Halo 4 DLC formally announced, check out the trailer
From 343 Industries:
The Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack is the first of three Map Packs from the War Games Map Pass. Currently scheduled for release on December 10, 2012, it will cost $10.00 USD or 800 Microsoft Points and consist of three maps offering something for everyone, including a variety of designs, spaces for tight firefights or vehicle warfare, as well as 8 new achievements and a new Crimson DLC playlist.
Extraction, a 5 vs. 5 objective-based game type where opposing Spartan teams are tasked with extracting assets from various sites around the map, will also be available for the first time in Multiplayer Matchmaking, on the same day that the Crimson Map Pack becomes available.
This is the only blanket that will keep you warm and let you stay in your official Gryffindor uniform. It’s made of 100% polyester, measures 48″ x 71″ and is machine washable.
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With the upcoming release of the latest Quentin Tarantino film many fanboys (and girls) are up in arms with the first few trailers of Django Unchained. It’s classic Tarantino, from the excessive amounts of stage blood to the A-list cast. Actors in the upcoming film include; Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson and Jonah Hill (curve ball, anyone?) We don’t have much longer until it’s slated release, to tide yourself over enjoy the just released, action packed, ass kickery below.
While Tarantino’s movies have become cult classics, the movies wouldn’t be where they are today without the amazing music that sets each scene into motion. Which may be why today the entire soundtrack list was released. There aren’t really any spoilers to this, however some titles do elude to moments in the movie. Look at your own risk.
2. DJANGO (MAIN THEME – LUIS BACALOV, ROCKY ROBERTS
3. THE BRAYING MULE – ENNIO MORRICONE
4. IN THAT CASE, DJANGO, AFTER YOU…
5. LO CHIAMAVANO KING (HIS NAME IS KING) – LUIS BACALOV, EDDA DELL’ORSO
6. FREEDOM – ANTHONY HAMILTON & ELAYNA BOYNTON
7. FIVE-THOUSAND-DOLLAR NIGGA’S AND GUMMY MOUTH BITCHES
8. LA CORSA (2ND VERSION) – LUIS BACALOV
9. SNEAKY SCHULTZ AND THE DEMISE OF SHARP
10. I GOT A NAME – JIM CROCE
11. I GIORNI DELL’IRA – RIZ ORTOLANI
12. 100 BLACK COFFINS – RICK ROSS
13. NICARAGUA – JERRY GOLDSMITH FEATURING PAT METHENY
14. HILDI’S HOT BOX
15. SISTER SARA’S THEME – ENNIO MORRICONE
16. ANCORA QUI – ENNIO MORRICONE AND ELISA
17. UNCHAINED (THE PAYBACK/UNTOUCHABLE) – JAMES BROWN AND 2PAC
18. WHO DID THAT TO YOU? – JOHN LEGEND
19. TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG – BROTHER DEGE
20. STEPHEN THE POKER PLAYER
21. UN MONUMENTO – ENNIO MORRICONE
22. SIX SHOTS TWO GUNS
23. TRINITY (TITOLI) – ANNIBALE E I CANTORI MODERNI12Aaaand straight from the horse’s mouth here is the statement Tarantino issued with the soundtrack release;
I want to thank all the artists who contributed original songs (a first for me) to the picture. Most of these contributions came out of the artists’ own inspiration and their illustration of the film’s soul is invaluable. In addition to the new original songs I am also using a lot of older recordings on the soundtrack – many of which came from my personal vinyl collection. Instead of having the record companies give me new digitally cleaned up versions of these recordings from the 60′s and 70′s, I wanted to use the vinyl I’ve been listening to for years – complete with all the pops and cracks. I even kept the sound of the needle being put down on the record. Basically because I wanted people’s experience to be the same as mine when they hear this soundtrack for the first time.
As fans of the man who can’t help but cameo in all of his films, we are personally thrilled to see Django. And can’t wait to see the title character beat the ever loving shit out of a racist asshole with a whip.
Nerdy Bits: Chocolate Dalek, Homemade TARDIS Control Room, TV Characters’ Business Cards Imagined, Real Bag of Holding, And MOAR!
