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Convention Kitty by Quasimanga Convention Kitty by Quasimanga
Megacon isn’t the biggest convention in the world, but it’s 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, there’s a notably darker feel to this con. Perhaps it’s 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.


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, “YES!” I did brisk business on this print. It far outsold any other print on my table.

What did I learn from this? It doesn’t hurt to pander to an audience, a bit. If done right, the artist will have a picture they’re happy with, and the audience will appreciate the recognition and reward you for it.


I used Painter 10’s Artist’s 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 :)
KKabuki Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
-A cartoon flashback to my first Anime Expo
KKabuki Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
-A cartoon flashback of my first ANIME EXPO...
LolitaPrincess94 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do Cosplay contests accepts Lolita Clothing to their show???
GothVampireKitty Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010's so cute! that kind'a looks like me!
definedletters Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Go Mega*Con!!!
Quasimanga Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
See you there next year. I'll be in artist alley.
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!
puppyscruffy1 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
This is exetremely cute, and I love the background! It's very nostalgic :3
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.
Sausage69 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
Beautiful piece! But how is she a vampire?
joseotaku Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008   Digital Artist
I wish I was able to see you and Lindsay at Megacon. I never got a chance to check out the Artist Alley this year. Sigh- Hopefully Next year. Did you have fun this year at Megacon?
This piece came out great. I saw a lot of terrific cosplayers there.
Ailish01 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
Oh! Nice job! I really like it!

Will you be doing pictures like this at this years MegaCon? I'd love to have one done ^^
ionen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Nice job on the angle and such.
freeza-frost Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
uplaw Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
I love the coloring, very smooth~
Also, you did a great job on the background, textures and lighting and all. =D
kyouzamashi-ryouko Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007
Yay! I've gone, and will be going to megacon. I like this picture, very sweet!
AmandaRobbins Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional
Its very well done, except she's skin and bones.
DJ-Zephyr Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
HaHA! My first 'con ever was a MegaCon, about a year ago. The area in that picture is indeed familiar; sure brings back some good memories!
liltrix7 Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Student General Artist
Wow amazing work! I love the coloring and perspective. <3 I wish I could go to a con. The only one I've been to is the Comic Con in San Diego, but that was before I was interested in anime.><;;

Very good work, anyways. I love that girl's outfit.^_^
Quasimanga Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
>The only one I've been to is the Comic Con in San Diego

Isn't that one of the biggest in the country. Starting off there, all other cons will pale in comparison.
liltrix7 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007  Student General Artist
Yeah, I guess I knew that, or at least that it's a very big con. But I wasn't even into anime or anything then, so it was kind of boring to me. I didn't really care if I went or not, it was when I was on vacation with my family, and my brother and father wanted to go.
Melody-Hikari Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
OptimusOmega Featured By Owner May 17, 2007   Traditional Artist
She's cute.
violent-hippie Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
i thought i recognized the background, and then i was like, wait thats megacon! ah i went this year, it was my first con, and it was alright.
coradee Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I go to MegaCon every year, but Jacon is still my fav.
Quasimanga Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I'm curious, what is it about JACON that does it for you?
coradee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, several things actually:
1 - I go to UCF, so I'm familiar with some of the JACO staff. A couple are my friends, and a couple have had classes with me.
2 - There seem to be more panels availible than at Megacon.
3 - Megacon is mostly American comics, and while those are lovely, I'm not really a big fan.
4 - Jacon 03 was my first convention, so Jacons are always special for me.
DemetriousKaine Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Sweet you lived in Altamote springs? Thats cool, i grew up in orange county around there. My dad used to live in altamote springs. Man, orlando has changed so much since i was a kid. Do you go to or plan to go to J-con. This piece makes me want to dress up like that and go lol
Misako790 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
o_o That is so awesome! I seriously thought the building was a photo with the girl pasted over, it's so well done!

And, good to know that conventions are the same world-wide XD;
sk1nz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
good job on the colouring and lighting, I like the idea of seeing a 'painted convention'

makes a difference from seeing the photo's eh :)
Dt3r Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007
Interesting observations about the geek sub-culture. I hadn't been to a convention in a few years, but it's always interesting to get out and see the sub-culture I (apparently) belong to. And maybe a little shocking... *laugh*

But all in all, a good experience. I might try going to conventions a little more often.
JMOA Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice BG and coloring, good work :] 
Danno-kun Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That is truley awesome work there, I love how it has a backround story to it as well. I can see how popular it must've been too, considering that most cos-players are also hard-core gamers. This one'd be on my "to buy" list :XD:
BuD-bUd Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn the way you colour is so awesome :O The BG is great and I love the perspective
Zakuro-Nakamura Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
I've been to Megacon once before (though it was years ago) it holds a lot of special memories, the first ABJD I ever saw, my first time seeing Psycho le Cemu live! All the J-Rock Cosplay made me so happy! :3

*ahem* But anyway…

This drawing so great, makes me feel like I’m right there, patiently waiting for her to get off the phone so that I can run over and ask to take her picture!

I can't resist the Gothic Lolita's... and to top it all off, she’s a Catgirl… and a vampire!? *heaven* :lol:

Ah, another wonderful piece of art!

As a small side note, this picture does such a good job of capturing that ‘convention essence’ that I’m starting to feel a wave of Con Depression sweep over me! O_o;; *sniffle*
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