We arrived Thursday night and our buddy, Big Al (Al Dorantes), threw his usual pre-show party in the penthouse of the hotel. Everyone had a great time and Al bought tiles for people to draw on and donate for the "Make-A-Wish" charity auction. It's always nice to have this pre-show catch-up time with follow creators and everyone seemed to have a blast. (Some a little too much, cough-cough, Ziggy!).
The first day of the Con was really, really slow. That's usually the case here, but it seemed even slower than in the past. Still, we did do some good business and it gave me some time to get some amazing sketches (which I'll be posting soon!).
Saturday was a busy day and I was surprised that even I was asked to do a few commissions. This is only the third convention I've done where I've been offering to do commissions. I did two at the NYC Comicon, three at Megacon and this time I did a whopping SIX commissions over the weekend. Cool, huh? I only got a picture of four of them, but maybe the people who bought the other two will post them somewhere and I'll be able to get a copy. I have to admit, I'm still not totally comfortable doing commission at the table. Mainly because I don't want to be one of those people at the table with their head down and ignoring customers. But I seemed to be able to balance it okay this time. Maybe I'm learning to adapt, lol. Anyway, Saturday was the best day for everyone and they seemed to do good business.
Sunday was a weird day. It was slow and there weren't a lot of people walking around, but surprisingly, I still sold a bunch. We got a lot of NEVERMINDS sales. I also won the George Perez raffle and got a kickass sketch of Alanis from NEVERMINDS and in addition to that, I got a FREE sketch by Phil Jimenez! He drew Electron from SENTINELS. Needless to say, I was a happy guy on Sunday. To make things even better, both George and Phil stopped by our table later in the day. George came over and told me how proud he was of the work I've done and seeing me get my second series off the ground. WooHoo!! And then Phil stopped over and also had many nice things to say.
All in all, even though attendance was down, I still did well and the Pittsburgh Comicon is still one of my favorite conventions. I really want to thank all the great people we met there for the first time this weekend, all the old fans we got to catch up with, all the artist I got sketches from and of course all my follow creators. You guys are the best!