The crowds in the show were huge at NYCC (they estimate 250,000 visit the show) and we set up our booth and warmed up by doing some drawings. Veronica had a couple of commissions being picked up that had been pre-ordered. At these shows, artists will draw for you for a fee, you get an original collectible piece of art. Some artists take pre-orders via Social Media and the benefit to the buyer is you get a better piece of art because it’s created in a studio rather than sitting in a folding chair at a table on the show floor.
Artists Alley was set up in the hall underneath the main show at the Javitz Center, which itself is a massive convention center. Directly above us was an air conditioner vent and it was working overtime. Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re rolling your eyes thinking “Oh the poor baby was cold, huh?” This was comically cold. It was literally 35 degrees at our booth and the vent was so strong that our table skirt was billowing out like Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway vent. The air from it was so strong the comic books we had set out on the table kept blowing open and the signs we had showing our commission rates were constantly being knocked over. It was insane. I talked to the folks running the show but there was little they could do. They never came over to our table, and with the exception of the people set up directly next to us on both sides the rest of the tables did not have this problem, so I’m sure they thought we were over-reacting (I would have).
We didn’t do much business on day one, a couple of pieces here and there, but nothing to write home about. We packed up our table around 3pm to get upstairs for our signing at Dark Horse at 4pm— we left this early for two reasons; the show was so packed it would take literally 20 minutes to get to the booth and we thought we could take the opportunity to say hello to some friends who were doing their own signings at that time— Andy Suriano who is working on the new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES show is a friend we run into only a couple times a year.
There was also the issue of bathroom breaks. Ladies rooms always have long lines, you guys don’t have as economical a system of going as we do, but in this case there were SO many people that there were lines for the men’s room too. Especially nice at the Javitz is the urinals don’t have those pesky walls separating you from the guy next to you and they opted to squeeze in a few extras so you’re shoulder to shoulder while you do your thing— who doesn’t like making friends at a urinal?
After that we swung by Andy’s signing at IDW, said hello to some other publisher friends who we’ll be working with soon and headed over to Dark Horse which had a massive booth setup in the middle of the floor. Dark Horse Comics is the third largest comics publisher in the US— after Marvel and DC, and they don’t focus on superheroes so they are right up our alley.
Meeting us at the signing was Evan Dorkin, who is writing BLACKWOOD, the book we’re doing at Dark Horse, and his wife Sarah and their daughter. The Dorkin’s are nice people and we always enjoy spending time with them. We had a pretty good line for the signing and it was nice to meet the people who are reading the book.
After that we met with several press people to do interviews. Our publicists at Dark Horse told us BLACKWOOD was heavily requested among press folks so we were happy to hear that. As we were going into the press room we were introduced to Mike Richardson who is the 7 foot tall publisher of Dark Horse— he was warm and genuine. I have to say again how great it is to work with DH. Absolutely stellar folks who treat us like family.
Evan has exactly the kind of sense of humor I can get behind, announcing to the publicist that we’ll let the press come in but we’re not talking to anyone, we won’t talk about the book, we’ll only talk about horror movies.
Evan and I see pretty much eye to eye on classic and vintage horror— but we’ve got an agree to disagree opinion on John Carpenter’s PRINCE OF DARKNESS which I think is one of the worst movies ever made. To be fair, I went into it with high hopes having just seen Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN and THE THING (1978 and 1980) so maybe I came in too high.
The press went well and we wrapped up and headed back to our table about 6:45pm and with the show closing at 7 we wrapped up and headed out for dinner.
One of the biggest reasons to do the New York show is the amazing restaurants throughout the city— for this first night we invited our good friend Jay and we went to American Whiskey located at 247 West 30th Street. Walking in you go through a very loud pub area but in the back where there are a lot of spacious tables and its much quieter. We were feeling Burgers again and this place came highly recommended by one of the editors at Valiant Comics, who we’ve been doing work for, another great company.
Ironically, walking down we ran into this self same editor and their Director of Marketing who were heading to their offices right down the block from American Whiskey so they gave us an escort of sorts to the place.
Veronica and I each ordered a burger medium rare and I got a Whiskey cocktail called THIRD MARRIAGE which was a fabulous mix of quality whiskey and cinnamon, Veronica ordered the STRIKE ME DEAD which includes vanilla— both were out of the world. We also ordered some Tater Tots because they were recommended and I can certainly see why.
The burgers were spectacular, of course, and we had several hours of conversation with family and good friends (and I’m happy to say family who ARE friends).
After dinner we walked back through Times Square which was its usually mad self— I’m not a fan of tourists and I’m happy to say I walked right through several photos when people just stopped in the middle of the sidewalk to take them.
Next; We Stay at a Hotel that Eli Roth should use for his next horror film.