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Boy, this was sure a year.

Otakuthon went alright, considering plans fell apart, and my friend Nicole was unable to go due to back problems that chose just before the con to make themselves known.

Then heard that the people who do Ottawa Comic Con were suddenly doing a new convention called Ottawa Pop Expo that'd be happening in December, so I took the chance to grab a table there.

So then came Naru2U.... was actually not too bad a year for me. Better than past couple. Then my little sister got married, so went for a trip to Toronto weekend before the Pop Expo... Then came the expo! Sadly it was definitely not the same crowd the ComicCon gets. It was a little quieter and seemed people weren't ready to buy christmas presents (think there were also a LOT of crafter artists AND dealers, so there was a fair bit of over saturation going on.) Made back my table, and little else. :( BUT that's the way these things go. lol

Thus finally ended my con season. I don't think I'll have another event till Anime North, so have awhile to recover and finally get to work on filling up my Etsy.

First things first, however! Every year for past 5 or so years now, I have a Christmas sale of all my left over con stuff, and doing the same thing once more!

Check out my Tumblr for details!

winddrifter.tumblr.com/post/70…

And that is that for this year. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!
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hollyann Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
How's Otakuthon?  I've actually been curious about giving that con a try at selling my amigurumi stuff there :)
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nalina Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Holly! :D

Actually, I REALLY like Otakuthon. It's definitely one of my faves to attend now. It has a nice vibe, failing a french is no problem, and the con is just well organized. Right down to their con book (which is all colour and glossy! It even came in a nice not!plastic bag this year. XD /easily impressed ) The Artist Alley is quite well organized too, with sign up actually done on the website with a form. It could be worth checking out, least once! :)
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hollyann Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Oh awesome!  That's great to hear :)  I 've been curious about wanting to try it out, but I don't think I'll be able to for 2014 (I'd have to crochet TONS for that con, it sounds like it's pretty big!), so I'm taking this time to get information and see how it works, and maybe I might try it out for 2015 :)  I go to a local VT anime con called Bakuretsu, and I've been having much success with my crocheted stuff there, so...that's why I was so curious about Otakuthon, since it's relatively close for us too ;)
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nalina Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I see! :D It's definitely getting bigger, but I've yet to really sell out of anything like I do at Anime North (now THAT'S become a big con lol) But it's always hard to say what will sell well and what won't at these kinds of cons. Sometimes things sell like crazy, and others just a handful. So unpredictable. lol

Hopefully I'll see you there one year! :D
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hollyann Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
That's pretty much the same for any con I go to.  I could have people tell me "we'd LOVE to have [insert cool thing here],I would totally buy that!" and I could make it, but trying to sell it at a con is a completely different story.   My gryphon adoptables seem to do well, online and at conventions, so I'm definitely going be keeping them ;)  I'm still trying to see what other crochet things I can offer for anime cons too, but my octopi and bunnypuses seem to do well, and Pokemon-themed octopi too :XD:  I've had some cons where buttons sell a lot, othertimes, I would only sell one the entire con.  And perler bead magnets seem to do well for me too.

I've signed up for Otakuthon's newsletter too, so I can keep up to date on things, how much things cost and such, and I'll have to see later on in 2014 if it's a con that I'd like to give a try or not :)
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nalina Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, yeah I've had that. If you made this I'd buy that! *Adds it to her stuff... doesn't sell* =_=;

It's so hard to know. I've had mixed luck with buttons so far too, but somehow my bookmarks are probably the most consistent sale over the years. Odd! lol But Oooo that's awesome! It's nice when you find something consistent! :D My things still tend to be all over place. lol But I sell so many different things now, there's always least one thing that'll usually do well.

Ah nice! :D Yeah, you have a good while to see how things look. Table reg was Mid-May this year. I imagine it'll be similar in 2014. :) (I like it when cons don't have reg TOO far in advance... I can't plan 6 months in advance. lol) The more expensive part of the con is the hotels and parking. >.<; Downtown Montreal hotels aren't cheap. We usually only stay two nights, unlike at AN where we go for three.
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hollyann Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
I've actually been noticing that I've been doing much better at Bakuretsu con then most furry cons that I go to these days O.o  I don't do Anthrocon anymore because it's just too big and too many other artists that people flock to, and my sales were getting worse and worse as the years went on >.<  Prints, and even bookmarks just don't sell for me anymore.  Just to try and get rid of them is a chore, and I'd hate to have to throw them out (what a waste!)

For me, I do like it whenever pre-reg is far enough in advance, cuz then I know I'll have plenty of time to prepare for it, since I have a bad habit of not making a bunch of stuff till I absolutely *know* I'll have a table to sell at, and...I've done the whole "Oh crap, I've got a confirmed table and it's only 2 weeks before the con, time to crochet my hand off!" :XD:  Yeah, I much prefer to register as a dealer well in advance over rushing to get things done :XD:

We'd been going to What the Fur the last number of years, and yeah, hotel prices are expensive O.o  We usually room with friends to help bring the cost down a little bit.  Ouch >.<
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nalina Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ouch. D: Yeah, at Anime North, I've actually been going into the crafting area of their artist alley instead of the art part, cause competition and I just haven't had a lot new. When people go by all "Oh, I've got this one." it was a sign. XD I don't really sell many prints anymore either. I'm just slowly trying to sell off what I can to least get lil' for them, cause yeah, I really don't wanna just toss them. D: I'm starting to get more new art, so maybe one of these days I'll try it again.

Haha That's me too. I'll poke at things and have all the intentions of going crazy months in advance... Neeeever happens. lol Gotta really try to be better about that this year. lol  Life's just so unpredictable right now along with money, so it's just lot easier for me closer to the date. G-Anime here has been known to have theirs in *May* for a January-February con. Everything is AN till May is over for me, so yeah. lol I haven't been to that con in years. Ah well.

Ah right! I've largely kinda given up on anthro art these days, but I keep feeling curious about that con given a lot of CACE's staff were working on it last I checked. (I miss CACE so so so much. ;A; ) Yeah, that's what I've done with friends. Split the room to save costs, but it's still a tough pill to swallow. However, I love Otakuthon more than I hate the hotels, so I'm willing to deal. lol
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