Spent my weekend at a gaming and comic convention here in Grand Rapids called GrandCon. I wasn’t sure how I would be received as I have never done a show like this one. It turned out to be a good weekend. Marc Specter was incredible nice and made sure I felt welcome. He was nice enough to come and ask me how the weekend went as we neared the end of the third day. It was great that I had such a positive response to the puppets. I did good. I would totally do it again.
I met some fantastic people and got to see a few friends I have made in the comic community. It was really great to see Jim McClain again. He was such a great person to work with. I made several puppets for him. He even had his Radical puppet with him! I made a few more friends and look forward to seeing them again in future shows!
As I navigate the world of comic conventions I learn something new each show. I am convinced that this is the place for me and my puppets. Everyone really likes and admires my puppets. One thing I don’t get however is how people come and pitch their great ideas to me, or ask me for my patterns and details of how much money I make… yes this actually happened. What??? I don’t understand that at all. I tried to be nice, and evasive because really I am not giving out my patterns or my profit margin information to anyone. If I did, then I might see him at the next show selling puppets that are my original designs.
I had a moment of totally dorkdome… I am not well versed in the world of comic… and I totally should be. I had a guy come by and purchase a spiderman puppet. I had no idea who he was, however thanks to my table neighbors they clued me in. It was Ryan Stegman. He bought the puppet for his son. I felt like an idiot that I had no idea who he was. He was super nice and even let me take his picture. So now I totally geeked out and was on cloud nine. That was a super cool moment, even if I was a dork!
Overall I have to say this was a positive experience. Now onto the next show!