With our display up and our stuff out, Friday was a late start and started off slow. A friend walked by before opening and bought a set of Zelda coasters to what would be a great weekend as our largest event thus far. Even had some Celebrity visits that was icing on the cake.
Having a little time to sleep after being up for what is essentially 4 days, I was still a bit tired, but excited. I tried to practice my pitch line that Brendan wrote for me, but I kept failing at it because it’s his personal and his pitch line. I made my own up that was more fluid that got people interested in the process instead of a made up, fantasy lore story about robots and bards (even though it’s cool).
I had a goal for the day was to break away and meet Brent Spiner who played as Data from Star Trek. He was the very first cosplay character that I portrayed when I was 8 years old so it meant a lot for me to finally meet him in person. I ended up giving him one of our large 2 feet long startrek cutting boards and he gave me a signed photo! I got to talk to him for a good 10 mins or so, but the best part was that on Sunday, he stopped to just to specifically see us and our other work. I got to talk to Brent Spiner for about 15 mins talking about wood. Highlight of the weekend.
Also at the same time on Saturday, I stopped by to see Mike Sinterniklaas from Team Venture Bros. I’ve worked with him before from Animazement and other Con days when I volunteered, so he knew me already by name. I gave him a Tetris cutting board and a challenge. I made him play with a small wooden puzzle that I made last year to play with. He spent a good 20 mins while he was trying to talk to other fans and it was hilarious watching him struggle.
Everyone once in a while, he would put it down to talk to another fan, sign a photo, engage for a second and in that time of 30 to 60 seconds, I would either solve or unsolve the puzzle. It made him mad. I would repeat that like 10 times right in front of him, but he gave up. He ended up signing the middle piece as a good measure.
All in all, we both had a great time at the con despite the high cost to attend as a vendor and it was financially a great weekend for us as our first year of being a small craft business. Hopefully we can do many more of these, have fun and make more cool things!