The letter I got from Word on the Street said that load in was from 8am-9:30am, which I thought was ridiculous considering the book & magazine festival didn’t start until 11. Obviously a lot of other people did too since I got there at 9:30 and only a couple other tables were set up.
I set my table up with some shirts, the Cloudscape anthologies with my comics in them, Spaceship Zero RPGs, Thickets CDs, giant squid lightswitch covers, and of course the ever-popular pinback buttons. I made my table rental & cab fare back and then some, so I consider it a success. Doubly so because the only RPG I sold was to a 13-year old kid who ONLY had enough money to buy one thing and that was it. That was inspiring.
The annoying thing about the venue was that the panels were, while generally interested, really loud and disruptive towards all of the vendors. I do think that the panels drew in some more potential customers though so it was a trade off.
I also met the owner of the Captain Carrot yahoo fan group “Doc Quantum” who I was astonished to learn lives in Burnaby. I’ve been a member of the group for a couple years now and post my World Wildlife Federation of Justice updates on there. The files section alone is a goldmine for Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew fants. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/zoocrewonearthc/
Thanks to everyone who came to my table. See you NEXT weekend at V-Con!!!