Well I got back from India on Thursday, sick as a dog, and managed to stumble into Wondercon on Friday. I hit the doctor at 7am that morning for blood tests and what not to try and figure out what alien life form was trying to eat my intestines. Imagine the worst hangover ever. Now try and go to a con with that for three days. eeesh.
It was the least prepared I've ever been for a con, and yet the fact that I packed up from APE and just unpacked that same gear onto the table at Wondercon actually almost worked out.
I was out of business cards, sold out of several books and prints(as I had pretty much only the inventory left from APE, and really underestimated the demand) and found myself at the kitchen table stapling ashcans at 5am. that's about as "Indy" as it gets.
If you met me and I seemed out of it, I was on this crazy jet lag and the food in India, while amazing, was out to kill me. If ya missed me at the table, it was either because I foolishly thought I could get portfolio review from Boom Studios at 1pm and not line up at at 8am, or it was when we ran out of all the books, and I realized I had left what inventory I had at the house 30 minutes away. eeesh.
Overall the con this year had some of the nicest customers I've met yet. much less radioactive people, or maybe I just was to out of it to notice. I did have one guy go on and on about how much like tin tin my work is. no really. ...yeah, I don't see it either....
I got to see a lot of familiar faces. Doing the Ca Cons over and over you tend to slowly build of friends list of form table neighbors and customers.
I actually did a couple of commissions this year which was actually really fun. (and helped pay for the table) We had an end cap which was super nice, and they gave small press a lot more room behind the table then years previous.
My standing banner with agent was at the end of the table, and we had at least a dozen people stop and pose with it for photos. I was kind of floored by that. really blew my mind that someone would want to have their photo taken with her
Friday we had a cool agent come up from LA and hang out for an hour or so patiently explaining IP licensing and what not while I worked the booth. learn something new every day
Saturday I stumbled on Brian Stelfreeze, one of my favorite artists whom I had no idea was going to be at the show. He was nice enough to give crits to not only myself but a couple of other artists. I spent 2 hours listening to crits and watching him draw. I couldn't believe the stuff that I learned, and how he made it all seem easy and fun. I had taken classes over a decade ago at SCAD from him, Cully Hamner (green lantern mosaic...best, book, ever) Allen Nunnis, Mike Mignola, Scott McCloud, Will Eisner, Dave Dorman (who paints really small! )and I would swear Terry Dodson was there as a student, but I could be wrong on that point. but any ways....
Sunday I got go to dinner with a bunch of cool cats from DC that we had met earlier in the day. It felt like some sort of hazy jet lagged exhaustion induced dream as I sat at a table of amazingly warm and talented people as they reminisced about the early Wildstorm days and what not.
So while I was the least prepared, sick as a dog, exhausted, and only barely awake, I somehow managed to have record sales, learn more in 2 hours than I had in 2 years, meet a cool IP rep, and have and amazing entertaining dinner filled with new contacts and neat people.... just...wow.