I’ve done Artist Alley at comic cons and anime cons around the years 2010-2012. I learn with my book in general, I do much better at anime cons than I have at a comic con.
With the new book coming out next year, I originally was gonna to avoid the hassle of comic cons but with the last few years a new generation of con goers have entered so perhaps there’s a chance for my book after all.
For the traditionalist, I can feel their pain - not everything will continue the way it has been before. You have to be more engaging and pro-active at the tables.
I’ve walked by many tables where the artist jus sits there working and never glances up. I’ve also seen artists chatting it up with people and just having conversations.
When I started in Artist Alley, I kinda just sat there. I didn’t know what to do but over the years I became better at just working the table - talking to people, giving nods and generally being open.
I became more laid back about it. So what if they didn’t buy the book, at least they now heard about it. Perhaps they’ll buy it online or at future cons (this has happen before).
I used to work as a camera salesman. I hated it. I never wanted to push anything to anyone so which is why today I don’t hard sell people who come by my table.
“However, the new cohort of mainstream fans who come to geek culture through the turnstiles of the multiplex represent the generation raised on click-to-buy, digital downloads, and binge-watching. They splurge on media and experiences, but don’t value collecting stuff in the same way as those who grew up in earlier eras of the hobby.”—
My parents never frowned on cosplay until I started. I started budgeting extra money into simple outfits from thrift stores. It quickly grew into making my own things from scratch, learning to sew, do makeup, and style wigs. They called it a waste of time and money, and waited for me to grow out of it, even after I brought home a cosplay award, and a second one, and a third. I'm in my mid twenties now, and I think they have given up on stopping me, but they still ask when I'll stop fairly often.
lol, well, since you are an adult, you can choose to spend your money however you want :) As long as it makes you happy and you’re not neglecting work or other responsibilities, and not hurting any other person, just keep on cosplaying, You’ll gain a lifetime worth of friends and memories :)
“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do it now. I mean, I say that confidently as if I’m about to go bungee jumping or something - I’m not. I’m not a crazed risk taker. But I do think that, generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”— Hugh Laurie
“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”— Meryl Streep