Pon3Con was a great success and a lot of fun! For those of you unfamiliar, Nightmare Night is what ponies call their version of Halloween. So the con was themed around the event with panels, art, and merchandise themed accordingly.
The event ran all day from 9am-12:00am but the artist alley was open from 9-8 so still a full day for the artists. There were 10 artists in total that showed up to sell their art and wares, many of them are local and some from out of state, most I’d met a prior Pon3Con events earlier this summer or the fall before.
There were panels about ponies, random things in the fandom, a pony themed jeopardy game, a live pod cast and some screenings of episodes and movies along with an artist alley.
I saw a number of familiar faces in the attendee crowd as well as a whole slew of new people and some from out of town who traveled quite far for a one day event. There were a couple dozen or cosplayers and others dressed in pony themed garb. It was nice getting to connect with friends and fans old and new.
The way the artist alley was set up was really nice, the tables were set up around the perimeter of the room with 6 tables in the middle set up as social tables where attendees could hang out and socialize with each other and interact with the artists. It was great for us artists because of the interaction, most times artists are stuffed into room and left to fend for ourselves and make our own company. This wasn’t the case at Pon3. It was great being able to see all the attendees and interact with them. We were also very well taken care of, Food and Drink were provided for lunch and dinner. At most cons for artists you have to bring your own food or if you leave your table to get it, there’s the situation of possibly loosing a sale or getting something stolen. Again this wasn’t a problem and the service was wonderful! Many thanks to the Kriers for their outstanding service and providing the space at Sokol Auditorium.
I did sell a number of my prints which was great. It’s always nice to see someone walk away with a smile on their face and it’s very satisfactory knowing I could make them happy with my work! I was a little sad my Zecora piece wasn’t as big of a hit as I had hoped, but i had some surprises and sold a number of Silent Hill prints which I was thrilled to see go. Silent Hill is a Japanese horror survival video game, and I had done some pieces of the monsters that you encounter during gameplay namely Pyramid Head, Lying Figure/Armless Man, and the Bubblehead Nurse. Being that it was Nightmare Night, how appropriate to sell some things that would give nightmares eh?
My friends who are on staff did an amazing job running the event and taking care of us all. I think I can speak for a majority, Pon3Con Nightmare Night was a hit and a lot of fun during the dry spell between the major 3 day con events that are usually once a year.
Thanks everyone for liking my work and supporting what I do! See you next drawing!
Here are some pics!