Going to a comic con has been a refreshing experience for me. It's been a while since I've been surrounded by such a litany of weirdos, all interesting and fun in their own unique ways.
For example, our table was just down the aisle from a dude who was selling models of fried eggs. I have no idea why, but this was his thing and apparently people liked it enough to stop by the table and actually buy them, and that's really special to me.
Going to help a vendor, rather than as just a patron, was also a nice shift in perspective. It's one thing to walk around looking at cool costumes or to find some sweet merch to buy, but it's quite another to watch people look over items that you're offering and see their eyes light up as they spot something they really appreciate. There's magic in those little moments where something you've done touches someone's life. It reminded me why I love the hobbies that I do.
My brother's trying to figure out how he can go to some more conventions this year. I don't think I can afford the time off work yet, but hopefully next year I'll be able to find time to accompany him again, and maybe by then I'll have some stuff that's worth showing off myself. Maybe I'll inspire the same joy in people that I saw his work inspire.
And if not, that's alright too. If I'm lucky I'll still get to harass some famous animators or something.
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