t’s the day before Emerald City Con and all is a lot more well than it has been with past conventions. The cards were printed last night, finalizing the last items up for sale this year. There’s a new card featuring Ed being insulting, which I did a little differently by doing full color on the character instead of spot. I tried on the women’s fitted T-shirt and you bet I will be wearing that, it looks terrific. It’s not too tight or too large, so women should be able to get a good idea about fitting into it based on how I look in it. As I was looking through our books I found the section of strips based on last year’s convention, reminding me that the last time we did this all we had was a sign-up sheet and some cards. Now with shirts, books, buttons and an expanded card line it makes a lot more sense to have reserved a space. On a final note, this is a transitionary weekend for me as I will be turning 30 on Sunday. I’m very excited about this, as I tend to look younger than I am and could use the digits to prove I’d had some experience. Spending my birthday at a convention isn’t exactly how I would have planned that out, but some things can’t be helped, and I could use the sitting around time this weekend to write more strips. If you can make it I’ll see you there!
With Emerald City Con looming in the distance (April 1-2 everybody) it’s a relief to have the CD ready for sending off to the press. We’ve talked over upcoming things are thinking we may choose another con over San Diego this year. Possibly Chicago. We have nowhere near enough merchandise to make San Diego pay, and the other expenditures can really make that trip prohibitive. On Saturday we had lunch with John Lustig and his wife to talk over some business, met with an Art Institute student at a coffee shop for a term paper interview, and then went out with an ex-coworker for karoake in North Bend. That left Sunday to get work done and while the artist pored over today’s strip, I wrapped up a couple of website mockups for a salsa company. But the best part of the weekend was yesterday’s nap.
Preparations for Emerald City Con prevented the artist from finishing the one he’s working on. Looks like it will run Friday. But I can finally get excited about this upcoming convention because OUR BOOKS ARE HERE! The digitizing in the interior is gone, that I fixed myself, but a lot of people noticed that the last proof had some offset margins. I pointed that out to the printer and to my astonishment they actually corrected them. So not only do we have books, we have books that don’t have anything wrong with them. It seems impossible to believe, but wait, there’re more! The T-shirts will be ready today, with both regular fits and women’s fitted, featuring Scooter in two colors saying “There’s drama on the internet!” The wonderful folks at Blue Rhino Graphics are producing these and as the vendors for a friend of ours, I know they do a terrific job for a very comfortable price. I will be printing out some more greeting cards, this time featuring Ed being sarcastic because people seem to like that. And the cherry on top, we got some buttons made dirt cheap and fast as lightening. They have a Macadamian Squirrel and Pea Progresso of the Communist Peas on them, and they will go out free to whoever buys a shirt or a book. We got a 100 buttons but I have a feeling they will run out quickly. Now that these things have gotten done, I can try out putting them up for sale on the website after the con. That won’t be anymore complicated than Paypal at first. We went out and celebrated over a meal last night, in honor of the stress our publisher put us through by not being overly responsive to email. Looks like a surprise happy ending!