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! ūüôā

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

 

What’s on Thursday?

New Etsy listings and new events, that’s what!

My cute Wee Owl Pins are going live this morning!

We also have Phoenix Fan Fest this weekend! We’ll be set up in Artist Alley booth 318. Come by and see us! Sign up for our mailing list and receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more!

We’re debuting our slider-top boxes this weekend! Here’s a little preview of one:

They will hold a full set of polyhedron dice, pens, jewelry, or whatever else you might want to store. The dimensions are 7″ L X 1.25 W X 1.25″ D.

We’ve got a busy season coming up! This is where we’ll be:

 

 

Are you bothered?

When one works for themselves, you look to those who came before you.

There are lots of artists that offer us inspiration.

The ones who succeed, we¬†take what they have learned and try to apply those lessons to what we¬†are doing. The ones who aren’t, well, we¬†take that experience and tuck it away to remember and also remember a good idea, poorly done, is just as bad.

There is so much to juggle. Not only making the art you want to sell, but also the booking of shows, the advertising, marketing, promotions, blogging, emails, etc.

We’ve been doing this full time for about two years now. We’re still trying to get a schedule and routine down.

It’s not an easy thing.

The show part, we’ve got down pat. The rest of it, well, we¬†have a few hang ups.

First of which is the mentality of “Oh, I don’t want to bother people with that post, photo, email…”

We also realize if we want to succeed at an online business as well as an in person one, we have to get over that.

Our¬†customers have to know where we’re¬†going to be and what new things we’re¬†doing. We¬†have to keep them interested so they will come to us.

We’re¬†learning that is where advertising and marketing come in.

My rational mind knows this. The not so rational part…not so much.

I see other maker run businesses that we¬†follow; I wait (sometimes not so patiently) for their next FB post, or to see the newest thing they’re working on via an IG post. Or, during the morning email check, I see the new sculpture, photo, painting, doodle, or whatever and damn it, I’m so happy to see it!

Then I think, maybe other people might be doing the same thing I am and are eagerly awaiting the new WeeGonza Bazaar post. It could happen.

Good wishes, much love, much happiness, and look for us much, much more.