Q&A with Midbot

So you could find out a bit more about the wonderful artists that will be at MiniComi this year, we asked some of them a few questions.

Here’s how Midbot replied.
(questions are in blue)

Could you tell us a bit about who you are?

I’m Midbot, been in and out of the Artist Alley scene for five years, though I have been crafting for a long time. I’m a lot of things when it comes to fibre crafts: I sew, I crochet, I needlefelt, and I like to experiment when I get to combine any of those skills. I love getting creative, and I often brainstorm projects for myself or for someone else. There’s so much I want to do and often I feel that there’s little time, but I try my best to crafting when I can, especially if it’s on the go.

When did you start sewing?

If sewing tiny beads onto paper counts, I’d say about 6 years old! At least that’s the earliest time I was trusted with a needle and thread, thanks to my grandparents who are a pair of clothing designers and producers. My mom also sews and gave me fabric scraps for dolls when I was little. I guess you can say it’s in my jeans to sew! Get it? Hhhhh…

Who is your favourite fictional character by any author/designer?

Domo-kun

Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?

I’m very proud of my first complicated plushie that I made as a special gift, it was a “Cutenid” or a cute Tyranid from Warhammer 40k. It helped me develop a lot of skills I carry on today, such as pattern creation. I got to see the differences in techniques I’ve used since I made a practice one and the actual gift, and it turned out awesome!

Which was the most challenging and how?

There’s no particular project in mind but a particular craft skill: wet felting. Without taking classes and mostly learning from videos, wet felting has been challenging for me since I’m not used to wetting fibers (unless I’m prewashing fabrics) that is supposed to shrink and get tangled within itself. It’s hard to describe but after a few transom coin purses I made, I’m starting to get the hang of it.

Has crocheting become part of your commute?

Since my commute to work is long, I make the most of it by keeping my hands busy somehow. Compared to sewing and needlefelting, crocheting is the easiest and safest crafting skill I can take with me on transit without needing a table to work on, and I can recall a pattern by memory.

What is the best way to learn to crochet?

At first I tried learning from a book, but it still confused me. I got a lot better after watching video tutorials, then it helped me understood what the book was trying to illustrate.

What are you looking forward to at MiniComi?

Seeing regular and new people, artists and attendees, and all of the new things to be featured. MiniComi keeps getting better and noticed!

Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you or your art?

I make a lot of stuff but I have a hard time keeping an online presence so bear with me and my rare updates. My things do come off inconsistent since I rarely share my projects because I’m always learning and trying new things. I guess it’s kinda why people get thrown off that I have plushies, amigurumi, and needlefelted items on my table, and that they can’t believe I made all of them. I really should work on my social networking skills…

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To find out more about Midbot, visit her tumblr page, Midbot
Also come to MiniComi or you will know the terror of amigurumi Cthluhu
She’ll be at table F7.

Q&A with Breanne

So you could find out a bit more about the wonderful artists that will be at MiniComi this year, we asked some of them a few questions.

Here’s how Breanne of Darn She Can Yarn replied.
(questions are in blue)

Could you tell us a bit about who you are?

I’m a 22 year old video game fanatic, engaged to one who speaks computer and we have a corgi who is our daughter. I work at a print shop as a graphic layoutist and print production associate.

When did you start crocheting?

I started crocheting about a year and a half ago.

What is your favourite tool to use for your art?

I like to include needle felting in my crochet works.

When you improvise a pattern, how long is that process before you start crocheting?

Usually when Im improvising a pattern, it happens along the way while I’m crocheting. I dont really sit down and write out a pattern, I just use the parts of the pattern that work, and then sort of wing it after that to make the shapes I need. If it ends up not what I was looking for, I’ll start that piece over. This makes it really hard for me to do repeat dolls, I’ve found! But writing patterns seems so tedious…

Who has influenced and inspired your art?

I would say my mom and her passion with her aprons inspires me to pursue my artistic passions as well.

How important is it to have the support of your family?

My family has always been very central in my life. If I did not have their support I would be in a very different place in my life, I think. I am very close with my parents and my three siblings, my fiance and my sister’s fiance.

