Continuing onto… the actual day of MOCCA! Dum dum DUM! My first con with The Glass Urchin, and it could be said it was my first “real” con anyway. I packed up my stuff (which all fit into this tiny Amazon box anyway), and headed on my way! The Armory was quite empty when I arrived and met up with Bree and her boyfriend Colin. One look at the sparse wooden table and we knew…. Problem number 1! Tablecloth! Luckily, the con-knowledgeable Darren was there to save the day with his preparedness. He’d brought not one but two lovely tablecloths for us to use! At around 11, the fest was supposed to open, but we mostly just sat around twiddling our thumbs and wondering where the real MOCCAians were.
Turns out, due to some odd error on MOCCA’s part, they didn’t have the registers and so were unable to open the floor until 12:30! As a result, they extended the con hours until 7, which gave us an extra hour to
boil in our shoes sell hot merchandise!
We got to meet some great people throughout the day, like Gary of Fleen who gave Bree and myself some invaluable tips on table setup and pricing (and also covered MOCCA much better than I could here and here). I stopped by Charles Snowe’s booth, he’s a nice fellow who has always supported GU, and he also introduced me to the Boston Comics people (later I bought Charles’ first book of Sordid City Blues and am enjoying it a lot! I always felt continuing comic stories work best on paper). It’s always cool to meet other comickers who you’ve talked to online in real life. We also met some children who enjoyed Bree’s twisted tale of the Trix Rabbit, a bevy of sweaty-handed nerds, and of course the obligatory friends to the rescue who came to support us. I even met a former coworker who admitted to me she didn’t very much like my stuff, and would be willing to buy it out of pity, if only I had something cheaper to offer! =_=
We also met a bunch of cool others who we talked or traded with: Sophie and Jen (who do the very cute and charming webcomic Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell); Dave (who does the very neat zombie story Dead Winter, not to be confused with our buddies from Baltimore who did the neat zombie story Dead of Summer); Alisa (who illustrates beautifully and has awesome business cards); Brian (who did a very cute mini book we traded for called Adamantly Amorous); L. (who traded for a very cool 24-hour comic book and does a webcomic called Jumbly Junkery); Miriam and Andrea (of the local (Yay!!) comic group Comics Queens); Branson (a very cool cat who has an awesome style; Meghan (who traded me a cute book, and who I bought Good Minnesotan from); Kate Beaton (who I bought the great Never Learn Anything From History from, and I got a cute Jane Austen pic too!); Shelli and Braden (who created/participated in the awesome Star Wars anthology I bought Don’t Forget the Droids); Spike (who does the great Templar Arizona and who is a very awesome person); and many others (let me know if I’ve forgotten to mention you here)!!