As of today Smashing Studios has been accepted into the artist alley of Go!Daiko-con for the first weekend of August. For those of you who don’t know, Go!Daiko-con was the first convention Smashing Studios ever attended. It made me realize that SS is over a year old now, and has me reflecting on the past year.
Smashing Studios was started by me and Jess basically on a whim- I mentioned in passing I wanted to do artist alleys at conventions someday, and since she had been considering it too, suddenly we were starting our own studio. We spent months preparing for our first convention (Go!Daiko) and were so excited at the aspect of running a table at conventions.
This is what our table looked like at our first convention:
Yes, you are correct in thinking that it’s a fairly pathetic display. We didn’t make much that convention, and it woke us up to the fact that this was going to be way more work than we thought it would be. But as the year went by we learned from our mistakes, improved our products, and got advice from other amazing artists around the midwest.
At our last convention, Anime Central, our booth looked like this:
I wasn’t able to attend ACen myself due to school conflicts, but when Jess sent me this picture of our table, I remember jumping up and down at how far we had come in such a short time.
Things have obviously changed in the last year. Our products, our table… and of course Jess is no longer a part of the studio. It was a sad, but necessary decision that had to be made. It was just too hard running a studio from two different states, and if we had tried to continue the studio, and possibly even our friendship, would have suffered. But the split was clean and Jess and I are still amazing friends, and we look forward to attending conventions together under different studio names in the future.
Now of course we have Falicia as a part of the studio, and while you guys haven’t seen much of her work yet, I know you’re going to love it. In just the month since she was brought on board she has shown so much passion and enthusiasm for the studio and is so excited for her first convention. This convention wil of course be Go!Daiko… which brings us full circle.
I feel honored to have been a part of this studio for the past year. It fills me with pride that I can say I help run a business like this at only 20-years-old. I can only hope that Smashing Studios will continue to grow over the years, and I look forward to the changes in the next year.
Thank you to all of the studio followers, and as always, Stay Smashing~