It’s almost time for the next market! I’m a little bit nervous because it’s been so long since I did an outdoor market, but I think I’m prepared now. Sort of. We’ll see – experience is the best teacher, right?
I’ll be at Otakufest tomorrow in Garema Place from 10 – 4.
I’ve updated some of my sweets deco stock and packaging, which I’m very excited about! Once I get my stuff together and take some photos, I hope to put some of the sweets online for sale. And then it’ll be time for me to bunker down again on a few other projects.
Conflux10 was on Saturday. It was perhaps not the market for me (and I wish I had had the chance to drop in on some of those panels!), but it was a great place for meeting some very fascinating storytellers and making new friends.
And I got two Harlan Ellison anthologies, so win.
One promise I’d made to myself, I did make come true: I got a few pages of sketching done over the convention! If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed the spamstream of Inktober posts (a very cool idea that I have been almost participating in).
The Conflux 10 Saturday Bazaar is on tomorrow, and I will be there! So tonight was for con prep.
Stock, sorted. Bags, packed. Clothes, vaguely thought about. Sustenance for the day, most graciously handled by the better half. Ideas, bouncing madly. New books, ready! (eeee!) Presentation for the sudden avalanche of sweets deco I find myself bringing? Um…and there it is. There’s my kick into panic mode. That last blog post where I said “events keep me honest“? What the hell, past-me? I’m going back in time to slap my past-self. At least she had post-show ice cream. >:|
(As a side note: I will be bringing those earrings from that same post to the show tomorrow. They could go home with you!)
I’ve had a busy week, but a busy week that didn’t allow much time out for convention prep. The last market I went to was so relaxed and routine that it wasn’t so much of an issue – once I got there, the biggest thing I learned was that I didn’t bring enough consistently displayed clay crafts for it to look like the crafts were either mine or for sale.
I got the “didn’t make enough” part fixed, but I’m still working out the best way to display everything! It feels like this convention will be a test for the next, outdoor (eep!) market too with the sweets deco presentation.
I’ve been sketching some postcards and prints to tie in with the sweets. So far, the only finished postcard is the one on the left, for my seasonal spring range which I am very excited about, and will post photos of soon! And it was a good excuse to draw The Nightingale again, although with his new blue do.
Despite all the nerves and the rambling, I am excited about tomorrow’s market. It’s part of a writer’s convention, which is different to some of the more recent markets I’ve been to. I’m looking forward to it. At most of my recent markets I’ve spent most of my time being a salesperson and very little time drawing. I’m hoping that tomorrow, in between the sales, I’ll find some people willing to trade me their words for my drawings, storytellers who will introduce me to new characters.
Events keep me honest and updating. The last event, the Tuggeranong Arts Centre fair, was a lot of fun but rather, well, uneventful. That’s the biggest problem with events in the far out suburbs with not a lot of promotion. On the other hand, it was a great place to debut my sweets deco work and we had a gorgeous view of the lake all day. Also, ice cream.
I’ve got two more events in my calendar this year, both free to attend and both to be filled with (exciting announcement) new books, new sweets and hopefully new art!
I have been quietly chugging along with things – finishing quiet collaboration comics here, struggling over the Major Project there, and making stacks of miniature food there to relax. Soon I’ll be able to announce two (!) new books and I think I will have both available for the next markets. Expect those announcements soon 😉
Oh wow, a second zine fair?! THIS YEAR? ٩(●˙▿˙●)۶ I’m so spoiled! I’m lucky to have been involved in so many fun zine and comics things – to the point where I’ve turned things down because I’ve been generally unavailable. :<
This Zine Fair is part of the exciting sounding zineSTARS exhibition, which I look forward to checking out on Saturday.
23 August (Saturday), 11am – 3pm Tuggeranong Arts Centre (137 Reed Street, Greenway)
But the recent wave of sick plus as yet unreleased and occasionally secret collaborative comics means that most of my new stock looks like this
….new hobby aside, I will have stock of Sweet NV1 & 2, Feelgood, Boldly, Sweetie (which you can also purchase from the Zine Vending Machine, which will be there!), The Thing That Should Not Be.
And if you catch me in the right moment, you might even sneak a glimpse of the monster project that is currently taking over my life. That is not also sweets.