It's always nice to do a show in my hometown. I can sleep in my own bed, show off my city to new people, and I know where the best parking and food is. So I always like doing Wizard World Cleveland.
It's also nice being able to see friends I only see there, people I went to school with and used to work with. (I'm looking at you George and Dave.)
I didn't do any panels this time, so I managed to log the whole show at my table, which was nice. My brain kicked into overdrive about my new Kickst… wait, I can't talk about that yet. Never mind. Anyway, it's sometimes boring behind the table. But boring is where your brain starts to think of new things. These days, it's so easy to program your entire day with content on your phone (and don't think I'm not mainlining The Adventure Zone right now) that we forget the value of letting our brain rev for a few cycles.
I even wrote a couple scenes of something else I can't talk about, too.
Sales were decent, and I picked up more stuff at the show than I do at others because I could just toss it in the car. And, for the third time this post, I can't say what, because they're gifts for people. I was disappointed there was no Captain America shield for sale at this show. I want one because who knows when Hydra will attack, and I'd rather not have to try to fit it in a suitcase. And I don't think I can just strap it on my back and get on a plane. Can I?
After the show ended, I actually headed to the Jack Casino where the Wonder Woman slot machine was very kind to me. The blackjack tables less so, but still fun.
And before the show, at the advice of my friend Dee, I went to the Cleveland Public Library and saw the Superman exhibit they have there, which was very nice.
It's one of those truisms of life that we don't take advantage of the things nearest to us. Cleveland has a lot of awesome stuff, and I mostly only see it when someone's in from out of town. So it was great to have the opportunity to experience a little more of the city.