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at email@example.com
ABOVE: Chocolate sculpture inspired by Daleks. It will exterminate… your diet (I’m here all week folks) [GeeksAreSexy]
Pacman Lamps. Each lamp includes a wireless remote control, which lets you set your ghost to one of sixteen colors. So, you get all the classic ghosts ((Blinky, Inky, Pinky, Clyde) and then some. I’d choose my own color and name the new ghost Susan. I ask you to respect my life my choices. [Technabob]
To say George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series is expansive, would be an understatement. It’s hard as hell to keep track of who’s who, what happened when, and where. Well, now there’s an app for that. This GoT guide helps you sort through over 450 characters and 380 locations complete with interactive maps. It’s available for the whole series or individually for each book, and even includes an anti-spoiler feature so you won’t get information you shouldn’t have yet. [NerdApproved]
ThinkGeek’s Dragonscale Bag of Holder. Now you can cram all of your books, pens, and tablets, laptop, not to mention your scrolls, wands, and potions into a single messenger bag that just got a +5 to Charisma! [ThinkGeek]
Homemade TARDIS control room. Pfft. An imaginarium would have been much cheaper. Also, are those pie pans on the wall? Crap, now I want pie. [DailyUnique]
TV character’ business cards imagined. Completely accurate to their respective persons, and thus very funny. Imma steel the Barney Stinson one. [Imgur]
Don Cheadle reprises his role as the deranged Captain Planet. Best part is when he and Ma-Ti have a heart to heart. [FunnyorDie]
“Ganon can eat my Deku nuts!” Why being a henchman in Zelda universe would suck. [Cracked]
Cool things the Mars Curiosity rover could find (parody of “dumb ways to die”. Prolly the cutest video you’ll watch all day. [TheMarySue]
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The Empire has found some new recruits in these rolly poly snowmen. Remold their heads a bit, hand them some blasters and you’ve got the perfect army to track down the rebels on Hoth.
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Here’s just a quick post to share this photo I found amusing. For 30+ years I have been a HUGE Fan of the Canadian Rock Band, RUSH. The other night I was watching a Documentary Movie about the Band called, “RUSH – Beyond The Lighted Stage”. It covered their entire career, the ups and downs, all the way from the beginning. The cool thing is that they interview the band members all through out the film. This photo is from when they were talking to Lead Singer/ Bassist Getty Lee ( pictured on the left ). Check out his BATMAN AND ROBIN T-Shirt, ha ha! I thought that was pretty cool. If you’d like to see the movie ( it’s really good ) then just CLICK HERE!
It may have gone out of business in the 1980s but it’s hard to keep the World’s Greatest Toy Company down. The Mego Museum and Wulf & Tyger are proud to unveil their latest project, Megozine, the official magazine for Mego collectors. Megozine is dedicated to keeping the company’s spirit alive whether it be vintage toys, newer figures (dubbed ReMego by the Museum), Knock offs or colourful custom creations.
Issue one is packed with colorful surprises including:
Secret Origins of the 1/6th Scale Superheroes- Which details Mego’s 12 inch Superhero figures and includes a never before seen prototype of a never made Mego 12″ hero.
A Mego Museum Super Collector comic adventure “Escape from the Planet of the Knockoffs” with art by Chris Franklin
Six Monsters, A Girl and a Mailer Box- A look at the Lincoln International Monster figures.
Aw Yeah Megos- Interview with Eisner award winning Art Baltazar about his passion for custom Mego figures.
Megozine will be ready for order in December 2012 and subsequent issues
will follow every six months. For more information please visit
About The Mego Museum:
MEGO MUSEUM was founded in 1996 by Scott C Adams and was the internet’s first website devoted to the toys and action figures produced
by Mego Corp. It has since grown into the premiere site for action figures both vintage and modern that utilize Mego’s signature 8″ format.
The site includes exhaustive galleries, interviews, custom galleries and
a collector forum. Each June the Museum hosts an annual convention
called MEGO MEET.
Ah, the future. Sometimes you just have to love how much it rocks living now as opposed to back then. Sure, we don’t have hover cars or jet packs – yet – but we do have the capability to attend the red carpet of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s world premiere. If you caught the most recent Hobbit video blog from Peter Jackson you know they were still working hard on the finished film with only days left before the premiere. The premiere date has come and Warner Bros. will be streaming live from the red carpet for all us folks not in attendance.
There’ll be a range of things to see like a performance of “Song of the Lonely Mountain” from Neil Finn, red carpet interviews with the cast, and speeches made by the filmmakers. No, you don’t get to see the movie, but it’s the perfect primer for this Hobbit season.
