On beer and bottle caps

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.

First up, we will be in Hello Handmade Market in Phoenix, December 3rd & 4th, at the Phoenix Convention Center, South Building.

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’ve got lots of other irons in the fire too! Looking at WesterCon 70, the Tucson Spring Street Fair, and street festivals in SoCal! We’re so excited and we’ll keep you posted!

We also are shining up our website! Going to have lots of cool new stuff to show and tell you about!

Back from Phoenix Comicon and Our Next Shows

Phoenix Comicon 2016

STCLV16-510x510We would like to thank each and every one of you for coming out to see us at the Phoenix Convention Center last weekend for one of our best shows ever. The good people with the Phoenix Comicon, the Phoenix Convention Center and everyone working there have really gotten things under control and it was a really smooth process for us (and you). We met so many new people and many have subscribed here.

Announcing SuperToyCon LV 2016

Look for us at the upcoming Las Vegas Super ToyCon at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, August 5-7, 2016. We do not have our table number yet, but we will have 2 large tables in Artist Alley. This is our first time at this show so we are very excited to see how things go. Come on in for some awesome retro-vintage, see our new prop guns, and follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter for the latest products and promos.

Upcoming Venues

Phoenix Comicon FanFest 2016

Now at the Phoenix Convention Center in Downtown Phoenix. October 22 & 23. Don’t have a table assignment yet, but we’ll have 2 tables in Artist Alley.

Tucson Comicon 2016

Our 2nd year in a row for Tucson Comicon on November 4-6, 2016 at the Tucson Convention Center in Downtown Tucson. We will also have 2 tables for this show, but won’t have our table assignment for a while.

Keep an eye out for future shows! We can’t wait to see you there!

Awesome Weekend!

Reid Park setupThe Holiday Art Fair at Reid Park was a success! We met lots of cool people and had a gas! There were tons of local artists (shout-out to Jeff Rutherford at J. Olive Design. Just beautiful glass work. You can check out his stuff here : jolivedesign.etsy.com . And Monica at Southwest Bee Supply Inc. Delicious honey!) and a lot of new faces. I even saw with my very own peepers a woman pilfering a altered matchbox I made! She slipped it right into her purse! I couldn’t believe it! It was kinda funny actually. I figured it was too much trouble to call her on it. If it had been a more expensive item I might have. I try to look at it this way: If it was cool enough to steal, then I must be doing something right!

For our next show we’ll be heading to Pasadena, California! We’re checking out the Rose Bowl Flea Market. It looks like lots of fun and we’re looking forward to meeting lots of cool people. They’ve been doing this particular show every second Sunday for 45 YEARS! And it’s ENORMOUS! You can check out the people who organize the event here: http://www.rgcshows.com . Should be awesome! We’ll be in booth 613 in the Arts and Crafts section.