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A-kon was super crazy busy! <3 I was feeling especially run down this con which I attribute to the stress of finding out about a table 3 days before. Stress-out last minute prep due to 3 day warning. And the workload from the regular job because we are so drastically, PAINFULLY understaffed during the height of our busiest season.

Got to see familiar faces and meet new ones. :D I lament, LAMENT that I didn't take some time off to go see the other artists. There were so many, SO MANY artists I wanted to buy art from (I'd like to trade, but I'm not worthy!), and I felt so obligated with commissions that I didn't leave my table to wander until the last two hours of the con. Seriously, I didn't hit the dealer's room until the hour before it closed. TT___TT So much of my con traditions were broken. The con was surprisingly full of commissions, to the delight of all my fellow artists (and hopefully everyone who got exactly what they wanted).

The cosplay was likewise an interesting hodgepodge. Gone are the legions of ninjas and shinigami. Rather, one or two series didn't completely dominate the cosplay. I saw a lot of variety, hell, I saw like 5 Waldos alone. Lots of Grells, and impressive showing of Adventure Time as well as a rise in American comic cosplay. Lots of DC and some Marvel cosplay (especially Deadpool <3). A lot of Batman related cosplay (without that many actual Batmans). I enjoyed steampunk Wolverine and Deadpool.

A LOT more steampunk, which made me happy and sad. Happy 'cause I love steampunk, sad because almost no one looked at my steampunk jewelry or hand painted gun. I did sell some, thank you very much I hope everyone is very happy with their purchases. I will admit, I think lack of proper signage to indicate some steampunk available here, could also be at fault.

However, I don't think I'll hand paint a maverick for sell any time soon. I spent HOURS and HOURS of work into it. And while most people appreciated it, many didn't want to pay the price for my hard work. It looks different from other mavericks because the paint job was probably ranging 4-8 layers, not including the multiple finish layers to protect the paint job. Or the hand painted highlights and added steampunk bits. Sir, I hope you truly enjoy it, as it was much labor and love went into it. May you come up with a delicious history to explain the various battle scars and origins of how you and the gun survived (and triumphed).

Shout out to cool peeps: Thankyouthankyouthankyou, :iconalicechan: for sharing. Thanks for all your help :iconxanseviera:. Thank you for the help, and I'm glad you got a table :iconquatrina:. And I'm glad you got to split the table, :iconfrostyshark: (sorry we didn't get to see each other much). Hi hi and thanks for drawing in my book...ish. WE FOUND IT, btw. :icontachiik:. Nice to meet you :iconiceandsnow: I love your watercolors and subject matter for your prints. As always, purple lubs to :iconstarrydance:. Unicorn lub and sorry we didn't get to art trade, but we'll see each other again in no time, :iconjohnyume:. Barely got to see you at all but hope you did well, :iconwhiteoblivion:. Missed seeing you at your table, sorry, :iconebiru-zeru:. Thanks for fun button trades, :iconspizzy:. Hope you did well at your first A-kon :iconcurry23:. Hope you did well at your table, didn't get to see you much except in the room, :iconchrislea:. Sorry we didn't get to talk more, :icondreamgearstudios:. Looove the unicorn cellphone charm, :iconcinnamoron:. And to everyone else if I missed a shout out, I'll edit you in...I have a horrible memory. D:

I kept coming in late and didn't want to disturb ya'll in the room, I'm so sorry if I was loud. Spent 2 of the 3 nights sharing a bed. Spent one on the floor with a pillow...oops, forgot to ask for extra blankets. XD;;; Thanks, :iconxanseviera:, :iconmeomeoow:, :iconzimmay:, :iconchrislea:, :iconkiriska: for putting up with me as a last minute sub(ish) for :iconladre:. Also I'm sorry to you all because I wanted to buy stuff from everyone's table, but I didn't have time to do so. *regret!*

I slept 16 hours Monday. Fell asleep early Monday night and slept another 10-11 hours Tuesday. I was seriously wiped at the end of A-kon. Celebrated a quiet birthday with family. Got a neat black and white rice paper shogi screen for my apartment. :D And a super cute wee tiny cake. :D Yay, I'm old(er) now!

