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fanexpo and otakuthon

The convention months are finally over, unfortunately I’m just bombarded with more and more complications in life and I’m so stressed out and exhausted everyday q_q I can only say as long as in the end everyone is safe and healthy, I’ll be happy, but it doesn’t make things any easier to handle. I’m glad I kinda gave up making book4 for christmas already because I would’ve stressed out even more trying my best to keep up the schedule, and it will all be in vain since there is no way I’ll make it now. I hope this delay will at least allow me to really make sure the book is as good as I can make it, and a bit better than its current frustrating state.

it took me a while to take care of everything after the cons and also to get my hands on these photos from my cousin BUT ALMOST 1 MONTH LATER HERE ARE SOME PIX AND STORIES.

 

OTAKUTHON

So I decided to drive to montreal cus I have so much shit to bring and there are two of us; I’ve driven there before, but my bad luck is just phenomenal because our 5 hour drive TURNED INTO 9 HOURS CUS WE RAN INTO 2 SERIOUS ACCIDENTS THAT BLOCKED ALL THE LANES OF THE ONLY HIGHWAY THAT WE COULD TAKE AND COULD NOT GET OFF. the second crash was like within our visual range too, and we were there before the cops even arrived so that meant if we hadn’t taken our pee break like half an hour before, we could’ve passed it LOL……………. ):…………..

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We couldn’t pass it and there was no detour or anything because of how close we were so everyone just got off onto the highway to watch. I’m glad it wasn’t us I guess and it was kind of a unique experience, but man being stuck behind that for 2 hours was not cool

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obligatory chinese tourist photo

My table there! nothing new!
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After we set up on Friday we had a ton of time to kill, so we walked around the area cus the last time I’ve walked around montreal was like 8 years ago or something

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yep

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This church was cool but after what I’ve seen in Europe, everything kind of just don’t compare sob

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and we ate chinese food for like3 out of 4 days cus we stayed right next to chinatown HAHA. This hongkong style cafe/restaurant totally caters to my tastes ;-;

Fanexpo was, like every other year, exhausting and long and boring, all at the same time I’m not sure how. I still go every year because I’m not rich enough to turn away free money, and it’s right here in my city, but nothing really happens at this con ): There are some cool people who come back to find me every year and talk to me, but this nice experience is just followed by a huge dropoff into the rest of the uneventful con Q_Q People also solicit a lot at fanexpo; every year I get talked to by people who just goes through the artist alley like mailboxes to give me their business cards and tell me things I don’t really want to hear about. I guess for the majority, this is actually a plus because of the career opportunities presented, but for me they are 99.9% of the time something I have no interest in and gets me very frustrated in an already long and tiring convention.

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Everyone at fanexpo has stands that reach into the stratosphere and it makes me wish I could make mine bigger, but it’s already like impossible for me to set it up myself at this height orz”

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I met kitsurie and yume at otakuthon, where they spent a while looking through my bbxvel pieces wanting to cosplay them. At the time they weren’t cosplaying , so I was like my designs are too annoying complicated and probably would take too much money and effort to cosplay anyway (and usually I say this to everyone who tell me they want to cosplay my chars). I WAS PROVEN WRONG WHEN KITSURIE RETURNED TO MY TABLE AT FANEXPO AS KATARINA AND TOLD ME SHE MADE ALL THE PROPS AND STUFF AND I FELT SO BAD DOUBTING THEIR ABILITIES NOT KNOWING THAT THEY MAKE AMAZING COSPLAYS LOL Q_____Q I’m so excited to see what their cosplays would look like if they do end up going there omg LOOK AT THIS KATARINA

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and I got 2 fanarts from the very kind yutaan and neiva! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DRAWING MY BABY I miss drawing her ;;

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a departing evening storm from last week
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what are these bubbly looking formations bulging from under a storm called? I swear they had a name but I can’t remember ): oh they’re called mammatus clouds

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and a pile of 50 pages that I have sketched out so far ha ha ha ha ha…….. 50+ more pages to sketch and then to INK THEM ALL AND TONE THEM ALL LOL SHIT

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I’ve never done pages in such an enormous batch before, usually I sketch out in 2s and ink in like 10s or 20s at the most before toning, but getting used to each process again and again every time feels like a waste of time so… here i am…… this pile is going to double in size before I start AUGH FUCK. how do I finish this before october ugh

AX 2013

I should’ve written this earlier but I think the many consecutive days of not working on anything was getting me anxious and restless, so I ended up drawing like 15 pages before thinking it’s ok to do something unproductive HAHA…

