What I like about comic shows.
I was at a comic book convention all day today, and Iâ€™m currently trying to decide if Iâ€™ll be going to one a few weeks from now. My erstwhile employer is bordering on furious with me that Iâ€™d consider leaving the country to go to a comic book showâ€”particularly right now. (In case you forgot, Iâ€™ve got my own comic book event in August that Iâ€™m organizing in every spare hour of my dayâ€¦).
Seeing as the comic show today is about 36 minutes from being over (obviously this was updated later), I figured Iâ€™d figure out why Iâ€™m even tempted to get on a plane and head to New York in a few weeks, or why Iâ€™m here today. Because right now? My feet hurt, Iâ€™m a bit cranky, and Iâ€™ve done my best to alienate that nice Dr. McNinja fellow. Iâ€™ll have to make it up to him later when weâ€™re both drunk and easy.
Well, one of us will be.
So yeah, things that I like about comic book shows. Lets see if I can figure this out.
- Friends. Definitely seeing my friends. Iâ€™m a pretty social person anyway, I donâ€™t live my whole life online and get to see the people I like once per year. I mean, once-upon-a-time? That described me pretty accurately. But now? Now I just get to see people I donâ€™t see very often all at once, and itâ€™s a lot of fun. Who wouldnâ€™t have a good time at a place where a bunch of people they like are all in the same room? Well, lots of people, judging by the bitching I see in con reports. But from out-of-towners to folks I know here in Toronto whose schedules donâ€™t quite match up with mine, comic cons a re a great place to actually sit down and have a beer with someone. Or a $4 convention coffee, as the case may be.
- Cute, chubby guys with beards/glasses. If thatâ€™s your â€˜thingâ€™ (or even one of your things?) then by God, the comic show is the place for you. If youâ€™re not 100% sure what â€˜bearâ€™ subculture is? Just trust that you can find it at the comic show, and half these guys arenâ€™t even gay. (See: Dr. McNinja, alcohol)
- Stuff you would otherwise never buy. I was totally lucky today, and scored two awesome purchases.Â The first? A Revoltech Megatron action figure, to match (fight with?) my Revoltech Optimus Prime from San Diego. The second? A copy of Teen Titans: Scissors, Paper, Stone, an Elseworlds one-shot by Adam Warren with a criminally low print run a few years ago. I got it for $4! Thanks to Blake Bell for digging through bins for me.
- Nerditry. I can be as nerdy as I want at a comic show, because this is the proper place and time for being nerdy. Itâ€™s like ordering a vodka-tonic at dinner as opposed to ordering one at breakfast. Time and place.
- Air Conditioning. Granted, this one doesnâ€™t always work (see: San Diego from a couple years back, Book Expo America this year), and itâ€™s not always the temperature so much as the humidity (and the knowledge that itâ€™s humid because of your fellow con-goersâ€¦ick), but for those of us without central air conditioning (or a job with air conditioning that just isnâ€™t up to the taskâ€¦) being at a con for three days when itâ€™s muggy and 30 degrees outside is Bliss. Arriving while itâ€™s still reasonably cool out and leaving after the sunâ€™s gone down? Even better.
- Itâ€™s strangely relaxing. My job is one that involves a hell of a lot of multi-tasking, even on quiet days. When Iâ€™m working at a show, all I have toâ€¦ or really can doâ€¦ is work at the show. Sell stuff, smile, say hello. No ringing phones, and while the emails are almost certainly piling up? Nothing I can do about it (until I get that Blackberryâ€¦.). Even when Iâ€™m not working the show, itâ€™s much more social than not, since my social life is tied pretty close to the comic books on a lot of fronts. Aside from the travel time, I usually come back from San Diego or New York feeling really refreshed and excited about the industry (Itâ€™s the opposite of the â€œNewsarama Effectâ€). I think thatâ€™s gotta count for somethingâ€¦
And now itâ€™s time to goâ€¦ Maybe more updates later if I can work it outâ€¦
(Written @ 7pm, June 8th)