Ok, apologies to all about the lack of Backstage. I'm going to pick it up normal schedule next week. All will become clear soon. Moving on, I shall now discuss the ups and downs of OTAKON.
- UP: I got to meet Ian McConville of MacHall and Ian Jones-Quartey of RPG World. Both Ians were very cool guys.
- UP: The former Ian (McConville) remembered the animation I did for him. He voiced an interest in learning flash, and I offered to teach anything I could. Might turn into a cool way to keep in touch with one of my favorite artists. I also bought a REN poster.
- DOWN: The later Ian (Jones-Quartey) seems to suffer from a bit of uncertainty of his artistic talent. Jenn and I both administered some ego stroking, I do hope it helped, because RPG World's artwork has always been on my list of "Comics with mad-smooth art."
- UP: We got lots of attention, Jeff did lots of shouting, I sold a healthy bunch of T-shirts, Big Josh and Jenn got some commissions, and (though it's been mentioned before...) JENN SOLD A PAINTING IN THE AUCTION!
- DOWN: Xrys had very little appearance at the Studio Splurd art table. This was related to a friend in the hospital right before the con.
- UP: My "Black Stick of Uselessness" shtick is getting to be quite a hit. I think it will forever be a con tradition.
- DOWN: My camera was all screwy. Very few of my pictures came out.
- UP: I met a whole bunch of other Capoeira students at the break dancing circle. I just started dancing Ginga in the ring, and it turned into a full-on Roda! Berimbaus are going to start showing up at Anime cons from now on.
- DOWN: A lot of stuff got almost broken or lost.
- UP: It all was fixed or found by the end of the con.
- UP: Even if it was for only a few seconds, all seven members of Studio Splurd were in fact in the same place at the same time. I suppose our combined presence is something like a Turkey Sandwich.
OK, now for props...
- Chibi Angels - This is a crew who does custom etchings on glass, in the form of mirrors, goblets, wine glasses, light catchers, shot glasses, etc. They don't have a website, just an e-mail address, and for spam purposes I will not be posting it. Their work is beautiful though, and if you'd like to know more about it, e-mail me and I'll point you towards them.
- Genki Gang - Lindze Merritt the mad hat maker was at Otakon of course. I always love chatting with her. One of these days I'm going to order that Ken-Ohki hat.
- Full Armour - the project of Nicole, an illusive friend of Jenn's and mine back from VCU.
Um... you know, none of those links are working. It's not much to give props to nothingness. Anyway... because I love to inflict pain, here are the pictures that DID come out.
- It's Crow T. Robot!
- I don't drink often, and when I do it's not much. The others however...
- Later the same night. The picture didn't turn out too well, but it was taken after the consumption of a full bottle of tequila. I thought it fit.
- Yes, I really do wear the hat.
- Know your Joshes.
- Big Josh's first commission. Word.
- Big Josh meet Kaneda.