If you attended the Con, you might have heard (or felt, in regards to the AC insanities) that there were all sorts of ridiculous hiccups going on. The maps & table placements were changed last minute, which had folks getting lost (trapped) in certain areas & unable to find the artists they’d come to see. Thursday/Friday were blistering hot and the Con-stank was a mighty. Saturday evened out temperature wise (thank God) but WOAH Sunday, that AC came in with a vengeance & had us freezing absolute b@lls.
In spite of all this
I truly had a wonderful time :)
This is 100% due to all the amazing people that stopped by my booth with kind words towards my art. And the folk that chose to spend a little bit of their time nerding out w/ the guy in the Ghostbusters hat (that’d be me).
By Con’s end, there were an abundance of disgruntled artists & vendors grumbling their way through the parking lot. I wasn’t one of those. Even though I wasn’t able to pick up the VTM5e book I’d been drooling over, I got a beautifully painted Slimer-pin to compliment my hat & plenty of awesome swag for the kids (TARDIS hat got me the #1 Dad moniker for about an hour or so, victory!). So thanks everyone, for keeping a smile on this madman’s face :-D
Con Low: The AC (or lack there of). That was nasty for me in the heat, and agonizing for the ladies when it dropped to Arctic temperatures w/out warning.
Con High: Elvira sending someone back to my booth to tell the artist of the print they’d had signed that I’d done a good job. Simple, awesome gesture from a spectacular icon. Hope to heck to meet her myself one day.
Con Super-High: Barbie Wilde, the female Cenobite from Hellraiser 2 bought a Lustre Print of ‘Ocean Black’ first thing on Friday before the hubbub started. I can’t overstate how important it is to get that first breaking sale to shake off all the nervous self-consciousness of presenting my work at the Con. And from a Cenobite no less?? Hell yes!!
Con Super-Duper-High: Zatanna. Dude, Timikia; you’re a total bad@$$ & I can’t express my appreciation for you trooping through the Con & promoting my artwork. Thank you so much!
Of course, after the Con is the come-down…
I struggle w/ depression, anxiety, and lunacy in general. I believe that everyone does to varying degrees. It’s just the different shades of “crazy” folks inhabit, whether you can find a route for it to benefit you, & how adept we each are at masking the madness.
Now, I’m of course not talking about Dahmerisms here. I’m talking about normal, everyday struggles that keep us from wanting to get out of bed sometimes, keep us from doing what we love. That’s why “triggers” agitate me so much. “Trigger warnings” in specific. To sanitize our environment to that extent is to refuse to address our issues and demand that other folk bend around us for the sake of some faux comfortability. At this point we’re just cultivating our own weakness.
I’m not advocating the abandonment of courtesy, etiquette, and a base human empathy. If you know that something bothers someone, use decency & discernment. But if you’re the one being bothered; be patient, be tolerant and just in general - be a good human.
When you’re low,
remember there are folks out there waiting for you to come home.
Folks that recharge us, help us regain Sanity Points…
So we can all just get back to our cyclical loop of escapisms. ;-)