Lexington Comic and Toy Convention
This was the furthest convention I’ve done in a while. (Furthest con has been SPX in Bethesda) I’ve been keeping my driving close, but I’ve wanted to attend Lexington Comic and Toy Convention for a long time. I’ve tried to get in during the previous 2 years, but simply was not fast enough to get a spot. But this year I finally made it.
I had acquired the coveted location across from the ATM and near the women’s restroom. Ok, it sounds like a joke, but actually kind of a nice place to be in. The ATM get’s a massive line throughout the con which can be nice for me, since their friends can check out the artwork while they wait for the new cash influx. It was also a wide enough of an area that cosplayers would often stop and pose for images in front of the booth.
But that extra space was needed. A large crowd filled the venue with some places being packed shoulder to shoulder. People had to wait in line for hours to enter the con and there is a bit of a bottle neck to enter the venue. The layout in side was great, especially for the artists as they placed the celebrities around the artist area so fans would have to come into the artist area just to see their stars.
Everyone that came to the table was kind, polite and amazing. I sold out of 4 of my prints, which I’ll have to prep for the next con. There was a lot of calls for commissions as well. I got to start off the con doing a sketch cover of Bob’s Burgers. It was a challenge to color with the way the ink wanted to bead on the cover paper stock. Blending my normal style and the design of the Belcher family surprising came together well.
I also got to do commissions of Beetlejuice, The Doctor & Osgood, Riddler & Scarecrow, and Death the Kid for a variety of fans over the weekend.
All in all it was a great weekend, I sold a lot of artwork and got to catch up with my artist friends.
Lunch in Cinci
One of the things I find myself doing due to writing these journals, is that, in a way, it forces me to do more. I don’t want to simply write “I went to the con. It was good.” These encourage me to make plans, take a detour, make a bigger weekend. So on the way down to Lexington, I stopped off in Cincinnati on the way. While my normal go to move would be to stop at my dad’s favorite place for chili, I meet up with an artist friend I’m working on a book with.
He took me to the Packhouse which has the mysteriously phrased website claiming to sell “packed meat”. A bit vague. Basically it’s just meatballs. Various different types, where you pick how they are served. It was excellent. I resisted the photo of the food, but I have a image of the venue. If you are the Cinci area, head across the river into KY and check it out.
As part of the tradition this year, I’ve been making a post card to send to someone out in the world. Here is an image of the Lex Con post card. This time going out to my sister’s friend, who gave me their address without asking why.