The only thing that separates Geek Outlaw, Mamma Jedi and Hot Nerd Girl from the geeky masses is a $40 plastic Costco table.
Much like there are two sides to every story, there are also two sides to every comic-con. For my example, I’m being quite literal in that there is the view in front of the exhibitor booth and the view behind it.
If you have read the posts – don’t be embarrassed to admit it, even my parents are – on my past adventures behind the booth at the LA Sci-Fi Con and the Long Beach Comic Expo, then you know that the being stationary at a comic convention is nothing new for the Outlaw.
“There is no Marvel, only DC.” The Southland Ghostbusters stocking up on comics… err, research materials for their next job.
Still, there is something inevitably enthralling about fellow geeks wandering up to your booth to view what you are offering to the nerd world versus being the lookie-loo on the opposite side of the display. To be fair, the Outlaw’s wardrobe already garners enough morbid curiosity that causes con-goers to scratch their collective heads and approach me to ask me if I need a referral to a good neurologist. The nice thing about having a booth is that now those in attendance don’t have to chase me down to inquire.
The 2014 Long Beach Comic-Con not only marked the third time NBFF Hot Nerd Girl and I have cordoned off some floor space to promote our writing abilities (or in my case the lack there of), but it also represented the largest of the bunch thus far. Of course, us writer folk can’t survive on just our words alone, so I definitely made sure to have some extra special swag made up for those looking for some tangible goodies beyond free stickers.
For the low low price of as much as you can afford, one of these custom Geek Outlaw flasks can be yours too! (No, really. Email me at GeekOutlaw@Outlook.com if you’d like to purchase one or four.)
Another task one must be up to when working events such as these is being able to repeat your story to hundreds of inquisitive attendees over and over and over… and over again. Luckily, I thoroughly enjoy meeting new prospective Outlaws, especially when they have a genuine interest in picking up something new (aka: reading about me ripping on myself.) It’s the kind of odd indulgence that keeps the doctor referrals rolling in. On the subject of odd endeavors, the highlight of the entire weekend may have been when I crashed a geek wedding proposal live on the convention floor. Obviously my emotions got the best of me as i was inexplicably compelled to join the couples warm embrace (video footage coming soon – hopefully!)
In addition to the new readers, it also brings me great pleasure to continue seeing the close knit convention family that Tracy and I have come to know and love over the past several years of attending weekend geek bashes such as LBCC. This year, Hot Nerd Girl organized a small gathering of like-minded nerds (like-minded in that they like to drink) at the local Irish pub within walking distance of the main event.
The before and after we destroy our livers photo. Can you tell which is which?
And if it wasn’t already apparent, here is the after after photo.
After all was said and done, the 2014 Long Beach Comic-Con proved to be another successful foray into the world behind the booth. Even if I manage to retain only one of the new Geek Outlaw registrations that signed up over the two-day show, it’s well worth the trip. Now, if I can just figure out which one of these email addresses is real…
THE CREATIVE TYPES
Outlaw artist mainstay Mike Hicks gifting Hot Nerd Girl and myself with his color limited edition single-line versions of Dancing Groot and Venom.
A ton of Spider-Man hate all in one seamless line.