Posted on Aug 15, 2014 | Comments (1)
This past weekend Casey and I headed up to Boston Comic Con for the first leg of our New England tour. It was the furthest North we have toured the book and we were excited and a little nervous to promote The Shadow of the Gauntlet in a new city!
In the end any nerves we had were unwarranted.
Boston had A LOT of love for The Shadow of the Gauntlet!!! We had our best show yet, selling 88 books over the three days.
Bostonians YOU ARE AWESOME! We met so many wonderful people that were willing to check out the book and were happy to meet the author. Boston parents were an incredible group, who happily purchased the book for their children (you would be surprised that this in not always the case). People were genuinely nice, and even if they did not purchase the book were full of congratulations for Casey.
Location, Location, Location:
Table/booth location can be hit or miss the first time you do a show. We have experienced both ends of the coin over the past year. In Boston, our location was fantastic. Traffic was never too hectic or crowed and Casey was able to engage the guests/customers. The table was in the isle adjacent to the photo-op area. When people were done meeting Sean Astin, Jewel Staite, John Barrowman & Jason Momoa, they were funneled into our isle. This also meant that the celebrities passed the booth at least twice a day. In fact, Casey was able to shake Sean Astin’s hand!
At each show we have been fortunate to have great table neighbors. At Boston we were next to comic book artist Joe St. Pierre. Joe has an extensive collection of covers, inking and penciling credits and has worked for Marvel and Valiant comics (to name a few). Joe is currently working to promote his online comic The New Zodiax. You should check it out!
Unfortunately, we did not have a ton of time to explore the city, but did check out a couple of local restaurants. Rosa Mexicano was a favorite. It is a chain, but it was close and we were tired after each day of book peddling. The guacamole, empanadas, sangria and margaritas were amazing! Whiskey Priest was a great bar, right near the convention and as you would guess their whiskey list was extensive. They also have a ton of local and micro-brews on tap and some great appetizers. On our last night in town we wanted to try some seafood. We heard from a bartender that The Barking Crab was the place to go for lobster and crab legs. She was right! It was such a great meal in a laid back, relaxing atmosphere and it is defenitly a place we will check out again.
If you are in the area of the Boston harbor, be on the look out for some street art that may have popped up! If you find any take a photo and share it on social media #SOTGstreetart !
Today we head to Bridgeport, for Connecticut Comiconn, for Part Two of our New England Tour.
The show is Friday, August 15th- Sunday, August 17th. The Shadow of the Gauntlet will be for sale at booth #526. For more information on the show visit www.comiconn.com.