Category: Conventions

Phoenix Comicon 2015 is gone so fast

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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.

 

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

Phoenix Comicon nears!

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I have a table I will be manning anytime I am not checking out Christopher Lloyd.

The panel on Thursday is before the vendor hall opens, you have no excuse to miss it.

Back from LA

Anaheim, actually.  Sorry to disappoint, but I don’t have a script deal yet with several zeroes after a number.  Wondercon was pretty awesome though.  There are some amazing indie creators out there (whom I will start featuring more on the Gren website).

There was interest in Corporate Bastard by a substantial amount of attendees, always a morale boost.  Coolest thing, someone living in the LA area was already familiar with my comic thanks to the internet.  An organized plan has started hatching over the weekend to get myself and other Phoenix comic creators into more shops in other states, primarily California.

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Mr. Ryan Quackenbush that set up with me was satisfied too with the con, despite this ill-timed picture. (I am learning to take better photos I swear.)

So let’s see, I still need to get the new issue, the coffee mugs, and the specialty stress balls listed on the website.  Then I will plan my set up at Second Friday in Mesa (which I will be out there tomorrow and May 8th near Lulubell Toys).  After that there will be finishing some comic assembly this weekend.  Finally, create the entire final issue by Phoenix Comicon.  No big deal.

So much busy, it be great!

I aint got time for grammar!

Wrong. I am a writer first, and there is always time for proper grammar.

It has been two weeks now fully off the day job.  Yes, it’s wonderful but hard to keep from being nerve racked when you are used to income rolling in regularly.  Aside from finishing up Issue 5 I have been busy with many other things.  Much is going into preparation for the booth at Wondercon in Anaheim.  Two new products to release as well as a new issue, keeping it all secret until finished products are in my hands.

I can show you the work going into a proper banner for convention setup.

Don for banner work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is going to end up about 2 feet tall.

More updates to come.

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.