The stream, available below, begins at 3:50pm NZDT Wednesday, but that’ll be 9:50pm/6:50pm EST/PST tonight for us in the States.
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens worldwide December 14th.
Always ready to answer the questions we’ve never thought to ask, Epic Rap Battles of History delivers head to head lyrical combat between fictions two greatest detectives. Sure, if it was a fist fight in an alley Batman would mercilessly pummel the substance abusing sleuth from 221B Baker Street. Since this is a battle of the minds (rhymes,) Sherlock just might school the Dark Knight.
Wait, no, never mind. Lloyd Ahlquist shows up as Robin. S#!ts on, son!
I have yet to find a person not totally blown away by the latest Iron Man 3 trailer so it was a little surprising to this NerdBastard when news started to hit the Internet that Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige had taken the time to calm fan fears about the tone of the movie. I certainly wasn’t concerned by the tone of the latest trailer, I was thoroughly hyped up to see such serious action.
Well, somewhere out there, there must be some jittery fans that needed some hand holding because when Feige had the opportunity during his sit down with The West Austrailian, Fiege said:
“It’s not a serious movie, but we seriously dig into exploring more of Tony. The trick is just trying to make great movies. We try to make them all great, all different and all fresh. What you’ll see in Iron Man 3 is some very unique directions that were taken.”
Iron Man 3 Director Shane Black chimed in with:
“We’re not aiming for bigger, necessarily. We’re aiming for different and fresh and new. It’s all about capturing that lightning-in-a-bottle feel, about trying to get as much into this as we can. We’re looking to get a ton of thrills into a short space, to make a nice little stew for you.”
What do you think, would people stay away because of a darker tone in the latest trailer? I’m expecting the next trailer to be all slap stick, pie in the face, comedy now.
Iron Man 3 makes it’s way to theater screens on May 3, 2013.
To wit, director Peter Jackson and Bilbo Baggins’ portrayer Martin Freeman talked with Total Film about the movie. Here’s Jackson’s take on Baggins as a character:
“He really wants to be left alone, to put his feet up in front of a fire. And then suddenly he’s dragged off on an adventure. So there’s a lot of comedic opportunities. But you want to feel the truth of those moments. You don’t want them to be played just for laughs. When he’s holding the sword and faced with a troll, you want the sense of danger, and Martin’s brilliant at juggling the tone, that ability to have one foot in the dramatic world and one in the comedic world.”
And here’s what Freeman had to say about two films becoming three and the expectations there are about the film:
“It’s not really daunting. It is unexpected compared to where we were, but it’s the same thing of telling the story and doing your bit, whether it’s one or two or three films. There’s just, you know, more of it! But there are so many of us involved, it doesn’t really hang on anyone’s shoulders.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be in theaters everywhere December 14th. The Desolation Of Smaug will be released next year on December 13th and then conclude with There And Back Again on July 18th, 2014, the first Lord of the Rings movie to get a summer release date.
Source: Geek Tyrant
After a whole week of parades, performances and TV appearances, what the cosplayers really needed was a holiday – and TV Aichi kindly provided, taking us all on a surprise ‘special tour’ to end the trip. We headed off on the coach once more and first stop was – an aquarium! We were all very excited, especially since last year’s destination was apparently the infamous Senbei rice cracker factory, hehe.
I would have loved to take lots of photos but stupidly I left my camera charger at the hotel so the only photo I got before the battery died was of these white crane storks at the entrance.
But still – real storks! Inside Laura got to feed some cute little penguins and we all enjoyed feeding the giant turtles, who seemed to love racing across the tank to catch the food. There were lots of seals, even a huge one which was over 6ft tall!
After a couple of hours we headed off to our final destination – a super posh ryokan by the sea. A ryokan is a type of traditional Japanese hotel and this one had it’s own private hot spring. The hotel provided us with yukata (cotton kimonos) and we all went for a dip in the private bath, before heading to the dining room for a 10-course banquet!
We had a chance to try lots of different kinds of local seafood and there was even a karaoke machine! We ending the evening with fireworks outside and retired to our futons (but not before taking one last group photo of course).
The next morning we hung out with the USA team at the hotel pool (yes, there was a pool as well) before driving back to central Nagoya so we could go our separate ways. Although we had our ups and downs, WCS 2012 was a good experience and everyone was sad to leave the new friends they had made. I miss everyone already but hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet again in the not too far future.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our adventures in Japan and at the World Cosplay Summit!
