Sunday: Stumptown Report
I hope my tweets prior to the show didn't give the wrong impression: I really do enjoy Stumptown Comics Fest. The pre-show jitters just manifest in a bit of anxiety and doubt. Every year I have moments where I wonder, "Why am I doing this?
", but once things get going, I have a great time.tyamat
(aka Zombie Gurl TJ) made a surprise visit! That was so very awesome. She provided all but one of the quotes on the back of Book #2, and I was thrilled to be able to give her a copy in person.
Phil Foglio came over as I was setting up, asked how I was doing, and apologized for not sending me a blurb for my book. We talked, I pointed out that I had book #3 coming up, and he promised that he'd do something for that, and I thanked him for his concern. I did pretty well, considering that every time we talk, a part of my brain thinks I should be squeeing, "OMIGOD, it's YOU
, and you're TALKING TO ME!!
" and then falling over.
There were even more people this year who came up to the table to tell me that they follow the Comic or the Newsletter. I always appreciate hearing that people enjoy my work. I gave out a bunch of this year's Reader Bonus: Combination Flashlight/Keychain/Tiger Repeller. So far, nobody who has received one has been attacked by a tiger!*
This year I decided to pace myself. I've never really seen much of an uptick in my web stats after a show, so I don't know if my saturation technique has been all that effective. This time, I allowed for more self-selection; people got the pitch if they stopped to look, or to buy zombie danger cards or bumper stickers. This meant I didn't wear out my voice by the end of the first day. I was still tired, though.
On Saturday, had post-show dinner with snottygrrl
, at Roost. On Sunday, had post-show dinner with bookherd
at Dick's Kitchen. Excellent food and company at both places, but each time, I was quite zonked by the end of the meal.
There's more I could go on about, but I'll post this and start thinking about next year. :-) * That I know of. YMMV. Current Mood: pleased