Herding cats and gearing up around them

I don’t really know how to herd cats. I do know that doing what we do is challenging when you have…..studio cats! Nothing quite like trying to take photos with a feline photobombing your product photography. Or trying to get your attention by hiding the keyboard…

Like so:

 

I’m sorry, did you need this?

Or stealing your chair:

You may have your seat when I’m done!

Or getting ready for a product photo shoot:

This is my spot now, find your own. #tortitude

I do love our cats, even though I spend more time than one would think washing acrylic paint out of tails and pulling cat hair out of resin (how in the hell does cat hair get INTO a sealed container?! If we could figure that out, I bet we’d be that much closer to faster than light travel!)

I love them so much in fact that we’re trying to figure out a way to take them on the road with us when we travel. That would involve a camping trailer of some sort I’m sure. I’m sketching ideas in my copious free time (HA!). If any of you on the interwebs travel with cats, let me know how you do it!

Enough about my hellish felines. Working feverishly around them to create new art, we’re gearing up for quite a few shows! 

August 30th-September 3rd: CoKoCon, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Phoenix, Arizona. Harry Turtledove is the Author GoH, Steve Rude is the Artist GoH. Local Author GoH is Beth Cato, Filk GoH will be Cheshire Moon. Eric Wile is the Gaming GoH.

September 28th-30: Vegas Fan Fusion, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. Guests include Dan Fogler, Summer Glau, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, John Barrowman, Vic Mignogna, tons of local and regional artists, voice actors, CosPlayers, and more! We’ll be in Artist Alley! We’ll update with table location soon! 

October 13th & 14th: Sinister Creature Con, Scottish Rite Center, Sacramento, California. This is gonna be a gas! Weegonza Bazaar and Left Hand Asylum will be packing the van (her name is Elvira) and heading back to Sacramento! We had so much fun in June, and met so many cool people! We can’t wait! Lots of cool guests including Ray Wise! He’s one of my favorite “That guys”. 

November 9th-11th: TusCon, Sheraton Hotel and Suites, Tucson, Arizona. This is the 45th year for this sci-fi, fantasy, and horror convention. Lots of talents artists, writers, speakers, and makers

November 24th-25th: Reid Park Holiday Art Festival, Reid Park, Tucson, Arizona. We’ll be at tent #80. There will be lots of local artists and makers here to find that something special for the people on your holiday list. 

Looking at Thieves Market and the Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts for December.

Moving into 2019, we’ve got these lined up so far:

January 5th-6th: Retro City Fest, LA Fairplex, Pomona, California. Now this, my fellow pinball and art junkies is so very exciting! An entire hall of the LA Fairplex filled with pinball machines, cabinet arcade games, (both of which are set to free play!), console tournaments, vintage gaming, table top gaming, art, makers, coders, CosPlayers, collectors, OH MY! For TWO WHOLE DAYS! We had so much fun last year, we got a BOOTH for 2019! That’s right! 100 square feet of cool art just for you! Booth location information coming soon!

January 26th-27th: (APPLYING NOW) TO WALKER STALKER PHOENIX!! WOOT!! Cross your fingers! 🙂

More events coming in February, March (Rocket Con San Diego, Las Vegas Toy Con, Gila Valley ComicCon), and beyond 🙂

 

Las Vegas Toy Con this weekend!

We’re bringing all of our creations to Las Vegas Toy Con this weekend! 

We’ll be in the 2nd floor ballroom at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino. Artist Alley 102 & 105. 

Come by and see us! 

Reid Park coming up this weekend!

The holidays are a really exciting time for me creatively speaking. We have shows booked every weekend through the end of the year and I really put a lot of pressure on myself to have new pieces for every show.

I have to thank my old boss Kaia for showing me how to work well with a strict deadline.

She would be at work before the sun came up and I’d show up I don’t know, 6:30 AM or so. She would’ve walked the entire bookstore figuring out what had to be done that day. Then she would come up with a list for me. She would bet me that I couldn’t get everything on that list done by the end of my shift. So I set out every morning with that list and a challenge to myself to get everything on her list done so she didn’t have to worry about it. She was my friend as well as my boss, and I enjoyed doing things for her. So instead of going someplace and having somebody give me a list, I make my own “Kaia” list every morning (or the night before depending on how crazy things are) and challenge myself to get it done by the end my “shift”. The only differences are that now my shift is 10 to 14 hours instead of eight, the list tends to be longer, and I don’t get paid for just showing up.

We’ve been working really really hard these last couple of weeks and have come up with some really beautiful new pieces.

And, not only are we bringing everything we’ve made to all of our shows now but we are also making a concerted effort to add every single box and tin to our Etsy site, making them available online as well as in person!

This is the latest going up on Etsy today:

Check out the new promo video for The Lady in Red. Thanks Jonathan Ziegler at Techno Obscura!

This is the next piece going up on Etsy today!

 

 

We’re going full steam ahead for the holiday season and beyond! Check out our schedule:

More dates coming soon!