Hi, I'm back to the conventions.
First Con this year, T-Mode in Washington DC, actually Rockville MD, but it's DC area.
It's a very small con with only about 3-400 attendee(that was including staffs). I was there last year. It was very sweet, that's why I travel so far for such a small con. It's a great place to meet friends, can really set down talk to people and not being rushed by crowd. Well, I guess that's how small cons are.
One of my friend JJ is going with me. She's a great fashion designer studied in Istituto Marangoni, Italy. She made some very cute jewelry and lolita costume. She don't have a website yet, but you'll see her there. This is her first con ever.
I do like big cons, that's how I make my living mostly. but they always has soooooo much trouble. I didn't get into Otakon, in the waiting list of AnimeNext which might never get me in. Before this was Anime LA, Ohayocon, Columbia Anime Con, etc..
I really hated Otakon. Last year I wasn't able to get in artist alley coz they said it was full. But the truth is, 1/3 of the table was actually empty. And this year, they sell artist alley by lottery. I never win a lottery in my entire life!!!!
Comiket do lottery too, but they go through all the artists' work first, only qualified good quality artists can get into the lottery level. Not like Otakon, they do lottery with who ever sent application. This is even worse than "first come first serve" rule. I can get into Comiket, but can never get into Otakon AA. Does that sounds funny.
Last year in Otakon, I even saw a booth in AA, the entire booth is selling works from one Chinese artist whom I know, but the artist was in China. I asked the people in the booth, they said their boss got the permission from the artist. That's so wired, I know many world famous artists, I can easily get their permission. Can I just sell their work in AA here? Those people running cons here don't know any thing about Doujin and Doujin circle!!!
I mean, does any convention in this entire country ever consider about the quality of artists' work? I hated the fact that in many cons, the artist ally are full of childish beginners' work, and many very great artists were telling me they cannot come coz they didn't be able to get the table.
I do believe there should be chance offered for young beginners, but does anyone ever considered the hard works behind good artists? In many big cons, the table fills like one hour after it's open. If an artist really keep working on his art, he won't have time to go through every single con website every single hour to make sure he didn't miss it. I feel like I already spend all my spare time go through all the websites. I'm so sick of it.
Some of my friends and me were thinking about start a new con with Artist Alley only doujin con. No dealers, no art thief, no plagiarism. Thinking about doing it in New York. We'll can take the application half year, and pick good artists. For those who was rejected, we can give suggestion of all the work you submitted, and tell you some experience. We can really start build doujin circle. I can help in printing doujinshis tho. Will anyone be interested in this kinda thing?
Well, sorry about so much complaining, I just got little bit mad of the cons.
Also, just kindly remind, the sale will ends this weekend. For those who interested but haven't make order, please act fast.