To everyone who commissioned me, thank you. I hope you got what you wanted and more. I'm especially grateful to give life (or at least my interpretation) to your OCs. I love doing OC work as you could probably tell. And to everyone who commissioned me and are still waiting for them, please be patient as I am working on them throughout the week and possibly into next week. But I'll mail them all out at once either at the end of this week or during next week. As mentioned, I will properly email/text/IM/CONTACT YOU beforehand to indicate it is en route.

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Art Trade in progress with: :iconkuro-king-of-hell: (D: I'm sorry I got distracted by the costume!)
Current dA status: a hot mess, it's true
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Iruka-Sakana Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
A-Kon was fun, wasn't it? :3 I need to try steam punkk sometime.. Ah! But question!

I got a commission, buuuut I lost some of my cards/got them mixed up, so I'm not sure if I had gotten it from you.. OTL OTL
But I do remember the person I got it from said they would ship it to me when it was completed. SO~ I am trying to figure out who that person is. xD
..That was pretty vague, and not really a question. .___.

Umm, I guess what I'm asking is, are you still working on commissions? I'm kind of panicking trying to find the right person. >w<
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
It was fun and crazy and super busy. @___@ Steampunk is fun, I enjoy it.

Yes, yesh. I *AM* still working on it, it's on my second desk right now...the two Mikis (Vocaloid and Idol Master). They're singing with arms linked. Please don't panic, I'm sorry I'm so slow at getting these out. TT_____TT I planned to get them done in the first two weeks or so after the con, but work's been stupidly busy (and horrifically understaffed) that I come home and end up napping (I NEVER nap) and then, suddenly, it's the next day. >___>;;; But we've hired new people and they can actually do stuff now, so it's somewhat less stressful.

If you want, I can scan the pencils so you can see the wip, I'm sorry you're stressed, because I understand you did pay money and you DO definitely want to see the results of that. ^^;; Rest assured, you weren't forgotten or anything. I'm just slow.
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Iruka-Sakana Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Phew, okay! I was just worried because I wasn't sure if I had left your card at my sister's house, and then panicking because I would have no way of finding you, etc etc. But yay!! I'm so glad I still had it. :3

Oh, and I'm sorry if I sounded pushy!! I'm in no rush at all, feel free to take as much time as you need. :3 I understand it's a lot of work! <3

..I kind of want to see the progress, but I don't want to stress you out any more that you must already be. So no worries!! :3 As I said, take your time, I'm not panicking anymore. xD
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JohnYume Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I seriously did have the buttons in my pocket when I went downstairs and was all like, "jhahsdjdes" when I found them in my pocket before going to dinner that night D: I felt sooo bad! But yes, I'll see you at the next convention to do a proper trade ;u;
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Lmfao no big. XD I just felt bad 'cause we were all excited to trade, but then the con peeps were all, "Pack it up! :O" But next con I'll have more stuff, so that'll help at least. x____x;

You doin' Afest?
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DREAMGEARSTUDIOS Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It was great seeing you too and yeah I was beat after the con. It was really busy, each time I pass by or look down your way, you were always busy yourself. Which is a good thing. I hope to make it again next year. See ya soon!!
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Aw, it was good seeing you too, although I'm sorry we didn't get to talk much. A-kon was KILLER this year. I think everyone can attest to that. Not that previous A-kons aren't, but still.

Cool, I hope we ALL make it next year. Are you going to hit up Animefest? I look forward to Afest 'cause I can catch up more with artists during that convention. XD Hope you got to rest up some after A-kon.
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DREAMGEARSTUDIOS Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah it was crazy this year and yeah I pretty much dropped when I got home, a 12 hour drive back can do that to you. We'll see you at A-fest take care -Jeff
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Dood, your drive is insane. I hope you made truckloads of money to offset the travel expenses. x____x Also, your son has grown so much! He used to be so we tiny. @__@

Cool, see you at A-fest! Take care yourself. ^^
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DREAMGEARSTUDIOS Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
lol..it's not that bad the van gets great gas millage and yeah kids grow up so fast. Take care I'll see you soon.
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xanseviera Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hehehee~ but I'm so glad everything goes well, and I'm glad u got lots of commission, even though I helped you a little bit but still, well, this is what they called business~~ >w<

AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO U TOO~! :party: :boogie: forgot to wish ya via phone but there's a gift waiting for you on the next meeting~ :D all the best for the next summer con!:heart:
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
XD;; I know, sorry, I made you work. But now you've got extra money!

