Comic Con 2015 wrapped up yesterday, and I’m both exhausted from it and feeling geek withdrawal at the same time. But as much as I’m a bit relieved to have this over with for the time being, and only a little bit of christmas shows to do, as my life keeps getting fuller and fuller, sometimes I wish I could make my living from selling jewelry in a setting full of film/game/television references and cosplay.
This year was much more profitable than last – I sold almost exactly twice as much jewelry! I can only attribute this to having a much better booth location, and perhaps the fact that I tailored my jewelry to be a little more geek this year. Speaking of which, there was a rather unexpected trend in my sales this year. 24% of the items I sold were Hogwarts jewelry, either owls or bracelets in the house colours. And almost more shocking than that was the evenness in house distribution. Griffindor sold one more item than the rest of the houses, which were tied. The entire weekend I was trying to keep up with my Hogwarts sales, and needless to say, I’ll need to do a lot more work on stocking it back up before my next show.
Some of my highlights (besides running my booth and talking to con attendees) were as follows:
1. The Wandering Minstrels. I saw them last year already – a group of about a dozen people wandering around singing songs ranging from Lord of the Rings to Men in Tights to the Pokemon theme song. When they broke into Still Alive from Portal not to far from my booth I was so tempted to run in there and join them. Turns out they’re from a ministry called Geekdom House, and I’m excited to see what else they all do.
2. The one con attendee who was in character all weekend. Wearing costumes is popular, but not many people wear the character as well. This Joker was hilarious – telling us to have a bad day, and outsourcing some of his murderous schemes to other Jokers, as ‘there are far to many Robins here for me to kill myself’. I may have to finally watch some Batman films after this.
3. Actually knowing people at the Con. From chatting with artists I’d met previously to having friends (and friends of friends) stop by the booth, it just makes it all better to know some of these people beforehand.
4. Meeting Sylvester McCoy – the Seventh Doctor and Radagast the Brown from The Hobbit. While I haven’t seen any Classic Who yet, it’s only a matter of time till I do, and this was the perfect chance to meet The Doctor. One down, eleven (plus the War Doctor) to go. And Mr. McCoy was exactly the way I imagined he would be.
5. Being surrounded by art. Same as last year, I made it my goal to pick up as much art as I could through trades, and really enjoyed it. Last year none of my trades were particularly geeky – only two referenced something, and one was very subtle. This year however, I went in an entirely different direction.
Normally I don’t go for close-ups of characters – usually something is a bit off, and I don’t particularly like to have faces staring at me in my room, but there was something about this Ninth Doctor that really caught my eye. Unfortunately, I didn’t get her card, and google images search didn’t turn up any results.It was love at first sight with this Dalek print. I love the art style and the colours. I hadn’t seen Gillian Newland‘s art before, but I definetly hope she’s back next year. I also love her take on Spirited Away, turning it from Anime to a more realistic style, and the more I look at her T.Rex print, the funnier I find it.Blacks Side Show was at Comic Con last year, has adorable Chibi art of pretty much every fandom. They’re super cute, and I particularly like the Fire & Death print, as my brother and I mocked the dramaticness of that line mercilessly when we first saw the film. Christopher Jones‘ ‘Most Heinous’ print went viral a while ago, and I was so surprised to see the original at Comic Con. It doesn’t really fit with the style of the rest of my art, but I’m going to have to find a place for it somewhere.
All in all, it was a great show, and I’m excited for next year, as well as the Pop Culture Convention C4 is putting on this April.