Wondercon 2012!

WONDERCON, 2012, in Anaheim! I braved torrential rain and cold to do my exhibitor thing for 3 days, traveling to and fro from Burbank. No drunkย leprechans tried to race me, I didn’t collapse under the weight of stuff I carried in and out, didn’t have to use my AK; it was a good day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh, 'tis blurry on a Friday morn, pre-opening!

The table set-up, pre-opening on Friday! On SAT and SUN, the gracious Carolyn Watson Dubisch sat with me and brought her children’s books and graphic novel, THE PEOPLE THAT MELT IN THE RAIN. (check out the links to her Amazon Author page and to the digital version of PEOPLE at Amazon!).

My aim for this con, since The Dark Victorian: RISEN, is still in the process of becoming an e-book, was to spread the word on DV. Made 60 preview booklets with about 90% of them going into the hands of people genuinely attracted to the cover. IF they are going to be so curious and pleased as to pick up something like the Dark Victorian and take a look inside, that person gets the preview booklet. And a free Dark Victorian button. AND I just remembered, I’ve a heck of a lot emails to enter into the mailing list (yes, I know I’ve been neglecting the mailing list members!).

Another remembrance!!: My total apologies to the young lady wanting to buy a pendant necklace, I think? On Sunday. I had to run off with another young woman’s CC in order to get a clear wireless signal for my iPod’s SQUARE. I super apologize for running off, though Carolyn assures me that all was fine. I hope you enjoy your purchase. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope everyone enjoys their purchases! BTW, to all who are planning to vend at events, the Square is awesome, it’s so simple to use and now I can process credit cards. It’s like the miracle of indy creator selling. ๐Ÿ˜€

Carolyn Watson Dubisch with a dragon!!!

Here’s Carolyn with a dragon from the DRAGONS OF BLIZZARD ISLAND franchise, as promoted by the fine fellows behind Carolyn. They had a giveaway and Carolyn’s eldest daughter won this dragon! His name is Strudel. The Dragons team were our table neighbors and were just the best kind of neighbors a girl could want, because, y’know, they had Twizzlers and stuff. Here’s Rick Van Velsor, the Man behind the Dragons of Blizzard Island!:

That's Van Velsor, creator of Dragons of Blizzard Island!

And his toy sculpts, at least three of his characters:

Their nicknames start with 'S', and sound like delicious food items.

There’s a comic just launched and you can check it out, HERE. As well as browse around for the wonderful toys and apparel. Written by Jim Krueger and Rick Van Velsor, art by Matt “Macho Mustache” Brundage, and colored by Tyler Champion. There’s a coloring book in the works and it looks fab too. It’s an epic storyline with much weight and wonder, and the art and coloring is really pleasing too.

ooo, books I scored!

OK, though Carolyn was there to help watch the table, I actually didn’t get away all that much—well, not at all, to look at other people’s stuff and socialize. And I almost knew, with the huge scattering of Steampunk tables and such (no one was grouped by genre, which I would have preferred just for the sake of efficient browsing), that I might NEVER come back to my table for a good long while, and that would be unfair. But there was lots of cool stuff there. A huge variety of creators, artists, works of art ranging from the illustrative, to painting, to sculpting, to leathercraft, jewelry, and so forth. I never saw anything on the ‘main’ floor, where people or entities had islands, so I’m sure there were even more variety of interests. It did, however, get very packed on SAT and even Sun, so negotiating the huddled crowds could be trying, even for a short trip to the bathroom. I KNOW there was awesome costuming; I’m pretty sure most hung out where they could be more easily photographed or could pose in groups. I got no pics. ๐Ÿ™

But that’s what’s interesting about a very large event, it is hard to do everything. Manning the table, making contacts, and socializing with other creators are really the priorities, though as an attendee I would love to wander, see all the cool works, take lots of costuming/cosplay pics, and maybe attend a panel or workshop or two. I want to thank everybody who stopped by to say hi and show support. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also super appreciate for every curious reader who’s anticipating Dark Victorian: RISEN and even giving it a little shout-out on their social networks. Glad for all the mailing list sign-ups. Oh! And very grateful for the shoppers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now a little shout-out to K. MICHAEL CRAWFORD, that wonderful children’s illustrator who touched bases with me again (well, she was a neighbor over, so was easy to do), and included me in her dinners whilst I waited out traffic and Talked Shop. Cuz ‘shop talk’, that’s important in these crappy economic times, lol. You will see K. at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, at various other comic book conventions and also book festivals and children book festivals. Check out her children’s activity books, all self published and totally creator driven, HERE. I dig K.’s work, I love the whimsy of it and the world that’s there. MUSEUM OF RIDICULOUS is on my Wishlist.

I got K.’s coloring book, ONE WHIMSICAL ZOOFARI:

I love this gate!!!

I wonder if this will take watercolour. ๐Ÿ˜€

where are my crayons

Also met Jeanie L. S. Galster, who created REVERANCE:

Illustrated by C. J. Draden (chills!)

Ate fried calamari whilst querying Jeanie and K. about book festivals and whatnot. Like DARK VICTORIAN, Jeanie has captions, or subtitles giving a theme for each book. Hers for Volume 1 is, “What will you seek?”. Is that not cool, or what? ๐Ÿ˜€ Check out her books, HERE.

For The Dark Victorian: RISEN, it’s “I am here”. For the Volume 2, The Dark Victorian: BONES, it’s “I am made of this”. So yeah, I think you’re going to really like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hey, who's that behind the table?

And looking pixelated and blurry too? And I felt like that! ๐Ÿ˜‰ OK, I told everybody I’ll have DV: RISEN out in e-book by mid-April, so got to go crack the Twizzler whip. Now WIT’S WORLD: NEVER WAS, that’s still work-in-progress. I know, I gave it less priority when The Dark Victorian obsessed me. I felt it couldn’t be help, and I’m rather encouraged by the fact that the writer, Melissa Good (longtime Xena fan fiction writer and writer of two of the season six TV episodes), spoke this past January at Xena Con 2012 of how when a good story idea grips you, you really should work on it. I’m glad I didn’t wait. But it does come with the usual realities; in order to promote it properly, I will change the look of the website and shift focus on Dark Victorian, may work on a new Zazzle store, and also change the look of the newsletter. So all good things.

My kitteh Draw with Schnoozer the Tinker! Thank you, Rick! ๐Ÿ˜€

Schnoozer Beetrop Burlybend will be making sure I am tinkering!!

Happy Spring to all, ๐Ÿ™‚



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