I love the Phoenix Comic Con. I consider it my lucky convention. Good things always seem to happen to me there, and this year was no exception.
I arrived at the con just at the nick of time. In fact, the only complaint about the whole show was the very beginning. The blue ribbon guy had to open the con and neglected to come back to escort me to check in. Eventually I just took matters into my own hands.
But once in it was great. My neighbors were the Greg Horn table and the Tempest television crew. I cannot stress enough how much your neighbors make or break your experience. These guys were pros and cool enough to help me out especially on my first night there. They were fun all weekend.
I met Rob Ozborne. His stuff gets more impressive by the year. He has evolved into an excellent artist and I for one want to see a gallery with his work. It’s outstanding.
I caught up with a few others, such as Chris Wood and Katrina Roets, debated what was in the tin foiled buster sword (we settled on chocolate) and called it a day.
Friday was my busiest day. I managed to average a sale an hour. I caught up with Travis Hanson, who has done a fantastic job with his Bean series and managed to run into Andy Bohn and met up with my editor Kristen Denbow.
I also met Tom Leveen and we had a great discussion about book trailers. Tom is school and I encourage all to check out Zero by him. Been pretty fantastic so far.
The highlight of the day belonged to Deadpool. Deadpool is a popular cosplay, but few get into character. Fewer still pull it off to perfection. This guy did such an outstanding job playing him that I no longer think any other cosplay is deadpool. They are just guys in a mask.
Saturday was my worst day bis inessential wise. Couple of things played into that, but in the end it was not much of a day for sales. It was a day of reunions. I saw James A. Owen at breakfast. I ran into his son Nathaniel, who is starting to sprout. In a couple of years James will be looking up at him.
I saw Katrina who hung out and chatted and managed to do an interview with yours truly. I managed to wander the con and get some cool swag. I talked to Jake the Snake Roberts for twelve seconds or so.
Then it was over. The tempest guys and the Horn crew were awesome. we got to make some cool exchanges and then I was off.
Before I left I got to run into Brieanna Brock, her husband Heath, and Andy. It was a cool moment. Finally I exited to the song smooth criminal that was playing in the halls.
I had a blast. I didn’t mention some really cool parts but I figured there are some things worth keeping to myself. I had a blast and hope to be back next year.
I want to thank everyone I ran into. You all were awesome. Hopefully i’ll see you next year.