Comic Non-Sans: Un-Planning a Con Appearance

This time next week I’m going to be relaxing in my own private suite on the fifth floor of the local regional medical centre post-surgery.  And by “relaxing” I mean “abusing the morphine drip while I try to wig out the nurses with my Japanese DS games.”  I’m using the magic of the internet to queue up some columns in advance, but which ones and when are going to be a bit up in the air.  Once I’m sent home I’ll be back on a regular schedule because, let’s face it, I’m house-bound for six weeks and all I’ll be doing is reading webcomics and watching DVDs.

On-topic, though, this has presented some major difficulties, and I’m not talking about queuing up comics for my absence or trying to figure out how I’m going to draw a straight line while hopped up on Percocet.  The trouble is, November is the beginning of con season for me, and also includes one of my more lucrative Artist Alley appearances.  However, when I realized how close to surgery this con was — and that my choices were either prep for the con and do myself over health-wise or prep for surgery and have a rubbish table setup — I knew I had to cancel.  I’d already cancelled this month’s other convention for a variety of reasons, but this one was a bit of a punch in the gut as I’ve been going since 2000 without fail.

One thing I’m learning the hard way in the midst of all this is that, to be honest, un-planning a con is almost as much of a bugger as planning one.  Trying to get the AA kids alerted as to your absence, for a start.  They tend to lock things down a lot sooner, and while they’re as attentive as they can be, it’s easy for an e-mail to get lost in the shuffle that close to time.  And the fact of the matter is, not every convention offers refunds for AA tables or registration, and yes, con procedure will take precedence over “The only reason I’m not going is because I am going in for major surgery and will be lucky to be mobile at that point.”  It is unfortunate, but it is also likely not an issue they encounter much.

This is also one of those situations where, if you’re not a headliner guest, you really just need to pray to God that your readers read your rants.  I’ve done my best to keep mine abreast of my situation, but I did get my share of “Where’s Kara this weekend?” e-mails.  In retrospect, I’m sure there are bigger and flashier ways I could have let everyone know on the site proper, but hindsight and all that.

In any event, good luck and good fortune to those still making the beginnings of con season.  And I suppose you’ll know this time next week if I managed to get ahead of myself or if I just let the painkillers take over.

Posted on November 8, 2011 at 01:00 by Kara Dennison · Permalink
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