I’ve had a lot of people asking me, “So what happened to you at Otakon?” Finni and I have been quietly mentioning some of the incident with the staff we had this year, but still keeping it hushed since we were hoping to see it resolved internally…
Countering this to say I’ve always had a great experience at Otakon, and it’s really a great con to show at, and the 50/50 rule seems pretty easy to understand to me, chances are, if you’re worried about the rule, then you rely too much on fanart.
This is only one persons experience, and it’s written on a pretty big slant. I can’t really tell what “being assertive” to the artist alley head is supposed to mean, but it certainly can be taken a number of ways. Just be cool, respectful and have fun.
I respect this opinion a lot. I am 100% in favor of respecting others and following the rules.
Being assertive means I was standing up for what I believed to be correct, and approaching the staff member by communicating my thoughts and feelings, while requesting their communication in return by explaining to me how they were viewing the situation. There were no rude words exchanged, nor were there any threatening gestures.
This whole situation came as a surprise to me at the convention because I was not worried about the 50/50 rule. I had planned everything out accordingly prior to the convention, and had 12 pieces of my original work hanging on my stand, with another 12 pieces of my favorite fanart pieces. However, I was told my display was in violation of the 50/50 rule? All the pieces were the same size, since one of the fanarts was a long panoramic shot, so I had a specially printed large format 18x26” poster of one of my favorite original pieces to balance it out.
PS. I’m the artist who was accused of verbal assault. I made additional comments to the story written here, if you were interested.