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Convention Kitty by Quasimanga Convention Kitty by Quasimanga
Megacon isnít the biggest convention in the world, but itís probably the largest comics con in the Southeastern USA, and the largest convention I manage to attend every year. While prominently billed as a comic convention, Megacon really serves as a geek culture melting pot, encompassing everything from gaming to comics, Internet culture to TV and film, along with a hearty helping of anime and manga fandom.

Owing to the large and growing concentration of anime fans that attend the convention, Megacon has its fair share of cosplayer drifting about. But unlike most anime-centric conventions, thereís a notably darker feel to this con. Perhaps itís the influence of American comics or White Wolf games, like Vampire the Masquerade. Whatever the case, there seems to be a nerd culture fusion taking place between cat ear wearing anime fans and black clad LARPer. The fusion tends to result in a hybrid of both groups. Yes my friends, this is where GothLoli themed vampire catgirls are born.

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Besides being an opportunity to try out some more of Painter 10, this picture was served as an experiment in marketing. Would Megacon attendees enjoy looking at, and possibly purchasing prints of an idealized reflection of themselves? Apparently the answer is, ďYES!Ē I did brisk business on this print. It far outsold any other print on my table.

What did I learn from this? It doesnít hurt to pander to an audience, a bit. If done right, the artist will have a picture theyíre happy with, and the audience will appreciate the recognition and reward you for it.

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I used Painter 10ís Artistís Oils for the character art. It worked out well, but I had to make several blending passes with the Water blenders before I was satisfied. Because of the selections and masking, most of the background art was done in Photoshop.
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To-Ka-Ro Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hmmm, I've gone to MegaCon for several years now and i didn't get that "dark aura", but good pic nonetheless :)
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KKabuki Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
-A cartoon flashback to my first Anime Expo
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KKabuki Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
-A cartoon flashback of my first ANIME EXPO...
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LolitaPrincess94 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do Cosplay contests accepts Lolita Clothing to their show???
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GothVampireKitty Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
lol...it's so cute! that kind'a looks like me!
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definedletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Go Mega*Con!!!
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Quasimanga Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
See you there next year. I'll be in artist alley.
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
Your write-up with this piece was most interesting, besides the wonderful art skill displayed here. I attended my first ComicCon here in NYC last year, and I can understand much of what you wrote.

Great job!
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puppyscruffy1 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
This is exetremely cute, and I love the background! It's very nostalgic :3
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Twitchy-Kitty-Studio Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Beautifully done! As for the cosplayers in black... you might be on to something about the LARPers, but I suspect it is also an influence on another aspect of Japanese culture... "Gothic Lolita". Not something I know much about aside from the dark frilly clothes. I noticed it a few years ago when my Ex became fascinated with it, but that's about as much info as I got. Meh. Pretty, though.
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