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First Convention: Survived!

Hello all, John here, as always.

The New York Comic Con / Anime Festival 2011 is over. And what a convention it was. Despite having visited conventions for years, I had no idea how much effort went into the production of such an event, especially for the artists. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it to see so many people. I really enjoyed meeting all the folks who were just wandering around, looking at the booths, and I especially enjoyed meeting those of you who were able to make your way there to see me specifically.

I am surprised at how smoothly the convention went; there was a lot of work, but all of the staff and attendees were incredibly kind, patient and wonderful. Especially those who stopped by the booth to see myself and my friend, with whom the booth was shared.

My thanks also go out to "John Rambo" and "Dark Syde Phil" for helping spread the word, and for visiting us, and to some of my friends who stopped by to keep us company and let us take trips to fulfill other necessary functions. And extra special thanks to those who helped us take down the booth at the end of the day on Sunday, and helped us load the car.

I met a variety of artists at the convention, and they were not only friendly, but very talented. I'll see if I can get their permission to link their art here.

As you can probably expect, I have not been able to work on any new candles since the convention, but I got some really good ideas. For that, I also thank you all.

I will be signing off for now, but I will get some more candles into production for the weekend.

I am also working on getting the store itself set up.

Have a good night,


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The Convention Is Nigh!


I've been preparing a lot for the upcoming NYCC / NYAF, but I've taken a brief pause in my exertions to say hello and to answer a few questions.

Where will your booth be?

  • I am sharing a booth with a friend of mine from the Global Manga Initiative. He has built a rather imposing frame, which will certainly stand out. Look for a navy blue frame against the right-hand wall as you walk into the main entrance to Artists' Alley. If he has built it the way I am thinking, it will be near impossible to miss.

Will you be taking commissions or custom orders?

  • I would indeed like to take commissions. I have not yet worked out the logistics of doing so. I will update soon when I have that worked out. I will likely take e-mail addresses and desired designs at the convention this weekend, but not too many: I can only do so much at once!

Will candles be available on the site?

  • Yes. When this weekend's convention is over, I will list my remaining stock and new candles here. The format of this page will likely change to accommodate this. Stay tuned!

Will there be special candles at the convention?

  • Yes. There will be candles that I am selling in person that will not be available on the site. Do not worry, I will still have plenty here. And if you don't see something you would like, suggest it!

Also, here are a few of the candles that I just finished and will be bringing to the convention. I have some floral, fishy and faerie arrangements this time around. This will likely be my last post before the convention, but keep an eye out then and later. Have a good night!

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Busy times now, exciting times ahead…

Hello all,

John here. I am incredibly busy getting ready for my first convention as an exhibitor / Artists' Alley member. I have been packing, preparing and planning for this weekend at the New York Comic Con and Anime Fest. I am going to catch up with some comments that I have missed thus far, rest assured. Tomorrow I will have more pictures, and I will answer some questions that I have been receiving.

Thank you all for stopping by, and I look forward to seeing you at the convention!


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Is anyone thirsty?

Well, the weekend is here and it is time to kick back and relax. Well, I would certainly be doing so if I weren't preparing for next week's convention. For those of you with a bit more leisure time, please, do relax for me. Perhaps I could interest you in a drink?

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Happy Sunday to everyone.

Hello all. Today was a pretty good day; I took some time off to see some friends and get thoroughly trounced in a wargame.

Today being a weekend day, and a Sunday no less, I thought I would show the first two candles I ever made. These will not be for sale, but I thought that some might find them interesting. This being said, they are the prototypes of prototypes. I would like to think that I have improved a little since then; I was not the greatest at aligning wicks. These are a different style from the kind that I have posted here so far. Those focus on color and patterns, while these have a little bit more concrete design.

I have always been a pretty big fan of Super Mario Bros., so...

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Well, I spent a good chunk of today working on setting another batch. I may be speaking too soon, but I think that it went well. This is one of the ones from today with which I am most happy. I have to wonder how this will look in a few weeks, after the colors begin to blend....

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