Back from TIAM! Actually I was back a while ago, but when I got home I went straight to bed and slept for several hours :p
The morning was slow, but there was quite a surge of traffic in the afternoon (after ~2pm), and I was able to cover my table cost. My first sale was actually to a very cute little girl who was looking at my Fantasy Beer minizine and asked her dad “Can we take this home?” He replied, “I’m not sure if that is a topic you’ll like, sweetie,” so I said, “Do you like squirrels? Would you like a free singing squirrel?” and fished out one of my $1 maiji bookmark/keychain pieces to save him lol. He was very appreciative and handed his daughter a loonie to give me, so I gave her a copy of Pocket Maijis too. xD
I always really enjoy the atmosphere of TIAM, and the great interactions that are only possible at a smaller event. I got to chat with lots of awesome people like Bailey of TEDDiErevival, Evan from Arcane Bullshit, and eXavier of eXPress Art, and see lots of familiar faces! Varethane stopped by too and doodled abstract art on my tablet. xD In between I did some digital painting, so maybe I’ll post it this weekend if I give up on touching it up.
A photographer came by and took my photo so maybe it will show up on the Intarwebs somewhere, egads.
Some photos of my own:
- My table~ I finally got to use these little chalkboard signs I bought a while ago from Winners! Looking at my table, I feel like I need some trays or “sectionals” to organize my minizines.
- My Gladstone Hotel lunch. “Bread pudding “french toast” topped with caramelized apples, maple caramel drizzle and house smoked bacon” aka. DEADLY BREAD PUDDING that was 2x the size I thought it was going to be. When the staff brought it over to my table everyone around me was like “HOLY CRAP THAT IS BIG” I diligently ate half of it and Bailey was all, “It looks like you haven’t even made a dent” sobsob *packs it to go* It was really good though. I guess next time I will have the granola.
- Lovely miniature vintage cameo necklace by TEDDiErevival~ It was really hard deciding what piece to get! So many beautiful things!
- Super yummy handcrafted Zimbabwean style meat pies from Mnandi. I had a sample of the steak and onion and it was delicious - the pastry was so layered and fluffy/flaky, and the steak and onion filling was great. I can’t wait to eat these!! The lady who makes these, Evis, is so sweet.
I’m kinda sad I’ll be missing the Small Press edition next month, but it’s the same weekend as the monster that is Anime North. I’m sure either way I’ll have lots of interesting stories!