Original anime graphic tees and posters
Original anime graphic tees and posters

Boomslank at the Con: Animazement 2014

animazement 2014
Man how long has it been? October 2015, soooooo....7 months? 7 months since our last con! You better believe we were long overdue! After missing out on Ichibancon this year (technical difficulties, long story), my brothers and I were stating to feel that itch, you know, the con itch. We already had our registration in the bag, all we had to do was make it to May. Slowly but surely, May arrived, and it was time for Animazement!

 

Animazement! Uber Alles!

Where do I begin with Animazement? Well besides being the most awesome Con around......well....that's about it really. I cannot overstate the importance of this con to Boomslank. This is our home. We were, for all intents and purposes, born there. Be it Animazement 2011 when our art was so well received in the auction room, or Animazement 2012 when Mayu Shinjou fangirled over our Soundflow shirt, or Animazement 2013 where I watched P-Shinobi's face light up as he signed autographs, this con has been good to us. It would've been unhealthy to miss it.

 

Dealer Room

animazement 2014

So this year we decided to do the dealer room for the first time. Up till now we have only done the Artist Alley, but for a few reasons we felt it was time to switch it up. First of all, we love the alley, love love love it. We love sitting next to fellow artists, gabbing about this and that. We made several contacts, and a few friends. We wish we could stay in the alley every year, but the more we thought about it, it started to seem obvious that that may not be best. Boomslank has grown a lot over the years. Quite simply put, we have a lot of.....stuff, and the alley just didn't have room for all our...stuff. Those of you that saw us know what I'm talking about. Lastly, something felt wrong about going into the alley with so much merch. It wasn't in the spirit of what the alley is about, and we felt that alley table would be more appreciated by someone else. All things considered, the move worked very well for us.

 

Boomslank phone cases

 

Cosplay Funplay!

animazement cosplay

Thanks to a  fantastic season, we were not left wanting for brilliant cosplays. As expected, there were some fantastic Kill La Kills, the obligatory AoT swarms, Hunter X Hunter (we saw an understated but excellent Killua), and so on. I would have really really loved to see the Angemon though! I missed that guy unfortunately and that upsets me. My brother and I had actually planned on cosplaying for this con, but our stuff wasn't delivered on time unfortunately :{. Oh well, all the more reason for us to be excited for next year!

animazement cosplay

 

The Fans!

boomslank fans

Man....what more can I say about the fans? Do I think they are the best? Absolutely. But do I think they are the damndest best? You bet your ass I do! It is still so very overwhelming the love that they show for P-Shinobi and Boomslank. The best part is how it never gets old year after year. I can watch him sign prints a million times and never get tired of it. Not to mention the warm and fuzzy feeling from seeing people just walking around with one of our shirts on! You can't buy that feeling! I know it's cliche, but we would not be here without you. We love what we do, but your love motivates us to keep doing it, and keep getting better at it. We can't thank you enough.

 

 

animazement dealer room

It felt really good to be back in our home con. No matter what Boomslank becomes in the future, we hope to be able to make it here every year. We apologize to any of our fans that tried to find us in the artist alley but couldn't. I hope you eventually found us when you made it to the dealer room. To the organizers, as far as I could tell, it was a well run con and you guys did a great job. I do think the alley should be moved back to the meeting area, but that's the one change I would make. I guess now begins the waiting game till next year. Till then friends, thank you for another great Animazement!!

Are you willing to do the work?

 

Hustle and passion. Two unquestionable ingredients for success. Easy enough right? Not really. Is not called hard work for a reason you see. Hard work means, getting down and dirty, crawling in the mines to find your diamonds. Nothing good comes easy. There is a reason for that. If everything deemed as great or enviable came easy, then they are no longer considered great. All great things are so because of the level of difficulty that comes with acquiring them.

Boomslank at the con, part deux!

Yes folks it's that time again. Boomslank just got back from another con! This time around, it was Animazement in beautiful Raleigh NC, USA (our home base by the way). This con has a special place in our hearts. Why, you ask? Well our artist got his first bit of recognition in the art gallery/auction room, winning 1st place in the 2D art contest. We knew we had to go this year, we just had to. We had learned a lot in our first con (IchibanCon), and we were not going unprepared this time around. We planned weeks in advance. First of all, we were not able to get in as sponsors like we did at IchibanCon, as a result we did not get as large a space. This meant we had to optimize what we had.Check out the pictures below of our rocking table setup.

