This last weekend I headed north and went to the Granite State Comicon.
As I have stated in the past, this is usually a much calmer convention for me than the Boston Con. It is smaller. There are fewer creators and usually only a couple that I really want to meet. Usually, this is the con I go to actually (gasp) thumb through and buy comics.
So the youngest Supergirl and I went on Saturday.
There were only 2 artists I thought might be good to grab commissions from. Unfortunately, both priced themselves out for me. More and more I am seeing artists, regardless of stature or presence in the market, charge around $300 for a sketch. And more and more I am seeing creators charge for signatures on issues (some even charge more for autographs on specific issues).
With the commission quest put to the side, I instead looked for comics and stuff.
One of the best finds was an official Lego Supergirl figure. That meant I didn't need to buy a whole Lego set to get it.
She sports a nice Matrix version of the costume and some long, more classic hair. It also has a nice fabric cape.
If you are a fan of the Loeb/Kelly version of the character or the early New52 character, you can turn the face around into the red eyed scowling Supergirl as well.
The Lego figure now lives in the 'full shirt/red skirt' section of the collection.
Outside of that purchase, all I got for me was a bunch of great comics from $1 boxes. Lots of early Marvel Team-Ups, some Marvel Chillers, a great Wonder Woman Annual, the Flash issue where Iris is killed, and some old school Justice League of America including #132 - a Conway/Dillin issue guest starring Supergirl. Boy, I love Dick Dillin's art and he does a great Kara.
I also had the self-control not to drop silly money on this Dana Sterling doll. Although I did pick it up longingly every time I walked by that booth.
So I am going to call this con a success even though I left without commissions. I spent the day with a supergirl and bought comics. Happy!