San Japan 2015

San Japan 2015

Well we had fun at what is probably our biggest convention of the year. San Japan 8 ran from July 31st through August the 2nd.

We introduced a couple of new items to our table: Cosmetic bags! These bags are large enough to fit a 3DS in and we made about 8 bags using two designs (Four per design). The bags feature Nekotalia kitties. One is Axis and the other is Allies over an argyle pattern. We sold all but one bag and we intend to order more and put them in our shop as well.

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It was really great to see returning friends as well as meet new ones. I know our booth tends to have a lot of Hetalia, so it’s amusing when we hear how people are looking for the “Hetalia table”. We love Hetalia as much as any other fan, so we really hope that shows in our work for it! We will probably work on new Hetalia-related prints in the future as well. Hetalia the World Twinkle is out and Hetalia World Stars is currently at volume 2 in Japan (we hope it gets published in English so more fans can reach it!)

Again, we’re considering expanding our offerings, so hopefully we’ll be able to get some things done before our next con which is RealmsCon (That’s October 2-4, 2015 in Corpus Christi, TX).

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Mini-Mini Con 2015!

Mini-Mini Con 2015!

This is somewhat of a follow-up post about our experiences at Mini-Mini Con 2015! First and foremost this was a small convention held at Wonderland Mall in San Antonio, TX. It was hosted both by San Japan and Nine-Tails as a way to promote both venues as well as the mall itself. We were fortunate enough to be made aware of this convention in time to snag a table.

I’ve done conventions in a school, a hotel, outdoors and of course a convention center, but I’ve never done one inside a mall before! It was quite the experience. Firstly from our end we needed to bring our own tables and chairs. We already had a table and were ready to put that out. Unfortunately our plastic folding table had been bent in a previous usage so it was a little unsteady and we were very worried that our cheap table would fall down. Fortunately it didn’t! Another thing that happened was we had formed the grid to display our artwork as usual and leaned a foam board with our buttons on it. With the combined unstable table and small vibration of the balcony the set up fell over and hit me on the head. I was really glad that it didn’t hurt or fall over the balcony and injure anyone else.

Let’s just say we learned a lesson that day on our set up and to double check how sturdy everything we have is!

Aside from our own little problems the crowd was interesting and fun! It was nice to get a mix of anime fans and “normies”. Most people were friendly and respectful and just really nice. We did have a few people ask us what the entire thing was about. We were able to meet a few new people, too! There were a few shops who promo’d themselves to the artists as well. We’ve talked about doing consignment with various places before, but I don’t think Jam or myself have ever really sat down to talk about it seriously.

The new buttons we made sold fairly well and as always we’re looking to expand on designs. The con itself lasted about six hours but there was enough heavy traffic to where the troubles we faced earlier in the day were worth it. We hope we can be back for more small art shows like this in the future.

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Mizuumicon 2015

Mizuumicon 2015

Thanks for visiting us, if you stopped by. There was a lot of people this year and it was fun. It was nice to see familiar faces as well as new ones!

We introduced some larger prints and they seemed to be well received.  We also added some more Hetalia-related buttons to make our Hetalia button count rise to about 40.

We’re glad that a lot of people liked our program cover design for this year.  We really tried to research the history of the school for it, so we really appreciate that the effort was noticed.

Next up we have Miniminicon in May.  We hope to have new prints and buttons for that event.

We look forward to seeing everyone again!

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New cons added to the 2015 schedule!

New cons added to the 2015 schedule!

This is an exciting update that is just to note that we will be attending a new con.  It’s Mini-Mini Con here in San Antonio on May the 16th.  It’s a small one-day con.

We also won the program cover art contest for Mizuumicon 8, so we WILL be attending that awesome local con as well.  That’s this month on the 21st!!  If you happen to be in San Antonio, it’s not to be missed as it’s a very popular convention for a one day con!

We will also be attending San Japan 8 this summer (7/31/2015 – 8/2/2015)!  Sign ups were pretty brutal again and all spots were taken in about 2 minutes or so.  SJ is getting pretty well noticed in the con community and it’s been awesome watching it grow all these years.

As previously mentioned, we will be attending Realmscon in October, too!  This has started off as a fun year so far and we plan on breaking out larger prints and more items in the future!

Image stock courtesy kuschelirmel-stock on DeviantArt.

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