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March 21, 2013


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Artist Alley booths can be grouped into General Categories. I have been collecting data for years, and here for the first time, I present my findings:

The Seasoned Anime Artist Booth: these artists almost always have 11ft diplsays, usually constructed from collapsible shelves or plastic piping. The artist themselves can sometimes be glimpsed through a tiny gap in their wall of artwork, usually drawing away, only emerging to conclude a transaction, and then quickly receding back to the safety of the artsy fortification.

The Shy Kickstarter Booth
These are the Artists trying to push their very first comic series, book etc. These artists are new, frightened of loud noises, and unsure of their surroundings. They can mostly be seen at sparsely filled tables. hiding in a sketchbook, awaiting to be discovered.
(they get much better by show 2)

The Steampunk Pirate Booth
these guys seemed to land somewhere between theatre students and Craft artists- usually strutting their goggled/bucked getup in front of the booth rather than behind it, they aren't afraid to put on a show if it means a purchase. Always interesting to talk to, and put more effort into decorating a booth than most.

The Grumpy Old Pro Booth these artists almost always have massive art portfolios ( around 22x36in books) and stacks of comics they've published 10+ years ago. these artists pine for the old days when comic cons were only about comics, and hate what you and your generation has done to their once tiny get-togethers  they usually don't want much to do with you, and spend most of the show chatting with their old war buddies (whom also hate you)

The Loud Pushy Annoying Booth. (main habitat: Anime cons)
These booths usually have 1 artist, and 5 of the most high strung individuals you could imagine. All of this fun, fighting to fit behind a 6 ft table with 2 chairs. This booth will try to attract customers with high pitched shouts and nonstop bargin bellows. We all hate this booth.

To be continued...
  • Listening to: Edit
  • Reading: artbooks
  • Watching: South Park
  • Drinking: lotsa water
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Quirkilicious Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

ChasingArtwork Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha, your booth is much better than most tho, only falls into this category a lil bit
superkim111 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
I've definitely seen these at various conventions.
WesleyJames1985 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Artist
This shit is all true!
Waviness Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Weird. I was gonna run a table at comicon, and I never really thought of any of these...
I wanna go to a con really badly.
ChasingArtwork Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Waviness Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Man, would I love too, but my Dad was gonna fund the last trip, and then he never did. We're not exactly on speaking terms now, so whatever con I wanna go to, I'm gonna hafta save up the money for, and I'm still looking for a job. Being a High School artist looking to sell some work ain't easy. :P I appreciate the support though.
ChasingArtwork Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
cheers mate :) keep doing what your doing.
dino-damage Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your data proves to be accurate! Can't wait to hear more.
So which table are you Justin...hmmm? ;)
ChasingArtwork Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I started out as the guy with a near empty table, hiding in a sketchbook and afraid of anyone coming up to me.
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