Saturday, January 30, 2010

Animation on Display Live Blog - Saturday

8:41pm- Finally home and cooking dinner. Thanks for following us on the live blog and for your continual support.

8:36pm - The last hour right before take down was fairly busy. Monkey was retrieving the car. The industry dealers showroom just closed down, so they all made their way to the Artist's Alley. It was a different reception from the crowd that we had been exposed to throughout the day. In short, it was a successful and a high learning curve for the first day. Tomorrow will be round two.

7:09pm - Seal had to put up with a disgruntled customer who said her stuff "is the only booth that doesn't look like anime" I explained to him that this festival is "Animation on Display," and animation is not exclusive to anime.

6:22pm - It's official. The first artist's alley booth has begun take-down. We shall soon follow as after ~1.5 hours of sleep last night, we are exhausted.

6:13pm - Not much traffic now, as the Masquerade has just begun. So, borrowing a friend's car, we'll probably pack up soon.

5:10pm - Blood sugar levels plummeting. Fortunately, Seal goes on a quest to find a soy milk chai tea and instead finds an ice cream/mochi/green tea float at Cafe Hana and brings it back to Monkey to share. Both wake up slightly. Traffic has slowed down, and the question of when exactly are we breaking down the table for the night comes into question. Potentially we could break down at 6pm, or midnight (we think?)

3:15pm - We've been thinking for awhile, that most of the "commission" work of characters from anime/manga series like Naruto, Bleach, Pokemon, and One Piece are probably considered as derivative works and are thus violations of copyright laws. Granted, most of these artists are students and hobbyists, but if they're actually selling their work, then doesn't that make them professionals and fair game for copyright lawsuits?

3:00pm - An entire costume made out of duct tape! It was an "interesting" guy in a maid dress (made out of duct tape) and he bent over (on purpose) to pick something up and Monkey + Seal momentarily went blind. It was one of those sights that cannot be unseen once it's been seen. Let's hope better things are to come.

1:45pm - Sweet! A really awesome Link from Legend of Zelda just popped by!

1:41pm - Two more ties and a few of Seal's prints have sold! Yay! Monkey took a look around at the Dealer's Room, which is a lot more stuff that you would find in a comic/specialty store, as opposed to original art. There haven't been any programming that we've been super into (the one's we are interested in are on Sunday), but Monkey is definitely interested in checking out Neko Punch who is apparently playing at 9pm. We'll see if the sleep deprived artistic duo can last that long.

12:10pm - Sold "red blood drip on black" tie to L from Death Note. Sold 2 buttons "rock" from Janken Po and "Your apathy pisses me off." Got a lot of great feedback for Rick's ties, paintings, and screen prints. Especially the "Sprinkles are to good-for you-you dirty bastard" and "Pandamonium." Got a lot of feedback for Eve's prints, but probably the price points are too high for most of our guests. Saw a lot of good and bad cosplay costumes. Lots of furry-cat eared ladies in school girl uniforms.

11:04am - Our table setup. It was a challenge finding a home for the animation puppet. Ideally we would have a acrylic glass case and place it at the front of our table. Many people are stopping by and many are commenting on the awesome silkscreened ties and prints, unfortunately, people seem to run away as soon as we open our mouths to say hello.

9:46am - The M+S team woke up at 6:30 to walk over to the Zipcar station to pick up our rental car and we packed up and headed over to Hotel Kabuki. We were the first of the artists to arrive at 8am, and after an hour and 45 minutes, our table is set up. The opening ceremony is supposed to start at 10, and the artist's alley is still pretty sparse. The biggest thing to note is that everyone else thus far are definitely anime-styled artists, while we, as you probably know, are most definitely not. We'll see if this works to our advantage or disadvantage. All I know is that the hordes of otaku are here, and there's no turning back!

4:14am - Yes, Monkey + Seal are still up. For the last four hours we have been printing, matting, and packaging our prints for sale. Seal is currently finishing up packing up the prints in plastic (which is definitely a plus since its been raining on and off this past week) and Monkey (besides writing this) has been packing up all the fixtures, comics, and all the other necessities for exhibiting at a table. Hopefully we'll finish up soon as we have to be up early to pick up our Zipcar to lug all of our stuff over to the expo. Goodnight everyone!

Friday, January 29, 2010

AOD tomorrow!

Woo! Yesterday, the last print of Panda Rage sold! Alas, the entire edition of 11 is gone and thanks to everyone (all 11 of you) who are proud owners of this print! The benefit of buying serigraphs (especially those in low edition sizes) is that you can now say you are only one of 11 people in the world to own this!

In more current news, here is another friendly reminder that we'll be exhibiting at the Animation on Display Expo at Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco!

We'll have Seal's stop-motion puppet on display, and we'll be selling some brand-new stuff!

We'll also be skipping the process blog tomorrow as we'll have our paws and flippers full with the expo. We will, however, live blog the event (assuming a heavily-loaded wireless permits), so check back tomorrow for what it's like to table at an event like this!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Animation on Display this weekend! Jan. 30th & 31st at Hotel Kabuki, SF

Animation on Display this weekend, Jan. 30th& 31st at Hotel Kabuki, SF.

Hello! If you missed Seal's stop motion puppet at the AAU Spring Show 2009, it will be displayed at the Animation on Display Convention this weekend Jan. 30th & 31st, at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco!

The above puppet won an AAU Honorary Distinction Award. It has fully articulated joints and it is fully moveable. From head to tail it is 4 ft. in length. Inside, is a custom built wooden armature coated with foam rubber latex. Seal would be happy to share her process at the table.

Our booth, Monkey and Seal will be located at the Artist's Alley showroom titled "Shadowlands."
It will be our first time showcasing at this event. We're sure it will be a learning and fun experience.

The convention will have industry and guest panels with topics covering stop motion, voice acting, direction of manga/comics, cosplay, and of course, art and animation. They are also celebrating the 25th anniversary of Robotech.

So come out and hang out with us.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Blog mention!

Yay! Gabriella from Ella Etc. included our fancy pop-up V-day card on her blog on Friday! Thanks for the mention Gabriella! You can go check it out here and stop by her shop!