People-wise, FWA was great! I had my one of my professional dreams come true: I got to meet Bill Holbrook, an idol of mine whose work I have read for 20 years. When I first discovered newspaper comics, I latched onto On The Fastrack, and Safe Havens when it began. When I got to college and moved to reading webcomics, Kevin and Kell became a daily stop. What makes this a true fantasy? Bill came up to me! He reads my comic! HE LIKES MY COMIC! You'd better believe I fanboy'd so hard I nearly scared him off. When I wasn't bouncing off the walls from that, I was chatting up the creators of Last Res0rt and Bug Pudding, who were so kind, inviting and helpful in calming down a con newbie's nerves and offering advice. Finally, gotta give some wuv to Ceiling Cow, who convinced me to table with her in FWA in the first place.
Business-wise, things weren't so great. From all accounts, the dealers den was abnormally quiet on Saturday and Sunday, and it was the new and unknown entities that suffered the most. I came *close* to breaking even, which is actually good for a first con, but of course I'd have liked to do better. I will learn from my experience and get better for Anthrocon in June!
One thing I found out was that I really enjoyed the table commission work. I enjoyed the challenge of taking on other people's characters with my style and the idea of "live" drawing was rather thrilling. I drew art and badges continuously on Friday and when the day ending I wanted to keep going! I'm going to try adopting the quick-drawing method in the future so I can offer cheaper, faster commissions to you guys. (Watch this space around early-mid April!)
To all those who got badges and art from me, I would love for you to post photos or scans for me to share! I was pretty bad about taking photos of my finished pieces, so it's up to you to spread the word! I have a DeviantArt and FurAffinity account for you to link to. The FA is empty for now, but I want to start stocking it with con commissions and character badges.
So all in all, it was a pretty cool time. Is this the beginning to turning shy old me into a con person?