Sunday, June 29, 2008
Bigger is NOT always better.
What a weekend! We had three conventions: Wizard World in Chicago, ColossalCon in Cleveland, and PersaCon in Huntsville, AL. Wizard is a huge media con held at different venues across the country, and it was a dog. WA-A-A-A-A-Y too many dealers, thus, too much dollar dilution. Everyone is apparently buying the newshype about gas prices, and were not in the mood to buy t-shirts, or videos, or PVC figures of catgirls. We did a fifth of what we reasonably should have done. Meh. Not for lack of trying.
Mr. McLeod and Friend were at Colossal, and for the weekend, lived up to its name. It was made of win. Very good time.
The Dread Dormomoo, Loen, Zoomerdog, and I were at PersaCon 6, a little event that we have been with from the beginning, and is at the forefront of the Aardvark fanbase.
You think I'm kidding. I get hugged frequently and well, with much sincere glad-handing.
We get treated like rockstars at that con. I have realized that at 51, I am not Teh Hotness, and I am becoming comfortable in the role of Con Poppa. It's kind of neat. There are kids who would be VERY happy if we would adopt them. We are apparently Cool. What amuses me is that much of our persona derives from our being Christians.
Not religious freakchildren. Disciples.
Overall, the weekend went very well. I hope the Wiz experience does not dishearten GG and Co. Effort was made, but the con just did not deliver. The dirty little secret is: most cons pay for MUCH of their cost with the Dealer Table fees. The Dealers pay for the con in large measure.The more dealers, the more dealer's fees. However, if you have five t-shirt dealers, and fifteen sellers of PVC catgirl figures, you reach the level of diminishing returns, given a finite population of customers. The Con promoters get their bills paid between the dealer and the attendee registration fees, but the dealers come away eating Burger King on the way home, instead of Logan's Roadhouse or Cracker Barrel.
We had sushi, nonetheless. It's what we do.