Redhead Fangirl

Sunday, April 13

ides of april

Sorry so little posting, but April has been draining. My sister is in the hospital, quite serious, and that has caused a lot of phone calls. Work started with a demoralizing prank, but was sort of peaceful today. At least I went for a short run, even though the weather was only in the 50s.

Hoping for a great time at this weeks New York Comiccon to help me stay sane.
Redhead Fangirl's tips for attending a big comicon: (posted June 7, 2007 originally).

1. No matter how big a fan or how excited you are to meet an artist or writer, they might not look up from sketching even when you are buying their work for a friend -- or they might ignore you for someone 'better' or 'bigger' -- or they might look at you and not respond while you are trying to have your minute with them )-- or they might have met you four times before at previous cons but never remember you

2. Big name artists (Van Sciver, Morales, Oeming) can be incredibly friendly and giving of their time, even though they are swamped for sketches and autographs.

3. Girls are treated differently. You'll be hit on, or treated like you can't possibly be a real fan. Just roll with it, and if you feel uncomfortable, just leave the table or panel.

4. You need cash. Most artists don't take credit, and some dealers do, but not all.

5. Even if you get to the con over an hour before the doors open, you'll still probably wait in a long line to get on the floor an hour or so later. New York con, like 2 hours. Go to the bathroom. Get a drink and a snack or have one. Bring things to read (comics)!

6. Order your badge before the show or else you might also wait in a line before waiting in the main line.

7. Print out the guest and artist alley list. Go through your comics at home and bring the ones you want signed. However...

8. Chances are you will carry those comics around and won't get the chance to get a bracelet to meet even get in line to wait (Geoff Johns) , or you give up from the wait (Jim Lee).

9. Look at the programming schedule before hand. No matter what you decide, you will end up doing about 1/2 of what you want, because you run into people, or need to eat, or spend more time shopping. Pick the 2 or 3 most important things for the day.

10. Go with an easygoing friend who is willing to split off if you want do different things.

11. Sketches can cost $20 or $150. Hot artists will have their daily list filled very early, so if you have to have that Hawkgirl sketch by XYZ artist, get there as soon as you can.

12. Take the train to avoid parking hassles and fees. But count on the train being late (NYCC- had to de-train and wait on a freezing cold platform for the next train).

13. DC and Marvel usually put up a signing schedule for you to look over once you get to the con to help you plan. Sometimes you will be unexpectedly surprised by who will be there (Gail Simone).

14. Most creators will take a picture with you, or let you take one of them, but try to ask if it's OK. Then don't dork out like I did with Brian Wood and leave the comics he just signed because you're all gaga from meeting him and taking a picture. You will have to return and say "i'm a dork" to the DC staff and him.



At 3:59 AM, Blogger Joe said...

This is a great list, very informative. It has inspired me to do something similar for people planning to attend SXSW.

Good to hear things are improving, or at least getting back to some form of normalcy, at work for you.

I hope your sister is OK. *Sending out positive vibes her way*

At 1:23 PM, Blogger Richard said...

John Scalzi wrote a good post here looking at fans and pros at conventions from the other side.

Also, it's worth remembering that while successful actors or singers or comedians get a lot of practice in how to deal with being recognized and meeting their public, most writers and artists do not. Sometimes they freak out a little and don't know how to handle it, and sometimes it goes to their heads. But then sometimes you'll meet someone who's really great about the whole thing; read the comments section in Scalzi's post for some examples. Meeting a creator you're a fan of isn't an audience with royalty but instead a transaction between equals, and both parties have to bring something to the exchange.

Sending all my best wishes for your sister as well!

At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Girls are treated differently. You'll be hit on, or treated like you can't possibly be a real fan. Just roll with it, and if you feel uncomfortable, just leave the table or panel."

.... Are you serious? "If you're treated like you don't belong somewhere, confirm everyone's belief that you don't belong there by leaving."

The hell with that. If people are uncomfortable with my presence because I'm a fangirl, I'm going to stick around and be AS PRESENT AS POSSIBLE. They need to learn to deal with *me*.

If women just "left" everyplace where they were treated like they didn't belong, we'd all still be barefoot in the kitchen.


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