Bill and Peggy Wu photo by Ken Estes
It was another whirlwind of a Comic Con this year! As usual, Bill and I loaded up the rented cargo van on Monday and headed down to San Diego for the 41st convention. This was my 5th Comic Con as a vendor (Bill’s SCBB*) but mind you Bill has been a vendor/attendee for over 30 years. A true veteran! Trust me, he’s seen it all.
Dan and Amy (no Nate this year, whaa) helped us unload the van onto pallets which were shrink wrapped and fork lifted to our booth. After hours of setting up poster displays, shelves and alphabetizing many many books, we were open for business for Wednesday’s busy preview night.
Bill and I were up bright and early the next 4 days to greet our numerous friends and customers. Comic Con is famous for their attendees wearing fabulous costumes. Except for a few signings, we almost never left the booth, but plenty of great costumes came our way, including those belonging to our neighboring booths, Things From Another World and Girls Drawin Girls. There are sites out there with a lot more costume photos than ours, but click here to see all our Comic Con photos. Especially if you dropped by to see us!
We had the pleasure of not only seeing James Owen but meeting more members of his wonderful family this year. John King Tarpinian brought Ray Bradbury by our booth for a precious few minutes with Sam Weller, who quickly signed a book for Bill. (To see a brief video of Ray at our booth click here! Ray Bradbury visits WilliamWuBooks.com booth Comic Con 2010).
We saw so many friends but some we got photos of are The Ring Sisters, Scott Brick, Robert K. Wiener, President of Donald M. Grant Publishers, Ken & Mitch, Terry & Betty, David & Colleen, James Owen (and his hilarious brother Jeremy), Pat Murphy, Connor, Richard & Ingrid (The Mystery Bookstore), and so many that we didn’t get pictures of, but we love you all!
One thing to note in our booth… those Star Wars posters you see displayed? All originals. All for sale. Most belong to Craig Miller (Wolfmill Entertainment) who used to do marketing for Lucas Films back in the day, and he kept them in pristine condition. Click here and check them out! Another note, I am constantly amazed by not only Bill’s in-depth knowledge of books, but his genuine, old fashioned customer service. Bill cares about helping people find what they want… an art form that is hard to find in this modern age.
The 5 days of Comic Con flew by in a colorful blur. Dude… it’s like Vegas, can’t see outside, can’t tell what time or day it is, but finally Sunday evening rolled around bringing with it Dan & Amy with our empty tubs. So it was time to break everything down, load up the pallets, for me to join the massive truck line with the van, and wait until they could fork lift our stuff to the loading dock. It was almost midnight before the four of us could grab a tasty pizza together in downtown San Diego. We were all so tired and hungry, it was the best pizza ever.
We slept quickly and Monday morning headed back to Los Angeles to, again, unload the van, turn it in by 3 pm and get our completely exhausted selves home. It’s sure a lot of work, but we wouldn’t miss it for the world. Already looking forward to next year…!
Until our next comic adventure…
Just for fun, we shot a few brief videos. If you’ve never been to a Comic Con, or it’s been a few years, these will give you an idea of what they’re like these days!
-Comic Con walkabout ending at WilliamWuBooks.com booth
-Doors open! Friday & Saturday openings…
-Bill with customers at WilliamWuBooks.com booth
-Colleen's mouse show
*Peggy Wu… Bill’s senior citizen booth babe…