|A wide range of cosplay characters|
added to the festive atmosphere
of Sandemonium 2016
8 a.m. was setup time. Hubs and I began hauling the first of several loads from the car. (Note to self: Instead of writing very heavy books, consider creating something more lightweight to sell, like balloon animals or feathered hat pins)
However, we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a small army of volunteers whose sole job was to offer help of any kind. Tote a box? Looking for direction? Need a hand with that display? They were there.
It's just one example of the amazing organization and enthusiasm of the steering committee who put this small but mighty event together.
|The Flash, one of my|
You know the proverb, when the student is ready, the teacher appears... This "little" event definitely took me to the next level of con experience!
For instance, I learned what "boffering" is, as all kinds of cosplayers took their boffers -- padded mock weapons -- to the great outdoors for some simulated combat and serious "larping" (live action role playing - yup, I had to learn that term too, LOL).
This had been preceded by a helpful how-to presentation on building cool-looking but effective boffers out of lowly pool noodles.
|Badger Dragon Boffer! |
(Allison J Wier, who won 1st in
the pro cosplay division)
The vendor's booth next to mine belonged to local tabletop gaming and card shop, Another World. I got a close-up look at a set of exquisite Warhammer pieces, each lovingly hand-painted by the proprietor. Fine details are done with a single-haired brush, and one tiny figurine can take many hours to complete.
|Rebecca Hicks, the artist|
behind Little Vampires,
taught a drawing class
|Horror author |
was on hand.
I just started
A lot of the vendors, artists, and authors have gotten to know each other through shared events too. And several went out of their way to make me feel welcome, and offer support. So not only did I learn a lot from everyone at Sandemonium, I made some new friends.
I brought home a couple of new friends too, in the form of books. Every author is a reader first, and I just can't resist a good story. What I couldn't buy at the time has been added to my TBR list!
Despite the excitement, I even managed to sell a few of my own books. With all the fun things to see and do, plus the chasing-after-the-elf-couple-to-get-a-photo (I never did catch them), it was easy to forgot that my original purpose was to introduce my work to new readers. Oops! But I did manage to talk to quite a few people, and some of the Changeling Series and the Grim Series found good homes.
If you'd like to see more photos from Sandemonium 2016, head on over to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sdptsandemonium/ and check out their recent posts.