Had a great time at Dallas Comic Con this past weekend. With it's new owners and new venue (Dallas Convention Center), it had ups and downs.
The Good: The venue is nice and spacious. More guests, more vendors. The show was well organized at least from my vantage point. The best thing: Tons and tons of visitors.
The Bad: Slightly skinner table was a little annoying. The facilities were a downgrade. The seat on one of my chairs wasn't even connected. The nightmare stories I heard about the loading dock at the end of the weekend. I avoided that making making two loooong walks to my car toting my gear. Charging exhibitors for wi-fi. And at a crazy price. Very thankful I switched to unlimited data on my phone recently.
I was sad to hear from a few of my artist friends that they didn’t have a very good show. One told me that not only was it his worst DCC, but maybe his worst convention. I know he usually has a great DCC. I had the opposite experience. This was my second best DCC and my second best convention ever. DCC last year was the top for me. So I don’t know why there was that disparity. I also heard people were having trouble getting online and especially getting the Square app to work. Mine worked every time without fail.
So needless to say I feel blessed that it went the way it did for me. But it was a hard working 3 days for me, I truly feel like I earned a lot of that success by grinding out the artwork. Even when I had breaks between commissions, I drew two more sketch covers and sold them online while at the show. I was beat at the end, but it was worth it. I even signed up already for the October show and DCC in May of 2015.
Thanks to all the people who took the time to stop by table, even just to chat. It was great seeing all my artist friends and meeting one new one. Looking forward to the next one.