Lived up to its name.
AwesomeCon was awesome. Period. There was nothing about this past weekend I did not enjoy. Even the drive down and back again, which was over seven hours in one direction, was strangely manageable. It was three days of good sales, even better conversations, and fantastic reunions with old friends.
When we first exhibited at AwesomeCon in 2014 sales were lackluster, but we came away from that weekend with the overall feeling that everyone in attendance was really nice, and the staff working the show was equally friendly. The welcoming atmosphere of 2014 was not only matched this year, it was surpassed. AwesomeCon followed a trend in conventions we’ve noticed all year, where more and more people are coming to us seeking advice as opposed to random con-goers giving us unsolicited advice. We had the pleasure to meet folks who have followed our works over the span of a decade (and in one case, across a generation). We gave advice and critique to creators wanting to take that first step into putting their work out there for the world to see. We even got to meet celebrities we admired, and fanboyed-out ourselves! Karl Urban for Garth, and Ron Simmons for me.
And then there were the personal reunions. Friends we have not seen in months and years came to see us at AwesomeCon. It added a layer of warmth and welcome that cannot be attained by any other means. Anyone who has been surprised by a long-absent friend’s appearance knows what I mean.
Garth and I recorded some behind-the-table footage during the weekend, and we’ll be posting it online for the monthly Q&A video. It should be ready by the end of this week, at the latest.
My three-shows-in-a-row marathon is finally over. 3 Rivers Comic Con, Animazement, and AwesomeCon were three great conventions but man oh man am I glad to be done traveling. I’m going to plant my roots down for the rest of June, and pick up for another mini-marathon in July. See you on the road.