Springcon! I spent Saturday morning over in St. Paul on the state fairgrounds attending an old fashioned comic book convention. I used to go to comic conventions fairly regularly in high school, but I barely remember anything about them, sadly. This was my first Springcon though, and after a rainy start, it turned out to be pretty awesome.
Getting over to St. Paul was pretty rough. I wanted to get there as early as I could without having to stand in a ginormous line, so I left my place around 9:30 to pick up cash, get gas, and grab a breakfast burrito at Qdoba. The rough part? It was storming like crazy. I could barely see the highway at times, but luckily it started to taper off the closer I got to the fairgrounds.
Now that I have a significant source of income, I knew the idea of going to a con this big could be really dangerous, financially speaking. I decided early on that I would only take a solid $100 in cash. It was $12 to get in, so I was left with $88 to play with. Within the first 10-15 minutes of walking around, I had already dropped $60. What did I buy? Check it out:
I found three new Flash figures! My main focus for this trip was definitely on the Flash. I was pretty stoked to find all three of these figures, and all at the same vendor. They were reasonably priced for their age and collectibility, so I didn’t feel bad whatsoever about spending so much so early.
With action figures out of the way, I focused my attention on comics. There were several issues I needed to fill in gaps here and there, so I spent my remaining time walking from vendor to vender, specifically to their Flash section.
The issues I was hunting down were newer, so I struck out most places. The majority of vendors only carried the older Flash numbers, the Silver Age issues. That didn’t deter me though, and I eventually made a nice little haul from two or three vendors:
Within about an hour I had all of my allowance spent, so I didn’t stick around. The crowd kept growing, and maneuvering in to flip through boxes was getting more difficult, so I had no problems getting the hell out of there once my money was spent. The rain was down to a trickle by that time, so leaving the fairgrounds and driving home was easy peasy.
All in all, Springcon was a success for me. I stuck to my allotted budget, though the idea of using the atm did enter my mind once or twice. I found a few new action figures that were reasonably priced, and I managed to fill in several gaps with the small stack of comics I picked out of the rough. I’m definitely looking forward to Fallcon now.