Here's the table before.....

......and after. Pretty nice if I do say so.

Just like Ichiban, we had some pretty sweet neighbors. It's very good for those times when things slow down, and you can just turn around and shoot the breeze with a fellow artist. The few free minutes I got, I took a stroll around the alley, and my goodness, the raw talent on display. The kind of stuff you see there should be hanging on museum walls. I will give a special shout out to one of our immediate neighbors Danielle of Danielle Sylvan Illustrations (http://daniellesylvan.com/). She was supper nice and super skilled. She's a beautiful young woman with a bright future ahead of her, and you should all check out her gallery online or her Deviant Art page (I got the Hunger Games print :D).

How does Animazement differ from IchibanCon? Simple. It's about 5 times as big. Maybe even more. Before this weekend, I have attended it twice as an individual, and even then it seemed overwhelming. So you can imagine just how much more so it was when you actually have to work. So many things we had planned to do kinda went out the window because of how busy we were. Like I said several times over the weekend, it was a good problem to have :). The strangest thing was i seemed to get even less sleep for this con than for the last, even though it was right in our backyard. I'm not so sure what it was. Maybe because we had so much more stuff to lug around this time around, so we came home every night exhausted to the brink. Who knows?

Unlike IchibanCon, Animazement was unique in that it had actual Japanese celebrity guests. I had tried to contact the con-ops to see if we could have the same arrangement we had at Ichiban, where the guests could come by our table and pick up free gifts. Unfortunately I never got a response, which wasn't great. I went to the con resolved to not being able to recreate the same experience we had with Lisa Ortiz and Vic Mignogna at Ichiban. But wait!!!! Who should come by our table around the end of day 2 other than manga Artist Mayu Shinjo (Sensual Phrase, Ai Ore, and others) and her entourage? It was a lucky thing that our artist had stepped away and missed her, because he may not have been able to control himself. She was super impressed with all our work, especially the Long Distance poster, and the Sound Flow t-shirt. She advised us to send our work to a Japanese publisher! Talk about high praise! We later learned she was a judge for the art contest, and without hesitation, had picked P-Shinobi's Airport on canvas as the winner for 2-D art contest! Check out this picture of her with her brand new t-shirt. I hope she likes it.

In conclusion, Animazement = a smashing success. We saw a whole bunch of current fans, and made a lot of new friends. The best was probably the fan that got an autographed shirt to put in a frame and mount on his wall. That guy is our hero.


It was also super awesome to see people wearing their new shirts around the con. At the moment, we absolutely plan on being at Animazement every year to some capacity. Thank you all for making it such an amazing (or should I say Animazing? That's right I said it) experience. From our artist P-Shinobi, and the rest of our Boomslank team, we love you all, and hope to see you at the next con.

Boomslank going to Animazement!

After our experience at Ichibancon, naturally we were hungry for some more. Animazement is the con here in our home-town of Raleigh, and we hold it near and dear for a few reasons. First, it was the first convention we have ever attended, ever, in our lives. I remember thinking it was absolutely crazy, in an awesome way. I mean where else would you go that a life-size Pokemon battle would seem completely appropriate? By the way, Blastoise won. Secondly, it was the first place where our artist got his first bit of public recognition. We had simply set out a few posters and maybe two shirts in the art auction room. The response from the con goers was inspirational, and was a huge motivation for us to keep on doing what we love. Lastly, it's right next door. Can't put a price on that.

So where was I going with this? Oh yea! So you all remember our well documented Ichibancon adventure. Well we are hoping to recreate that experience. So we are absolutely excited to announce that the Animazement jury deemed us worthy of an artist alley table! We love the artist alley because it gets us up close and personal with people. We will never forget when Vic Mignogna and Lisa Ortiz visited our table. I doubt the experience would have been half as special had we been in the dealer room. We made a lot of new friends at the last con, and we certainly hope to make more at Animazement. The con is all the way out to May, but we can't wait. Thank you Animazement jury!

February 22, 2012 by boomslank