I have been to many comic cons now (no, not San Diego… yet), but nothing on the East Coast even comes close to the utter insanity of New York Comic Con. It’s not just tabling or exhibiting, it’s fending for your life and precious personal space. Debating whether to leave your table to use the bathroom, for you may never return. Considering the importance of lunch and what prop weapon you’ll need to scare your way to the front of the cafeteria lines. I could go on, but I’ll save that for the rest of this article.
I have done plenty of regular convention recaps, but this time, as I recover from the chaotic whirlwind and am in a slightly demented state of mine, I bring you this fun little list….
You Know You’re a NYCC Exhibitor If….
- You have completely upped the ante on “Organized Con-Goer”… right down to the OCD packing list, after-party planning shared google doc, and shared google map pin-pointing the pubs, grocery stores, coffee shops, liquor stores, and oh yeah.. the convention center.
- Your suitcase and convention bag/trunk/box looks as though a Tetris addict had a field day with it.
- You have freaked out over your name not being listed properly on the website and/or badges. Twice. Well, maybe even three times… but that time you hadn’t had your coffee yet.
- You have abused google street view, spying- er, RESEARCHING your hotel’s or rental’s neighborhood.
- You were smart enough to make reservations at restaurants. If you want to, y’know, eat the same night.
- You realize now that in NYC making reservations does not mean you get your food faster. Or drinks. Or napkins and silverware. Or a table reserved for you in the first place.
- … however complaining to the manager will get money off the bill. Which was probably overpriced to begin with.
- (And while we’re on food) …You reaffirmed the notion that sushi/sashimi made at a Chinese restaurant should be avoided.
- You have rediscovered your love of Red Bull and coffee. Okay, caffeine in general.
- You make the mental note that shipping books prior rather than hauling them around IS totally 100% worth the money.
- A new drinking game/card game was added to your arsenal. You are probably now obsessed with it.
- Crowds and standing in lines no longer bothers you. Now it is the utter bane of your existence and you’d rather pee in an old coffee cup under your table than fight your way to the restrooms to do the “pee-pee-dance” in line for a half hour.
- You have said your comic pitch so many times that you mumble it in your sleep.
- You have grinned to yourself when you saw the overpriced greasy convention food, knowing your cheap-o PB&J and apple is waiting for you in your lunch bag.
- You know the pros and cons to rent-by-owner vs. hotel rooms. Having a back-up plan is a good idea, as owners can have something happen last-minute and have to cancel.
- You are transported back to being a kid and learning the hard way that bedtimes are there to serve a purpose.
- Your voice is hoarse, even 2 days after the convention, from talking above the noise of massive crowds.
- You improvised the setup of your table with items like string, duct tape, magnets and magnetic tape, velcro, and discarded boxes.
- You felt a strong desire to wrestle wallets out of stingy/poor attendee’s pockets, on all days except for Sunday.
- You wonder if the stress, chaos, exhaustion and finances will make going back in 2012 worth it
- The new and old friends you got to spend time with made the stress, chaos, exhaustion and finances worth it. :0)
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Dawn Griffin is a self-described “crazy chick”. She likes steak, Cleveland sports, video games and oh yeah, comics. She spent her high school years either playing street ball, pitching, or drawing comics and submitting them to syndicates. Once she –accidentally– discovered the world of webcomics, the sydication route became a pointless hurdle. After all, “Crazy Chicks” do things their *&%$ selves. Dawn is the mastermind behind Zorphbert and Fred, and the illustrator of the Abby’s Adventures kids book series. She can be easily bribed with ice cream.