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Hawking Mini-Comics at WonderCon

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Handing out mini-comics at 2011 WonderCon comic convention.

Golden Gate Park baseball field.

San Francisco spring flowers.

Visited the WonderCon convention in San Francisco over the weekend. I had prepared/printed off around a hundred Random Rambles #2 ashcans the night before with the intent to drop them off at the freebie table (as I’ve done in previous years). Unfortunately the staff there have decided to turn this simple, harmless method of promoting one’s work into a huge hassle. First I talk to the guy manning the freebie booth who tells me I need to go to the press booth on the other side of the convention to get my mini-comic approved. I wait in a long line at the press booth only to find out that the only guy that is qualified for the job of judging the appropriateness of a 5-page mini-comic is on lunch break and to come back later. I come back later, wait in another long line, finally meet the head-honcho of the ashcan approval department, the guy doesn’t even glance at my comic and instead tells me that I’m not important enough to have my material evaluated because I don’t have an exhibitor badge. Well thanks a lot for the massive waste of time fella, why didn’t someone tell me that in the first place?!

Anyway with that whole debacle behind me I took to the exhibition floor, determined that the previous night’s work (and $40 in printing expenses) not be in vain. A couple hours later I had successfully managed to pawn off my entire stack of ashcans to various perusers loitering the indy comics section. I don’t know if my latest promotional stunt was worth the effort, judging from the current state of my website statistics probably not, but I hope, at the very least, I didn’t annoy too many people with my obnoxious, unrehearsed and painfully generic “free comics” hawking.

On the plus side the weather was uncharacteristically spectacular and I ended up spending the majority of the evening outdoors soaking in the spectacular sights and sampling the delectable cuisines from the great city by the bay. Certainly everything didn’t work out the way I wanted it to and I wish I was able to spend more time browsing the convention floor but sometimes you just gotta roll with the punches and make the best of the situation. There’s always next year…