Our first full day at Emerald City Comicon began as it always does. Since we are in Seattle, a trip to the Starbucks is in order. This is so I can try one of their specialty Comicon inspired drinks. This year’s was a choice between “The Groot” and “Hulk Smash”. I opted for Hulk today.
The next thing we do is re-arrange our set up. I have no idea why this happens- but it happens every time. It’s like we show up, place the merchandise out, and then on the Friday- change it up. And we end up selling lots of stuff!
Then we head off to greet old friends. As you start to become more familiar with them, you know how to act around them.
There is one fellow who shakes hands by clasping your hand between his. He also insists on hugging us. He is super friendly and exudes a pleasant energy that makes the rest of the day joyous. A great way to get your convention juices flowing. As we do our rounds, we start to network with more vendors. Most everyone is friendly and willing to share advice about the con or future events.
Then the sales begin. The day rushes past in a flurry of smiles and chitchat until suddenly there’s only an hour remaining. During that hour is a lot of talking with the nearby vendors about how the day went. Many have big smiles knowing it was a success. All of us knowing there is still two days left to go.
Now it’s time for a quiet evening in the hotel. The next day is the big one. Saturday. The day that most people attend. The day that sometimes increases the attendance by 50%. The busy day. The rough one.