Do you have a friendly rivalry between your crocheting and your mother’s aprons?

I suppose we both want to do well, but I wouldn’t say it feels like a rivalry or a competition. We want each other to do really well, too. And its different because my items are generally less expensive than the aprons, so it would be hard to fairly judge. 😛

Who is your favourite fictional character by any author/designer?

It’s a very difficult decision but I will say Pikmin, by Shigeru Miyamoto.

Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?

I think I am most proud of my Chocobo doll. It has so many parts, and it even stands!

Has knitting and crocheting become part of your commute?

Sometimes, yes! I used to have to ride about an hour to get to work, so there were a few months when I definitely had a yarn ball stashed in my purse.

What are you looking forward to at MiniComi?

I’m looking forward to seeing lots of other artists’ and fans’ creations, as well as some awesome cosplay.

Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you or your art?

My mom and I can do comissions, if you have a character you want to be made into a doll or an apron, you can contact us and we can talk about it and work something out. :) Thanks for the chance to be interviewed!

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To find out more about Breanne, visit her facebook page, Darn She Can Yarn
Also come to MiniComi and you’ll find out why stashing a ball of yarn in a purse is the best thing to have on a long bus ride.
She’ll be at table S16.

Q&A with CASE Boutique

So you could find out a bit more about the wonderful artists that will be at MiniComi this year, we asked some of them a few questions.

Here’s how Patricia of CASE Boutique replied.
(questions are in blue)

Could you tell us a bit about who you are?

My name is Patricia Harold, and I have been the owner of CASE Boutique for four years. I run two online stores and work full time in a china store. Growing up I always had a love for cute things. I think I always gravitated to kawaii before it was mainstream.
When I’m not sewing I’m writing a fantasy novel.

When did you start making plushies?

I started sewing plushes back in the summer of 2010

What is your favourite tool to use for your art?

My rotary cutter. I can’t do anything without it!

Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?

I’m happy with all of them, but the one that I’m really proud of, only because I’m not an expert plush maker, is a watermelon I made for a custom order. The pattern was done from scratch and because of the sentimental reasons behind it, I’m not repeating it. It meant too much to the couple and I don’t want to duplicate their memories.

Which was the most challenging and how?

I would have to say the doughnut. This was the one that started everything followed by the tomato. I had to draft my own pattern, figure out details (there’s a lot to think about when doing a round item!) and after a lot of trial and error came up with a model that I was happy with.

What are you looking forward to at MiniComi?

MiniComi was my first formal convention, so I love coming back every year. But what I’m looking forward to is seeing new faces and new vendors. MiniComi is growing and becoming known in its own right as an art market to find that unique something. It allows people to really test their imaginations and to market unusual and fantastic crafts and art that are appreciated by an audience just as unique.

Do your food plushies ever make you feel hungry?

Only the onigiri because they remind me of the dumplings my grandmother used to make.

Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you or your art?

CASE Boutique was rather born out of a dare. And ironically I hated sewing in high school. But I love cute and this was the only way I could visualize many of the creations…in fabric form. I taught myself how to sew. A lot of the inspiration for the fruits and doughnut came from childhood doodles.

I’m also one of the oldest, if not the oldest, vendors here. I’m in my late forties. But, no matter what your age, if you have something you want to pursue creatively, do it. Make a plan, stay focussed, keep learning and don’t listen to the naysayers. We need more artists, more crafters, more makers. And the saddest thing I can think of is seeing young artists discouraged because they’re told what they do isn’t important, or isn’t a real job, or that they’re wasting their time. Creativity keeps you young, and it makes things so much fun when you love what you do!

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To find out more about Patricia and CASE Boutique, visit her facebook page, CASE Boutique
Be sure and come to MiniComi to see just how cute those plushies are firsthand!
CASE Boutique will be at table S9

Q&A with Chloe

So you could find out a bit more about the wonderful artists that will be at MiniComi this year, we asked some of them a few questions.

Here’s how Chloe of azidraws replied.
(questions are in blue)

Could you tell us a bit about who you are?

I’m Chloe Ezra, a freelance illustrator, animator, and former student of Emily Carr. I love to create, play video games, and support my hockey team.

