But fortunately enough, we made it in time for the Jim Lee signing line for the bracelets. After that we killed some time walking around and getting some comics and mangas. We spoke to some indie creators and vendors. Then I went to the Aspen booth to get Peter Steigerwald’s autograph. I couldn’t talk with him unfortunately because, and I am dead serious here, there was a guy that was in front of me that he was already signing for, that had what seemed to be over 1,000 trading cards. And he was signing each one. One by one. The poor guy looked tired, and the dude in front of me had this condescending look on his face like “yeah, you BETTER sign them all!” After a small while, Steigerwald just glances up and sees me standing there with just a solitary “Soulfire: The Definitive Edition” volume 1 in my hands (a birthday gift from my girlfriend, actually, one of the best birthday presents I've ever had), and he asks the guy if he didn’t mind if he quickly signed my trade. He just looked at me and scoffed in a “whatever” kind of way, got my trade signed, and I was out of there.
I hear that last year was weak compared to the previous two years. But to me, it was a rush. It was almost like coming home. Returning to my roots, this being only the second time I had gone to New York since I moved to PR as a teenager. To that first love of. Of doing what you only talked about with fellow fans and friends, meeting the writer and artists that entertained and influenced you so. There was a common theme, almost a mantra throughout this con. “Never give up”.
If there is something I can say I took from this experience is to never give up. Who knows? There are many stories about creators who attended as fans one year came back the following year as a professional. So, if you read this far into the blog, I say to you, and I say to myself as well, don’t give up, if this is your passion, your goal, your dream, don’t give up.