I bailed on the "Philosophy of Cute" panel, on the grounds that I already in theory know about things like "Big eyes, small mouth!" and would be going mainly out of curiosity, while the opening hour of the dealer room can sometimes be a bunch of key sales all at once. This was borne out to a certain extent by the fact that my blank sketchbooks sold out within the first hour. O.o (Granted, I only had three, but still!)
And in a lot of ways, that set the tone for the day! The Twilight and Dashie Crash the Party prints sold out, some of my button styles sold out, I sold multiple sets of books, and people kept flinging sketchbooks at my head. By the end of the first day, I'd already made more than half of what I made at last year's AC, not counting the credit purchases and over $100 worth of homework to be paid when it's picked up tomorrow.
In short, I made a pile of money today. O.o Which totally made me feel better about all the money I spent on commissions and shirts! ;)
Even better, lowen_kind (who's sitting next to me in the dealer room) and I were completely blown away when level_head appeared out of nowhere at us! Holy cats. If you'd asked me to name a hundred people I might guess to be at the con, he would not have been on the list! This was followed up shortly by the appearance of camstone, whose appearance was not a surprise particularly, but welcome all the same.
II've also gotten to meet several #TwitterPonies, many more than I knew were coming, and some of whom I knew from other contexts and didn't know they were #TwitterPonies! :D
After the room finally closed, sirfox and I grabbed some dinner (a very mediocre reuben, I'm sad to say, considering the place claims to be famous for its corned beef) and eventually made our way to the Dealers/Staff Artshow Reception. I actually bid on a few pieces, which is something I almost never do, mostly because I thought the pieces really deserved better bids than they had, or because I thought laurie_robey would like the piece. There were a couple of pieces I would have kinda-sorta liked for myself, but they were prints, I knew where to find them online if I really wanted to look at them, and at least one was an adult piece (*cough*) that really wouldn't have had a good place to call home at my house anyway.
The rest of the evening was spent on homework, give or take a little rum-and-coke, but alas I still have something like four pieces left I need to get done in the morning. I will have to prioritize to try to get as many of them done before the Dealer Room opens as possible, and put the more time-consuming ones later in the queue. We also need to get the scanner/printer up and running in the a.m. in order to replenish the prints that sold out.
(Dude. Some of my prints sold out. /|^3^|\ SO AWESOME.)
So in order to facilitate that early morning, I need to hit the hay now. G'nite world, and have an awesome tomorrow.
PS: Yes, Greg, you can post that image.
So all in all it's been a day of going "OMG!" and lots of happy