Over the weekend, I attended Lilac City Comicon with my good buddy, illustrator Josh Montreuil. Of the three conventions I’ve attended this spring, this was the shortest, being only a single day. This was also the first solidly comic-focused convention I’ve attended as an exhibitor, SpoCon, Norwescon, and CthulhuCon tended to be more varied. Going in I was unsure what to expect.
Overall, I was stunned by the response. I came in with two-and-a-half boxes of books and only left with one. The crowd was great. The people were friendly and excited. In one day at Lilac City I got to meet more new readers than I did working a table for three days at SpoCon. An incredible and flattering response.
- All. The. Cosplay. Seriously, some really incredible work. It was tough to narrow it down for the images with this post, and I’m leaving a lot out. I should throw more of my pictures somewhere so you can see everyone’s hard work. It blew me away.
- Having my family come in to hang out. Thanks for the coffee, mom!
- Spending time at the table with my friend Josh Montreuil. I’ve known the guy since college, and it’s always a good time hanging out with him. He had a great convention as well. He sold out of a few posters which is always a good thing.
- Selling so many books, obviously.
- Talking about The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath with a fellow Lovecraft fan. Underrated work, I highly recommend it.
- Having a new reader buy The Stars Were Right, and then come back later after he read the first few pages to pick up Old Broken Road. That was a pretty cool moment for me. It’s awesome to see readers enjoy my books so much. Makes me excited to get Red Litten World out there.
- Picking up a signed copy of Vol. 1 of Matt Nelson’s Catbeard the Pirate. Matt’s a great guy, and his books are really fun.
- My selfie with Odin.
- Watching Josh create some incredible sketches for his fans. Everything from a smirking Loki, a Black Lantern Batman, to a goalie version of Superman. Fun stuff. (You can see some of his work below.)
- Late night pizza and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
- Did I mention the cosplay? If not… the cosplay.
- Watching a friend of the family experience her first convention. It’s always a bit overwhelming when you first walk in, but everyone remembers their first convention. It’s cool to see.
- Seeing and catching up with some old friends from Spokane.
- I was really impressed with the new addition to the Spokane Convention Center. It’s a lovely building and really perfect for a convention the size of Lilac City Comicon.
- The Z Nation fans. The show is filmed here in the Pacific Northwest, and the crew was at the convention so there were a lot of fans among the attendees and they were all great and very excited about Z Nation.
- Seeing some folks from SpoCon! It’s nice to see a little community across conventions. Was great seeing people.
- Me embarrassingly being adamant that a bearded individual had changed out of his costume, despite him having never worn a costume. (After going through my photos I realized I was super wrong. Not all white beard-having men look the same, K. M., jeez.)
- Going to see Mad Max: Fury Road with Josh the night before the convention. Seriously, see that movie. It’s incredible.
- The decompression dinner with some fantastic Spokanites: Josh, Matt, Lars, Peter, Jen, Kevin, and Curt. Was fun to chat and hang out in old haunts and talk about our Lilac City Comicon experience. Everyone had a great time.
I came away from Lilac City Comicon feeling pretty happy with the result. It was a great weekend, and I’ll definitely be back next year. Going into this I had expected LCCC to be my last convention for 2015, but I’d wager there might be a few more conventions in my future. More on that later.
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