If you are from the UK and would like to take part in the 2013 World Cosplay Summit, the next UK selection takes place at HYPER JAPAN in Earls Court, London on Saturday, 24th November 2012.
Entry is by pre-registration only and the deadline is 18th November.
For more information and to download all the rules and forms please visit the HYPER JAPAN website or email the HJ Cosplay Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Over four million people played Halo 4 on Xbox LIVE in the first five days.
13.5 million hours were spent playing Campaign in the first five days.
1.9 million hours were spent playing Spartan Ops in the first five days.
16 million hours were spent playing War Games in the first five days.
31.4 million hours were spent playing Halo 4 in the first five days.
1,116,882 people completed the Campaign in the first five days.
6% of total players completed the Campaign on Legendary in the first five days.
43,335,060 achievements were unlocked in the first five days.
2,675,140,836 kills were earned in Campaign in the first five days.
505,250,095 kills were earned in Spartan Ops in the first five days.
1,410,025,354 kills were earned in War Games in the first five days.
4,590,416,285 kills were earned playing Halo 4 on Xbox LIVE in the first five days.
Source: Halo Waypoint
As spied on Reddit.
You can look like your favorite heros while you keep warm this winter with these fantastic knit caps. Wolverine has his pointy ears and a mask front that comes right over your eyes. Batman and Superman both include knitted cape-style backs that cover your neck and block out the chill winter wind. They’re each 100% acrylic and 100% awesome.
See more pictures after the break…
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The collection, inspired by the Hasbro Transformers character created in 1984, features iconic Nike silhouettes across lifestyle, training and performance including the CJ81 Nike Air Max Flyposite, CJ81 Nike Huarache Free Shield, CJ81 Nike Vapor Jet Glove 2.0, CJ81 Nike Vapor Football Sock, CJ81 Nike True Adjustable Hat, and the CJ81 Nike KO Hoody.
Merging the old and new, the traditional Transformers grid pattern and colors of black, silver, purple and blue from the original Megatron packaging, help highlight the CJ81 logo design.
The new collection, called the CJ81, will be available starting today at select Nike retail locations and at Nike Yardline at Champs Sports and Eastbay online.
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So, the Wii U is here, which means the endless speculation about the console’s power is finally at an end. People more knowledgeable about electronics than I have been popping open the new machine and examining the entrails, and have discovered that Nintendo, true to form, has put together a rather wonky machine that excels in some areas, and skimps in others.
So, what’s the Wii U got under the hood? Hit the jump for some pics, specs and educated guesses…
Why, Wii U, your motherboard is showing.
- The machine has 2GB of gDDR3 RAM. Not a bad amount of RAM for a console, but half of it is reserved for the operating system. Peak memory bandwidth (basically how quickly the machine can actually access its RAM) is 12.8GB/s.
By comparison both the PS3 and Xbox 360 have 512 MB of RAM. Their max bandwidth is 25.6GB/s and 22.4GB/s respectively. So, the Wii U has more RAM, but it won’t be able to get at it as quickly. The Wii U’s memory bandwidth is similar to an iPad 3/4.
- The heart of the Wii U is a multi-chip module that contains an AMD GPU graphics processing unit) and a suspiciously scrawny looking IBM CPU (central processing unit).
The dark green slab in the middle is the multi-chip module. The large silver square in the GPU. The underfed little silver square in the top-left is the CPU.
- Exact specs for the CPU and GPU aren’t out there yet, but here’s what is known/strongly speculated — the console has a tri-core power-based CPU that is based on the Wii’s Broadway CPU. Basically the Wii U CPU is just three Wii CPUs taped together.
- The machine probably has an AMD R700 series GPU that’s been heavily tinkered with. The GPU also comes with 32 MB of embedded RAM. The Wii U will support DirectX 10.1.
So what’s it all mean? Well, here’s my layman’s opinion — the Wii U isn’t particularly impressive in terms of pure processing power, but it does have a solid, fairly modern GPU capable of some cool effects. So in other words, this machine was built to run Nintendo games. What’s Nintendo need with grunt processing power? Most of their characters already looked about as detailed as they’re ever going to look on the Wii. On the other hand, Nintendo does like to play around fancy graphical effects. Basically, the Wii U is going to be able to do really amazing looking, effects-heavy Mario Galaxy-type games, but may struggle to replicate a lot of the more realistic, action heavy games coming from third party developers. So yeah, pretty much exactly what you’d expect from Nintendo.
via AnandTech, PC Perspective, ExtemeTech & NeoGAF
The post Let’s Have A Look At The Wii U’s Guts appeared first on UPROXX.
