I don’t have any overarching thoughts for Mid-Ohio Con, but here are some random ones:
1. I felt like the quality of cosplay was down a little bit. Except for Capt. Jack Sparrow, that shit was inspired.
2. I often make fun of the cosplayers, but shoot, those people look like they’re having tons of fun. Probably more fun than I am.
3. I bought three comics at $3 apiece, and everything else was $1 or less. If you’re not following any current storylines, comics can be a pretty cheap hobby.
4. I was happy to see the Arsenic Lullaby guy. I followed him religiously (wrong choice of words) when I first got into indie comics, but I hadn’t seen him in a few years.
5. I generally didn’t pick up many indies, and then only from people I know and like. It’s hard out there for an indie.
6. Selling indie comics is extremely labor-intensive. I don’t think I sold to anyone unless I hollered out to them, brought them to the table, and made them listen to my pitch. I can’t wait for the day when someone recognizes me and comes up to see if I have anything new.
7. I keep thinking this is the year I’ll keep in touch with people I met at conventions. I reckon it’s mid-November, so I still have some time.
8. Armwrestling Gavin Naught from Panels on Pages was fun, even if it didn’t garner me any sales, and even if I lost. With both arms.
9. I tweeted out some brunch recommendations yesterday morning. I may have sent some nerds into gay bars, but whatev. Gay bars have good brunch.
10. Here’s what weirds me out about selling indie comics, even after all these years: You get all of these people who want to do it, and talk to you like you have some special knowledge of it. I really don’t. I just – with the help of my Panel clique – started doing it. That’s all there is.
11. Note to self: Next time, do not harass Tony Isabella. He was cool about it (he’s Tony Isabella), but still.