Mallory Hodgkin

AnthrOhio

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Sorry I didn't get to post about FWA! It's a bit too late to chat about specifics, but I did very well in the Artist Alley and the Art Show and met all kinds of folks I previously only admired online! 

However, last weekend was AnthrOhio! I had a great show there and furry cons have so far been the only events I've been able to make my financial goals! 

My table at AnthrOhio!

My table at AnthrOhio!

I was able to get out some of my new candles which were pretty well received and I was also able to make badges which is no joke my fav part of doing furry conventions so far! Saw a lot of great suits and sat across from the guest of honor That's Furred Up who is a really great fursuit maker! I stayed with and sat next to my friends Kit Vasey (sleepersharks) and Kris Starlein (KingGuro) and saw con buddies Naomi and Noemi Romero (yowulf) and all their great work! Met up with Dan (Vander) again as well and got to chat with him a bit more than when we met at FWA. 

I'm very excited to sign up again for it next year, next up is AnthroCon!

Blog Format Update and Events

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So! I've decided I'd like to make a blog post after every event I do to summarize it this year from here on out. Apologies for not being able to do that at all my events so far, but I have LOTS coming up and I'll do my best to put those up here!

Also, at the end of every post I'll be updating my events schedule if necessary so there's a place you can find all that information! Plus it changes so often that it'll be a great way to update you folks on what's updated.

I'm currently planning for Furry Weekend Atlanta right now and will be writing about it when I come home in early April, but here's my upcoming events for the rest of the year that are currently planned:

March 31-April 3, 2016 - Furry Weekend Atlanta - Atlanta, GA - Artist Alley (Depends on Availability) - All Day/Variable

April 23 - Indianapolis Zoo Naturally Inspired Paint-Out - All day, multiple artists painting throughout the zoo

May 5-8 - Anthrohio - Columbus, OH - Dealer's Den - All weekend

May 14 - Virginia Ave Folk Fest - Fountain Square, Indianapolis, IN - All day Saturday, outdoor

May 20 - Night of the Comet - Indianapolis, IN - Live Painting, limited sale items

June 3 - TBD named Trivia/Art Night - Fountain Square Brewery - Indianapolis, IN - time TBD

June 17-19 - Indy Pop Con - Indianapolis Convention Center - Artist Alley - **NOT CONFIRMED, ON WAITING LIST**

June 30-July 3 - Anthrocon - Pittsburgh, PA - Artist Alley (Depends on Availability) - All Day/Variable

August 5 - Tinker Coffee Co. - Indianapolis, IN - First Friday/all August long 

August 13-14 - TBD Named Broad Ripple Village Association/Indianapolis Bicentennial - Outdoor Festival (Arts Section provided by Evoke Arts + Media)

August 26-28 - Indy Fur Con - Indianapolis - Dealer's Den - All Weekend

September - Horrorhound Indianapolis **NOT CONFIRMED**

September 8-11 - Hyperion - Spencer, IN - Music and Art Festival - **NOT CONFIRMED**

October 7-9 - Fur Reality - Cincinnati, OH - Dealer's Den - All Weekend **NOT CONFIRMED**

November 26 - Evoke Arts + Media Presents: Black Saturday Art Bazaar - Indianapolis, IN - All Day Saturday 

December 2 - Pussy Control II - 80's Pop Culture Show - Fountain Square Brewery - details TBD

December 1-4 - Midwest Fur Fest - Chicago, IL - **NOT CONFIRMED**

Gosh!! An Old Blog!

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Hey folks! Sorry about the radio silence, to be perfectly honest I forgot my legit website had a blog space! Sadly I had not been able to blog about my recent experiences as they happened! If you're interested in my preparations and reactions as they happen, my Twitter and Tumblr are the best place for that! Find links for those at the bottom of any of the pages on my site. I do intend to update this blog more effectively in 2016! In fact, I'd like to get one up once a month along with my newsletter! 

Take a look at the new stuff that's just arrived on my Illustration, Personal Work, and Sketchbook pages, I got those all updated up to date. In the near future, I have a lot of events coming up that I'll try to keep posted on my website so you can plan to swing by! I'll also be updating my Storenvy to list all of my available original works and updating the blog to have that info. 

Also, if you're a part of the furry subculture, I'm also keeping my profile on FurAffinity updated ("stablercake" on FA) and have a USD commission shop on the popular online pet site Flight Rising. I also intend to be a part of multiple comic and furry conventions in the coming year which will also be listed on the events page along with my local shows.

And as always, I'm open for personal and commercial commissions so drop me a line for a quote!

Indy Pop Con 2015 (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Con)

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So I admit it, I’ve never had a booth at a convention before, I’ve been to GenCon twice but otherwise am pretty green when it comes to conventioneering. I gotta say, I was so stressy and worried for a good week before set-up and would consistently have terrible sleep because I couldn’t relax. The set-up day I showed up at noon which was the very earliest you could start setting up, well apparently most people don’t do that! I set up in an empty room, it took 3 hours and all the while my company was mostly convention center employees and a few flies, but I got it all done! To be honest, even though I didn’t have the best little set-up at the convention, I feel like I did pretty well for a first-timer and I learned so much about my setup and how people look at tables.

