Armageddon. It's over. It was great... and I feel like hammered shit.
You see, I've averaged about 5 hours of sleep in the weeks leading up to this convention as my new book (DIGESTED.02) had to be completed in time for it. Late nights were standard. With black swollen eyes, I'd go to work looking like an addict. In many respects I was. Finishing this book on time was a must. No two ways about it. Quit whining and just get it done.
As for my new book DIGESTED.02, it arrived from the printers the day before the convention. I had no idea what I was going to do if the book didn't get to me before Saturday morning, but thankfully Gestalt (the publisher) did their best to make sure it did. It's always the way just before these conventions. Stress and anxiety.
This year, I split the cost of a table with my fellow author friend Jason Franks. Similarly, he also couldn't remember what 'sleep' was leading up to this event. I was in good company. We both had a brand new book to sell, as well as a slew of our other previous creations to foist onto the public.
I arrived slightly late on the Saturday morning due to roadwork delays on the Westgate freeway. Jason had already set up and was waiting for me to arrive. It took me 20 minutes to lay out my stand, and I was ready to rock 'n' roll.
Sitting there in exhausted anticipation, I was suddenly hit with the dreaded feeling of 'Will my hard work mean anything to these people?" It's a bitter pill to force down, but you just have to remind yourself of why you do it. It's always for yourself... Always.
Matt & Brendan selling their books.
My main man Paul always sells a truckload of books. This is a guy that's doing it right.
Of the independent stalls, the pinups and sketches of fairy-looking manga characters seemed to do really well. The very talented girl to our right was selling sketches for $25 a pop, and did very well.
The dynamic duo working their 'Star Wars' crowd.
Colin Wilson... one of the most humble and gracious professional illustrators there is.
A few locals dropped by our table to chew the fat...
.. including Brendan, Trev...
... and even 3CR's THE COMIC SPOT radio host John Retallick bought a copy of my new book.
Jason's not only a great writer (check out his latest offering KAGEMONO - Tooth & Claw), but he's an amiable guy as well. It sure takes the sting out a grueling day to share it with your comic-buddies.
Sprung hoofing down some grainwaves chips.
As I talked to other exhibitors, it seemed that they were finding the Saturday utterly tiring (as I was). It was very hard to stay energised (let alone awake). Don't know why, but most felt that way... and considering the event went from 9am-8pm that evening, it just compounded the heavy feeling. I think we did well not to fall over. With a good night's sleep, and a conscious effort to 'have fun' (damn it!), I was determined that the Sunday was going to be better.
The final day of a convention is always enjoyable for me. The jitters are gone. I've given a solid effort on the previous day, and now I just want to make the most of what's left. I walked around, chatted to a few people, and bought some books.
- DIGESTED.02 arriving in my hands.
- Sharing a table with Jason Franks.
- Zora's food. Thanks babe - x.
- The peculiar mindset of cosplayers.
- Bill Sienkiewicz's sketches for fans.... amazing.
- Exposing my work to new people.
- Chatting to buyers and my comic buddies.
- The ridiculous safety rules at the convention (don't ask).
- Sleeping afterwards.
This Thursday (well, tomorrow actually) is the book launch of a few local authors and their great books. Namely... Jason Franks, Matt Emery, Brendan Hallyday, & James Andre.
BOOK LAUNCH (3 Books released!)
Meyers Place, Melbourne 3000
Thursday the 22nd of October 2009
... be there!
And the next event after that is the always popular....
MELBOURNE 'COMICS' MEETUP:
Prince Alfred Hotel
Grattan St, Carlton
2pm - 6pm
Come along, and enjoy a casual drink with folks that read, talk, and make comics.