Okay, so the last time I went to a Con, it was Kumoori Con, and it was in 2008, or 2009.
One of my coworkers mentioned that there was a Con in the Convention Center this weekend, so I said I had better go. I mean, hey, ten years between cons is a loooong time (so I didn’t want to go that long, XD).
Then two artists who were going to have booths at the con came in to print their work to sell, and it was like, ‘No way am I forgetting.’ I looked up the con, the cost, and thought, ‘hey, that’s actually affordable, so yep!’
I went, roamed around, mainly to say I’d seen it all ( : P ); and occasionally took pictures, making sure it was okay first. Being that I didn’t think to ask folk if it was okay to post them online, I probably won’t share to Tumblr or anything (especially since I can’t cite them ;.;), but I got a picture of an adorable MineCraft Steve (kid could barely see, so he posed at an angle and they were trying to coach him to turn, I said that was fine as it was). I also got a picture of one of the booth people dressed as the female Titan of SNK.
Roamed around some more, found the booth for Studio IroIro (also on deviantart!) and picked up 6 bookmarks, 3 each of the Greek and Chinese Zodiacs (can’t help it, I luuuurve them, and the art was so pretty!), and talked to someone about a board game that’s coming out soon with an HP Lovecraft theme. They’re on facebook, buuut, while I got the logo, it was too zoomed out, oTL, thought it was better or I’d have done better about memorizing.
As I was walking out, I passed some cosplayers resting their feet, who’d been there almost the entire time I’d been roaming, so you know, third time’s the ‘Courage, level UP!’ charm, so I asked if I could take a photo of all three. One was hesitant at first, but it was because ‘No one recognizes me,’ but she perked up and was happy to join in when I guessed that it was Tokyo Ghoul. :3 So it was a picture of Harley Quinn, Midna, and Kaneki. *happy dances*
And, last but not least, Rose City Comic Con had a poster posted every so often, that said ‘Costumes are not Consent.’ I just HAD to take a picture, but wanted to make sure it was okay first. Took three tries to get someone who said it was okay. And I half killed them with laughter when I said ‘Considering the message of the poster, I figured I’d better ask.’ :3
I don’t owe anyone a certain kind of content
I don’t have to stop making things so people are more comfortable
I don’t have to beat myself up because someone gets hurt comparing themselves to me
I’m allowed to enjoy making art
Yep, and those statements right there are the key to being happy as an artist.
shoutout to all the girls + women who have thick, dark, and abundant body hair and have to spend time and energy shaving every single day if they don’t want to be harassed by loved ones + strangers alike
shoutout to all the girls + women who decided its not worth their time, even if they only skip sometimes, and endure criticism, harassment, and stigma as the price for their own freedom of time + comfort