My first time behind the table at SacAnime was a blast. I admit to being a 2 of 10 in my knowledge of all things manga and anime. In fact I had scored myself less as a fan for the artform.
But a weekend amongst manga fanatics has changed my perspective. First, I so appreciate cosplayers. They share their love for the artform outwardly and embrace the characters. I enjoyed taking pictures and talking with folks that gave me summarys of the manga or anime with such enthusiasm.
Next, I was commissioned to draw characters that I'd never heard of, but the fana spoke of so well I had to take myself off of my critical wall for the artform. I found myself taking in some of the unique details of each book, and now look forward to applying them to my work. For example scarfs. I thought they were used to cover parts that you didn't want to animate. But visually they are such a strong addition to any scene.
Finally, thanks to my creative partner, Nicholaus Buthmann, for never giving up on me. His eccentric passion for the artform is contagious and so I am giving in. His connection with with the convention attendees is genuine and the feedback is mutual.
I will return with better work and a growing appreciation for all things anime.