A couple of weekends ago, I was at Ottawa's mini-ComicCon... which I failed to mention I'd be at because, well, I was a little discombobulated due to factors explained last week.
I did not have my own table. I, instead, manned the Renaissance Press table for them. It took a lot for me to volunteer, ashamedly. I was anxious, and sad, and not really feeling prepared to face the world yet. As it turns out, it was the best thing for me. But let me start at the beginning.
I couldn’t go Saturday, as I was teaching martial arts from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, and getting to the EY Centre after training, all sweaty and gross still in order to make it before the thing closed, was just not in the cards. Wisely, Nathan scheduled me for Sunday instead, and so I showed up, caffeinated and fed and nowhere near ready to take on the world.
Luckily, I was in good hands. Jen and Éric (of JenEric Designs and JenEric Coffee) were at the tables immediately behind Renaissance’s table. Right beside me was Saucy Frocks, run by my dear friend Jasmine and another Jen. I was able to get some quality hugs. That always makes things good.
Then I was visited by my good friend Bill whom I haven’t seen in an age, and who often volunteers with ComicCon. I got another great hug, and a lovely chat.
Despite my anxiety, Sunday turned out to be a fantastic day. I made a few books sales. Thank you to the wonderful folks who bought copies of my books, and those who bought copies of other fantastic books from Renaissance. Every book they sell, mine or not, benefits us all, and I’m very proud of what Renaissance has built. Anyway, special shoutout to Bruce, who put up with my brain completely blanking on his name despite having known him for years at this point.
I’m a terrible friend.
There were a lot of people at the convention, an awesome number of readers, and so many fantastic costumes. There was also a service cat being pushed around in a stroller. No, you read that right. A service cat. I asked if I could get a photo, but was told no, so I don’t have a picture for you. But I wish I did, because it was cute as hell.
Also, I found Wally/Waldo.
I have a few photos — not many, but a few, that I’ll be posting to Instagram soon-ish. I should have done it sooner, but, well, life.
Anyway, thanks to everyone who dropped by the table and bought books, or spared a moment for a chat. You really did make Sunday an awesome day, even if it took me a couple of days to recover!
Alright, I have to get back to work.