All the Smiling Faces – Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh ~ Megan Derr: Outside the Margins

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Megan-Derr-OtMAll the Smiling Faces – Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh

So March 13-15 Less Than Three Press attended Wizard World Comic Con in Raleigh. We’ve always stuck to book conventions, anime cons, that kind of thing. Where it’s all our industry or we have a heavy overlap with the yaoi crowd. This had a small overlap, but mostly it was a totally different world from how we usually roll.

And it was definitely a lot of fun, even discounting the fact I got to go see Tyler Hoechlin and Samantha got David Tennant’s autograph, which were definite bonuses :3

The most heartening thing was actually how happy people were to see us – a press that specialized in LGBTQ books. Even people who had no interest in reading still often said ‘that’s really cool’ and similar such things. A few people looked so damned happy they couldn’t really manage to say much at all.

And that is definitely why we do what we do. It’s easy to constantly focus on negatives, to feel like you’re drowning, or slogging through quicksand. That nothing will ever change and the negativity and loneliness will stretch on forever.

But this is very much not the case. The south has a bad reputation, and one not entirely unearned, but it’s important to remember that the media likes to make things out to be way, way worse than they in fact are. This con was a brilliant example of that, where the ‘worst’ reaction we got to our table was young boys hastily setting books down before grinning sheepishly and moving on. Where just as many people said ‘omg cool’ and bought a book. One woman had never read LGBTQ books in her life, but was willing to try and bought a historical without even reading the blurb. There was never a single negative reaction, not a single nasty word was said. Everyone thought it was cool we were there, and existed, even if we weren’t their thing.

That was a definite highlight, alongside talking to writers, aspiring writers, artists, reviewers, and so on, which is always my favorite part of working the table at conventions. Sales are great, but it’s the people that always make these events for us.

And WW itself was always wonderful and welcoming. We’re going to be busy with other cons next year, but I would not be at all sad to go to WWCC again sometime.

And some shoutouts to some cool peeps were encountered there:

Stronge Designs were our neighbors, they were really chill and a lot of fun. I traded the woman working the table a copy of Engineered Throne for an awesome drawing of a cat. They’ve got awesome stuff, I will probably lose money to them in the future :3

Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co. kept us in soda the whole con. Because we were vendors, we got free refills the whole weekend, which was really really awesome of them. I can’t usually drink a lot of soda at once, but this stuff kept vanishing. My fav was the Sarsaparilla, Samantha and Sasha kept molesting the Birch Beer.

Meg Daunting – We chatted with some awesome authors, it all started because of Sterek :3 And they led us to Meg, who does truly awesome artwork and you will probably see it on LT3 in the future 😉

And I even managed not to spend too much money. I bought the sodas, three Pop! Funko dolls, and a keyblade charm. All in all, an awesome weekend ^__^ And it was nice to be so close to home, and not have to deal with airports and such for once.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope everyone is having a lovely week!


~ Megan Derr

About Megan Derr

Megan is a long time resident of LGBTQ fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she’s not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her cats, or watch movies. She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all over the internet.

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3 thoughts on “All the Smiling Faces – Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh ~ Megan Derr: Outside the Margins

  1. How cool is that! Thanks for sharing this, you probably gave some other peeps some ideas about cons to attend.

    Welcome to PBA and yay for your first OtM. 😀

  2. Sounds like you had a great time at the con. I haven’t heard of these vendors/graphic designers (?) so they’re something to check out. Thanks for sharing =)

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