I returned home from MegaCon on Tuesday morning, shortly after 1:00AM, after driving straight from Orlando, Florida, for 17 hours.
MapQuest estimated that it would only take 14 hours, but I don’t think it factored in the road construction being done near the Beltway, nor the fact that flesh-and-blood human beings need to stop periodically for restroom and coffee breaks, or that machines need to refuel every 4-5 hours. :P
Those who say that they can manage the trip in under 12 hours… well… Pffft. I followed the speed limit signs religiously. ;)
This year, my 11-year-old daughter begged to come along for the ride, and having a passenger to chat with did help tremendously to pass time…. it only felt like 12 hours! LOL
Though our conversations often morphed into full-blown arguments, because trapping two highly opinionated and obstinate individuals into a small car (for an entire day) is nothing if not a recipe for war.
Nearly every conceivable topic, and a few inconceivable ones, ignited a passionate battle of wills.
A brutal feud took place over a McDonald’s play area, across the road from our gas station, which I wouldn’t let her “investigate” due to our tight schedule. Evil, yes, I am.
Lydia’s company enabled us to capture video footage of our trip on my cellphone. I edited a few clips into a 14 minute video to share our Behind the Scenes: Megacon 2014.
Geez, look how fast we were driving! ;)
While my aunt and I put my displays together, my uncle walked the show floor with his camera, taking videos of the other exhibitors setting up their booths.
Many of them had arrived in U-haul vans, unloading pallets of freight and building materials with forklifts. Some of these booths looked like retail storefronts, with walls and flooring, shelving and track lighting.
Even though I was confident in my booth set-up initially, after checking out my neighbors’ arrangements, I still felt like the displaced Farmer’s Market vendor ~ with bedsheets covering my table and lace curtains hanging awkwardly behind me. *amused sigh*
On Sunday afternoon, I took additional footage while everyone packed-up and exited the Convention Center ~ which looked like Ground Zero, after a violent explosion of trash and drapery fabric.
I realize my video isn’t high quality or even original. There are dozens of Megacon videos on YouTube ~ highlighting the elaborate and whimsical costumes, the juvenile antics, and the media guests.
My video mainly focuses on an exhibitor’s view, for anyone interested in seeing what goes on before & after the show. How the frenzied chaos of set-up on Thursday, transforms into a sleek geek’s paradise by Friday afternoon. And how quickly after the lights are dimmed and the attendees are escorted to the exit ~ it dissolves into madness again.
And for some of us, the added anticipation of a loooong drive home, in a car packed to the gills with unsold inventory and displays.
As for what I’ve learned this year? It’s a never-ending process of experimentation.
You can never begin prepping too early.
….I should probably start today. :P
Some pieces and products sold really well (my new ACEO cards! Redcoat Cat!) …and others languished unseen and unappreciated.
Although I do not foresee painting any Marvel Comic cat portraits, or any characters from The Walking Dead (sorry!), I did receive a lot of positive feedback on my Tudor Cats, Gatsby, Wizard of Oz, and even Pride and Prejudice. I plan to continue along those literary lines.
I returned with a list of ideas, which I plugged into my Google calendar to remind me to work on a new portrait each week. There will be many exciting new pieces to share this year!
Maybe next year I’ll get rich enough to hire somebody to manage my shop(s) and portfolios, so that I can paint more! ;)
Tara Fly3 days ago
My new painting, "Dali's Whiskers", is complete and on its way to Ireland, for a cat-themed gallery exhibit in September! =^,,^=
Salvador Dali's ocelot is featured in this piece, sporting a fancy mustache, in a surrealistic dreamscape of melting clocks and gangling elephants. :)