Sunday, 12 May 2019

Oldham Comic Con 3

Hello and welcome to Nicole posting about yesterday’s Oldham Comic Con, a day filled with excitement, laughter, disaster and everything in between!

So to begin with Ian (the dastardly) got us all up at 6.50........on a Saturday! Herald much beating of chests and wiping of eyes at that early call. Then hitting the road......

Oldham itself was as lovely as always in the sunshine and the new venue of Queen Elizabeth Court which was I think the civic centre was lovely and spacious. The parking was free, always a bonus and my table gorgeous!

Waiting for the people to flood in made me a tad nervous and when the doors finally opened I waited and smiled and tried to beckon people towards me with the promise of a free sweet!

Table ready to rock and roll

The first hour......I sold nothing....at this point I wanted to hide and never be seen in public again....Ian was understandably a bit annoyed at my grumpiness!
Then.....someone brought a book mark and a key ring.....yes today was going to be a success!
It was then that my biggest disaster EVER, I’m not even kidding at the gravity of this disaster folks.....I went off for lunch with my kids, who had been playing on a VR headset game thingy that was exhibiting yesterday, sat down on the chair at the really cool chill out zone, and realised that my right butt cheek was cold......my jeans had ripped in a rather spectacular fashion, I must have caught them on something setting up....my dignity had been exposed! 
What could I do but wrap my rather fetching Dr Who hoodie round my waist and stand incredibly still at my table so they didn’t rip further! Oh my days the shame!
When I wandered back to the table it was to Ian shaking my float box having made a flurry of sales, could this be my best con yet, could I dare to dream?
Quite frankly.....yes I could!

I managed to sell flipping loads of stuff! My little watercolours sold well along side my comics which was great, I made a woman cry.....ok that made me feel awful as she was reading Leaf which I was sure was a happy book! The lady did say they were happy tears, she then came back and brought both books and had all the prints!
All in all I had a great day and it really bolstered my confidence to have people loving my art so much, still it’s hard to get parents away from buying their kids the usual suspects of the comic world and try something new, but I will crack them!

Anyway here’s Nikki signing off for now, byeeeeee