If you've been following my social media, visiting my website, and subscribed to my newsletter, you've probably noticed this is my mantra lately: Meet Me in March.
Well, it's for good reason! For about a decade, I have been an eager attendee of the Lexington Comic & Toy Con. I've enjoyed meeting the celebs they bring in (they do an awesome job at getting big names, by the way); I absolutely LOVE walking around the vendor floor to shop; and their panels are always energetic and fun. Cosplaying has been one of my favorite things to do. I've gone as Vanellope ("Wreck It Ralph"), Leela ("Futurama"), Dana/Zuul, Selina Kyle, Dr. Ellie Sattler, etc. Of course, my loving husband is always a good counterpart to my cosplay. Bless him for tolerating my desires to dress up every year!
This year, however, things are going to be a little different for me. This year, for the first time, I will be making my author debut in Artist's Alley! That's right, I have secured a booth at LexCon, and I am absolutely thrilled!
So thrilled, in fact, that all of my free time seems to be dedicated to preparing for this event. Whether it's researching how many books I should bring, creating some *exclusive* materials, or assembling my own team of volunteers to help me run this booth. I've been living and breathing prep for this Con. And the closer it gets, the more anxious and excited I get! Two sides of the same coin, right?
All that said, I'm going to dedicate the next few weeks of blogging to giving you a little more insight into what I'm selling, why you should stop by my booth, how to buy tickets, LexCon policies, etc.
It's worth noting here that I am NOT being paid by LexCon to advertise or talk about them. I am just a very excited vendor who wants to give you a reason to come meet me in person and experience the Con for yourself!
Now that that's out of the way, let's kick things off with a basic FAQ:
1) What is LexCon?
It is Lexington's largest comic & toy convention. Lexington, KY, that is. Each year, they reportedly have anywhere from 20,000-30,000 attendees! In recent years, they expanded the Con from 3 days to 4, with Thursday being a artist and vendor focused day. If you've never been to a comic con before, I strongly recommend you start here. My husband and I have been to several different Cons in different states and we have found LexCon to be one of the most organized and well-managed that we've ever been to. The staff works so hard to make this enjoyable and it really shows, so I encourage everyone to come!
2) When is LexCon and when will you be there?
It happens every March. This year, it's from Thursday, March 24 through Sunday, March 27. I, myself, will have my booth set up and open for the entirety of the Con. The hours they will be open are listed below:
Thursday, March 24: 6 p.m.-10 p.m.--I will open my booth this day and be open the entire weekend! Please note that no celebs will be here on this day so that the vendors and artists can have a chance to showcase their amazing work to you.
Friday, March 25: 12 p.m.-8 p.m.--Some celebs start to arrive on this day, but not all of them. If you want the chance to beat the crowd and do some shopping, this is definitely a good day to do it! They also have some fun panels on this day, too, to kick off the celeb appearances.
Saturday, March 26: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.--This is by far the busiest day of the Con. All the celebs are usually present on this day. They have panels lined up all day as well as a costume contest in the evening. If you want to see some great cosplay, this is the day to see it.
Sunday, March 27: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.--Most of the celebs will still be here, but their hours are sometimes very limited due to it being the last day. So be sure you get in line early so you catch them before they have to leave! This is also a good day to do that last minute shopping because a lot of vendors don't want to take a bunch of inventory back home with them!
3) Where is LexCon located, and how can I find you?
LexCon is located in the new Central Bank Center in downtown Lex. The parking lot and main entrance to the Con are off of High Street. You'll see a bunch of officers directing traffic. If you end up parking somewhere else, just follow the people in cosplay! There are always a bunch of them walking the sidewalks throughout the day. Please note that you can only enter the con via the High Street entrance.
As for finding me, I'll be at Booth 1105 in Artist's Alley. When you enter the Con, you enter on the 3rd floor where all the vendors are located. According to the vendor map that I've seen, Artist's Alley is smack dab in the middle of all the vendors. If you were to go into the 2nd set of double doors, you should enter right in front of it. My booth is facing the middle aisle and I'm about 5 spaces down from the entrance. I'll have a big banner above my table with my name and logo on it, so you can't miss me!
Be sure you grab a free Con guide when you check in. It has a map of the Con show floor, the list of celebs, and other info that you might want to know while you're there!
4) This sounds like so much fun, and I'd like to meet you! How much are tickets and how can I buy them?
So for all the ticket information you could possibly want, it's best if you go to the LexCon website. You can get a full weekend pass that includes all 4 days (and sometimes some bonus goodies when you get to the Con) or you can buy tickets for each individual day that you want to go.
5) What will you be selling at your booth?
I'm glad you asked! I'll have copies of In the Beginning and False Idols for sale at exclusive Con prices, which are lower than what I sell them for online. I'll also have some exclusive Angel of Death materials for sale that WILL NOT be available online. You can only get these things by visiting my booth at the Con. Plus, I'll have some freebies for you.
I'll go into more detail about what I'm selling at the Con in later blog posts. For now, it's worth noting that ALL books being sold will be signed by me! So, even if you've already got a copy, you can get one that's signed by coming to the Con.
6) Will you be cosplaying this year?
Unfortunately, not. I really, really want to, but, since this is my first Con appearance as an author, I'm a bit more focused on my own, personal, brand than cosplaying. Next year, for sure, though!
I think that's it for now! Next week, I'll go into a little more detail about some of exclusive Angel of Death goodies that I'm bringing to the Con.
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