The weekend before this past was the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo here in, well, Edmonton! This is my third year at the event, and definitely my most successful.
But before all of that, previous to the event I was quoted on The Pulp Press with tips for enjoying the weekend, as well as what I was most excited about for. Of course that involved Sailor Moon. Click on the Pulp Press link for the article, and what my friends and I had to say.
The weekend began for me on Thursday when I (very last minute) went to Home Depot to purchase my new Artist Alley display. This meant PVC pipe, fittings, and clamps as far as I could see. Thankfully I have a wonderful brother to cut the pipe for me, and help me deburr the pipe ends!
Friday morning I got up bright and early to set up my booth. Once I realized I miscalculated some minor things in my display I figured it out, set it up, and got to work on some commissions for the weekend until the event opened at 3pm.
Honestly, sales kind of sucked on Friday, so I done a bit of walking around. This lead to finding a personal grail of mine… a Sailor Moon backpack I used in the 90’s. The bag is only worth like $5, but I paid $20, because I’ll never see it in front of me again without paying for shipping, so I jumped for it. That bag has been on my list since I got rid of it.
Saturday was the big event day. Sales went well, commissioners liked their art, I experimented with new mediums, and dished out a lot of prints! My boyfriend joined me at the table for the first time at a big show. He VERY quickly learned that weekends like this can be EXHAUSTING even if they don’t appear to be much work. The day was LOADED with friends visiting, including my BFF, who surprised me with her husband at their first big con. It was like Christmas seeing her at an event like this… so of course I dragged her to a Doctor Who booth I knew she’d drool over (I’m a wonderful influence). Later we went for dinner and I accidentally left another friend at the event XD. We had a good laugh at it after I picked her up and we went for supper though. Oh man. Did I ever feel stupid. (Though to be fair it was just a miscommunication between both of us).
On Sunday sales went decently, but the main event for me was my Sailor Moon panel!
Unfortunately this one goes without video. My friend canceled last minute because she was sick, so I didn’t have a camera to film with lol… and I’m still waiting for the official photos to be posted to the event page, because I forgot to take my own >.> *prepared*
The panel went great! It was definitely one of my larger ones to date, and everyone had lots of great questions. As per usual most of the panel was merchandise related. I DID want to cover some Crystal episode stuff, but I was worried about spoilery issues.
Sadly, this time around I didn’t get a whole lot of autographs. Just Chip Zdarsky, of Sex Criminals ( a comic). He misspelled my name and we had a good laugh about it. I missed out on Rino Romano (1st NA Tuxedo Mask) because I didn’t realize he was there! I also missed out on Bruce Timm because the picture I was working on for him to autograph wasn’t finished. He also had to leave the event early, and therefore didn’t show on Sunday =(.
Over all though, the year was a success! Everyone had fun, money was made, friends were visited. Check out my cosplay photos below! I’ll make a new post with pictures if ECEE ever posts their official shots.