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  1. Hello and welcome! ACen is an amazing convention with a great Artist's Alley that can be somewhat intimidating due to it's size. That's okay. We've all been there. ACen is great in that it also has more than a decade of forum archives full of advice and anecdotes on just this topic! Not everyone enjoys trawling through 10+ years' worth of forum posts, though, so I've put together a list of some of the best advice and help threads I've found. Actually, I did most of the work back in 2013, but I feel like the topic is worth a 2018 refresh. ;) Unfortunately some of the older posts appear to have been lost in the migration to the new forum software, so where possible I've supplanted the missing official forum posts with links from archive.org and the Internet Wayback Machine. Some posts are just lost to the aether, and I am heartbroken that all that effort and advice is gone. (If anyone knows of a mirror/cache site OTHER than archive.org that would have posts from 2007 - 2009, please let me know!) With all links, make sure to pay attention to the year it was posted. Price guidelines, power drops, and credit card technology have changed in a decade or so! But much of the how-to advice remains timeless. Artist Alley for Beginners (2013, Wayback link) -- The OP in this thread asked a bunch of questions for veterans to answer, so it reads like an interview of various sellers. Very good for business-oriented questions like "how much do I make of my widget" and "How do I make a profit." Completely New to Artist Alley! (2011) -- This thread is full of great self-care advice, plus a lot of great talk about signage, displays, and table setup. Questions for Traveling Artists (2011) -- As advertised on the tin. :) This is a short post with advice for artists traveling away from home. Artist Alley 100 (2009) -- This was an amazing, year-long series done by a forum regular, that covered just about every topic imaginable. I was crushed when I found that 2/3 of it had been gobbled up by the migration. The posts that are left are still very good info, but since they're the end of the 100, they're more about polish than framework. Sadly, archive.org doesn't have a snapshot of the first pages, either. :'( AA Setup Checklist (2011, Wayback link) -- As advertised, what (and who) to bring with you. Very thorough, very full of great tips. Deep breaths. You can do this. Welcome to the AA!
  2. First time panelist advice?

    Thank you! It's good to know the older post is still good info. :) Hopefully, my audience will be engaged! I'm going over cosplay materials, and I want to have examples to pass around so people can feel and see what they are for themselves.
  3. First time panelist advice?

    I'm signed up to run a panel for the very first time at this year's ACen. I've never run a panel before, ever, so I was wondering if anyone had any tips or advice to help me out? I found this post and a lot of the things covered there seem pretty evergreen, but it is from 2015. Are there any new wrinkles that have come up in the last three years? I think in 2015 panels were just starting to be in the convention center proper instead of in the hotels, are there any quirks of the convention center that a first-timer should be aware of?
  4. Sailor Moon 2017

    Thank you for posting these! This is the only set I've found so far. :)
  5. Raccoon Tail Construction Help!

    Short answer: use stiff foam and make a large base. A belt or harness attachment will also increase stability. Have you looked at any tail tutorials? They're all over the internet. The livejournal fursuiting group is also a very good resource -- http://fursuit.livejournal.com/ Keep in mind that ACen is very crowded and a rigid tail standing out perpendicular to your body will likely be bumped and jostled quite a bit.
  6. AA/Exhibitor Feedback 2016?

    Was it not in the artist alley paperwork packet? In previous years (didn't get in this year so i don't have firsthand knowledge, sorry) there was a line on one of the packet pages with a link to the AA feedback. :/ ACen did tweet this general survey -- (direct link) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mqzqzw5t_Dz6YYwIEn4mBCBiXHfs3prAsvWj9bYadgg/viewform?c=0&w=1 But that's all I've heard. :( The facebook group has staffers occasionally reply on it, you could try there. :(
  7. Swimsuit Cosplay Question

    Seconding Spandex World. They're a top-notch place with good selection. They do swatches!
  8. Construction material

    Foam core poster board? Usually my go-to extra-cheap material is paper mache, but pyramidhead is really big, so I don't know how well mache would work. Scrounged corrugated cardboard would need a bit of reinforcing but could be workable. I think rigid insulation foam is also a common relatively cheap material, and it does come in very large pieces, i think.
  9. CoStudio and Hall Cosplay Contest?

    Yeah, it was my only chance during the year to talk shop with anyone, and I loved the challenge of competing without the panicky terror walk-ons at Masq cause me. Sigh. Maybe next year. :(
  10. CoStudio and Hall Cosplay Contest?

    Well, with the guidebook finally up, I can see that there is a fair amount of costuming and cosplay-related panels, just not in one place and not under the "CoStudio" name. As for the Hall Cosplay contest... Maybe I"m blind, or it's going to up updated later, but right now, I can't find it anywhere in the guidebook. I'm super disappointed.
  11. Does anyone know if the Costudio programming track and/or the Hall Cosplay Contest going to be going on this year?
  12. A costume involving soutache?

    Hmm, uniforms. That's a really good idea! And, wow, trinity blood looks great for this -- the sort of detailed ornate outfits that little looping details would fit into easily. Thanks!
  13. Mom and I are sort of antique stitch attachment nerds, and mom just won an amazing working Singer single thread embroidery foot (it's super rare). I desperately want to use it on a cosplay, but I can't think of anyone who has a costume with the sort of filigree/soutache designs the foot would be good for. Suggestions? here's a video of the foot: (about 1:27, then again at 4:42)
  14. Cosplay Progress 2015

    I've been in cosplay freakout mode since mid-march. I have a new full-time job, and the hours are really messing with me, plus a second part-time job and an extra university class, just for funsies, and even though I'm only doing one costume this year and I've been working on it since last summer, I'm still not done! Aaahh! I feel so behind. I need to sew a lining out of canvas and somehow fake it into this premade jacket -- but do I do that before or after I figure out how to sew a circuit into it with conductive thread? And if it's after, then I need to work on the resin dodads that're supposed to be lighting up. But those really need to be done outside, and because of my job and the class, I can't really get outside during daylight anymore. Ack, Ack, Ack! *explodes*
  15. Searching for anime

    Doesn't ring any bells to me. Maybe it's an OC? or some kind of gijinka because of the ears? Have you tried plunking that pic into google image search?
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