Retro City Fest-recap

WOW! That was a fun show! 

We hit the road on Friday at 4:30 am. Yeah, it’s early but it’s totally worth it. We missed rush hour in Phoenix and that’s always a plus!

We arrived at our hotel, the Best Western Pine Tree in Chino, about 11:30 local time. (Gaining the extra hour was awesome as it allowed for a much needed hour lay down!) I can’t say enough nice things about our hotel. I guess actually it was a motel but that’s splitting hairs. The grounds were really well kept and it was beautiful! Banana plants, birds of paradise and lots of other beautiful greenery! We got to park right out in front of our door, so that was cool. I sometimes get anxious in unfamiliar cites when our gear is still stowed in our vehicle and we can’t park near our room. It has nothing to do with the neighborhood, mind you. It’s just my own personal hang up. Our room had a fridge (MOST helpful as we bring our own groceries so we don’t have to rely on expensive con offerings), the bed was super comfy, and the bathroom had tons of counter space! Pilar was really helpful at check in. She was super cool. I had a nice time chatting with her. Breakfast offerings were good; bagel and eggs…perfect!

Next we headed to the venue for load-in, which other than the wrong turn we took, was a breeze. Let me say first that the LA Fairplex is ENORMOUS! The wrong turn allowed us to see it in it’s entirety. To say we took the scenic route is an understatement. XD

Olivia with Retro City was always super helpful with information.

We set up and went back to the hotel to get rested up for the show.

The first day was good. We met lots of cool people, met some really cool artists and played lots of pinball! We didn’t make too many sales the first day, but had lots of looking and chatting traffic, which in my book is great! I love talking to people in person, so there you go. 

Second day was better sales wise, and REALLY good trading wise! One of my favorite parts of any Con or event is trading with other artists. I scored these lovelies:

 

I would recommend this show totally. It might have not had the attendance of a large show, but it was really well organized, the staff was helpful, security wasn’t a pain (except for that one security woman who gave my friend Ryan @Psychoswami a hard time about his service dog. She worked for the Fairplex and not RetroCityFest.) there were lots of pinball and arcade games set to free play the entire weekend. The attendees seemed to be having a great time, and it showed. 

We’ve got lots of shows coming up! Check it out!

-January 27th, 2018, Tempe Public Library ComicCon-Tempe, AZ

-February 2nd, 2018, First Friday Las Vegas– Arts District, Las Vegas, NV

-February 23rd-25th, 2018, Las Vegas Toy Con– Circus Circus Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

More dates for February and March coming soon!

Cheers!

 

 

Raw Material Origin Story #1

My raw materials come to me in lots of different ways. 

I have friends that save me parts and pieces of things, people bring me things they found on vacation or on a walk.

Most recently we were over at our friends house for the weekly “stuff our face and dungeon crawl Sunday”. There was a sizable box on her kitchen table. I looked inside; it was FULL of wee metal tins filled with even smaller mints. They were from a promotional products company. I asked her if she was going to do anything with them. She wasn’t and gave them to me on the condition that her kids keeps the mints. 

So, for the next 10 minutes my friend and I studiously emptied fifty odd tins worth of tiny mints into gallon ziplock baggies. 

It was a win/win. She got to keep her candy and I got art supplies!

I will say the mints were delicious, though…you know…quality control and all that.

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Speaking of events, we’ve got a couple coming up pretty soon!

January 20th-21st, 2018-RetroCityFest, Pomona, California.

February 2nd, 2018-First Friday Las Vegas (Tentative)

February 17th, 2018-Mesa Festival of the Arts 

February 23rd-25th, 2018-Las Vegas Toy Con

 

Cheers!

 

Buckle up, buttercup.

Octopus Pendant
Octopus Pendant

I’ve been with Etsy for a long time. I should have opened my shop when I first heard about them back in ’08. Hindsight and all that.

At the time I was still working a “day job” (40+ hours a week in retail…ooof) and I wasn’t really sold on the fact that someone might just pay me to make art for them.

My view on it was “Why would they pay me when they can make it themselves?” After years I have figured out that most people won’t make it for themselves either because of time, knowledge, or they just plain like the way you do it better. My friend JT says that “they pay for your eye and expertise.”

As I said, I’ve been with Etsy a long time. I’ve never really been able to generate much traffic and after nearly three years solid, I’ve only made 30 sales, and my traffic isn’t much more than 30 views a day. I think that running my own site, being able to make things how I want them to look, have things organized the way I want them to be, being able to showcase what I want to showcase, and I’d really like to not be charged for every listing. I will still keep some items on my Etsy shop, but the bulk of my art work for sale will live here.

So, we are officially building a shop here at weegonza.com. Not a link to another marketplace, but an honest to goodness shop, where I WILL RULE OVER ALL!! MUHAHAHAHA!! *cough*

Seriously though, It starts today.

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