During the relative calm that was Friday, we were able to casually peruse the convention show floor, taking in the splendor of the show…as well as finding only about a thousand things we wanted to buy. Comikaze’s vendors are on point this year, displaying a level of creativity that left my mouth agape and my wallet quietly sobbing. Usually, we wait until the final day of a con to make most of our purchases, but this year’s need was great. As we traveled from aisle to aisle, we encountered a plethora of passionate, creative, absolutely-in-love-with-what-they’re-doing people. We also, of course, encountered the items they had for sale. Many of those items are now sitting on the dining room table, waiting to be read, played, worn, or displayed. Seriously, my wallet is weeping voraciously as it sits besides this collection of goodies.
I can’t feel too bad, though. The majority of purchases went to small press, individual artists, or straight to people who decided making flasks that looked like game cartridges was a great idea (they were right). Now we possess a sprawling array of diverse and beautiful comics to devour over the next few days.