Category: Around town

2016 means business

Though I doubt any lives were changed by Corporate Bastard not publishing anything for a longer than expected time still I apologize for disappearing for so long.

Last year.  It had a fair amount of negative stuff going on.  A major comic project fell apart.  I took on too much daily work.  Also though, some super great things happened, and all of my efforts repositioned me to accomplish a lot in 2016.

Issue 6 is coming.  You should actually be able to get it before Phoenix Comicon, which I will be set up at again.  And after that is done, it’s time to make a collected edition.  That is going to be a major undertaking to spread Corporate Bastard truly worldwide.

Additionally in 2016 I am putting some work together for anthologies as well as teaching myself new techniques of art.  Original pieces will be put out at least 3 times a week, so check back regularly for all the new info.

Phoenix Comicon 2015 is gone so fast

whiteboard summer PCC2015

I dont even know what happened.  It was like one day I was stuck in a car for an hour and a half to load in and the next was just full of exhaustion.

I think there was a con in between. A really great con.

So definitely the best I have done thus far, probably owing much to having three times the product as last year.  Actually though it was a lot of books sold.  Very richly satisfying.  Hearing that people are searching me out, seeing returning faces, it’s the greatest!

Also the custom art on old floppy disks did well.  Lots of laughs and “that’s brilliant” and “I haven’t seen one of those in forever” in response.  Only had to explain what they were once.  To a teenager.  Man I’m old.  After this post though I’m getting right back to my Oregon Trail game (everyone has dysentery).

What was the best thing you saw there this year?

Floppies

 

Yes, that’s Gazorpazorpfield.

 

2015 pcc badge

Say “Exhibitor” but in Skeletor’s voice. It can amuse you for an entire weekend.

Tucson recap & PCC Fan Fest

So here’s the thing, cons they are a changing.

For my position right at this moment, it’s tricky.  Because overall cons are growing, or evolving may be a better way to put it.  More people are going than ever before.  Many more are going for their first time.  That is changing things for fringe vendors such as myself.

The thing is, you, anyone reading this, are very specific subset of person.  You are likely a young to middle age adult with a full time day job.  You likely have a working major pop culture knowledge but with interests that lie in what is categorized as “independent” niches.  You are almost assuredly creative minded.  You are a lot like me in your interests.

And you would probably think that this would be a majority of people at conventions.  You would be wrong.

Recently events’ numbers have swelled with those I will non-disparagingly lump into two groups: the general public/new collector and costumers/cosplayers.  The general public has leaned to a geek is cool mentality likely due to general shifting demographics.  These great folks have heard about San Diego Comic-con or other big regional events from media sources and want to be a part of that. (That’s awesome!)  But when they get to a big convention they are suddenly overwhelmed by all the choices, so they will make more purchases related to things they know.

The second group, costumers or cosplayers, are an issue for some.   The wife and I are huge costumers also though so I have a heartfelt view of them.  This group also includes a large portion of the teenagers at conventions because it is something to connect and make friends over.  As a vendor though, they again want only things they know or they have spent a great deal of their money on their costumes.

With these groups massively inflating the attendance it increases the size of the space needed which increases the cost of space for vendors.  But that increased attendance group may mean very little increase in one’s niche audience.  As event prices go up, it may not even be worth that niche audience to attend.  And that brings us to the current quandary.

Tucson Comic-con was nice.  It’s well planned with a great staff.  It was my first time attending or setting up there but it apparently shattered previous years in size and attendance.  That didn’t translate to much for me in interest or sales.  What was missing?  Hipsters.  Those lumped into the hipster category, again self included, are my primary readers.  And again, I was hearing there was proportionally less in that category this year.  Still, I plan to go back.

This is creating a perplexing position for those vying to make a living in this creative field.  I have to show due diligence and make sound business decisions.  There is no playbook for this, it changes every week.  I’m a perpetual optimist though.  I think things will work out for the best.  All life is a learning experience, best to get something out of it.

Finalizing Issue 4, Free Comic Book Day & May 4th

Issue 4 is all set, I’m just going over it in a final edit over the next day or two.  It will be all set and printed for sale on Free Comic Book Day that I will be set up at Samurai Comics on Camelback Rd.

The next day I will be at Jesse James Comics over in Peoria the book and some Star Wars prints I did a while back but rarely break out to sell.  But May 4th is a pretty good time to do so.

It the week after I will try to spread it around and restock locations.

Then it is only a month until Phoenix Comicon.  I may be on a panel, not positive yet.  I have a table though. I will do something with a map location shortly.

Should be a pretty great time!

Post UPC, mini comic to be on web

So it was last Saturday that I set up for a few hours at Lawn Gnome Books in downtown Phoenix for the Underground Publishers Convention.  That was Art Detour weekend, where most all of the downtown galleries and spaces organize their best shows and are open a little longer.  It warms me to see the scene growing back to where it once was before the economy wrecked itself (thus because it did not check itself).

At Lawn Gnome on a gusty evening, a little time was spent with some of the other local creators.  Sold a few books to the wonderfully supportive community.  Denni Ricceli, Eric Mengel, and Damon Begay deserve big applause for managing to fully creating whole mini-comics, cover-to-cover, in under 24 hours!

Check out their wares-

http://dennmann.blogspot.com/

http://ericmengel.blogspot.com/

Damon – http://92kickstart.deviantart.com/

I had a hard time getting 4 pages done in a week.  Would have been easier if I hadn’t decided to scrap the entire previous idea in favor of something that was a much better read.  However this brief creation about scooters, and having nothing to do with Corporate Bastard, will be up on this very site soon.  It will be free to read but if so inclined there will be a donate button to help fund the wife and I getting our first scooter.

I have laid out compelling arguments of the pluses of scootering through life in said comic.