Monday, February 27, 2006

New York Con Wrap

Well we had a great time in NYC this weekend but never made it to the show for the reasons posted last time. It seems the show was poorly managed, and many people including our crew were denied access, tickets etc. We decided early Sunday to just bag the whole thing after reading many reports of the conditions at the show and talking to a few who attempted to get in, and so we hung in Queens as you had to have 3-day passes anyway to even attempt to get into the show. In the beginning we are kinda' disapointed, but then we weren't. This mismanagement of the con is so typical of the type of problems comics faces as an industry, and frankly I used to find it very depressing our industry is often so poorly managed. But now I just sort of watch the wreck from across the median. The industry has major, major issues, but many of the people in a position to try and make these things better don't seem to care, and it's mostly the big companes who can have a big influence here. The blustery, cold conditions kept us from hiking back to wander the city, so we watched some movies, sketched and had fun at Scott and Ryan's place.

Will I attempt to do the show next year?

Unless I hear they really fixed things, I doubt it.

This type of bebackle only makes me appreciate fun and smoothly run shows like the Baltimore Con run by Marc Nathan even more. It seems the convention aspect of the industry is growing, but this is two weeks in a row where the way this part of the industry is run leaves a lot to be desired and a lot of angry people as a result. Last week was the mad scramble for San Diego Hotels, with the usual booking headache, this week an oversold show and an too, small venue. What I don't understand in the case of the NYC show is this: since the Fire Marshall must have posted or stated the amount of people allowed in a show with that size a floor, and if so, how could the company managing the con not know that they had pre-oversold the show before hand?

Well back to a full work week on Fear Agent, Minoriteam and Acting With A pencil now that DRAW! 12 is going to the printers...Hooray!

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