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Mr. Chicken, the new Armadillo Office Mascot?!

Mr+ChickenWe are getting close to our favorite time of the year when we get to see the results of another year of hard work.  We particularly enjoy the happy reunion of our community of Armadillo artists during move in.  Even in the 36th season, opening day is still the biggest thrill.  We love seeing the delight and excitement of our patrons.

We’re happy with the progress of our A-Team.  Everyone is working in an area of interest making big improvements to our production.  Nancy Coplin did a great job on the music line up.  We’ve got some excellent new acts this year.  We’re working with Hank Alrich making further improvements on our sound system for the enjoyment of all.

We visited many shows, large and small, this year.  We talked to artists at Bayou City, Cottonwood, Bellevue in Washington State, Georgetown Arts on the Square, Fiesta San Antonio, Art City Austin and made several new friends.  We also made a point of seeing the small local craft shows looking for up and coming talent.

We got a new mascot at the office last month.   Mr. Chicken, aka Captain Gumbo made a surprise entrance into the backyard.  Without a fence or a coop he’s claimed the yard as his own, took the 5 cats as his hens and now rules the roost.  We like him.

Crab Apple Takes Over SoCo

Melissa Booth

Selling my work at SXSW this year was a new experience for me. In fact, it was my first time to be  in town at all during SXSW after living in Austin for 24 years. Usually I’m in the group of Austinites who  leave town during the madness.

I primarily sell handmade stationery through my web store Crab Apple Designs and only sell directly at 2-3 shows a year, so I was a bit hesitant to try selling during South By. But I dove in anyway hoping that SXSW would bring the kind of geek (which I say with love) that shares my passion for retro paper goods. My craft emphasizes notebooks and sketchbooks made from old books and games, but my focus during SXSW was recycled comic books. I thought that a product that appeals to guys would be a good item to showcase.

I’m sure glad I took a chance.  What a great time! I participated in a “pop-up shop” on South Congress with local live music within earshot and a flow of foot traffic from morning until night. This was my kind of crowd: friendly, happy, and genuinely excited about the products I make. Evidently, comic books aren’t just for guys! I was thrilled to meet girls and guys of ALL ages who found something to love about vintage comics.

The happy energy that the festival brings to downtown is addictive and I will surely plan on participating again next year! – Melissa Stewart