My Journey as a Vendor at ICT Comic Con

What it took for me to do this event and how I can't wait to do it again!

Danny Dickerson TallDarkandWriting

9/4/20235 min read

ICT Comic Con Blog

Century II Convention Center

Aug 26th & 27th

It was my first vendor event. I had recently came back from Houston at a horror con seeing all the vendors in their element knowing that I was going to be on the other side of the table soon. Even though it was a dream of mine for years to do an event like that, the time had finally come.

I guess I was a little nervous but I got so caught up in both planning the advertisement (banner, making of the mask pics, social media ad) and setting up my booth and focusing my mind in the moment as to what I was going to say to people in order to sell that I didn't even have time to be nervous.

1. Setting the Stage:

Stepping into the convention hall, I was instantly greeted by a vibrant tapestry of colors, sounds, and enthusiastic vendors and working running this event. The energy was palpable, and I couldn't help but feel a surge of excitement coursing through me. Armed with my novel, I eagerly set up my booth, carefully arranging eye-catching displays to draw attendees' attention to my spine-tingling creation.

It was Friday the 25th and I had only an hour to get to Century II, set up my booth, and get back to work during my lunch break. What an awesome experience it was to see the convention center being set up for the event as fellow vendors were also rolling out the products and showcase for their booths. But wait!! there was problem. They couldn't find my vendor packet! Even after looking a second time, it still wasn't there. Although, they still let me in I was still left wondering what had happened.

As it turned out, it was my fault lol. I had told them Danny and of course, my brand is not Danny. It's Tall, Dark, & Writing. I got a booth by the wall. It was good.

I mean, I had no idea really, but I was just thrilled to have a booth. After I set up my banner, books, and pics along the table I sat there imagining what it was going to be like the very next day as I sat there waiting and hoping people would but my book. The time was short though. I had only minutes to get back to work.

2. Embracing the Comic Community:

One of the most remarkable aspects of the convention was the warm and welcoming atmosphere. I soon discovered that comic enthusiasts are not only passionate about superheroes but also have an insatiable thirst for all things thrilling and mysterious. Engaging in conversations with attendees, I found kindred spirits who shared my love for horror and were genuinely interested in exploring something new.

The next day, I slept lighty anticipating the event. Once I arrived a little before it opened there was already a line on people out front and cars lining up downtown. Honestly, I thought there would be a couple people there but not so busy so quickly. I walked by the lines and the crowds and got in through security. It felt so cool btw. And I made my way to my booth.

I set my things under the table. There were two chairs in case I had someone to help me but I was only me. That's okay though. I'm used to solo adventures. There were crowds of people going through constantly. I noticed people were only glancing at my booth/display and walking away so I tried engage them. I would ask them if they were readers and if they liked dark fiction and from there, I had their attention to pitch my book.

Anyway, it worked! I was doing great and loving it. Not just selling but telling my story of how this project came to be and all that went into it. Autographing all day was a dream come true after telling people this was my dream to write and for this to become a movie or Netflix series.

3. The Power of Creativity:

Surrounded by a sea of imaginative cosplayers, artists, and writers, I realized the immense power of creativity and its ability to bridge gaps and foster connections. Collaborating with talented artists, I printed off unique posters that captured the essence of my novel and how the tragedy mask was created, leaving attendees intrigued and eager to dive into the world I had created.

4. Thrills and Surprises:

Throughout the convention, I experienced a multitude of surprises that added an extra layer of excitement to my vendor experience. From impromptu book signings to unexpected encounters with renowned comic creators, every moment was a delightful surprise that left me feeling grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this incredible event.

After day one, I had nearly sold out. I couldn't believe it. I had 50 books and figured maybe 25 or each day as a guess. Going into day 2 on Sunday I felt less pressure and could relax more. I meet so many great people too!

This woman and her husband were celebrating their 30th anniversary. Before they left she came back to tell me that I was the best out of everyone there. She said that I engaged more, was the most interactive, and the funnest to talk to. She wanted a picture me with too! It was such a great compliment that really made my day.

5. Building Lasting Connections:

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of my experience was the connections I forged with fellow vendors and attendees. From lively discussions about our favorite horror novels to exchanging tips and tricks for navigating the publishing world, I discovered a supportive community of like-minded individuals who shared my passion and encouraged my creative endeavors.


As the convention drew to a close, I couldn't help but reflect on the whirlwind adventure I had embarked upon. Being a vendor at a local comic convention allowed me to step outside my comfort zone, connect with fellow enthusiasts, and introduce my horror novel to a whole new audience. The experience not only heightened my enthusiasm for writing but also reinforced the idea that, with determination and a sprinkle of creativity, dreams can indeed become a reality. So, whether you're an author, artist, or simply a fan of comics, I encourage you to embrace the excitement of local conventions.

Step into the unknown, share your passion, and watch as unforgettable experiences unfold before your eyes. Who knows, you might just discover a whole new world of opportunities waiting for you!

Remember, the world is your canvas, and conventions are the perfect stage to unleash your creativity and connect with others who share your love for all things fantastical and thrilling.

As the last day was nearing it's end, I was bummed as I didn't want it to end. I still think about it and how much fun it was. If I could, I would re-live those days over and over.