Conventions, Manga and Websites

Ok, technically just one website.

Our backend had a major issue where several features had to be shut down and removed. The major issue caused the whole Beloved Doll Designs website, except for the shop, to shut down and not load, giving visitors a blank page. Said features were removed and the website loaded back up. Those who have visited the Beloved Doll Designs website before will notice many things are missing, including our events calendar and the slider on the front page.

Unfortunately getting these features back will require some time to get them back in and working. In light of this, we will be taking this opportunity to make some changes around the website.

One of the new things that will come is an official art commissions page. Art commissions have been available for some time but it’s time it had its own official page to provide information and samples.

Another new thing that will come is a selection of manga books for the shop. I’ll be testing the waters in this field and will start with a few titles.

In other news, this weekend I will be in the Artist Alley at Ravencon. There are two more shows lined up and I’m waiting to hear back about a third one.

Some weeks back I was in the Artist Alley on Friday at Fur the More. I have several photos that I’d like to get posted soon and will do so once time allows. Once the photos are up I will update the Beloved Doll Designs Facebook page to let everyone know when the photos are available for viewing.

Any orders that come through will ship out on Monday when I return from Ravencon. Hope to see you there!

OmegaCon 2014 Photos and Results

OmegaCon 2014 was this weekend. I know I have only been to two cons but this definitely is the best! So let’s get down to the nitty gritty and talk about what went on and get to showing some photos.

I had more time to work on my table display (and didn’t run out of tape this time!) this round so my table looks way better than it did for CHS OtakuFest 2014.

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Beloved Doll Designs table display on Saturday for OmegaCon 2014.

I was able to get my prints up this time annnnnnd I got a little sign with my business name on it! Products were expanded as well. I had added many more keychain designs, sketches, crochet pony mini plushes, pony dolls, more sprites, a few DVDs, a bunch of MLP stuff, some Pokemon cards and displayed the buttons differently.

Now I didn’t do Friday as having a place to stay for the con was tricky. However, after hearing folks talk about how hopping the con was on Friday, I wish I had been there!! So maybe next year I’ll be able to do all three days, or at the least do Friday and Saturday.

Obviously the display still needs work but it is way better than the last show. Sales were a lot better, too. Didn’t so as much as I’d like to have but it was decent.

Saturday was fairly busy with several folks being present. A lot of cosplayers were walking around (whereas Sunday didn’t have very many). I was able to get a few of the cosplayers photographed on Saturday so below are their photos.

Cosplayer at OmegaCon 2014.

Cosplayer at OmegaCon 2014.

Cosplayers at OmegaCon 2014.

Cosplayers at OmegaCon 2014.

Cosplayer at OmegaCon 2014.

Cosplayer at OmegaCon 2014.

Cosplayer at OmegaCon 2014.

Cosplayer at OmegaCon 2014.

Cosplayer at OmegaCon 2014.

Cosplayer at OmegaCon 2014.

Cosplayer at OmegaCon 2014.

Cosplayer at OmegaCon 2014.

I had a great time talking to everyone and even got to learn a few new things such as a couple of anime cons to try to get in as well as a couple of new anime and manga to check out.

The experience itself was mostly good but let’s do the not so pretty stuff first.

It was FREEZING cold in there! I wish I had a jacket with me. My toes were numb and I was shivering pretty much the entire time. And the floor was water all over it so my stuff, as well as other vendors’ stuff, were getting wet and ruined from all the water. Later on, I found out that the vendor area was placed on an ice rink at the venue and the area was supposed to have different flooring than what it ended up with. The OmegaCon staff are aware of those issues and they have plans on making corrections next year so that these things won’t happen again.

My ProPay machine decided it was going to crash on me so I couldn’t accept credit cards at the show. That really sucked because I got it to help with those payments regardless of internet status (which was super unstable). I have to get in contact with ProPay to find out what is going on and to get it fixed because I need this thing to work.

For the upsides, it was great to have folks who helped me transport things to and from the car. It was a decent walking distance and the boxes were heavy so I give a huge kudos to the guys who had to endure that and helped me out big time.

I was impressed with how many folks showed up considering that this was OmegaCon’s only second year. I wish I was present for Friday as that sounded like there was even more people. Hearing about the growth rate of the show, I’m excited for next year.

For Sunday, I slightly changed up the table display.

Beloved Doll Designs table display on Sunday at OmegaCon

Beloved Doll Designs table display on Sunday at OmegaCon

I had the bookmarks sprayed out like a fan. The cup didn’t seem to help them much. I also put the Pokemon cards up on one of the shelves to make it easier to see them. That seemed to help. The crochet plushes were taken out of the bowl so they were easier to see as well. I was able to find a spot to put the price list finally.

More changes will done on future displays for sure. Surprisingly none of the keychains went home with anyone. There is always next time.

Unrelated to the OmegaCon show, I am looking at doing some changes around here on the website. The shop section will be getting a do over in it’s setup and programming. Also an art gallery will be added as there’s been a lot of requests for that. I’ll be taking the business stuff and putting them in their own corner away from all the anime stuff so give the two some separation. I will be holding off adding more stuff to the shop until the restructure is done. No point in adding products in twice. Services will be expanded to include more custom work, too.

If anyone has any photos or videos that were taken at OmegaCon, or have written reviews, please send them my way. I’d love to see them!

CHS OtakuFest 2014 Results and Photo Share

Yesterday was the CHS OtakuFest 2014, my very first anime convention. It was a great learning experience and I got to talk to some cool people while there.

My table setup didn’t come out the way I had planned for it as I ran out of tape so I couldn’t put up all the prints. I’ll be working on the setup more for future shows (as well as make sure I bring a lot more tape!). There’s some ideas floating around in my head for it already.

Below is the photo of what the table display looked like for CHS OtakuFest 2014:

chs otakufest 2014 beloved doll designs table setup

CHS OtakuFest 2014 Beloved Doll Designs Table Setup

A cool little thing I got to do at the end of the show was do a print trade with one of the other artists. She had a cool skeleton piece that I had been staring all the entire day of the show and just had to have it!

I also have a collection of photographs that were taken of the cosplayers at the show. Everyone had great costumes so it was hard to resist! Perhaps next time I’ll dress up, too.

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It was a pretty good show all and all, especially for its size. Some folks requested for me to come back next year and I definitely plan on it! So hopefully I will be seeing all of you at CHS OtakuFest 2015!

In the coming days, I will be adding all the inventory to the website. There will be prints, bookmarks, buttons and keychains. There’s a ton of stuff I have in store and I’m excited to get them online. Stay tuned!

The First Convention for Beloved Doll Designs

All the details are set! Beloved Doll Designs is having its first convention attendance in just 11 days! Time is speeding past and I am getting closer to having everything wrapped up and ready.

If you’re in the vicinity of Ellicott City, MD, you should stop by! This is a great chance to check out all of the pin back buttons, prints and bookmarks a good bit before they get added to any of our online shops. (And there is a lot to see!)

When the convention is over, I’ll be coming back to share the results and post some photos from the convention.

An events page has already been created for the convention with all of the details, including table number and the address of the convention location. Check out the Events section for full details: CHS Otaku Fest 2014

Anybody going to come visit me??