I had a very good time. Sarah and Emily attended on Friday and Sunday, and Emily insisted she had a good time as well. Friday was a little rough because I was exhausted and hadn't eaten and felt a bit out of it, it seemed to take forever to set up and get myself oriented and focused. The show was handled better than expected, no major disasters that we could see from our tiny island, the fans and readers were all very nice and kind*. A few costumed denizens did make my eyes bleed more than once, but what can you do?
(Attention ladies wishing to dress up as the lead female from The Fifth Element with the wrapped toilet paper get up: PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. I BEG OF YOU. MY CHILD IS AT A VULNERABLE STAGE -- AND SO AM I, FOR THAT MATTER -- AND YOUR PALE, NOXIOUS, PSP-PLAYING DRAB FLAB HANGING OUT FROM THE SPARSE, GRIMY-LOOKING MUMMY WRAP IS MORE OF AN EYEBALL-HELL THAN A THOUSAND FAT KLINGONS EATING FUNNEL CAKE WITH BOTH HANDS. THANKS.)
Short form: Met a lot of folks, saw a lot of friends, some from as afar away as uptown Manhattan, avoided a lot of overpriced food. Paid some terrifying parking fees on the days I drove in. Sold some art. Did a few sketches.
If time allows, I'll make with the name-dropping something fierce. If you were at NYCC and feel like sharing your thoughts, let 'er rip. We missed most of the shenanigans, being bunkered down. No panels, few "celebrity" sightings (no, I did not know Mr. Gary Coleman was there, sir, I did not know this). Our thanks to those that stopped by the table, asked questions, bought a book or a piece of artwork or had something signed. All very much appreciated, honestly, it was a fun show and I hope I wasn't too much of a goofball to anyone who didn't deserve it.
(*Well, there was that one kid, but, well, he was asking for it, kept asking for it, was enjoying it, and it quickly became a bit of a comedy routine as to how long and mean-spirited a verbal attack I could keep up at his expense. And yes, this was "the Mudkip" kid, for those who were there and might be wondering.)