Pop Culture HQ

I recently had my pictures featured in PopCultHQ.com, a site that brings the internet articles and reports about everything that Comic/Sci-Fi/Geek Fans want. They puplished pictures by Tiffany Harvey and the great Tony Austin and myself for their article about the Capital City Comic Con. The rest of my image from that weekend can be found on my Capital City Comic Con page.

Thanks again to April Carvelli for the article and for featuring my work.

Convention Plateau

I was recently made aware of a conversation on Cosplay in America‘s Facebook Page, about how convention attendees tend to hit a plateau of attendance and stop going.

I believe there is a cycle of con-going. At first there’s the joy of discovering cons and it becomes like a drug – you want more. More cons, more cosplay, more trips. At some point you reach a plateau where because of con fatigue, drama or other reasons, you take a moment to take a breath and step back. After a period of time, you either come back into the convention scene or you leave it. The duration of this cycle really depends but my guess is 4-5 year.

I am curious to hear from y’all out there about your experience with this. Did you find yourself burning out, how did you counter it, or did you leave the con scene, how is it now ?

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Curriculum Vitae

2018

Graphics and Print ManagerTsukino Con 2019 – Working on print material for Tsukino-Con.
WebmasterTsukino Con 2019
Webmastersusanmccaskill.com – Maintain site and help autor Sue McCaskill with any support as needed.
PublishedPopCultHQ.com – Images published with an article on Capital City Comic Con
Assistant WebmasterVancouver Island South Film Commission – Updated site, completed implementation of new website.
WebmasterCosplayers of the Week – A website that Features Cosplayers from around the world.

2017

Graphics and Print ManagerTsukino Con 2018 – Produced 40 page program book, badges for ~2000 attendees, and advertising posters.
WebmasterTsukino Con 2018
Webmastersusanmccaskill.com – Create and migrate website to new domain. Set up structure and transfer former blog posts.
Organizer Cosplay Day 2017 – One day event on July 17 for Cosplayers and Photographers.
Assistant WebmasterVancouver Island South Film Commission – Updated site, began implementation of new website.
WebmasterCosplayers of the Week – A website that Features Cosplayers from around the world.

2016

0004p9Cover PhotoSolo Album – Kristin Hunt
Production AssistantOllie and Emma – Web TV series (IMDB)
Business CardsStarry Eyed Maiden – Cosplayer
Organizer Cosplay Day 2016 – One day event on July 17 for Cosplayers and Photographers.
WebmasterTsukino Con 2017
Graphics and Print ManagerTsukino Con 2017 – Produced Business Cards, Postcards, 24 page program book, 17 different badges, and a window cling to redirect people from the old building.
Assistant WebmasterVancouver Island South Film Commission – Updated site, added member database, improved visual access to site images.
WebmasterCosplayers of the Week – A website that Features Cosplayers from around the world.

slowdancing2015

WebmasterNanaimo 4 Sale – Website created to sell a house in the Nanaimo, BC area.
Interviewed
The Hustle – “Meet the Girls Making a Living from Cosplay”
Book CoverSlow Dancing on Sea Glass – Shaughnessy ER Brookes
WebmasterTsukino Con 2016
Graphics and Print ManagerTsukino Con 2016 – Produced posters, program book and other print material for the convention.
WebmasterCosplayers of the Week – A website that Features Cosplayers from around the world.
WebmasterGoth Girl of the Week – A site featuring interviews with Goth and ALT models from around the world. Highlight, Eleine

2014

Book CoverSand in My Stilettos – Shaughnessy ER Brookes, as well as back cover and back cover inset.
WebmasterFan Tan Cafe – Chinese Restaurant  in Victoria’s Chinatown
WebmasterCosplayers of the Week – A website that Features Cosplayers from around the world. GGotY: Elisanth
WebmasterTsukino Con 2015
PhotojournalistAbsolute Underground #58 June/July – “Everything you Need to Know About Roller Derby

2013AU_51_proof3-1

Writer – Absolute Underground #51 April/May – “Preparing for a Convention
PhotojournalistAbsolute Underground #51 April/May – “A Study of Cosplay
WebmasterCosplayers of the Week – A website that Features Cosplayers from around the world.
WebmasterFan Tan Cafe – Chinese Restaurant  in Victoria’s Chinatown
WebmasterGoth Girl of the Week – A site featuring interviews with Goth and ALT models from around the world.
WebmasterTsukino Con 2014

2012

WebmasterFan Tan Cafe – Chinese Restaurant  in Victoria’s Chinatown
WebmasterCosplayers of the Week – A website that Features Cosplayers from around the world.
WebmasterGoth Girl of the Week – A site featuring interviews with Goth and ALT models from around the world.

2011

WebmasterFan Tan Cafe – Chinese Restaurant  in Victoria’s Chinatown
WebmasterGoth Girl of the Week – A site featuring interviews with Goth and ALT models from around the world. GGotY: Winter Frost

2010

InterviewedLA Weekly – Goth Girl of the Week
WebmasterGoth Girl of the Week – A site featuring interviews with Goth and ALT models from around the world. GGotY: Below Dark Water

Business Cards

Bussiness CardA local Cosplayer (Starry Eyed Maiden) that I’d done some pictures of back in the summer asked if she could use an image that I took of her for a business card. I said sure and sent her an unwatermarked version of the picture. This was a few months back and I came across the messages and asked if she still had any of the cards. Turns out she was having trouble making them, so I offered to give her a Continue reading

House for Sale

house front Nov, 2015Outside of taking pictures I like to work on web sites. My uncle is selling his house privately and asked me to make a site for him that will help sell the house, so I did.

It takes a bit of marketing knowledge to make a good site, you have to understand what images work, what not to use and what to say in describing the house and it’s amenities. My photography knowledgeup 19 living room reflection helps with the visual, as does years of retail management. The words, is part SEO work and part creative writer, maybe a dash of my wife’s professional editing skills that I’ve experienced for twenty-five years.

The site took two weeks, of before and after work, to put together and my uncle is more than happy with it. I also managed to secure a great domain name for it Nanaimo4Sale.com, you would think that some Nanaimo Real Estate company would grab such a title for their sales of homes in the region, but I got it.

If you’re looking for a place to live in Nanaimo this is a great 5 bedroom, 3 Bath, large yard surrounded by forest, near schools and amenities in Southern Nanaimo, BC.