Monday, March 18

NC Comicon Raleigh Is In the Great Back-Then

That's the farthest I've driven for a con: Five hours one-way. And based on this Sunday alone, I'd do it again.

Because it's March in the Carolinas, there's a 50/50 chance of snow the whole month. That makes planning for a weekend con tricky. I reserved a back-up room for Thursday night in case I had to leave town early because of snow. If the weather was clear, I would cancel the room in advance and drive to Raleigh the morning of the con. But it didn't snow, and I missed the cancellation window for a refund. Instead of eating the cost, I drove into town Thursday after all. I'm glad I did.

Getting up stupid-early Friday, driving five hours, parking in the state capitol, setting up the table, and working a five-hour day would have been the end of me. I see that now. I did myself a favor by going in Thursday. All I had to do Friday was swap hotels, set up, and work the booth.

Saturday's con coincided with the St. Patrick Day parade, and that hit the show hard. Sunday, however, made up for both days, financially and creatively, as people brought great ideas for commissions and sketchbook themes. The drive back was a straight shot along the interstate, and I was in my bed by midnight. That's a win.

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