My most recent convention trip to T.A.P.E (Tucson Art Press Exhibit) was actually quite informative. It's a very small show that features local artists only and that gave me the real chance to talk to artists and other craftsmen about their work and passions. I got new business cards for my binder (I may be a bit of a business card hoarder >.> I just like a way to really remember all the people I meet at cons ^^) and met some real awesome people. We traded passion stories, art tales, and I even met some cool authors. I got to even share some of my work with the venders (I call the people behind the table venders. Bite me.) and several advised that I get my own table at something small like T.A.P.E then work my way up toward something bigger like Tucson Comic Con then eventually aim for the bigger shows like Phoenix Comicon!
So I've decided next year I'm going to get a table at T.A.P.E. I have plans to make key chains, bookmarks, prints, and buttons mostly. Primarily of my own art (such as Nemu and characters from my stories) but I also want to do a bit of popular things too (like pokemon and animal crossing) but keep it as limited as possible that way I get known for my art and not "another fan artist".
That being said! I'm already saving up money for a laminator and a button maker is next on my list (since Button Machines are quite expensive).
As a first time Con Table Vender I've got open ears for any advice you may decide to shoot my way.
And if you live in Arizona (or are making the trip) and are going to Phoenix ComiCon let me know! It'd be cool to meet up ;3