First year shows can go one of two ways... an awesome time of uncharted fun or a complete disaster! I had NO idea what to expect from the Hudson Valley Comic Con or the people of Poughkeepsie, New York!
Would they like me? How would I do? Where is Poughkeepsie, New York?
The show was held at a Golds Gym, at first an odd choice for a show, but as I was setting up I began to think what a roomy and cool place for a show. Vendors were located in the large soccer field and had first crack at the fans coming in. On the other side of the field was where Artist Alley was located. Next to us was the panel room or should I say the 'hall' which sat about 300 people.
My Doctor Who 101 panel was at noon and despite my thought of "I stunk", the two hundred or so there seemed to enjoy themselves. Afterwards there was a mad rush at my table where I sold all but one copy of THE UNOFFICIAL DOCTOR WHO COMPANION. A good day!
One of the cool and unique things that happened at the con was a presentation of the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, complete with audience participation and a local theatre group acting it out... just like (for me) the old days!
But for me a good show is about the relationships you build. My neighbors, artist Al Matra and writer/marketing guru Jen Klein were not only incredibly talented people... but amazing people. Al's art was so striking (see picture below) and eye catching, we discussed working together on PASTOR CHOP!
Behind the scenes at the show were Dylan Pisani and Kayla Smith who not only put on an incredibly well run show, but keeping every moving so well. These two, along with their staff and volunteers made everyone; creators, fans and vendors alike feel good, welcome and a part of the show, something that has been missing for me lately.
So thank you HVCC for putting on a show that introduced me to a whole bunch of new people, and really made me feel excited about doing shows again!
If you didn't attend this year, and if you are a creator who didn't exhibit there... make plans to be there in 2017!