Well from a few friends mouths it seemed like FPF was a pretty good show for the inaugural year. I know I'll try and make it out next year, seems like it has the momentum to grow as big as dcon... those who have been for years and years know this didn't happen over night, but it seems like a great idea. Can potentially cancel for many of us from SDCC and NYCC as we are being pushed out anyways... congrats to all the artists in attendance it looked like great fun. Now with that said let's address what wound up being the elephants in the room. Flipping. This was next level. A entire group which was estimated at 20 being straight vultures at every booth. While some will argue it's inevitable. I feel we as a community need to take measures to help stop this train. Let these people know they are not welcome. I am sure I even know a few guys that will straight punk a flipper out of line. Not saying we have to get this far as at the end of the day a toy is just a toy. What irks me about the flip is the collector is the first person who is hurt off of this. A person copping only for profit takes the chance from a person who is actually looking to admire and cherish that product. The artist is also hurt. Sure they did get the original retail value they put on their item, but if someone is making $2-1500 profit on top of what they paid for the item that was $180 to begin with its shitty as fuck. Many in our community are indie artists. Self funding their wax, mold, pulls, paint, etc... it's just a shitty fucking feeling. And I'm on the outside looking in. I can only imagine what actual artists think. Some will say hey they made it because of this, which while it's true. Doesn't mean it's right. I was talking to Mikee, and I brought up a pretty good topic and I feel it's relevant to share. I Feels IG has been one major influence to bring these flippers in our scene. We have been showing off our collections here for years and years. We know when we wanted to share we usually had to snap some shots in our camera, pop that's sD card in our computer, upload before grabbing that image code... I know I used to do this. IG has made us sharing our passion less time consuming. Hashtags have allowed us to share our images with other fans who search for what they are interested in looking at. Problem is you have the vultures with that much access as well. If they get a whiff... they are now blending in the shadows to make a dollar. IG has its good too, I've been doing this for just about 12 years. I had met some amazing people over the years. Mostly west coasters and the few out of towners that would make the trek to some shows. Over the last few years that core of literally great individuals has spread at least for me. I know guys now throughout the US. Michigan,CA, NY, NJ, FL, AZ, NM, NV, CT, hell Europe. The list can go on. I kind of do give some thanks to IG for this. It made us being able to share our world with other like minders as easy as click and shoot. We could instantly be plugged into our friend base within seconds versus our old method. I think we all need to make that effort to speak to one another. Create bonds, and help others. Not for a "mule fee". Just as a great gesture in hopes that they can in return do it for you down the line. That's how we used to do this. Over the years I know I had stopped it a lot because the randoms I would help would either be ghost when I needed something, or try and charge me when i needed the help back. It had left a bad taste in my mouth. Yet like I said these last few years friendships have grown thanks to IG, and I've been tying to help when I can, no charge. Just a friend helping a friend. At the end of the day this is our scene, we can come together and mold it how we see fit. I'll tweak a Kanye line for this. I miss the old SB. And I say that because... SB used to take no shit like this. Flippers were reprimanded and hounded and dealt with. I feel we have lost our edge, we are all probably busier as we are growing older. But we have lost a little of what made us, us. Build friendships, help friends. Call out flippers, let's do what we can to continue to not only support our artists. But to support each other.