Went to my first Keycon this past weekend. I had never been, even as a spectator, but always wanted to check it out. It is a bit smaller than conventions that I’ve been to, like C4, but it was a great show. Saturday was the busiest day, while the dismal weather on Sunday probably kept people away (I had heard that in the past Sunday was sometimes busier than Saturday).
As it was a science fiction/fantasy convention, I had gone there with the intention of showcasing my own graphic novel, The Chronicles of Era: Book 1. I was also there to represent myself, as an illustrator, so about a third of the table was dedicated to my other published works with HighWater Press. As it turns out, I had once again underestimated the popularity of particular books from HighWater, in particular, Sgt. Tommy Prince. There was also a fair bit of interest in the newest book, Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story, which only came out a few weeks ago. Both Prince and Betty are stories of people from Manitoba, who had lives that were notable and tragic.
Sunday was unfortunately a very, very slow day. The weather warnings of rain, wind and snow (!) probably kept people indoors and not wanting to venture out. So I whittled my time by prepping sketches on the backs of my Era Thank You cards and chatting with the other vendors and authors in my vicinity. Great people, creative, and we all got a little something from each other while at the convention.
Sketches I did (steampunk and robots (especially steampunk robots) being the most popular). All from my own book, but sometimes from events in future stories:
Just wanted to say thank you to the Keycon staff and volunteers for putting on such a great show. I am limited in which shows I attend, but Keycon is definitely on my list to visit again in the following years!
Also, a big thank you and shout out to my wife, as she had to (more or less) singlehandedly care for a pre-schooler and a toddler for 3 days straight (including bedtime routines). Anyone with kids will hopefully understand the challenges of caring for, redirecting, distracting and entertaining one child, let alone two. Thankfully, the kids were exceptionally well behaved this weekend. Regardless, I owe her big time.