So this past weekend was amazing and awesome and scary all at the same time. Why? Because Red, Matt and myself had our very first table at a convention!
Now full disclosure here: this was all pretty much due to Red. He was the one who had the idea and the drive to actually get it done. Matt and I were more or less just along for the ride though we did actually make things to contribute to the booth (more on that below).
The con in question was the Santa Fe Comic Con and it’s fairly small as far as most things go. Not as small as a college con or anything like that but since New Mexico is very spread out and not very population dense our conventions tend to be thought of as much smaller than ones from other parts of the country.
Red really wanted to get his own booth because (as I have mentioned before) he is an animator and an artist and creates all sorts of awesome stuff. So this was like a sort of test run to see how these sorts of things work when you’re a vendor and not just an attendee. So Red had been spending more than a month before the convention getting prints of his art, making magnets, baubles and pins of his stuff and the like.
Matt has recently taken to using Perler beads. For the uninitiated, Perler beads are those little plastic beads you put on a spiky grid to make pictures out of before you melt them with an iron. Matt has been using them to make Pokémon.
So he had maybe thirty of various Pokémon made up and put on little stands he designed to look like Pokéballs. (I’m a bad wife and friend cause I didn’t think to get any pictures of his or Red’s stuff ahead of time because I dunno, I have no excuse. I’m not photo oriented in my brain.) His original intention was to help Red fill space on the table (at Red’s request so you don’t assume we’re coattail riding Bad Friends) and see if anyone would want to buy them. I guess I don’t have to tell you how well that went since there really isn’t any of Matt’s stuff left to photograph other than the three ghosts up there.
And what was my contribution to the table you may ask? Why, see for yourself! (See, more evidence that I’m horrible; I have no pics of Matt or Red’s stuff but my stuff? ALL THE PICTURES!)
Skyrim jewelry! For anyone not familiar with the game I took the shields from each of the 9 different holds that are in the game and put them on some bracelets! The 5 major holds are on one and the four minor holds are on the other with a dragon symbol to make it even. My original idea was to have all 9 on one bracelet but each shield came out bigger than I expected so if I tried to put all 9 on there it would be way too big to be a bracelet. And since I ended up with enough leftover dragon symbols I made some earrings too. I think they came out pretty well.
Overall the con was a lot of fun. We actually stayed at the hotel that it was happening in so if I was feeling tired or overwhelmed I could just retreat to the room and take a nap. We did pretty good with sales too. I didn’t do as well as Red or Matt but I still turned a profit which was pretty exciting!
As draining as it was, it was a fun experience and I can’t wait to do it again. We learned a lot and I think the next con we do will be much more successful and (hopefully!) a lot less crazy!