I defend My Little Pony often. QUITE often in fact. I’d say it’s a guilty pleasure but I have absolutely zero guilt about this. My Little Pony: Frienship is Magic has been able to crash through the stained glass ceiling of TV shows aimed at young girls and was able to attract a young as well as older male audience without compromising it’s pink, heart-filled, unicorn party aesthetic which by all rights should have driven away any and every boy who came in contact with it. So what? Why does My Little Pony matter? Why would you write this post in honor of Transgender Awareness week and International Transgender Day of Remembrance?
To answer that I looked back at an article Lauren Faust, the series creator and Season 1 executive producer/head writer, wrote on Ms. Magazine Blog in defense of a scathing review of the show claiming it had Racist, Homophobic, and anti-intellectual sentiments:
There are lots of different ways to be a girl. You can be sweet and shy, or bold and physical. You can be silly and friendly, or reserved and studious. You can be strong and hard working, or artistic and beautiful. This show is wonderfully free of “token girl syndrome, so there is no pressure to shove all the ideals of what we want our daughters to be into one package. There is a diversity of personalities, ambitions, talents, strengths and even flaws in our characters-it’s not an army of cookie-cutter nice-girls or cookie-cutter beauty queens like you see in most shows for girls.
I bring this up for two reasons. Most programming with an aesthetic that hugs close to the female spectrum is either dismissed or churned into a fluff piece where all women are indistinguishable except for the clothing they wear or one note female stereotypes. They fit the idea of femininity and womanhood into a VERY small, frail, box. MLP presents a matriarchy and a world populated predominantly (but not exclusively) by women who don’t crumble when problems arise. Each has strength and weakness.
But all of that is stuff people have written about since day one. Whether the show intends to or not the fact that this show has been able to attract and keep a male audience truly challenges the gender dichotomy. It says that not only are writers and producers interested in creating a show that is VERY traditionally feminine but that everyone can be interested in it. By starting to break the gender dichotomy the show also opens doors for many transgender individuals who have always felt they have to fit neatly into one category or the other.
Both cisgender boys and girls can watch the show and gain an appreciation and respect for their/the opposite gender’s capacity to be just as strong and brave but also remain feminine, but it also teaches that it’s OK not to fit a mold. That’s where MLP:FiM, while containing no transgender characters, can be used as a tool to help transgender youth. The show has proven that it’s feminine but not about perpetuating a right vs. wrong attitude towards gender expression. When speaking of Rainbow Dash, Faust stated “She is a tomboy, but nowhere in the show is her sexual orientation ever referenced. As we all know, there are plenty of straight tomboys in the world, and assuming they are lesbians is extremely unfair to both straight and lesbian tomboys.” The fact that Rainbow Dash is a tomboy means nothing aside from the fact that she is a tomboy. She is no less a woman and her sexual orientation does not play into it.
Now after Ms. Faust left Season 2 had its moments which seemed a bit out of character such as the fact that there was more violence throughout the season, and the “Babies” episode which seemed like it could have done a complete 180 and made a fluff episode about how all the women should “oohhh” and “awww” the cute babies in order to sell some MLP baby toys. It HOWEVER did not do this and actually had a very funny and cute episode less about the babies being cute (but they are so it’s unavoidable) but was instead about Pinkie Pie the party animal learning to be responsible.
Whether it’s Fluttershy conquering her fear of Dragons, Twilight Sparkle travelling through time, or Rainbow Dash asserting her awesomeness, the show has been able to thrive without compromising who it is (Much), and without feeling pressure to conform just because of its “intended” gender. While Ms. Faust mentioned that “There are many ways to be a girl,” it also implies there are many ways to be a boy, and that there are many ways embrace you as you are and to not care so much about how society feels you should be. I wish a show like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic existed when I was a kid, but regardless of gender I look forward to exposing my future children to it.
Such was the Chief’s legend, even a no-nonsense Spartan imagined him a giant.
