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The Only Way to Beat Algorithms is to Retrain Your Audience

The Internet in 1999 was comprised mostly of individual websites run by individual people. WYSIWYG website builders were new and exciting, allowing laypeople and ten year-olds to make sites without much technical expertise. People of similar interests found each other through webrings and message boards and chat rooms. Digital word-of-mouth was limited, and virality wasn’t possible.

I’ve had a personal website since this bygone era, and in those days, if people wanted to know when I updated with new art, they needed to go to the site manually and check. The Internet was small, so this wasn’t too arduous a task.

Manually announced site updates from 2002, wowee. Thanks, Wayback Machine.

Manually announced site updates from 2002, wowee. Thanks, Wayback Machine.

Nowadays, the Internet is pretty big.

It’s not practical to manually check lots of individual sites anymore. Besides, while most creators posting stuff online in 1999 had websites, this isn’t true of their 2019 brethren. Some might have both, but many artists now only have social media accounts. Social media is convenient. Not only do you not need any technical expertise, you don’t have to build anything at all. It’s much easier for people to find you, and they don’t have to manually check your feed every day. Everyone they follow is combined into one feed. So handy!

But: algorithms

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Review: Daiso Fluently marker

The Daiso Fluently illustration marker showed up at my local Daiso, everyone’s favourite Japanese dollar store, a few months ago.

They’re alcohol-ink markers packaged in ten sets of two, for nineteen colors total and a blender marker. My store was only carrying three or four of the sets, so I just grabbed a pair of greens and a pair of greys to try out.

Daiso Fluently initial marker test

Initial marker tests for light green, green, light cool grey, and light warm grey.

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Review: Marvy Le Plume marker

Emerald City Comicon often has art supply distributors and vendors in their Exhibits Hall. Sometimes, these vendors will go through Artist Alley during pre-opening hours, passing out sample supplies and coupons to artists. I always intend to thoroughly test these samples and review them, since it’s rare I get the opportunity to test product I didn’t specifically pick out.

Well, it’s been three years since I’ve been in ECCC’s Artist Alley (and no one thinks to leave art supplies for Homegrown artists), and I’m finally dusting off these Marvy Le Plume alcohol-ink markers for review, lol.

Marvy Le Plume marker writing sample and initial brush test

I have two colors of the regular Le Plume, a dark grey (CG897) and a medium blue (B717). I also have a Le Plume “fine brush” in a light skin tone color (OR825). Marvy now also has a newer line of Le Plume II markers, but these are not those!

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Fountain pen inks with the Pentel pocket brush

Most brush pens only come in black. Occasionally, they also come in grey, but very rarely are there any additional colors.

My favourite brush pen, the Pentel pocket brush, only has black cartridge inks available. A few years ago, when I picked up a new Pentel pocket brush for a fresh tip, I decided to syringe-fill the old one with grey ink (specifically J. Herbin’s Gris Nuage). This was a great decision, and I’ve really enjoyed being able to use my fav pen to add value to drawings in addition to making the lines.

More recently, Pentel decided to release five limited edition versions of the pocket brush with different colored pen bodies. Alas, they’ve found my weakness… collectibles and colors.

The limited edition (LE) camellia Pentel pocket brush

The limited edition (LE) camellia Pentel pocket brush

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2018 Convention Artist Survey results

The 2018 Convention Artist Survey collected 987 artist responses regarding financial and other data for over 300 conventions in North America — how much they made, how much they spent, how far they traveled, how they rated staff communication and organisation, and so on.

And the corresponding report turning that data into relevant charts and graphs is finally done. Snag the 2018 report for $5 or more!

 

The survey and report still skews heavily towards anime conventions, but 2018 marks the first time there were enough responses for two furry conventions to get individual reports! Two comic cons also got individual reports, one new and one returning. I removed a few of the travel-related pages and combined some charts for brevity. Most of the travel data here didn’t change significantly between 2017 and 2018, so you can refer back to the 2017 report if you’re curious and want the visuals.

2018 Con Artist Survey genre representation

2018 Con Artist Survey genre representation.

The 2018 Report includes:

  • 24 pages of overall analysis
    • Including such graphs as Gross Revenue by Experience, by Percentile, by Convention Genre, by Convention Size, by Region, by State/Province, by Primary Product, by Artist Recommendation, and many more divisions; Convention Ratings by Size and Genre, 2015-2018 comparison of Average Gross Revenue, Top Cons by Average Gross Revenue, by Overall Rating, and much more!
  • 37 pages of individual con data
    • 18 conventions qualified for individual reports: A-Kon, Anime Central, Anime Expo, Anime Los Angeles, Anime North, Biggest Little Fur Con, Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo, Crunchyroll Expo, FanimeCon, Further Confusion, Otakon, Otakuthon, Rose City Comic Con, SacAnime Summer, SacAnime Winter, Sakura-Con, San Japan, and Youmacon
  • 84 total tables
  • 139 total charts and graphs

Unsure the report will be useful to you? Get any of the prior years’ reports for a minimum of $0.

2019 Convention Artist Survey Report

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