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comic-con2011

comic-con 2011

well comic-con came and went and I somehow survived it all. Sales were smaller per item for me from last year, but I had more stuff and somehow made more money. go figure. still not going to quite my day job=)

It was a long drive down, 10 hours, but I left like 4 in the morning and avoided most of the traffic. I actually got diner before preview night instead of after (which last year left me with few food options) Preview night is a mixed bag for me. It allows me to get set up without the crowds, but then its always slow sales wise as people tend to be looking to see what they might buy in the coming days.

Thats always an odd bit to. People see something they like, decide that they have days to come back for it, probably intend to come back for it, and then as the days go on, they forget and/or just can't find me again. It doesn't help that the small press tables are numbered separate from the isle number system. (isle 1500, but table L10, having just the "L10" part wouldn't help you one bit as you look up and only see isle numbers and most people cover over the signs that have the table Letters)

The tables are compressed together tighter than at Wondercon. at Wondercon you can actually get in and out of your booth without having to move behind your neighbor. Comic-Con they had the tables tight so the guys in the middle of the row have to do the bugs bunny routine (pardon me, scuse me, etc) as they crawl over and around all of the adjacent booths.

This year they had the exhibitors wear wristbands that you weren't supposed to remove for the entire con(and they were made in such a way that you couldn't pull them off without destroying them). I think it was to cut down on the fake exhibitor badges, or to prevent exhibitors from swapping badges with a normal badge and going to the exclusive line up stuff before others could get onto the show floor.

Highlights

-Seeing the building rogues gallery of con friends I seem to be amassing.
-talking to Terry Dodson
-talking to Phil Noto
-having Terry Moore look at my stuff (he didn't buy anything, but he looked for awhile. thats got to be good sign right??)
-seeing the rifftrack guys perform
-having cool neighbors

weird moments

-"did you name your company 17machine because my favorite number is 17?"
-"do you have any watchman stuff?"


overall it went well and gave me a lot of inspiration to get off my rear and do more drawing!

-Vince

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