On November 18th, I stepped behind the table as a dealer for the first time in over 4 years. The site of my return was the Daytona Beach Comic and Toy Show.
The show took place at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Daytona Beach, Florida. The dealers were all located in one small ballroom with a second room set aside for creators from AC Comics, a local publisher known for their Femforce title, who were celebrating their 30th Anniversary in comics.
It was a very comic-centric show with plenty of collectibles as well. According to a post to their Facebook page, attendance was a scant 160 people, down from 250 for a previous show. They suggest the weather may have been a factor and that is definitely a possibility (it was a cold and windy day), but it is worth noting that a celebration at Coliseum of Comics featuring George Perez in Sanford the day before might have supplied some people with their comic fix for the weekend, plus a new convention, Geek Fest Florida, was also taking place in Boca Raton the same day.
It was an enjoyable show for me and my family who attended with me. Another dealer bought the entire box of action figures I brought with me within the first 5 minutes of the show, and another guy purchased a bunch of trading card sets as well. After that, it was a slow climb the rest of the day with $1 to $3 comics. I made my last sale around 2:20, however, and the show was dead after that. We packed up and left around 4:30.
I did not take any photos at the show; instead, I focused on putting together my first ever Convention Scene video. Check it out below; at least watch the first 10 seconds to catch the snazzy video intro.
Convention Scene Returns to the Dealers Circuit for the Daytona Beach Comic and Toy Show This Weekend
After nearly five years away from participating in a show as a dealer (as opposed to an exhibitor), Convention Scene owner Brian Pate will be appearing at the first of several upcoming shows with the Daytona Beach Comic and Toy Show XI.
Set for this Sunday, November 18th, from 10 AM to 5 PM, this show at the Holiday Inn & Suites will feature a 30th anniversary celebration of AC Comics, with many past and present creators in attendance including Bill Black and Rebekah Black, Mark Dail, Jordi Ensign, John Nadeau, Brad Gorby, Eric Coile, John Gotschall, Bill Marimon and Chris Casteel (aka Satan the Gorilla). Admission and parking are both free.
Convention Scene will have a hodgepodge of comics, action figures, trading cards at the show as well as art prints and movie press kits. Come out and say hi!