Aw, thank you. :D It's okay, thank you. There's a little stack of money for you, too. It's like *everyone* gets something. *laugh*

You were so helpful, thank you so much, Xan. You're full of awesome. And we'll all miss you when you go back. TT___TT
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xanseviera Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad to help~ >w< I can't imagine how u can handle all that multitasking job all these years :faint:
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Man, when you were helping, I was just thinking, "It's so niiiice. I want a helper, too." Lol. I dunno, it really made me think I should change up my business set up or something. 'cause I hate to tell people, "Oh, your button commission isn't done yet" even though they came back a 1-2 hours later. Those don't take too much time, but it's all the crazy interruptions. I dunno, I'll have to think about it. I certainly can't afford to bring a helper to cons that we road trip to. But it's fun with all three of us, so I hope we can all enjoy San Japan (you *are* going to San Japan, right?)
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xanseviera Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I am going to San Japaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannn~! >w< hhehehehe I still gonna help u there :hug:
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Wooo! Awesome, we can spend time together. Most cons aren't super crazy ridiculous like A-kon, so hopefully we can actually hang out more. Also, ideally, I'll be better prepared than A-kon. :w00t:
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Starrydance Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
I find it MOST amusing this is the CLOSEST weve ever sat to another and I swear I saw you the least! <3

We'll see each other soon tho so I am content.

Did you all end up with unicorn buttons? I'll print up some more before the next pancake/artfest.
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
I KNOW! It was insane. But then again, it WAS A-kon. I should have just said "no" and taken some time to walk around and talk to people and buy things and trade things.

Hahaha, there IS that.

I don't think I did. :< And I wanted to share the Unicorn steampunk/rave love with everyone else, too. Aw, that's be freakin' sweet, Starry. XD

Also, when I plan out the post-con drinkin' party, I'll set up the nice and proper invite. XD
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Starrydance Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
No! I have both of John Yumes small 1" and Curry's as well! <3

I'll just make up a couple handfuls and bring them next time and any leftovers can come to Afest.
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Okay, I got JohnYume's small 1" but not Curry's. Oooh, you definitely should. I was thinking that if anything else, we can bring some of our arts stuff for one of our artfests, and we can art trade then. I want stuff from some of ya'll, but I don't want to bug you at a con when I know people can make money off them. Plus, I know I can see you later and bug you about it. *laugh*
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Starrydance Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
That sounds fun! We should all bring mini-piles of stuff and trade/swap/gift. Goodness knows Ive got lots of stuff and love to trade but its so hard to get two people at the same table TWICE at the same time!
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Yeah, I think it'd be fun to have a mini art/swap trade sorta thing. Haha, I know, I know right? Con insanity pretty much makes art trades so damned hard, especially since the last day is prime art trade but you're battling any commissions or last day con crap you gotta get done. *shakes head* That's why I love the pacing for Afest.

I missed out on so many, SO MANY artists I don't normally get to see at A-kon this year. That's my biggest regret. There was an artist a few tables down that I've been watching on dA since forever and I didn't get to buy stuff from her 'cause she packed up by the time we got back to our table Sunday. TT__TT I hope Afest won't be like that.
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chrislea Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
The bit of time we could hang out was fun though~! Everyone was so nice and polite, and I keep hearing horror stories from others and I'm sooooo glad we all roomed together!
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
I know, right? I think the reason why we skip the Drama is because we're all pretty much artist folk. So we're just too, too tired to do anything other than stuff unhealthy food into our mouths and fall unconscious. Not enough energy for Drama, lol.

We need to hang out more often outside of the con craziness. Next time there's a post-con cool people eating out gathering, I am THERE. Zombie-like or no zombie-like. XD

It's a delight to room with ya'. :D
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Kiriska Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
You were a perfectly lovely hotel host sub! There was no room drama whatsoever and for that I am super grateful! Glad to hear you made up for your lack of sleep Monday, lol!
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Aw, thanks man. XD Yeah, to be honest, every time I share a room, it's always sans Con Drama. But it's the usual suspects, so that's probably why. Also, I think we're generally too tired to make Drama, lol.

