The first Vermont Comic Con in beautiful Burlington Vermont has now come and gone and my thoughts on the show are simple... one of the most enjoyable shows for me so far in 2014!
With first shows you never know what to expect and for me and my traveling companion; artist extraordinaire Ron Leary, had a three hour drive to the show.... we were exhausted before we even arrived. But the staff and volunteers made quick set up for us, getting us to our tables and making sure we had everything we needed. When i began to suffer from lack of soda and felt a 'diva moment' coming on, show big wig Elaine Atkins Manley gave me her last soda. THANK YOU for that!
Burlington and it's surrounding towns have never had a show like this and came out in droves to support it! Attendance was at least triple what they hoped and expected and with this huge influx of fans, the show floor never seemed crowded and aisles were never congested. The volunteers kept exits clear and made sure in was in and out was out. Security was AMAZING!!! These guys and gals didn't act like cops with an attitude, they were helpful and always there to ask if anything was needed!
A real cool thing that was going on right next to my table was face painting by Joy Hawkfeather (apparently there was a Native American section at the show) and her Vermont Face & Body. There was some awesome painting done on some very happy faces!
Talking to creator friends like Ron Leary, Jr., Nick Bradshaw, Scott Wee, Matt Sylvester, Blair Shedd and Michael Kingston they all felt the same way. Important as well, people were not only buying, but were so enthusiastic about the show and what was going on. In fact, I had my best selling one day EVER on Saturday surpassing NYCC Thursday! I also met some amazing folks and made a ton of new friends! I even had a few cosplayers come running up to me telling me they were at my Doctor Who 101 panel at Connecticon 2014. That sent me into a little panic until they told me they had fun!
Interviews you will be hearing from the show will be of artist Scott Wee, writer Michael Kingston, the kids from the Drunk Geek Podcast and VTCC head honcho J. Moulton, who took some of his incredibly valuable time to chat with me about the fun and anguish about putting on a con.
So here it is... if you are a creator, vendor or con goer, make plans to be at this show next year! I can't recommend this event highly enough than to want my professional friends to get involved.
Thank you Vermont Comic Con and Lee's Chinese Restaurant in beautiful Burlington, VT for an amazing weekend of food, folks and fun!