I also saw some characters that really stood out because they were unique. Raven from Teen Titans, Abbie from NCIS, and an elaborate cardboard Alphonse from FMA were a few that I recognized. My friend pointed out Kaylee from Firefly/Serenity, which I completely spaced on. We also saw a Winnie from FMA which I also did not get right away. On the last day, I went as Zoe from Firefly/Serenity, but I think I could have been mistaken for someone from Star Wars. You be the judge!
I got to introduce the Amarys and Indigo books, as well as my writing services, to a few hundred people and that was awesome! I almost ran out of promotional postcards because I grossly underestimated the size of the crowds, but switched to giving away the Amarys and Indigo stickers and that worked just as well. The main lesson I learned from this is to get stickers printed with contact info on them.
The best part of the weekend was meeting new people and catching up with an old friend. It was great to see several other people of color producing their own independent comics, graphic novels, children’s books and even movies! I also met a guy who makes great costumes and another guy who makes authentic steampunk accessories. I was also stoked to find out that there is a sci-fi club on Oahu, so of course I joined! I’m looking forward to participating in their upcoming activities.
Other highlights of the three days included getting the autograph of the voice actor who portrayed Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, and buying some great handmade pieces from other vendors including a couple of indie books and comics, a steampunk pendant and a fantastic artist-made corset.