Just got back from Kumoricon. It was an interesting experience, and I learned a bit about how the tables work/look. It gave me some ideas for what I'd do if I try to get or share a table next year.
All the cosplayers were highly amusing and being surrounded by them wasn't as creepy as I thought it'd be (for the most part). There was a guy in a really awesome Predator costume and a bunch of Umbrella troopers from the Resident Evil series, lol. I would have taken pictures but I forgot my camera that day ;___;
Stood in line for about 4 hours on the first day getting checked-in (and this was the pre-registered line). Lots of lines, something I now know is probably common for conventions XD.
Entered Everblue into a contest and won in two categories (Best Webcomic and Best Newbie :P). It was a small contest (entrants filled a small conference room), but it was fun and I got some prizes (a Dragonball GT dvd box set and some manga, which is okay XD).
For some reason the whole thing reminded me of high school... only backwards :B
Most of the things to see outside the Dealer's Hall didn't appeal much to me, so there was a lot of waiting around for the more interesting panels and activities. I ended up doing a bunch of sketches while waiting:
These were done on half-letter sized pages, with colored pencil and a brush pen. I started to get really used to it after a while and I'm reminded now why I used to intentionally refrain from drawing everything on the computer. Wanted to give some of these away to internet people, but I only met one. I may insert these into Chapter 1 prints as a special thing if I ever get those done :].
Met the author of Toilet Genie and got a chapter one for free ;__;
Looks beautiful in print... *__*
Cari is really nice in person and she didn't hold my inability to properly start a conversation against me XD. Gave me some good ideas about selling at conventions too. She even took a bunch of my business cards and put them in with the other advertisements in her printed comics. With only food funds, all I could do in return was offer a free sketch OTL
I'm not as outgoing in person as I am on the nets, so I apologize to anyone who tried to talk to me and got a bunch of "uh's..." and "um's..." in response XD. It's not that I didn't want to talk to you, it's just that I'm about as skilled at conversation as I am at calculus :B
Lastly, Portland is awesome :]. I actually wouldn't mind living there if the opportunity ever came up. It's a really clean looking city (at least the parts that I saw) and there's lots of neat architecture (and a Chinatown, omg). The train system is really cool... but seems really easy to rip-off... They never seem to check for tickets so you could just walk right on to the train and ride from one end of the city to the other without being asked about it XD (day passes are cheap though, so I don't know why anyone would do that, lol).
Now, back to work :B