I did a lot of touring and a lot of introducing-myself-ing the first day, met a lot of really cool people with really cool art and by the end of the con had a few people who wanted to either buy or trade for artworks and it was thrilling because I mean, those people didn’t know me pre-convention and it was so nice to have people so quickly be interested in my work! Friday, which to my knowledge is usually relatively slow, was actually one of my best days in terms of networking and sales. I met a few people that asked about post-con commissions (which, if you’re reading this, I am open for commission anytime!) and even a few folks that purchased commissions at the con. Saturday was strangely slow and Sunday beefed back up again making the whole con a grand success! I made back my booth fee and I’m fairly certain I made a small profit even counting the display and art supplies. I met Tony Moore, who I disappointed by saying I had previously signed up to be at the con he was running but was not able to make it, my friend Samuel K met a fan of his let’s plays, and we met a girl who was legit named Star Fox. I met a lot of local talent too, which was especially cool!

PopCon was a blast, but it was an enormous exercise in training my social anxieties, it took everything I had to say “hello” and “how are you” to folks passing by and chatting with them about their various fandoms I had done art for. I learned that next year my original work, despite being generally just images of animals or skulls that I thought would be easy to relate to, needs to take a back seat. Fanart is the key at Indy PopCon (and probably most cons) and most people seemed to be  into video games or comics/superheroes since PopCon didn’t have a particular focus. I also now know that no one wants a physical copy of grotesque My Little Ponies (which is fair). People thought my records were really cool, that’s definitely something I’ll have to revisit in future conventions. One of a kind pins were a big seller, I sold most of them, especially the wooden ones which is fine with me because they’re easier to make.

I guess this is part blog post and part checklist for later conventions, but if you’re interested in having a booth at a con, use my mistakes and successes to your advantage. I had a vertical banner at my booth, and more than one person stated their eyes were caught by the banner so definitely have something in that vein to be eye-catching.

Sorry about it being absurdly blurry, I can't always tell how bad I am at photos on iPhone

Sorry about it being absurdly blurry, I can't always tell how bad I am at photos on iPhone

Banners in front of the table don’t work as well, they’re usually behind someone’s knees and below people’s eye line. Ghibli is timeless, I sold out of small Catbus prints and no other print sold that well, not even Mad Max, and mini-prints are a goldmine. I sold mine for 3$ each or 2 for 5$ and people really were into them, it was something cheap and they could have a sample of my work without a big investment since I am not any kind of big name.

I was told a lot that my work was “scary” or “deranged” or things like that, despite my efforts to make a few cute things. I understand it’s not for everyone, I need to embrace the scariness though instead of using those comments as direction in my art. Me trying to make cute things just ends up even scarier than the stuff that’s intentionally scary! I also got schooled by a 10 year old about why I drew MLP characters as horses instead of ponies, she insistently asked why I drew them as horses like 5 times and refused to accept the answer of “real ponies look like horses”.

I know this post is relatively aimless, but I had a really great time and I would recommend that if you’re considering visiting or exhibiting in Indianapolis for PopCon in the future, you should really do it. It was really smoothly run and I didn’t have too many issues with the way it worked that a sign or two couldn’t have fixed, and plus I can meet you there and I really did like meeting all the super-talented artists despite my high levels of anxiety!

Well, onto July and August! I have some tentative July plans for artwork showings and I have one definite one in August which will wrap up the summer before Cincinnati Comic Expo in September. I’ll keep you all posted, and if you haven’t yet, make sure to sign up for the newsletter to keep up to date on new artworks and exhibit locations. 

June Happenings - Tinker Coffee and Indy Pop Con 2015

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Hey folks! Been a bit since I've posted on here, but I want to be sure and update the website with where you can find me in the world!

May is my month to work my tail off on new art, but in June I'll be in a couple of places! My work will be at Tinker Coffee Co., a coffee roaster on 16th Street in Indianapolis, IN (not to be confused with Tinker Street Cafe) and will be there all month! There will be a First Friday shindig on June 5th and I'll be there that evening if you'd like to pop in and take a peek at some new work!

If you can't make it there, maybe you can swing by Indy Pop Con 2015! I'll have a table in their Artist Alley and will be there the whole con, June 26th-28th at the Indiana Convention Center in the heart of Indianapolis. I'll be selling a HUGE variety of wares including zines, stickers, prints, as well as some original pieces.

I also added a newsletter to my Contact section of the website so if you can't make the above dates, I'll be able to let you know about future show dates and you'll get sneak peeks of works in progress and be notified about new work on the site.

Thanks a bunch and I hope to see you soon! \ n wn/