This year marked my 4th year attending the Tucson Comic-Con as a professional. Since this particular convention was my first ever, it holds a special place in my heart and is one I always look forward to.
Last year, the show set up was full of mishaps and hair pulling. Thankfully, things went a little more smooth this time around. With the exception of my display stand jamming up, I managed to get set up in record time! This year I even changed things up a bit. I tossed out my red table cloth in favour of lavender with white polka dots. I also added some new display boxes to give the tablescape more dimension.
It was fortunate I had my table looking sharp and shiny with the new setup because it and I also ended up on TV! The local news station did a piece about the convention and interviewed me! I was mega-nervous, but did my best to sound professional and articulate. The news caster was so nice and easy to talk to. I can now say I've had radio, newsprint, and TV all under my belt! Needless to say, I was on cloud nine after giving the interview!
Going into this year's show I felt very confident. Setup went well and I was proud of the new works I had created. I was excited for the first day to get underway, and as it did, I was not disappointed. This year had the biggest turn out in the Tucson Comic-con's seven year history! I was in awe at the amount of people flooding he event floor.
Right from the get go, things were busy. Talking to people about the art process is one of the best parts about doing these shows, and happily, I got to share insight and banter with a handful of art enthusiasts and aspiring illustrators. Even more so, it was such a pleasure to speak with people who I had already met at previous events.
It never ceases to amaze me how much of a whirlwind the first day of a convenetion can be. I can't remember all the faces I greeted, even if my life depended on it, but I do remember everyone being mostly awesome. I won't lie and say it was all rainbows and sunshine, but those sour attitudes that I came across were a minority and did little to stiffle the positive atmosphere that filled the exhibit hall.
The second day was a little more subdued, as is the case for all the shows I've done so far. Sheepishly, I must admit, I don't mind the slow start Sundays always have. Sipping coffee and getting to breathe is appreciated by both myself and my table assistant.
Despite the slow start, things always pick up around noon time, so it was back to drawing, chatting, and selling! It was exciting to see pieces that hadn't sold well in the past to sell out this go around. I honestly never know what anyone is looking for, so I'm always humbled when I manage to strike a chord with the general public. One piece that surprised me with it's popularity was a Clint Eastwood portrait I did a few years back after watching The Dollars Trilogy.
Over all I had a fantastic time this year and can't wait to do it all again next year! The convention was also the kick off to my birthday week, which I couldn't have been happier about. Now to start preparing for the next show!