May 25, 2019 was the day of Malone’s Comic Con. The Wilsons rolled up bright and early, I (T.K.) dressed as Firefly character River Tam, though a random elf chick would have also qualified, and Ian dressed as a Browncoat from the same show. The Gymnasium was bustling with vendors, upon being directed to our tables we began setting up.
When we vend, we make it a point to be friendly, courteous, and helpful to our customers, who are often kids on my end of the tables. We have fun, and want our customers to have fun at our table. Kindness and joy brings repeat customers, which is what you want. Because comic cons have a certain… reputation, we make it our task to prove that cons can be fun for the whole family.
After lunch, I decided to walk the floor and see what the other vendors had brought with them. I stopped by multiple tables and took discrete pictures of the goods. We had comic book dealers, toy and collectible sellers, and artists. One of our friends from last year, Michael Andersen or FalseMind Studios had set up his booth across from a dealer of action figures, so I said hello to him and bought some buttons for my friends in Washington state. The next table I stopped to really look at was covered with Lord of the Rings memorabilia, mostly toys and action figures. I stopped to take pictures of one item in particular, the special Gold Label Barbie as Galadriel doll. This special doll was one of only 20,000 in the entire world, I know that sounds like a lot, but Mattel sells about 10.4 million (million with an M) Barbie dolls every year according to a 2014 statistic I found. The year she was made (2004), then, Galadriel Barbies were a small fraction of dolls sold by Mattel. I had never even seen one “in the wild” before, so I had to get her photo. A very lucky person, not me *le sigh*, walked out with her when the con ended.
The main takeaways this time was a simple thing: Kindness never hurts. Though the con was very sparsely populated, kindness brought people to visit us and buy from us. I look forward to our next con (Upstate Comic Con in Massena, NY) and coming to Malone again next year!
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