After one year of doing cons, now what?

Be warned this is going to be a rant blog so turn back if you don’t like this kind of post.

Last year, I attended my first ever con. Initially, I was in it for experience but after 1 year of experiencing doing conventions, I gotta say, I’m tired and worn out from it.

So far I went to 10 conventions within the year and really my sales has been lackluster. As a person who always wants good results not having much sales is really a blow on my personal morale. I’m not blaming anyone for this. I was never an overzealous person in addition to being introverted and shy so marketing is never really a strong point. Admittedly, I was going for “let your art speak for people” approach but my art here never really gets noticed. Some say it’s good but never really buy anything so I don’t know if I’m really good.

Anyway, doing conventions really drains my energy tenfold. The travel beats me up so much that my body is sore all over the next day. I’m too poor to get a cab so I ride public transportation and have to go through stairs and bag inspections carrying a luggage. I don’t have anyone to ask to help me with stuffs either. Not really a fun experience if you ask me.

The only good thing I get from these is that I get to meet really cool people and really they are awesome. I met so many people I admire there.

At the end of the day tho, the negatives just weigh in more the the positives (probably because I’m absolutely a pessimistic person) that it makes me question, is it still even worth it to go through. I really really love to draw and create stuffs but things outside these aspects is something I don’t really enjoy much. Sometimes I prefer to be a caveman and just draw undisturbingly.

Bottomline is, I’ve lost all the enthusiasm I have in conventions. I still have to go to one in October and November but I might stop and take a break after this year, try to earn money and go to international cons and hope I do better there.

Me after all of this.

2 Comments on “After one year of doing cons, now what?

  1. I can imagine that this is something that can be very frustrating – even just from the view of a bystander. And when people start talking like that even more.

    If i might give you just my opinion:
    Stay over it. Dont think that its your art – i think most people who go to cons are just not interessted in buying something. Be more thankfull about the people who bought something and who just came to see you.

    Also – and this is again from the point of view from a reader – maybe only go to a couple of cons over time. I have seen many artists who just lost the fun of working on their art because all the cons they went just took every fun out of it – dont become one of them 🙁

    1. Thankfully I still love working on my art but I’m really tired of doing cons. I’ll either take a break next year and just focus on online selling or just reduce the cons I’m going to. 🙂

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