DAY 3: An Actual Convention. Huzzah!

On Sunday, thanks to more cooperative weather and a bevy of intrepid plowers and other helpful folks, Irving and I finally got to be vendors at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest.


Good morning!

When we headed over to the convention center to get ready for the day, people were already lining up. A good sign.

I always get a little thrill when I pass all the eager fans queued up patiently and just sail right in, smiling at the security guard at the side door, armed with my vendor’s badge of admittance power.

It’s silly. I know.

We settled in, set out our signs and enjoyed a little coffee.


The view from behind the table. Irving kept asking, “Is she here yet? She’s so pretty and funny. Is she here yet? When is she coming?” Not sure whom he meant.

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Day 2: Snowed in at a Fan Convention

By Martha Michaela Hutchman Brown
aka Marf

The Heroes & Villains folks had to cancel the first day of the convention due to an absurd amount of snow and high winds.


While the convention hall remains closed to attendees, everyone is still here, hunkered down in a small village of hotels.

Happily, when geeks get thwarted, geeks get creative. I really like the people who run the Walker Stalker/Fan Fest events. They are positive, helpful and have a sense of humor.


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A Behind the Scenes Look at a Fan Convention: Sewing and Set Up

By Martha Michaela Hutchman Brown
aka Marf


The final MarfDaze set up at Heroes & Villains Fan Fest.

Over the next few days, I’m going to give you a backstage peek at one of the more exciting aspects of my job: selling my handmade bags and pillows at conventions.

This weekend, I’m at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in Secaucus, N.J., right outside of Manhattan. It’s a new convention, but it’s run by the same folks who do Walker Stalker Conventions, so I know that it will be well-organized and entertaining. I’m also very familiar with the venue. This is my fourth convention at the Meadowlands Expo Center in 13 months.

I’ve stayed in this hotel so often, I have a favorite parking spot.

That having been said, there are always surprises. This weekend’s surprise: an epic blizzard. I just got an email that announced that Saturday has been cancelled. Sunday will go on as planned.

That means I’ll be spending my snowy Saturday in my hotel room. I’ve got plenty of food, a new book to read and Netflix. Folks at the various hotels are connecting on Facebook, organizing impromptu events. There are worse ways to spend a day.
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A Quick Round Up

By Martha Michaela Hutchman Brown
aka Marf

Over the next few days, I will endeavor to give you a true view of what it’s like to be a vendor at a convention. It can be fabulous, physically demanding, boring, grueling, delightful and profoundly satisfying by turns.

But first, let me give you a quick photo roundup of MarfDaze highlights in the last 6 months.

At Shore Leave in Maryland, Easter Cat hopped on Irving’s back.


While Easter Cat and Irving were communing, his human companion John Barrowman and I had a nice chat about the importance of plushie photographic stand-ins and husbands. Human husbands. Not plush husbands.

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And then he dropped by my booth. Why, yes, he is holding a MarfDaze bag.

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