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Jun
06
2010

Heroes Con 2010 – Day 2

Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.  Friday was a bit slow at Heroes Con ’10, but Saturday morning was busy, busy, busy.  I still feel like I’m not selling as much stuff, but I think a lot of that has to do with my not having minis this year.  Instead of people buying a two or three dollar mini every 15 minutes, I’m selling a ten or fifteen dollar graphic novel every hour… and that ain’t bad.

As per usual at Heroes, original art is selling well.  In fact, if I’d known I’d be getting a full six foot table, I’d have brought some original pages.  I thought I was really getting ahead of the game yesterday by using some Friday down time to do some quick five dollar superhero sketches, but I sold all but one buy the end of the day Friday, and first thing today, I sold the final drawing (Deadman).  It was doing sketchbooks, sketchbooks, sketchbooks throughout the morning (rock on, Heroes Con!) and didn’t get a break until almost one in the afternoon.

Here’s a Multiple Man commission:

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…and a Dr. Strange commission (the sketchbook theme was People Eating/Preparing to Eat Stuff):

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I did eventually start some non-commissioned superhero sketches and will hopefully have a few of them available and inked tomorrow morning.

The Dollar Bin jam page was looking awesome. The art auction is going on now as I type this.  I hope this thing fetched a decent chunk of change:

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Our “Defective Comics” panel was a big success I think.  We had a great turn-out and I was impressed by how many people stuck around for the presentations after the “celebrity panel” was over.  If you left early, you missed Craig’s snippet of Rat Fink a Boo Boo.  Your loss, my friend.  Evan Dorkin was in a particularly prickly humor for the panel… but since there was audio recorded that will likely surface shortly, I’ll say no more about that.

The comics press was out in force, which is great.  I semi-drunkenly spoke with “Mr.Phil” from Indie Spinner Rack last night at the Westin bar and ran into Heidi MacDonald, Tim O’Shea and Johanna Draper Carlson today on the floor.  Tom Spurgeon is apparently here as well, although I’d not recognize him by site.

After the show I went to some of my old Charlotte friends’ house for a great home cooked/grilled meal.  Fantastic!  The only walking distance quick food near the con is Fuel Pizza and as much as I do really like Fuel pizza, after three days I’m usually ready to cut out my tongue with a white hot butter knife.

By the time I got back to the Westin, the bar was mobbed and the art auction over.  I wound up drinkin’ the evening away with folks like Richard Thompson, Mike Rhode, Van Jensen, Andy Runton, David Duncan, and lots and lots of other comics folks yucking it up.  Generally it seemed like folks I talked to (although not necessarily the folks I just mentioned) thought the con was a bit slow sales-wise.  I heard, for example, that one publisher who was set up there had, as of the end of Saturday, just hit sales levels equivalent to what they’d taken in at the previous year’s Friday.

When I found myself trying to have a coherent conversation about Chuck Close and Sol LeWit at one-something A.M. I knew it was time to hit the sack.  Sunday wrap-up to come….

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  1. Rob Ullman says:

    Can’t remember if I mentioned it on Sunday, but the big jam piece fetched $350…shoulda been more, but not too bad!

    Know what you mean about the big book vs. tiny minis too, dollar-wise. Those numbers really shoot up when you’re selling a $16 hardcover!

  2. Ben says:

    $350 ain’t bad… but yeah, it would have been nice to get a little more for it.

  3. Mike Rhode says:

    Dude – good hanging in the bar with you – I could have stayed later as my roomie was watching tv. If you’d brought pages of one of your gns, I probably would have bought one. Bring some to SPX please.

    BTW, it’s Rhode, pronounced Road-eee (since this came up several times this weekend).

  4. Ben says:

    @Mike – Great to see you was well… and sorry about the typo. In my defense, I can only say that I wrote the text for the first two of these con reports in my hotel room Friday and Saturday nights, after my evening in the bar. I’m surprised I spelled my own name correctly.

  5. Mike Rhode says:

    Perfectly understandable. In the evenings, I was too tired to post anything. Glad to read on Day 3 that you made money.

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