiting on my machine to get fixed, but I found my materials so that's a plus :D)
4. Fate/0 Cup from Anime Midwest - 50%
5. Vampire Knight cup from Anime Midwest - 0%
6. Vulpix cup from Anime Midwest - 0%

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So wow, things have been hectic in early 2015! I want to apologize for not getting around to updating as frequently as I hoped. I've been going through a lot of family stuff which is only just now getting (somewhat/mostly) resolved enough for me to get back to updating. So here's what went on during the first part of the year!

OHAYOCON REVIEW:

This year marks our first year at the infamous Ohayocon! Partners went, but they informed me that it was super fun. As far as numbers go, we did very well, especially for having a bit of competition there! This was one of our first non-fanart cons, so we were a bit nervous, but I definitely think we'll be going back!

ALMACON REVIEW:

February kicked off with our 3rd year conniversray, Almacon in Alma, Michigan. We were happy to be there again with our new products, which went over splendidly! Unfortunately, the people running the show oversold the artist alley and dealer's room, so we and a few other artists and one dealer were shuffled off into a side room with very little traffic on Friday. Luckily on Saturday, Nina from Animezing Chicago approached me and said that there was a free table in the main dealer room. We had paid for 2 tables, so the con was nice enough to give me a refund for one of them. I made some awesome friends who helped me move all of my stuff into the dealer room, and then even stayed behind to help me sell and gave me a place to crash for the rest of the con. I didn't buy anything, but I did do an awesome trade for some rainbow scaled bracers and wrist cuffs from Damien of Black Ace Productions! Almacon has always been wonderful to us, and we will definitely be going back next year!

ANIME MILWAUKEE REVIEW:

Anime Milwaukee was amazing, but it was also very stressful! It was my first con being an on-site artist alley head, or so I thought. Unfortunately, no one had told my department head this, so I was basically just a head helper instead, but next year she wants me to help out as AA head on a more official basis, which should be great! I got to do some fun things, like help Little Kuriboh with his booth and get a hug from Terri Doty. I also go to do some not-so-fun things like check badges and make sure nobody went in through the out doors. All in all, though, it was a great experience, and I very much enjoyed helping out such a wonderful con!

While I was out and doing my work-thing, My partners were manning our booth in artist alley. We did great financially! We got a couple custom orders, but the rest was all from our etched glass and ear cuffs. We will absolutely be trying to head back next year!

ANIME CROSSROADS REVIEW:

Anime Crossroads was next, and it was great! I took a friend and stayed at EllisArts place, which was fabulous since we hadn't seen them since Gencon last year! We did well financially, but that was nothing compared to the amount of fun with friends! I also got to hang out with some of the cute maids and butlers in the Neko Wo Kaburu cafe. Thanks, lovelies, for all your help with carting things to and from my car!

ANIMARATHON REVIEW:

Next on the list was Animarathon. I went again with SquirrelyEvil which was awesome. I miss hanging out with my bestie, so it's awesome when we get to work together! It was Mark's last  year as AA head because he's graduating, and he was just as flustered (but amazingly helpful!) as ever. We donated a couple glasses to them for being so awesome to us, and I hope he got one! Our profits were up 30% from last year, and I can't wait for next year to come!

CHI-FI CON REVIEW:

At Kollision Con earlier this year, we made friends with an amazing guest, Apple Davies. She suggested that we get a table at Chi-Fi con. Unfortunately, that didn't go well... The con chair actually told those who complained about being placed in a small room with no signage that they should 'get a table at Wizard World if they want to make money. This is a non-profit con." There are so many things wrong with that, not the least of which is the lack of professionalism when dealing with clients. Yes, Chi-Fi is a non-profit con. But so are many, and I would hazard to say even MOST cons that we attend, and this is our first time in 3 years where we've not broken even at a convention. We didn't even come close. But to tell someone to go to another convention and to not expect to make any money at your con because it's a non-profit? That's just rude and unprofessional.

Luckily, Apple is awesome. I messaged her on Facebook and told her the situation. Even though she was busy being a guest, she still took time out of her day to come to check on the alley and even got it moved to a more well-trafficked area. It helped a little, but still not enough to make us want to come back. The staff said that they would be contacting us about compensation, but nothing has happened so far, and I'm not hopeful no that front. I think we're just going to call it a learning experience and move on.

ARMAGEDDICON REVIEW:

A representative from Armageddicon approached us at an earlier con this year and said that, since they are a well-known party con and we make shot glasses as one of our items, we should vend at their con. We graciously accepted. The people who ran the alley were very awesome, even going so far as to come around and ask for constructive criticism, of which we had little beyond suggesting to give flyers to their artists or vendors to advertise a bit more. While not the biggest con, we still made a profit and will definitely be returning next year because of how friendly the staff was.

MIDWEST MEDIA EXPO REVIEW:

This was MME's second year, and our second year at MME. It is a local Detroit-area con put on by the same people as Youmacon and it's just as wonderful in my opinion! Our profits were up 16% from last year, and we will definitely return next year as well! We got to see our awesome friends at Legend of Cosplay and shared a table with the awesome Alex from Thundersteel Armory. We also got to see John St. John, who bought a hat from us at Kollision con, harass a couple customers in front of our booth, which was rather amusing.

ANIME PARK REVIEW:

The final con from the beginning of the year was Anime Park, a small high school con in Canton, MI. This was our 3rd year at Anime Park and it was just as fun, but not quite as profitable as before. Our table was right next to Thundersteel Armory and Black Ace Productions, and I got to see a bunch of friends that I haven't hung out with in forever. This con is so close and so fun that we'll keep going back!

NEW CONS:

We've added a ton of new con to our list again! Among them are Michigan Pagan Festival, Indy Pop ConTrot Con (our first MLP con - wee!), Otakon (our first time at this behemoth :o), Matsuricon, Ramencon, Youmacon, and Ponyville Cider Fest. We're still working hard on applying to shows in the Midwest, so keep an eye on our con schedule widget for dates and locations of our latest cons!



STILL TO DO:

*Finish Several Commissions (look for the list and status in this post!)

*Post Anime Park inventory

*Start Prep for the big start to con season!

*Design/create/order a better glass display system

*Bring some wares to a local game shop to see if they'd like to sell them for us

*Upload more fun stuff to the DA!

*Apply for MORE cons! :D

COMMISSION STATUSES:

1. Etched bottles for partners - 0% (Sent out the email today with images of the finished product, just awaiting for the 24 bottles themselves!)
2. White Arm Warmers for Anthony - 10%
3. FF15 Leviathan mug for Keven - 10%
4. Cup with 3 Pokemon for James - 10%
5. Red & black arm & leg warmers for Jessica - 0%
6. Blue Exorcist cup for Heather - 50%

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