Lol, I was definitely tired if I slept over the 12 hour marker Monday.

I'm sorry I didn't get to hit up your table and either beg for art trades (or more likely) buy beautiful arts from you. :< But even without my meager addition to your (totally awesomesauce) sales, I hope you rocked A-kon hardcore. And really, even without explosively awesome sales (srsly, the money exploded fireworks-like into, astonishingly enough even MORE money...don't think about the physics too much on that), I hope you enjoyed A-kon this year. :)
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Kiriska Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Yeah, room drama isn't something I've dealt with a lot either, but I guess it's true that that's what happens when all the roomies are tired, ragged artists, lol. XD

And no worries! I would have bought more stuff from you too, but I think I cleaned out your button stock at Matsuri already. XD But yes, A-kon was AMAZING sales-wise. I just about doubled my old record for "best con" sales-wise. Overall the con left me with few complaints, and if I end up moving out of the state, A-kon is absolutely one I'd fly back for. It'd sooo be worth it!
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
I know, right? I joke about "sleeping with strangers" (well, fellow artists), but in reality once our bodies hit the bed, it's unconscious time. *laugh* I'm generally so tired I wake up in the exact same position I fell asleep in.

Lolol, well I definitely failed at updating my button set up in time for A-kon. But I can PREPARE for Animefest, so at least I can look forward to Ch-ch-ch-changes~ for Afest, ideally for the better. *laugh*

Awesome! I'm really glad to hear that. I agree, A-kon is definitely a big hitter as far as cons go, even if it still has some "small con" elements to it. It's home turf for some of us, lol. Wow, I checked out your (prodigious) con schedule. I'm surprised, you're not hitting up Animefest?
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Kiriska Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
I haven't been to Afest before and their lack of responding to me last year made me iffier about this year -- might still do it though if they still have tables... their AA head stopped by my table at A-kon to say they might still have spots? I dunno! I was also thinking of leaving August through December clear just in case I do get off my ass and move to Seattle?? XD This moving out thing is harddddd. I really want to get out of Texas, but that makes things doubly hard!
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Ah, I'm sorry. I've had pretty good relations with Afest, so I'm sorry you had issues. :< If you're interested, I might can help or something. The benefit of Afest doing snail mail AA sign up means they don't immediately (and violently, lol) fill up.

Ah, well I can understand that if you're gonna move. :O That's hardcore, I don't have the balls for it to be honest. *laugh* I love my books (ridiculous collection) too much. And that'd be soooo effin' difficult to cart around.

Well, if you DO move you know which people are Drama-less when it comes to sharing a hotel room at least. <:D
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Kiriska Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
The ups and downs of snailmail! It makes me SO NERVOUS to have a check in the mail and not be sure if I'm in or not. x_x I deal so much better with instant-knowing, even if I have to camp at a sign-up page and then bash buttons on the keyboard at 120 wpm! XD

Pfff, it'll be hardcore if I can pull it off! I agree with having too much stuff! I have so many books and TOYS omg so many toys. <_________< I've been trying not to accumulate more in the last few years, but adsghadghasj I still already have like three boxes worth of Pokemon shit, srsly. >_____> *collector*
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Yeah, but they're pretty quick (or so I've noticed) to email respond back that you're in/not in and all. Ug . . . the camping. D:< Damn you, punctuation! *angry fist*

Ahahaha, I'm not that big of a toy collector but my book collection . . . *____* I own 600+ manga books, not counting American graphic novels, paperbacks, hardbacks, my art book collection . . . *drool* I'll admit, there are time when I sit on my couch and look at my wall and just kinda smile. I could read ANY of them at any given time 'cause it's MY personal library. XD;;; Sooo materialistic. *weetinyshame,veryLARGEpride* Lol.

I'm pretty impressed by your Pokemon collection though, lol. XD One of my fears is that I'll go from pack rat to one of those people on Hoarders. o________o Srsly. I don't stress about it every day or anything, but that is a sort of "what if" scenario in the far, far future.
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
I hope things work out.
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Aw, thanks. It did in the end. :D
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Great to hear.
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