Right now, I’m waiting for a plane to take me head first into the trenches of every anime lover’s dream–Anime Expo!!! I’ll be live-tweeting @laurynashling and tumblogging on tinderboxstudios.tumblr.com // so follow our first convention experience there! I’ll be doing a write-up of how to attend your first 190k convention for the JPEC blog as well. Anime fandom shared with the world!
Anime Iowa Events has been a whirlwind behind the convention experience. I’ve wrestled with projector cables and danced with Greg Ayres until 3am. I’ve been a minion, running to get people that can solve problems and now I’ve got a team of minions, running around solving problems together. The Creative Corridor is filled with comic artists, cosplayers, anime music video makers, animators, and fan artists. I came to University expecting a professional education. I graduated with a penchant for reading everything right to left & a whole week’s work of Gothic Lolita clothes.
Tonight our entire apartment (a la design studio) is covered in illustrated prints, business cards, and packing clothes. I’ve never manned a booth in Artists’ Alley before, but I’ve always wanted to do it. I’m even bringing my suit jacket to pull out at a moment’s notice when I need to look professional. A green wig of course. One never knows when they need to go incognito.
Connecting and Networking
Kyle Hebert came to Anime Iowa two years ago and he was the most hilarious guest I got to work with. (And Greg & Chris are pretty funny.) Even if he doesn’t remember me, I can’t wait to wave “Hi!” and watch him say “Hello” or pretend he didn’t notice and walk away. Or getting mugged trying to say, “Hi.” He’s the English voice actor of Kiba from Naruto. Pretty popular.
But what about all the other popular people?! All the native Japanese speakers I can only wish I could say, “Ohaiyo” without fumbling over the “Iie, mama desu ne. Nihongo wa muzukashi desu” and waving my hand back and forth in front of my face repeatedly. No, I sit here and type a blog watching Yuuki (prismavore) paint our table easels so we can show our Kill La Kill postcards off to the world.
Our First Ever Product Line Up!
We’ve had an amazing summer! Our good friend M- has been helping with our #UIVS (Venture School) efforts so we could plan and create a strategy to burst Artists’ Alley with our full rush of talent and hard work!! Truthfully, I’ve just been networking. Yuuki does all of the beautiful hand painting, water coloring, and inking necessary to translate her sketches into digital piece of printed art.
It’s mesmerizing actually. I can’t type without spellcheck much less focus for four hours solid on one 8″x11″ canvas.
These are just some sample pictures. With the full gallery on the Tinderbox’ blog.