I’ve been working Ohayocon since 2006, and each year I’ve supplied some artwork for Robert and Emily DeJesus and the convention.
I first attended the Greater Cincinnati Area’s premiere anime convention, Sugoicon, way back in 2001, then returned in 2002 with a table at Artists Alley showing off my Rebus and Angel Moxie work. In the meantime, I made friends with the organizers (it helped that some of them were fans) and eventually was invited as a Special Guest, and have been invited back every year ever since.
Animazement contacted me almost immediately after I posted on my webcomics that I was doing freelance design. They wanted artwork for their program and marketing material, and I was happy to oblige.