A much better day.
It started with a familiar sight: a backlog of cars trying to get parking anywhere near the West Hall. Anticipating the impending hike from the back 40, Todd dropped me off out front and then went to find parking in the nearby (relatively speaking) hotel parking lot, grabbing one of the last available spots. Meanwhile, I wondered where on earth I was going to enter from the lobby (having never really seen the Con from this side) when I spotted Doug Sneyd and his lovely Booth Babe (not what you’re thinking) walking with a sense of purpose. I followed them right through the security line.
As we walked I asked how their day was, yesterday, and we chatted about his book doing very well and how accommodating the show organizers were being. All good to hear. She also mentioned that the book came with an original sketch inside and he’d even draw you’re profile and add bunny ears if you want them! Uh, sold! (For those who don’t know the name, he’s famous for his Playboy cartoons–really great stuff! One of our local bars has those sorts of cartoons plastering the walls in the ladies room. I presume the mens, as well, but I’ve never been in there to check!) I snuck over to their table during an afternoon lull and had a nice chat with the both of them. Just great people.
Unfortunately, my would-be Character Cocktail patrons didn’t make it back to the table today (maybe tomorrow?) but I did get to chat the service up to others who may order later. I sold a couple of books, a mini and a whopping 5 mini-martini glasses! We’re down to a stock of 2! I’m glad I have more blanks ready to go at home 🙂 A couple of folks from SoulGeek stopped by the table to say hi, it was good seeing them again, and I met a new reader (Hi, James!) who’d flown out from California to attend the show! Wow! (Not just to see me, of course, he was meeting up a group of Kevin Smith fans, who could be seen roaming the ailses in Mooby gear. Very cool.) I also had some nice chats with other vendors and got some random art done while manning the table.
Sales haven’t been going like gangbusters, I won’t lie, but I made people laugh today and I think that laughter is slightly more precious than dollars. Too bad my landlord doesn’t agree. As such, I’m hoping to convert a few more browsers to buyers tomorrow.
Don’t forget, tomorrow is Pi day. If we were at home I’d be baking a (preferably) square pie. Instead I’ll have to settle for some of the restaurant variety. Also, remember to set your clocks ahead or you’ll be an hour late somewhere.
You’d think, working in the printing industry for the past 15 years I’d know enough to expect these sorts of things! But you’d (and I’d) think wrong. I mean, sure, I avoided a LOT of first-timer mistakes that we see new designers struggle with (sometimes for ages) but I still managed to fall into some technical dodginess on my own.
And, before it reads wrong, my print connection is AWESOME but their workflow requires placing the pages in the pdf themselves rather than using my pre-made ones. Which, I might add, worked fine on 3 different computers running 3 different operating systems (Vista, WinXP and OS X) but somehow, in transit, ended up with some extra artifacts over the entire text font. But, hey, that’s when you find out there are free conversion programs that’ll take 80 pdfs and make 80 tif files from them and get you back on track.
Now, of course, I’m in the exact same boat with being behind on Year 2, only with no cruise in sight! Granted, MegaCon isn’t until March, this year, so there’s still time for me to pull it out 🙂
Don’t forget, you can order the Year 1 book and any of the available merchandise through my ecrater store!
Yes, that’s right, I’ve run away and am floating away in the Gulf of Mexico for 8 days, starting right about now. As such, comment approval may be a little bit slow (but don’t stop leaving them, I promise I’ll check in periodically) and next week’s comics might be creatively delivered. I’ll post something, but the ship’s connection speed might determine whether it’s uploaded per usual or a picture in the blog post. But I’ll post something, I promise.
This vacation is sorely needed and will, hopefully, rejuvenate me (and Todd) for the year ahead–it’s gonna be a busy one! First up, at the end of February is MegaCon and I’ll be there, in Artist Alley at table Yellow #6 (I swear I feel like a food dye everytime I say that). There will hopefully be other convention appearances to announce, but nothing is firm yet so watch this space, as it were. Second, the Year 1 book is very near completion. My hope is to have it for the Con, that’s the goal, but if not, it’ll be available through me or various other spaces. More concrete news when I can give it to you. Oh, and did I mention I’m starting another strip? I am! It’s scheduled to launch after I get back from vacation and will be hosted over at SoulGeek webcomics. More on that when I have a link to share. Finally (or so it would seem), I’ve entered myself into Dimestore Productions Small Press Idol with a project that’s been in my head for about a year and a half. I’ll be sure to post more when the first round goes live and you can see what things come from my head when I start thinking fiction!
So, is that enough? Maybe? Well, that only takes me through the frist half of the year, who knowns what July will bring!