I recapped Boston Comic Con and I said I needed a better system for getting books signed at comic book conventions?
Well, I still need a better system.
Actually, to be entirely fair to myself, I can't judge the system I used this year until after tomorrow, but right now, my legs really hurt. I mean, really. Like, my right knee is so swollen that my right thigh is actually numb.
But even with dealing with that right now, it was all worth it.
I made the decision early this morning that I was going to try to get all my signings done today, because I had no interest in carrying around large piles of books tomorrow. So I split up the big pile into three smaller piles and made my way over to the convention center at 8:00 a.m. -- two hours before the doors were scheduled to open.
After some initial confusion from the organizers about where we should be lining up, things went pretty smoothly, and the two-hour wait wasn't that bad (thanks to WSOP and Netflix on my iPhone).
My first-wave plan of attack involved hitting up about 10 booths to get books signed, and getting on a handful of commission lists. One of the key stops in that early wave was at Georges Jeanty's booth. We've been trading e-mails for awhile on a set of pages I wanted to buy from him, and we came to a price today. I'll save the details of that for tomorrow, when I actually pick them up.
Now, this is just about when the day went downhill, from a leg function standpoint. Standing in the McFarlane line for 2+ hours with nearly no regular movement wasn't helpful, even without a big backpack on my back. Still, when I got back to the room at around 3:30 pm, I decided I could condense the last two piles of books to one big pile. From a "fitting in my bag" perspective, I was right, and at this point I managed to get all but three books signed (and I'll take care of those tomorrow). From a "my legs are capable of dealing with this" perspective, I couldn't have been more wrong.
Still, today's tally was beyond impressive. About 100 signed books (I don't have an exact number), a sweet print of the Inara "Serenity" cover signed by penciller J.G. Jones and colorist Laura Martin (who was also nice enough to sign my entire Whedon-Cassaday Astonishing X-Men run), a beautiful Amanda Conner Catwoman print, a Mary Jane head sketch by Tim Sale and a full body 11x17 Mary Jane by Ron Garney, with whom I finally connected after the clusterfuck that was Big Apple Con '07.
I also picked up a little surprise: Issue #2 of "Charmed", which isn't actually hitting stores until next Wednesday. Cover artist David Seidman was at the show, and I happened to spot his booth as I was waiting in line for another artist. One quick detour and I had the new issue in my hands, along with signed copies of Charmed #0 and #1 (which I'd totally forgotten to bring with me). So, I'll have a review of that tomorrow morning, before I check out of the hotel.
One day to go... will I spend way more money than I should? Will my knee hold up or explode? And will I be able to make the six-hour drive home after everything's done tomorrow? Tune in to AdamReisinger.com for the answers to all these questions and more! (actually, because of that six-hour drive, I probably won't have the Day 2 recap up until Monday morning).