D Stuart

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  1. My primary reasoning for wanting to sub in person is to save the expense/liability of the additional shipping leg of the books. It's not a ton of money, but when I submit, I typically submit books for pressing and grading, so every little bit helps.
  2. I’m biased. I enjoy setting up at Planet each year 2020 will be my 7th time setting up since I first setup in 2012. I spend a lot of my time in my booth and enjoy the benefits of being a vendor, so I don’t have many attendee level experiences (early floor access, no queues). Though, I do agree with @Mysterio in that most of my experiences with volunteers vary widely. Sometimes they’re on a power trip, sometimes they have bad info, but most have been cordial. I’m there for books, so the guest list isn’t typically a big deal to me. My priorities are: sales and vendor quality. I’m in the quality phase of collecting, where having top tier vendors on the floor is likely the only way I’m going to go home with a new couple of books.
  3. I don’t think on-site grading will ever happen, but facilitators don’t cut it. Nothing against the facilitators themselves, but another layer of complication, time and fees is ridiculous. C2E2 is no doubt a great SS show and is significantly bigger than Planet, but I can’t understand how they skip over KC year after year to do smaller shows in markets that they already serve on an annual basis.
  4. Planet Comicon Kansas City is a perfect example of a show that CGC should religiously attend. 50k+ attendees year after year. They have not been to a show in KC in years. I don't think they have been to a show in Missouri (either KC or STL) for 3-4 years. @SSkufan, @mysterio: Am I wrong?
  5. I'm staying the same place I did last year and the block rate is $40-50/night lower than what I would have paid last year, had I not bought the rate down with points. The Phillips is an awesome Hilton property. Its a block further walk, but the art deco design and HHonors points are worth it. $169.00/night this year. Cheaper than the Marriott for a significantly nicer hotel. Not as new/flashy, but they spent a ton on the remodel a few years back and its a gorgeous, comfortable high-end room with character.
  6. Anyone have any insight as to why CGC routinely avoids shows in the mid-west outside of Dallas and Chicago? There are people between the coasts that would gladly pay for their services, if they'd ever show up.
  7. Hotel blocks are officially up. Quite a few additional options this year.
  8. It's going to be another great show. I haven't started just yet, but i'm sure I'll be counting down the days before long now that OAFCon is in the rearview.
  9. Good luck bud! Sorry I can't be there for the first show.
  10. Quite literally counting down the days until we head to Norman. Looking forward to another great year!
  11. Standard sub. Received 7/1, hit grading/qc this morning!
  12. I've got a standard sub in right now. This is my first go around with the new status changes. Needless to say I was excited to see "Scheduled for Grading" so quickly, until I caught up on this thread.
  13. I'll be there! Already looking forward to it!!!
  14. Just waiting for booths to go on sale...
  15. I'm trying to identify a facilitator who is available to setup at the Springfield Comic Expo on August 10th-11th at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Springfield, IL. My friend is the promoter (and not on the boards) and asked if I could help put him in contact with someone. This is a second year show and he hopes to have someone on-site for SS submissions (guests include: Mike Zeck, Kevin Nowlan, Ande Parks, Mike DeCarlo and Ashley Witter). Check out his website at: http://stlcomics.net If you're interested shoot me a PM or reach out to Eric via the STL Comics website or Facebook page. Thanks in advance!
  16. Bob and I are going to be there come hell or high water...
  17. It was rough. Worst sales I've had at one of these shows in a while. The date was stretched pretty thin with HS graduations, Mother's Day, etc. Then rainy weather in the morning on top of all of that. Best part of the show for me was the dinner the night before with a motley crew of MO/KS/OK comic folks. They all can't be the best show ever though. Ones like this make you appreciate the good ones. I also heeded the advice of a friend and bought my way out of a bad show!
  18. I've threatened to take a nap behind the tables before and really celebrate all of that space!
  19. Bedrock is great. Gator always has amazing stuff. Dale Roberts. Leroy Harper. Harley. Honestly it all depends on the day. Whoever has the book I'm looking for is my favorite!
  20. They certainly have been available more recently compared to last year, but you're right on the LOW grade part. The last decent one that was on my radar I finished the race in 2nd place
  21. Nice score! I've been chasing this issue for awhile, as I share your love of the cover. One of his best!
  22. Yeah! Looking forward to it! This show is always good for us. Hope to see lots of folks at the show!