Dios tiene un plan para ti, levántate, deja atrás la pereza, la vergüenza, las excusas. Despégate de todo lo que te detiene de vivir el propósito que Dios tiene para ti, porque hasta que no lo hagas no seras feliz.
What a great weekend with the What Pumpkin staff at Animate! Miami! I met so many cool fans of my work, got to visit the Homestuck merchandise warehouse and had a great time with super fun people. Definitely would do it again in a heartbeat! :)
Let’s talk a little bit about photographers. At any cosplay event, you’re probably going to have your picture taken by a lot of people. Some of them will be using a cell phone camera, and be taking pictures for themselves that you may never see. Some will have a nicer camera, and be wandering the con taking photos of a lot of people; often, these will give you a card, telling you where to find the pictures when they have been uploaded. (Those that I post from TofuSnow are usually like that– he’ll take a bit of time to get a good shot, sometimes moving to a better background, but mostly he wanders and gets good pictures of as many people as possible.)
And some will have brought a lot more gear, and be doing full photoshoots– that’s where these came from. Torre, who took these, is a professional photographer. He brings fancy gear– much of which I have no idea what it is or what it’s for. He takes time, posing and getting the light just so, and he takes a lot of pictures– which he then takes home, chooses the best from among them, and edits, resulting in a handful of really good photos.
This is not a free service.
Professional photographers who do this kind of work should be paid for their time– most will not work for free. Torre does take some shots outside of paid shoots; these are quick, simple, with minimal editing. Personally, I hesitate to ask even for those, because I know what he is worth and I would not ask any professional to work for me for free.
Rates vary a lot. If you like the look of a photographer’s work, ask how much they charge… but if you cannot afford their rates, do not try to haggle with them. Do not tell them you have a friend who’ll do it for less/free. Do not tell them you could do it yourself. Artists are professionals too, and have invested a lot of time and money to gain the skills you are paying them for. If you don’t think they are worth the price, do not hire them.
Personally, I think Torre is worth every penny. The photos I get back from him are spectacular… because he is a professional. It’s what he does. He has equipment I don’t have access to and skills I don’t possess. When I shoot with him, he makes me look great. Good photography can take a good cosplay and push it to the next level. It’s absolutely something worth paying for.
Heading off to Kultcon with Fia and Louise in a few minutes!
Today I’ll just be myself (will probably put on a cute lolita-ish dress once we’re there),
tomorrow I’ll be Roxy from Homestuck,
aaaand on Sunday I’ll be a bit more dolled up, sporting said dress and my Sapphire wig.
See you there!
What you young people need to understand… is that pre-Mishapocalypse tumblr was a very different place.
So when you find some of my popular posts from way, way back then… and, apart from the fact you all seem to have the same puns in mind (and seriously, I have read almost identical responses for what, 4 and a half years at this point?) none of you really understand how fucking weird this site was back then. Why the posts are, as they are.
How prevalent gif usage was back then…
The Hipster/Fandom Wars…
Four trillion gay rainbow gifs…
Charlie the Unicorn…
Llamas in Hats…
All the fucking animal-based memes…
Everyone was gay, there were no other fucking letters in LGBPTA+, everyone was gay and god help you if you so much as whispered ‘bisexual/lesbian/ace’ at a fandom…
Everything was Harry Potter… we found a way to MAKE everything Harry Potter…
‘I like your shoelaces’ “Thanks, I stole them from the President”
OLIVE GARDEN QUESTION
Tumblr as a country!
Tumblr Con plans!
That freaking Prom thing
‘Hi, I’m Erica and I have a game on my blog that you can try’
INFINITE FUCKING CHOCOLATE
So many memes we remember only in memory…
Like, there are things you don’t know… about that time.
We have BURIED THEM.
These posts are ancient relics of a different time, and like white male archaeologists of the past who were entirely ignorant of the cultures they were stealing from, without context… you can only make pot-shot assumptions into the dark void from whence they came.
WELL WELL WELL WELL WELLWELLWELLWELLWELL WELL WELL!
I decided it was worth it to stay up late Satuday night (and part of Sunday morning) to get this costume done in time for the second day of Rose City Comic Con! I got the idea a couple weeks ago when I saw the-ice-castle‘s video and couldn’t stop laughing… But I was lazy as usual and wasn’t able to get it done in time for Saturday. I’m glad I finished it for Sunday, though! I had a lot of fun tracking down and pestering every Gravity Falls cosplayer I could.
One of my favorite interactions was meeting a pair of kids playing Mabel and Dipper. When they saw me they sortof froze in surprise–then Mabel grinned, shrieked, and ran off screaming. Dipper kept talking to me but a couple seconds later Mabel rushed back, grabbed his arm, and yelled, “DIPPER WHYAREN’TYOURUNNING HE’S GONNA KILL UNCLE FORD!” It was the best.
I think these are pretty self explanatory but just in case…
When planning for a con or even considering attending one, think about how you’re getting there, what you’ll need to bring, if you can drive versus fly (and those 50lb/$25 bag restrictions), if you’ll have helpers (you probably want SOMEONE who is a friend who can cover bathroom breaks for you), and if its even financially viable. Also, many cons have their table registration 6-12 months in advance, so you should be thinking at least that far ahead.
Stuff to sell: this of course was geared towards comic artists, so 2D and traditional art is the focus. Having something free on your table, even if its just business cards is super important - how else will people be able to follow you later on? (And you want people to see your work online too, its really the only way to keep an audience any more.)
Too much or too little - Becca and I have run into this problem sometimes. If your table is too cluttered it makes people skip over it - and too cluttered depends on the con. Anime kids are more likely to look at a cluttered table than older comics fans. Too many choices can actually make people NOT buy. But too few choices and no choices at lower price points ($3-5 ideally) will disinterest people as well. If people have to do too much searching to find what they really want from you they aren’t going to spend the time doing it.
When in doubt, do a practice layout. It may seem like a waste of a few hours sitting around at your house tweaking how you want stuff to look (especially as sometimes the tables at cons are slightly different sizes) but its really important to figure stuff out ahead of time rather than spending those hours at the con when you could be selling. Plus it lets you know if you will need any supplies or creative solutions that are easier to obtain ahead of time..
“Pues… no muchas, parejas, como tal ¿Sabes? en plan, parejas. no muchas […] Es muy complicado, es una vida un tanto complicada. Entonces una persona que te aguante y que esté a tu lado con la situación en plan de que viajamos y tal debe ser una persona muy muy especial y… y que esté ahí, ¿sabes? y… Cuando eso… es complicado, Pero si encuentras a una persona así,din dudas, quédate con esa persona que merezca la pena, cien por cien. Además yo soy muy de creer en el amor verdadero, ¿sabes? en plan de tal, tal, tal. Está bien divertirse en plan de “oh” […] Pero si de verdad encuentras a alguien que merece la pena, estate con con esa personasi o si.”