Beaky's Arts

Wow, guys!  I must say that everyone’s support on the shoplifting incident has really done a lot to make me feel better.  

So, a big thank you to you all 〜(TT▽TT〜) 

There was a lot of advice and I’ll definitely be thinking it over.  More musings on that once I make my end of the year report.

AWA Artist Alley Report 2014

Whew, and with the end of AWA that concludes my con circuit for 2014.

AWA’s definitely my current home convention, having gone since 2012.  It was great seeing a lot of old faces and returning customers, and meeting new aritsts and DHB fans too!  Thanks for stopping by guys!

Unfortunately though, now that I’ve finished the number crunching, I’ll have to say this AWA was my worst con in sales since 2011, with a 20% decrease from 2013.  Reportedly, sales were down for a lot of the artists around the alley, but we haven’t figured out why yet.  That, coupled with the fact that this was also the first Artist Alley where I had to deal with a shoplifter in the actI can’t say it was a good AA experience ;w;  But well, let’s document this and learn from it.

Warning, this report is more on the negative side of things, but!  That’s not to say AWA was an overall terrible experience for me, there were lots of good moments too with friends.  (1858 words)

Highlights before the Read More:

  • Tested out two new products, phone charm wipers and glass pendant necklaces.  It became apparent I really do have a too much merch problem.
  • Overall sales felt very slow and artist friends around the alley reported similar experiences.
  • After four years of Artist Alley, had my first blatant shoplifter steal an item in front of me near Friday closing ;w; It was very upsetting but educational experience.
  • SO IN SPITE OF THAT, I’m trying to focus on the positive bit of AWA, which was making new artist friends, greeting ecstatic return customers, and meeting askdarkhourbakura followers~!  Seriously, the people just made the con for me.

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And on that note~!

A big welcome to my new followers who’ve followed me home after AWA!  And a big thank you to my current followers who stopped by my table :D It was super nice to meet y’all!

I’ll be writing up my con report sometime this week, if not today.  And also some closing thoughts on my 2014 con circuit.  Hrmmm… now how to go about 2015.

A few of my favorite cosplay sightings from AWA last weekend!  I didn’t take as many photos as I normally would, but there were a lot of good ones!

Ezio’s Apple prop even glowed!  Ah!!! It was amazing in person.

sweet-princess-of-nothing as Unikitty
pastelfawne as Ultimate Madoka
doajiggie as dakimakura guy
flowercrowncosplayer and thtblondegirl23 as Harley Quinn and fem!Joker

If anyone knows the Tumblrs of these fabulous cosplayers, let me know and I’ll credit them.

dragonbeak:

Kill la Kill/Yugioh: Kamui Items

#OOH I LIKE THIS #I LIKE THAT THE CASTING COULD GO EITHER WAY WITH THESE TWO #LIKE BOTH RYUKO AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RING ARE HOT BLOODED AND ON A QUEST FOR REVENGE AGAINST THE WRONG PERSON #BUT THE RING IS ALSO AS PARASITIC AS JUNKETSU #WHEREAS ATEM IS A RULER WITH SOME SHITTY FAMILY MEMBERS JUST LIKE SATSUKI#BUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH YUGI IS A LOT LIKE SENKETSU AND RYUKO’S RELATIONSHIP #EITHER WAY THIS IS A MAGNEFICENT CONCEPT #KILL LA KILL #YUGIOH #CROSSOVERReblogging for tags, cause I like these tags.

Oh man, I’m pretty excited for AWA Artist Alley, gonna have lots of new merch!!!

Got started on my first ever glass pendants and my phone charms arrived just in time.  These charms are way bigger than I expected too, wow!

I’ll be at Table D8 ;> See you there~!  I’ll post the leftovers online to sell too~!

offcolored:

Hey all you lovely people that ask me for career advice! If you’re attending AWA this week, catch me on the industry panel How to NOT be Unemployed, Friday Sept 26th 9:15PM.

Come get your questions answered live! Network with some awesome individuals! Or just come high-five me for all the nude Archer characters I’ve drawn over the seasons (and there’s been a LOT).

