Sunday, December 9, 2007

NYC ANIME CON REPORT

So, I went to the first NYC Anime Con this weekend. They've never had one this big here in NYC and it was the first time I ever went to an Anime con. I wasn't even sure what Anime really was until recently, lol. But I heard that it was going to be a good convention and the tables were relatively cheap, so i gave it a shot.

Overall, it wasn't too bad. I didn't sell hardly as many books as I usually do, but I covered costs and then some. It wasn't really the con for my stuff, so I think I ended up pretty lucky selling anything at all.

I have to say, Anime fans are by far the most diehard fans I've ever seen. I mean they are totally hardcore when it comes to their conventions. I've never seen so many costumed people in my life! And don't even ask me about Cosplay. I never even heard of that before! Also, they REALLY like their free stuff. It was almost as if they came to the convention solely to dress up and get free stuff.

I went to the convention with NEVERMINDS artist, Jamie Fay. He did a few commissions there but no where near as many as he usually does. In the free time he had, Jamie did some sketches of the 3rd Gen SENTINELS. You can see Julia (Harlette and Sin's daughter) along with this post. Pretty cool, huh?

I met some other self-publishers and hope to spotlight some of their work on here. That's always one of my favorite parts of conventions, finding new work that I can share.

Wendy Pini, co-creator and artist of Elfquest, made a surprise appearance at the con. I thought I saw her Saturday night as I left, then thought I must have been mistaken because there was no advertising for her. So, Sunday I went and asked. It turned out that she was there Friday and Saturday only. :( Wish i had known. She's really a great artist and one of the first self-publishing success stories.

Next convention for me is Megacon in Florida! Can't wait to be back among my own con people! lol

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW Jamie. that sketch is great!!!

Now I must know what Cosplay is. does it have anything to to with that guy at the con dressed up like a big blue bird?
I had fun at that con but I was very confused. I bought a Hat and a t-shirt with Domo on it... but I have no idea what that is exactly.

Rich B. said...

Yeah, Jamie really did a great job on the skecth of Julia! He did others that I hope to post soon.
Cosplay is basically costume playing. From what I gathered, it's when people dress up as their favorite character and play act as them. I don't think the guy dressed as a big blue bird ahd anything to do with it, lol.
I have no idea what Domo is though. You're on your own there, Noel. :)

Jamie said...

glad you guys are liking my sketch!! i liked drawing her!