Just finished a 3 day tour at Steel City Con in Monroeville, signing copies of my books and freely dispensing promotional materials...as fun as it was, all I am now is sick and tired.
It was all going well until "Paul" showed up a day late, set up during show hours, then began blowing smoke from his vapor pen while he bragged to anyone who would listen about how he mooched a free table because he is "friends with the owner".
That's a slap in the face to all of us who paid our fees and followed the rules but, aside from that disgusting vapor pen, Paul's constant (and I do mean constant) jokes about how I should pack up and leave early so he could mooch my table as well, wore very thin over the two days I was stuck with him.
It was only Paul's absence during his frequent, prolonged "smoke breaks" that made him tolerable.
It seems extremely unlikely at this point but if I do business with Steel City Con again, I hope they stuff their freeloading friends as far away from me as possible.