Today Comic Con started for real. We got breakfast, water, and protein bars at Ralphs then headed to the convention center to walk the exhibit floor before the show opened. This is one of the great privileges of being an exhibitor. I managed to find some great toys for my kids, and Gene stood in line for some stormtrooper action figures that he was very excited about. Gene loves action figures. He's mostly over this particular addiction, but he can't stare them down, and Comic Con is full of temptation.
We brought down a moderate amount of merchandise, about half what we took to ALA, though more than we sold last year. As the day wore on we realized it wasn't going to be enough. We brought more "Will work for comics" shirts than "Will work for books" but the demand is the other way around. Packing merchandise is always a crap shoot. We also ran out of Book Club half way through the day, though we got more in the evening from my friend Dean in Carlsbad.
My sister Robin flew in from New Orleans. She saw that one episode of Entourage featuring Comic Con, and she came to check it out. She's going to be our part-time booth babe.
All in all this year's Comic Con feels different for us. More people have heard of us, and we're having more luck with sales. The great location may have something to do with it. We also have particularly good merchandise this year, and it inspires a lot of interest. And we just plain have more readers than last year, almost 50% more.
At 6pm we had the first Webcomics School panel. Dave Kellett, Jon Rosenberg, Phil Foglio, and Brian Fies were all very interesting and had lots to contribute to the "Getting Started" theme. Gary Tyrell from Fleen was there and I'm going to let him report on the goings-on. I'm slightly apprehensive about tommorrow's - it threatens to be the Scott Kurtz and Tycho and Gabe show - but it should be very interesting (and entertaining) indeed.
Dinner with Robin and friends, and now to bed.
October 8, 2018 Walla Walla, WA
Walla Walla Rural Library District Staff Day (Gene)
November 15, 2018 Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach County Library System (Gene)
November 16, 2018 Fort Lauderdale, FL
Southeast Florida Library Information Network (Gene)
Jan 25 - 28, 2019 Seattle, WA ALA Midwinter (Library COMIC Booth #726) (Gene)
March 1, 2019 Phoenix, AZ
Maricopa County Library District (Gene)
April 15 - 17, 2019 Austin, TX Texas Library Association Annual Conference (Library COMIC booth, Monday night event) (Gene)
June 21 - 24, 2019 Washington, DC
ALA Annual (Library COMIC booth) (Gene)
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