I built it! Most artists make them themselves using PVC piping, which you can buy at Lowe’s or some other home improvement store. They’ll cut it for you to any size, so you can build them in a lot of different ways. You can also get the ends threaded so that the connecting pieces screw on, rather than just squeezing on (mine aren’t threaded and it sucks haha). You’ll also need clamps or vices to hold them to the table; most of the people I know use these:
If you ever go to an AA with them you can see that lots of artists have developed different structure designs. I wouldn’t recommend mine, because the legs just make sure it doesn’t tip toward the customer when it falls over haha; it has to have at least one leg clamped on the side. Here are some of the structures I’ve tried or seen:
My current; anything with legs, btw, takes up space on your table, which is bad if you have lots of stuff (but good if you don’t have that much stuff so it doesn’t look as empty haha):
I used this at Snafucon:
I think this is the standard that most people do:
Shared my friends version of this at AX; it went over once or twice because the under table was bad for our clamps; we figured out it was more stable if we flipped the rubber yellow parts of the clamp mouth backward so they couldn’t slide out:
I just learned this one this year and a friend says it’s very stable; I don’t know if they use two more clamps on the front but I would imagine not:
Some important points:
-Make sure you know the length of the table. If your top length pipe is too long, you’re screwed.
-Make sure you factor in the added height of the clamp base if there is a height limit for displays at your con (AX has this). A clamp adds an extra 2-3 inches to your display height and if you only measure your piping your display will be too tall.
-Whatever you do, make sure it’s stable. Don’t put it up wobbly and just think, “oh I’ll just be careful.” Wind will come from somewhere, you’ll be helping someone and get distracted, or customers will bump it and poke it and pull on it no matter what you do, so you want to make sure it can’t fall over. Keep the clamps on the back or sides of the table, not where customers (or their children) can bump them or mess with them. Keep in mind that your customers at cons are incredibly excited and usually distracted, that’s the nature of cons, so you’re really responsible for your own stuff here.
Yay!! Ive been looking for something like this. <3
IT’S STILL MONDAY IN HAWAII YOU GUYS.
Cockeyed.com is one of my favourite websites on the internet, run by an armchair scientist who goes out and does a practical experiment for whatever question stuck in his craw on a particular day, and tries to make practical frames of reference for comprehending numbers and amounts that people don’t normally try to think about. Among the crowning achievements of the site are the photographic height and weight chart made out of unedited, self-submitted photos of real people and the journal of his adventure turning a 12 foot satellite dish into a mirrored parabola death ray to zap things like pop tarts and bars of soap with.
Anyway, I was particularly entertained by their story of wanting to be able to visualize how much blood is in an average adult human by going out to dump six quarts of fake blood at the end of a dead-end street, only to be disappointed by the fairly unimpressive 36 square feet the blood stain covered after they spent the afternoon trying to rake it out by hand to look as big and scary as possible.
Horror writers take note, there isn’t nearly as much blood as you think inside a person.
Thanks so much for your patience and support, everyone!
AAh! Smut Peddler PDFs are now on sale to everyone!! You can check out my 20 page story, I’m so proud to be in this book. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Gavin has developed a (somewhat delusional) mechanism to cope with the stress of constant dangers of field work but once he’s safe he’s a complete wuss.
This comic makes me hear Gavin and Chance singing this a cappella. My friends were very said but I said it’s not too bad, as a matter of fact is didn’t even hurt (yet)… But I think I’ll need a band-aid!
And unlike my previous jokes of this sort this one actually gets less funny if you’ve seen Reservoir Dogs. I’m sorry. I’ll stop that for a couple of months.
Look at me, suddenly updating.
Many of these rates (before taxes, might I add) haven’t changed in 20 years. $100-$250 in 1994 aint the same as in 2014. This is why Comic Book Conventions for many comic illustrators, in many cases, are the lifeblood of their comic making (commissions, direct fan interaction books sales).
Support your local mainstream or indie comic artist!!!!
I look like a ghoul and can now apparently glow but check out this sweet-ass shirt Lauren made!
Brion Cemetary in San Vito d’Altivole near Treviso, Italy is considered Italian architect Carlo Scarpa’s most important and complex work. “I consider this work, if you permit me, to be rather good and one which will get better over time. I have tried to put some poetic imagination into it, though not in order to create poetic architecture but to make a certain kind of architecture that could emanate a sense of formal poetry. The place for the dead is a garden. I wanted to show some ways in which you could approach death in a social and civic way; and further what meaning there was in death, in the ephemerality of life other than these shoe-boxes.” Scarpa died in 1978, in a construction site accident. He is buried in this cemetery in a standing position in a hidden spot within the interstitial space where the walls of the old and new cemeteries meet.