What? IT’S NOT ABOUT THE ART?
This convention was more about the T.V. and movie celebrities than anything, leaving comic books and art to take 2nd fiddle to them. This hit me as strange. I had no idea. Venders sold products with pictures of the celebrities and comic book characters on them like pillows, towels, plush toys and pins. Most of the artists there were doing the same thing if they wanted to make money. Digital art, celebrity portraits were sold at almost every artist’s table. My art was one of the anomalies because it was original and hand drawn. So as you could guess, my art got a lot less attention and sales than the others around me.
2. WHAT DO YOU MEAN MY ART REMINDS YOU OF ‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND’, BUT ‘WONDERLAND’ FANS DON’T CARE ABOUT IT?
The people who stopped by my table described my art as whimsical but dark and it reminded them of Alice and Wonderland. That didn’t surprise me. I’ve heard that before. This made me think that all those cosplayers wearing Alice in Wonderland costumes, top hats and steampunk gear would find my art fascinating and attractive. But strangely, none of them stopped by——-Oh wait! No——I forgot one of them did stop at my table. In his Mad Hatter costume, he asked me if I sold picture frames, since my art was framed. When I said no, he left without glancing at my table wares.
3. What? NOBODY REALLY KNOWS WHAT PAPER PUPPETS ARE?
I made 3 special Victorian monster creature paper puppets for the comic convention, believing people would love to take home a print of them, to cut them out and make their own creatures to play with. But I had several people ask what they were. They didn’t know that they moved. They had never seen anything like them before. I guess, I was showing them something so new, they couldn’t get their minds around it. What? You can actually move its arms, head and legs? You can make a stop-motion video with them? It was so strange to me. I really had no idea. Do you know what paper puppets are? Or are you one of the folks who is in the know?
4. MEN ACTUALLY COMPLIMENTED and liked MY ARTWORK?
Over and over, I was told that my art was beautiful, pretty and even gorgeous. I really appreciated the compliments. It usually came from women or girls. If there were men around my table, they were usually with their families or women. When groups of men stopped and looked and even complimented my art, I was surprised. I didn’t know that they would find it interesting. I’ve heard over and over again from my friends that my art looks like it’s for kids or it looks like it’s from a storybook, and not to mention, it’s very feminine, so it was strange that there were men who found value in it. What? You didn’t need to see a big, violent fight scene with aggression and violence spilling over the page to stop and look? It was nice to know that not all men needed to have that in their art to find it valuable in some way. That said, none of my sales were to men or boys.