So ECCC was good. I am so tired today. Bone weary. Dry air, hard chairs and concrete floors for three days are hard on the old bones. My ankle hurts where a moron ran into me with a cart when we got to the car after packing up the table. Luckily I managed to not fall on my face into the glass display case I was carrying, but my ankle is still complaining.
We made many children and adults happy with the bin o’ cheap toys and the bin o’ stuffies. Met a lot of pin and action figure collectors. Overall we did pretty good.
My art got some notice, but not as much as I would have hoped. It can be so disheartening to watch thousands of fans pass you by for all the big name artists, but every now and then someone would stop and look appreciatively. I did get to meet a few of my very enthusiastic fans. I even signed a Magic card, which I don’t think I have done in years. I only painted three ever and one was cut from the deck. One person had an odd moment when he realized that I was also the person responsible for Steamcon. We did manage to promote Steamcon a bit and it’s amazing and worrisome how many folks still have just not heard of it. Short of wandering the streets in costume, handing out flyers, I am just not sure how else to reach them.
I wore three different purple steampunk ensembles and they were well received, but as usual we only managed to get pictures of Saturday’s outfit. I know that my picture was taken on other days, but I doubt I’ll ever find the photos. Overall I think there was less costuming this year, but it could just be that they never got back to our table. The show floor doubled this year and it was very difficult to get through the bottleneck on the Skybridge. There were lots of attendees but there was even more stuff to buy so it’s hard to say if that works in our favor.
I bought a few cool things, like Brian Kesinger’s Tea Girl Calender, a pair of gorgeous goggles from Blonde Swan, and a couple steampunk appropriate necklaces. I managed to resist the urge to shop like mad, which at ECCC is a superhuman feat.
I reserved my table for next year, so I need to make notes about what works and what doesn’t. I am glad that I don’t do this too often, like many others do. It is fun, sometimes rewarding, but so much work.
The rest of my photos are here.