just a quick update today...
I'm sorry, but you do.
We all do, some more than others and if we are honest no one wants to buy a comic from a creator who is chucking up.
We all know that comic shops (can) smell because of us geeks on a hot summer day, it's not pleasant.
If you eat crap food and drink nothing but fizzy pop, tea and alcohol. Those substances are going to excrete from your pores and you are going to smell.
Water works wonders, not just for cleaning but for drinking too!
I know this sounds like I'm teaching you how to suck eggs, but for the love of God have a shower the morning of the con and if you drink plenty of water (2 litres a day) leading up to and during the con you won't smell…plus, it clears your skin up too.
Bad smells will turn people and potential customers away.
If you sweat a lot, that doesn't always mean you smell, but the sight of giant sweat patches on a creator, again will give people the wrong impression.
So, wear dark colours if you are a damp fella like me!
I love this stuff, it's great.
I walk around London a lot, opening doors, holding on in trains and shaking hands with strangers, customers and colleagues.
I fell a little be better using hand sanitiser if I have just shaken hands with someone who is…a tad clamy.
People are carrying a lot of stuff at cons and so they are gonna have sweaty palms, so be cool about it. Don't shake their hand and immediately pull out the hand sanitiser and use it in front of them.
Keep it hidden, under the table and use it discreetly after they have gone, as to not cause offence.
The other year, i got to meet Jock at comic con in London.
I'm not really a signature kinda guy, but I really wanted my Batman: The black mirror signed. I lined up...BIG line. So, I'm holding this hardcover trade for a good 30-40mins and l was a bit moist in the old palm department.
When I got to the front the queue the first thing that Jock did was put his hand out for me to shake. I recoiled with embarrassment "oh, you don't wanna shake my hand, it's really sweaty!" I'm paraphrasing his response but it was along the lines of "don't be silly" he took my hands, shook it with a huge smile on his face. We then had a five minute conversation about hand cleanliness and he told me that the event organisers offered him a bottle of hand sanitiser for the table and he said no. The point I'm making is, Jock is a classy guy and didn't make me feel bad about being clam chowder (sweaty and hot)
I was already a fan of Jock's art, but now I am a fan of the bloke too and I'll buy a copy of anything that guy draws.