Hey everyone! A little late on this post but I wanted to give a review on my most recent convention I attended! And it was….
Wow what a fun weekend! Despite living in Texas practically my whole life, I had only been to Austin a small handful of times. Myself and my good art bud Jonathan Miller (Check out his work here!!) drove down to Cedar Park Friday morning. Unlike most conventions, this show was only Saturday and Sunday, which gave us the chance to set up and get to our Airbnb, which by the way…
Look at that view! The photo doesn’t even do it justice. This was my first time booking an Airbnb for a convention, and I have to say, I think I’m ready to ditch hotels cause this beats a stuffy overpriced hotel room any day.
Once we were settled, we decided to skip out on the con’s “preview night” which instead we rested and geared up for day 1.
The convention was held at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas, which is about 30 minutes North of downtown Austin. I personally have never attended a show in this type of venue. Mostly everything was on the main floor, minus some exhibitors on the second floor around the arena. Artists and Exhibitors made up the center, while guests and voice actors’ autograph booths lined up around the perimeter. I myself had a pretty decent spot in front of one of the entrances, and directly across from the the My Hero Academia voice actor signing booths, which brought some traffic in itself. I still had some mixed feelings around this, as while yes there were many people that came by, there were times that the isle would become congested, and people walked by in a rush to get out of the mix master of a crowd, passing by booths without a second glance, or getting forced forward without a chance to stop.
That being said, the first couple hours of the show were slow, as I didn’t have a single sale for the first two. Things however started picking up slightly after lunchtime. One thing I have picked up on about conventions is that during the time period of 12-2, crowds tend to slow down a bit for lunch. This varies of course from con to con. But despite the slow beginnings sales definitely turned around by the end of the day. Another thing to note was the volunteers were always so attentive and helpful. Several times throughout the weekend someone came by and asked art vendors if they needed a potty break, water, changefor bills, etc. The artist alley head himself even came by with a business card and told us that if we needed anything at all, to text him so he can help us out. It was a very nice touch, and having that sort of attentiveness from the staff is very rare at conventions nowadays, so Kudos for all of your help GACC volunteers!
Another fun happening of the weekend is I met and became friends with another wonderful artist, Sarah Finnigan, who happened to be two booths down from me! Sarah and I are both a part of a wonderful online art community called One Fantastic Week, and she currently is being mentored by the creators Sam Flegal and Pete Mohrbacher. When I recognized her work I had to jump at the chance to talk to her. And guys, her paintings are so AMAZING! I of course had to grab a print of hers, and she was so nice to make a trade for one of mine. It always amazes me that the more I go to conventions, the smaller the art community becomes, as us artists always connect in one way or another. So go check out Sarah’s awesome work here! Also I fangirled a little bit as these AWESOME Ashe and McCree cosplayers picked up my print. I don’t play as much Overwatch anymore, but I gotta say I still have a soft spot for that cowboy haha!
Once Saturday came to a close, myself and Jonathan packed up and headed back to our Airbnb, where we met with a friend and spent the evening chatting on our awesome balcony, it was definitely a nice note to end the day on.
Sunday we checked out and made it over to the con for the last day, which always can either be a break or bust depending. For this con, it was a break. I had quite a few returners for prints, and when sales were over and done with, I was $50 shy of the monetary expectation I put upon myself, which I was VERY happy with, considering that this show was only two days. At the end of the day we broke down, and made the drive back to Dallas, getting caught in some crazy, stormy Texas weather, how fitting…
BUT, as every native Texan knows, if you are traveling along I-35, there’s one stop you must always make. The Czech Stop!! I’ll never refuse a good Kolache, ESPECIALLY these.
Overall, I had a fantastic time at Greater Austin Comic Con, both money wise, and socially. The con was very well run, and when attending it was very hard to tell that it was it’s second year, which is impressive in it’s own right. So special shout out to the convention’s, creator, Vo Nguyen. He did an awesome job with this show and I can safely say that I definitely will have this one on my list for next year!
Now it’s back to the grind stone and a little break for summer, which will be great for me to prep for my next show, Animefest! See you all there soon!