ShutoCon is held in Lansing, MI. It has a particular focus on promoting artists and cosplayers as well as being a designated “safe space“. This was their 4th year in operation. Last year we had decided it was time to change our displays and had converted one board over to a magnet system instead of the clips we previously were using. We found that the clips made it confusing to customers who were able to pull up the buttons a quarter inch, along with it being a tedious thing to set up each time. After some deliberation we decided on…
ACen is celebrating their Sweet 16 this year. Since they’re having this milestone event, I thought it would be fun to show when we started attending and how we got sucked into being life-long Alley Artists.
ShutoCon in Lansing, MI is a newer anime convention with a good focus on artists and cosplayers. The AA coordinator (and convention chair) is a long time artist herself and strives to make her con have all the best available for us. She was extremely understanding about feedback and complaints (I had few, and most weren’t under her control but felt should be noted), and definitely has a good thing started. It was held at the Lansing Center and the connected Radisson Hotel from April 5th-7th, 2013.
Go!Daiko-con is a smaller convention based in Michigan, but is showing steady growth. It started in 2009 as Anime Detroit, and changed to its current name in 2011. They had a general Zombie theme throughout and so there were various decorations to that effect. The doors for the Main Ballroom.
JAFAX was, as always, a delight. We were at the end table just inside the doors which was great for my back problems as I could easily get up an walk frequently. The chair out front is for customers to DIY their own buttons.
New this year was a one day free admission convention in Canton MI. Organized by some of the students at Canton HS, it was a surprisingly well organized and busy first time con, and we enjoyed our day there very much. The main cafeteria area held the Dealer’s booths, and a side hallway had the Artists. They had a video room, some panels, and a maid cafe. I hope they are able to hold the event again next year, and if you’re in the area, I recommend checking it out.
We’re in the Dealer’s Room at AnimePark – selling our full roster of buttons. Come by and get a pin or make your own! Please share with anyone in the area – it’s FREE admission! 9am-9pm Saturday only – Canton HS Canton, MI http://animeparkcon.webs.com/aboutus.htm
It’s amazing how long and short something can seem at the same time. Anime Central is like this – even with being there for almost a full week nowadays it still flies by. Chris and I got in on Wednesday, and after checking in to the hotel unpacking, and getting our staff schedule sorted we headed to a lovely little Japanese place up the road as suggested by a local friend. View from our room
New designs printed and integrated into the stock folder. I am now at over 170 button designs. See how I slave for you people? That’s averaging 10-20 new designs a year to keep things fresh. Make sure you stop by and see what’s new Anime Central in the Artist Alley. Table 001 and 002.
Animarathon X has come and gone. This is such a great convention for being a one day setup. Even with all of the last minute issues of the campus double booking, I thought the organizers did an excellent job handling the Artist Alley setup and placement. We had excellent foot traffic, and saw an increase of sales again. I still feel that the table price is reasonable for the attendance even with the second price hike this year. Tables are now $25 each. There was also a good variety of crafts on display. I walked through the Alley and made…