Q-Con 2013

Twas one long weekend I have to say, being one of the few conventions in Ireland that have the Artist Alleyway running for 3 days instead of 2, but still good for my pocket.

Well it would have been if I hadn’t been robbed while I was still in Dublin.

Well ain't that peachy.

Well ain’t that peachy.

Yes unfortunately like many of the unsuspecting citizens of Dublin I was victim to a pickpocket who not only nabbed my wallet which contained my printing money, the sterling I had scrapped together to pay for my hostel and my various cards of various importance they also helped themselves to my iPod.

I hope you enjoy the sterling, bankcard to an empty account, some holy trinkets (enjoy the Catholic guilt pal) art school student card and an iPod full of nerd, Asshole.

Thankfully in times of troubles true friends will also shine through for you. Like most of my con endeavours I was travelling with gal pals and fellow artists, Katie o’ Meara and Leeann Hamilton.They made sure things got printed and we all got up to Belfast while we all joke about my identity being stolen. Good luck with the con scene my Sneak Thief, tis a cut-throat world.

Katie is very enthusiastic about friendship

Katie is very enthusiastic about friendship

Anyway the convention itself was pretty awesome and very different experience from last year as the Artist Ally was moved to a different location and we now shared the room with the trade hall. The place was jammers, cosplayers this way and that, many Homestuck cosplays this year which is something I always enjoy seeing, being a fan of the comic.

Guests this year included the lovely and very skill Tanaya Roberts (finally got a copy of her comic, Forgotton Muse which is pretty great and you should buy it) and Destiny Blue who are always a lark to hang with and also met Narian Noone for the first time, a very awesome street artist who, conveniently enough, painted the wicked rad drawings all over the Hostel walls we were staying at. Wish I had taken photos but I don’t own a camera. Also met up with Zenpop Boss Lady Ellen Woods and lovely talented Una Gallagher though the busy con scene made it hard to hang out as much as I would have liked.

Met many a lovely people at this convention and I’ve always so happy and surprised at the number of people who like and/or buy my work! And those who bought a copy of The Earthbound God make me especially happy.  I hope you enjoy the story! Don’t be shy to comment anytime and tell me what you thought, I love getting some feedback!  I drew a lot of poeple as ponies over the weekend, it my most popular thing I offer at conventions.

So much Pony, people love being drawn as ponies I swear I cannot explain it but I ain't complaining.

Featuring myself (top) Katie ( bottom left) and Leeann (Bottom Right)

On the Saturday night I chilled with my main ladies and enjoying the new art book I bought, The Art of Kiki Delivery service, we all doodled away and discussed some in-depth world building. Katie knows much about the rotation of the earth which is surprisingly handy to know when making up a fictional world.

At one point in the night I tried to say "caterpillar eyebrows" but said cabbage eyebrows instead. Which explain that first drawing somewhat.

At one point in the night I tried to say “caterpillar eyebrows” but said cabbage eyebrows instead. Which explain that first drawing somewhat.

The Hostel we stayed in was very clean and stylish, even made friends with a lovely French bulldog while I stayed there, could have done without the snoring from the guy sharing our room though. Guy sounded like a truck over gravel with chainsaws attached to it as it travels through a forest sawing everything down.

While on the Friday, I was doodling away a pony but messed it up and was going to throw the drawing away, Katie however told me to give it a snake body instead I did then passed it along to her, where she added some back mouths and teeth then passed it on to Leeann who then added a wicked, though strangely familiar to a particular lady anatomy, mouth. We looked upon our master piece with an undying pride then decided to do a similar collabs for each day of the conventions.

I bet this is someones fetish somewhere in this wide world we live in.

I bet this is someones fetish somewhere in this wide world we live in.

Instead of epic boss battle music it plays Japanese pop music.

Instead of epic boss battle music it plays Japanese pop music.

Dem heels. Gurl you are working it.

Dem heels. Gurl you are working it.

And that was pretty much my Q-Con weekend! Started with some tears, but continued and ended with some good laughs, good friends and some awesome con goers. Thank you again to everyone who bought something from my table and to the Q-Con staff for running a great convention.

This Friday I’ll be at ArcadeCon, so visit me there I’ll have more book and some brand new prints for sale!

Righto, see ya!

-Anthea

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