This year's Con Kasterborous was a mix of the familiar and a lot of firsts for us here at Contented Comfort. Chris and I saw a lot of familiar faces during set up the Friday night before and all throughout the weekend for me, and Sunday for him. Of course, everything was brand new for Allie since this was her very first year attending anything but set up.
For those who do not know, Allie came on as my apprentice back in December. She's a bit young, true, but she has a real passion for the types of fandoms we make items for, at least those she's allowed to watch or read. And she has both an artistic eye and a nose for perfumery. So she has been studying different aspects of the business around her school schedule for the past seven months.
Chris and I were at Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo this past weekend. It's a family friendly, general interest convention in our local area, and it's a great new but growing show.
The expo was in its second year, and it was more or less twice the size this year. The venue was the local civic center's north hall, which is where the local Cumulus stations would hold their Bridal Fair (T) most years. It's a BIG room, and it was packed with venders, stars, and convention goers all weekend.
As always, Con Kasterborous was a great experience. There were a few small hiccups, which is to be expected with any convention, particularly with a new venue. Most notably, the hotel double booked conventions without considering if they had enough parking to accommodate the crowds. But, there is ample parking nearby, so it wasn't a big deal.
We got to be close to the main room and artist alley again this year, which was a boon. During the convention, I don't get many opportunities to step away from the booth. So I love being able to walk by the artists' booths and hear the reactions of the crowd in the main room.
Saturday, March 19 marked the first Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo. Chris and I attended as venders. It was run well, and the turnout was amazing, especially for a first year event.
It was a beautiful day. It was bright and sunny and warm without being scorching, as it can easily become here in North Alabama. They had a slew of food trucks available just outside, and the smell of them cooking wafted into the convention space all day.
Chris and I tried shooting a simple vlog during the event. It was our first convention since we began vlogging, so please forgive the rookie mistakes. We're learning.