Acon was made of motherffff’ing awesomeness. End of story.
Okay, some more story then. ^^
This was my first three-day convention and I must admit I was a bit scared because the previous cons were only one day and already turned me into a wreckage, but in the end it really wasn’t as bad as I expected. I had a room in the hotel where the con was being held which was insanely convenient. I managed to get enough sleep at night (I’m the kind of ‘I NEED MY SLEEEEP’ person so I went to bed relatively early, even though there was still stuff to do at the con). And we had breakfast and diner at the hotel, which was a huge improvement over the starvation I’ve experienced at one-day cons (Tsuna, I’m looking at you…).
So yeah, with all that sorted, I managed to be pretty energetic and active during the whole con. Tegendraads had a nice stand in the Event Plaza instead of the dealer room/artist alley, which was godly because the dealer room was so crowded it wasn’t fun anymore, and the artist alley was, well, slightly devoid of visitors. I guess Dutch convention visitors aren’t really used yet to the idea of a separate artist alley because all the artists and circles have always been in the main dealer room, and there weren’t really any signs or directions saying ‘this is where the artists are yo!’. So I guess people got a bit confused, which sucked for all the awesome doujin circles. :(
Anyway, back to Tegendraads! We had a really nice spot for setting up our sales stand, but for some reason we barely had any room to give our workshops. Which was silly, because the whole reason we were in the Event Plaza was because we would give all-day workshops where people could just join whenever instead of at a set time. In the end we just improvised and put one of our sales tables aside for workshops. It was like a tiny 1 m² table, so it was totally fun when we had about six people joining the workshop, improvising how to make it all fit around. :E
But it worked out, and it was fun! Our sales went pretty well too, mostly on Friday and Sunday. Which was totally weird because most one-day visitors pick Saturday so we expected it to be very busy then. o_o Guess it was a combination of us opening earlier than the dealer room on Friday so all the lost wandering people came visit us first, and the convention program being pretty full on Saturday? Oh well, I’m not complaining. :) I sold three out of the four pony amigurumi I made, which made me extremely happy. I was still a bit scared I put all that time in my original pony design and then it wouldn’t sell, which would’ve sucked. Fluttershy was bought by a Fluttershy cosplayer, which was totally too cute.
And then the best part of the con: FANGIRLING! Mari and Lea were also total Loki fangirls so we spent like half the con going being totally loco for Loki. xD It’s seriously been years since I’ve been so fangirlish over something, and it was awesome to be able to share it with these lovely ladies. ♥ Mari made a million awesome Loki chibi’s and god I adore her drawing style and skills. o_o
I would really like to thank all the other lovely ladies at the OpenMinded stand for putting up with me constantly hanging around and even hogging your chairs to fangirl with Mari. I hope we weren’t too annoying. ._.
And next to the Tegendraads work and fangirling I actually managed to see some more of the con too this time. I went to a few lectures and panels, and hung around in the MangaKissa a bit. I’ve been wanting to do that for a long time but on previous cons I never had a lot of ‘just relax’ time. It’s a totally cool place and I’m planning to visit them in Utrecht again soon. :D
Pretty much the only thing I bought was this awesome Loki button, made by Suzanne (if anyone knows her website/DA please tell me so I can link to her!). I just had to buy it the moment I saw it cause Loki. And yes, I started putting all my buttons on my gloves cause I don’t really have a cool bag to put em on. :>
So yeah, I had tons of fun, and I’m pretty sad it’s over. :( Counting down to Abunai!