When did you start drawing?

Pretty much since elementary school. And then in high school, that’s when I decided to seriously dedicate myself to it.

Who has influenced and inspired your art?

I’m greatly inspired by Akihiko Yoshida (Final Fantasy Tactics/XIV lead artist) for costume designs. George Kamitani (Odin’s Sphere, Dragon’s Crown) for his painterly colouring style. And Sachin Teng and Maruti Bitamin for their overall art compositioning. There are many more, of course. My style changes a lot because I get inspired by nearly everything.

Who is your favourite fictional character by any author/designer?

If I had to choose just one, maybe Morrigan from Darkstalkers. I draw her whenever I’m stuck in a rut. She’s such a powerful and alluring character, it’s hard not to be drawn to her (pun not intended)

What is your favourite tool to use for your art?

My tablet + photoshop, or a 2H pencil.

What type of art currently fascinates you?

Currently, I’m really into fashion drawing with bold, angular poses.

Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?

I would say I’m equally proud of most of my work, but maybe that sounds a little hot-headed haha.
I’m probably proudest of the pieces I’ve drawn for other people. The pressure usually makes me perform better.

Which was the most challenging and how?

Making art books is the most challenging by far. I often spend more time on overall presentation and design than I do on the actual drawings.

What are you looking forward to at MiniComi?

Seeing artists’ works! Maybe some more Jojo fans if I’m lucky~

Which games have you found most interesting for conceptualizing?

Any game that requires multiple character expressions, costume changes, and sprite animation. Something like a Tactical RPG is ripe with that kind of stuff, although executing a game like that would be tremendously hard.

How does finishing an art work compare to the highs and lows of sports?

The highs of sports are insanely high and the lows are gut-wrenchingly low, there doesn’t seem to be an in-between. With art, it’s more of a mixed bag. Sometimes there’s relief or satisfaction, frustration or annoyance, but it never gets to an extreme because you can always come back to it another time or walk away from it for good. Sports have you crying to your sister because your favourite player got another groin injury. Sports are weird.

Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you or your art?

I’m sorry I may never have a consistent style. Please enjoy my works anyways :)

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To find out more about Chloe and azidraws, visit her tumblr, azidraws
and be sure to come to Minicomi to meet her at table D6.

Q&A with Amélie

So you could find out a bit more about the wonderful artists that will be at MiniComi this year, we asked some of them a few questions.

Here’s how one of the youngest artists this year, Amélie of ThoughtPlus, replied.
(questions are in blue)

Could you tell us a bit about who you are?

Hm. I’m 13, and I’m basically just a big nerd who likes to dedicate all her time to everything fandom related.

When did you start working with polymer clay?

When I was about 5 I liked to fool around with it, but I properly started about a year ago.

What is your favourite aspect of using polymer clay?

I just like the idea of being able to make a 3D model of anything my imagination cooks up.

What is your favourite tool to use for your art?

I think the ball tool is probably the most helpful.

Who has influenced and inspired your work?

All the TV shows, webcomics, books and anime that my life has been consumed by.

Who is your favourite fictional character by any author/designer?

Oh jeez, I don’t think that’s a question you want to ask (unless you have hours of free time). But I’d probably have to say Lapis Lazuli, Terezi Pyrope or Homura Akemi. I can’t choose just one!

What type of art currently fascinates you?

I love looking at paintings, fanart or not!

Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?

Hm, probably my Madoka Kaname. I spent over seven hours with the clay alone, and about two hours painting and varnishing it. I also think it accurately captures the essence of the character.

Which was the most challenging and how?

Probably my Shiro figurine from No Game No Life. Usually when I make figurines I just have them standing (with maybe a head tilt), but I tried to make her in a sitting position. I’m actually quite proud of how it turned out!

What are you looking forward to at MiniComi?

Like most conventions, I can’t wait to see all the amazing art! Also, its very fascinating to be consumed by all the fandoms.

Do you have a big dream or goal that you want to pursue?

I’d like to maybe start a business making clay. I actually have way too many hobbies and I’m not quite sure which one to follow, voice acting, animating, and editing being a few of them.

Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you or your work?

That every single one of my creations is made with extreme love. Especially if its fandom related.

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To find out more about Amélie of ThoughtPlus, visit her Facebook page, ThoughtPlus
Be sure to come to Minicomi to talk about all things and check out her handmade figures and charms firsthand at table B2.

Q&A with Piggy Ho Ho

So you could find out a bit more about the wonderful artists that will be at MiniComi this year, we asked some of them a few questions.

Here’s how Piggy Ho Ho of Whut*Nani? replied.
(questions are in blue)

Could you tell us a bit about who you are?

Piggy Ho Ho, engineer by day, BL artist by night +(= =)

When did you start drawing?

Ever since I can hold a pencil.

What is your favourite tool to use for your art?

My brain…doesn’t matter what tools you use, you really have to think your process through to create good art.

Who has influenced and inspired your art?

All the anime series! Especially Sailor Moon, Ranma and Cardcaptor Sakura. I drew tons of those as a kid.

Who is your favourite fictional character by any author/designer?

Li Syaoran from Cardcaptor Sakura!! :) My love for him will never fade…

What type of art currently fascinates you?

Anything I can’t do 😛

Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?

My Zelda ones, I generally spend the most time on them for some reason. Zelda is a grand game you can’t do it injustice. 😛

Which was the most challenging and how?

Anything with cityscapes…totally due to lack of practice…

What are you looking forward to at MiniComi?

All the other cool prints and goodies and hope to learn a thing or two from them! And hopefully one or two people who would say they’ve read the doujin or comic I work so had on so I would know all my sweat, blood and tears are not in vain… D:

How has the dynamic between you and Snakey Ho Ho helped you both develop as artists?

Every time I see her draw I would think “uh-oh I better do so too or she’ll get more practice than I do =A=”

Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you or your art?

If you’re 18 and over and like BL go download our free webcomic Whut*Nani!! 😀

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To find out more about Piggy Ho Ho and Whut*Nani?, visit her website, http://whutnani.ga/
or come to Minicomi to meet her, chat, and/or buy some of her art work
She’ll be at table F6.

Q&A with Kuri

So you could find out a bit more about the wonderful artists that will be at MiniComi this year, we asked some of them a few questions.

Here’s how Kuri replied.
(questions are in blue)

Could you tell us a bit about who you are?

Well, my family and friends often refer to me as the artist whom doesn’t stop. I do think of myself as a perfectionist who won’t polish stuff down, so I create lot’s of drawings and painting that aren’t overworked. I’m pretty chill and I love to talk to people about art, drawing, toys, Star Wars, nerdy things and just about anything else (like cat videos!!).

When did you start drawing?

I remember in elementary doing some art for the school paper. I think that’s where it really stared.

What is your favourite tool to use for your art?

Gauche, Acrylics, Sai, Photoshop, my pencil/pen. Nothing special…. oh and GLITTER!

Do you feel that working with a variety of media has allowed you to try more things and express your creativity?

When people walk up to my table at conventions they only see a small part of stuff I work on. I aim to have lot’s of mix media items because that’s what I look for in other artists. I think if only drew, I wouldn’t be still drawing today. At Emily Carr, I had a few teachers tell me the same thing. If you’re stuck or bored, try it a different medium, then try another. Eventually it’ll work and you can move on. The BIG problem with digital artists today, the art is too stiff. Too polished. It’s almost like they would never be able to paint the same thing with real paint. That blows my mind.

Who has influenced and inspired your art?

A lot of people see other artists in my work, but I was influenced from Joan Walsh Anglund in 2002. Her books are hard to find (I found it at the thrift store then) but there is quite a few images on-line of her work. Simple characters and just round eyes. Her characters don’t have mouths, mine didn’t either until I started a comic. Then there are the adaptation artists like Pendleton Ward, Scott Campbell, Natasha Allegri and Bwana Spoons (and more and more I’m sure). I get inspired all the time and since I have original characters, they’re changing all the time. My childhood as well got me a good start, I watched Ducktales, Sailor Moon, Darkwing Duck, Reboot, AstroBoy, He-Man, Star Wars and so much more.

