We’re in booth 502 in case you see this this weekend.
Today was our first Friday attendance. Ever. And as one might expect, it started off not with one hitch but with a bunch o’ hitches. We forgot to load the mini van with the floor banner, all the giclee prints, the cash box, all table signage, display bags, buttons, patches, and sticker packs. Shirts, mugs, some stickers, marker sketches and the older prints were put up though by show opening. We both are taking cold medication so perhaps we’re just not quite firing on all cylinders! Not to worry… we got hand-sanitizers, so perhaps we’re not spreading any more germs than are already present in the sold-out venue. (Is it true? over 70,000 people this time??)
Robt at least got some help setting up for the show today. After I dropped off the kids at school and collected all the stuff we forgot (that we remembered we forgot anyways), I brought it up to the loading dock at the convention. There was no way I was going to find parking in the building, with all the heavy traffic to and from the east side, go to the booth to help out and make sure to get back before school let out, so I dropped off the goods (and everyone’s coffee!) and made the slow crawl back out. I made it with enough time to get a bite to eat and find some more Shikishi boards from Uwajimaya. Alas they were out of the smaller ones! I got the kids back, got them fed and watered, though one had to shower before going back out into public. By the time we got to the convention center there was only an hour and a half left before the Exhibit Hall was open, and I saw that the number of marker sketches had run low.
Oy. Dunno if I’ll have enough variety to last til sunday! Those larger ones just take longer to ‘fill’ and has more white space that stare back at me. I need to be braver, I think. Hmm. You’ll know if I succeeded if there are new large-ish Shikishi boards at the table this weekend.
Thinking back, I think we eventually spent more than 30 hours over the last 12 months drawing or preparing stuff for RoosterMonkey. We posted several items on Society6 (look for “mehve” or “rooster monkey”), and put together an entry to Monsters and Dames. Robt didn’t quite finish his in time for their cut-off time, but he put that up in the store. We did, each, a Funko Pop vinyl for the charity auction at ECCC. We painted those over several evenings (mainly me in the evenings) before I realized that the poor lighting in the breakfast nook at home didn’t let me see the ‘errors’ I was making until I saw the figure in the morning — especially when we had actual sunlight permeating the room. Then I spent half an hour every sunny morning, trying to fix things until there was just no more time to fiddle. So in all, the year has felt more productive than in years past. I feel silly that I managed to re-do two pieces I had done previously (but now more better) and we made four all-new things that weren’t for our table. Looking at the bright side… this whole endeavor was to get us to actually draw more. And it has. I like that.