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How to Make Money Selling Art at Comic Conventions (Ep. 274)

Have you ever been to an anime or comic convention?

If so, you’ll likely have noticed people running artist booths to sell their own art or other creations.

In today’s episode I’ve swapped out with artist Anna Ellenberger so she can talk about what’s it like and what it takes to be one of these artists.

If you’ve ever wanted to sell your art in any capacity, you’ll likely find something useful here, so get a note-taking device ready and open your mind for some fresh inspiration.

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  • 0:00:00 – Where to find Anna’s artwork
  • 0:09:54 – Anna’s progress and tips for getting accepted into cons
  • 0:20:13 – Deciding whether it’s worth going to a con
  • 0:25:33 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:28:33 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:30:18 – Choosing where to sit at a con and keeping track of what’s popular
  • 0:40:40 – Selling your art while being an introvert
  • 0:45:39 – How much Anna spends and earns with her art
  • 0:55:25 – Finding new cons to go to
  • 1:05:22 – How Anna keeps track of the cons she’s interested in
  • 1:14:11 – Making friends at cons
  • 1:19:19 – Overview of Anna’s Artist Alley presentation
  • 1:26:01 – Conclusion

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