Hello everybody! It’s been ages, right?
Internet problems apart and all that jazz, we just couldn’t go on without at least giving you an inside on how things went! So here we go!
It really was the first time for the two of us to be invited to participate in an international convention of sorts, especially one with little connection to anime and manga. Beja’s Convention was more of a reunion of artists devoted to European comic style but far from feeling left out, we were right at home.
The first thing that won our hearts over was Paulo and Suza Monteiro’s kindness and hospitality. They made us feel like small princesses over there.
But they weren’t the only ones to surprise us, ehehe. All in all we found a dear group of friends with whom we had loads of fun! So what was happening there?
We couldn’t believe it when we got in and saw this huge black panel featuring our names, bio and below a replica of Sara’s art from our Shounen a Go Go xD. It was enough to bring one to tears ehehe.
Our exhibition was very simple, featuring over 50 works of our manga pages. It was weird for us seeing them together like that. Some had over one year of difference from another and you just couldn’t help noticing some bad lining here, or some unfinished detail there.
There were many spaces to visit, many exhibitions on the other floors and a nice central space where the young ones could go and draw their hearts out. Sometimes you wouldn’t see youngsters though but a certain fox and cat having fun with a very chivalrous pig ^__^
There were lots of events, presentations of magazines and fanzines, it felt really “cultural” *chuckle*. But there was also a great party expecting us but me and Sara were so tired that we went straight to the hotel to sleep. This bestowed us with the title of “old grannies”.
On the second weekend of the event, we arrived a bit later, as we only had to participate in the activities around 21.30. We were to produce a page of manga (or at least try) each, which didn’t go all that bad if you consider we had one hour only. I know it was mentioned before but it was a bit disheartening to not have real tones to use. Still, people would ask about the inks we used and the nibs. We never thought there would be so many interested! It was amazing speaking especially with concerned parents who wanted to help their kids to become mangaka in our country! We really hope we were helpful, we tried to explain how we both were self-taught and that you should never be afraid of copying your favourite artist over and over again for a start.
All in all it was two wonderful weekends, especially the time we spent with Tanuki san, Edy , and of course Dk-chan and Azures! And we were sooo pampered! Just look at the pressies they gave us ^__^! We really didn’t deserve these ehehe.
You just GOT to draw more cute bishounen like this, Dk-chan! *points upward*
We’ll cherish these two forever, Tanuki-san! ^_^
But one of the best gifts we could have received was the sympathy and friendship of dear Pokemew. She and her family were right there for us and it was great to get to know someone who has dedicated herself so much to manga and walking on the right path. Big kiss Pokemew-chan! We won’t forget you ^__^
And that was it.
Unfortunately we didn’t take many picks, so sorry, we are still green horns when it comes to blogging!