Genghis Con happened last Sunday, November 26th in Lakewood, a suburb of Cleveland.
This was actually my first time in Cleveland, and I had no idea that the city was so FREAKING HUGE.
Genghis Con happened in a building that was once a former warehouse – as such, the elevator the exhibitors used was a cargo elevator.
At least attendees could take the stairs if they were able. I didn’t see a people elevator when I was there.
Anyway! I originally requested only a half table, and I was set to be seated next to my buddy Carlos Rivera, who runs Youngstown Indie Creator Expo (he was going to promote Yo-ICE at Genghis Con). However, he had to cancel at the last minute because of bronchitis. Carlos, if you’re reading this, for the love of Pete, take it easy and take care of yourself.
So yeah, I ended up having a full table.
I have this layout down to a SCIENCE.
I would like to tweak the table layout again, though: there are so many small things that it takes a long-ass time to set up, AND a long-ass time to break down everything.
That’s partially why I have a sale going on Storenvy. More on that in a minute.
In terms of sales (and trades – I’m always up for trading books with peeps), the show went well! It wasn’t as successful as the YWCA Mini-Con, but it was more of a success than RathaCon. Still, people got to discover my work and sign up for the email newsletter. Plus I got some cool stuff.
To top it all off, I came across my old caricature buddy, Clarence, from my days drawing caricatures at Cedar Point back in 2012. He invited me over to another caricature buddy’s house for Burger Fest – an annual-ish tradition where caricature buddies get together and eat burgers.
To which I was like “HECK YEAH.”
There’s something to be said about saying “Yes,” to the right things. Don’t say yes to everything (otherwise you’d have some weird experiences, if Yes Man is any indication). It also helps to know what your focus, or as Neil Gaiman put it once, “your mountain,” is. Anything that pulls you away from your mountain does not deserve a Yes.
To me, being in one place with people I hadn’t seen in years just after a good indie comic convention was a good reason to say Yes.
Thank you for reading.
You. Are. Awesome.
P.S. Yes, I’m running a sale on Storenvy – from now until December 18th, you can check out the new Clearance section, where things like mini-prints, mini-comics, and posters are anywhere between 20-50% off. Once these are gone, they’re GONE. So be sure to get them before December 18th.