(no relation to article, just moe)
So, this is actually the least number of cons I’ve seen ever since I started posting upcoming cons for each weekend. There’s a few sci-fi cons, anime cons and a comic convention this Thanksgiving weekend. I know Atlanta Anime Day’s site is kinda on and off but checking out on Facebook looks like that is still a go. I myself will be at Reactor Con to support my friends Nerd Reactor. I’ll have some copies of my book and be there hanging out all day. Pssst. It’s a F-R-E-E con and Johnny Yong Bosch, Dean Cain, and a lot more guests will be there. Plus cosplayers Ivy DoomKitty & Precious will be there to judge the cosplay contest. See everyone there !
Dates for the cons listed below are Nov. 23-25 unless otherwise noted. If I missed any con, comment and I’ll update. Thank you !
Edit : Added Chicago Tardis, a Dr. Who con
Atlanta Anime Day (Atlanta, GA) November 24, 2012
Chicago Tardis (Chicago, IL)
Kollision Con (St. Charles, IL)
Loscon (Los Angeles, CA)
ReactorCon (City of Industry, CA) Nov. 24, 2012
Starbase Indy (Indianapolis, IN)
Tomodachi Fest (Boise, ID)
Toys On The Hudson (Jersey City, NJ)
Artist Alley ! First of all, artist alley depends on what kind of convention you attend. Artist alley in an anime convention in someways are different from a comic convention artist alley – though there are crossovers.
Comic book artist alley by nature relate heavily toward comic books so the work tends to be more geared towards that. Unlike anime artist alley, you probably won’t see too many PVC frames with prints of Dr. Who or FF hanging up. In general, they have large portfolios of work you can flip through and often they might be working on a commission (more on that later. Not saying ALL comic book artist alley is like that but in general yes. Many will be independent artists with their own book they are promoting but you’ll see well-known comic book artists there as well available for commission. There’s usually not as much .. what I call 3D art… plushies, 8-bit characters, bookmarks, jewelry, hats with ears, keychains, scarves, stickers, etc. These can be found more readily at anime artist alley.
Also in Artist Alley, there’ll be self-published doujinshi, comics and manga but not as much as you’ll see at an anime con. When I think of anime artist alley, I think of fan art. I think of rows of PVC-piped tables filled with prints of MLP, Back Butler, Hetalia, Dr. Who, whatever is popular at that time.
The artist alley we’ll be talking about today relates more to anime cons than comic book cons but the advice can apply to both. Also note I am kinda of a special case. My experience is from just selling one item – my book in Artist Alley but over the years I had a chance to hang out with a lot of artists and heard a lot of stories. If this topic sounds familiar, that is because I wrote about it back in 2010 and strangely enough, I posted it Nov. 24, 2010 …. almost exactly two years ago !
(More after the jump)
First of all, jinyjinjin made two helpful videos about anime artist alley.
Here’s a video from Malfoy129 talking about her experience + advice for AA (Artist Alley). I do have to note although she talks about having free food at your table, a lot of cons may not allow this so double check with the con.
When I started out doing Artist Alley, I found this guide *extremely helpful*. For me, Fanime 2010 was the first artist alley I ever done. I had a great time hanging out, talking to people and it definitely grew on me as one of my favorite places to go to at a con. For the next two years I travel all over the United States – mostly anime conventions, and thus I spend the most time in artist alley there. Technically, I’ve only done artist alley at two comic book convention. Alternative Press Expo and Long Beach Comic Con. Though I visited other comic cons – mostly San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con and WonderCon. I also visited DragonCon artist alley but that is different from an anime and a comic book artist alley.
My suggestion is to start off at a smaller con to test out what you have. What you sell really depends on you and your ability. If you’re great with doing fan art – do that ! If you are better at making charms – do that ! Just make sure you have a wide range of price points – i.e items that are less expensive to more expensive. I didn’t follow that rule. I just had one price and one item – a book. lol !
Starting off at a smaller con is helpful as it gets you into the alley without as much stress as the bigger cons plus the cost will be much lower and if the con is in your backyard, your cost is pretty much artist alley costs. This way you can get a taste of it and figure out if you want to keep doing it.
A good idea is to scout an artist alley at a con before doing artist alley. Look at what people have for sale, look at their prices. Figure out how yours would fit in. I would advise doing something that others aren’t doing. I got an artist alley friend who does fan art badges. I know few folks who do that. Check out how others are displaying their wares and plan accordingly.
