Things are changing here at WeeGonza Bazaar! We’ve been busy making new things, participating at shows and Comicons, and lots of R & D!
I’m just now getting my head together.
Having just completed Tucson Comic Con, (which was tons of fun), getting over a spectacular case of Con crud, swearing off FB since November 8th, (I could no longer stomach the train wreck), and watching the unthinkable happen during an election I thought would be uplifting to a lot of people, I have finally gotten it together enough to write something.
I realized over the past week, after going though several boxes of Kleenex, that after I made my voice heard, via voting, there is nothing I can do about the outcome, except but on my Big Girl Panties and get on with life. For me that means doing R&D for new pieces, getting our business running more or less efficiently, booking more and different shows, and making our art available to more people. That means media. Which is hard for someone who is as big of a camera-phobe as I am. I don’t even like having my hands in photographs.
This coming year we are going to try some new things here at WGB. We are going to try doing short videos, of us making what we make. We’ll see how that works out. In the mean time, we will of course be posting photos of all the cool stuff we make including photos-as-we-go.
We had an interesting interaction at the last Con we did. An attendee was convinced that we didn’t make our own stuff. One of the things he was stuck on was the amount of bottle cap jewelry we have. He thought we bought finished pieces from China and resold it as our work. We had to explain that between our friends and ourselves, we tend to drink quite a lot of beer. Which means we have access to potentially hundreds of usable bottle caps per month. The next question from him was “Well, why are the black, pink, and blue?” Well, we paint them first. He couldn’t wrap his head around that. I still have some unpainted bottle cap pins from the first round I made. After I made those, I realized that I liked the look of them better if they were painted first. So, that’s what we do now.
We’re always trying new things and improving on old techniques once we find a better way. Now, that’s not to say that when I finally make my Fallout Armored Bottle Cap Jacket, that the caps will be painted, (they won’t be). That is something that I’d like the logos to show….for authenticity. I mean, after the apocalypse, there probably won’t be much time to paint your caps before you turn them into armor, now will there?
All of that aside, the last part of 2016 and the first several months of 2017 are shaping up to be AWESOME! We are busy getting our feet wet participating in shows that aren’t Comic Cons.
Then it’s off to Yuma, AZ for the Two Rivers Renaissance Faire and Pirate and Faerie Festival, February 3rd, 4th, and 5th, because, you know, everything is better with PIRATES! I’m dragging my alter ego out for this one: a retired Tiefling pirate turned merchant by the name of Azreal Thunderfoot. Known throughout the realms for her hasty temper but big heart.
For March we have Wild Wild West Con! March 3rd-5th, 2017. The largest Steampunk Convention in the Southwest!
In April we’ll be at the Pima County Fair, the 20th-30th! This will be our first long run show. Can’t wait!
During May we’ll be participating in the Phoenix Comicon! May 25th-28th. It’s during Memorial Day Weekend this year! It’s going to be a BLAST!
We also are shining up our website! Going to have lots of cool new stuff to show and tell you about!
you become a professional cat herder. Seriously. I kid you not.
I was having a conversation a few days ago with an acquaintance (a friend would have known better) when they said to me, “Man, it must be nice to work for yourself. No boss, all the vacation time you want, whenever you want….blah blah.”
I could go on. I won’t. What I will say is this:
- I do have a boss. She is a bitch. I know this because she is me. She is the most demanding boss I’ve ever had in my life. She is always whispering in my ear about my short comings and how I could work harder…..”Do you really need to take a break to eat lunch? You could eat at your desk….or you could just get a cup of coffee that way you could still work…” “It’s not that late, you’ve got a few more hours in you.” etc.
- While technically I do “have all the vacation time” I want, I can’t take any. If I don’t come up with new designs, or remake well selling pieces, I’m sunk. If I don’t have enough stock to get through any two shows at any given time, I’m sunk. If I don’t stay on top of my custom work, I’m sunk. It’s a fight to get me to take Sunday afternoons off for D&D with friends.
Yes, getting to travel for work is cool, but it’s still work. You start out a each day of a convention or fair with plans on how you’re going to spend the evening when in reality, when the con is over for the day, you end up eating take out and taking a face plant in your hotel room. Being on your feet for 14 hours straight, on a concrete floor, being “on” with people all day, while listening to people’s opinions of your artwork and craft (most good, some bad) all day is draining. Not “I’ve been out in the sun working all day” drained, but more “my brain is no longer working as it should and is going to make me unconscious shortly…oh but wait, let me tear apart every comment made today about my craft…”
The ability to keep a straight face when someone tells you that their “8 year old niece could do that” or “I could totally do that” should be taught in school so you’d not have to learn the skill as a cranky 40ish woman.
Now, I’m not complaining, mind you. I worked too long in retail, factories, and restaurants to really bitch about this. I will say it’s different. It’s like being emotionally exhausted all the time. It’s all you. Schedule, Accounting, Human Resources, Sales, Design, Manufacture, Distribution, Facilities, etc.
I’m sure when I get a couple of more years under my belt doing this, I will come up with better processes and things should be a bit smoother.
If I knew then what I know now….I’d not change a thing. It’s been a hell of a ride thus far, and I can’t wait for the rest of the trip!