Kansas City Comic Con - KCCC 2015
This was the first big show I've done where I was a guest, selling my wares, and not an attendee. As this was KCCC's first year. I think my timing couldn't have been better.
The atmosphere was fun and pleasant all the way through, the crowd was amazingly diverse. Sunday, for example, was made up mostly of grandparents, parents and small children. I've been to several of the local cons, and had never seen this many children, let alone all the cosplay going on. Sure, there's always people in costumes, looking awesome and doing their thing, but the amount of them was off the scale at this event. The samples I have below are only the pics I had time to take between waves of people passing by my table. The hardest part, for me, was remembering I was there to sell my books, and not take photos!
I've seen a lot of articles lately of the Pros and Cons to this convention, and I have to tell you there really wasn't any negatives to this show. The walkways were wide and easy to navigate, the guests and I had plenty of space for ourselves, parking was easy to find, there were plenty of volunteers (happily named Henchmen) running about to aid in anyway they could. I really have nothing to complain about beyond wishing I had known how blurry my camera lens was on day 1, but at least it's only a couple of these photos.
I'm told there were somewhere around ten thousand people in attendance for the three days of KCCC. Considering this was the first year for the con, that is amazing. Usually, these cons start very small and then go from there. We have a couple smaller cons that, although very good in their own right, have barely seen a tenth of this amount of people in the years they've been around, let alone even half of what KCCC saw this year.
Despite the cross-country move I'm making tomorrow, I will back to do this con. As soon as I have dates for next year, I'll let you know. Enjoy the pictures!
Book update - 8/12
I know it's been a while, but hear me out! Looks like I'm moving across the country (KC to Baltimore, ~1100 miles) so I've been in the middle of dealing with that. I also just finished doing the first year of the Kansas City Comic Con this past weekend and that, of course, had a ton of prepwork to it as well. So, it's been busy as all get out.
Book 6, the last of the 2nd trilogy, is getting near the end of the first draft. I have a few more chapters I need to write up before the editing begins, so once this move is behind me I'll have ample time to fly though this. So far, it's exactly what I had envisioned and hopefully it'll be just as badass as the previous books. I'm not one to sit here and tell you IT'S THE BEST THING I'VE EVER WRITTEN like so many celebs do with their movies. I think my fans are smarter than that and can smell a shite advertsing gimick when it's presented to them.
Once this book is off to the editor, I'll take the time to put #5 out there in paperback. Otherwise, I'll write up a post later about my experience at KCCC this year and throw in a bunch of pictures for your enjoyment. Thanks for reading. I wouldn't be sitting here planning books 7-9 without you.
Oh, and I plan to do a standalone/crossover for Thomas and his loooong life.