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My partner in-crime\life *carnival and I attend a lot of conventions as artists and traders. Usually this nets us a small windfall for a few weeks of work before the convention, and a weekends worth of frantic labor talking to attendees, promoting our product and selling commissions.
Last weekend we attended a new convention with a new crowd called PonyConAU The rising popularity of Hasbo's new 'My Little Pony' series has seen it sky rocket in a wide variety of demographics, so much so that they're starting to have conventions pop up left, right, and center.
We're used to the geeky pop-culture crowd when it comes to trading, but the PCAU was pleasantly surprising for how well it was run (this being it's first year put together by a group of university students who have never run a convention before), as well as how big the turn-out was.
I created a few physical items for sale (Custom painted headphones and cola bottles) but the response to table commissions was huge, especially for Erika with her unique style and fast turn-over.
If you've ever thought about attending a convention as a trader I'd highly recommend one of these new Pony conventions. They're friendlier and less frantic than the big events such as Armageddon or Supanova (Or even our local favorite Manifest), and the costs of a table\booth are much lower.
Though you may have to learn a new style of Illustration to fit in, it was an interesting experience to say the least.
Now to get ready for another convention on the GoldCoast, FurDU, in two weeks and clear this commission list.