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Con Report: Rose City Comic Con 2014

Rose City Comic Con is a two-day comic convention in Portland, and this year it ran September 20th and 21st. RCCC is partnered with and shares a lot of staff and resources with Emerald City Comic Con, so I figured they’re similarly run and attract a similar crowd.

ECCC 2013 wasn’t a particularly good show for me as a vendor, which is one of the reasons I didn’t attempt RCCC 2013. I went to ECCC 2014 as an attendee (and table helper to my friend Kara) and decided afterwards that I’d rather do so-so as a vendor than feel weird as an attendee (and I always feel weird as an attendee), so I’m on board again to vend at ECCC 2015. RCCC was still iffy for me because of travel reasons, but Laura invited me to join her carpool down for the show and then, as usual, I figured, “I may as well give it a try.”

The Oregon Convention Center is really gorgeous.

The Oregon Convention Center is really gorgeous.

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Con Report: Kumoricon 2014

Kumoricon, held annually over Labour Day Weekend, is an anime convention in Vancouver, Washington — which is across the river from Portland and not to be confused with Vancouver, British Columbia, which is the same distance from Seattle, but in the other direction.

Kumoricon has a small, juried Artist Alley, and they’ve declined to accept me every year I’ve applied… until this year.

Kumoricon Artist Alley.

Kumoricon Artist Alley.

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Con Report: DragonFlight 2014

So DragonFlight is a small tabletop gaming convention, run by Seattle Metro Gamers, and held annually in Bellevue, WA. This year it was August 8-10, the weekend after KuroNekoCon.

I knew it was a risky venture — I’d never done this sort of show before, it’s outside my usual, and expected attendance was low compared to most anime or comic cons at ~500 — but it’s more or less local, and I convinced Xib to give it a shot with me, so at least I’d have company. I was hopeful that the roleplaying crowd would have plenty of original characters to commission sketches of, and I also figured I’d be able to do some promotion for ‘Souls RPG, the collaborative writing roleplay I help run.

DragonFlight banner.

DragonFlight banner.

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Con Report: KuroNekoCon 2014

Xib and I both returned to KuroNekoCon this year, August 2-3, in Spokane, WA, and it roughly marked the one-year anniversary of our friendship! XD

Seattle to Spokane is a pretty nice, scenic drive.

Seattle to Spokane is a pretty nice, scenic drive.

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Con Report: Everfree NW 2014

You know, I’d never been particularly interested in attending Anime Expo, which is over July 4th weekend every summer. AX is the largest anime convention in North America, but it seems like it’s always a mess with lots of management drama, especially where Artist Alley is concerned, which is why I’d never really wanted to deal with it.

But this year, it seemed like everyone I knew was going, including most of my friends and tons of artists I admire, and the big kicker was that almost all of these people are currently riding the high of the same fandom(s) as me, which is fairly rare.  Listening to everyone babble about AX prep and AX meetup plans and AX, AX, AX on Twitter all through June made me really sad about not being able to go…

Everfree Northwest was the same weekend though. And in addition to being local and convenient for me, Everfree was my favourite convention last year. So as long as it’s around, I’ll always choose Everfree over AX (and AnthroCon, that other big July 4th convention), even if makes for kind of a lonely convention for me.

ENDLESS COMMISSIONS.

AT LEAST I HAD ENDLESS COMMISSIONS TO KEEP ME BUSY.

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