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2015 Artist Alley Survey results

After many delays due to a hectic convention season, the 2015 Convention Artist Survey results are here!


Following 2014’s survey and report, the 2015 survey was expanded to include more questions and to accept responses for all North American conventions, regardless of size or genre. In total, 670 responses were collected for over 160 different conventions. That is a lot of data!

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Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pen

I like being able to add grey tone to my pen sketches sometimes, so in addition to regular black brush pens, I’m always on the lookout for good grey brush pens.

Akashiya Sai Watercolor brush pen -- mouse gray

Akashiya Sai Watercolor brush pen — mouse gray

Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pens come in a variety of colors, but to start off, at least, I was only interested in their grey.

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Kuretake no. 14 brush pen

As I’ve said, Kuretake’s brush pen numbering scheme really makes no sense. The Kuretake #13 is a cartridge-filled, synthetic hair brush, but the Kuretake #14 is a disposable felt tip, nevermind that Kuretake has several un-numbered lines of disposable felt tips??

Kuretake #14 brush pen.

Kuretake #14 brush pen.

But whatever. Every brush pen’s worth a go, yeah?

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Cutie Steel Lijin

I just put the entirety of Cutie Steel Lijin, the 24-page oneshot comic I did last year, online.

Cutie Steel Lijin - cover

Cutie Steel Lijin – Front Cover

This comic was inspired by a particularly fruitful round of Channel A, a game in which you pitch the plot of an anime fitting the genres of the round and with a name using one or more title cards in your hand. The required genres were “steampunk” and “comic artist” and I had some pretty great title cards. The finished comic debuted at Emerald City Comic Con last year, and I figured a year sitting on it was enough, so now it’s all online, though you can still pick up a physical copy in my store.

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2015 Convention Summary

I said at the end of 2014 that I wasn’t going to be writing any more in-depth convention reports because they just take too much time, but I had fully intended to continue writing short summaries or something about events and shows. But I ended up doing 22 events in 2015 and apparently didn’t have the time or energy for even that.

Photo from Kuronekocon 2015.

Photo from Kuronekocon 2015.

This is pretty late for a year end thing, but I wanted to write something about 2015 anyway. This post is 4,238 words long, which is really weird because that’s about the length of my shorter solo con reports.

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