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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.

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    3 Responses to “Random Mid-Ohio Con 2010 thoughts”

    • Apparently so cool I didn’t realize I was being harassed. Sorry I didn’t get by your table this year, Dara. I was busier than usual this year. Hopefully, there will be a next Mid-Ohio-Con for both of us.

    • tom says:

      I enjoyed myself Saturday, chatting with friends and hitting the discount bins. Stress was off trying to make table.

    • stineburger says:

      The marshmallow man was the shit….I seen him on stage….That was the funniest thing I had seen all year.

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