Thanks for the recommendation i will check it out! But it will probably take me awhile because i have i have a pile of seies to read through from my trip XD;;
Japan was great! I'm glad i managed to not run into a typhoon as i went in august where typhoons are known to pop up. But there was a lot sporadic raining. I was a real tourist there though, went to tokyo disneysea, akihabara, harajuku, bamboo forest in kyoto, ate some kobe beef in kobe lol. Because of all the events i wanted to do though, it felt pretty rushed, i'd definitely like to stay there longer! I only managed to get around a week vacation from the firm i work at for this trip so it sweet but short (๑•́ ω •̀๑)
Thank you for your congrats! I've been doing aa for about 3 years now but i only participated for 1 or 2x a year previously and this was the first time i did like 5 while holding down a fulltime job so i feel happy about my accomplishment, as well as expanding my design selection.
Advice for starting AA, you have to be vigilant in looking for application openings as a lot of cons open their apps once a year usually 6 months prior to the actual conventions on first come first served basis for a period of time (1week-1month) for selection by jury based on your portfolio. Cons recently are hella competitive. Once you get in after that period you have to determine whether the con will be worth any expenses made for it(table price, travel, hotel, stock) and be prepared to make stuff in the next few months based on the tastes of the crowd you are selling to.
There's so much to explain when it comes to beginning in the AA scene but a helpful resource i can point to is Artist Alley Network International group on facebook. They've recently expanded to discord and it's really good hub of artist alley exhibitors sharing insight with others.
I feel like i wrote a lot, i hope that's ok ouo;;;