So much going on!

Well, this has been a really busy last few weeks! We’ve had Retro City Fest, our first, First Friday Las Vegas show, Tempe ComicCon, Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and now we’re gearing up for Las Vegas Toy Con at the end of February!

Let me start by saying thanks to Kirsten, Jasmine and everyone else who works for the First Friday Las Vegas Foundation! It is a really well organized and well run show! Load in and load out are super easy considering how busy it is! I would definitely recommend participating in this event to my other artist friends.  Also, if you’re in Vegas on a first Friday, it’s something fun to do while you’re down town. The artists and makers are amazing!

Tempe Comic Con was tons of fun! So much awesome cosplay. The volunteers worked their parts off! I personally think that we got the best one! Clayton, you ROCK! 

I think my favorite CosPlay was Demogorgon.

Lots of new boxes are going up in this shop and on our Etsy shop!

-We’ve got Las Vegas Toy Con coming up February 23rd-25th at Circus Circus

-We’ve got First Friday Las Vegas, March 1st

-We also have the Gila Valley ComicCon March 23rd-24th

-We’re waiting to hear back on The Gaslight Gathering in San Diego for April

More dates to be announced! Thanks for reading!

Kerrie & Jonathan

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!

 

 

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!