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43 days and counting... - Micole Khemarrica
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43 days and counting...
... until Anthrocon, and I'm chugging away at buttons.

Most of the money I've made at conventions to date have been because of my buttons. Not prints, not CDs... buttons. People tell me they love my art, yet I consistantly got dissapointing sales until I started making buttons. My little 1" 'sound bites' have been popular, and I keep running out of various mini paw pins, which is what I'm currently assembling. I've tried to think of new words to add to the 'sound bites', new designs for the mini paw pins and the larger paw pins to expand the available list. I've had less success with the bigger 3" buttons mostly as I haven't found the right design style for them, although they sell well as on-the-spot button-badges and I'm going to push more doing that this year.

On the spot work is likely going to be the only new art I'll have this year, if I can't kick my brain in gear in the next few weeks. Someone's changed the channel and all my mind's eye sees is static at the moment, I feel out of tune and it bothers me. And, of course, me worrying about the lack of creativity doesn't help. So, it's cutting the pre-printed buttons and assembling them, which doesn't require any creativity. Maybe by the time I'm finished with all the printed sheets, I'll have some ideas for new buttons. I'm not holding my breath on any new art ideas, still feeling a bit burned by my poor prints sales, but it would be nice if I could at least start the Khromat Calender project. Or get more of Coda Khromat penciled out. Or work on any of the project ideas sitting piling up on my plate. *sigh*

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shockwave77598 From: shockwave77598 Date: May 26th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, first of all, fandom isn't a business. If you make a little coin doing what you love, that's awesome. But don't be down because something isn't selling as well as you'd like it to - you no doubt have made much more than I have (ah, the curse of being a writer instead of an artist.)

Second, I also love your work. Have for a long time, in fact. But where can I buy a print online, or a button? Noplace that I've seen. Consider a website that your art can be purchased through, or sell through Rabbit Valley (simpler) and hawk the beejesus out of it. Not all of us get to lots of cons, you know. In fact, it's a good year if I make it to one.

And third, buttons are fun. I can wear one anyplace. Pictures sit at home in a binder - not as easy to play with or share. Consider an experiment with 6 new humourous buttons - ones that can be worn in fannish or nonfannish areas:

Camel smoking - "Hump day Sucks"
Rabbit holding a gun - "Small and cuddly my ass"
A dragon with a gas mask - "Don't smoke in my face, and I won't fart in yours."
Cat doing a onepawed handstand - "Miller time!"
Bugeyed alien with cruel teeth - "Take me to your (burp) next leader."
Neurotic fuzzball - "A bomb is just a rocket built by committee!"

chefmongoose From: chefmongoose Date: May 30th, 2005 08:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I must second this. Perhaps you might get a nice bit of space on- or linked from- Pumapdaw.com somewhere?

I think the buttons sell because they stand out from the crowd.. the crowd is rather big.. bigger.. HUGE at Anthrocon lately. I spent $800 last year on stuff, and had to bypass a number of artists whom I consider favorites. If you're affter commerce value, play to that strength. If that's not where your artistic self is finding merit.. then chase art, make commerce less of a priority.

--Chiaroscuro
khromat From: khromat Date: June 1st, 2005 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Furry Business

Well, for one I don't think of furry as a business. The disappointment comes from having to spend time, effort, and money to make something that doesn't sell and have to drag it all back home.

For two, I know I have no place online to sell my wares. I own domains that have no content on them, my personal website hasn't been updated since 1999, and I've been slow on learning Dreamweaver to build and/or rebuild the many websites. I'm hoping to get on it sometime soon, but Real Life has priority and that's the way it's been for a while now.
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