While I usually try to focus on the writing side of things here on the blog, I’m also a comic dealer. I own and operate Hurley’s Heroes here in Joplin, and I travel to a lot of local shows and set up as a dealer. This weekend I headed up to Kansas City for the KC Fan Con. Craig runs about 4 shows a year in Overland Park, and while they’re not terribly big, I usually have a good time, and make a decent amount of money. This time was no different. Despite my complete lack of preparation for the show, I reached my sales goals, and meet up with some friends I don’t get to see as often as I’d like.
The one bad thing about the show, which was completely my fault, was my lack of stock on issues of The Beauty. I started last week at the store with over 20 copies of the book, and figured that that would be enough to hold me through the weekend. Boy, was I wrong. I sold out almost completely over the course of the week, and was only able to bring 2 copies to the show! Don’t get me wrong, there are worse problems to have, selling out of a book is a good thing. Heading to your first local show since your book came out without any copies of said book to show around, however, is pretty annoying. Luckily, I was able to hold on to one copy of the book through most of the day, and at least let people give it a look. Like I say, selling too many copies is a pretty great problem in all honesty, but if I had to pick a low point of the weekend, that’d be it.
In addition to hitting up the con, it was my old man’s birthday! Happy birthday, Dad! My dad is awesome, and totally supports all of my crazy interests. I think a big part of his support of my comic book interests is the fact that he’s also a huge nerd. His nerd is model trains, he’s been into them longer than I’ve been alive and has a massive collection. He’s also incredibly talented in the building and painting of the models, and the scenery that surrounds them. You should check out his blog for some progress on his latest projects.
On my way out of town, I hit up the excellent Elite Comics in Overland Park, and chatted up the owner, William, for a while. He’s a great guy who runs a pretty sweet shop. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend checking it out.
All in all, I had a great time.