The other side of my art is the toy painting, here I can list even more artists and creators but, I love a lot of classic toys and characters and combine them with what I love, which is bright awesome colours.

Who is your favourite fictional character by any author/designer?

Donald Duck by Walt Disney (as well as other artists like Carl Barks). I love the old Dell comics and movies of this guy. :3

What type of art currently fascinates you?

I think anything different, I never want to buy or read something I’ve already read. So when I’m looking around I like to see something new and if it’s working.

Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?

It might be something I’m working on now. I’m creating a children’s book which might be done by the end of summer. It’s about Kuri and Cake and one of their adventures written by my author Ashley Kerman, whom sadly won’t be attending. I might have some preview pictures at MiniComi to share and maybe info about the kick starter coming up for it.
I feel that this book is going to be pretty fun, it’s full of jokes and small gags, I can’t wait to see this finished.

Which was the most challenging and how?

Finding time. D:

What are you looking forward to at MiniComi?

I always get excited for events like this because I’m always meeting new people. Last year I met a girl from Japan, she shared my art when she got home. She’s been a great fan and often asks about what I’m doing. People who reach out are always so welcoming and really make us keep going. As artists, we don’t want to boast about our works but we can’t just cower either so I love it when fans show an interest or just hang out at the table spending the time to look at things.

Do you feel the Richmond artist meetups have helped you grow as an artist?

Meet-ups, at least in the anime community have been going on since 2003 for me. I have found it extremely encouraging to go to them. Sometimes even if we don’t get a lot of drawing done we get some good ideas, see what everyone is working on and cheer them on. We are a bunch who love people of all styles and levels, even my author attends some of these events to get creative with us. Since it’s only once a month and not mandatory, it’s pretty chill and a nice escape from the studio. lol

Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you or your art?

Not really but I always have tricks and tips for artists and things to share for the MiniComi art collectors. Stop by and chat, we like it when you do that. Omg that rhymes!

See you all at MiniComi! :’D

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To find out more about Kuri, visit her website, http://krystallord.daportfolio.com/ or her deviantArt page kuri
Also come to Minicomi and discover all the tips she has for artists and chat with her about everything
She’ll be at table D7.

Table Layout for MiniComi 2015

For everyone that didn’t see it on social media already, here is the table layout for MiniComi 2015.

With complete listing of where all your all your favourite artists will be for MiniComi,
those you have yet to find out how much you’ll love,
and a schedule of panels and performances too!

MiniComi5 Layout

We will have a prize draw for those who complete one of these stamp cards

Prize Draw Card

There will also be some fun and games that we have planned.

If you’re not sure how to get there, check out our transit guide from last year.

See everyone on Saturday! Continue reading

Summer Festival 2015

Today we’re at Summer Festival, head over to SFU and check it out!
There’s lots of fun activities, fantastic draw prizes, and lots of wonderful artists!

Come visit us at SG2 and play some silly games or draw something

We’ve highlighted some of the artists that will also be at MiniComi!
summer fest map 2015

Updates for Activities at MiniComi

Tables:

The clues for the photo scavenger hunt will be at the main table by the entrance.

Turtledove Creations and Moso Box have exchanged table locations
Caramel Finch has withdrawn due to unforeseen circumstances

UBC Beads and Crafts Club will have the following craft schedule

10:00AM – 10:30AM   Bird’s Nest Pendant
10:30AM – 11:30AM   Felt Sushi
11:30AM – 12:00PM   Bird’s Nest Pendant

01:00PM – 01:30PM   Bird’s Nest Pendant
01:30PM – 02:30PM   Felt Sushi
02:30PM – 03:00PM   Bird’s Nest Pendant

04:00PM – 05:00PM   Free-Style Felt Creations

Stage:

11:30AM – 12:30PM   ØROCK
01:30PM – 02:30PM   *ageha ~ NOSTALGIA Release Concert
03:00PM – 03:45PM   Cosplay Photo Walk, featuring Will Box and Kevin Free
(meet at the stage area at 3:00PM for photo walk, occurs rain or shine)