There are times when something or someone you love does something wrong and you feel the need to point out their mistakes. Not because you're mad, but because you care and you don't want to see them make the same mistakes again.
This, unfortunately, is how I felt on the first day of IKKICON. I've been attending this crazy little convention since its maiden voyage three years ago and enjoy myself enough each year to make the trip from Boston to Austin.
Doubts were cast, however, when I arrived on Friday to discover that the convention had neither a hotel room for me to sleep nor a table to sell my merchandise, two things I had been promised as a Guest of the con. Thanks to the quick thinking and generosity of Ken Wallen of Guest Relations, Amelie and Sky Pirate I was eventually provided with both.
Further evidence of miscommunication and disorganization followed when I arrived at the Iron Artist panel to discover that the convention didn't have anything for the artists to draw with. For a solid hour and fifteen minutes I did my best to keep the crowd entertained with terrible jokes and various hijinks, with much help (once again) from Amelie and Matt Herms. We eventually did our best with a copy of MS Paint and a projector. I'm still debating whether or not to share the atrocities of art I created that night.
The next two days, however, turned into the IKKICON that I've known and loved for the past three years. I chatted with some great fans who showed me much love and support, and for my part I tried to do the same... for instance, the kind folks at PTME Productions. I did my first Hentai Iron Artist (in which I created atrocities of art that I'll never put online). I was spoiled by Barb the green room manager who is not only a phenomenal cook but a first-class hugger. I mingled with some of the voice actor guests who, I discovered, actually like it when we webcomics guests come talk to them.
It was a bumpy ride at first but I ultimately enjoyed my time at IKKICON. Many, many thanks to Ken, Amelie, Matt Herms, Sky Pirate, Barb, Meghan, Wes, Porsche, and everyone who came to visit me at my humble little table. It's folks like you who make these trips awesome.
My next stop is KATSUCON this weekend. I'll rant a little tomorrow about my history with this particular convention and why it means so much to me.
That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.