Monday, March 10, 2008

Megacon was Megafun

I'm back from Megacon in Orlando. I've done a book festival and a bunch of other personal appearances, but this was my first-ever comics conference. Overall, it went pretty well. I sold 51 books and talked face-to-face to at least 300 people. To any of you who met me in Orlando and/or bought one of my books, thanks so much for your support. It was a lot of fun! And most of you had some very interesting things to say.

I'm not sure of the totals, but I would guess that at least 15,000 people attended the con over the three-day period. There were hundreds of exhibitors selling everything from bookmarks to authentic swords. I saw a variety of mind-blowing costumes and outfits. Needless to say, the "people-watching" was A+++. It sure made the hours pass fast. Just about everyone seemed to know everyone else, and most everyone was younger than I am. But they were friendly and seemed in fantastic moods.

I enjoyed the entire experience.


Michael said...

And it was a comic con? Interesting. 51 books! Awesome, Jim. Oh, and I am loving the story about Laylah...

Jim Melvin said...

I was hoping for 75, but 51 ain't bad. And thanks for the great comment about Laylah. Picture Claire Forlani with long blond hair. I loved her in Meet Joe Black.


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