So here’s a thing. Last night, the AA head at Sukoshicon LAW, DJ, went around and told people the Alley would close at 9. I broke down my table, putting away valuables, but Dylan had the proof copy of 7” Kara (my demo book and personal copy), and just left it on my tabletop.
We packed up and chatted with other artists until 8:55, and left around 9. The alley was pretty empty, and many other artists had also left. When I returned this morning, my copy was missing. The Artist Alley at Sukoshicon LAW has been advertised to artists as being a locked room after closing, so the book shouldn’t have ‘walked’. When I brought up the theft to DJ, she wasn’t very concerned and merely apologized for not telling me they’d decided to keep the alley open until 10.
In general, Sukoshicon LAW was a terrible con to sell at, and I sold zero copies of 7” Kara, so to have a copy stolen, especially a sentimental copy like my proof, is really frustrating. I am sure anyone who would steal a self published kid’s comic off the artist’s tabletop isn’t someone who would follow this Tumblr, but since I’m so dissatisfied with both the con itself and the staff’s reaction, I thought I’d share the experience here.
If you are reading this, and you did ‘borrow’ it, please contact me. I’d really like to have it back. I purchase my copies off CreateSpace at $10 plus shipping per book, and only sell the basic book for $15, which isn’t much profit considering the time spent painting the pages. The proof was my first copy, the first chance I held a perfect bound book that was all my own work, and is priceless to me.
I know I wandered back into the AA a little after 10 and was disappointed to see it was still open even tho all the artist had closed shop. We rely on cons keeping their word about closing and locking the doors when they say.