This was the first time I’ve been to AX since 2008, it was stressful to prepare and tiring to endure, but I had a great great time because in between these years, I’ve made a lot of close friends with whom I’ve never had an opportunity to meet. They were the highlights of the con and I wish I had stayed an extra few days longer esp when they offered to take me around LA touristing and fooding Q_Q we had soooooo much korean food tho I went from lv 0 korean food experience to at least lv 16, and I thoroughly felt what it feels like to be a non chinese surrounded by chinese people because I was so tense being surounded by koreans HAHA… THE HEAVY PRESENCE OF NON CHINESE ASIANS IS AVERY STRESSFUL THING.

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I met my bff Sepia for the first time!! AND SHE HELPED ME MAKE SO MUCH SALES I’m kind of ashamed that I learned how to better man my table from her even tho it’s the 2nd con she’s ever been to in any form whatsoever sob. Even tho she’s not as hyper as most of my other friends–or maybe it’s because she’s not as hyper–we had a nice and pleasant time during and after the con. She was so thoughtful and brought us food and even made me home printed business cards after I ran out ;-; and she fired me from making my own business cards because I sucked too much at it ): and I met her flaffy purdy kitty ophelia before I flew out and had delicious homemade ramen by her dad TY SEPIA FOR PROVIDING MY SURVIVAL NECESSITIES

And here is erina the facedrawer/eraser who I also met for the first time
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I didn’t take pics with anyone else I also met for the first time or first time in ages ): I was able to buy prints from some of them and have dinner with the rest of dem non artists. I sure am glad ax ends at a reasonable hour cus who does that anymore (lol otakon or akon hours) Here are some prints from KL, noabing, ruina, darkhikari, and ippus!! I didn’t get a print from some people I visited BECAUSE THEY WONT LET ME BUY THEM AN INSISTED ON TRADING and I forgot to visit them for trades after the con crey (sorry nagu ;-;)
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CA weather was also remarkably forgiving, I actually flew into cooler weather and made the days all the easier to get by. I also would’ve died from logistics had it not been for Finni and Alex’s help, thanks soooo much!

And of course all the pics above belong to other people and the only pics I took were on the plane LOL… HOW SURPRISING. I saw some mini july 3 fireworks on the flight down and it was cute ouo

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ending with some more pix of the sky
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unbeatable view and endless entertainment

yesss rainbows right in front of my windows just like my old home. if only those powerlines didnt exist sigh

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And one night these 4 cop cars blocked the highway for a while and I was just LAUGHING at all those ppl parked on the road in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT with nowhere to go lololol
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I love my condo’s location even though no one in my family understands my logic of unbeatable view and endless entertainment. those powerlines really gotta go tho I hope they’d help encourage me to move onto a house or something when I finish paying this thing off

Anime North and stuff

Wow ok 2 weeks later I still haven’t posted about AN LOL… ANYWAY AN  this year was really good! It makes me really happy that I wasn’t facing a downhill road after the initial hype of starting to sell books at conventions like I had feared, I’m so glad my home con is such a good one ;-; now if only it wasn’t so fucking difficult to get in every year that I feel like I’m spending an entire year worth of karma on winning the lottery orz

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I made a bunch of new prints this year and they sold like hotcakes! I tried out a new printer this year so I only printed a little more than the quantity I usually sell, and THEY SOLD OUT… I felt so guilty about so confidently telling people on the first day that like psh this is my home con don’t worry I’ll never run out AND I DID IM A LIAR ): I was failing so hard on saturday too… I had so much to bring to the con since I hosted Juby and Chris and had to bring their stuff and person to the con as well, so I divided my stock AND I FUCKING FORGOT TO BRING MY BEST SELLING PRINTS TO THE CON ON SATURDAY AHAHAHAhahaha Q_______Q it’s a good thing I sold out on sunday regardless and didn’t have any leftover so it wouldn’t have made a difference regardless I guess LOL.

Here are some pix juby took for me of some new prints that I haven’t posted yet!
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Juby made her first artbook (which you all should buy btw it’s classy and glorious) and she custom signed (custom drew??written???) my copy with a veloce ;-;2013an2.jpg

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And here’s a random cat picture while juby and chris played with my cats
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After the con it was back to page grind, though this year I’m making like no progress compared to the last because I actually have some sort of a life now and spending a lot of time with Kristen ♥
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ending with more reminders of how I wish the outside of my window isn’t so dirty all the time or just to be able to clean them myself
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