This past weekend I attended Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience. I had such an amazing time. The main reason why I was there was to obviously run my booth and sell items; however I was also super excited to be able to meet Norman Reedus. I am a huge Walking Dead fan, especially a Daryl Dixon fan. My family and I was set to meet him and get our picture taken with him. To our dismay he cancelled on Wednesday, which crushed my dreams of getting to meet him (at least for now). This meant that I was just going to sit at my booth all weekend and people watch, which is the next best thing.
How the weekend progressed
From experience from the last Salt Lake Comic Con (SLCC) and from my daughters attending every event, we didn’t expect Thursday to be that great of a day for sales. To our great surprise we doubled our sales from SLCC 15’s Thursday. As the weekend progressed our sales started to increase. This was really shocking to us considering FanX is so much smaller than SLCC and I made about a third more than I did at SLCC. I was so excited with how well I did and with how much traffic I received. What was even more amazing and really made my weekend is when people who purchased items at SLCC stopped by to look at the new items I had. I even had a guy I crocheted a custom Minion beanie with ear flaps come back by and order another one made from wool.
The first SLCC I attended, not many people wanted to custom order products, but this time I got more custom orders. There was also a guy who stopped by asking if I would be able to knit chain mail for him for the Shakespearean Festival. He had all the supplies and patterns, he just needed someone to knit it for him. Since I don’t knit I told him I would take a look at it and do some research. I found crocheted chain mail patterns, but it wouldn’t work for him. I may not have been able to help him on this project, but he knows who I am now and may come to me for other projects.
Another custom order I received at FanX was a Daredevil beanie, he even was cosplaying as Daredevil at FanX. I realized this was going to be an easy beanie to crochet, just a red beanie with horns on it. But what kind of red was I going to use. Upon closer research of Daredevil I realized that the comic book character’s suit was a brighter red than the Netflix series’s Daredevil’s suit, which is a darker red, almost a maroon. I figured the guy who ordered the beanie wanted the Netflix Daredevil, but I just had to make sure, he did want the Netflix Daredevil.
Cosplays at FanX
Not only was I successful in selling my product, but I got to see a lot of cool people walking past my booth. First off I saw one of my customers from Salt Lake Comic Con walk by while wearing my product. It is such a great feeling seeing my customers wearing the items they purchase, especially 6 months later! I was also able to see customers trying on the crocheted beanies before they purchased them and one of my customers let me snap a picture. *which is posted below*
I also saw an attendee cosplaying as a female Dreed. That is one of the things that I find amazing about Comic Con, is that people feel comfortable being themselves and dressing up any way they fill like. If a woman wants to cosplay as Rick from walking dead or if a man wants to cosplay as Princess Leia, no one is going to stop them and they will probably be very popular at the event.
I saw a couple of guys cosplaying as Mike Meyers from Halloween and Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th. Another great part of Comic Con is that no matter what your cosplay looks like, people still respect the fact that you tried to make a costume. These two costumes did not look like they were purchased, they were made and they were original.
Probably the cutest cosplay I saw was of River Song from Doctor Who. It was the cutest little girl cosplaying as River Song. At first when I saw her I thought she was a little cabbage patch doll, but once her mom handed her her sonic screwdriver I realized who she was!
Another thing I saw, although it was not a cosplay, was a tattoo of the Hogwarts Castle from Harry Potter. I saw this and I knew I had to take a picture of it to show to my daughter, because she is the biggest Harry Potter fan I know.
To purchase any of these items go to my Etsy site or click on the photos above.