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Convention Kitty

By Quasimanga
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Megacon isn’t the biggest convention in the world, but it’s probably the largest comics con in the Southeastern USA, and the largest convention I manage to attend every year. While prominently billed as a comic convention, Megacon really serves as a geek culture melting pot, encompassing everything from gaming to comics, Internet culture to TV and film, along with a hearty helping of anime and manga fandom.

Owing to the large and growing concentration of anime fans that attend the convention, Megacon has its fair share of cosplayer drifting about. But unlike most anime-centric conventions, there’s a notably darker feel to this con. Perhaps it’s the influence of American comics or White Wolf games, like Vampire the Masquerade. Whatever the case, there seems to be a nerd culture fusion taking place between cat ear wearing anime fans and black clad LARPer. The fusion tends to result in a hybrid of both groups. Yes my friends, this is where GothLoli themed vampire catgirls are born.


Besides being an opportunity to try out some more of Painter 10, this picture was served as an experiment in marketing. Would Megacon attendees enjoy looking at, and possibly purchasing prints of an idealized reflection of themselves? Apparently the answer is, “YES!” I did brisk business on this print. It far outsold any other print on my table.

What did I learn from this? It doesn’t hurt to pander to an audience, a bit. If done right, the artist will have a picture they’re happy with, and the audience will appreciate the recognition and reward you for it.


I used Painter 10’s Artist’s Oils for the character art. It worked out well, but I had to make several blending passes with the Water blenders before I was satisfied. Because of the selections and masking, most of the background art was done in Photoshop.
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To-Ka-Ro's avatar
Hmmm, I've gone to MegaCon for several years now and i didn't get that "dark aura", but good pic nonetheless :)
KKabuki's avatar
-A cartoon flashback to my first Anime Expo
KKabuki's avatar
-A cartoon flashback of my first ANIME EXPO...
LolitaPrincess94's avatar
Do Cosplay contests accepts Lolita Clothing to their show???
GothVampireKitty's avatar's so cute! that kind'a looks like me!
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Quasimanga's avatar
See you there next year. I'll be in artist alley.
CyrionB's avatar
Your write-up with this piece was most interesting, besides the wonderful art skill displayed here. I attended my first ComicCon here in NYC last year, and I can understand much of what you wrote.

Great job!
puppyscruffy1's avatar
This is exetremely cute, and I love the background! It's very nostalgic :3
Twitchy-Kitty-Studio's avatar
Beautifully done! As for the cosplayers in black... you might be on to something about the LARPers, but I suspect it is also an influence on another aspect of Japanese culture... "Gothic Lolita". Not something I know much about aside from the dark frilly clothes. I noticed it a few years ago when my Ex became fascinated with it, but that's about as much info as I got. Meh. Pretty, though.
Sausage69's avatar
Beautiful piece! But how is she a vampire?
joseotaku's avatar
I wish I was able to see you and Lindsay at Megacon. I never got a chance to check out the Artist Alley this year. Sigh- Hopefully Next year. Did you have fun this year at Megacon?
This piece came out great. I saw a lot of terrific cosplayers there.
Ailish01's avatar
Oh! Nice job! I really like it!

Will you be doing pictures like this at this years MegaCon? I'd love to have one done ^^
ionen's avatar
Nice job on the angle and such.
uplaw's avatar
I love the coloring, very smooth~
Also, you did a great job on the background, textures and lighting and all. =D
kyouzamashi-ryouko's avatar
Yay! I've gone, and will be going to megacon. I like this picture, very sweet!
AmandaRobbins's avatar
Its very well done, except she's skin and bones.
DJ-Zephyr's avatar
HaHA! My first 'con ever was a MegaCon, about a year ago. The area in that picture is indeed familiar; sure brings back some good memories!
liltrix7's avatar
Wow amazing work! I love the coloring and perspective. <3 I wish I could go to a con. The only one I've been to is the Comic Con in San Diego, but that was before I was interested in anime.><;;

Very good work, anyways. I love that girl's outfit.^_^
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>The only one I've been to is the Comic Con in San Diego

Isn't that one of the biggest in the country. Starting off there, all other cons will pale in comparison.
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Yeah, I guess I knew that, or at least that it's a very big con. But I wasn't even into anime or anything then, so it was kind of boring to me. I didn't really care if I went or not, it was when I was on vacation with my family, and my brother and father wanted to go.
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