Things have been absolutely crazy around here lately, and will be crazy for the rest of September unfortunately. Reading Scoop‘s recap of TerrifiCon made me realize that I had not posted about the convention myself. I missed last year, but I did go this year, and it was fantastic! The big change is that on May 30th, Mohegan Sun opened their new Earth Expo & Convention Center, and TerrifiCon was moved from the Uncas Ballroom to the new space.
Once again, my wife Jennifer and I volunteered to help man their Artists Lounge. We were happy to be able to support our local convention, and I was able to spend some time speaking with Chad Burdette. Long-time readers of the Mercheum blog may recall that Mr. Burdette interviewed me for his newspaper blog, The Comics Multiverse, back in 2016. Is it really that long ago already? Where does the time go?
Long-time readers of the Mercheum Blog will remember that last year, part of the permanent collection was on display for the convention. This year they had an excellent display of Star Wars toys, so I decided to assist the convention in a different way. My wife Jennifer and I volunteered to help man their Artists Lounge:
Despite fits of rain and thunderstorms, it is possible that a record number of people attended this year.
We were very happy to be able to support our local convention, and hope to be able to contribute again next year in some way.
I really enjoy going on vacation. Who doesn’t? But I find that it is taking me longer and longer to “get back into the swing of things” after going away for even a short trip. I am finally catching up from my trip to TerrifiCon, and hope to resume posting exhibits shortly.
On my way to Mohegan Sun, I stopped at the PEZ Visitor Center in Orange, Connecticut. I knew PEZ had made a Casper head with two or more different colors of die-cut stems, and was hoping to see one in person. I found one very quickly in the history display near the front door:
On Sunday, April 3rd, I attended the Albany Toy Show. I was surprised at how many of the comic book show dealers were in attendance. While I don’t mind, I was a little upset because I did not bring my want list. I did find a very nice Casper item that I will feature once I figure out how to photograph it.
Sorry for not posting last week, but I was at Connecticut Comicon! My philosophy as of late has been to try to attend different conventions as much as possible, but I may make an exception for this convention.
The other exciting news is that right before I left for Connecticut, I received a new lighting kit with softboxes for my exhibit photography. Hopefully this will prevent a repeat of the mess I wrote about here.
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend New York Comic Con on Thursday. It is impossible to describe how large this show is. I came back very tired, but with a backpack full of comic books from Victory Comics to show for my efforts. No new merchandise for the Harvey Mercheum I am afraid, but I did get to speak with Steve Savino again, and I got to meet Jordan Hembrough!
While I had a great time at New York Comic Con, I will probably not return next year, as there are other conventions I wish to attend. Maybe the year after…