Please spread the word/promo video, and come watch me embarrass myself all for the love of animation education. First 25 attendees will receive Swag Bags~.

Hey, hey! If you’re hitting up AWA this weekend and interested in the animation biz, a few of my fellow Atlanta animators are hosting this neato panel.

Check it.

You know the spiel!  This weekend, I’ll be selling in the Artist Alley Booth D8 of Anime Weekend Atlanta, September 26-28, Atlanta GA.  Give a holler if you’re going too :D I’ll be cosplaying as Bakura, Amethyst, and Mako, not necessarily in that order.

This will be my last convention of the year, so be sure to stop by~!  I’ll be bringing my usual fare of prints, badges, zipper pouches, and buttons, and hopefully a few new products as well if they come in on time.

And if you can’t make it, not to worry!  A lot of my stock is also available all-year on Etsy/Storenvy, and after the convention I’ll be focusing on putting a lot more up.

Cookie Cat!  He’s super duper yummy!The Cookie Cat song was when I knew I’d love Steven Universe~! >3< I’ll be selling this print at AWA in the artist alley and also on Etsy/Storevny shortly!

Cookie Cat!  He’s super duper yummy!

The Cookie Cat song was when I knew I’d love Steven Universe~! >3< 
I’ll be selling this print at AWA in the artist alley and also on
Etsy/Storevny shortly!

Cookie Cat preview!  Hoping to finish this up tomorrow, so I can do a print run Monday.  We&#8217;re down to the wire for AWA!

Cookie Cat preview!  Hoping to finish this up tomorrow, so I can do a print run Monday.  We’re down to the wire for AWA!

YOU'RE GOING TO BE AT AWA? -Heavy breathing.- I might buy all your YGO merch. >3>

coffeepott:

dragonbeak:

Yup, yup!  I’m going to be in the Artist Alley!  Once the staff release an official map, I’ll post it on Tumblr too.  As it stands, I know I’m going to be at table D08, just not clear on where that is yet.  (The map miiiight look like this?)

Speaking of Yugioh merch, I’m down to my last technically two single DHB Bakura body pillow case.  Because there’s only a couple left, I wasn’t planning on bringing them to AWA, unless somebody asked, since I want to use the table space to test out new products.

So!  If anyone is interested, please let me know!

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Last call for pastry snack companion!  I’ll be discontinuing them after this.

AAAH CUTE

also wait are you discontinuing the whole body pillow cases entirely D: 

Yes, once these sell out I don’t plan on restocking the DHB pillow cases in the foreseeable future.

I say I have “one” pillow case left, but the truth is I have a second misprinted one too.  Because of the mistakes I can’t sell it for full price, so I’ve been deciding between selling it discounted online or keeping it for myself as a backup.  (If you’re interested in hearing about the discounted pillow you can send me a message).

YOU'RE GOING TO BE AT AWA? -Heavy breathing.- I might buy all your YGO merch. >3>

Yup, yup!  I’m going to be in the Artist Alley!  Once the staff release an official map, I’ll post it on Tumblr too.  As it stands, I know I’m going to be at table D08, just not clear on where that is yet.  (The map miiiight look like this?)

Speaking of Yugioh merch, I’m down to my last technically two single DHB Bakura body pillow case.  Because there’s only a couple left, I wasn’t planning on bringing them to AWA, unless somebody asked, since I want to use the table space to test out new products.

So!  If anyone is interested, please let me know!

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Last call for pastry snack companion!  I’ll be discontinuing them after this.

WIP of my Steven Universe print for AWA next weekend!As my roommates could tell you, I really like Cookie Cat.

WIP of my Steven Universe print for AWA next weekend!

As my roommates could tell you, I really like Cookie Cat.

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THESE ARE SO CUTE BEAKY

Thanks Beamie!  I really love Steven Universe, so I wanted to do a good job ;w;

Finished my Steven Universe button designs for AWA’s Artist Alley~!  It took a little longer than I’d like because I’ve been collectively burnt out from Momocon and Otakon rush =v=;; But I’m really happy with how they turned out!

Once I get these printed, punched, and photographed, they’ll be up on my Etsy and Storenvy for purchase.