On June 18, 2011 I ventured to Fort Wayne, Indiana with Rafael Nieves (and Dan Dougherty kind of) to the 2nd Summit City Comic Con. Here is a recap on the day.
I am not purposely leaving anyone's names out of the article, so if you are not mentioned it does not mean I do not love you.
So last year when I went to Kokomo Con I learned my lesson, when you need to get up at 3 a.m. to get to a show, make sure to get some sleep before you go, plus I was driving so I crashed early the night before. So waking up at 3 am was no problem and I was out the door by 3:30. I met up with Raf at a Denny's and we loaded up and got on our way. Basically from what it said on Mapquest we were looking at a 3 and a half hour drive. So we figured we would get there around 9-9:30 (we lost an hour heading into the Eastern Time Zone).
|Welcome to the Grand Wayne Center|
Now let me sidetrack for a second here, Dan Dougherty was supposed to be with us, but due to a few issues he needed to leave later than us and come home sooner than us. So we figured we would just see him at the show. It was about an hour and a half into the trip and that Bearded Beauty passed on on the way there. Luckily we noticed each other and then came into Ft. Wayne together.
|This is the entire show floor|
Alright so it's 9:45 when we get to the Grand Wayne Center. Raf and Dan have 15 minutes to setup before the doors open. I found the busy Zack Kruse and got my press badge and was ready to cover me some comic show! My initial thoughts on the room, were that is was a perfect size. You'll have to check the website for the correct amount of creator guests, but they were there in abundance! This show was about them, not the dealers and sellers.
|Even Vader wants to read comics|
|View from Raf and Dan's table|
|The Black Rose Crew|
The day didn't fly by either, again that might be do to the low number of attendees and all the time we had to chat with everyone, but it was still a lot of fun. I was able to get my hands on some new books to check out. I got some Iceman stuff for the wall and setup some upcoming interviews. I was also able to add on another new home for Discussions, as it can now be found on the Underground Video Network.
|Hanging out with my Twin Dustin Carson|
I would say it was about 11:30 when we pulled into my driveway to grab Amy and head to take Raf home, which was an hour away. We got him dropped off at 12:30 and chatted for a few minutes. Then headed home. I walked back into the house at 2:30 am. So basically I pulled a 24 hour comic shift in going to Summit City Comic Con.
All in all the day was fun. The downside was attendance at the show, and the people there didn't seem to be in a big spending mood. So that might add to some people being down about the day. The venue was great, food prices at the show were great and the people there were... great. I had a good time at the show and might have to make it back in 2012.
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