NYCC turned out to be pretty great this year! Tabling with Jennie Wood was super as always :) Very thankful for lots of repeat customers - thank you! Thursday was surprisingly intense. However, I got a bad cold last week and lost my voice for Thursday. Luckily I got in to see a Dr. (yay Obamacare!) and got anti-biotics, so I actually started to feel better before the weekend hit, and was back to full speed for the busiest days of the convention. Because if I hadn't gotten to see a doctor, I imagined myself just getting more miserable for each day of the show, and losing $ or not making as much as I could have. Conventions are pretty much the worst place to be if you're not feeling well, especially if you have to work at one.
Because I wasn't 100% on Thursday, I ended up being a day behind on my sketches for people with multi-day passes. On Sunday I was just taking orders and drawing them this week. Finishing up the last few now, such as Breakdancing Ryu. I was wondering what a cool pose would be for him, because you always see him in fighting poses, but martial arts kind of looks like breakdancing, so voila! The more I sketch characters, the more I like to draw them in funny/ironic situations, like Captain America grilling hot dogs in an apron, or the Flash just sitting there relaxing.
Results from the tip jar experiment! This time the question was: Which show is funnier? South Park or Family Guy? Family Guy won by a quarter! $1.50 vs South Park with $1.25. Yeah, not many people voted, but this time I had only half a table, whereas in Baltimore I had a whole table with room to spread out. At NYCC, there was SO MUCH stuff going on, that only a few people noticed the voting cans, and most people passed before I could point out the cans after saying my usual speech. This leads me to think that when I have a half table, maybe the small real estate taken up by the cans could be used better to display the Daily Misfortune books instead, and maybe I should save the tip cans for when I only have a whole table. The experiment continues.
Oh and the Comic Performance went well! I recorded it, and will upload it to YouTube sometime. Many thanks to all who came! It was so much fun I want to do more! I have plans.... (rubbing hands together evilly....)
The life of a freelancer happens in very intense spurts, with recovery periods after. I've noticed a correlation of my working habits after days of intense work at a comic convention or coloring gig - I always take a full day to relax the day after. Lots of sleep, no plans for work or even social activities, just chill time for a whole day. The following week, I find it hard sometimes to get back into the groove I had with other freelance work before the intense burst hit. But I always get back on. Listening to productivity podcasts helps too - more on that in a future blog post, perhaps!