The last two years have shifted a bunch of things, obviously. On a personal level, I’m not sure if I’ll go back to the convention schedule I had before the ‘Rona.
On the one hand, I like traveling. They are an excuse to go places. I like meeting people that follow my work online. For a somewhat solitary job like this that helps remind me that there are actual human beings on the other end of the computer screen. I have friends that sometimes travel with me or that I meet at certain cons and that’s always a fun time.
On the other hand, big time shows are a hassle and headache. They remind me of airports. People are shuffled through a hamster maze of barriers then moved through security like cattle. A well-run small to mid-sized show is the best. They’re profitable and they breathe. You can chat, take a break and meander, and sometimes there’s even a place for artists to grab a sandwich.
Maybe the things is I’m now just used to being at home. Cons from a business perspective were a little extra cash and early on a means of trying to meet editors and “network.” Networking was always hit or miss and at this point I’m not really looking to meet editors. I’m looking to meet my audience.
I’ll still do shows when they come back, which they are a bit. But the old schedule of traveling every month here and there I’ll leave to other people.2