I would also suggest splitting a table your first time. It helps break down the cost of doing the alley. When I started, I used to draw a decent size crowd so having a full table helped me out. Full tables are usually between 6 ft. to 10 ft. long – depending on the con. Now that I’ve done it for a few years, and people have seen me enough times, I’ve moved to splitting tables – having a half space is enough for me now. I’ve seen people even do artist alley in a 2 ft space. My across-the-aisle neighbor at Anime Boston had the tiniest space I’ve seen but she used it to her max with PVC pipes and all.
First of all, make sure you read all the directions listed for Artist Alley. Some cons may have different rules for fan art so make sure you read up on that. Some limit contest or giveaways so make sure you read everything.
At some point the convention will release artist alley tables. In most cases, it is first come, first serve so once you find out the info (usually posted in the forum of the con), mark it on your calendar and get ready to be by the computer when the time arrives.
Some cons do a lottery system where they open artist alley registration for a certain period of time and your chances of getting in depends on luck.
Find out what kind of artist alley it is – meaning is the AA in a room where doors can be locked at the end of the night or is it in an open area like a hallway and you have to take your merchandise home. Keeping the PVC pipes and stands will probably be alright.
The good thing about rooms means you don’t have to drag your stuff back to your hotel and there’s decent hours. On the other side, the good thing about open areas is you can pretty much pick your own hours and hey, you might get some sales from the rave crowds. I think for me, Anime Boston artist alley and MetroCon artist alley are the longest I’ve ever done at a convention.
You will have to get a temporary business license if you are going to sell so make sure you have enough time to research how to get one. Checking on forums are a great way to see how other people are doing it. You do have to pay taxes on what you sell. You can either choose to include tax into the price or put tax on top of the price. I usually include it to make it easier to deal with. At the end of the con, I calculate the total sold, report it to the correct government agency and write them a check for the tax.
I can’t tell you how many prints or bookmarks or merchandise to bring – it all depends. I’ve talked to a lot of artist alley people and there’s no way you can always predict what will happen. Just bring enough just in case.
Bring a lockbox with you to keep your cash and make sure you have enough for change. I prefer pricing your work in easy to break numbers like $5, $10, $15, $20. Doing $7 means you’ll have to make more change. I personally dislike carrying amount large amounts of change so I like to keep it within the $5 breakdown. Always carry the lockbox with you unless you have someone watching your table. Be aware of your money at all times. I know one artist alley person who put the lockbox in her packpack – went to the bathroom and forgot the backpack. It was gone by the time she got back
(My Artist Alley table at Anime Expo 2010)
Bring a receipt book in case they ask for receipt. Bring food and water because you may not be able to leave your table. Many of y’all know I bring tons of Cliff Bars with me. I have a hotel breakfast – i.e whatever free hotel breakfast it is – eat Clif bars during the day and have a decent dinner. I usually bring a large bottle of water which in most cons there are water stations so you can always refill. If you make friends with your neighbors, they can watch your table briefly while you hit the bathroom.
Make eye contact with everyone. Just give them a nod and go back to what you’re doing. I usually give people some time to look through my book before I start telling them what the book is all about. I usually stand in most cases because I want to seem approachable. Not sure why I do it – maybe because every job I’ve done pretty much stand – I worked at a movie theater, worked at a video store, worked at a grocery store, I guess I’m used to standing all the time for the most part.
A help thing to help is Square. Square attaches to your phone through the audio plug part and allows you to swipe credit cards. Believe me, my first year I used Paypal (you can pay extra $30 a month to accept credit cards) and I had to punch in every single number. The next year, I used Square and fell in love. I know Paypal now has their own credit card reader too. For Square, they take 2.75% off every swipe for their fees. Not sure what Paypal is so check their site ! Be aware that you may have trouble running credit cards depending on location of artist alley in the convention center/hotel. New York Comic Con is notorious terrible for cell phone usage. I’ve thought about buying a portable wifi hotspot but not willing to spend the extra money to get one yet.
Have business cards to give out. They may not buy anything the first time but perhaps they’ll go to your etsy page or website and buy something there. Make sure to list which con you’ll be in the future on your site so people can find out and check you out at the next con. Sometimes I have a mailing list for people to write their email on.
Finally, have fun ! Talk to your neighbors, talk to people walking by. Enjoy yourself
I think I covered everything though I’m sure I probably forgot something. Any questions, post it in the comments below. I’ll see everyone at the cons next year !