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After a long weekend of exhibiting, the Albuquerque Comic Con (ACC) is in the books. Here’s a pic from the event:
The woman is holding a printed copy of one of my short stories. I debuted the stories in this format at the con to see what type of reception they would receive. The reception went well. I plan to make them available for purchase online before the end of January.
As for the con, I learned a lot. Mostly, I learned that I need to ramp up my promotion and marketing. I need something to grab people’s attention. I was sandwiched between two vendors who did a fantastic job of setting up their tables to draw attention. Compared to them, my table was a bit dull and (while I hate to admit it) boring. I’m not upset about it though. In fact, I’m quite happy that I learned a valuable lesson, even if it stings a bit.
One of my neighbors who was set up well, Hank Estrada, took the pic for me. He gave me some tips on how to be successful at these venues; he has a lot of experience. Check out his website at http://www.hankestrada.com/ Thanks, Hank!
The highlight of the weekend was getting to meet Sergio Aragones, long time writer, cartoonist, and long time MAD Magazine contributor. I couldn’t believe it, I actually got to meet him! I gave him my books and told him how much of an influence he had on me with art, writing, and humor. He talked with me a while, very down to earth. I told him how I worked at MAD and some of my experiences there. Later, he gave a panel discussion. Yet, instead of sitting at the front table, he sat in the audience with us and talked with us on our level. He truly is a class act. Here’s how he signed one of his “Funnies” for me:
Sergio is a hero to me and countless others. I had not even heard of “Funnies” before this event. I quickly searched the area to find more. I picked up eight of the 12 copies at the event. I’m trying not to read them too fast.
It was an awesome weekend. I had amazing neighbors who shared so many fascinating thoughts and ideas with me and the people in general — attendees, staff, fellow vendors — were all in good spirits. A bonus was that I photobombed Mini Me somehow (that’s Sergio’s back in the background):
I was doubting whether comic cons are a good venue for me. I didn’t do as well as I should have in terms of sales. But sales aren’t everything. I wouldn’t have traded the experience for the world. I do know this though: any show that I do from now on will be doused with a healthy dose of promotion and marketing. I’m perked about it!
Work, by itself, is just a means of making money. The beauty of working is it allows us to interact with people — to meet and connect with a variety of folks. I have met some of my best friends through work. The workplace was an environment where we could learn about each other and build bonds.
Perk at Work is about our experiences as humans. Sure, at it’s core, it is about a lowly cafe worker who chats it up with his regular customers. But they are sharing moments of their lives together, learning and sharing bits of information and, hopefully, learning to care about each other. Is there any greater purpose in this life than to love and be loved? Well, maybe to get the perfect cup of coffee but we can do that while we talk.
Perk at Work Short Stories
Introductions Are In Order
It’s Perk’s first day on the job, only he’s the only one unaware of this fact. In this short story, you are introduced to Perk and the whole group. Find out how he got the job and what it was like for him to meet everyone for the first time.
- Completion 100%
Party of Two
Henna’s cute friend Nell invites Perk to her birthday party — a costume based shindig. Unbeknownst to Perk, Nell’s cat was fatally injured earlier that morning and the party is off. Perk arrives ready for a good time only to find out what happened. Undeterred, Perk suggests a smaller event, one made for two.
- Complete 100%
This Beautiful Life
It seems to Moxy that guys are interested in her only for her looks. To test this theory, she decides to dress down to the point of homliness to see how guys will react. In the process of her experiment, she meets a stranger who sheds a strange and refreshing light on her perspective.
- Completion 100%
Cal wakes up bound spread eagle on a bed in a room he doesn’t recognize. He has no recollection of why he is there and his “host” is a woman who wants to do him bodily harm as payback. But payback for what?
Estimated completion date: March 21, 2015
- Completion 50%
The Scholarship Test
While walking to class on campus, Henna notices a $20 bill with the words “I will pay for your schooling” on it. She reaches for it and it eludes her. She chases it only to find out that she has been baited by an eccentric reclusive billionaire who will only give her a full-ride scholarship if she passes a series of strange and possibly life-threatening tests. Does Henna accept the challenge?
Estimated completion date: June 21, 2015
- Completion 25%
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