Today was the second and last day of the NC Comic Con in Raleigh. I had a great time, the show was nice and busy, especially the first day. The convention is actually in the Morrisville Mall. They split up the convention in to various empty store fronts. Each store area was it's own con room. They split Artist Alley into 2 rooms, there is a Dealer room, and a Panel Discussion room.
|Dr. Fate's awesome Helmut!|
They ran art contests for various age groups and did a costume contest the second day. My vote was for Dr. Fate, he was totally rockin' a homemade helmut that would have made my son jealous!
Generally shows I've been at where the rooms are split up don't seem to be as successful if you're in artist alley. Attendees that are interested in talking to artists or purchasing work or books from artists will seek you out, and those are the sales you can expect anyway. But what you loose is the impulse buyer who after making their toy, comic, collectible purchases will wonder artist alley and something might catch their eye. If I'm in a different part of the building, even sometimes in an adjacent room out of sight, I miss getting to talk to those people
For a combination of reasons, this show was different. Great volunteers that were helpful, Clear and Visible signage to direct you where to go, and plenty of space to walk around without feeling cramped. It seemed like no one was stuck off in a corner, but each of us had visible and easily accessible tables for the attendees to find us. It was just a great, well run show. I believe they had an attendance of around 3,000. That was speculative when I had to leave, but Im curious to hear a total number. It's their 3rd year running, and seems to grow each year. Huge pat on the back to Eric Hoover for coordinating the show and thank you for bringing me down!
Con Sketch: Black Canary - 126
This is pretty usual for me to be up all night during conventions doing as many sketches as I can possibly get to. I'm very rarely the first to bed, and often still up when we all start getting ready for the next day. Luckily the other guys don't mind me having a lamp on through the night. However, last year in New York we had 4 guys in this tiny room. It didn't have a desk and there wasn't a lamp to turn on. I ended up sitting on the floor with a board outside the bathroom. I turned on the bathroom light and cracked the door just enough to put light on my page. I was up all night that time around too. oy. I never said con life was easy, but hey, I figure I can always sleep on the plane!