What a strange month April was. First off, for those who don't know,
I've been working at Big Apple
Conventions as the Director of Operations. It was something I did
in my spare time and it was a lot of fun. Then Gareb Shamus (owner of
Wizard Magazine and Wizard World
Conventions) acquired Big Apple. I wasn't so much out of a job,
because Wizard was only going to be running the Fall convention of Big
Apple. All the other Big Apple shows, Mike Carbonaro and I would still
I went to a meeting with Wizard to give them some ideas of things that
we always wanted to do with Big Apple, but could never afford... and
then they offered me a job. A FOR REAL job. Like a Monday to Friday,
9-5 job. I haven't had one of those in over 10 years! Well, it took
a lot of negotiations, and I finally agreed to give up my freewheeling
lifestyle to become the Convention Coordinator for Wizard World! I would
be the guy running Wizard World Philly, Chicago Comic Con, and the newly
re-designed Big Apple Convention. Wow.
on a Wednesday and mentioned that this weekend was Chiller Theatre show.
I asked if they had a rep going there who would talk to the vendors,
hand out fliers to the attendees, and invite some new Media guests.
Apparently, they had no one. So they asked if I wanted to do it. Really?
Have Wizard pay me to go to a convention and schmooze? Hells yeah!!
after the fact that it was almost 9 years ago to the day that I attended
my first Chiller Theatre and was roped into working there as a Volunteer.
Over the years I've worked all sorts of jobs (for free) at various conventions.
From checking wristbands, to working security, to working at registration.
And now, a mere 9 years from that first humble experience as a volunteer,
I'm now the Convention Coordinator for three of the biggest Conventions
on the East Coast.
off, here's a pic of how my dog sleeps. She burrows under a blanket,
and for some reason has one part of her body sticking out. This time
it's her nose. Other times it's her leg or tail.
Anthony relaxing at the bar.
main dance floor!
a new friend in a room party!
skin? Before Labor Day? Faux Pa.
have a lot of time to set it up, but I was able to turn 2 Big Apple
tables into a Big Apple table and a Wizard World table. At the table
we gave out magazines, comics, and we had hourly raffles to give away
all sorts of toys, and at the end of the day, a giant statue!
shows off the new Wizard Magazine.
having some fun handing out some freebies.
Mai stopped by for a free copy of Wizard.
then rubbed up on Joaquin.
himself a morning boost.
you have any questions, E-Mail me. Spat@spat-nospam-cave.com