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Shortly before the trip to Emerald City I started getting kinda stressed about it. I'm not really sure why. I anticipated selling a ton of prints based on the sales Jake and Ben had experienced the year before... so much so that I thought maybe I might run out! But I needn't have worried, haha.... I had plenty left to take home. :P

Our Air B&B rental in Kirkland was... weird. We'd actually tried to cancel before we left because Al's sister offered to let us stay at her place for free, but Mauricio isn't one to answer his phone or emails. So much so that he failed to answer his phone several times as Ben tried to coordinate meeting up with him to get the keys. The condo was clearly lived in, which is the case for a lot of Air B&B places, but usually the person makes an effort to accommodate guests. Mauricio left his fridge packed full of food... not food for us mind you, like half eaten sandwiches and eggs and stuff. We had to smash in the groceries we bought. He also "forgot" the keys for two of the three days we stayed there so we were unable to lock the door. His only wall decorations were a Seahawks jersey and a CD labelled "Yetzka!" thumb tacked to the wall which had some shmutz on it. I shudder to think, haha. Mauricio called Ben several times asking if he wanted to "hang out". On the last night we stayed there, he called Ben and said he needed to pick something up. We waited a while for him, he didn't show up until 11 when Jake was already asleep. He showed up with his girlfriend (reeking of weed) and she immediately ran into the bedroom as Ben and I tried to stop her. Then she ran out screaming "Somebody's in there!" So Ben went into the bedroom where Jake was sleeping and got the snowboard they wanted. Who needs a snowboard at 11 at night? It was weird.

Traffic getting to the convention center from Kirkland was pretty bad the first two days. Sales were very slow. Jake said he was disappointed that it wasn't like last year. I had a hard time talking to people, as I usually do... but I warmed up to it by Sunday. I didn't even come close to covering the cost of the trip and the table. But I have heard that it takes 3-4 years of going to conventions to really turn a profit, so I'm not discouraged yet.

Finding vegan food proved a bit more challenging than I anticipated. I have only ever been to Seattle with other vegans so we always ate at vegan places. The first night we went to the Cheesecake Factory and there wasn't anything suitable for me to have for dinner. I was able to grab a few things at the grocery store before it closed. There was a Veggie Grill nearby the convention center which is where I got lunch on Friday. I made sandwiches for Saturday and Sunday, haha.

On Saturday I ran around for a while looking for Links I could take pics of. I always see a lot of them at cons, I think I will continue trying to get them all at the rest of the cons this year. On Sunday I met up with Al's sister Gin. On my way down to get her I found out that Adam Warren was tabling right by us. I had to run back to our tables and let Jake know that he was there. We both went all fanboy/girl on him and accosted him with art which he may or may not have promptly thrown in the trash, haha. If you haven't read Empowered, you should certainly check it out!

I bought some more markers and refills from the Copic booth. I got some of their paper too since I was unable to find any good birthday presents for all the March birthdays. So I will draw them something.

On the drive home Ben requested I tell him stories to keep him awake so I ended up describing the plot of the Saw movies to him. Then we talked about X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He thinks I should have a podcast where I just describe the plot of movies, haha.

Overall I had a pretty fun time, even though I lost a lot of money. I don't think I will return to Emerald City next year. Not unless I do really well at the locals cons this year. I'm going to share a table with Jake at Rose City again and return to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. I will try to make it into Newcon PDX and Kumoricon too!
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NautaExCalvaria Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Last time I went to the Cheesecake Factory, I quite literally ordered a bowl of lettuce XD
It's important not to set one's expectations too high for big events like this. Whenever I go to a convention focused on succeeding at something, I don't have fun. Overall, though, I'm glad you enjoyed your time there. I'm a new fan of yours (I spent an entire day reading Split Screen start to finish), so I wanted to tell you that you are a wonderful artist and you should keep on keeping on. 
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Jaymzeecat Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I did see the options were limited to basically ordering lettuce and paying like $15 for it, haha!

I'm not discouraged so far, I've definitely had worse conventions. I did horrible (sales-wise) at Rose City last year but I had a lot of fun at that convention. :) I look forward to returning. Emerald City will have to be something I try for again once I am making more money. I enjoyed talking to people and seeing everyone's costumes!

I'm happy you liked Split Screen! Thanks so much for taking the time to read it. I am currently working on making a Split Screen book! 
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