Allen Amis Creations

Phoenix Comicon

We had a combined booth this year: Allen Amis Creations, Anabel Martinez Art, and Men vs Cosplay.

On top of getting ready for the convention, we had a house full of amazing house guests, because I wanted to show some friends our local show! : ) Rick Marson of ZOMS has stayed with me before, so his spot was reserved. 😉 He even brought his artist brother, Jeff Marson, along.

We invited Bill Doran of Punished Props and Steven K Smith of Steven K Smith Props into our “everything is lava!” paradise here in Arizona.

Due to some conflicts in real life (dog surgery, job contracts, etc), we had a minor moment of stress because I had fewer new prints than I anticipated, and Allen didn’t have as many new props ready due to commissions. But, you know, sometimes you gotta do the best with what you have!

We had done a combo booth at Albuquerque Comic Expo before, with huge success, so we opted to go for a similar set-up! At Amazing Arizona Comic-Con, our “Men vs Cosplay” banner confused some people, so we opted to break up the booth to have a better flow.

Booth Set-Up:

Anabel Martinez Art. I had my video game art on display, with my standard pink banner. I had a new Garrus print, which was a hit! Lots of people snagged him with another Mass Effect print or two. J

Allen Amis Creations. The Dragon Age Inquisitor bust and Skyrim bust ended up being our “showcase pieces,” to show some of the best/most recent work done by Allen Amis Creations, and draw people to our booth. J We also had Allen’s Fallout NCR Ranger banner up, next to Cap Santiago’s Skyrim Dovahkiin.

Men vs Cosplay. For Men vs Cosplay, I wanted to sell our remaining calendar stock and promote the project in a fun, engaging way. Instead of shoving the project into people’s faces (since our social media outreach through Facebook has been slow and steady, the way I like it!). So, we had a small display for the calendar, and the guys around for several meet and greets throughout the weekend.

Panels:

I worked with the convention costuming directors – Lee and Jen Palmer – to arrange three panel slots. Lee and Jen were fantastic to work with, as were the costume panel moderators. Very excited to do do panels at PCC again.

Photo by: Bill Doran

Photo by: Bill Doran

Cosplay Like a Pro! (Less Stress, More Fun) with Men vs Cosplay – Preview Night
Panelists: Anabel Martinez, Bill Doran, Cap Santiago, Jordan Duncan, Steven K Smith
Recap: Covered how to get started as a new cosplayer, to upping your cosplay game.

Video Game Armor: From Concept to Reality with Men vs Cosplay -Friday
Panelists: Anabel Martinez, Bill Doran, Jordan Duncan, Steven K Smith
Recap: PACKED HOUSE! The guys covered how to build video game armor – from finding supplies to creative techniques. Great panel, will do this again next year.

Painting and Weathering Armor (Live Demo with Allen Amis Creations) – Saturday
Recap: Great crowd, thank you to everyone who watched the panel.

 

Selfie Contest:

Thank you’s:

  • Everyone who came to our panels!
  • Sarrah Wilkinson / Rob Wilkinson!
  • The Star Wars groups!
  • Know One’s Designs!
  • Matt Soberg, the con director, who took the time to visit us at our Saturday Dinner!
  • Everyone who went to our Saturday dinner
  • Everyone who dropped by to support our booth, and cleared out Allen’s stock!
  • Con volunteers, especially the costuming department!
  • All of our badass houseguests!
  • Jordan from visiting all the way from Canada!

 

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