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After recently returning from my first-ever(!) anime convention, I was struck by this wild idea – I should actually try selling some of my artwork at a convention. More specifically, I was thinking of selling handmade paper craft like Pokémon tags and greeting cards. However, I'm not sure if people are willing to buy handmade paper craft or anything Pokémon related. I took a look around the convention and the booths were selling printed bookmarks, badges, doujinshis and posters. There weren't many signs of anything Pokémon-related elsewhere either; I saw exactly 7 Pokémon cosplayers (mostly Pikachus) among the dozens of Miku, KHR, Bleach, One Piece and Naruto cosplayers.

So my question is this – how can I suss out the market for my potential products? I'm not in touch with the Pokémon fanbase (if any) in Malaysia, and would like to stick to Pokémon-related stuff since I'm not too familiar with other anime and fanbases. I've tried searching online for any Pokémon fanbases in my country, but with no luck. I'm also thinking that an anime convention might not be the best place either, since most of the fans seem more anime-centric than game-centric.

If you have any suggestions, or have experienced selling uncommon items at conventions, I'd like to hear them :)
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The person above is quite right. Even if people aren't cosplaying Pokemon, Pokemon is still something that most anime convention goers are familiar with, especially if you use first/second generation Pokemon. And in the end if you can't sell all the designs you make, you can always sell them on etsy or ebay :D
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I would so buy your work if I saw it at a convention. It's adorable and unique and of a great quality. I'm often disappointed there isn't more pokemon-related stuff.
As for getting in touch with other fans, perhaps see if there's any tournament or fan groups that have a facebook page or forum? You might be able to advertise there or at least let them know.
But I still think you would sell heaps even without advertising your stuff beforehand.
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Ah, I see you've already looked for fan-bases... whoops. Well I think you would still do better at selling at anime cons than other sorts. People who go to anime ones and are looking through the artist alleys are after cute things. Your stuff is definitely that! Otherwise perhaps at a gaming con? Although I wonder if most fans going there are more after the actual games.
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endless-whispers Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Yeah, I hope people are after cute stuff, because I can't do much otherwise :P Most anime cons in my country double up as gaming cons anyway, with companies marketing their latest MMORPGs and all, but thanks for the suggestions and compliment!
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deeed Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Put it this way, if I bought your cards I would have trouble giving them to other people! And if someone gave me one I'd never throw it away. :D
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Keikuina Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012   Digital Artist
You should, selling artworks at conventions is fun c:
I did it last year, and it was nice knowing some people actually wanted my stuff ; u;
I'm sure you'd seel, you're a great artist! ;D
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endless-whispers Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Haha, thanks! I'm sure it's great for your self-esteem as an artist when people are willing to pay you for your art :)
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Keikuina Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Yes, it is very good for self-esteem, it made me want to improve C:
And knowing my art makes people smile, it makes me feel good too.
Sadly I didn't do much since then, I'm so lazy o -o; (well since I know the issue, I should take care of it |D)
Anyways, I'm not getting a table this year, probably gonna do that next year o 3o
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SunsetSovereign Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you would do a pretty good job selling pokemon stuff. Your work is unique and amazing! And speaking as someone who loves going through Artist Alley I look for the unique things. There's always so many hats/scarves/various fleece merch, and the doodles but I have never seen papercrafts like you make in any AA Ive been to.
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endless-whispers Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Haha, thanks for the compliment :) I guess the merchandise sold at booths are very different in my country (hats, scarves and fleece would never sell in my country's humid weather!) and a lot of the artwork found at the artist alley is pretty high quality. After reading all these comments, I'm pretty much set on opening a booth just for the experience and I'm hoping that my different art sticks out (in a good way of course).
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SunsetSovereign Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Good luck!!
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driflooning Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, of course people will buy your work! Just because you aren't selling what everyone else is doesn't mean people won't want them. c:

In fact, having something that no one else has gives you an advantage. You stick out from everyone else and have a better chance at selling. Your craft is unique and can't really be found anywhere else, so people will enjoy that.

I dunno about your country specifically, but I do think that Pokemon is still popular. If you have popular pokemon from the first generation, there will be people who recognize and love them whether or not they still follow all the new stuff.

Best of luck to you!
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endless-whispers Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
You raise a good point. I guess characters like Pikachu and the three original starters are still very recognisable. I think I'll focus more on creating crafts of the first 151 and see how it goes from there. Thanks!
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